STAX: Using a Japanese STAX amp in the UK?

From our archives: While at the Bristol show last year I had the opportunity to quickly demo a Stax headphone + amplifier set-up (I cannot remember the actual model – the headphones had rectangular-shaped pads and looked like the current 207/307/407 models). I was impressed. I have experience with middle-tier dynamic headphones (AKG, Beyerdynamic, Grado) […]

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STAX: Using a Japanese specification amp in the UK?

Hi While at the Bristol show last year I had the opportunity to quickly demo a Stax headphone + amplifier set-up (I cannot remember the actual model – the headphones had rectangular-shaped pads and looked like the current 207/307/407 models). I was impressed. I have experience with middle-tier dynamic headphones (AKG, Beyerdynamic, Grado) but what […]

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CABLES: Interconnect length vs speaker cable length

  I’m going to move my system to another room and have more flexibilty in component location. I have two amps, both Perreaux pmf1150b’s powering Magnepan mgIII’s. What is better: having the each amp near each speaker with short speaker cables and long interconnects to the preamp -or- shorter interconnects and long speaker cables to […]

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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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MICHELL ENGINEERING: Electo amps, Pink Triangle Anniversary and more

My Stello DA100 DAC and ANT Cora 3T LTD arrived here several weeks ago and I’m very well pleased. I’ve also had exceptional help from Martin Logan in guiding me through the refurbishment of my Arius speakers, supplying new stators and condensers and constant emails back and forth.  So now to my need for further […]

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STAX: End-user thinking of importing STAX for own use?

Hi Howard. I know you resigned the STAX agency some years back. Can you offer some advice though? I am thinking of importing STAX for my own use? In my direct personal experience the following comments apply equally to new STAX equipment or used equipment: All STAX items have serial numbers. This means that any […]

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QUAD: 303 treble anomalies?

Wonder if the brains trust has any advice for me. Just taken delivery of a lovely Quad 303, restored by Rob at AmpLabs (who’s been a perfect gent throughout) to match the original design but with old components swapped for new. I’m almost completely delighted with the results – warmth, intimacy, believability, it really draws […]

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ATC: Their speakers using NAIM amplification; a good idea or what?

Just wanted to dispel a forum myth. I have used ATC speakers for about 5 years now. I have tried many amps with varying degrees of success. I currently use the Michell Alecto Monoblocks, which I am pretty happy with. This week a friend wanted to borrow my amps, so he loaned me his Nait […]

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ALPHASON: Titanium tubed arms – HR100S or a Xenon?

I’d always fancied one of Alphason’s titanium tubed arms like the HR100S or a Xenon. The HR100S tends to be quite expensive (too much for a punt anyway) and I can’t say I’ve ever really heard one at its best as they mostly tend to have been wired with the horrible vdH cable throughout. A […]

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