KEF Carltons from 1968?

The mad collector in me is struggling to resist, as I have the chance to purchase a pair of Kef Carltons second hand. It would be interesting to read what experience members here have had with these speakers.  What attracts me to them are two things :- Firstly they are a big sealed box design […]

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The mystic world of hi-fi (circa 1994)

“Oh, you’re going to use one of those,” says Jimmy Hughes, reviewer and columnist for the hi-fi magazine Audiophile, as he eyes my little tape recorder. “Yes,” say I, prepared. “Are you worried it will affect the sound?” “Oh, it will,” says Jimmy, whose living room is a shrine to hi-fi and to music, its […]

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Blast from the past: November 2003 Enjoy the Music.com Von Schweikert Audio VR-1 Reference Studio Monitors Mighty Minis Review by Wayne Donnelly

I first encountered the VR-1, along with the floorstanding VR-2 and the VR-S/1 compact subwoofer, at the 2003 CES. They comprise the entry-level offerings from VSA, and they exemplify the company’s new approach to marketing high-value loudspeakers in the very competitive $1,000 to $3,000 price range.  These speakers are manufactured in China to Albert Von […]

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HARBETH: Spare parts, ISO9001, ethics etc.

The thread starts …. This tread discusses Harbeth’s policy on spares and after care. Many companies have a business model where their products are relatively less expensive than ours and their spares parts division makes a significant contribution to their overall profitability. We design and manufacture for the longest possible service life – typically 20 […]

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PS AUDIO: The thing about skeptics

Paul McGowan writes: I wrote that I had an out-of-the-box idea to share with you.  This is just for fun and stimulation – and no, it is not a precursor to a new product.  The idea revolves around the notion that it is wrong-headed to use digital room correction of the loudspeakers themselves (above 150Hz […]

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SMPS: Perhaps the single biggest reason to use a switch mode power supply (SMPS) on a power amplifier is that

Paul McGowan writes: Perhaps the single biggest reason to use a switch mode power supply (SMPS) on a power amplifier is that the output of a properly designed one is more like perfect DC than that of a conventional supply; and not just by a little bit. Conventional supplies switch back and fourth between plus […]

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HARBETH: From Quad to Harbeth

My last house move left me with a loudspeaker problem; my Quad ESL-63’s really wouldn’t fit properly into the room in which they had to be. I’ve lived with the problem for a while and have jigged and rejigged their position, but it simply hasn’t been working out. So, time to bite the bullet and […]

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