LINN: The LP12 and eBay?

Hi Howard. I know you won’t represent Linn, even though you did. However … I am thinking of buying a used Linn LP12. There are loads on eBay and quite a few of hififorsale.com, but none of the Linn dealers I contacted have any for sale. What’s going on? Linn dealers in the main are […]

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STYLUS DRAG: Fact or Fiction? (….. somebody mentioned a rega running 5% fast wouldn’t …..)

Just reading tinternet instead of working and the topic of this thread as just occurred to me . I set my turntable speed with a laser tachometer to two decimal places .However to set it you don’t play a record. I was happy until today. When somebody mentioned a rega running 5% fast wouldn’t matter […]

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SUGDEN: Luxman, Croft, Sonneteer and DACs with Harbeth?

“I recently sold off my full Naim system (DAC/282/250/Hicap/NAPSC) and I have been enjoying the simplicity of my temp solution of the Nait 1 with Harbeth P3ESR, fed by the Mac Mini and Meridian Explorer DAC. Simple, lively, detailed, agile.. and only one hifi box with one plug in the wall! I am now enjoying […]

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SUGDEN: Their separates – brilliant, or just misplaced nostalgia?

Hello. I am wondering if other people can relate to something I have experienced lately and perhaps help me better understand it. For about a year now, I have been restlessly moving from amp to amp (always somehow satisfied, never fully so) until I finally settled about three months ago on an ex-demo pair of […]

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BLIND TESTS: Show that louder is better … or what?

Blind tests show that louder is better (hence the importance of precise level matching). In practice (and I assume in blind tests, too), this is true up to the point at which too much volume produces effects that are detrimental to sound quality–distortion, for example, or excessive room resonances. This leaves me with a couple […]

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HARBETH: P3ESR vs Proac Tablette Anniversary?

I thought I’d post this mini review I was asked to do on another forum about a comparison of these two competing mini monitors, I know some members here will be interested. I own both so I have no axe to grind when making these comparisons, each has its own virtues and problems. The Proac’s […]

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DIY: I was a non-believer in capacitor service, until I ……

I was a non-believer in capacitor service, until I came across this little NAD 310, which buzzed through speakers like hell, regardless of volume level. Still played music, so I thought – lets change caps and see… After power supply caps change (like for like, and with budget brand, to try if thinking was correct) […]

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JAZZ: For aficionados

I’m going to review records in my collection, and you’ll be able to decide if they’re worthy of your collection. These records are what I consider “must haves” for any jazz aficionado, and would be found in their collections. I wont review any record that’s not on CD, nor will I review any record if […]

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OPINIONS DIFFER: Trying to decouple speakers from the room

 Just wondering if anyone else has suspended their speakers. My first attempt was with an old pair of infinity’s which I placed on top of a bicycle tube. I was wondering if manufacturers would design a speaker with this in mind? My main purpose is to keep the floor from resonating, IMHO it works well […]

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HARBETH: Alan Shaw has annouced that he will …..

Originally published February 2015 160 responses to: Harbeth’s Alan Shaw has annouced that he will bring two amplifiers to the Bristol audio and video show three weeks from now: one a very well made and expensive German amplifier of impeccable pedigree, the other the dirt cheap Pulse SRA 160 receiver that I mentioned earlier. He […]

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Are you nuts?

Paul McGowan writes: When the subject of polite conversation eventually turns to exposing the fact I am an audiophile I get a number of interesting changes in body language. Everything from an eyebrow raise, to a questioning look, to a head shake, as the notion that I am someone not only off the beaten path […]

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Sony Ta f7 vfet amp residing in the airing cupboard

“Hi,just a few observations regarding amps,I’v been interested in valve amps forthe last few years with just the occasional venture into transistor amps in the shape of a Pass f3 clone which I thought was very good.Yesterday I remembered that I had a Sony Ta f7 vfet amp residing in the airing cupboard.I thought I […]

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