Battle of the big Japanese integrated amps

  EDITOR’S NOTE: The opinions expressed below here do not necessarily reflect those of our editorial team – just in case you wondered. Neil. I see the price of big 1990s Japanese integrated amps are steadily rising on the bay….are they really worth it  Apart from the Sony ES line which I know are good, […]

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RECEIVERS: What is it about the monster 1970’s ones?

When I got into this game over ten years ago the 70s monster receivers are what I was aiming for.Now the last one has left the building.Gone are a Marantz 2330b w/wood,Kenwood KR9400,Yamaha 2020 and a Sansui 9090db.I enjoyed each for a bit but my musical preferences have changed.Experiencing a tube pre gave me a […]

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LINN: The LP12 and eBay?

Hi Howard. I know you won’t represent Linn, even though you did. However … I am thinking of buying a used Linn LP12. There are loads on eBay and quite a few of hififorsale.com, but none of the Linn dealers I contacted have any for sale. What’s going on? Linn dealers in the main are […]

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Quill

The amplifier designer hall of fame / Chris Bryant / Antony Michaelson (again) / Allen Boothroyd …

So no, we aren’t coming to the end. Not yet. (Long pause) Okay. I used to sell the Albarry monoblocs. Damn fine sound. Clever designer. Still sounds good today. Not a hero as such but worthy of an honourable mention. Then whoever designed the A&R A60. A truly great product. In its way a classic. […]

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Stylus Drag: Fact or Fiction? (….. somebody mentioned a rega running 5% fast wouldn’t …..)

Just reading tinternet instead of working and the topic of this thread as just occurred to me . I set my turntable speed with a laser tachometer to two decimal places .However to set it you don’t play a record. I was happy until today. When somebody mentioned a rega running 5% fast wouldn’t matter […]

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Active or passive speakers; it’s a no-brainer – right?

So Neil … at heart, are you an active speaker man or a passive speaker man? Well, in my career I have been responsible for the manufacture of active loudspeakers of varying quality. One model I particularly admired and two rather less and lately I have started to be very interested in active loudspeakers again, […]

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HARBETH: McIntosh MC 275 Mk IV or V with Harbeth M-40.1?

I’ve had my Plinius SA-102 for longer than any previous amp (almost 3 years) and have been very satisfied with it’s reliability, musicality and build quality, but I’m very intrigued with finally trying a classic tube amp. I listen to classical, jazz, vocals & acoustic rock at moderate volume levels, so I’m thinking the 75 […]

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Heroines of acoustics

  Professor Trevor Cox writes … In March, the Royal Society ran an “edit-a-thon”, to create and improve Wikipedia entries for female scientists and engineers. It got me thinking about who the past heroines of acoustics might be. But as I went through a list of historical figures, Fourier, Helmholtz, Lord Rayleigh, I found it difficult to think of a female […]

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SPOTIFY: Normalization vs dynamic range compression

Have you ever wondered what the ‘Set the same volume level for all tracks’ option in Spotify is really doing?  No probably not, but I have. Googling didn’t help to find an answer to this question because some people say that it works by normalization and others say that it works by reducing the dynamic […]

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OPINIONS / MUSIC

BEATLES: If they couldn’t read music, how did they write down the songs and notes they composed for them to remember and for others to play?

They didn’t write them down at all. They remembered them. In their early years, Lennon and McCartney wrote songs together and one of their rules was that if they wrote a song but then couldn’t remember how it went, they’d junk it. Since they were trying to write songs that were catchy, this rule worked […]

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THE AUDIO MISER: True underdog hi-fi

“I’m interested to see what shouts you would make for some underdog hi-fi components. Regardless of name, perceived provenance or price point, what items have you heard that have put a smile on your face as because they had no business being so musical in the first place?” IMPORTANT – PLEASE READ. The publishers do […]

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FOSTEX: Why use good headphones?

Aggravating a dealer or two! Whether dealers like it or not, there are certain things that headphones can achieve which even the world’s finest stand-alone hifi systems can’t. There’s no magic to this. It’s purely the fact that the driver mechanism of the headphone is within an inch or two of the receptive areas of […]

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