HARBETH: Spare parts, ISO9001, ethics etc.

This thread discusses Harbeth’s policy on spares and after care. Many companies have a business model where their products are relatively less expensive than ours and their spares parts division makes a significant contribution to their overall profitability. We design and manufacture for the longest possible service life – typically 20 years but much, much […]

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…. are there any differences to be heard between live and recorded? Both are reproduced through an amplified chain.”

Paul McGowan writes: Last night we’re walking by a hotel and through an open window I hear the sound of a live piano. The folks I am with hear the same thing and comment on the fact it’s live. How is it we can tell something is live vs. recorded and reproduced from a distance […]

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Offended? Offended!

Paul McGowan writes: A while back I mentioned John Atkinson’s name and several of my readers were horrified–said they could not trust him–because he had heard a difference on a process that intellectually offended them. Rubbish. Let’s examine this notion. The offending item is the demagnetizing of CDs. I may be thrown out of the […]

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OPINIONS / MUSIC

BEATLES: If they couldn’t read music, how did they write down the songs and notes they composed for them to remember and for others to play?

They didn’t write them down at all. They remembered them. In their early years, Lennon and McCartney wrote songs together and one of their rules was that if they wrote a song but then couldn’t remember how it went, they’d junk it. Since they were trying to write songs that were catchy, this rule worked […]

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Everything is extremely complex – we just tend to keep it simple so we can grasp it.

Paul McGowan: I am always fascinated by macro views – those all encompassing views of complex interactions we tend to think of as simple and explainable when in reality they are terribly complicated and intertwined.  Let me give you some examples. Ever stop and wonder what the rules and mechanisms of automobile traffic patterns might […]

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LINN: Source last…a tale of the LP12 vs a Radioshack

As some of you may know, in the last few years I have migrated from Naim 552/500/DBLs to some custom built speakers and tube amps and have never looked back. A friend of mine who was running DBLs actively with 3×500 did the same and also loved the final results. So, in an effort to […]

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‘In essence, if you don’t like the sound straight out of the box you were unlikely to change your mind at a later date

The thread starts ….. Following on from a recent post of mine (that was posted in the wrong place) I have decided to share with those interested the thoughts and findings of a good friend of mine who works as a consultant technician for a well known and respected loudspeaker manufacturer. Over the last ten […]

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YAMAHA: Calling all Yamaha NS 1000M owners and admirers

Guys, These are the speakers I have lusted after for years, ever since I first heard them with the Musical Fidelity F Series separates. I loved them. You would imagine then I’d be over the moon and jumping for joy that I won a pair for £550 last night on eBay. They are a bit […]

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