MAKING PEACE:

  Many of you are familiar with the Audiophile’s dilemma: well recorded music sounds better on a high-end system and poorly recorded music sounds worse. It’s the problem of extremes: a high-end system extends the extremes – better sounds better, worse sounds worse. The problem with this lack of homogenizing is we tend to restrict […]

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A to D: Are those cheap analogue to digital converter boxes any good?

You know the ones, very small boxes with RCA input and digital coax and/or optical output? Anyone tried one? For twenty quid it’s tempting as a stop-gap whilst I wait for a better solution to playing vinyl through my MDAC… but if they’re likely to sound awful I might pass… then again, maybe they’ll sound […]

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BEN WATT: Everything but playing by the rules

Ben Watt talks to Nick Duerden about three decades in music and returning to his roots. “You plod on, basically. You plod on.” Ben Watt says this matter-of-factly, in his slight, slightly impatient voice, and accompanies it with a shrug and a sort of half-smile. We’ve been discussing his longevity in the music industry, and […]

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ARCHITETTURA SONORA: The Cubo family, the new cubical omni-directional speaker collection

They say: The Cubo family, the new cubical omni-directional speaker collection, goes back to Architettura Sonora’s roots, the Cube, an iconic image of  High-End speakers, reworking and redesigning the shape into a new context, using new materials and refined details, the concrete. The result is a timeless and advanced OUTDOOR/INDOOR speaker, combining designs and meticulous […]

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PS Audio: No DC here

Paul McGowan writes:  Number 4 on our list of 9 areas to pay attention to is making sure there’s no DC on the output of the DAC.  This might seem meaningless and something everyone just sort of does as a matter of course but how you do this can have a sonic impact and it’s […]

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PS Audio: Building the high-end brand

  Paul McGowan writes: The high-end doesn’t really have a brand or a neat way to bundle up its concept and present the package to someone interested. That’s a problem.  For the process of engaging a new community of high-end customers, high-end as a concept must be packaged and easily grasped by a potential customer.  […]

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QEOS II Glass Speakers: I’m Looking Through You

Paul Rigby writes: A new pair of stand-mounted speakers from the German outfit, QEOS features glass to, says the company, prevent “…vibrations and cavity resonances…” While we’re on the theme, the company also states that vibrations are minimalist below the speaker due to the opposing force-coupled bass/midrange drivers decoupled from the enclosure. To read more, […]

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PSA: Starting small

Paul McGowan writes: I would imagine the canon shots on Tchaikovsky’s 1812 might sound more like the banging of pots on a B&W Zepplin, or a pair of bookshelf speakers. Big music should be honored by full range gear. Conversely, Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis, or Red Norvo sound right at home on small kit. If […]

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DIGITAL AUDIO JITTER: A pragmatic approach

It was interesting to note that a lot of the exhibitors and participants there were clueless about a great many things.  This article is about one of those things:  Jitter.  After talking with many people there I have come to the conclusion that the overwhelming majority of audiophiles have no idea what they are talking […]

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