HARBETH: Their M30.1 – how much does it struggle with piano music?

I have a pair of M30.1s that are giving mixed results. Whilst superb with strings and vocals, they struggle with piano and seem to have significant coloration in the lower midrange, where the sound is distinctively ‘tubby’ and ‘boxy’. Do any Harbeth users have any thoughts about this? The speakers are in an 18ftx12ft room, […]

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HELIUS: Their new Viridia turntable does well at the Newport show

From our archives Robert Harley (The Absolute Sound) writes …. British turntable and tonearm maker Helius Designs added a second turntable to its line, the upscale Viridia. Based on the company’s Alexia ‘table, the Viridia features the same double-wishbone suspension but adds a magnetic bearing, new platter mat and clamp, magnetically suspended motor, and a […]

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Tim de Paravicini – The Stereophile star interview

Originally published October 2009 Stereophile: You are president of Esoteric Audio Research, a British manufacturer of tube amplifiers, and a world-renowned designer of tube equipment and output transformers. I thought we’d begin with a little background. Where were you born? What kind of education did you get to prepare you for a career in audio? […]

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LINN: Ekos SE tonearm, Keel LP12 subchassis, & Trampolin turntable base – test review

Visit www.stereophile.com and look at the Vote Results for June 17, 2007: You’ll see that when we asked our readers to name the one audio product that’s spent the greatest amount of time in their systems, the most common answer by far was the Linn Sondek LP12 turntable (footnote 1). Little wonder that Scotland’s most famous record player […]

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