LINN: Sondek LP12 turntable + Klyde phono cartridge – test review

STEREOPHILE: If you asked me to name a single specific high-end audio component that could make or break a system, I’d name the Linn LP12 turntable. Of all the thousands of hi-fi products I’ve heard over the years, not a one of ’em—not a speaker, amplifier, or digital processor—has been able to draw me into […]

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EWA: Alan Elsdon / Colin Wonfor – Top resistors

Dear Colin, Top resistors. Many threads with opinions on boutique coupling capacitors, but very little consolidated information on the sonics of resistors. Do you care to share your thoughts on the attributes of their favorite brands & types for specific tube and SS applications? How much of a difference does a good resistor make? My […]

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EWA / Elsdon Wonfor Audio: LS-XXV (LS-25) speaker cable test review

Alan Brown writes ….. Obscenity My problem with high-end cables is that it’s possible to spend truly obscene amounts on them. Obscene, because it seems to me many offerings to the audiophile market are overpriced hype with no real merit. Well it does seem like that doesn’t it? I mean ….. that’s the easy stance; […]

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EWA Elsdon Wonfor Audio: Mr. Wonfor answers your question: Zero autoformers; how to measure impedance please

Dear Colin, Zero autoformers; how to measure impedance please? I got a pair of Speltz zero autoformers recently but when I measure the total impedance, my multimeter sees only 0.4-0.6 ohm no matter what I do. It seems the multimeter could only read the DC resistance from the autoformer itself but not the total impedance […]

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WILSON BENESCH: Full Circle turntable, ACT 0.5 tonearm, & Ply MC cartridge – test review

“Hello, I’d like to apply for a Federal Grant? For what? Oh, to design and build a new, high-tech, very expensive turntable. What’s that? It plays records. Yes, that kind of turntable. Ofcourse they still make records. Why? How much time do you have? Oh, I forgot—you’re a federal employee, you have all day! Well, I didn’t mean […]

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From the 2009 archives: My small part in the Musical Fidelity story – by Howard Popeck

Hi Howard. What’s your part in the Musical Fidelity story. And what do you think of their current offers? Thanks. Ronnie Hmm. Interesting question. Thank you. In a nutshell … It’s all too easy to associate the brand with the man (or woman) behind the brand. Easy, but unproductive. The point being that currently, and […]

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A POINT OF VIEW: “The only speaker licenced by BBC Worldwide”?

From the Harbeth archives; the thread starts …. News of the launch of a Dr Who loudspeaker by the BBC’s highly-profitable commercial arm, begs the question as to what defines a BBC speaker these days. Once the three initials B B C ensured credibility and assured performance. The plastic, and doubtless China-made, “Tardis” speaker is […]

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SME: Model 20/12 turntable & 312S tonearm test review

Stereophile write ….. Much has happened in the analog world since I reviewed SME’s flagship Model 30/2 turntable for the March 2003 Stereophile (footnote 1). Back then, spending $25,000 on a turntable (without tonearm) was an odd extravagance intended only for those seriously committed to the format, and who already owned large LP collections. Although new LPs were being […]

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ROKSAN: Kandy K2 BT integrated amplifier test review

Herb Reichert (Stereophile magazine) writes: It was spring. I was planting kale and cabbage, wearing bib overalls, and listening to Pigboy Crabshaw (aka Elvin Bishop) on my iPhone. My girlfriend, “bb,” came out, and just stood there laughing. “What’s this? American Gigolo: The Alabama Years?” Now, please, don’t start worrying about your newest Stereophile reviewer. […]

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EWA: Alan Elsdon / Colin Wonfor – PSU, material being the limiting factor perhaps?

Hello Colin. From reading your very cogent and helpful answers to those questions here I appreciate that you take the design of power supplies very seriously. I’m writing here out of ignorance of the design process and indeed materials used but I wonder if it’s coming to the point where the next set of advances […]

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EWA Elsdon Wonfor Audio: Battery drive for amplification

Hi Colin. Fashions, come fashions go and from time to time the market has been presented with battery powered devices from preamps, phono stages and power amps. As far as I’m aware you’ve never thought of anything battery driven. Is any particular reason for this? I’m wondering if you think the claimed sonic benefits are […]

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SPENDOR: A3 test review

“It’s odd. There are a lot of loudspeakers that don’t put a foot wrong, but very few that command such respect from practically everyone in the business. This is also the kind of speaker that proves the virtue of listening at length. A two minute burst of music through the A3 will do nothing apart […]

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EWA Elsdon Wonfor Audio: My meter isn’t going to zero any more on ohm ratings

Dear Colin. My meter isn’t going to zero any more on ohm ratings, and it apparently can’t be calibrated. It’s a fairly low-end Radio Shack autoranging model. I saw that the “what do you need for repairing equipment” on a US thread suggested a Fluke 114 or 115. Is that still the best, or do […]

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ROKSAN: Kandy K2 BT integrated amplifier test review

Stereophile write:  It was spring. I was planting kale and cabbage, wearing bib overalls, and listening to Pigboy Crabshaw (aka Elvin Bishop) on my iPhone. My girlfriend, “bb,” came out, and just stood there laughing. “What’s this? American Gigolo: The Alabama Years?” Now, please, don’t start worrying about your newest Stereophile reviewer. I’ve owned my […]

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CAMBRIDGE AUDIO: Azur 851A integrated amplifier test review

Stereophile write:  The more integrated amps I review, the more I want to tell manufacturers: Please, skip the DAC, omit the phono stage, lose the Bluetooth—just give me the best sound quality, and the most vivid, most transparent line stage and control center (with pre-out) you can design. Make sure this line stage has appropriate […]

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