HARBETH: “I’ve just bought a pair of vintage Quad IIs and love them. I’m thinking about a speaker upgrade and am considering bookshelf Harbeth or Spendors?’

I’ve just bought a pair of vintage Quad IIs and love them. I’m thinking about a speaker upgrade and am considering bookshelf Harbeth or Spendors. I understand sensitivity is an issue with lower power valve amps and note that the smallest Harbeth has a sensitivity of 83. I just wondered if you had a view […]

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SUGDEN: Their Fusion21 CD player

They say ….. The Fusion 21 is designed to compliment both the A21 and A21SE Signature integrated amplifiers. Utilising a high speed transport mechanism and on board memory, the Fusion 21 is a technically advanced CD player. To reduce jitter and control errors during play back there is a dedicated transceiver circuit, this re-formats data […]

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PMC: fact.12

They say ….. The fact.12 is a product of PMC’s passion for absolute sonic transparency. It delivers emotion and power while preserving clarity and dynamics at all levels, from whisper-quiet to performances you can literally feel. With ATL™ bass loading technology and its audiophile level controls for precise adjustment of high and low frequencies, fact.12 guarantees a […]

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PMC: Wafer

They say ….. PMC has brought its ATL technology, found in the world’s leading studios to a range of discreet, stylish in-wall and on-wall loudspeakers. The slim-line wafer series are capable of astounding room-filling richness and clarity, ideal to recreate the surround sound cinema experience or an audiophile two channel system. The two size options […]

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TANNOY: Vintage ones; what’s all the fuss about?

The thread starts ….. I am getting fed up reading about vintage Tannoys, as a person who has never had the pleasure to hear a pair, can any AOSers please educate me as to why they seem to have such a cult following- and do l need to listen to a pair? http://theartofsound.net/forum/showthread.php?32756-What-is-so-special-about-vintage-Tannoys ===//=== Please […]

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Bowers and Wilkins: All boom and tizz? What’s your view?

The thread starts as follows: I’ve been reading alot of forums etc regarding peoples view of B&W. Main comments gleaned so far bloated bass and enamel stripping treble round earth – no FEP’s for me mass market produced = midfi huge marketing campaign allied to huge number of dealers is reason for their popularity poor […]

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EWA / Elsdon Wonfor: Q-20-P preamp and Q-20 power amp test review

Neil McCauley writes: First, here’s how the makers describe their units: Q-20-P The Q-20-P complements the Q-20 power amplifier, it features MC, MM and one line input, a line-level output and a headphone output. The Q20P is designed to be as simple as possible in order to maintain signal integrity. It is ideal for the […]

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HEYBROOK: Their very rare Signature amplification system + Sextet Mk2 speakers

Mr Lothar Kissinger writes … Love at first sight! That’s why I bought the Heybrook Signature Series a little while ago. And because it is vintage British Hifi at its best! Plus speakers Heybrook Sextet MKII. But surprise, surprise, the superclever Internet = google, does not offer much information or pictures on Heybrook or the […]

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CHORD COMPANY: Their first ever headphone cable!

They tell us….. For the first time in over 30 years, The Chord Company has applied its cable-building expertise to a headphone cable. The new ShawCan, which will make its debut at October’s headroom show is a thoroughbred Chord cable and features the company’s unique Tuned ARAY conductor technology. The Chord Company’s ShawCan features high-quality […]

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HARBETH: ” …. mind you we would be remiss to remember the true designer Dudley Harwood.”

A true and little known fact regarding all of DH’s designs was that his strong religious conviction (Plymouth Brethren) precluded him from listening to any music of any form through his designs. Apparently all his designs were quite literally “voiced” using playback of very high quality analogue tape recordings of his beloved wife. Once the […]

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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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SUGDEN: Their LS21 loudspeaker

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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GALE: 401 & 402 speakers – Far Eastern imitations?

Howard Popeck asks: Am I correct that cheap ‘n cheerful imitations emanating from China or elsewhere are in circulation or is this just a rumour? Dave Smith replies: No there is not an ‘imitation’ so far to my knowledge. The GB-101 chrome stands are re-manufactured by me purely due to the demand I had to […]

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SPENDOR: So ….. which offers the ‘better’ midrange; Spendor or Harbeth?

The thread starts ….. I recently auditioned a pair of Harbeth SHL5’s and Sendor S8’s and was really impressed with the mids on both of these speakers. I was wondering if folks out there who have first hand experience could recommend other speakers that equal or surpass these two in the midrange. Thank you. 46 […]

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