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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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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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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COLIN WONFOR: Q-20-P preamp and Q-20 power amp test review

Neil McCauley writes: First, here’s how the makers describe their units: Q-20-P The Q-20-P complements the Q-20 power amplifier, it features MC, MM and one line input, a line-level output and a headphone output. The Q20P is designed to be as simple as possible in order to maintain signal integrity. It is ideal for the […]

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GALE: GS402 loudspeaker test review

  Stereophile write …… The Gale loudspeaker dates back to the early 1970s. As I understand it, the basic design resulted from a collaboration of Ira Gale (footnote 1) and Sao Win, who were college classmates at the time. Their speaker proved very popular in England and was subsequently imported to the USA during the […]

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BENCHMARK MEDIA: AHB2 power amplifier – test review

Stereophile: I first saw Benchmark’s AHB2 stereo power amplifier at the 2013 Convention of the Audio Engineering Society, in New York City. On silent display in Benchmark’s booth on the convention floor, its compact size and comprehensive features made the amp immediately attractive, and the design was described as a departure from traditional analog and […]

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Benchmark Media: AHB2 Stereo Power Amplifier This little unit will change the way you look and listen to amplifiers.

      Review And Images By Greg Weaver My first taste of this remarkable new amplifier came earlier this year in April at Chicago’s AXPONA where I discovered it driving a newly redesigned Studio Electric Pasadena loudspeaker, also bearing the Benchmark trademark. Now called the SMS1, the Pasadena’s crossover had been reworked by Benchmark, […]

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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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Bösendorfer (now Brodman acoustics) VC 7 test review by Howard Popeck

  Note: This is an extract from the original text of the review of an entire system by me that was published in Hi-Fi News a couple of years back. I’ve looked at it again – and I wouldn’t change a thing! Introduction I’m in favour of system reviews rather than A/B testing. I’m not […]

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REVOX: B750 II integrated amplifier test review

  Try as I might, and frankly I don’t try all that hard that often, I’m rather taken with the look of an audiophile item to the extent that I’ll buy, or covet it. Yes, it’s sad. But … Or put differently, the sound quality takes second place – sometimes. My Yamaha C1 pre amp […]

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BOSENDORFER: VC 7 test review

Founded during its nascent years in Austria, 1828, by Ignaz Bösendorfer, the company bearing his name has since become one of the most recognisable piano-making brands in the world. With many choices in finish and specification, a Bösendorfer piano can be specified to be as minimalist or extravagant as you like – from opulent to […]

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STAX DAC X-1t tube / MOSFET hybrid DAC test review – by Ken Kessler

Introduction by KK: With the arrival of eBay and feverish activity in the second-hand market, a lot of audiophiles find old reviews useful. Simply Stax asked if I minded them running my old reviews – flattered, I said, ‘No problem!’ The only provisos I would add is that you read these in the context that […]

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SME: Model 10 – a user’s perspective

Editor’s note 24/04/19. This is an ‘old’ thread but having checked it this morning there are still a few interesting and relevant observations I feel =============== Went back to vinyl around 4 years ago when I purchased an LP12 , however the LP12 was too sensitive with the tone arm bouncing across the records when […]

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“Archival Disc Format Is for Pros”

Mark Fleiscmann writes:  Does the world need another optical disc format in this download-oriented era? Sony and Panasonic think so, though they’re positioning the Archival Disc for professional use in the movie industry and in cloud-based data centers. The format holds 300 gigabytes on a double-sided disc with three layers per side. It is said […]

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Best noise-cancelling headphones

What HiFi write: After a new pair of noise-cancelling headphones? These are the best money can buy, ranging from under £100 to just over £300. Which will you choose? Noise-cancelling headphones block out the drone of daily life, helping you listen to music without any distractions.So whatever your budget, whether you want over, on, or […]

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