Horns …..

https://www.flickr.com/photos/79846937@N06/14213752391/ The horns below (the black pair on either side, not the brown ones) were the first hifi speaker ever built, 88 years ago, in 1926, one year before talkies were made. A Korean billionaire who is one of the owners of Hyundai spent a 100k USD bringing them over so that people could hear […]

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Sensibly defining the term World Class?

Is it a meaningless pile of ambiguous rubbish, or can something meaningful actually be derived from the audio journalist’s term “world class’? Well, masses? Please click HERE to continue Blank recording tapes buy / sell / info and reassurance   The FM radio community British / European loudspeaker members’ group

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TO BE … OR NOT: Bi-amping?

PAUL MCGOWAN … There once was a day when power amplifiers struggled. The mainstays, tube amplifiers, couldn’t handle low frequencies well but had immaculate highs. The newcomers, solid state amps, produced prodigious bass but struggled with the high notes. None handled both. That’s when some bright person decided to combine the best of both worlds. […]

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SO, NOW YOU KNOW: Distorted speakers

PAULMCGOWAN … Ever wonder why speaker manufacturers don’t list distortion as one of their measured parameters? Me too. To my knowledge, there’s not even a standard by which to suggest acceptable distortion. Yet, try that with the electronics that drive those speakers and howls of protest drift up through the rafters. Do we not care […]

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SPEAKERS: Anchor or isolate?

PAUL MCGOWAN … Audiophile wisdom is rife with both good and bad advice. It’s a good idea to pay attention to the electronic chain’s component quality while it’s a bad idea to spend so much on tweaks you ignore the fundamentals. Sometimes this common wisdom finds itself in the middle of a great philosophical divide. […]

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SPEAKER PLACEMENT: Tilt ‘er back

Paul McGowan … If you’re looking for a quick and easy fine-tuning technique, try tilting the speakers forward or backward relative to the listening position. This is a time-honored tweak that not everyone’s familiar with, but it sure works great. The easiest way to do this is by using a CD jewel case under the […]

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CLASSIC KIT: What is the attraction?

Whilst my recent additions are for a secondary system, they certainly are competitive with today’s offerings at a corresponding price point (well, I believe so) albeit not likely to replace my main system. I could so easily have popped into Sevenoaks or the Classifieds and put together a middle of the range system but just […]

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Top-10 ultimate high-end speakers

Steve Guttenberg writes: Ultimate high-end speakers are conceived with the same zeal Ferrari and Lamborghini apply to their no-holds-barred sports cars. Sales of ridiculously expensive and absurdly powerful cars are holding steady, and the same can be said for extreme, high-end speakers. Granted, there’s no practical reason for the existence of the new 450-horsepower Audi […]

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SO, WHICH IS IT: Loudspeaker efficiency versus sensitivity

The sensitivity of a loudspeaker is the sound pressure between 125 Hz (250 Hz) to 4 kHz (8 kHz) at a specific distance – when you have a constant voltage – measured in dB per watt and meter. Mostly it is the voltage of constant 2.83 volts, the distance is 1 meter, at 8 ohms […]

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