BUT DID YOU? So, got what you bargained for did you?

Michael Vronsky writes: Did we in the high-end buyers arena get what we bargained for when we chose the lowest price over service and advice? Dealers have always discounted. It’s implicit in the descriptive word ‘dealers’ i.e. ‘to deal’ Perhaps ‘retailer’ might be more appropriate? Anyway – even famous dealers may be obliged to offer […]

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ANYTHING BUT MUSIC: Why do some speakers sound like music while others do not?

  Michael Vronsky writes: Different isn’t automatically better I was trying to find the problem in a friend’s system. It didn’t sound as good as it should have for the money. So we did a lot of cable switching, speaker positioning, isolating this, isolating that – all to no avail. We certainly got different sounds, […]

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BI-WIRING: Ask our editor Neil McCauley

Hello Neil. Can you suggest a practical, intelligent and understandable explanation of the pros and cons of biwiring please? Thanks.  AK Happy to help you Mr.K. I sniffed about a bit and below, written by Paul McGowan is the best I have found so far. Just when you thought I had abandoned everything high-end and […]

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SERIOUSLY: Speaker size should match the room

Paul McGowan writes …. This fact or fiction question is an interesting one because the notion of matching speaker size to room dimensions is so ingrained into our culture as to be taken for fact. But, some facts aren’t true no matter how much we want them to be. Here’s the deal. Any size loudspeaker […]

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SPIKES vs. FOAM: Can foam padding isolate better than spikes?

“This may be quite crazy but I’ve set my Dynaudio C3 speaker stands down on a 1.5” thick sheet of soft foam padding instead of using spikes. Now the floor has almost no vibration. The sound is cleaner and more natural. I did the same with my subwoofer with the same results! Now I’m considering […]

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SPEAKER DRIVER TECHNOLOGY: A planar ribbon is fundamentally different than an electrostat and, because of that, they sound quite different too

In both types of drivers, we start with the same sort of plastic substrates like Mylar or Kapton, but there the two radically depart. To make a ribbon driver we need to layer on a thin sheet of copper in the form of a coil, then add tension to this diaphragm and suspend it between […]

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YAMAHA VINTAGE AUDIO FOR SALE & NOT ON EBAY![Updated 19/05/21]

A 450 … https://www.adverts.ie/home-audio/yamaha-a-450-hifi-amp-exellent-item/22304447 A 700 … https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/eagleby/stereo-systems/yamaha-a700-stereo-amp-made-in-japan/1262530913 CA 1000 … https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/brunswick-west/stereo-systems/yamaha-ca-1000-stereo-integrated-amplifier/1263146463 CA 2000 … http://yahoo.aleado.com/lot?auctionID=c868664591 CA 610 … https://www.kijiji.ca/v-general-electronics/city-of-toronto/yamaha-ca-610ii-amp/1538249577 CA 610 … https://www.ricardo.ch/de/a/yamaha-ca-610-natural-sound-hifi-amp-1148956778/ CA 710 … https://elektro.bazos.cz/inzerat/129271467/yamaha-ca-710.php CA 7100 … http://yahoo.aleado.com/lot?auctionID=c874126274 CA 810 … https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/brookvale/stereo-systems/beautiful-vintage-yamaha-ca-810/1263194346 CR 1000 … https://www.milanuncios.com/amplificadores/yamaha-cr-1000-341941315.htm CR 200 … https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/mulgrave/radios-receivers/yamaha-cr-200-vintage-stereo-integrated-receiver-from-1970-s/1274426422 CR 200 … https://www.marktplaats.nl/a/audio-tv-en-foto/versterkers-en-receivers/m1641170184-yamaha-cr-200-am-fm-stereo-receiver.html?previousPage=lr CR 2040 … https://www.kupujemprodajem.com//audio/risiveri-stereo/yamaha-cr-2040-snizeno/oglas/116483932 CR 420 … […]

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SPEAKERS: Thoughts about auditioning them

If you go to a big box store, or even a medium-sized store, you’re likely to encounter a switch box approach to speaker selling. Multiple pairs of speakers are lined up as if in a forest and the salesperson can play any of the many speaker models at the push of a button. This same […]

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