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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BENZ MICRO: MC Gold Cartridge – owner comments

Micro Benz of Switzerland has long been a driving force in Moving Coil phono cartridges. From their entry level to their exalted reference phono cartridges, the Benz name has just about said it all. Each model represents extraordinary value versus price/perfomance and resources spent to attain a Benz cartridge. This review will deal with the […]

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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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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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