Musical Fidelity A5 int amp – just how good (or bad) is it?

  The thread starts:  Hi guys, I recently looked at an old model of Musical Fidelity integrated amp – the A5 and was quite tempted with the power (250WPC @ 8 ohm), HT bypass line in and more importantly it’s warm sounding according to a few review. I was wondering if there is any comparable […]

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QUAD: The 99 revisited

I seem to remember the 99pre was criticised for being a mediocre product when compared to the 909. I’ve just resurrected mine after five years and have made up a balanced cable to run from the D type ampbus output to my power amp’s xlr inputs (a fiddly job). I’ve recently been using a Benchmark […]

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Comprehension of classical music interpretation

Now I’ve never consciously tried, but I don’t think I am capable of picking out a musical “personality” in the way mentioned. I tend to like what I like, for reasons often ill-defined, or not defined at all. It would appear that, after 30-odd years of classical listening, I still have a very long way […]

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Valve amps – do measurements tell it all?

Saw Bob’s post on another thread and thought “you’ve been talking to my mate” followed by “you’re gonna be in sh1t for saying it like that” So – to move the topic to a thread of its own where it belongs, be rude about valve amplifiers here. I would start by noting that my mate, […]

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Are the days of the audiophile (as distinct from audio supermarket) retailers numbered?

Gentlemen. in the age of the internet where increasing numbers of retailers are offering Buy-without-risk / Sale-or-Return for a month, are the days of the audiophile (as distinct from audio supermarket) retailers numbered? No. Because there will always be a small interest in having good equipment and basically it’s very difficult to buy good equipment […]

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Speakers that properly reproduce piano

I recently had the good fortune to listen to a half a dozen pretty well-regarded speakers back-to-back. For these kind of sessions I like using piano recordings – either solo or jazz trio – as a measure because, to my ear at least, it seems that speakers that can reproduce piano really well seem to […]

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