Avantegarde speakers: Observations sought and received

“It’s interesting (to me) that you guys really enjoyed the Avantegarde speakers because myself and a friend (who normally loves horn speakers) were entirely underwhelmed by them. Personally, I was too aware of odd colourations and they just didn’t have the immediacy, or intimacy, that I associate with really good horns. Perhaps if they had […]

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Is it possible?

Paul McGowan writes: Can we ever hope to achieve a two-channel experience with music so real as to fool ourselves into believing there is an actual musician playing in front of us?  I mean sure we can close our eyes and imagine a live event is happening, but in all the years I have never […]

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“Our chief engineer, Bob Stadtherr, always likes to remind us that every project has two phases: the first 90% and the second 90%. It always brings a smile.”

Paul McGowan: Our chief engineer, Bob Stadtherr, always likes to remind us that every project has two phases: the first 90% and the second 90%.  It always brings a smile. But he has a point, one you can probably relate to in your own life.  You get through the first 90% of your task and […]

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DIY Audio – “Projects by fanatics for fanatics”?

I’ve played with every concievable passive pot, Bournes, Alps Blue Velvet, Alps Black Beauty, Penny&Giles, Dact Switched resistors, and transformers. Nothing has beat the sound of a series/ shunt LDR arrangment in the attachement, it has no contacts in the signal path, I believe that is the secret. The only stipulation that all these passive […]

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PS AUDIO: I am convinced Bob Carver is a crazy genius.

Paul McGowan writes: He’s given more to our industry than most and always surprises and delights with his innovative approach. His tiny cube amplifier, his miniature room shaking subwoofers and to the point of this post, his amplifier shootout. I remember back to 1985 when several reviewer challenged Carver to build a solid state power […]

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PS AUDIO: “Old biases die hard – and sometimes stay with us forever”

Paul McGowan:  I mentioned yesterday that preconceived notions and old biases die hard – and sometimes stay with us forever.  It’s something we’re never going to fix as it is simply human nature.  But what we can do is educate ourselves as to what caused the opinions to be generated in the first place and […]

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“I wonder how much it matters to most of us to know and understand what’s going on inside a piece of audio kit.?

Paul McGowan writes: I wonder how much it matters to most of us to know and understand what’s going on inside a piece of audio kit. Don’t get me wrong, I certainly enjoy sharing my bits of knowledge with you about design, how things work and why – and frankly am always appreciative of even […]

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LUXMAN: Vintage Luxman amplifiers inc L-210, L-530 – and more

I really like Luxman’s from the 80’s, they were there when the “audio-bug” bit me as a teenager. I bought my first Luxman gear with earned money in ’84! This was a kit with some swedish made speakers, branded with the Luxman logo but they actually looked very much like Snell E/III, only a little […]

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