STAX: Using a Japanese specification amp in the UK?

Hi While at the Bristol show last year I had the opportunity to quickly demo a Stax headphone + amplifier set-up (I cannot remember the actual model – the headphones had rectangular-shaped pads and looked like the current 207/307/407 models). I was impressed. I have experience with middle-tier dynamic headphones (AKG, Beyerdynamic, Grado) but what […]

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MARL LEVINSON. “Early Levinson was wonderful – the 28 and 25/26 pre’s with the 29, 27.5 and 23 power-amps had all the tube attributes without the foibles.”

      Editor’s note: Really? Not in my experience! I sold my ML-28 Mark Levinson preamp within days of buying it second hand. I was hoping for the sheer magic of the ML-6a and ML-7. Sadly by that time, that magic was nowhere to be seen, felt or heard. Yes the built quality was […]

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STAX: Using a Japanese STAX amp in the UK?

From our archives: While at the Bristol show last year I had the opportunity to quickly demo a Stax headphone + amplifier set-up (I cannot remember the actual model – the headphones had rectangular-shaped pads and looked like the current 207/307/407 models). I was impressed. I have experience with middle-tier dynamic headphones (AKG, Beyerdynamic, Grado) […]

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QUAD: 303 treble anomalies?

Wonder if the brains trust has any advice for me. Just taken delivery of a lovely Quad 303, restored by Rob at AmpLabs (who’s been a perfect gent throughout) to match the original design but with old components swapped for new. I’m almost completely delighted with the results – warmth, intimacy, believability, it really draws […]

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HARBETH: Best integrated amp for Harbeth SHL5s

I recently sold a Bryston 4BSST2 mated with a BP26 preamp and replaced it with an Ayre AX-7E. I don’t like it better although I thought I would. Anyone have a dream match for the Harbeths? I know the LFD is supposed to be great but this lazy boy wants a remote to control volume. […]

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