GALE: GS401 Re-foam Project?

I am now the very pleased owner of a pair of classic Gale GS401 speakers in wood finish. I bought them on eBay as ‘for parts or not working’ for the princely sum of £38.69. I intend to fully refurbish them by re-foaming the four woofers, checking/testing the other drivers (the tweeters have the correct […]

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TANNOY: Kensington GR test review

As Tannoy continue to refine their Prestige Series loudspeakers they get ever more impressive. The new Kensington Gold Reference is a carefully balanced design suitable for medium-to-large rooms, where it will impress by dint of sheer impact. This is a loudspeaker you feel – as well as see. It is fabulously well engineered all round, […]

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TANNOY: Calling all Monitor Gold enthusiasts

Ok, so there I am minding my own business browsing the fresh listings on eBay as usual, then BANG! I’ve bought a radiogram for 130 of my finest UK pounds. That was five days ago, I’ve spent the time since then thinking ‘no, they can’t be can they… I mean it’s worth the asking price […]

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GALE: 401s – failed project resurrected…

 Way, way back in 1977 I scrimped and saved until I had the necessary £400 to buy a pair of these. They served me well for about 15 years until a pair of ES14s replaced them. It was either that or buy (at least) a NAP250 to replace my trusty but somewhat overworked NAP110. I […]

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Why is it so many British sellers have problems with shipping overseas?

It is enough to take a look at eBay, even many Americans ship worldwide, but the greatest part of sellers within the UK prefer collection or write >UK only<. Only today I couldn’t bid properly on an auction for a certain item because the seller, to whom I had sent a link to a cheap […]

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HARBETH: Compact7s annoying freq spike?

I’ve had these speakers for a few years now. Currently I am powering them with a vintage Mcintosh 2155 150 watt solid state amp. I’ve always wished they were a little quitter and like I said there’s a quality that hurts my ears. Besides that they sound very good. Articulate and smooth otherwise. Has anyone […]

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TANNOY: Monitor Gold LSU/HF/III.L.Z/8 question

… or, more precisely, a quite naive but humble question it is that aims to know whether is a pair of these speakers are worth investing in? To note, I followed some threads with Tannoy speakers mentioned here at TAOS but now do not remember whether these exact models were recommended to be purchased or […]

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LFD AUDIO: Q/A with Dr. Bews Are all your amplifiers a good match with electrostats?

Q: I’m thinking particularly modern Martin Logans, which are usually seen with McIntosh and Ayre amps. I’m following your site with interest, and see speakers from Spendor, Harbeth, Neat and Tannoy praised as wonderful matches for the LFD line. A: I have many LFD customers who use old and new quad electrostatic loudspeakers, but I […]

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COLIN WONFOR: His new power cord(s) and their specifications

Colin writes ….. The Inductance in Common Mode is 20uH/M Capacitance is 100pF Leakage inductance is less than 1uH/M at rated at 10A RMS with insulation voltage of over 3500VAC. Normal mains cable in Common Mode is less than 1uH and a capacitance of less than 20pF but can be a high of 1nF/M and […]

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What is it that causes output transistors to blow?

Dear Colin, Generally speaking, what is it that causes output transistors to blow? Do they tend to die a natural death? Bad drivers? Emitters? Problems with the rectifier circuit? Assuming there wasn’t shorted speaker wires or excessive moisture. The amp bias and the +/-77 voltage was fine before they blew. It happened on power up. […]

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Lockwood Tannoys – good news

I’m a long standing fan of big Tannoys and many years ago I used to own Lockwood Majors with 15 in Reds. Completely by chance, I met the grandson of the founder recently who is not in the hifi industry but he owns a few pair that are in use at his home. He is […]

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LFD AUDIO: Dr. Bews discusses Integrated Mistral 2019 with and without phono stage

Hello Dr. Bews. What can you tell us about this new release? “The internal phonostage of the Mistral is based on a new circuit, which uses a dual op-amp, so is different to the phonostage LE and needs to be specified at manufacture since the back pcb needs to be modified to allow input “1” […]

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COLIN WONFOR: Do very good interconnects compensate for an only so-so CD player?

Dear Colin, An audiophile friend made the following argument to me: “Stop looking for a new CD player. With a very good to excellent high-end interconnect you will not only improve the performance of the CD, but other downstream components.” I had to disagree with my friend claiming a $400 or $500 IC is not […]

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