COLIN WONFOR: Howard Popeck speaks at length to people with interesting things to say: Colin Wonfor (Inca Tech, Magnum, Proac-Magnum, T.O.C.A, Naim and Tellurium Q) sets the record straight (Part #1)

The image above is one of just six gold plated issues. Note: This was originally published here in April 2015 Neil McCauley (HFA editor in chief) writes an introduction: Colin was and remains one of the UK audio industry’s gentlemen. No one in our office has heard a negative comment about him nor a negative […]

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CAD: Scott Berry of CAD / Computer Audio Design interviewed by Howard Popeck

Good afternoon readers – and welcome to the next in my ongoing series of interviews with designers of audiophile equipment. Today I welcome Mr. Scott Berry of CAD. Before we get to the first part of the series you’ll perhaps find the following background information to be useful. Thanks Howard Popeck ::::::::::: “The engineer responsible […]

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TREVOR COX: Professor of Acoustic Engineering

“Trevor Cox carries out research, teaching and commercial activities in acoustic engineering. He is an EPSRC Senior Media Fellow and President of the Institute of Acoustics (Presidential Twitter Account) Prof Cox carries out research in performance room acoustics, investigating how room conditions can be improved for good speech communication, and quality music production and reproduction. […]

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MAGNEPLANAR: Jim Winey, Maggies Man interviewed

David Lander (Stereophile) writes: The Pennsylvania Gazette documented an early connection between music and an American named Winey when, in 1759, it listed for sale as part of an estate “a middle sized organ, having eight stops.” Interested parties were directed to one Jacob Winey, a Philadelphia merchant. It’s not known whether there’s a familial […]

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TRANSPARENT CABLE: An Interview Josh Clark

Jacob Heilbrun writes: Transparent Cable, one of the most storied names in the audio business, has released a new line of cables called Generation 5. What follows below is a recent conversation I had with Transparent designer Josh Clark. Jacob Heilbrunn: Some audiophiles swear by cables. Others swear at them. What’s your take? Josh Clark: […]

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WELL-TEMPERED: The Bill Firebaugh interview

J. Gordon Holt writes …..  Bill Firebaugh’s first product, the outrageous-looking Well-Tempered (tone) Arm, established him as one of audio’s most innovative designers. At the 1985 Winter CES, he showed a prototype companion product—the Well-Tempered Turntable—and was producing production units by January 1987. He discusses here the WTT’s unusual design features. (Readers should note that, […]

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GARY CHRISTIE: From Infinity to Artison

Thomas J. Norton (Stereophile mag) writes: When Cary Christie, Arnie Nudell, and John Ulrick founded Infinity Systems more than 25 years ago, high-end audio as we know it today didn’t exist. Hi-fi was audio, though the reverse wasn’t necessarily true.Through the growth years, Infinity became a major force in the High End. Cary Christie is […]

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The Single-Ended Amplifier: Cary’s Dennis Had

Robert Harley (Stereophile magazine) writes:  Cary Audio Design founder Dennis Had is largely responsible for popularizing single-ended amplifiers in America. Since appearing on the scene in 1989, Cary Audio Design has forged its own niche in the high-end audio industry. I spoke with Dennis Had about how he got started building amplifiers, and why he’s […]

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M&K: Ken Kreisel of M&K interviewed

Wes Phillips writes:  With 25 years of experience in sound recording, audio retailing, and loudspeaker design and manufacturing, Ken Kreisel has insightful things to say about just about any audio-related subject. The president of Miller & Kreisel Sound Corp. (M&K), Kreisel pioneered the satellite/subwoofer speaker concept that laid the groundwork for the home theaters of […]

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DAVID MANLEY: Tubes, Logic, and Audiophile Sound

Robert Harley (Stereophile Magazine) writes: As founder of California-based Vacuum Tube Logic of America, David Manley is at the forefront of the current renaissance in vacuum-tube audio equipment. In addition to manufacturing some highly regarded audiophile components, VTL has introduced a line of tubed professional equipment that is finding its way into recording studios. David […]

