EQUIPMENT LEASING: A good idea or what?

From 2014 but still worth reading. HomeTheatreReview.com write …. I’ve been working a lot with my mother in Philadelphia lately. Her husband, an audiophile of sorts, died in 2011. Even though he was a financial planner, it turns out his plan was to die broke and leave my mom in less than an excellent spot. […]

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IODATA FIDATA: HFAS1 Network Audio Server From Japan

Paul Rigby writes ….. The HFAS1, utilising Twonky Server 7, incorporates two 850EVO SSDs from Samsung. These drives utilise the manufacturer’s 3D V-NAND flash memory. the idea is to minimise voltage fluctuations to increase the part’s lifespan and low the power consumption The aluminium chassis has been tweaked to lower noise while a single-point ground […]

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LUMLEY: ST70 issues

Hopefully you can help with a problem I have with my Lumley ST70 Reference power amp. My set up is as follows: Esoteric X01 D 2 CD player, Linn Sondek LP 12, Thorens 124 Mk 2 with Van den Hul Super One cartridge, Magnum Dynalab MD 90t tuner, all feeding into a McIntosh MC2300 preamp, […]

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TRANSPARENT: OPUS Power Cord Source

They say …… A new addition to the OPUS Power Cord lineup offers phenomenal performance with a compact form factor suited for your source components. OPUS Power Cord Source is now available. OPUS Power Cord Source embraces the same cable, network, and termination innovations that define our entire Generation 5 Audio Cable lineup. Although packed […]

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SALK SOUND: Desert Island Speaker

They say ….. As the name implies, the Song3 is a vented 3–way member of the Song loudspeaker family. The slim tower construction leverages Salk Sound’s expertise in creating high fidelity speakers that also deliver exceptional value. For an accurate, low distortion treble response, the Song3 employs RAAL Advanced Loudspeakers’ select model 64-10 tweeter coupled […]

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HANA: Moving Coil Cartridges

They say ….. Hana means “brilliant and gorgeous” in Japanese. The Hana brand cartridges are hand made by the Excel Sound Corporation in Tokyo, Japan; who have been making cartridges and cartridge components on an OEM basis for over 40 years, specialising in Moving Coil type cartridges. Hana is launching with four new MC cartridges, […]

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Customer service is becoming more Kafkaesque by the day

Editorial note: Although written in 2014, having re-read it this morning, it still seems relevant. Neil Oscar Rickett writes ….. Anyone who’s seen The Onion’s video “Prague’s Kafka International Named Most Alienating Airport”, in which an airline official played by a Slavoj Žižek soundalike tells confused travellers, “If there is a problem, fill out a […]

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DOUBLE-BLIND TESTING: The Highs & Lows

By Larry Archibald J. Gordon Holt C.J. Huss • Posted: May 5, 1985 In 1985 and 1986, an argumentative thread ran through Stereophile’s pages, discussing the benefits or lack of double-blind testing methods in audio component reviewing, triggered by J. Gordon Holt’s review of the ABX Comparator. As this debate is still raging nearly 15 […]

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Ken Kessler: Amusingly, I am one of the most unforgiving people you’ll ever meet, and I don’t look at life in shades of grey. Life is too short, so …..”

Previously published on July 22, 2012 As is the nature of hi-fi as a hobby, audiophiles choose sides … even when they’d rather not. That’s just the way it is: the audio community is painfully and ludicrously either/or. Me? I’m of the sort who doesn’t find, say, a love for crime novels and a love […]

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Separates versus integrated

Gentlemen – system consists of an LP12, Ittok, Valhalla, and Cirkus bearing with an Adikt cartridge, a Marantz CD75 Mk2 CD player, an Aura 80 SE-x amplifier and Sony SS A1L speakers (they’re Sony versions of the LS3/5a, not a bad speaker, easy to listen to over long periods but lacking a bit at the […]

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HELIUS DESIGNS: Their Omega Standard tone arm

They say: The standard version of the Omega is mechanically very similar to the Silver-Ruby Model. The main differences being the use of tungsten bearings, copper wire and colour configuration. The standard version is anodised black with silver counterweights. Technically the arm is very sophisticated, being dynamically balanced, damped by differential masses and having non-coincident […]

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HELIUS DESIGNS: Their Aurora tone arm

They say: The Aurora is the new mid-priced Helius tonearm,  and fills the gap the Aureus arm used to occupy. Now in full production, the Aurora is available as either a 9” or 10” arm,  (12” available by special request ) with choices of single strand silver or O2 free internal wire. The internal wires […]

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