That Was Then… Mission Cyrus Two

What Hi-Fi report: They were essentially two versions of the same amplifier, sharing the same plastic casework/ steel chassis and main circuit board. The Two had a more generous power supply that raised power output to 50W per channel (double that of the cheaper amp) and a more sophisticated moving coil section in the switchable […]

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COLIN WONFOR: HB100 mono power amps test review

Neil McCauley / editor in chief Why no images? Because the test review that follows here are of a pre-production pair in casework that doesn’t properly represent the finished product which, so we are told, should be available in early March 2017. Priced, including VAT @ £4.6k per pair. A bit of history Please note […]

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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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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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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   EDITORIAL […]

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MICHELL ENGINEERING: GyroDec SE Mk. II turntable test review

  Brad Morrical writes ….. “Once you hear the GyroDec SE Mk.II (or rather, don’t hear it), you know it’s going to be in your system for the long haul. With a naturally balanced cartridge, I have not heard reproduced music sounding closer to live than through the GyroDec. I don’t see the need to […]

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CELESTION: Celestion 3 loudspeaker test review

            John Atkinson writes: “Why does John Atkinson devote so much of his time to loudspeakers selling for under a [sic] $1000?” wrote a correspondent to The Audiophile Network bulletin board in August, there being a clear implication in this question that “more expensive” always equates with “better” when it […]

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AUDIO ORIGAMI: PU7 Tonearm – test review

Roy Gregory writes: If Audio Origami ‘s nomenclature evokes a dull echo somewhere in the deep recesses of your memory banks, seeing it in the flesh might well seem like déjà vu. Back in the day, when real turntables came from Scotland and they all carried Ittoks, more enlightened audiophiles (or just those who saw […]

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That Was Then… A&R Cambridge A60 (1976) vs. Arcam A19 (2013)

What Hi-Fi report: We got our hands on a classic amplifier from the early 1980s to see how it fares against a comparable model today… Continues HERE EDITORIAL NOTE: The opinions expressed in the above post do not necessarily reflect those of our editorial team – just in case you wondered. Neil McCauley  

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MICHELL ENGINEERING: Orbe SE test review

HiFi Choice writes: The SE is the ‘sport’ version of Michell’s Orbe rangetopper. It cuts down on costs by removing the acrylic casework of its namesake and, in many respects, looks the better for it. Like the well-regarded Gyro, it is a fully suspended design that floats the armboard and platter on three springs, which […]

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COLIN WONFOR: MC-V power cord (silver plated pins) test review

Neil McCauley / editor in chief There’s an old saying that you can judge a person by the company they keep. It’s a truism and a cliché but that doesn’t mean it’s incorrect. Applied to the hi-fi industry, you can make a reasonable stab at the true nature (behind the carefully crafted façade) of the […]

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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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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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A Measurement that Says Something – test review

When we first heard rumors that Shure Brothers was about to unleash something called “trackability” on the audio world, our reaction was mainly one of indifference. We already had loudspeakers with listenability, tape recorders with portability, and amplifiers with stability and dependability. Trackability, we figured, was just another clever sales gimmick; a catchy word that […]

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ROGERS: LS3/5a 65th Anniversary Edition Loudspeakers test review

Simon Tremlet writes: The rebirth of a legendary loudspeaker. When I agreed to review the Rogers LS3/5a loudspeakers, I had no idea I would be in for a history lesson, and just how signficant these are. Please click HERE to continue EDITORIAL NOTE: The opinions expressed in the above post do not necessarily reflect those […]

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EQUIPMENT DOUBLE-BLIND TESTING: The Highs and Lows

By Larry Archibald J. Gordon Holt C.J. Huss • Posted: May 5, 1985 Stereophile Editor’s Note: In 1985 and 1986, an argumentative thread ran through Stereophile’s pages, discussing the benefits or lack of double-blind testing methods in audio component reviewing, triggered by J. Gordon Holt’s review of the ABX Comparator. As this debate is still […]

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The best stereo speakers of the 21st century

What Hi-Fi? write: Stereo speakers are the heart and soul of a hi-fi system, and we’ve sifted through 17 years’ worth of Awards issues to pick the top pairs since the turn of the century… Continues HERE EDITORIAL NOTE: The opinions expressed in the above post do not necessarily reflect those of our editorial team […]

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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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LOUDSPEAKER MEASUREMENTS: Axiom, B&W, Dahlquist, Focal, JBL, Magico, Morel, PSB and many more

Written in 2009 They write ….. With the cooperation of Canada’s National Research Council (NRC), in the year 2000 the SoundStage! Network began measuring and publishing objective measurements of loudspeaker products — a first for online publications. The NRC’s legacy of producing accurate loudspeaker measurements goes back decades. Literally thousands of speakers have been measured […]

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ISOL-8: Substation LC and HC Power Conditioners test review

ISOL-8 is one of the country’s foremost power conditioning experts. The SubStation Vogue tested last year was one of the best power conditioners we had heard, but the LC and HC raise the game still further. The two – that notionally replace the Vogue – takes the basic concept, sprinkles in some DC blocking and […]

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