SANSUI: G-9000 test review

Ahhh…the beautiful look of the late 70’s Sansui receivers.  The warm golden glow from the dial and meter lights and the smorgasbord of buttons, knobs, and switches below. It’s a stereo lovers delight. The best Sansui I ever had was the G-8000.  Here we have the Sansui G-9000. There was also a G-9000DB with only […]

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VTL: TL-5.5 Series II Signature line preamplifier test review

Stereophile write: As I’ve lately had the pleasure of reviewing some impressive tubed components, I asked myself why I hadn’t ever reviewed anything from VTL Amplifiers. My history with VTL goes back to the 1986 Consumer Electronics Show in Chicago (wouldn’t it be great if CES returned to that city?), where Vacuum Tube Logic cofounder […]

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HARBETH: Cheap new ones from the Netherlands – too good to be true?

Can potential Harbeth owners buy cheaper from Europe and import into their own country – inc the UK? It’s an interesting question. We did a bit of sniffing around and checked a few European retailers and eventually discovered this Netherlands organisation. Against UK official retail prices the prices are low and yes, on the face […]

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Restoring HiFi

A have a question i need a pretty proffesional answer to. The only person i think could possibly head me to right direction is Anthony TD. It’s regarding the restoration of two Open Reel machines..I have some scratched paint that i will refinish as original but i will lose some transfers. The transfers in question […]

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Ask an expert: White Noise Audio

Hi guys. What can you tell me about White Audio Labs and can they be contacted perhaps under another name? Our archives drew a blank on this one and so we asked around. Here’s all that we found. “Tiny British operation run by David White that was on the vanguard of a wave of small […]

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What about “oxygen free” wire?

Roger Russell writes: Oxygen-free copper (OFC) or Oxygen-free high thermal conductivity (OFHC) copper generally refer to a group of wrought high conductivity copper alloys that have been electrolytically refined to reduce the level of oxygen to .001% or below. Perhaps, it should be more accurately called oxygen reduced copper.  C11000 is the most common copper. […]

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HARBETH: Moving on from them; is Wilson Benesch the intelligent answer?

The thread starts: I gather that these are polar opposites in principles, with WB taking carbon fibre to reduce/damp vibration and Harbeth based on thin walls to embrace the vibration. I have listened to number of speakers over the years and am considering small standmounts, including WB Arc and Vertex but haven’t heard any Harbeth. […]

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ACCIDENTAL MAGIC: What does it mean in practice?

Neil McCauley asks Howard Popeck Howard, Historically, what did you mean by ‘accidental magic’? Well …….. a combination of equipment that previously you’d not encountered and which sounds right immediately. Unusual combinations. Amps and speakers that just by chance sound magical together – even though the makers probably hadn’t used each other’s equipment. That kinda […]

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CAD DAC 1543 test review

Is it time to finally dump that CD player of yours and go wholly digital? Paul Rigby reviews the CAD 1543 DAC, undertakes a thorough head-to-head challenge with a top-of-the-line CD player and presents the most in depth interview with Computer Audio Design’s boss, Scott Berry. Currently, the hi-fi market is going through an analogue […]

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Analog cassettes: The hiss shall rise again

Steve Guttenberg  writes: The lowly analog cassette is making a comeback. In 2012, sales were up 13 percent, and the surge continued in 2013! Sony has been in the news of late for its radical new tech that crams 185TB of data onto a single analog-style cassette tape. That’s a very different story — I’m […]

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LEEMA ACOUSTICS: They have reworked their famous Pulse amplifier for 2017

They tell us ….. Leema Acoustics has reworked its famous Pulse amplifier for 2017, dramatically improving performance and adding new contemporary features, including a high-quality phono stage, aptX Bluetooth, plus a 32-bit/384kHz DSD-capable DAC, (£2,295) Leema Acoustics has relaunched one of its best-loved amplifiers, the Pulse, for 2017. Led by its ex-BBC engineering team, the […]

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dCS: They launch limited edition Vivaldi One digital music system

They tell us: dCS proudly announces Vivaldi One – a limited edition digital music player specially designed to mark the company’s thirtieth anniversary. Limited to just 250 uniquely numbered pieces, it puts an integral CD/SACD transport alongside the latest dCS Ring DAC in a single box, together with state-of-the-art network streaming functionality. Vivaldi is the […]

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Love Hultén: Introducing Astovox, a modular HiFi system

We are told …. Astovox combines pure form with great performance. The cubic casings are handmade from African Mahogany while the front panels comes in a classic brushed aluminium finish. If desired, the wooden stands can be removed – offering the user optional arrangements. This modular design allows the system to blend into any space. The […]

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McINTOSH: The MP100 is the first dedicated phono preamplifier from McIntosh and is …..

They tell us: Like all McIntosh products, the MP100 is packed with features designed specifically for the vinyl lover including: Moving Coil and Moving Magnet inputs; Moving Coil and Moving Magnet adjustable loading (6 settings each); balanced and unbalanced analog outputs; optical, coax and USB digital outputs; and a Mono switch for when playing mono […]

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iFi nano iOne DAC

Speaker Shack writes ….. Diminutive DAC delivers versatile sound-boosting digital audio ‘hub’ for all manner of devices – from smartphones and computers to TVs and games consoles. Product summary The nano iOne from iFi is designed to be a convenient, high-quality digital audio ‘hub’ – a DAC (Digital-to-Analogue Converter) that is miniature in size yet big on […]

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