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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ARGENTUN: Howard Popeck speaks at length to people with interesting things to say: Mr. Richard Szafraniec of newly emergent Polish audiophile company Argentum

Preliminary note: We’ve been both amazed and delighted by our readership’s positive response to our series of interviews with innovative small, intellectually agile makers from outside of the traditional countries associated with state-of-the-art audio / stereo. In particular our series on newly emergent French makers. Today we turn our attention to Polish organisations you might […]

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NELSON PASS: The Patents Of Pass

Brian Damkroger ….. If high-end audio were to carve its own Mt. Rushmore, whose faces would appear there—besides that of Stereophile founder J. Gordon Holt, of course? It’s likely that no two audiophiles would ever come up with identical lists of subjects, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they could agree on at least one […]

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TecSArt: Amando Fontana of TecSArt; an audiophile company of some repute in mainland Europe and probably unknown in the UK

Editor’s note: Howard discovered http://tecsart.com/en/ and we thought that instead of our usual approach of sending a set of questions and then printing those with the answers, we’d do it a bit differently this time. I asked Howard to write to them with an invitation to write up to 1,000 words on the French audiophile […]

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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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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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ROBIN MARSHALL: A Modicum of Genius

John Atkinson ….. One of the things that fascinates me about the field of box loudspeaker design is how few original talents there are capable of designing a model from first principles. Yes, armed with the Thiele-Small papers on bass alignment, an understanding of filter theory, and a working knowledge of the OEM drive-unit field, […]

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Audiophile interview: Ms. Nathalie Fougues, senior designer at newly emergent French audio maker Why Not

Hello Nathalie. How did your interest in music reproduction start? My interest in music is natural; I am as thrilled by the music of nature as I am the sounds of people and their music. From birdsong and wind to industrial rhythms; all sounds interesting me. For a few years I studied music theory and […]

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REL: Audiophile interview with John Hunter

STEREOLIFE: Among the speakers we can distinguish some types made for specific applications, such as center channels, wireless active speakers or subwoofers. Each has its place in a stereo or home theater, but their makers rarely focus on a particular type of speaker. Manufacturers try to satisfy every customer and offer everything, including these very […]

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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 gazed […]

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Howard Popeck speaks at length to people with interesting things to say: Mr. Dominique Mafrand, the driving force behind French audio maker l’enceintebleue

Hello Dominique. How did your interest in music reproduction start? It began when I was very young. One of my four brothers studied electronics at school and found a job in a French company called Ferisol manufacturing professional electronics equipment for the industry. It was back in 1960/1965. It was the beginning of pop music […]

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Tim de Paravicini – dialing-in the Original Experience

  John Atkinson writes:  “Meeting Englishman Tim de Paravicini for the first time, you start to wonder if your mind has slipped a gear, whether premature brain fade has cut in. The conversation seems not only to be racing by unexpectedly quickly, but also subjects you hadn’t even realized were subjects are being examined in […]

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Audiophile interview: Kevin Voecks: Loudspeakers, Crossovers, & Rooms

  Thomas J Norton (Stereophile Magazine) writes …… Since he joined Snell Acoustics in the mid-1980s, Kevin Voecks, their chief designer (footnote 1), has been involved in the design or redesign of the entire Snell line, from the minor revision of the Type A/III (incorporation of a new tweeter), to the complete redesign of the […]

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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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VTL: Luke Manley and Bea Lam interview

Stereophile write: Our 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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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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LFD AUDIO: Bews views: The thoughts, opinions and observations of Dr. Richard Bews:

Dr. Bews – as I understand it, volume controls of all kinds affect sound quality in negative ways, some more than others. Is there one type of level control that’s better than all others and if so, why? Also, how do your findings impact on future LFD designs? A: All pots have different sounds, even […]

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A freelance audio-designer talks candidly about a rarely admitted mental design challenge and his thirteen-point workaround.

I talk to a well-known freelance audio-designer who currently wishes to remain anonymous in exchange for expressing candid views. We’ll call him John; as good a pseudonym as any. Neil McCauley / editor in chief —//– Neil: I’m interested not specifically in your designs – interesting though they are but in the design process; like […]

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LFD AUDIO: Q/A with Dr. Bews – Interconnects and the quest for neutrality

  Q: Putting to one side for a moment your quest for absolute neutrality re your Interconnects, would it be fair to say that your Interconnects are to some extent a subtle ‘tone control”? If so, what would you recommend to tighten the bass between a solid state pre amp and valve power amp. Also […]

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Professor M. J Hawksford (joint founder of LFD): Audio Amplifier Systems, A Compilation

This document is a compilation of technical papers relevant to both analogue and digital audio amplifiers and related systems. Topics include error correction, voltage-controlled amplifiers, current drive, current-to-voltage conversion and PWM. Emphasis is given to circuit techniques that include novel forms of distortion reduction. Audio Amplifier Systems, A Compilation (PDF Download Available). Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/312557447_Audio_Amplifier_Systems_A_Compilation […]

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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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MORSIANI: Carlo Morsiani – italian builder of precision Morsiani tonearms and turntables interviewed

Carlo Morsiani (TNT-Audio) writes: Could You explain to our readers when and how You started your interest about hi-fi and turntables building? CM > I started my interest in the sixties end, when in Italy the only review with a section dedicated to hi-fi was “Discoteca hi-fi”. In 1971 I visited the first Italian hi-fi […]

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