BENCHMARK MEDIA: Some observations about the Benchmark DAC1

IMO the DAC1’s true potential can only be realised when the extra bells and whistles (XLR output attenuators, physical volume pot) are switched off, and it is fed a digital signal that is attenuated, with dither at 24 bits, and upsampled well (e.g. SoX with -v) to 110.6kHz. If used via XLR, also the XLR […]

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TANNOY: Which classic amps for their GRF Autographs?

My Small flea power amps are fine powering my Tannoy Grf Autographs when I am in my listening room alone, However these 2 watt amps are just not powerful enough if i want to crank up the volume when i am working in different parts of the house. As the Tannoys are happy being fed […]

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TANNOY: Vintage Tannoy 12″ monitor golds vs. Harbeth

I am thinking about assembling a secondary system in a small den (12.5ft x 13.5ft) for listening to combo jazz, female vocalists, acoustic guitar music, cello sonatas, and the like. I have come across a pair of vintage Tannoy 12″ monitor golds(from the sixties) that are mounted in custom cabinets made of baltic birch and […]

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

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

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HARBETH: Recommend an integrated amp for my Harbeth 40.1’s

The thread starts ….. I’m considering simplifying my system (and banking some cash) by selling off my separates (Aesthetix Calypso pre & McIntosh MC 275 MK V) and replacing them with a solid state or hybrid integrated amp. I don’t want to spend over $2,500 and would love to find something for less if it […]

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QUAD: 909 – calling all enthusiasts

So, I gave in to audiophilia nervosa and believed the fantastic reports from Dada on how much better the 909 would be without the ampbus card. So I removed it and ended up with a 2 x 140 W buzzing amp. The buzz is regardless of level and input. It was much more quieter without […]

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HARBETH: Should this man have “moved on”?

Without wanting to spoil the party, I am one of the people who “moved on from Harbeth”. Let me quickly add that they are great speakers, and the speakers I am replacing them with are slightly more than twice as expensive – in other words, if you want to better you Harbeth, you really need […]

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CELESTION: Ditton 15 – any good, or what?

I imagine there are a few people here who will remember celestions as being pretty common a couple of decades ago. It seems their popularity has waned throughout the years, though based on the quality of these examples I cannot think why. When you take into account the age of these speakers, it may be […]

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TANNOY: Conversations about Tannoy Lancasters

 I’ve just collected my pair of Tannoy Lancasters, which are in good cosmetic order but I’d like to take the grille off to examine the drivers’ cones. There does not seem to be an obvious way of removing the grilles, so maybe they are not removable as such? Can anyone enlighten me on this and […]

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TRESHAM (Tannoy) DR-102 power amp: Designer unenthusiastic, to say the least!

He says ….. You want my opinion don’t touch it. I neither can nor will service it or help repair it in any way, it is Tannoys responsibility and I am contractually blocked and I don’t want to anyway. I have seen it before, every one of the *next persons* who end up with it […]

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British Speakers vs All the Rest?

I finally made the leap towards a pair of Gemme Tanto V2s.I wanted a speaker that had all the simular attributes that my presiding Castle Avon speakers have.But with a bigger sound stage,more presence,better detail,and more oomph!! I went for a test listen yesterday at a dudes place who had them for sale.He warned me […]

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“Early Levinson was wonderful – the 28 and 25/26 pre’s with the 29, 27.5 and 23 power-amps had all the tube attributes without the foibles.”

    Editor’s note: Really? Not in my experience! I sold my ML-28 Mark Levinson preamp within days of buying it second hand. I was hoping for the sheer magic of the ML-6a and ML-7. Sadly by that time, that magic was nowhere to be seen, felt or heard. Yes the built quality was impeccable. […]

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“I found some low sensitivity speakers(80 to 86dB)sounds much better at higher volume. Is this their inborn characteristic?”

A reader writes ….. “I found some low sensitivity speakers(80 to 86dB)sounds much better at higher volume. It seems to be a threshold volume for this type of speakers to sound right. At low volume, the tonal balance is usually no good. Examples are ATC passive monitors and my pioneer S-A4SPT-PM. Higher sensitivity speakers such […]

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QUAD: 303 treble anomalies?

Wonder if the brains trust has any advice for me. Just taken delivery of a lovely Quad 303, restored by Rob at AmpLabs (who’s been a perfect gent throughout) to match the original design but with old components swapped for new. I’m almost completely delighted with the results – warmth, intimacy, believability, it really draws […]

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