STAX: End-user thinking of importing STAX for own use?

Hi Howard. I know you resigned the STAX agency some years back. Can you offer some advice though? I am thinking of importing STAX for my own use? In my direct personal experience the following comments apply equally to new STAX equipment or used equipment: All STAX items have serial numbers. This means that any […]

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QUAD: 303 treble anomalies?

Wonder if the brains trust has any advice for me. Just taken delivery of a lovely Quad 303, restored by Rob at AmpLabs (who’s been a perfect gent throughout) to match the original design but with old components swapped for new. I’m almost completely delighted with the results – warmth, intimacy, believability, it really draws […]

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ATC: Their speakers using NAIM amplification; a good idea or what?

Just wanted to dispel a forum myth. I have used ATC speakers for about 5 years now. I have tried many amps with varying degrees of success. I currently use the Michell Alecto Monoblocks, which I am pretty happy with. This week a friend wanted to borrow my amps, so he loaned me his Nait […]

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ALPHASON: Titanium tubed arms – HR100S or a Xenon?

I’d always fancied one of Alphason’s titanium tubed arms like the HR100S or a Xenon. The HR100S tends to be quite expensive (too much for a punt anyway) and I can’t say I’ve ever really heard one at its best as they mostly tend to have been wired with the horrible vdH cable throughout. A […]

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RADFORD: Quad II vs Leak 20 vs Radford STA 25 vintage equipment

Good afternoon folks. Just discovered this thread which started in 2010 and then drifted way. The points raised are, in my view, valid and relevant – and that’s why it’s here now. So all you UK valve lovers, you might enjoy dipping in and out there. It starts ….  I have now had several months […]

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Do Tube Amps go better with QUAD 2805’s Speakers?

I’m very happy with a pair of QUAD 2805’s which I bought new about 1yr ago. I’ve been using a VTL 5.5 Preamp w/phono, LP12, Zeta Arm, BlackBird, Ayre 7E CD, VTL 225 Deluxe Monoblocks converted to 6550c’s w.shunyata Tiapan helix PC’s,Diamond Racing cones on Solid Steel ampstands, Nordost Heimdall speaker cables. Also a Janus […]

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IMF: Their Professional Monitor IV – any credibility these days?

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 british loudspeaker; and as […]

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IMF: The TLS 50 Mk2 speakers

A member writes … Got these yesterday of a very nice gent for £60. the cabs are excellent, but the midrange surrounds had very bad rot. i have refoamed them with some rubber surrounds i had lying about. the tweters were dead, but i have just replaced the domes with some cheapo maplins ones which […]

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AUDIO NOTE: Their tonearms. Opinions differ, but not by much. 71 replies + 3,887 views

Greetings from the UK. Here’s a thread – from a while back – that some members here might find contains interesting observations, advice and, perhaps, more. In my view, certainly worth dipping in and out of if even if you have only a few minutes to spare. Neil / editor =================== Does anyone know how […]

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We asked our readers, ‘what classical recording are you most proud to own?’ These are the fascinating results…

We know that we have a passionate and knowledgeable community of readers and followers on Facebook and Twitter, but even so we were delighted with the response we received last week when we asked the question ‘what classical recording are you most proud to own?’ Listed below are the most popular responses we received. Would […]

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HARBETH: Speakers to replace their P3ESRs

Of course, nothing will ever really replace my beautiful baby Harbs, but they are now sold for the greater good and it is time to move on. I’m really enjoying the Elac BS203As I bought from Myrman a while back. Fabulous little things with great tuneful bass and, contrary to what you might expect from […]

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TONE CONTROLS

Paul McGowan writes … There was a time in our HiFi history that the ability to electronically control music’s tone was necessary. Necessary because the entire chain of electronics and speakers were bad enough to warrant their intrusion. Sure, many bemoan the lack of bass and treble controls, even full band graphic equalizers, but for […]

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HARBETH: Best integrated amp for Harbeth SHL5s

I recently sold a Bryston 4BSST2 mated with a BP26 preamp and replaced it with an Ayre AX-7E. I don’t like it better although I thought I would. Anyone have a dream match for the Harbeths? I know the LFD is supposed to be great but this lazy boy wants a remote to control volume. […]

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