STAX – deteriorating gauze on vintage earspeakers; ask an expert

  How can I replace the gauze on my old STAX earspeakers? These are the key points: 1.    The gauze is purely cosmetic. It is lightweight and open so as not to influence the sound. However because of this it offers no physical protection nor protection from dust. Or put differently, you can safely use […]

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Ask an expert: Stax “The sound was pretty unimpressive, – dark, slow, and very uninvolving and not very transparent”

Dear Howard, I hope you are well. Yup – pretty good (but far from pretty!) all things considered. I remember you shut down simply Stax in the late 1990s, and I can remember reading somewhere that one of the reasons for that might have been because the quality control of the Stax equipment you were […]

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BURTON SOMERVELL: Their remarkable and short-lived hybrid cone & ribbon speakers

I have just read the article ” Interview with the Gods”, and loudspeakers “Burton Somervell” were mentioned.  I can not find any info on them.  Can you help ! Thank you so much for your enquiry. Usually I’m able to answer incoming queries to everyone’s complete satisfaction first time. But sometimes I don’t. And sometimes […]

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Blast from the past from 2006: Howard, what’s your current system?

Howard Popeck writes: Due to the nature of my work, I use quite a few pieces of equipment in various combinations. So my own answer should be seen in the light of what I am listening to currently rather than my favourite system.At the moment I am using a system comprising all second-hand units bought […]

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HARBETH: Owner underwhelmed by their performance

Dear Howard. I recently bought a pair of SHL5’s and have been …ahem…under whelmed by their performance, coming from Rogers LS4a’s and Quad 57’s. In particular they seem a very poor match for tube amplification, at least my Jadis Orchestra Reference and KT 88’s.  I wonder if they are worth hanging onto and whether changing […]

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Ask an expert: Pink Triangle & Breuer 8 Dynamic (Part #1 of 2)

Howard, Many thanks for replying to my email. Would you perchance be the renowned Howard Popeck? Well, yes. It’s me – but far from renowned though. I have a PT Anniversary/SME V/Ortofon Rohmann which I’m shortly upgrading with the aid of the Funk Firm. I may change tonearms and cartridge – I’ve read somewhere once(the […]

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Abrahamsson Audio: Are they still in business?

Abrahamsson Audio – are they still in business? We don’t think so. Here’s what we’ve been able to find so far: “Norwegian manufacturer of high end amplifiers based in Oslo and run by Ola Abrahamsson who some of you might remember from Internet amplifier DIY discussions in the 90’s. Started manufacturing amplifiers using a slightly […]

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JBL: I have a pair of JBL L100 Century loudspeakers. They claim they are bookshelf size. 37Kg and big. Are they kidding?

Howard, I have a pair of JBL L100 Century speakers. They claim they are bookshelf size. 37Kg and big. Are they kidding? First – 37Kg per pair, not each! Well, sort of. Blame JBL’s over-enthusiastic marketing department in the 1970s and the studio environment from which these speakers, the domestic version of the JBL Studio […]

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Ask an expert: Audio Power Cables & Cords – Do they really make a difference?

I believe that power cable can change the sound, but how is possible to spent more than you amplifier itself in a power cable….? Hello and thank you for your most interesting question. It’s not an easy one to answer because there are so many variables. First, I am of the total belief that every […]

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Ask an expert: Principal Design PD150 speakers, Dr Penfold and possiblity of clones of Linn Sara speakers. Part #1 of 2

Hello. I came across your very good blog whilst looking for Linn Sara information. I wonder if you have any knowledge of another Speaker Manufacture? I purchased a set of Principal Design PD150 speakers in the mid to late 80s. One drive unit has developed a fault so I have been looking for information about […]

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