ARCAM: FMJ A19 test review

FOR Big, room-filling sound Open, dynamic and cohesive Subtle and revealing detail Deep and authoritative sound Remarkable composure and control Good build and connections AGAINST Requires careful system matching Its strengths might not be immediately apparent The Arcam FMJ A19 is a new integrated stereo amplifier that joins the ranks of Arcam’s high-end FMJ series – and […]

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HARBETH: 7ES-3 (A Whack on the Side of the Head)

Jeff Dorgay writes ….. Sometime back in the early 80’s Roger Van Oech wrote a book titled A Whack on the Side of the Head focusing on creative solutions to problems that one might not have considered without being taken outside of their comfort zone.  The new Harbeth Compact 7ES-3 is the perfect example of […]

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TECHNICS: 5350 receiver test review

Contents: Comparative pricing Buying advice Minimalist power cord The tone balance control Headphone jack FM section Amplification section Suitable partners For and against Should YOU buy? Where to buy Howard Popeck writes: Even before I founded Subjective Audio Ltd I was an enthusiast of Technics gear. The Tottenham Court Road audio bullrings had visually impressive […]

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MICHELL ENGINEERING: TecnoDec (RB250 Tonearm / Denon DL103 Cartridge) test review

“Its neutral balance is good for keeping the various elements consistent with one another and it makes a clear case for itself next to a more affordable deck like the Rega P3-24, thanks to a decent grasp of timing. Some will prefer a warmer sound, perhaps, but that’s a matter of cartridge choice and while […]

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HARBETH: Speaker shoot out: Harbeth P3ESR vs Proac Tablette Anniversary

What HiFi write ….. I thought I’d post this mini review about my impressions 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 and each has its own virtues and pitfalls. The Proac’s have a more […]

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Lux (Luxman) PD-300 turntable mini test review

Howard Popeck: Those of you of a certain age will remember I hope the magnificently engineered range of turntables, amps and tuners built by Luxman (formerly Lux) in the 1970s. They were one of the first, if not the first to introduce vacuum clamping for the record against the platter. This was via an inbuilt […]

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MICHELL ENGINEERING: Orbe SE test review

HiFi Choice writes: The SE is the ‘sport’ version of Michell’s Orbe rangetopper. It cuts down on costs by removing the acrylic casework of its namesake and, in many respects, looks the better for it. Like the well-regarded Gyro, it is a fully suspended design that floats the armboard and platter on three springs, which […]

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From the archives: CD player group test: Audiolab 8200CD, Cyrus CD 6 SE2, Denon DCD-151OAE, Pioneer PD-50, Roksan Kandy K2, Yamaha CD-S700.

HiFi Choice writes: “April 2013 issue on sale now! The April 2013 issue of Hi-Fi Choice magazine has the usual wide range of features and equipment reviews, including the highly respected group test. It’s packed with products for getting the best possible sound from your hi-fi, whether you’re buying or tuning and tweaking…” MORE EDITORIAL […]

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MICHELL ENGINEERING: GyroDec SE Mk. II turntable test review

  Brad Morrical writes ….. “Once you hear the GyroDec SE Mk.II (or rather, don’t hear it), you know it’s going to be in your system for the long haul. With a naturally balanced cartridge, I have not heard reproduced music sounding closer to live than through the GyroDec. I don’t see the need to […]

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Michell Engineering Orbe SE test review

  HiFi Choice writes:  We are delighted to announce that the Orbe SE has won the recent group test in the January edition of the UK’s HiFi Choice Magazine.  Although the competition was fierce, the Orbe SE (fitted with Techno Arm “A“) beat off the competition to take the coveted Grouptest Winner badge. MORE   MICHELL […]

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MICHELL ENGINEERING: Synchro test review

Howard Popeck writes: The Synchro was mid-priced turntable inspired by the original GyroDec, but with an inverted-pendulum suspension and a glass platter. It looked dazzling 20 years ago, and it still does today. In the John Michell tradition, all the working parts are exposed, superbly engineered and impeccably cosmetically finished. It has a cast-ring sub […]

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BENCHMARK MEDIA: AHB2 power amplifier – test review

Stereophile: I first saw Benchmark’s AHB2 stereo power amplifier at the 2013 Convention of the Audio Engineering Society, in New York City. On silent display in Benchmark’s booth on the convention floor, its compact size and comprehensive features made the amp immediately attractive, and the design was described as a departure from traditional analog and […]

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Benchmark Media: AHB2 Stereo Power Amplifier This little unit will change the way you look and listen to amplifiers.

      Review And Images By Greg Weaver My first taste of this remarkable new amplifier came earlier this year in April at Chicago’s AXPONA where I discovered it driving a newly redesigned Studio Electric Pasadena loudspeaker, also bearing the Benchmark trademark. Now called the SMS1, the Pasadena’s crossover had been reworked by Benchmark, […]

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LOUDSPEAKER MEASUREMENTS: Axiom, B&W, Dahlquist, Focal, JBL, Magico, Morel, PSB and many more

Written in 2009 They write ….. With the cooperation of Canada’s National Research Council (NRC), in the year 2000 the SoundStage! Network began measuring and publishing objective measurements of loudspeaker products — a first for online publications. The NRC’s legacy of producing accurate loudspeaker measurements goes back decades. Literally thousands of speakers have been measured […]

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LUXMAN: PD-284 Turntable – test review by an owner

It’s true that, in general, belt drive yields better sound quality than direct drive. But it’s equally true that not all direct drive turntables are bad. Direct drive got a bad rap thanks in large part to all the cheap plastic junk foisted upon unsuspecting audio buyers in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Not […]

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CYRUS AUDIO: Stereo 200 Stereo Amplifier test review

Roger Kanno writes:  British manufacturer Cyrus Audio has been around since the 1980s, when they were affiliated with Mission Electronics and introduced the Cyrus 1 integrated amplifier. In the mid-1990s, I owned a Cyrus III integrated amplifier with optional PSX-R power supply, driving Mission 762 and 760i loudspeakers, and still have fond memories of that system. However, […]

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ONIX: DNA-50 Amplifier test review

What the makers tell us The ONIX DNA-50, a 100W RMS per channel, integrated amplifier. It has upgradable discrete Vinyl stages with internal consumer upgradable DAC/Bluetooth boards to follow, all with a traditional torroidal power supply. Crafted in a package formed of solid aluminium, that’s anodised to AS7003 (aerospace standards). At 10KG and made of […]

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TANNOY: Kensington GR test review

As Tannoy continue to refine their Prestige Series loudspeakers they get ever more impressive. The new Kensington Gold Reference is a carefully balanced design suitable for medium-to-large rooms, where it will impress by dint of sheer impact. This is a loudspeaker you feel – as well as see. It is fabulously well engineered all round, […]

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