BOWERS and WILKINS: Dr. John Dibb interview

David Lander writes: Before striding into the future, John Dibb enjoyed considerable exposure to his sceptered isle’s fascinating past. He was born in England’s North Country, in 1948, in a model West Yorkshire village established a century earlier by an enlightened industrialist determined to provide comfortable housing and communal amenities for his employees and their […]

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MISSION: Henry Azima interviewed

John Atkinson writes ….. In its first three years, UK hi-fi manufacturer Mission Electronics employed a number of engineers to reinforce the creative talents of founder and hi-fi enthusiast Farad Azima. The lineup included John Bicht, now with Versa Dynamics, and Stan Curtis, now heading up Cambridge Audio. But when Farad’s brother Henry—”Henry” is actually […]

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Howard Popeck speaks at length to people with interesting things to say: Paul Graham of Graham Audio

Howard Popeck interviews Mr. Paul Graham Q: Paul …. let’s hit the ground running right now; in your direct personal experience, what distinguishes music from noise? A: Well, a Graham Audio loudspeaker, of course! Q: Hmm. Okay. Thank you. Now then, how did you first become interested in music? A: I grew up during the […]

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HARBETH: ” ….. not interested due to age and say they no longer have any parts for these “

Professional Speaker testing ? Hi. I have a pair of Harbeth HL1 MK4 speakers . Harbeth are not interested due to age and say they no longer have any parts for these. Can they be tested other that If they sound OK they are OK.  Also how would you test the cross over units ? […]

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TANNOY: Which classic amps for their GRF Autographs?

My Small flea power amps are fine powering my Tannoy Grf Autographs when I am in my listening room alone, However these 2 watt amps are just not powerful enough if i want to crank up the volume when i am working in different parts of the house. As the Tannoys are happy being fed […]

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Ask our editor Neil McCauley: Who really designed the original Gale loudspeakers?

Hi Neil. Who really designed the original Gale loudspeakers? It was in fact Mr. Ira Gale. From all accounts Ira Dennis Gale was a genius, able to “talk his way in and out of anything”. He also tended to “stir the pot”, and may have enjoyed doing so occassionally. Born on December 4th, 1942, Ira […]

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Ask our editor Neil McCauley: GALE: 401 & 402 speakers – how far could (and should?) they be tweaked beyond the original spec?

Howard Popeck asks: I note Dave that you only return a customer’s loudspeakers to original specification. However you strike us as an innovative man with a strong sense of curiosity. So our first question is primarily theoretical. How might a pair of 401 or 402 speakers be taken (in theory) to a higher level? For […]

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GALE: 401a speaker restoration in Ireland. Those of a sensitive nature are advised to look away.

Terry wrote to us recently as follows and we are delighted to publish his text here. Thank you Terry. Hi there… Just registered. I searched for Gale on your site and found some great info. I’ve just restored a pair of 401a’s and your readers may be interested in how it worked out. Process documented […]

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How to get a good sound out of JR 149s?

What are people’s experiences with JR 149s? I have a pair being driven by a Quad 520 . The sound is not very satisfactory — it sounds “amplified.” I wonder if people have found a really successful amp for them. Someone I know loves the sound he gets out of them with a Leak ST20. […]

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