Ask our editor Neil McCauley: Armstrong Audio 521

Hi Neil. What can you tell me about the Armstrong 521 please? This was a stereo hi-fi amplifier from the Armstrong Audio company and was marketed as 2 x 25W amplifier. It employed germanium AL102 transistors in its output stages and these had a reputation for failure and are now unobtainable although it is possible, […]

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Ask our editor Neil McCauley: GALE: 401 & 402 speakers – is there the possibility of a reissue?

  Howard Popeck asks: Dave – If enough money were invested, could a UK maker totally and faithfully reproduce the original sound using modern components or, as I suspect, part of that special and elusive sound only be achieved by original components? Dave Smith replies: In conjunction with the previous question I have no doubt […]

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HARBETH: Spare parts, ISO9001, ethics etc.

The thread starts …. This tread discusses Harbeth’s policy on spares and after care. Many companies have a business model where their products are relatively less expensive than ours and their spares parts division makes a significant contribution to their overall profitability. We design and manufacture for the longest possible service life – typically 20 […]

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HARBETH: From Quad to Harbeth

My last house move left me with a loudspeaker problem; my Quad ESL-63’s really wouldn’t fit properly into the room in which they had to be. I’ve lived with the problem for a while and have jigged and rejigged their position, but it simply hasn’t been working out. So, time to bite the bullet and […]

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KEF: R500 Loudspeakers – review by Doug Schneider

KEF’s R loudspeakers comprise an affordably priced line of nine models: three floorstanders (R500, R700, R900), two stand-mounts (R100, R300), two center-channels (R200c, R600c), one surround (R800ds), and one subwoofer (R400b). The R series followed the release of the Blade, launched in 2011 for $29,999 USD per pair. The Blade is a unique loudspeaker that […]

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QUAD: Reference ESL-2805 loudspeaker test review

  John Atkinson writes ….. When I was discussing the qualities of this speaker with Stephen Mejias before committing my thoughts to paper, he perceptively asked what music I’d been playing. Even as I answered—”Chamber music, soft rock, classical orchestral, acoustic jazz”—I got the point. All audio products push you toward music that plays to […]

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KEF: EGG Wireless Digital Music System.

KEF EGG is Bluetooth enabled, with 4.0 aptX compatibility for those with suitable devices. KEF’s Uni-Q driver array is featured here in its latest form. The KEF EGG is a complete ‘plug-and-play’ package, with built-in amplification and DAC. The system is also supports 24bit/96kHz USB input. The speakers includes the ‘tangerine’ waveguide helping the sound […]

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