HELIUS DESIGNS: Their tone arm trade-in policy defined

They say: Occasionally, Helius will acquire some of its past products. There are primarily two reasons, the first is to maintain a stock of older parts for purposes of repairing the classic tonearms. We do this because it is uneconomical in today’s CNC machnining environment to have small numbers of the larger components machined, so […]

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KEN KESSLER: Why does the audio business suffer so many fools?

Previously published on October 9, 2012Gossip and rumour have always … fuelled the audio industry. For the hi-fi press, it’s partly excusable, because the mags and blogs live on information exchange rather than producing or selling equipment. But the world of hi-fi is noticeably more gossip-driven than most. Why does this concern me? Because I’ve […]

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VINTAGE SYNTHS: Explorer ARP 2600

“The ARP 2600 is without a doubt one of the finest analog synthesizers ever. It is very popular and has been used by artists for over 20 years in all forms of music, especially today’s electronic music. The 2600 is a professional, semi-modular, monophonic, patch-cable synthesizer that competed directly against the first professional Modular Moog […]

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MERIDIAN: 208 CD/Pre. Can it still cut it?

The thread starts: I’m close to potentially purchasing one of these (original packaging/instructions and remote) and having had a good chat with Kevin (Auralflea), I’m almost sold. Thanks Kevin. Appreciated. I have a budget of £200 or less but is there anything else (better) I should consider? Heard great things about the 208 as a […]

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BREXIT: NVA (Richard Dunn) says “Brexit has knocked my turnover back by about 50% both in build up to poll and after result”

He says: “Brexit has knocked my turnover back by about 50% both in build up to poll and after result. No UK orders of any consequence, not just me for others (like cars) it is far worse. You lot ain’t buying anything – stunned into a state of shock. My current orders are from Europe […]

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NAT KING COLE: Afraid of the Dark

Nat King Cole was the only black television star in Hollywood at a time when America groaned under the weight of racial segregation and prejudice. Yet he possessed a natural talent so great that these issues were seemingly swept to one side to allow him to become one of the greatest jazz icons of all […]

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Audio Exotics in Hong Kong

6moons.com write:  J. Lam owns Audio Exotics, an import/retail establishment for fine audio in Hong Kong, the City of Life. The selection of brands he brings to this city nation of 200 audio establishments of all sizes demonstrate a particular sensibility. There are Franck Tchang’s acoustic resonators under the French Acoustics System Int’l brand and […]

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From the archives: The Amazing Ribbon Wave

Announcing the new, amazing Ribbon Wave!  Years of audio research and advanced entomological farming have culminated in what is arguably the most stunning advancement in audiophile technology.  The Ribbon Wave is, simply put, perfection in a silk ribbon that when wrapped around your cables will produce audio that has to be heard to be believed. […]

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A Hybrid Electroacoustic Lumped and Finite Element Model for Modeling Loudspeaker Drivers

A hybrid method for modeling the acoustic characteristics of a loudspeaker driver. The method uses an electroacoustic lumped circuit model for the magnet, voice coil, and spider system. This includes the electrical and mechanical properties. The lumped model is coupled to a finite element (FE) model of the speaker cone and surrounding air. The diaphragm, […]

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