Mr. Ray Purchase wonders: Speaker Design – Is there much to it? (Part 6)

Initial Listening and Gradual Refinement Having already written the basic crossover software, and after a day’s furious woodworking and wiring up, the system worked! I set the relative driver levels using the amp volume controls, doing this by ear, matching the levels at the crossover frequencies. So at this stage I could listen to CDs […]

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Mr Ray Purchase offers an alternative view of the High End. (Part #2 of 2)

Solid State and Active are Clean I don’t think it is too controversial to claim that solid state amplification suffers less from distortion than valve, can have higher reserves of power, lower output impedance, flatter frequency response and so on. Nor is it controversial to claim that active speakers <a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Powered_speakers”>distort less</a> than passive systems, […]

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Mr. Ray Purchase wonders: Speaker Design – Is there much to it? (Part 7)

The Result, and Interpretation Obviously I don’t expect to convince you that my speakers are ‘high end’, but they are! All types of recording sound better than I have heard before (outside, presumably, of the active Backes and Mullers mentioned earlier!), but where the system excels in particular is in playing back uncompressed large scale […]

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D is for diamond: Transfiguration creates special limited ‘D’ edition of flagship Proteus phono cartridge

We are told: Hand-crafted in Japan by Immutable Music’s Seiji Yoshioka, Transfiguration moving coil (MC) phono cartridges have been hailed as being among the world’s most musically honest.  This is no accident, since their design has always been guided by two firm principles: first, to extract the most minute, natural musical detail from a record’s […]

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