JUST … PLAIN … AWFUL: The worst pieces of Hi-Fi Equipment you’ve ever owned?

AK is an amazing forum for the depth and breadth of knowledge and opinions of members from all over the world. We spend a lot of time talking about the best equipment we own, but what of the worst? The models you were most disappointed in, were the most overhyped, represented the worst value for […]

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LEAK: Unfairly forgotten classics – Leak, etc.

That thread I started on Leak Stereo 70’s etc got me thinking that there is quite a bit of gear out there which although of decent quality one barely ever hears about any more… and more rarely still is it ever suggested as a classic purchase. I guess a classic example of such a scenario […]

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INNOVATION: It’s just one foot in front of the other … or is it?

Michael Vronsky … I asked a manufacturing acquaintance (hardly a friend because it’s necessary to maintain a distance in order to allow for objectivity) about why he spends so much on innovation. Somewhat facetiously but not without a grain of truth or impertinence if you will ”Why not just milk what you already have and […]

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WHY: It’s why so many legitimate reviews of equipment today express an opinion on sound and ignore the details of performance.

And continuing our thought from a recent post, only this time in reverse, isn’t it obvious that just because something has all the right stuff it doesn’t necessarily qualify as great itself? And doesn’t this observation help explain one of the age old mysteries in audio about how something can measure great and sound poor? […]

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OPINIONS / MUSIC

JETHRO TULL: What is the meaning of the term “aqualung” in the Jethro Tull song Aqualung?

Mark R Frank, replies ….. The aqualung was invented by Jacques Cousteau. It’s known by the acronym, SCUBA—Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus. Anyone who has watched “Sea Hunt” or any number of underwater nature shows has heard the noisy intake and release of air. In the song, “Aqualung” is the tramp’s nickname, given to him because […]

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CELEF: Their PE1

I have NEVER heard a pair of Celef speakers which i did not –  right away, fall in love with. I’m not sure of spares availability. All working Celef products offer excellent value for money. This thread, although old, does contain interesting, relevant and useful observations. Thank you. Neil / Editor. ================ Does anyone have […]

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HARBETH: Integrated amp for Harbeth 40.1’s – 25 (so far) responses

  I’m considering simplifying my system (and banking some cash) by selling off my separates (Aesthetix Calypso pre & McIntosh MC 275 MK V) and replacing them with a solid state or hybrid integrated amp. I don’t want to spend over $2,500 and would love to find something for less if it performs well… maybe […]

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