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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Bowers and Wilkins: All boom and tizz? What’s your view?

The thread starts as follows: I’ve been reading alot of forums etc regarding peoples view of B&W. Main comments gleaned so far bloated bass and enamel stripping treble round earth – no FEP’s for me mass market produced = midfi huge marketing campaign allied to huge number of dealers is reason for their popularity poor […]

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HEYBROOK: Their very rare Signature amplification system + Sextet Mk2 speakers

Mr Lothar Kissinger writes … Love at first sight! That’s why I bought the Heybrook Signature Series a little while ago. And because it is vintage British Hifi at its best! Plus speakers Heybrook Sextet MKII. But surprise, surprise, the superclever Internet = google, does not offer much information or pictures on Heybrook or the […]

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STAX: Quattro 2

Dear Howard, Thanks for keeping me in the loop.Sadly, my Quattro 2 player is down. The tech guy said that the Sanyo IC controlling transport was not working anymore and the search for it has gone nowhere. Last year I saw an ad for one on audiogon for just $200 but the American seller seemed […]

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STAX: Their vintage SR3 & SRD-5 … and more

  Hi Howard. Just found HFA;  full of useful stuff. I am interested in the differences between the electret and mains powered energisers. I have a pair of Stax headphones labelled “New” SR3 which originally (when I bought them in 1975) came with an SRD-5 energiser. The SRD-5 (which is mains powered) was changed for […]

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LFD AUDIO: MCT phono stage and the very rare MCT ‘transformer coupled’ version – clarified by Dr. Richard Bews

What is the difference between the MCT phono stage and the very rare MCT ‘transformer coupled’ version? All MCT are transformer coupled (“T” in MCT). There is a (SE) version where the MAINS transformer is much larger (it retails for about £4k), also there is a slight change to a passive component. This gives more […]

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HORNS: Why not?

  I’ve owned a lot of speakers over the years but I have never experienced anything like the midrange reproduction from my horns. With a frequency response of 300 Hz. up to 14 Khz. from a single distortionless driver, it seems like a no-brainer that everyone would want this performance. Why don’t you use horns? […]

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HARBETH: “I am considering a change from Harbeth Super HL5s to the 7ES-3s. Could you describe the difference between the two?”

I’ve recently moved my system to a smaller room (the old wife acceptance factor) and as a result I am considering a change from Harbeth Super HL5s to the 7ES-3s. Could you describe the difference between the two? The new room is 13’ 2”x15’ 2” with 8.5’ 2” ceilings, and due to other furniture the […]

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Is the Audiophile hobby in the UK dying?

Hi guys…this question I’m going to pose is not intended to russel up anyone’s feathers, moreover, I ask this question because I have (in recent years) noticed a significant change in the downward trend of attitude/outlook/customer service/passion/integrity/motivation/product knowledge/politeness, and so many other elements from the very people who are serving to sell companies products to […]

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Room overload

  This may be a silly question, from a variety of perspectives, but here goes. Folks on here occasionally mention a sound quality often referred to as “congested”, usually when the volume gets liberally applied. I’ve paid careful attention to this in my own experiences, and noticed that the volume at which I hear this […]

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From the (2008) archives / Stax earspeakers – broken headbands and glue that is melting

Howard Popeck writes: I’ve received a number of calls recently regarding broken headbands on some models of STAX earspeakers and to a lesser extent, glue which is not keeping the ear pads in place. My advice to people is as follows: If your purchase is within the warranty period, then you should phone Mr. Crump […]

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APOGEE: Amplifiers suitable for 1 ohm Scintilla loudspeakers

Howard – help please! WHICH vintage Krell? —//— Certainly. I sold many pairs of these magnificent but tricky-to-drive speakers when I ran Subjective Audio. I was, so I’m told Apogee’s most successful UK retailer. i mention this because I have a lot of direct, personal hands-on experience. The simple part of my 2-part answer is […]

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Colin Wonfor’s Clinic: PSU, material being the limiting factor perhaps?

Hello Colin. From reading your very cogent and helpful answers to those questions here I appreciate that you take the design of power supplies very seriously. I’m writing here out of ignorance of the design process and indeed materials used but I wonder if it’s coming to the point where the next set of advances […]

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