HIROYASU KONDO: Founder of Audio Note Japan, and a legendary figure in his own time—took …..

Stereophile write …… Our interview with Hiroyasu Kondo—founder of Audio Note Japan, and a legendary figure in his own time—took place during HI-FI ’96 last June at the Waldorf=Astoria. It seemed very natural; the crowd at the Show was very internationalist. Herb Reichert of Audio Note New York found us a quiet corner after lunch, […]

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Tim De Paravicini: Talking about transformers in his valve amps

There are so many ways power transformers are made. I on all my valve power amps design my power transformer so that a low voltage secondary winding behaves as an electrostatic screen so either mains terminal end of the primary winding behave about the same. The leakage voltage and current you are talking about as […]

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Audiophile interview: Chris Connaker – computeraudiophile.com

Laurence A. Borden writes: 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 […]

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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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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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CABASSE: Audiophile interview with Delphine Dall

STEREOLIFE ….. Cabasse is recognized as one of the best known loudspeaker manufacturers, and one which gives us very interesting products, especially in the high end segment. Founded in 1950 by Georges Cabasse, the firm inherited not only its creator’s name, but also his genius as his special gift, a memory for sounds led him […]

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MARK LEVINSON: Interview: Music, Passion, and More

POORAUDIOPHILE.COM: Scott Wilkinson, the host of the Home Theater Geeks podcast on the TWIT network had the legendary Mark Levinson on the program several weeks back.  Scott posted a more in depth segment on the Secrets of Home Theater web site here in two parts (Part 1 and Part 2).  Both parts are a great […]

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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 […]

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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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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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