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SPICA: John Bau interview – Interstellar Overdrive

John Atkinson (Stereophile) writes ….. Elsewhere in this issue, I review the new Spica Angelus loudspeaker, only the fourth product to appear from this Santa Fe-based manufacturer since it started operations at the end of the 1970s. You will have to read the review to learn what I thought of the speaker, a distinctively styled […]

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DENSEN / DYNAUDIO: Morten Nielsen interview

Originally posted here in 2007: Meeting the ’Head Honcho’ of Densen, Thomas Sillesen, and Marketing Manager Morten Nielsen for the first time, I was struck by how modest and pleasant they were. There was no hype, no ’our products are the best in the world, and everything else is ‘crap’’ attitude. Whenever I subsequently met […]

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LEHMAN AUDIO: Norbert Lehmann, Owner and designer of Lehmann Audio (Entec) HiFi products interviewed

Lucio Cadeddu (TNT-Audio): LC > May you tell our readers how did you get involved in HiFi (first) and in equipment design (later)? NL > When I grew up there was no question that anyone had to own a stereo setup. I bought my first stereo setup when I was fourteen years old. It was […]

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AUDIO NOTE: Peter Qvortrup interviewed

Kari Nevalainen: Audio Note UK participated in the Helsinki HifiExpo 2011 with a system that comprised of AN-E/SEC Signature loudspeakers, ANJ UK’s Onkagu integrated, Level Five CD-transport and Fifth Element DAC, the AN-TT Two turntable with the new ARM Three and IoI MC cartridge, M9Phono pre-amplifier, and AN-SOGON cables. Many were truly impressed by the […]

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COLIN WONFOR: Discusses his MC-V power cord

Editorial note: Written by Alan Elsdon and Re-engineered by Colin Wonfor (above) Q: Looking at the EWA power cord – your MC-V – it doesn’t look anything special. But knowing you, there’s clever engineering that’s gone into it and so a few questions if I may. Let’s start by looking at the topic through the […]

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COLIN WONFOR: Q&A regarding their new HB100 mono power amps

HP: Gentlemen, you’ve been designing amps and preamps for over 30 years. Is it still a challenge and ….. are you having fun? A: Colin has been designing electronic professionally for over 40yrs. He has done this for a living. His many designs include power control and power supplies Linear, Resonate, Switch Mode and even […]

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PLINIUS: An Interview With Brian Willoughby

Paul Wilson writes: We live in a global economy. High-performance audio components are made in almost every country in the world. Even China has emerged as a purveyor top-shelf brands. But, what about New Zealand? I had the pleasure to interview Mr. Brian Willoughby, Managing Director of Plinius, who just happen to be located in […]

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Speaker savant Andrew Jones spills the secret of killer sound on a budget

Caleb Denison (Digital Trends) writes: We were excited enough to be among the first to receive Pioneer’s new Atmos-enabled Elite speaker system for review, but when the company sent along legendary audio engineer Andrew Jones to install them, that was something else entirely. The man behind the speaker’s design and engineering — whose name is stamped right on the […]

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JIM MARSHALL: ‘They call me the Father of Loud’

From the archives; Alfred Hickling writes: At the Marshall amplifier factory in Milton Keynes, there’s a small museum piled high with musty, well-used equipment. There are original models of the 100-watt amps favoured by Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. There’s a white leather model made for Paul Weller with a mod target emblazoned across its […]

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THE ESSENCE OF SOUND: An interview with an audiophile

From the archives: Audiophiles are a fastidious bunch.  They’re audio perfectionists who are constantly on the prowl for the latest gear to appease their ears.  What sounds “fine” to one person, sounds like fingernails down chalkboards to an audiophile. But there are few audiophiles who could claim they have a way to enjoy high quality […]

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