JAPANESE SERIOUS LOUDSPEAKERS: Apart from the Yamaha NS1000? How about the NS2000?

Gentlemen; other than the Yamaha NS1000, have the Japanese every built credible loudspeakers? I guess you are speaking historically, right? Well, yes, they did. Sony in fact. In the very early 1980s they released the SSG1 Series 2. It wasn’t cheap. Around £200 from memory, which was a small fortune then. However … This isn’t […]

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Ask Mr. H: JOHN MAYALL: Can you suggest 3 vinyl releases to give me a varied taster?

Hmm. Interesting. JM’s music, although generally categorized as Blues is within that genre pretty variable in terms of interpretation. To me, some of his stuff verges into jazz areas I don’t particularly like. I’m pretty much a novice here myself incidentally. However here are the 3 which I really like: The Turning Point (1969) Bluesbreakers […]

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Howard Popeck speaks at length to people with interesting things to say: Colin Wonfor (Inca Tech, Magnum, Proac-Magnum, T.O.C.A, Naim and Tellurium Q) sets the record straight (Part #2)

Hello again Colin. I guess you hold a couple of patents, possibly quite a few. in layman’s terms – if indeed such a thing is possible – can you explain what these are and perhaps their significance in the audiophile world? Crickey Howard, some of those got back a bit and now and are out […]

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Ask Mr. H: MERIDIAN: Their 101, 103 & 103D amplifiers revisited and …. the elusive 102

Gentlemen – what can you tell me about the Meridian 101/103D amplifiers from the 1970s? They look like a bargain on e-bay. The 101 series preamps are tremendous value on the used market today fetching ridiculously low prices given the clarity and transparency of the reproduction. They use DIN plugs throughout, other than later versions […]

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Ask an expert: Principal Design PD150 speakers, Dr Penfold and possiblity of clones of Linn Sara speakers. Part #2 of 2

I have toyed with the idea of making a few sets and selling them. Any info would be appreciated As for building a few sets of your own, well great – if you want to expose yourself to heartache, deceit, moral corruption from some hi-fi mags, sniping from self-appointed know-it-all ‘experts’ on some forums, sub-contractors […]

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COLIN WONFOR: Howard Popeck speaks at length to people with interesting things to say: Colin Wonfor (Inca Tech, Magnum, Proac-Magnum, T.O.C.A, Naim and Tellurium Q) sets the record straight (Part #1)

The image above is one of just six gold plated issues. Note: This was originally published here in April 2015 Neil McCauley (HFA editor in chief) writes an introduction: Colin was and remains one of the UK audio industry’s gentlemen. No one in our office has heard a negative comment about him nor a negative […]

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Ask Mr. H: Pink Triangle & Breuer 8 Dynamic (Part #2)

Howard, did you sell the Breuer 8? Yes. After 19 years of use I got £1,750 for it. I bought a Brinkmann 10.5. Never looked back! Which cartridges did you find worked well with the Breuer? Loved the Van Den Hul MC-1. Denon DL-103 was great. Koetsu Black, Supex 901 too. Is it, in your […]

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Ask Mr. H: Pink Triangle & Breuer 8 Dynamic (Part #1 of 2)

Howard, Many thanks for replying to my email. Would you perchance be the renowned Howard Popeck? Well, yes. It’s me – but far from renowned though. I have a PT Anniversary/SME V/Ortofon Rohmann which I’m shortly upgrading with the aid of the Funk Firm. I may change tonearms and cartridge – I’ve read somewhere once(the […]

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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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Ask Mr. H: FUNK / PINK TRIANGLE & BREUER – a few observations

  Howard – one of…no, the best turntable I ever heard was a special fully funked LP12. Sure it sat on a mountain of Mana, and was part of an awesome system…but it really out-shone the original modified (Ninja) LP12. So..if the Funk Firm could transform a Sondek like that, surely their own decks would […]

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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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SAEC: Are their tonearms worth considering?

Hi Guys. SAEC arms seem to attrack big money pre-owned. What’s the story? Thanks. Brad Well Brad, here’s all we know so far. These were high quality Japanese tonearms with engineering up to SME standards. The WE-308L & WE308N are fairly common and usually not that expensive used but note that the SX version of […]

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DECCA: XMS specifications

Hello Mr. McCauley. What can you tell me about the Decca XMS please? Well now – a blast from the past eh? Okay, here goes: Plug-in type head was available separately for either Standard or LP Records. Brown head was standard. Red was for microgroove. The seal plate colour identified the impedance as follows: Gold […]

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STAX: Unreliability?

Gentlemen, which era of STAX headphones are more reliable. Old or new? Howard Popeck writes as follows: First things first, I’ve not been involved in selling STAX equipment for some years and so my comments and observations are based on my experiences then and not currently. They’re called ‘Earspeakers’ incidentally. Old or new is not […]

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COLIN WONFOR: M50 power amplifier test review

Alan Brown writes: Since when will an amplifier sound better the louder it plays? Sure, louder can be more exciting, more visceral, but usually there’s a point where things get ‘ragged’. This can manifest as harshness, sibilance, collapse of soundstage or loudness. Yes, I said loudness, which seems to me to be an artifact of […]

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Colin Wonfor’s Clinic: Amplifier buzz even when power switch is off!

Dear Colin, I need some theories and hopefully answers please. This is a situation, neither I, not anyone who I asked, have encountered before. It is very simple and puzzling at the same time. Here it is: There is a faint buzz coming from the amplifiers, NOT the speakers, barely audible from a few feet […]

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Ask Mr. H: STAX 2020 + NAIM CD5-X

I have a Stax 20/20 basic system which I have acquired from a friend recently. My problem is when directly connected from my Naim CD5X CD player (RCA output) I get some distortion in sound as I crank up the volume to higher level on the energiser. My interconnects are QED approx £20 according to […]

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COLIN WONFOR: HB100 mono power amps test review

Neil McCauley / editor in chief Why no images? Because the test review that follows here are of a pre-production pair in casework that doesn’t properly represent the finished product which, so we are told, should be available in early March 2017. Priced, including VAT @ £4.6k per pair. A bit of history Please note […]

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LFD AUDIO: Bews views: The thoughts, opinions and observations of Dr. Richard Bews:

Dr. Bews – as I understand it, volume controls of all kinds affect sound quality in negative ways, some more than others. Is there one type of level control that’s better than all others and if so, why? Also, how do your findings impact on future LFD designs? A: All pots have different sounds, even […]

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Ask The Experts: Directional engineering – what is it and is it important?

Paul McGowan: There are two types of engineering directions if we take a broad stroke view: forward and reverse. Forward engineering might look like engineering a new product from a simple idea from scratch. Reverse engineering would look like the opposite: start with something that already works and take it apart to figure out how […]

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Ask Mr. H: MICHELL ENGINEERING: Orbe versus old Pink Triangle PT2, LFD Audio copper reference, SME 4 – and more

Hello. I am using an Orbe with and Audio Origami breathed-on Zeta arm with a Benz Glider plus an LFD Audio copper reference arm cable. I also have a PT2 which is in need of quite a bit of tlc – I mean to get it working properly – would you expect it to be […]

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