FUNK / PINK TRIANGLE & BREUER: A few observations

  Howard – one of…no, the best turntable I ever heard was a special fully funked LP12. Sure it sat on a mountain of Mana, and was part of an awesome system…but it really out-shone the original modified (Ninja) LP12. So..if the Funk Firm could transform a Sondek like that, surely their own decks would […]

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SO, NOW YOU KNOW: Distorted speakers

PAULMCGOWAN … Ever wonder why speaker manufacturers don’t list distortion as one of their measured parameters? Me too. To my knowledge, there’s not even a standard by which to suggest acceptable distortion. Yet, try that with the electronics that drive those speakers and howls of protest drift up through the rafters. Do we not care […]

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CAD / Computer Audio Design: Their 1543 MKII DAC

They say ….. The world’s finest dedicated USB digital-to-analogue convertor has been upgraded. Computer Audio Design has announced a refit to its unique CAD 1543 DAC, now using proprietary EMI/RFI reduction materials, improved DAC circuit boards, single-crystal UP-OCC internal wiring and refined power supply filtering, to create the CAD 1543 MKII DAC. It retains the […]

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HARBETH: 30.1, odd USA pricing?

From our archives I was wondering if anyone knew why the USA importer for Harbeth speakers Fidelis AV has the 30.1 model priced so high? Pricing in Cherry finish. U.K. 2,529 Pounds or about $3,915 US Dollars E.U. 3,150 Euros or about $ 4,145 US Dollars Canada 5,000 Canadian Dollars or about $4,986 US dollars […]

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PS AUDIO: Cherished Audiophile beliefs

Paul McGowan: In my post Climbing the ladder I pointed out that something fundamental changed between the introduction of digital audio and today with respect to DAC architecture.  DACs of old (we’re only talking 25 years or so) used a fixed architecture to handle the PCM signal.  That architecture relied on a string of 16 […]

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TO BE … OR NOT: Bi-amping?

PAUL MCGOWAN … There once was a day when power amplifiers struggled. The mainstays, tube amplifiers, couldn’t handle low frequencies well but had immaculate highs. The newcomers, solid state amps, produced prodigious bass but struggled with the high notes. None handled both. That’s when some bright person decided to combine the best of both worlds. […]

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