Spendor Classic 200 Retro-styled floorstanders with plenty of charm and ability. Tested at £16,000

What Hi-Fi? tell us: Few products that pass through our doors are as overtly retro as Spendor’s Classic 200s. They are the new top dogs in the company’s Classic series, a range of traditional boxes that celebrate the company’s heritage and are based around the engineering ideas developed by the BBC back in the 1960s. […]

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LFD AUDIO: Q/A with Dr. Bews – The battery DiscStage; where does the cost go?

Q: Dr. Bews – your battery DiscStage is your most expensive product. Where does the cost go? A: I actually don’t get the usual manufacturer’s mark up with the Battery DiscStage, since it would become prohibitive in price. There are very expensive parts in the battery DiscStage, i.e. 26 off sealed lead acid batteries, 1W […]

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SME tonearms: My pick of the most interesting pre-owned VINTAGE models for sale (NOT ON EBAY) currently. Neil / editor

Editorial note. The links below are for reader information only. We have no connection whatsoever with the sellers nor the items for sale which means that HFA nor anyone employed here can vouch for authenticity. Thank you. Neil / editorial ============== http://yahoo.aleado.com/lot?auctionID=v626931665 https://www.audio-markt.de/_markt/item.php?id=7731119939 http://www.hifi4all.dk/ksb/Annonce.asp?id=345995 http://yahoo.aleado.com/lot?auctionID=e343289831 http://yahoo.aleado.com/lot?auctionID=l511976726 http://yahoo.aleado.com/lot?auctionID=f335914439 https://www.hifi-forsale.co.uk/moreinfo.php?prod_title=SME_SME_IV_1.20m_D501_Hybrid_Tonearm_Cable&p=tonearmcable&prod_id=67538&offset= https://hifitorget.se/visa_annons.php/tonarm_sme_3009_69567.htm https://www.hificlassic.dk/SME_3012-R/p1036416_19713022.aspx

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TANNOY: My top 8 of the most interesting pre-owned pairs for sale currently. Neil / editor

https://www.2ememain.be/tv-hi-fi-vid%C3%A9o/hifi-audio/enceintes/enceintes-tr%C3%A8s-haut-gamme-tannoy-506020314.html https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/264234483152 https://www.finn.no/bap/forsale/ad.html?finnkode=142247614 https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/192854123600 https://www.kijiji.ca/v-speakers/saskatoon/80s-tannoy-2-way-bookshelf-speakers/1419944456 https://www.hifishark.com/goto/107_1419789058/8e879398-440c-11e9-9f3b-626232336462 https://www.kijiji.ca/v-speakers/ottawa/tannoy-r5a-powered-monitors/1419848178 http://yahoo.aleado.com/lot?auctionID=370877075

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CELESTION: The nine most interesting pre-owned models for sale currently

My pick of the global market today. Neil / editor ================ https://www.ss.com/msg/lv/electronics/audio-video-dvd-sat/audio/dynamics/becpld.html https://www.okidoki.ee/item/celestion-ditton-10-studio-series-15-ohms/8509517/ https://www.leboncoin.fr/image_son/1582289213.htm/ https://www.gumtree.co.za/a-speakers/somerset-west/celestion-speakers-model+dl8-set-of-two-on-individual-stands/1004488590670912105641709 https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/352614884142 http://yahoo.aleado.com/lot?auctionID=b377768238 https://www.kijiji.ca/v-speakers/ottawa/celestion-66-speakers-restored/1419825574 https://www.olx.pl/oferta/celestion-concertino-CID99-IDyY3RI.html http://yahoo.aleado.com/lot?auctionID=o306047207

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LFD AUDIO: Dr. Bews discusses LFD Integrated LPCD – the low powered class d

Hello Dr. Bews. What can you tell us about this new release? “The cost of the LPCD is for the standard line level version (NO remote control) is £7500, it can be configured to have internal phonostage or internal DAC (192khz/24bit SPDIF only), at a higher price (probably around 10% extra for phonostage and 15% […]

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LFD AUDIO: Dr. Bews discusses Integrated Mistral 2019 with and without phono stage

Hello Dr. Bews. What can you tell us about this new release? “The internal phonostage of the Mistral is based on a new circuit, which uses a dual op-amp, so is different to the phonostage LE and needs to be specified at manufacture since the back pcb needs to be modified to allow input “1” […]

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LFD AUDIO: Q/A with Dr. Bews Are all your amplifiers a good match with electrostats?

Q: I’m thinking particularly modern Martin Logans, which are usually seen with McIntosh and Ayre amps. I’m following your site with interest, and see speakers from Spendor, Harbeth, Neat and Tannoy praised as wonderful matches for the LFD line. A: I have many LFD customers who use old and new quad electrostatic loudspeakers, but I […]

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CASTLE: Clyde speakers test review

    Howard Popeck ….. In the early 1980s at Subjective Audio Ltd I took a pair of these in part exchange against a pair of Lentek Monitors, transmission line; a Bert Webb design. Those Lenteks, an overlooked ‘classic’ were exceptional and a substantial upgrade in both performance and cost (and size) to the Clyde’s. […]

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SPENDOR: How to value their older speakers?

  Time has come for me to clear things out a bit while I can. I have a pair of Spendor SP1 and a pair of SA2 speakers, both in excellent condition. Where can I find any information which would give me a rough valuation guide on these speakers? I have never seen anybody selling […]

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HARBETH: Spendor SP 100/R2 and Harbeth 40.1 – impressions?

Where I am, it’s difficult to audition these two flagship speakers side-by-side or at home, so opinions/impressions from anyone would be most welcome. Feedback on other forums is that the Harbeth may be marginally the “better” speaker, but I’m not convinced. Matching amps would likely be from MBL. Please click HERE to dip in and […]

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AUDIOLAB: NAD, Audiolab, TDL RTL2 speakers Heybrook HB1s and other vintage kit

I have recently upgraded my hi-fi in a couple of ways and these changes have made me rethink my strategy for putting together a set of equipment on a relatively tight budget. Firstly, I had been using an NAD C320BEE as a pre-amp with an Arcam P75 power amp. I decided to upgrade these in […]

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LOUDSPEAKER MEASUREMENTS: Axiom, B&W, Dahlquist, Focal, JBL, Magico, Morel, PSB and many more

Written in 2009 They write ….. With the cooperation of Canada’s National Research Council (NRC), in the year 2000 the SoundStage! Network began measuring and publishing objective measurements of loudspeaker products — a first for online publications. The NRC’s legacy of producing accurate loudspeaker measurements goes back decades. Literally thousands of speakers have been measured […]

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NAIM: 62/150x + Wharfedale Evo 40 floorstanders; why does this owner think he might be going deaf?

I bought a set of Wharfedale Evo 40 floorstanders from a mate to experiment with. 2 months later and they are still connected, with my Dynaudio Excite X12 nicely packed away. All logic says that this cannot make sense. My Naim 62/150x pre/pwr pair should make the Dynaudios sing and the Wharfedales look like impostors […]

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BOWERS and WILKINS: Bi-amping vs Bi-wiring?

I am looking for feedback on bi-amping these amazing speakers. I currently own a CA-2200 amp and it seems 200w per channel may not be adequate to realize full potential of 800D2. So i was thinking of bi-amping two classe ca-2200 for L/R speakers, thus feeding 400w each to Left and Right speakers. Or am […]

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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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