GARRARD: Buy a Technics SL-1200 or Renovate Garrard 401/SME 3009

Well, my Pro-ject RPM 4 Turntable hardly gets used, because it just doesn’t sound good enough compared to my digital sources, so I’m thinking of flogging it and putting the money into another project. I have an old Garrad 401, with an SME 3009, fitted in an old wooden plinth (painted white) – this hasn’t […]

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THORENS: TD125 – still viable today or merely silly nostalgia?

I must admit to being a little unhappy with the Technics SL-150. The motor itself is excellent in every department (and that’s before adding quartz-locking as on the current model), but the structure of this deck is too “live” and it was only the NAS SpaceMat that even began to make it managable for me […]

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TANNOY: Glenair 15″ or Tannoy Turnberry SE (Prestige) and why?

 Tannoy Glenair 15″ or Tannoy Turnberry SE (Prestige) and why? Recently heard the DC10a’s and a while back had the pleasure of hearing some 15″ monitor golds in York cabs. The DC10a’s I wouldn’t give tuppence for…absolutely dreadful; the old timers were wonderful in a warm and cuddly fashion. The only one’s I haven’t heard […]

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Goodmans Magisters

I thought it might be an idea to start a thread about the Magisters after one or two posts in Private Exhibitions. It would be good to hear from current and past owners about their experiences with them. They must be one of the more awkward speakers to accommodate these days( if you have a […]

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Headphone amps, are they bollocks?

Well? It may be that my nearly 60 years old ears are passed their best but I have been listening to my headphones via numerous amplification devices lately and it has to be said that of the stand alone headphone amps I have listened to sound no better than on board headphone outputs. Starting to […]

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What happened to the High Fidelity oath?

Using a file based system the oath goes like this. (For other media insert as appropriate.) “I swear to reproduce the file, the whole file and nothing but the file so help me listener.” Some recent comments regarding full range drivers and many of the posts I’ve read over the time I’ve been at AoS […]

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This man knows that traditional A/B comparison tests are wonky and iffy, to say the least, but …..

I know that traditional A/B comparison tests are wonky and iffy, to say the least, but there’s one thing about these tests that is starting to intrigue me: It is one thing to not catch any audible difference between two components in the blindfold A/B test situation (the ‘false negative’ situation), but what’s with the […]

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Laminations, Magic Bricks and Shakti Stones

I was minded to write this, as a result of the appalling “Thread Crapping” and piss taking on the wanted advert that Anthony K posted in Private Exhibitions. In the late 1970s an engineer working for a Matsushita electronics company in Japan was changing the transformer on a prototype amplifier, by chance he placed the […]

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SHELTER: The 501-II Cartridge – opinions

“I drove home today in eager anticipation of listening to the Shelter 501-II that I bought used from Tom (see Shelter 501 Mk II). These are just some initial impressions as I listen to and get used to its sound. Comparisons are with my Dynavector DV-20X2L, both running through the CineMag step-up in high (30x) […]

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Is this the strongest (audiophile) placebo ever?

I’ve recently decided to be open-minded (for a change, so I’m now into cheap-ass tweaks. A friend managed to talk me into this story how, due to certain piezo-electrical properties, some crystals can affect low voltage circuitry, blah blah blah. To cut the long story short, I took some of the crystals that my wife […]

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