The great myth of the XLR

Hi, and thanks for stopping here. Re the post below, we’d really, really like to know what you think. Have you got time to leave a comment? Thank you. Neil McCauley / HFA editor in chief +++++++++ Is it just us here in the editorial that likes the sound of RCA terminated cables better? Please […]

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Balanced or Unbalanced?

Hi, and thanks for stopping here. Re the post below, we’d really, really like to know what you think. Have you got time to leave a comment? Thank you. Neil McCauley / HFA editor in chief +++++++++ We spotted this on a US forum and it got us thinking about asking our readers about this. […]

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JADIS: DPMC preamp

  The DPMC is a phono MM MC preamplifier with a level control. It uses 4 ECC83 in the preamplifier and to correct the RIAA stage. A tube regulated power supply ensures stability. This unit is ideal for connecting an integrated amplifier of a phono stage. More information HERE

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RBH SOUND: Their HP-2 Headphones

SoundStage! Hi-Fi has posted a review of the RBH Sound HP-2 headphones ($249). His conclusions: “There’s no doubt that the RBH Sound HP-2s deserve to be added to our list of Recommended Reference Components, and it’s no wonder Brent ended his review with this: “f you want closed-back, audiophile headphones, the HP-2s are the best […]

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ATC: Their SCM19AT Active Loudspeaker System

  ATC Loudspeakers is pleased to announce its new SCM19AT active loudspeakers for the home are now shipping in the U.S. consumer Hi-Fi and CI (custom integration) markets. ATC, Acoustic Transducer Company, formed in 1974 is the renowned manufacturer of handcrafted precision loudspeakers that can be found in the most prominent music and film mastering […]

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BLUE LOLA: Headphones

They say ….. A set of headphones with a sealed over-ear design and custom 50mm drivers, the same as the company’s own Mo-Fi headphone. Blue’s default headband design features a four-point multi-jointed linkage system and pivoting arms that allow the headphones to stay parallel at all times. Lola furthers this design with a new slimmer […]

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ROTEL: Their RA-1592 Integrated Amplifier

From the desk of Frank Berryman Rotel Electronics, widely acknowledged for 50 years as a leader in affordable high-end electronics designed for serious audiophiles and home-theater fans, has introduced the RA-1592 stereo integrated amplifier built upon the award-winning Rotel RC-1590 preamplifier and RB-1582mk2 power amplifier in a sleek, single chassis design. While home theater is […]

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TEAC: TN-570 flagship turntable

  Max Langridge writes ….. he S-shaped tonearm sports a light alloy headshell to make swapping cartridges quick and easy and is height adjustable to compensate for different cartridge sizes. TEAC supplies the deck with an AT100E MM cartridge. It features an electronic speed change too, saving you the hassle of removing the platter to […]

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PRO-JECT AUDIO SYSTEMS: VT-E

Paul Rigby writes ….. A bit of a surprise, this one. The VT-E is Pro-Ject’s first ever vertical turntable and can be installed on a desktop or a wall.  Based on the dual speed Elemental turntable, the belt-driven VT-E has a pre-set 8.6” tonearm and Ortofon OM5e cartridge. The VT-E plinth and platter are made from […]

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PS Audio: So the next time you’re looking for no-compromise bass, look towards equipment with servos – you’ll be well served.

  Paul McGowan writes: If the high-end designer really wants thunderous bass response in his equipment, a servo is perhaps the very best way to go.  You’ve probably heard of servo bass before but servo controlling the low end response of an amplifier is a technique perhaps buried in the details of some designs and […]

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Audiophiles luring youngsters into boring conversations

PARENTS have been warned about audiophiles, who are increasingly targeting young people for dull chats about hi-fi. Record shops have become magnets for middle-aged, socially awkward men attracted by products labelled ‘Audiophile Edition’. 14-year-old Tom Logan said: “I was looking at an old Fleetwood Mac record, when this bald man kind of crept up beside […]

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TRANSPARENT: Power Conditioning Without Compromise

They say …. For the first time ever, Transparent Audio’s ultimate statement in audio perfection, the OPUS series, expands to incorporate a new standard in power conditioning and line filtration— meet the Transparent OPUS PowerIsolator. Power Conditioning Without Compromise The groundbreaking Transparent Generation 5 Power Conditioning Filter Technology introduced in the new OPUS PowerIsolator snuffs […]

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MERUS AUDIO: The Snowflake

They say ….. The Snowflake audio amplifier reference design packs a ton of audio power in a compact 40x30mm solution. Featuring the MA12040 or MA12040P eximo™ audio amplifiers it is able to reach peak output powers of up to 2x40W in an LC filterless implementation. Snowflake is optimized for small solution footprint and addresses all […]

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What really is the state of 2nd hand HiFi market?

Hi, and thanks for stopping here. Re the post below, we’d really, really like to know what you think. Have you got time to leave a comment? Thank you. Howard Popeck / Features Editor *************** We could have used “pre-loved” but we aren’t comfortable with that word, for some reason. We  just wondered whether you […]

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How did a £9 CD cost me £125?

Bear with me on this please; first – a little background. I bought my wife a watch online. She took it to a jeweler to pay to have the strap adjusted and she got mildly scolded for buying online. How could they tell just by looking at it wasn’t clear, but they knew – and […]

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