CONVERTING VOLTAGES: SAE equipment 110v gear to 230v?

I have a couple of 110v pieces of SAE gear here in the UK. I am using a Maplin step-down. They sound great but have skinny captive mains leads and I wonder if there is anyone who can rework the back panels to fit a modern IEC female socket. Also, if the power supplies are […]

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HARMAN KARDON: The HK670 Receiver

Jamie Lee Fritze (Tone Audio) writes ….. I’ve been a fan of vintage Harman/Kardon gear for several years now, so when I heard a local record store had an HK670 receiver for sale I was on the case, immediately. The typical going price for this model in “good working order” (which as most vintage audio […]

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SAE: Epilogue – Whatever Happened To Them?

I remember in the seventies walking into a Cal Stereo store in the LA area and seeing the SAE equipment. I was a college student back then and owned a reciever. The SAE stuff with it’s black metal and white graphics looked sooo imposing and impressive. Amp, preamp, tuner and EQ all in one stack….man, […]

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SAE items you will not find on ebay

https://www.2dehands.be/audio-video-tv/audio-apparatuur/versterker-en-receiver/sae-2100l-voorversterker-500530291.html https://www.2ememain.be/tv-hi-fi-vid%C3%A9o/hifi-audio/amplificateurs-ampli-syntoniseurs/ampli-pr%C3%A9amplificateur-sae-vintage-513891819.html https://www.anibis.ch/de/d-audio,-tv-~-video-stereoanlagen-sonstiges–2822/ensemble-hifi-de-la-marque-sae–27263230.aspx?view=2&ps=60&pi=4&fcid=800 https://www.anibis.ch/de/d-audio,-tv-~-video-hifi-komponenten-~-zubeh%c3%b6r-sonstiges–2806/sae-mark-series-ampli,-preampli-et-receiver–27862762.aspx?view=2&ps=60&pi=5&fcid=2798 https://www.annunci.net/modena/audio-tv-video/sinto-amplificatore-sae-two-1830625 https://usato.audiograffiti.com/annunci/amplificatori-finali/221003/ https://www.audiogon.com/listings/lis9d6g2-sae-d-102-cd-sacd-players?refsource=hifishark http://www.bolha.com/avdio-in-video/avdio/hi-fi-komponente/ojacevalci/sae-1800-parametric-equilazer-1338721856.html

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BENCHMARK MEDIA DAC: What about better power cords?s

Does improving the power cord from the one that is supplied improve the sound?  Yes, it does seem to in my systems here. I have experienced dramatic improvements, in terms of subtle detail retrieval, a faster bass and so on with many other DACs through the years and so I suppose I quite naturally expect […]

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Ask an expert: Benchmark DAC

Have you heard a difference between the DAC performance of the Benchmark USB DAC and the Benchmark DAC-1 preamp and if so, which one is superior?  I have done this experiment on a number of occasions and have very rarely heard any difference at all. It might have been my imagination. And so it is […]

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BENCHMARK MEDIA: Some observations about the Benchmark DAC1

IMO the DAC1’s true potential can only be realised when the extra bells and whistles (XLR output attenuators, physical volume pot) are switched off, and it is fed a digital signal that is attenuated, with dither at 24 bits, and upsampled well (e.g. SoX with -v) to 110.6kHz. If used via XLR, also the XLR […]

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BENCHMARK MEDIA DAC. Howard Popeck rates it highly!

Hi Howard, Good to see that you are stocking the Benchmark range. I have a DAC1 and it is truly superb. I use it to drive my active ATC 50s directly, or my Stax 717 & Omegas – no preamp necessary anymore! This little Benchmark really does punch far above it’s weight – right? My […]

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