BENCHMARK: Audio application notes – Relay-Controlled Volume – The Ultimate Solution for Analog Audio

John Siau writes: Benchmark has introduced the new HPA4 headphone/line amplifier with four 256-step relay-controlled attenuators and four 16-step relay-controlled boost amplifiers. Together these form two fully-independent, fully-balanced stereo volume controls. One volume control is dedicated to the line output and one is dedicated to the headphone output. Each has a +15 dB to -122 […]

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THORENS for sale – updated March 5th

First, please read: This page is in effect a bulletin board which means that members can post their for sale Thorens gear. It doesn’t mean that we know the equipment nor the sellers nor have these items for sale ourselves. If you want to post – here without any listing fees then please contact us […]

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BUT A FUSE?

When it comes to directionality I find myself a bit lost. Let’s take for example an AC power cable. Directionality is easy because each of the two connectors is different. But a fuse? Perhaps someone can help me understand how a fuse connecting the AC input of our equipment to the wall power can have […]

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LIVE CHEATING

Here’s an interesting question as posed by a reader. “How many microphones are allowed in a live recording to not be considered “cheating”? I think there at least two levels of “live” music, for example: 1) Two microphones (left and right) where the band is playing. The microphones would capture the real distance and space […]

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SANSUI: Their best and worst speakers?

  I have sp300’s and sp3700a’s. And love both. I don’t have an answer for the worst although a friend had a pair when I was in high school mid eighties that I could pick up with one finger. I have no idea the model though. Dip in and out HERE

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QUAD: Quad 57 stacked v Wilson watt puppy 6/7

Can anyone tell me how a pair of stacked quads with ribbon horn tweeters would compare with the wilson watt puppies and the yamaha ns1000? The quads are the best speakers I have ever owned. My past speakers include harbeth 30, audio physic avanti, avantgarde duo horns, reynaud offrandes. I understand the Yamaha and the […]

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HORACE SILVER:NLive At The Half Note (2CD) by Horace Silver Feat. Woody Shaw

• Brilliant performance live at the Half Note • Includes the entire broadcast • Digitally remastered for greatly enhanced sound quality • Background liners Having played with and written for Stan Getz, Art Blakey, Miles Davis and many others, by the late 50s saxophonist and pianist Horace Silver was pioneering hard bop, incorporating elements of […]

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What’s the opinion on doctored/modified ‘live’ albums, e.g., Live and Dangerous & Unleashed in The East?

ALEX JOHNSON writes … One of my strongest connections with any band ever involved falling for Talking Heads in 1985, via Stop Making Sense, an album we now know to have been quite heavily touched up after the fact—although the 1999 re-released version removed a lot of those touches. I remember noticing that Bernie Worrell’s […]

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How to avoid buyer anxiety – by Howard Popeck. 003

Welcome back. Hopefully you’ve read the previous two parts.So, where are we going with this? I ask on your behalf because of course whether to accompany me (and everyone else on this path) is a decision in itself. So to help you reach a quality decision then here are a few extracts from future parts […]

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