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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‘I found out something about myself’

I recently found out something about myself, and I think it informs some of the questions and debates that audiophiles have. When I started down this path some years ago, I thought I was a “they are here” music lover; that is, I was seeking to bring, say, the Berlin Philharmonic into my listening room. […]

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Understanding frequency response

I have two integrated amps and was recently comparing their technical specifications and noticed the frequency response of one of them is: 10Hz – 50Khz (Marantz) while the other is 10Hz – 100Khz.(Yamaha) Could someone explain, without getting too technical what this means to me in terms of listening please? Continues HERE

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Restoring Reel to reel machines

A have a question i need a pretty proffesional answer to. The only person i think could possibly head me to right direction is Anthony TD. It’s regarding the restoration of two Open Reel machines..I have some scratched paint that i will refinish as original but i will lose some transfers. The transfers in question […]

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Does the very best hi-fi get ignored? Discuss.

Lets examine what hi fi is supposed to be about i.e. the most life like reproduction possible with nothing added and nothing taken away from the original. How many items of hi fi equipment I wonder are passed by for doing exactly that??! If equipment has an unnaturally warm sound, or slightly excess bass giving […]

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Austerity and 2nd hand hi-fi

I have noticed comments posted on this and other forums with regards to surprise as to why some items haven’t sold. I have just been looking at an item for sale in private exhibitions which (thank heavens) has now sold in the form of an Ortofon 2M black. I have an item for sale myself […]

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