CHORD COMPANY: This is what Chord’s digital designer Rob Watts had to say about power cables

Rob Watts writes ….. In the ’80s, there was a buzz going around that mains cables made a big difference to the sound, so I tried experimenting. Yes you could hear a difference, even under blind conditions. And this was with one of my pre-amps that had 3 stages of regulation – 210dB of rejection […]

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FM RADIO: Roberts R100 The radio star isn’t dead yet, and the R100 is a sensible choice of radio

What Hi-Fi report: At first glance, the Roberts R100 doesn’t look like your average radio. There are no dials for tuning or adjusting the volume for starters – it has been designed to look more like a wireless speaker that’s been augmented with a screen and aerial. There are navigation buttons on the right hand side […]

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SUGDEN: Their LS21 loudspeaker but …… discontinued!

They say ….. The LS21 is a tuned quarter wave design and uses a treble and mid/base driver ported through the plinth. The cabinet is compact but not compromised, being domestically acceptable at less than 1m tall and less than 23cm wide. The cabinets are manufactured in-house by our highly skilled cabinet maker. This includes […]

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LEAK: Stereo 20

A 1961 Leak Stereo 20. It is in really tidy condition, barely a mark on it, and was apparently sympathetically serviced a couple of years ago with new caps etc. Thankfully no modifications other than a decent set of RCA input sockets and speaker posts (the original leak ones are naff to the extent of […]

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KEVLAR: Bowers and Wilkins’ cone material of choice since 1974 and with good reason

We say .. a fascinating, informative and interesting hype-free short video by Dr. Peter Fryer: Director of Research. They say: The midrange is where the real musical action is invariably found, and a smooth midband is an invaluable loudspeaker quality. Enter Kevlar®. It’s been Bowers & Wilkins’s cone material of choice since 1974, and with […]

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PROFILE: Curiosity got the better of me, and I just had to have these at a local auction house

Curiosity got the better of me, and I just had to have these at a local auction house today: I hadn’t quite fathomed how bloody massive they are before put them up against my resident speakers! The back just says “Profile Model 10 / 8 ohm / Made In England”… Does anyone know *anything* about […]

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NAIM: ARO tonearm + Armageddon turntable power supply – test review. Stereophile Magazine.

Stuff that works, stuff that holds up/ The kind of stuff you don’t hang on the wall/ Stuff that’s real, stuff you feel/ The kind of stuff you reach for when you fall. Guy Clark’s paean to dependability, “Stuff That Works,” almost always makes me take a mental inventory of my own most favoritest things: […]

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ALBARRY: Howard Popeck speaks at length to people with interesting things to say: Albarry Music’s main man Mr. Neil Burnett. An Albarry valve amp perhaps?

From the archives Preliminary notes. Neil’s a busy guy and has kindly agreed to us sending him clusters of three questions on a regular basis while bearing in mind that he’ll squeeze his responses in as and when his schedule permits. There are many things we’d like to ask this designer of fine amplification and […]

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GRAHAM AUDIO: Their BBC LS5/8

They say: The LS5/8 is the BBC’s flagship design, and was developed because of the need for higher sound pressure levels and greater transparency and consistency than the ageing LS5/5 offered. This was the first BBC loudspeaker to use a polypropylene diaphragm which, being lighter than Bextrene, offered greater efficiency and lower colouration. A carefully […]

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LINN: ‘we have our own way of walkin’ and talkin’ – circa 1983

Lacking the grace and calm agility of a latter-day Fred Astaire, it was beyond my ability to rise to my feet while foot-tapping, finger clicking and ……. head nodding – all at the same time! I just didn’t have the necessary co-ordination. Clearly some did though. Last night I received an amusing phone call from […]

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