JAPANESE SERIOUS LOUDSPEAKERS: Apart from the Yamaha NS1000? How about the NS2000?

Gentlemen; other than the Yamaha NS1000, have the Japanese every built credible loudspeakers? I guess you are speaking historically, right? Well, yes, they did. Sony in fact. In the very early 1980s they released the SSG1 Series 2. It wasn’t cheap. Around £200 from memory, which was a small fortune then. However … This isn’t […]

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

Written in 2009 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 in their facilities […]

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CLASSIC KIT: What is the attraction?

Whilst my recent additions are for a secondary system, they certainly are competitive with today’s offerings at a corresponding price point (well, I believe so) albeit not likely to replace my main system. I could so easily have popped into Sevenoaks or the Classifieds and put together a middle of the range system but just […]

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STAX: ELS-F83X full-range electrostatic speakers; a user’s thoughts

I own a pair of ELS-F83X Stax speakers that I bought through the advice of a close friend whose opinions I value very highly. He rang me one night knowing I wanted to buy a good pair of speakers and told me that these were available. However only one was working which was a fact […]

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SO, WHICH IS IT: Loudspeaker efficiency versus sensitivity

The sensitivity of a loudspeaker is the sound pressure between 125 Hz (250 Hz) to 4 kHz (8 kHz) at a specific distance – when you have a constant voltage – measured in dB per watt and meter. Mostly it is the voltage of constant 2.83 volts, the distance is 1 meter, at 8 ohms […]

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OPINIONS DIFFER: Top-10 ultimate high-end speakers

Steve Guttenberg writes: Ultimate high-end speakers are conceived with the same zeal Ferrari and Lamborghini apply to their no-holds-barred sports cars. Sales of ridiculously expensive and absurdly powerful cars are holding steady, and the same can be said for extreme, high-end speakers. Granted, there’s no practical reason for the existence of the new 450-horsepower Audi […]

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SPEAKER PLACEMENT: Tilt ‘er back

Paul McGowan … If you’re looking for a quick and easy fine-tuning technique, try tilting the speakers forward or backward relative to the listening position. This is a time-honored tweak that not everyone’s familiar with, but it sure works great. The easiest way to do this is by using a CD jewel case under the […]

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SPEAKERS: Anchor or isolate?

PAUL MCGOWAN … Audiophile wisdom is rife with both good and bad advice. It’s a good idea to pay attention to the electronic chain’s component quality while it’s a bad idea to spend so much on tweaks you ignore the fundamentals. Sometimes this common wisdom finds itself in the middle of a great philosophical divide. […]

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SO, NOW YOU KNOW: Distorted speakers

PAULMCGOWAN … Ever wonder why speaker manufacturers don’t list distortion as one of their measured parameters? Me too. To my knowledge, there’s not even a standard by which to suggest acceptable distortion. Yet, try that with the electronics that drive those speakers and howls of protest drift up through the rafters. Do we not care […]

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TO BE … OR NOT: Bi-amping?

PAUL MCGOWAN … There once was a day when power amplifiers struggled. The mainstays, tube amplifiers, couldn’t handle low frequencies well but had immaculate highs. The newcomers, solid state amps, produced prodigious bass but struggled with the high notes. None handled both. That’s when some bright person decided to combine the best of both worlds. […]

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SPEAKER JUMPERS: Worth considering?

Now i am not on the expensive range of gorgeous gear many have on here… but i am happy with the set up i have. I run Monitor Audio BX5’s as my main stereo speakers & as many they are bi wire. I have tried doing bi-wire wires from the Yam Aventage amp & could […]

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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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HORNS …..

https://www.flickr.com/photos/79846937@N06/14213752391/ The horns below (the black pair on either side, not the brown ones) were the first hifi speaker ever built, 88 years ago, in 1926, one year before talkies were made. A Korean billionaire who is one of the owners of Hyundai spent a 100k USD bringing them over so that people could hear […]

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SPEAKERS: Ones to hang on to for life?

“After 9 years with my Proac Response 3s, I recently decided to change speakers. As you can tell, I’m not an upgrade fever patient. I want something I can live with for years & I think the best advice I’m gonna get will be from those who have & are still living with their speakers […]

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