Sony ES amps – overlooked bargains or overpriced nostalgia?

  Been doing some fishing for info around the www with regard to these amps. Reason being, I know there’s a quiet but nonetheless appreciative following for these beasts, and as a good mate of mine is considering selling his TA-FA3ES at what seems like a good price, I’ve been giving some thought to giving […]

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Speaker cable: terminate or not?

I’m thinking of getting some semi-decent speaker cable which can be routed easily – thinking one of the QED cables or similar. Anyway, getting these terminated with bananas (especially the Airlock type) pretty much doubles the price – so I wondered whether it’s such a bad thing to simply wire the bare wire to the […]

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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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HARBETH: SHL5….finally”

For the last two years I am looking for a decent speaker for my vintage Sansui amps and receivers. I tested several KEF’s,B&W’s…etc,etc,and at the end of last year auditioned Harbeth 7’s and 5’s.Just several songs were enough to decide which one is right for me.Croatian distributor was cordial and offered both models for home […]

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IMF: Calling all IMF Professional Monitor IV enthusiasts

The thread starts ….. I have heard/seen no mention of these speakers for years. does anyone else remember them? in the days when only my schoolfriends who were smart enough to leave asap and set up businesses like importing grado cartridges could afford to buy them, they were reckoned by many to be THE ultimate […]

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Tonearm Choice for Garrard System

Hi all. I am currently running a fully Origin Live modded rb250 (the OL1 I believe) on my 401/A60/LS7s) system. I was considering selling it, adding a bit more cash and ‘upgrading’ to the Origin Live Alliance arm. It would currently be with an Ortofon 2m blue which would eventually be also upgraded.As this system […]

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KEF 107- an upgrade still worthy of attention today?

How to expain myself here…hmm. The first proper pair of good quality speakers that I bought were KEF 105s more than 2 years ago. I’ve heard a lot of speakers since then, mostly older, but also including more modern wide range ribbons, and the very rare Podium 1 quasi-NXT panels. These modern efforts have given […]

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CELEF: “Do any AOS members have any experience of Celef Monitor speakers ? I have …..”

https://theartofsound.net/forum/showthread.php?63995-Celef-Monitor-speakers Many preowned classic examples for sale HERE EDITORIAL NOTE: The opinions expressed in the above post do not necessarily reflect those of our editorial team – just in case you wondered. Neil McCauley  

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Some audiophiles believe Beats headphones are not as good as JBL, Sennheiser, and Sony headphones. Beats headphones don’t have good architecture and sound quality. Is it true?

https://www.quora.com/Some-audiophiles-believe-Beats-headphones-are-not-as-good-as-JBL-Sennheiser-and-Sony-headphones-Beats-headphones-don%E2%80%99t-have-good-architecture-and-sound-quality-Is-it-true Many preowned classic examples for sale HERE EDITORIAL NOTE: The opinions expressed in the above post do not necessarily reflect those of our editorial team – just in case you wondered. Neil McCauley  

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Why does my father’s 30-year-old 200-watt Hi-Fi sound better and much louder than my new 500-watt home theater system?

https://www.quora.com/Why-does-my-fathers-30-year-old-200-watt-Hi-Fi-sound-better-and-much-louder-than-my-new-500-watt-home-theater-system Many preowned classic examples for sale HERE EDITORIAL NOTE: The opinions expressed in the above post do not necessarily reflect those of our editorial team – just in case you wondered. Neil McCauley  

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HARBETH: “Why are so many people trying to sell Harbeths?”

These speakers have their devotees to be sure, but it looks like a lot of people are falling OUT of love with them. It’s a trend I’ve noticed here on Audiogon. Opinions? More HERE Many preowned classic examples for sale HERE Classic Harbeth pairs for sale HERE EDITORIAL NOTE: The opinions expressed in the above […]

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Would it be stupid to buy a Linn Ikemi ?

Not because I’m streaming, basically for upcoming service issues. Having owned this player back then, I recall it was an excellent performer. I doubt Linn are supporting these but I hope other options would be available once needed Dip in and out HERE Many preowned classic examples for sale HERE EDITORIAL NOTE: The opinions expressed […]

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Comments invited: How/why do CD lasers fail?

I’m considering various CD transports at present, and these are older models(that’s the only way I can afford one!). Thus I need to make sure of availability of lasers/mechanisms to avoid having an expensive paperweight. Whilst I understand the mechanical failure modes of transports, I’m wondering what causes laser failure? Is it purely a function […]

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Michell’s had a makeover…

A thread that started in 2015 but I took a look in early 2020 and yes, among the 11 pages of comments, images and observations there are things of interest for Michell lovers and others. Neil / editor Read the entire thread HERE Many preowned classic examples for sale HERE Click HERE for many pristine […]

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HARBETH: Versus Devore. Opinions?

Has anyone had the opportunity to hear both? What are the differences in sound signatures? Answers HERE Many preowned classic examples for sale HERE Classic Harbeth pairs for sale HERE EDITORIAL NOTE: The opinions expressed in the above post do not necessarily reflect those of our editorial team – just in case you wondered. Neil […]

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HARBETH: M30.1 partnered with subwoofer – theoretical calculations

A member of the Harbeth user group writes: For anyone interested in partnering their Harbeth M30.1 with a subwoofer, I’ve done some theoretical design simulations to see what sort of combined response might be achieved. The M30.1 has a quoted –3 dB low-frequency cut-off point of 50 Hz. For the purposes of the simulations, I […]

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