HEADPHONES: Why don’t audio engineers use high-end headphones?

James Harward, works at James Harward ProductionsUpdated September 19, 2018 · Upvoted by Michiel Lombaers, 30 years as a sound engineer writes … Audio engineers typically do use high-end headphones, just not high-end consumer headphones. There is a difference from headphones that are meant for studio use (mixing) vs. what is used for listening to […]

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LS3/5a: What price?

I have noticed the price of ‘3/5as rising on eBay. Early Rogers? I recall £1,300 recently. Spendors? About £500. Goodmans? About £800. Audiomasters ? About £1,200. RAM ? Over £1,000 . What IS the logic ? New Rogers LS3/5a £1,499. Are enthusiasts buying them ? Perhaps I shouldn’t ask, as I never found a sensible […]

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HARBETH: Kef LS50 vs Harbeth Monitor 30.1?

Editor’s note: This US-based thread kicked off in 2015 and has seen quite a bit of action since. I took a look this morning (15/02/19) and there is in my view worthwhile content there and so my suggestion is that it’s worth a look. Neil / editor ================= Ive heard kef ls 50 and will […]

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AUDIO NATIONALISM: Are the English really the natural leaders when it comes to sound quality?

Michael Vronsky asks editor Neil McCauley: Neil –  is it jingoistic to believe that the English really are the natural leaders when it comes to sound quality? That would be a tough one because as an editor I can think of countries all over the world who give anyone a run for their money. I […]

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MISSION: 770s – good, or just misplaced sentimentality?

I have managed to find a nice Sony Ta-F770ES amp and it came with a pair of Mission 770’s. I remember them being the must have speakers at one point but have never heard them. I am picking them up tomorrow but wanted to know if anyone still uses them and can give me some […]

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HARBETH: Spendors comparable to Harbeth C7ES3?

Hi all. It seems like Spendors and Harbeths share a lot of qualities, while the Spendors seem to be less expensive. Are any Spendor models comparable to C7ES3s? I really like what I’ve read about the Harbeths, but they aren’t available in my area while Spendors are. Any other similar speakers to consider? Please click […]

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ELECTROSTATIC LOUDSPEAKERS versus the music!

Electrostats are great speakers but unforgiving at the same time. Any little misstep in recordings can sound awful on these razor sharp speakers. The good news is when they’re playing well-recorded music they are hard to beat. But badly recorded music, even a little bad… Watch Now Paul McGowan

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PS AUDIO: The significance of the folding transmission line in a loudspeaker?

What is the significance of the folding transmission line in a loudspeaker? My guess is that not many of you have heard of a folding transmission line in a loudspeaker, much less ever heard one working.  The late Bud Fried, from Fried Audio (pronounced “freed” as opposed to what one might do with eggs), was […]

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PS AUDIO: Tailoring the sound

Paul McGowan … TAS reviewer Michael Fremer has an extraordinary music system—the best vinyl setup I’ve ever heard. And it makes sense that he does. Mike’s spent a lifetime learning about vinyl audio reproduction and hand selected the best equipment in the world. His digital setup played through that same setup doesn’t quite match my […]

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FOSTEX: Why use good headphones?

Aggravating a dealer or two! Whether dealers like it or not, there are certain things that headphones can achieve which even the world’s finest stand-alone hifi systems can’t. There’s no magic to this. It’s purely the fact that the driver mechanism of the headphone is within an inch or two of the receptive areas of […]

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MICHELL ENGINEERING: Calling all Orbe and Gyrodec owners

Anyone ever tried putting something like an Inspire Acri-Mat (or similar?) on their Orbe / Gyro and leaving the clamp off? What does it do to the sound? I ask out of laziness and because I’ve now got quite a few 180g re-released LP’s that have double the amount of vinyl and half the amount […]

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LINN: Moving from Isobarik speakers – Opinions and Advice requested

I am planning a move from Linn Kan(powered by Nait 2) to Linn Isobariks(powered passive by 300/500). I have an LP12 as front end, but am doing a lot of streaming using a squeezebox classic/beresford dac. I have settled on the Isobariks, just because they are something I have looked forward to upgrading for a […]

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HARBETH: P3ESR – what really are the optimum speaker cables?

EDITOR’S NOTE: The opinions expressed below here do not necessarily reflect those of our editorial team – just in case you wondered. Neil. hi all, just wondered which speaker cables would suit the harbeth p3esr, i have been using van den hul 352, but they seem very dull and very bassy, i next tried chord […]

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