In defence of ABX testing

We Audiophiles need to get ourselves out of the stoneage, reject mythology, and say goodbye to superstition. Especially the reviewers, who do us a disservice by endlessly writing articles claiming the latest tweak or gadget revolutionized the sound of their system. Likewise, any reviewer who claims that ABX testing is not applicable to high end […]

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KEF Carltons from 1968?

The mad collector in me is struggling to resist, as I have the chance to purchase a pair of Kef Carltons second hand. It would be interesting to read what experience members here have had with these speakers.  What attracts me to them are two things :- Firstly they are a big sealed box design […]

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HARBETH: Spare parts, ISO9001, ethics etc.

The thread starts …. This tread discusses Harbeth’s policy on spares and after care. Many companies have a business model where their products are relatively less expensive than ours and their spares parts division makes a significant contribution to their overall profitability. We design and manufacture for the longest possible service life – typically 20 […]

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HARBETH: From Quad to Harbeth

My last house move left me with a loudspeaker problem; my Quad ESL-63’s really wouldn’t fit properly into the room in which they had to be. I’ve lived with the problem for a while and have jigged and rejigged their position, but it simply hasn’t been working out. So, time to bite the bullet and […]

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SHELTER: The 501-II Cartridge – opinions

“I drove home today in eager anticipation of listening to the Shelter 501-II that I bought used from Tom (see Shelter 501 Mk II). These are just some initial impressions as I listen to and get used to its sound. Comparisons are with my Dynavector DV-20X2L, both running through the CineMag step-up in high (30x) […]

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Is this the strongest (audiophile) placebo ever?

I’ve recently decided to be open-minded (for a change, so I’m now into cheap-ass tweaks. A friend managed to talk me into this story how, due to certain piezo-electrical properties, some crystals can affect low voltage circuitry, blah blah blah. To cut the long story short, I took some of the crystals that my wife […]

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LEAK: If you have a Leak 20 …

You must, for the love of God, try the Rusky PIO caps. They’re just jaw dropingly good. You can get them from Paul @ Classique (very closely or identically matched) or ebay – already imported or direct from the Ukraine. If the latter I think you need to buy larger quantities. Very interested to learn […]

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‘I found out something about myself’

I recently found out something about myself, and I think it informs some of the questions and debates that audiophiles have. When I started down this path some years ago, I thought I was a “they are here” music lover; that is, I was seeking to bring, say, the Berlin Philharmonic into my listening room. […]

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Best Vintage Speaker Kickoff!

This is for who thinks what vintage speaker is best for sound from their experience. Smooth mids and highs with solid bass. Mainly would be for rock music. I know tubes and ss affects speakers individually. I am mainly looking at klipsch or ADS l810 right now. I know a lot about klipsch like chorus […]

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