STAX: DAC X-1t tube / MOSFET hybrid DAC test review – by Ken Kessler

  Introduction by KK: With the arrival of eBay and feverish activity in the second-hand market, a lot of audiophiles find old reviews useful. Simply Stax asked if I minded them running my old reviews – flattered, I said, ‘No problem!’ The only provisos I would add is that you read these in the context […]

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HELIUS DESIGNS: In conversation with Howard Popeck – part three

Geoffrey – what is your response to the statement ‘How many channels do you think it takes to make a music listener happy; One. Mono’s fine. I’ve never heard anybody bitch about Louis Armstrong, saying, “I would enjoy it if it were only stereo” Now this question is interesting from several perspectives and I’m going […]

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TANNOY: Vintage Tannoy 12″ monitor golds vs. Harbeth

I am thinking about assembling a secondary system in a small den (12.5ft x 13.5ft) for listening to combo jazz, female vocalists, acoustic guitar music, cello sonatas, and the like. I have come across a pair of vintage Tannoy 12″ monitor golds(from the sixties) that are mounted in custom cabinets made of baltic birch and […]

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LEAK: TL12s requiring better than Tannoy or vice-versa?

My musical taste covers most areas of music: Blues, World, Folk, Soul, Rock, Jazz; acoustic and amplified. I am a guitarist and listen to a lot of guitar of all sorts. My room has a suspended timber floor with rugs, is book lined on the speaker wall and about 11 by 13 feet. I would […]

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