How exactly do old caps degrade the sound? Should this man re-cap anyway?

I just bought a CB Naim 160 with the original ITT ’82 date-stamped reservoir capacitors. I was expecting it to sound pretty crappy and in obvious need of a re-cap, but amazingly it sounds great. No worse than my recently re-capped 250 (with 2010 Kendeils), slightly different in character but no worse. How exactly do […]

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Accuphase A-35 or Accuphase P-4200

I’m interested in buying one of the following:- Accuphase A-35 or Accuphase P-4200. Does anyone out there own or have heard either of these components. I’ve heard good things and of course one is Class A and one Class A/B so there will be merits with one over the other. I listen to mostly classical […]

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The problem with insurers.

The thread starts: “Holy moley – what a hassle! Was looking at an alternative to Hiscox as insurers. Fancied John Lewis who have changed from Axa to RSA and thought that was good as the old underwriters consider my area as subsidence risk so wouldn’t cover buildings anyway. RSA cover it no problem. Selected highest […]

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So How Accurate Are These Smartphone Sound Measurement Apps?

Chucri A. Kardous, MS, PE and Peter B. Shaw, Ph.D.  write: As of June 2013, 60% of all mobile subscribers use smartphones—that’s more than 140 million devices. Apple iOS and Google Android platforms account for 93% of those devices [Nielsen, 2013]. Smartphone developers now offer many sound measurement applications (apps) using the devices’ built-in microphone […]

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HARBETH: Kef LS50 vs Harbeth Monitor 30.1 – an American perspective

The thread starts: Ive heard kef ls 50 and will audition monitor 30.1. Ive just sold my amphion one18. they are truly the most accurate, detailed and fast speakers Ive heard. I may want a more smooth, slow and musical presentation. My interest is likely getting a high end REL g2 combined with the 30.1 […]

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HARBETH: Super SHL5 Loudspeakers test review

HiFi Pig write ….. They just get on with delivering a well controlled, revealing insight into the recorded music.  Whilst part of this is no doubt down to the driver and cabinet design, a lot is also down to the excellence of the crossover design.  It’s as seamless as I’ve heard.  There was a slight […]

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PHASE LINEAR: 700b Amplifier

The thread starts: I have on a mission to find a clean natural sounding amp to power the ALIII. The ribbon drivers present a very difficult load. I found a 700 b rebuilt by an electrical engineering professor who does it as a hobby. WOW. So this a a mint 700b and maybe upgraded slightly […]

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TEN enjoyable speakers you’ve owned

The thread starts as follows: A mixed bag i know but i enjoyed owning the below, in no particular order of enjoyability (don’t think there’s such a wurd) :JR’149′ Heybrook ‘HB1’ Castle Acoustics ‘Howard Mk.1’ Diesis ‘Solitaire’ Mission ‘737’ (Audax) B&W ‘DM4’ Ferrograph ‘S1’ Mordaunt Short ‘Signifer’ Monitor Audio ‘R352’ Spendor ‘SP1’ ps:Never owned the […]

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HARBETH: 7ES-3 (A Whack on the Side of the Head)

Jeff Dorgay writes ….. Sometime back in the early 80’s Roger Van Oech wrote a book titled A Whack on the Side of the Head focusing on creative solutions to problems that one might not have considered without being taken outside of their comfort zone.  The new Harbeth Compact 7ES-3 is the perfect example of […]

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HARBETH: Easier to drive; specifically Harbeth v Vandersteen?

The thread starts: I’m in an NY apartment, I have Vandersteen 2CE speakers driven with a YBA Integre with 50W. I know the Vandersteen’s are fairly easy to drive and you can use tubes including Music Reference RM-10 at 35W. I listen to jazz, female vocalist stuff.  Now you have the Harbeth Compact 7, which […]

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