Benchmark DAC into Meridian G08

Hello Howard. I have read HFA now for some months, deriving great pleasure and stimulation from it’s diverse contents… around the pursuit of the art of listening to music. Interested in recent exchange around the benchmark dac1. I currently have a meridian g08, along with a range of meridian pre power equipment of varying ages […]

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Synergy? Synergy!

Hi Neil. I’ve heard the word; quite often in fact. I think I know what it means but I’m not entirely sure. This proved embarrassing when I was asked this recently by my wife. I found I couldn’t really explain it. I couldn’t properly articulate it. It started me thinking. If I can’t explain it […]

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MICHELL ENGINEERING: Orbe versus old Pink Triangle PT2, LFD Audio copper reference, SME 4 – and more

Hello. I am using an Orbe with and Audio Origami breathed-on Zeta arm with a Benz Glider plus an LFD Audio copper reference arm cable. I also have a PT2 which is in need of quite a bit of tlc – I mean to get it working properly – would you expect it to be […]

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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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Warped LP’s

 Has anyone found a reliable and safe way to flatten warped and dished LP’s? I have four albums that I would like to recover. I’m guessing that between two sheets of glass, but for how long and how much weight if any would be required MORE

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FUNK / PINK TRIANGLE & BREUER – a few observations

  Howard – one of…no, the best turntable I ever heard was a special fully funked LP12. Sure it sat on a mountain of Mana, and was part of an awesome system…but it really out-shone the original modified (Ninja) LP12. So..if the Funk Firm could transform a Sondek like that, surely their own decks would […]

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COLIN WONFOR: LM3886 Gainclone

Hello Colin. Can you enlighten me please? I’m building a LM3886 Gainclone design for a second system, and have a few questions on the best types of passive components to choose. As it’s a second system, not looking for any exotic/expensive components, just want to make best choice of sensibly priced options, while trying to […]

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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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COLIN WONFOR: Accurate & cheap capacitance meters – are there any?

Dear Colin, Accurate & cheap capacitance meters – are there any? Have decided a capacitance meter will come in handy for taking some of the ‘guess work’ out of cartridge loading, in terms of being able to measure the real-world capacitance if my phono cable/head shell wires/connectors together. Only problem is one of budget :/ […]

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COLIN WONFOR: When/why did capacitor value standards change?

Dear Colin, a question which has been nagging away for a few days now: why were capacitor value ‘standards’ changed around early 70s, and why such seemingly arbitrary numbers? In my Quad 33/303 there’s several electrolytic caps featuring values such as 2uF, 12uF, 25uF, 50uF, 100uF….. When (and why) were values changed to 10uF, 22uF, […]

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COLIN WONFOR: Sanyo Oscon

Dear Colin, Solid organic polymer capacitors such as the Sanyo Oscon series have a very good reputation for digital decoupling and I’d like to use some when refurbishing an old CD player of mine as I’ve got plenty in my parts stash. Before I go fitting any I’ve got a couple of questions:  1)   A […]

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