WILSON BENESCH:Full Circle test review

Although famous for its elaborate speaker designs, Wilson Benesch is rooted in vinyl. Paul Rigby reviews the Full Circle turntable. You could buy yourself a Porsche Cayman S, have a luxurious holiday in the Bahamas and still have change to decorate the front room for the price of Wilson Benesch’s, top of the range, Cardinal […]

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SME: Model 10 – a user’s perspective

Editor’s note 29/04/2000. This is an ‘old’ thread but having checked it this morning there are still a few interesting and relevant observations I feel =============== Went back to vinyl around 4 years ago when I purchased an LP12 , however the LP12 was too sensitive with the tone arm bouncing across the records when […]

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ARCAM: The rHEAD

They said: Arcam has always been known for producing class-leading integrated amplifiers, all of which featured excellent headphone stages. The rHead continues that tradition, but n the highly specialised area of discrete analogue headphone amplification in a small, solidly and beautifully built unit designed to complement the audio system of any headphone lover. The rHead […]

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In high-end audio as in engineering, it’s all a matter of managing tradeoffs. There are no perfect solutions.

PAUL McGOWAN / PS AUDIO I think when evaluating acceptable tradeoffs one must make a shortlist of inviolate parameters. For example, I am unwilling to sacrifice: dynamics, transparency, bass, soundstage, and listenability. Which, by default, suggests I am willing to sacrifice: tonal balance, PRaT, noise, extended highs, and colorations. Your list of must-haves and acceptable […]

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HEAVY METAL: What album made you a heavy metal fan?

ROY TRUAX … This one… Turned 13 that year. Was ripe for something (anything really) that made-up for boring radio friendly noise polluting the airwaves. ’76 was a great year for… denim bell-bottoms. Starland Vocal Band, Dr. Hook, The Captain and Tennille and other glorified Holiday Inn circuit acts where inescapable!!! Not everything was utterly […]

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The Beatles spent the 1970s falling out with one another, but anecdotally Paul McCartney seems to have had more interband fall-outs than the other Beatles members. Why was so much anger directed at Paul’s way and was it justified?

HORACE CRANE … As Lennon got more into drugs and Yoko, it was McCartney who strove to keep the band together and moving forward. For some years, the others acquiesced and coasted on using each other as backing musicians. Eventually, they tired of his pushing and being his backing band, and of being Beatles at […]

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VANDERSTEEN: Richard Vandersteen: Keep on Truckin’ – by Ken Kessler

First published in 1988 Richard Vandersteen doesn’t look like a typical loudspeaker designer. True, he wears glasses, but his presence suggests a longshoreman or somebody who’d be played by Gene Hackman. And sure enough, he tells you in a quasi-Dukes of Hazzard drawl that he’s been a construction worker, plumber, truckdriver, and electrician. Electronics had […]

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Why aren’t saxophones made of wood?

GERAINT HALL … Saxophones can be made out of wood (I looked on YouTube) but usually (and traditionally) they are not, they are made out of brass. Prince Chokorda and his wooden saxophone Wooden saxophone Wooden Saxophone — Bart Hopkin (this one doesn’t look like a saxophone but still sounds like one) Thoughts on the […]

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NOT ON EBAY / NAIM

THE PUBLISHERS DO NOT VOUCH FOR ANY CONTENTS HERE.THE LISTING YOU ARE ABOUT TO VISIT MAY BE A SCAM. PLEASE BE CAREFUL —//— 202 … http://www.hifi-intouch.co.uk/products/4011/11/pre-amplifiers/naim-202-preamplfier.aspx\ NAP 200 [USA] … https://www.audiogon.com/listings/lisabj9b-naim-audio-nap-200-solid-state?refsource=hifishark UNITI NOVA [USA] … https://www.audiogon.com/listings/lisac0ab-naim-audio-uniti-nova-solid-state?refsource=hifishark CD5SI [EU] … https://www.marktplaats.nl/a/audio-tv-en-foto/cd-spelers/m1734255757-naim-cd5si.html?previousPage=lr 500 DR … https://www.centralaudio.co.uk/index.php?page=products&id=9797 ARO [UK] … https://www.hifi-forsale.co.uk/live-search.php?bq=&error=1 BURNDY … https://pinkfishmedia.net/forum/threads/naim-burndy-set-for-nds-ps555.247202/ 5SI [CANADA] … https://www.canuckaudiomart.com/details/649761994-naim-integrated-amp-nait-5si-pristine/ […]

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NOT ON EBAY / CASSETTE DECKS

THE PUBLISHERS DO NOT VOUCH FOR ANY CONTENTS HERE.THE LISTING YOU ARE ABOUT TO VISIT MAY BE A SCAM. PLEASE BE CAREFUL —//— AKAI CS 35D … https://www.catawiki.com/l/42752843?utm_medium=affiliate&utm_source=coop&utm_content=Hifishark&utm_campaign=Music-COM AKAI CS 703D … https://www.canuckaudiomart.com/details/649653606-akai-cs-703d-cassette-deck/ AKAI CS M3 … https://www.olx.pt/anuncio/akai-cs-m3-cassette-deck-k7-vintage-1981-IDFRzyq.html AKAI GX 32 … https://www.tori.fi/uusimaa/Akai_GX_32_Stereo_Cassette_Deck_76790627.htm AKAI GX 75 … https://aukro.cz/akai-gx-75-stereo-cassette-deck-hx-pro-dolby-b-c-spitzenklasse-japan-2-6971653465 AKAI GX 75 … https://aukro.cz/akai-gx-75-stereo-cassette-deck-hx-pro-dolby-b-c-spitzenklasse-japan-6970254812 AKAI GX […]

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GRAHAM SLEE: Solo headphone amplifier – test review by Christopher Breunig

  In December 2004, UK distributor HiAudio sent me a sample of Graham Slee’s Solo headphone amplifier for review in Hi-Fi News. The copy I submitted to Steve Harris coincided with his replacement as editor by Steve Fairclough – after several reminders it became apparent to me that he had no intention of publishing the […]

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