BREAKING RANK: Who will be the first big maker to bypass the UK audio retailer network?

Michael Vronski … I don’t claim to be a futurologist. However sometimes it’s possible to read some signs and occasionally for a view of which way the commercial wind is blowing. And I mean the way that wind is blowing, but not necessarily the speed and strength of that wind.My belief is that with the […]

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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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BUT DID YOU? So, got what you bargained for did you?

Michael Vronsky writes: Did we in the high-end buyers arena get what we bargained for when we chose the lowest price over service and advice? Dealers have always discounted. It’s implicit in the descriptive word ‘dealers’ i.e. ‘to deal’ Perhaps ‘retailer’ might be more appropriate? Anyway – even famous dealers may be obliged to offer […]

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SPEAKER CROSSOVERS: Active vs. passive

Which is better and why? An active crossover or a passive built-in crossover? And how do each of these two electronic frequency dividing networks actually do their job? Watch Now  

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SPEAKERS: They should disappear, which seems impossible. The drivers are pointing straight at us!

Paul McGowan writes ….. Much to my surprise this fact, along with another—the soundstage should come from behind the loudspeaker—continually baffles people. I am at the Japan Audio show today and watched as two setup guys had the right combination of disappearing source and rear presentation, only to change placement to pinpoint the source and […]

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GALE: Ask our editor Neil McCauley: Who really designed the original Gale loudspeakers?

Hi Neil. Who really designed the original Gale loudspeakers? It was in fact Mr. Ira Gale. From all accounts Ira Dennis Gale was a genius, able to “talk his way in and out of anything”. He also tended to “stir the pot”, and may have enjoyed doing so occassionally. Born on December 4th, 1942, Ira […]

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SPIKES vs. FOAM: Can foam padding isolate better than spikes?

“This may be quite crazy but I’ve set my Dynaudio C3 speaker stands down on a 1.5” thick sheet of soft foam padding instead of using spikes. Now the floor has almost no vibration. The sound is cleaner and more natural. I did the same with my subwoofer with the same results! Now I’m considering […]

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SERIOUSLY: Speaker size should match the room

Paul McGowan writes …. This fact or fiction question is an interesting one because the notion of matching speaker size to room dimensions is so ingrained into our culture as to be taken for fact. But, some facts aren’t true no matter how much we want them to be. Here’s the deal. Any size loudspeaker […]

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ANYTHING BUT MUSIC: Why do some speakers sound like music while others do not?

  Michael Vronsky writes: Different isn’t automatically better I was trying to find the problem in a friend’s system. It didn’t sound as good as it should have for the money. So we did a lot of cable switching, speaker positioning, isolating this, isolating that – all to no avail. We certainly got different sounds, […]

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SPEAKERS: Thoughts about auditioning them

If you go to a big box store, or even a medium-sized store, you’re likely to encounter a switch box approach to speaker selling. Multiple pairs of speakers are lined up as if in a forest and the salesperson can play any of the many speaker models at the push of a button. This same […]

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ROOM ACOUSTICS: Diy or get an expert in?

I’m finally getting around to my new listening room, which is not intended to be a man cave but a room for the whole family. The recording studio look is not what I’m after, any acoustic treatments will have to be reasonably subtle and not too ugly. So, can I do this myself or should […]

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BRITISH LOUDSPEAKERS: From the tube-era?

I couldn’t find one, so I thought I would put one up myself. Just a simple place for British speaker porn from the days when hot glass bottles ruled the hi-fi industry. I’ll start. Here are some old Goodmans Audioms in console enclosures. From the ’50’s, I believe. Dip in and out HERE

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GALE: GS401A – appropriate amplification?

Poking around in the loft a while back I came across along forgotten pair of Gale GS401As in very sad condition and, if memory serves, they’d been there for 22 years! Unfortunately they were a little too near a small long term leak that developed in the roof (fixed long ago) which did little to improve […]

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SPEAKERS: Can they / do they wear out?

I reckon that based on the serial numbers of my Briks they are late 70’s/early 80’s. Looking at the B139’s the rubber diaphram is a pale grey colour rather than black and it feels fairly firm to the touch – almost ‘dry’ if that makes sense? Now, I’m wondering if speakers degrade with age and […]

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