BLACK RHODIUM: Concerto interconnects – test review

An extract: There really is something fundamentally very right about these cables. While many current cables sound hyped in one direction or another, for example being lightning fast yet thin, or richly smooth yet dynamically restrained, the Black Rhodium Concerto sounds neutral and accurate while retaining a full tonality to deliver a cohesive, engaging and […]

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Speakers that properly reproduce piano

I recently had the good fortune to listen to a half a dozen pretty well-regarded speakers back-to-back. For these kind of sessions I like using piano recordings – either solo or jazz trio – as a measure because, to my ear at least, it seems that speakers that can reproduce piano really well seem to […]

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Video Frame Rate – how a fortunate technological accident is on the verge of being ‘corrected’ (Part 6)

Overview: What could this possibly have to do with a music web site? Guest contributor Ray Purchase explains: Live Music Needs High Frame Rate But the worst film-effect travesty of all, I suggest, is its use for live music. Programmes such as From the Basement and Live from Abbey Road are made in film-effect video […]

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The answer to this puzzle is interesting. The number does not describe the size of the wire, but the number of process needed to get it there

Paul McGowan: When it comes to wire sizes, numbers are confusing. Take for example our power cords. Our lowest cost power cable is based on 12 gauge wire, the next up 10 gauge, then 8. And from these numbers you’d imagine the size of each power cord is getting smaller, corresponding to the smaller number, […]

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It sounds so good sometimes I want to run out into the hall and grab someone and share it with them. I often do.

Paul McGowan: “How is it that Hi-Fi—or High End Audio—once the domain of doctors and attorneys, celebrated in magazines like Playboy and Esquire, essential element of bachelor-pads and dorm rooms alike, has come to be viewed as the realm of obsessives, a perverse diversion that requires defensiveness on the part of the “victim” of this […]

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CELESTION: The most interesting sixteen (so far) archived posts

While working on the British Stereo project we started a bit of ‘housework’ re tidying up our Celestion archive. Stripping out the no longer relevant posts we have distilled it down to sixteen and you can see these at http://www.hifianswers.com/tag/celestion/ Thanks Neil   ===//=== Please click HERE to access the entire BRITISH STEREO archive Please […]

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Running at the mouth

Sometimes my mouth runs faster than my common sense and caution, research and fact checking are sacrificed for the heat of the moment.  Such was my proclamation that there is no such thing as a stepped staircase waveform at the output of a DAC.  Instead, said I, there are a series of pulses that look […]

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NAT Symmetrical line preamplifier test review

Robert J. Reina (Stereophile) writes:  Sometimes, a product review in Stereophile can breed additional reviews. Shortly after I reviewed the Audio Valve Conductor line stage in the July 2009 issue (Vol.32 No.7), I was contacted by NAT’s US distributor, Musical Sounds: “Hey, if you liked the Audio Valve Conductor [$13,995], you’ll love the NAT Symmetrical […]

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Your ideal “good enough” system?

I love my main system, but if the house burnt down it would cost bonkers money to replace. Assuming I started again how much would I spend? My ideal value-for-money system would: A sub £1000 CDP or Computer Audio set-up. A sub £1000 second hand TEAD Vibe pre-amp. A second hand Rotel poweramp for peanuts. […]

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Do female audiophiles exist?

Do female audiophiles exist? Do they care how stereo gear sounds? Do they put on a favorite CD or LP and sit and just listen to it? Do they care that Speaker A has a more natural midrange than Speaker B?  Seems like most are satisfied with a Bose Wave Radio.  Store owners, have you […]

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AUDIOQUEST: An Open Letter from Bill Low of AudioQuest

An open letter from myself and AudioQuest to the community—to everyone who cherishes the truth, regardless of their opinions about audio and digital cables, regardless of their opinions about AudioQuest. For good reason, there is growing internet “buzz” about the recently published findings of Mark Waldrep on his Real HD-AUDiO blog. Mark’s findings are very […]

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How to properly clean gunky CDs?

Years ago Cd’s in box sets used to be packed with foam inserts holding Cd’s in place. I probably should have removed the inserts at that time because now I find that some of them have deteriorated to the point where they leave a sticky substance and bits of foam on the non-playing side of […]

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