Michell Engineering Orbe SE test review

  HiFi Choice writes:  We are delighted to announce that the Orbe SE has won the recent group test in the January edition of the UK’s HiFi Choice Magazine.  Although the competition was fierce, the Orbe SE (fitted with Techno Arm “A“) beat off the competition to take the coveted Grouptest Winner badge. MORE  

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MICHELL ENGINEERING: Synchro turntable test review

Howard Popeck writes: The Synchro was mid-priced turntable inspired by the original GyroDec, but with an inverted-pendulum suspension and a glass platter. It looked dazzling 20 years ago, and it still does today. In the John Michell tradition, all the working parts are exposed, superbly engineered and impeccably cosmetically finished. It has a cast-ring sub […]

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NAKAMICHI: 680 dual-speed cassette deck – test review

Howard Popeck writes: Launched in 1980, the maker’s claims were, on the face of it, outrageous; “True high-fidelity performance at half-speed”. Although cassette recording and play-back technology were, through outstanding engineering, approaching the theoretical limits of what could be achieved, and enthusiasm for the medium was probably at its peak, true audiophiles rarely accepted that […]

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MICHELL ENGINEERING: TecnoDec (RB250 Tonearm / Denon DL103 Cartridge) test review

“Its neutral balance is good for keeping the various elements consistent with one another and it makes a clear case for itself next to a more affordable deck like the Rega P3-24, thanks to a decent grasp of timing. Some will prefer a warmer sound, perhaps, but that’s a matter of cartridge choice and while […]

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NAKAMICHI: 680 dual-speed cassette deck – test review

Howard Popeck writes: Launched in 1980, the maker’s claims were, on the face of it, outrageous; “True high-fidelity performance at half-speed”. Although cassette recording and play-back technology were, through outstanding engineering, approaching the theoretical limits of what could be achieved, and enthusiasm for the medium was probably at its peak, true audiophiles rarely accepted that […]

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TECHNICS: 5350 receiver test review

Contents: Comparative pricing Buying advice Minimalist power cord The tone balance control Headphone jack FM section Amplification section Suitable partners For and against Should YOU buy? Where to buy Howard Popeck writes: Even before I founded Subjective Audio Ltd I was an enthusiast of Technics gear. The Tottenham Court Road audio bullrings had visually impressive […]

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CAMBRIDGE: All you might want and need to know about: The Cambridge R40-2 loudspeakers – review and/or test if you prefer – by Howard Popeck

Shortly after starting Subjective Audio in 1976 I came across my first pair of Cambridge Audio speakers. A not unhappy experience. I made some notes at the time. Thus what follows here is a combination of facts (manufacturer’s specifications) plus my subjective impressions derived from deciphering my notes. And after that, memories of the experiences. […]

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CLONES AUDIO: AP2 pre amp test review (Mono and Stereo)

  They say …. Prolonged and extended see through nature of AP2 managed to recreate musical happening surprisingly evidently with classical music. Eugene Ormandy conducting The Philadelphia Orchestra performing Peter Iliych Tchaikovsky The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker and Swan like belongs to a close selection of my utmost intimate and seductive performance gems. Uber revelatory […]

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TANNOY: Kensington GR test review

As Tannoy continue to refine their Prestige Series loudspeakers they get ever more impressive. The new Kensington Gold Reference is a carefully balanced design suitable for medium-to-large rooms, where it will impress by dint of sheer impact. This is a loudspeaker you feel – as well as see. It is fabulously well engineered all round, […]

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WILSON AUDIO: An encounter in London with a $0.35m USD audio system including the Wilson Audio Alexx loudspeakers

From our archives Summary: I started out by musing on a working title; ‘Higher-end redefined?’ I knew within moments it only had to be adjusted slightly to ‘Higher-end redefined!’ A magnificent achievement. As engaging, thrilling and inspiring a performance as I’ve yet heard in the UK. There may be other combinations up there, Magico for […]

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KNOBFEEL: Reviews based purely on the feel of the knob!

Author: Lucio Cadeddu – TNT Italy First published: May, 2013 Seen one, you’ve seen them all, right? Wrong! A couple of months ago our official TNT-Audio Facebook profile received a friendly message, from a certain Stephen Woodmansey, who invited us to visit a new website devoted to HiFi. The name of the website was intriguing: […]

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BOSENDORFER: VC-7 Loudspeakers test review

Howard Popeck writes: Bosendorfer have been making concert pianos for 175 years. This is their first venture into Hi-Fi. Their aspiration was to produce the most authentic sound possible from loudspeakers. So they researched carefully with leading artists and prominent concert halls to help achieve their ambition. Hans Deutsch, their acoustician uses unusual design techniques […]

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HILL PLASMATRONIC LOUDSPEAKERS: Type 1 loudspeaker test review

    J. Gordon Holt writes:  Dr. Alan Hill, president of Plasmatronics Inc., was previously employed by the US Government in laser research. His assignment: To increase the efficiency of lasers so that they could do something more impressive than produce holograms, mend leaky retinal blood vessels, and punch pinholes in steel blocks. Dr. Hill […]

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ONIX: DNA-50 Amplifier test review

What the makers tell us The ONIX DNA-50, a 100W RMS per channel, integrated amplifier. It has upgradable discrete Vinyl stages with internal consumer upgradable DAC/Bluetooth boards to follow, all with a traditional torroidal power supply. Crafted in a package formed of solid aluminium, that’s anodised to AS7003 (aerospace standards). At 10KG and made of […]

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MONITOR AUDIO: Silver 8 loudspeaker test review

Stereophile write:  I remember reading about Monitor Audio speakers as I pored over British audio mags in the 1970s, before the economy was globalized. They were among the many worthy UK brands whose cachet was amplified by their unavailability in the US. This venerable brand has survived and flourished, while many others from the 1970s […]

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CYRUS AUDIO: Stereo 200 Stereo Amplifier test review

Roger Kanno writes:  British manufacturer Cyrus Audio has been around since the 1980s, when they were affiliated with Mission Electronics and introduced the Cyrus 1 integrated amplifier. In the mid-1990s, I owned a Cyrus III integrated amplifier with optional PSX-R power supply, driving Mission 762 and 760i loudspeakers, and still have fond memories of that system. However, […]

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ROKSAN: Kandy K2 BT integrated amplifier test review

Herb Reichert (Stereophile magazine) writes: It was spring. I was planting kale and cabbage, wearing bib overalls, and listening to Pigboy Crabshaw (aka Elvin Bishop) on my iPhone. My girlfriend, “bb,” came out, and just stood there laughing. “What’s this? American Gigolo: The Alabama Years?” Now, please, don’t start worrying about your newest Stereophile reviewer. […]

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CAMBRIDGE AUDIO: Azur 851A integrated amplifier test review

Stereophile write:  The more integrated amps I review, the more I want to tell manufacturers: Please, skip the DAC, omit the phono stage, lose the Bluetooth—just give me the best sound quality, and the most vivid, most transparent line stage and control center (with pre-out) you can design. Make sure this line stage has appropriate […]

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MICRO SEIKI: DQX1000 turntable test review by Howard Popeck – Part 1

Previously published on June 19, 2013 Overview: In 1978, in the early days of Subjective Audio I sold quite a few of these. And for a while I always had one on demo. The reasons why people bought them, and the reason I had one are, well …. not much to do with sound quality. […]

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