Hi Fi VCR In Stereo System?

Does anybody still use a hi fi vcr in there strictly audio system? Back in the 80’s when hi fi vcr’s became readily available to consumers I recall all the talk was how they would replace the reel to reel tape deck in your audio system. I used to use one in my system long […]

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The amplifier designer hall of fame / Chris Bryant / Antony Michaelson (again) / Allen Boothroyd …

So no, we aren’t coming to the end. Not yet. (Long pause) Okay. I used to sell the Albarry monoblocs. Damn fine sound. Clever designer. Still sounds good today. Not a hero as such but worthy of an honourable mention. Then whoever designed the A&R A60. A truly great product. In its way a classic. […]

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The amplifier designer hall of fame / “They were the ones that saw the market niches …”

Editor McCauley in conversation with Howard Popeck: So there are more figureheads than gifted designers. Is that what you’re saying? Not quite like that. In my direct personal experience I’ve met more figureheads than gifted designers. But that’s not to say that my experiences are representative of the entire industry. One has to take into […]

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Howard Popeck muses on passion, the lack of status for decent hi-fi equipment and …. a Boss suit.

My pal Laurence owns a £78k Maserati car; magnificent enginering, superb performance and more. Next year the marque will probably announce ‘a huge breakthrough’; the 0-62 mph slashed by 0.3 seconds for another £6K. Laurence, working from home and sometimes preferring to visit his clients by train and/or air travels around 7,000 miles per year […]

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Class A amplification; are the perceived benefits merely an illusion? Howard Popeck expresses a view

A question for Mr. Popeck. Regarding Class A amplification, are the perceived benefits merely an illusion, or are they noticeable? That’s a very difficult question because it’s all dependent on how good the power supply is. A Class A power amplifier needs – basically – a huge power supply to operate properly. I’m not talking […]

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PRINCIPAL DESIGN: PD150 speakers, Dr Penfold and possiblity of clones of Linn Sara speakers. Part #2 of 2

I have toyed with the idea of making a few sets and selling them. Any info would be appreciated As for building a few sets of your own, well great – if you want to expose yourself to heartache, deceit, moral corruption from some hi-fi mags, sniping from self-appointed know-it-all ‘experts’ on some forums, sub-contractors […]

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CARTRIDGE DAMPING: A few observations

  Paul McGowan: In a recent post about amplifier damping we covered what it meant and what happens when a power amplifier loses control of the loudspeaker – you get differences in amplitude that are anything but accurate. There is another type of damping that I reminded of: cartridge damping.  Phono cartridges have a problem […]

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Mr. Ray Purchase wonders: Speaker Design – Is there much to it? (Part 1)

Speakers I have owned include: Tannoy, Kef, B&W, Acoustic Research, Mission, Goodmans, Wharfedale. None of them what you’d call ‘high end’, but some fairly respected models. And at other people’s houses I can recall listening to Monitor Audio and Quad electrostatics. The most expensive speaker I have heard (at a show) was, I think, Backes […]

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PS Audio: Why is it we are forgiving and tend to overlook loudspeakers as a source of coloration in our systems yet demand perfection in our electronics down to the tiniest degree?

Paul McGowan writes: Why is it we are forgiving and tend to overlook loudspeakers as a source of coloration in our systems yet demand perfection in our electronics down to the tiniest degree? We are convinced that tenths of a dB, a few pico seconds of jitter, a slightly different cable dielectric are all critical […]

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Class A amps or Class D?? – which sounds better??

Amplifier performance and synergy depends on the other components, and cables in a system. I have read alot about the advantages of Class A.amps Though an older amp design, do class A amps necessarily sound better than Class D digital amps like Nu-Force, Bel Canto, and Wyred4Sound?? These class D amps supposedly run more efficiently, […]

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These hand-crafted systems are kind of like craft beer

Our home stereo systems are one of a kind. We craft them together based on reviews, evaluations, word of mouth, discussion forum comments, and dealer advice. They are personal creations. These hand-crafted systems are kind of like craft beer: Individually brewed with our own personal recipes. Each of us is anxious, perhaps a little nervous, […]

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