Valve amps – do measurements tell it all?

Saw Bob’s post on another thread and thought “you’ve been talking to my mate” followed by “you’re gonna be in sh1t for saying it like that” So – to move the topic to a thread of its own where it belongs, be rude about valve amplifiers here. I would start by noting that my mate, […]

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OTL – The mistrusted valve amplifier?

I have heard, as probably have most valve aficionados, of scare stories of OTLs going faulty and blowing speakers, though a lot of DIY’ers still make them. For me the sound is sublime but there are limitations to speaker compatibility.  I’m currently thinking along the lines of a design for a 10W low cost, easy […]

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What is the rarest item in your system?

For me it is my Breuer Dynamic Type 5A pickup arm. Hand made by the late Herr Breuer in Lausanne, Switzerland it was imported in small quantities by Linn Products to replace the Grace 707 arm that partnered the Linn LP12 turntable. Dip in and out HERE ===//=== Please click HERE to access the entire […]

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Sound quality comparisons between Spotify and Amazon Music…

Interestingly, last week on the ‘Spinning Today’ classical thread, Jerry asked me to listen to some Magnard (Symphonies 1 and 3), performed by the Malmo Symphony orchestra, in order to gauge my opinion on this version of the composer’s music, as opposed to the usual ‘all-French’ variety (conductor and orchestra), which I did. Now I […]

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SACD, how do you REALLY feel about it?

I recently bought a used CD player, a Cary 306.200. Which sold for a tidy sum when new, and at 5 years old it plays CD’s sublimely. (Is that a word?). I could not be happier with its performance! But it does not play SACD’s, and when I was shopping I pondered buying a unit […]

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Are capacitor ‘upgrades’ really better?

There’s an awful lot of talk about capacitor upgrades.  The moment somebody mentions an older piece of equipment, the ‘experts’ will chime in with comments like “of course you’ll have to change all the caps for better ones”. Is this necessarily true? I change capacitors that I suspect are past it or are definitely knackered, […]

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USB Cables: Experience? Opinions? What?

“Reason for asking is the review of an USB cable in the latest HiFi+ at an “uncomfortable” price level, namely £6,480!!!! Alright, i have heard differences between USB cables, but that was when using a non asyncronous USB DAC. The cables were also of standard USB printer style, but one was about 1,5metres and the […]

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Charity shops great for vinyl

“Hi all, ive found looking in charity shops great for vinyl. depends what you are into i suppose but ive managed to get 1.steely dan aja mint 99p 2.shirley bassey ive got a song for you 1966 mint 99p 3. eurythmics savage mint 99p 4.bartok decca mint 99p 5. barbera dickson mint 50p 6.shirley bassey […]

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