Michael Vronsky wonders: Who will be the first big maker to bypass the UK audio retailer network?

  Michael Vronski writes: I don’t claim to be a futurologist. However sometimes it’s possible to read some signs and occasionally for a view of which way the commercial wind is blowing. And I mean the way that wind is blowing, but not necessarily the speed and strength of that wind.My belief is that with […]

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IF: If Neil McCauley was a speaker designer (which he plainly isn’t!)

Michael Vronsky writes: Neil; if you were, say, a speaker designer then what would be more important to you when designing , the final subjective sound or the measurements? Oh, I’m afraid very much the sound. I don’t despise or ignore measurements which are essential in the course of designing the thing. They give you […]

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A POINT OF VIEW: Female audiophiles?

Michael Vronsky writes: Joke, truism or what? It’s a standard joke and also to some extent a truism that female classical composers are extremely rare and in quizzes, at best some people can only ‘point’ to two, possibly three. For myself, I can’t even point to one! This doesn’t mean that women in general are […]

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A POINT OF VIEW: Neil McCauley expresses a view re power cords

Neil, have you been surprised by the effects of different types of mains cable and IEC termination on the sound that comes from electronics driving speakers? I have been rather surprised because I don’t reckon I have anything like the acuity of some of my friends for acoustic things, I will usually arrive at conclusions; […]

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A POINT OF VIEW: Why do some speakers sound like music while others sound like anything but music?

Michael Vronsky writes: Different isn’t automatically better I was trying to find the problem in a friend’s system. It didn’t sound as good as it should have for the money. So we did a lot of cable switching, speaker positioning, isolating this, isolating that – all to no avail. We certainly got different sounds, but […]

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A POINT OF VIEW: So, got what you bargained for did you?

Michael Vronsky writes: Did we in the high-end buyers arena get what we bargained for when we chose the lowest price over service and advice? Dealers have always discounted. It’s implicit in the descriptive word ‘dealers’ i.e. ‘to deal’ Perhaps ‘retailer’ might be more appropriate? Anyway – even famous dealers may be obliged to offer […]

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MICHAEL VRONSKY SAYS: Innovation? It’s just one foot in front of the other

I asked a manufacturing acquaintance (hardly a friend because it’s necessary to maintain a distance in order to allow for objectivity) about why he spends so much on innovation. Somewhat facetiously but not without a grain of truth or impertinence if you will ”Why not just milk what you already have and save some money?” […]

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MICHAEL VRONSKY: A connection between a self-assembled truly satisfying audio system, and a rather good Beef Rendang.

Lazy, or sensible? One of the emerging trends I am seeing is the desire of people to have someone else build their systems for them so that they don’t have to do the work. This being despite the fact that there is a vast amount of information ‘out there’ which should – in theory – […]

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MICHAEL VRONSKY WONDERS: What happened to composers?

I’m building my big library of recorded music. It’s a continual process and I’ve have noticed something interesting. In classical music traditionally the library by the name of the composer – Bach, Beethoven, Delius and so on. In contrast, when it comes to non-classical we tend to file by the name of the performer – […]

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