ASTELL & KERN: Their AK Ti8e

They say: The AK Ti8e earphones are built by hand at Beyerdynamic’s facility in Heilbronn, Germany and come with accessories including a leather case, detachable, Kevlar-reinforced cables and eight choices of ear-tip. The AK Ti8e arrives powered by a ring magnet. The single-driver design omits the need for crossover filters. The earphones also come with […]

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The birth of pop-up automatic radio

To Staines, where, in the meeting room of an office building opposite the high street’s busy Poundland, award-winning radio producer Robin Crowley thinks he has identified a gap in the market. And that gap contains showtunes. Lots of them. Enough showtunes, in fact, to fill an entire radio station. Evita, Rent, Showgirls: you’ll find the […]

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Digital Music Renaissance Dick Burwen’s algorithms may bring back analog’s rich, complex sounds

  Although this piece was originally published in 2010, I took a look just now and found it still relevant, interesting, thought-provoking and more …. and some of you here might too, hopefully. That’s why I have posted it here today. Neil / editor =================== Mark Anderson writes: Neil Young has called the digital recording […]

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OH REALLY? The 12 Most Significant Loudspeakers of All Time

Robert Harley writes: For this special loudspeaker-focus issue, I asked our most senior contributors to each name the twelve loudspeakers that had the greatest impact on high-end audio. These are the speakers that introduced a new technology, changed the market, influenced future designs, or revealed some previously unheard aspect of sound quality. Although each writer […]

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Rhodium plating or Silver?

Hi. Which mains plugs give the warmest sound…. silver, gold plate or rhodium plate? Also what would you recommend for subwoofer..Uk mains plug and iec connector? I have thought long and hard about this. And I’ve discussed with other people. Regretfully there is no definitive answer known to me which could be considered reliable. There […]

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DeVORE: Gibbon X Speaker

The Gibbon X, a new floorstanding, three-way loudspeaker from Brooklyn-based DeVore Fidelity. The event attracted a crowd of Manhattan-based audiophiles—among them Andre Phills (below) and Paul Baldasare, with whom I had the pleasure of speaking—and audio luminaries Herb Reichert, Ken Micallef, and Steve Guttenberg. Also in the house was tall person and loudspeaker designer John […]

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JAMES LOUDSPEAKERS: The W Series

They say: James Loudspeaker, designers and manufacturers of décor-friendly entertainment products for both residential and commercial applications, has announced the introduction of the W-Series loudspeakers designed for specialised boundary applications, such as integration into a 90-degree corner where walls and ceilings converge. James Loudspeaker say “The visually unobtrusive wedge-shaped form factor is ideal for the […]

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PRINCIPAL DESIGN: PD150 speakers

Hello. I came across your very good blog whilst looking for Linn Sara information. I wonder if you have any knowledge of another Speaker Manufacture? I purchased a set of Principal Design PD150 speakers in the mid to late 80s. One drive unit has developed a fault so I have been looking for information about […]

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