VINTAGE FM RECEIVERS: Neil McCauley (editor in chief) talking to Howard Popeck (features editor)

Q: So Howard, you’ve from time to time mentioned, in the context of receivers, the “good old days”. What does that mean? In the “good old days” the electronics for a hi fi system was all in one box that usually included a power amp, preamp and radio tuner. They were very convenient. Q: Convenient, […]

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SUCKS: Is this why Your Dad’s $300 1980 Receiver Still Sucks?

Steven Stone: Back in the “golden age” of high-end audio hardly a month went by that you couldn’t find and read a negative review in The Absolute Sound or Stereophile which excoriated a particular manufacturer’s newest offering. Nowadays it’s hard to find an equipment review that doesn’t describe its subject in glowing terms. What’s changed? […]

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Battle of the big Japanese integrated amps

  EDITOR’S NOTE: The opinions expressed below here do not necessarily reflect those of our editorial team – just in case you wondered. Neil. I see the price of big 1990s Japanese integrated amps are steadily rising on the bay….are they really worth it  Apart from the Sony ES line which I know are good, […]

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SANSUI: Capacitor replacement in vintage units

Q: I know vintage gear isn’t your business of course but, hey, I trust your expertise and so I wonder if you can help with a component issue please? I’m doing a Sansui restoration and the main caps are Nichicon & Elna. There are many differing capacitor ranges, do you have any specific recommendations? A: […]

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SANSUI: TU-X1 tuner vs. Magnum Dynalab 109

I currently own a Sansui TU-X1 tuner. It sounds really good. However, it is the only audiophile grade tuner that I’ve ever owned or heard. Also, it is about 30 years old but in great condition. Ive read about the the new flagship Magnum Dynalab 108 and 109 tuners and how great they are and […]

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