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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MICHELL ENGINEERING: Gyro to Orbe upgrade; is it sensible in this system?

Can you advise me in my quest to enhance my current hi-fi system please? It looks like this: Michell GyroDec + Rega RB600 + Sumiko Blue Point Special cartridge. The phono stage is a Clear Audio Basic MM/MC. Loudspeakers are Linn Ninkas and CD player a Linn Genki. The power amp is a Linn LK140 […]

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FM RADIO: Is there any point in buying a vintage FM tuner, especially ones offered at silly prices?

As mentioned at the tale end of my write up on the history of the Leak Trough-Line FM tuner, I felt I should do a companion piece on the sound quality of Leak Trough-Line tuners, well here it is. This was an interesting and challenging project to embark on as it is the first time […]

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HARBETH: DACs and Phono Preamps for Croft 25 RLS/7RS combo and Harbeth P3ESR

  After years of searching, I have finally found what I’m after. Harbeth P3esr powered by a Croft Micro 25 RLS and a Croft 7 RS. WOW! So effortless, so sweet. I’m not going to miss my Naim setups. Besides Naim, I’ve tried a Brio-R, Exposure 2010s, LFD, TACT, Arcam….so many (not all with the […]

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GALE: 401s – failed project resurrected…

 Way, way back in 1977 I scrimped and saved until I had the necessary £400 to buy a pair of these. They served me well for about 15 years until a pair of ES14s replaced them. It was either that or buy (at least) a NAP250 to replace my trusty but somewhat overworked NAP110. I […]

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VINTAGE: How does 70/80’s Hi-Fi compare to modern sound wise?

Hi all Not wishing to start any sort of war here but was wondering, as I have not seen or read anything Hi-Fi related for more than 30 years, how does modern equipment compare to the better equipment from the 80’s. Has sound reproduction improved or does the older gear still hold its own. Been […]

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SONAB: Are vintage examples worth considering?

As the youngest will be crawling soon, I thought I would pack away my heavy but beloved QLN standmounters before he damaged them (and himself). I was thinking of getting a cheapo omni that I could site away on the floor from main crawling zone and hopefully still have a half decent sound. I accept […]

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VINTAGE: Will very high quality 30 year old gear outlast the stuff made today?

Will very high quality 30 year old gear outlast the stuff made today? Maybe this should have gone into the DIY or classic sections, but here it is. I personaly own and listen to on a daily basis some great vintage gear that continues to work flawlessly, on the other hand I have had less […]

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GEAR APATHY: Anyone else find themselves there?

Greetings from the UK. Here’s a thread – from a while back – that some members here might find contains interesting observations, advice and, perhaps, more. In my view, certainly worth dipping in and out of if even if you have only a few minutes to spare. Neil / editor ===================== I think once I […]

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MAINS EXTENSION BLOCKS: He heard the difference, but ….. were his ears deceiving him?

I’ve never been the type to worry about cables, power chords or separate spurs and that malarkey. Mainly because the system generally sounds fine as it is, I’m not made of money and I also don’t have the time to be constantly ABX testing these things to make sure I’m not getting ‘snake-oiled’. However last […]

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