CASTLE: Clyde speakers test review

    Howard Popeck ….. In the early 1980s at Subjective Audio Ltd I took a pair of these in part exchange against a pair of Lentek Monitors, transmission line; a Bert Webb design. Those Lenteks, an overlooked ‘classic’ were exceptional and a substantial upgrade in both performance and cost (and size) to the Clyde’s. […]

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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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SME: Model 10 – a user’s perspective

Editor’s note 24/04/19. This is an ‘old’ thread but having checked it this morning there are still a few interesting and relevant observations I feel =============== Went back to vinyl around 4 years ago when I purchased an LP12 , however the LP12 was too sensitive with the tone arm bouncing across the records when […]

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ARCAM: FMJ A19 integrated amplifier test review

Stereophile Magazine ….. It was fall 2000. I’d just begun working at Stereophile, and I clearly remember sheepishly, innocently putting this question to former senior editor Jonathan Scull. I think the question confused him—not because he didn’t know the answer, but because the answer seemed so obvious, the question itself should have been unnecessary. How […]

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LECSON: AP1 Amplifier – six page review

Apparently Allen Boothroyd’s original inspiration for the Lecson power amplifier range came from a visit to the Ely Cathedral- more specifically the heating radiators within the cathedral. Please click HERE to continue EDITORIAL NOTE: The opinions expressed in the above post do not necessarily reflect those of our editorial team – just in case you […]

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GRAHAM SLEE: Solo headphone amplifier – test review by Christopher Breunig

  In December 2004, UK distributor HiAudio sent me a sample of Graham Slee’s Solo headphone amplifier for review in Hi-Fi News. The copy I submitted to Steve Harris coincided with his replacement as editor by Steve Fairclough – after several reminders it became apparent to me that he had no intention of publishing the […]

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COLIN WONFOR: M50 power amplifier test review

Alan Brown writes: Since when will an amplifier sound better the louder it plays? Sure, louder can be more exciting, more visceral, but usually there’s a point where things get ‘ragged’. This can manifest as harshness, sibilance, collapse of soundstage or loudness. Yes, I said loudness, which seems to me to be an artifact of […]

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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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That Was Then… Mission Cyrus Two

What Hi-Fi report: They were essentially two versions of the same amplifier, sharing the same plastic casework/ steel chassis and main circuit board. The Two had a more generous power supply that raised power output to 50W per channel (double that of the cheaper amp) and a more sophisticated moving coil section in the switchable […]

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COLIN WONFOR: HB100 mono power amps test review

Neil McCauley / editor in chief Why no images? Because the test review that follows here are of a pre-production pair in casework that doesn’t properly represent the finished product which, so we are told, should be available in early March 2017. Priced, including VAT @ £4.6k per pair. A bit of history Please note […]

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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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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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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   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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CELESTION: Celestion 3 loudspeaker test review

            John Atkinson writes: “Why does John Atkinson devote so much of his time to loudspeakers selling for under a [sic] $1000?” wrote a correspondent to The Audiophile Network bulletin board in August, there being a clear implication in this question that “more expensive” always equates with “better” when it […]

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AUDIO ORIGAMI: PU7 Tonearm – test review

Roy Gregory writes: If Audio Origami ‘s nomenclature evokes a dull echo somewhere in the deep recesses of your memory banks, seeing it in the flesh might well seem like déjà vu. Back in the day, when real turntables came from Scotland and they all carried Ittoks, more enlightened audiophiles (or just those who saw […]

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That Was Then… A&R Cambridge A60 (1976) vs. Arcam A19 (2013)

What Hi-Fi report: We got our hands on a classic amplifier from the early 1980s to see how it fares against a comparable model today… Continues HERE EDITORIAL NOTE: The opinions expressed in the above post do not necessarily reflect those of our editorial team – just in case you wondered. Neil McCauley  

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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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COLIN WONFOR: MC-V power cord (silver plated pins) test review

Neil McCauley / editor in chief There’s an old saying that you can judge a person by the company they keep. It’s a truism and a cliché but that doesn’t mean it’s incorrect. Applied to the hi-fi industry, you can make a reasonable stab at the true nature (behind the carefully crafted façade) of the […]

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A Measurement that Says Something – test review

When we first heard rumors that Shure Brothers was about to unleash something called “trackability” on the audio world, our reaction was mainly one of indifference. We already had loudspeakers with listenability, tape recorders with portability, and amplifiers with stability and dependability. Trackability, we figured, was just another clever sales gimmick; a catchy word that […]

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