Direct drive vs belt vs rim vs idler arm?

Is one TT type inherently better than another? I see the rim drive VPI praised in the forum as well as the old idler arm. I’ve only experienced a direct drive Denon and a belt driven VPI” Classic. Dip in and out HERE   EDITORIAL NOTE: The opinions expressed in the above post do not […]

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“Castle Tynes it was an instant yes. So I ended up leaving with the pipe and slippers option”

Usually speakers are the most obvious for me. When I went shopping for my first pair as a student in the early 80s, I fancied those blingy Missions with the white baffles and the big Mission print on the front ( obviously intended to be used without grilles- impress your mates stylee). As soon as […]

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RUBINSTEIN: A beginner’s guide to some of the finest recordings currently available?

A beginner’s guide to some of the finest Rubinstein recordings currently available. Please click HERE to access the whole article. 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   More music like this HERE

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NAIM: Can the problem could probably be traced to a genetic defect in Naim owners?

Afternoon kids. I can help noticing that on the respective forums Naim folk post more, argue more, moan more and box swap or upgrade more, (or talk about upgrades). The linn forum however seems to be a much calmer place. Yes there is the occasionsl whinge but in the main people seem stable, content and […]

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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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From the archives: The amplifier designer hall of fame / Musical Fidelity

Editor McCauley in conversation with Howard Popeck: Can we return to the mercurial Mr. Michaelson at some point today? Possibly. Possibly ….. not. Depends on what your questions are. Some matters are strictly off limits. He is though a bit of a hero for me frankly. (HP makes direct eye contact as if expecting a […]

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How loud is ‘Loud’ ?

These days, quite a few people have spl meters of one sort or another. Out of interest , what is the general view on what decibel level is ‘loud.?Highly subjective of course, but still interesting. For me, it’s somewhere around 90db Continues HERE EDITORIAL NOTE: The opinions expressed in the above post do not necessarily […]

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