Ask an expert: Benchmark DAC

Have you heard a difference between the DAC performance of the Benchmark USB DAC and the Benchmark DAC-1 preamp and if so, which one is superior?  I have done this experiment on a number of occasions and have very rarely heard any difference at all. It might have been my imagination. And so it is […]

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Ask an expert: Servo subwoofers; Genesis speakers – and more

  Gentlemen – what can you tell me about Genesis speakers and servo subwoofers please? Paul McGowan writes as follows: When Arnie Nudell and I ran Genesis loudspeakers in the 1990′s a big part of the company’s story was built in servo subwoofers; something both Arnie and I were passionate about (still are).  The way […]

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BENCHMARK MEDIA DAC. Howard Popeck rates it highly!

Hi Howard, Good to see that you are stocking the Benchmark range. I have a DAC1 and it is truly superb. I use it to drive my active ATC 50s directly, or my Stax 717 & Omegas – no preamp necessary anymore! This little Benchmark really does punch far above it’s weight – right? My […]

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I purchased one of these Meridian / Linn collaborative active systems from Subjective Audio (Howard Popeck) North London, in April 1981.

  “As the owner of six 105s and a pair of ‘briks I’d be highly interested in the specifics… I purchased one of these Meridian/Linn collaborative active systems from Subjective Audio (Howard Popeck) North London, in April 1981. The system consisted of 6 X Meridian 105S power amplifiers with their own dedicated built-in electronic crossovers […]

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LS3/5a SPEAKERS: (11 ohm Rogers version) compared to Spendor, Harbeth, what?

At present I listen to the 11 ohms Rogers version of the above speaker. Generally I am pretty happy with the sound. I wonder if there would be any benefit in going over to a newer design from Spendor or Harbeth, perhaps a slightly larger enclosure ( my listening room is 9 X 11 feet)?. […]

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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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AUDIOPHILE TRANSPARENCY: what is it?

Audiophile transparency; what is it? Here’s what Paul McGowan says about the question. Continuing with Audiophile terms I find Transparency a much used term that perhaps is a bit nebulous and easy to overuse.  One of the first things you notice about many of these terms is they are somewhat self descriptive; as any really […]

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MICHELL ENGINEERING: Synchro versus Mycro turntables

I was reading your observations on The Michell Synchro. Did you ever hear the Mycro? How was it by comparison? At one time Subjective Audio stocked the entire range of Michell Engineering turntables including the Prisma and the twin-platter Prisma. Sonically we heard little difference between the Mycro and the Synchro. This was pretty much […]

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GALE: 401 speakers – restoration

It was suggested by somebody on the Vinyl Engine site I contact you as you may be able to assist with my dilemma. I am in the process of restoring a set of Gale 401A (chrome end) speakers. Unfortunately the cones (and surrounds) in all four 8″ bass drivers have also perished (along with the […]

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COLIN WONFOR: The fine art (or science, or both?) of cable design

Colin, what are the current design and materials limitations that confront all intelligent skilled speaker cable designers today? It is not materials! it’s understanding that block A can go with block Z. The complex nature of the cable is not a easy thing to write here about.  And I will not be writing about the […]

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COLIN WONFOR: Microphony, fact or fiction?

Colin. I appreciate your no-bullshit approach to providing answers. I am counting one now because I cannot get a credible answer elsewhere re microphony in amps. I appreciate that all objects vibrate and each has a fundamental mechanical resonance. So if microphony affects the sonic performance, then how and why – in general? How would […]

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COLIN WONFOR: Sources used in product development?

Hello Colin What sources and speakers does you use in development and why please? Thanks. Mike Hi Mike, Now that is a tricky question I like my old Ruark Sabres, they are old friends made for me by my old friend. I also use Spendors, and borrow others makes depending on what I am designing. […]

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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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Linn LP 12 versus Acoustic Signature / Solid

Greetings from the UK. Here’s a thread – from a while back – that some members here might find contains interesting observations, advice and, perhaps, more. In my view, certainly worth dipping in and out of if even if you have only a few minutes to spare. Neil / editor =================== Just a question, because […]

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MERIDIAN: M1 Mk2 active loudspeakers

    I have a pair of Meridian M1 mk2, I am the original owner from new although I sold them at the time Bob Stuart messed things up with balanced cables and Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday I’ve definitely got it right now modules for the 101. I bought them back a few of years ago […]

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Lecson AP1, ProAc, Celef, Lentek Monitors, Sonab, LS3/5a and Harbeth HL1 Mk3

Hello Howard. Memory test! I remember a couple of years ago you recommended a speaker that mated particularly well with the Lecson AP1 power amplifier.  Hope all is well, John Hello John. Oh wow. At my age, trying to remember? You are kidding, right? On a more serious note though, here are the ones that […]

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MERIDIAN: Their ultra-rare 107 power amp and … a powerfully incontinent white dove

Q: Gentlemen, whatever happened to the Boothroyd-Stuart ‘Orpheus’ pre and power amp? Did they ever make into production? The preamp was a gorgeous looking precursor to the ‘rainbow’ Lecson pre. Very ’70s (should suit André) with a Nextel suede finish. Can’t find an image, but it had the sort of design aesthetics that would, I’m […]

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