Howard Popeck speaks at length to people with interesting things to say: Paul Graham of Graham Audio

Howard Popeck interviews Mr. Paul Graham Q: Paul …. let’s hit the ground running right now; in your direct personal experience, what distinguishes music from noise? A: Well, a Graham Audio loudspeaker, of course! Q: Hmm. Okay. Thank you. Now then, how did you first become interested in music? A: I grew up during the […]

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PIERRE LURNE: Interview

Geoff Husband (TNT-Audio ezine) writes: One of the joys of doing my series of turntable tests has been discovering the enthusiasm that seems universal with anyone connected with vinyl. One person stands out and that is Pierre Lurné of Audiomeca. This man has been deeply involved in vinyl reproduction for well over 30 years now […]

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Professor M.J Hawksford: Low-frequency sound source localization as a function of closed acoustic spaces

Further development of an emerging generalized theory of low-frequency sound localization in closed listening spaces is presented that aims to resolve the ambiguities inherent in previous research. The approach takes a robust set of equations based on source/listener location, reverberation time and room dimensions and tests them against a set of evaluation procedures to explore […]

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BEL CANTO: Audiophile interview: John Stronczer – Bel Canto

Steve Lees: John Stronczer is the owner and product designer at Bel Canto. Starting out designing tube based amplifiers, John has moved his company firmly to the forefront of audio with a range of digital control centers (DACs) and Class D amplification. In this interview I ask John about that progression. SL: How did you […]

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AERIAL ACOUSTICS: Michael Kelly Reveals Some Trade Secrets

Stereophile write: Aerial Acoustics, the speaker firm that Michael Kelly conceived a quarter-century ago with David Marshall, is headquartered north of Boston, not far from the Merrimack River Valley region that once produced textiles and shoes by the trainload. Kelly, though, is quick to equate Aerial with far more distant firms. His industrial models are […]

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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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KEF: Jack Oclee-Brown on Making Affordable Speakers

Back in the early summer of 2017, Jack Oclee-Brown, KEF’s Head of Acoustics, visited John Atkinson to set up the KEF Reference 5 loudspeakers in his listening room. JA’s review of the Ref 5 was published in October 2017, and during Jack’s visit JA talked to him about the design of that speaker. But they […]

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A POINT OF VIEW: The Unique Evils of Digital Audio and How to Defeat Them

John Siau writes as follows: We are all too familiar with the criticisms of digital audio. We have heard digital audio described as harsh, brittle, lifeless, tense, cold, and non-musical. Perhaps each of us can add our own adjectives to this list. We are surrounded by poor-quality digital systems. Our consumer-grade CD players, DVD players, […]

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Peter Qvortrup talks three-motor turntables: Audio Note UK 2016, factory photos & new speakers

Still a good read despite being published in 2016 I had the rare opportunity recently to catch up with Audio Note UK head honcho, globetrotter, music lover, and hi fi-industry legend Peter Qvortrup, who graciously agreed to be assailed with questions by me regarding what his company has up its sleeve for 2016. Qvortrup is […]

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VANDERSTEEN: Richard Vandersteen: Keep on Truckin’ – by Ken Kessler

First published in 1988 Richard Vandersteen doesn’t look like a typical loudspeaker designer. True, he wears glasses, but his presence suggests a longshoreman or somebody who’d be played by Gene Hackman. And sure enough, he tells you in a quasi-Dukes of Hazzard drawl that he’s been a construction worker, plumber, truckdriver, and electrician. Electronics had […]

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MISSION: Henry Azima interviewed

John Atkinson writes ….. In its first three years, UK hi-fi manufacturer Mission Electronics employed a number of engineers to reinforce the creative talents of founder and hi-fi enthusiast Farad Azima. The lineup included John Bicht, now with Versa Dynamics, and Stan Curtis, now heading up Cambridge Audio. But when Farad’s brother Henry—”Henry” is actually […]

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CHORD COMPANY This is what Chord’s digital designer Rob Watts had to say about power cables:

Rob Watts writes ….. In the ’80s, there was a buzz going around that mains cables made a big difference to the sound, so I tried experimenting. Yes you could hear a difference, even under blind conditions. And this was with one of my pre-amps that had 3 stages of regulation – 210dB of rejection […]

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TIM de PARAVICINI: King of Tubes is interviewed!

                    Stereophile write …… “How many hi-fi professionals can say that they’ve designed at least one of every part of a complete recording system, from microphones to tape recorders to vinyl-disc-cutting electronics? Probably only Tim de Paravicini (footnote 1). Best known to audiophiles for his extraordinarily […]

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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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SONUS FABER: Interview with Sonus Faber Livio Cucuzza

Mono & Stereo exclusive interview with Sonus Faber main designer Livio Cucuzza. An open view into his and company approach to design not only regarding Sonus Faber speakers, but also Audio Research and Waida. We looked into what is 21st century is going to bring for company and customers. How did all started for you at […]

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