Howard Popeck speaks at length to people with interesting things to say: Mr Phillipe Bernard, the driving force behind French audio maker Atelier de Synergie Acoustique

Hello Philippe. How did your interest in music reproduction start? It started when I was very young! First, listening to my father’s big valve radio and then to his mono record player (I lightened the phono cartridge…) In 1970, I bought a turntable, the Braun PS500 – the best in Europe! It cost me four […]

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TOWNSHEND ENGINEERING: Howard Popeck speaks at length to people with interesting things to say: Max Townshend

From our archives : Howard Popeck: Not many people know you’re a qualified engineer. What engineering discipline was your first degree? Max: Bachelor of Engineering, Electrical, specialising in communications. Where did you study? University of Western Australia So what happened after that? I accepted a commission in the Royal Australian Air Force where I was […]

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HARBETH: Alan Shaw in conversation with Howard Popeck

Hello Alan and thank you for finding the time to respond to the following question: Why is there such diversity between audiophile values and the audio engineering establishment’s values? “This can be explained by an almost total lack of appreciation that physics – basic high school physics – governs every single aspect of audio bar […]

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VPI: Mat Weisfeld interview

Ariel Bitran writes:  Earlier this month, our all-analog coverage counterpart AnalogPlanet announced the release of the Nomad, a brand new entry-level turntable from American hi-fi manufacturer VPI Industries. For $995, The VPI Industries Nomad turntable includes a built-in phono preamplifier, unbalanced output, a set of Grado Labs iGrado around-the-neck headphones, headphone output, and an Ortofon […]

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ED MEITNER: The audio maverick interviewed

Robert Harley (Stereophile magazine) writes: Ed Meitner is one of those rare individuals who charts his own course in audio product design. From his platterless turntable of the mid-1980s to his new Intelligent Digital Audio Translator (IDAT, reviewed elsewhere in this issue), Ed Meitner’s products have been distinguished by original thinking and innovative engineering. Although […]

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BOB HEIL: The Master of Game-Changing Microphone Technology, interviewed

Marty Paule writes:  Highly opinionated and fiercely independent in his views about pro sound, Bob Heil builds mics and possesses a professional resume to back up his often out-of-the-box attitude. And speaking of boxes, it was Bob who invented one of the most memorable guitar effects of all time: the Heil Talk Box that made […]

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PLINIUS: Brian Willoughby interview

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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PIONEER: Andrew Jones interview

Stephen Mejias writes: In our September issue, I wrote about Pioneer’s excellent SP-BS22-LR loudspeaker. At just $129.99/pair (and often discounted), the SP-BS22-LR represents extraordinary value and may very well attract a wider and younger audience to true high-fidelity sound. The only thing I don’t really like about the speaker is its tongue-twister of a name. […]

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VTL: Luke Manley and Bea Lam interview

Stereophile write: ur meeting was propitious and totally unexpected. The locus was Los Angeles’ Sheraton Gateway Hotel last May, on which we had all descended for Home Entertainment 2006. As a contributor to Stereophile’s Show blog, my assignment was as liberal as they come: Go where you are drawn, listen as you will, and record […]

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DESIGNe: Digging below the superficial with Ian Webster

  Design e The first time I came across Design e loudspeakers was at hi-fi dealership, Phonography, in Ringwood, Hampshire (see www.phonography.co.uk). Phonography has integrity, as in the recent past, formerly very lucrative manufacturers have been taken off their roster when their latest products failed the musicality test. So it was with shock as I […]

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REGA: Roy Gandy – 40 Years of Reganomics

Steve Harris / Stereophile writes: It’s not easy to get Roy Gandy to look back. “I’m not a past person, I don’t reminisce,” he says. “But right at this moment I’m feeling very happy. We’ve not quite completed the launch of a whole new range of turntables and a new range of electronics, and I’m […]

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DSD: Jared Sacks interview

Jason Victor Serinus writes:  Some months back, SACD and DSD champion Jared Sacks, founder of Channel Classics, stopped by Casa Bellecci-Serinus in Oakland for an extended chat about the history of his label, recording in DSD, and his new NativeDSD.com download site. I started our conversation by asking Jared to share his history with music […]

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SUMO: Audiophile interview with Rich May of Sumo; an audio dynasty

John Atkinson writes ………… Way back in the mists of time, around 1980 to be exact, the Marantz company in Europe introduces a range of ostensibly cost-no-object solid-state electronics under the “Esotec” banner. Manufactured in Japan, but apparently designed in the USA, these ruggedly constructed components are noteworthy in that the power amplifiers are capable […]

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EJ JORDAN DESIGNS: Ted Jordan interview

TNT-Audio: Could you briefly summarise your amazing career of brilliant audio, off-the-schemes designer? The earliest photograph of Edward James Jordan, (Ted, to everybody) was taken Circa 1933 and shows him sitting on his Father’s knee wearing headphones and adjusting a “crystal set”, (one of the earliest types of receiver). With his mother coming from a […]

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Nelson Pass: Circuit Topology and the End of Science

Jim Austin / Stereophile Magazine write …. Nelson Pass is a consummate engineer, but he got his start in physics, earning a bachelor’s degree from UC Davis. As he worked on his degree, he was already an audio designer, focusing on loudspeakers—great training for a designer of audio amplifiers. Soon, in 1974, he cofounded Threshold […]

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“Translation is everything.” – Rob Hoffman meets Amphion

Initially as a young 10 years old trombonist in the school orchestra, by the time Rob Hoffman hits high school, he adds guitar, piano, drums, and the complete saxophone family to his instrumental list. Rob spent his childhood surrounded by his parents’ love of music, and immersed in the sounds of The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, […]

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AUDIOPHILE INTERVIEW: Jim Hagerman of Hagerman Labs

Introduction: “Hagerman Audio Labs is a small shop where we design and build heirloom quality audio products the old fashioned way. By hand. Sure, we use the latest technologies and processes, but never forget that extra level of care that can only be achieved through the human equation. All our designs are unique and innovative, […]

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An Interview with Chris Connaker of computeraudiophile.com

Laurence A Borden: LB: Chris, welcome to Dagogo. Please begin by telling us about your background, and what lead you to embrace computer-based audio and to start computeraudiophile.com. Chris Connaker: I have been an audiophile for as long as I can remember. In 1982, after talking my second grade teacher Mrs. Van de Weigh into […]

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