HARBETH: An integrated amp for 40.1’s

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 vintage? […]

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VINTAGE: Who made the best vintage audio?

What’s your opinion SANSUI – the Big G SERIES receivers are UNTOUCHABLE!!!! Their Amps ar sooo powerful!! My AS 300 speakers are the best sansui’s, though not nearly the most powerful, I’ve heard. I hope to pick up a CA 2000 and a BA 2000 tomorrow. Amp and Pre. I sold all but my G […]

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Bridged versus stereo: Opinions differ ….. of course they do!

A week ago I thought I would experiment with my power amplifiers. I use a Rotel RC850 preamp with two bridged monoblocked power amps but thought I would ‘stereo’ one of the power amps, reconnect everything, and give it a go. The result was very interesting indeed with a much warmer, softer and more musical […]

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YOU ARE GROUNDED, SON: Turntable grounding opinions?

Hi hoping to be spoon fed some nuggets of advice on grounding from a knowledgable fishie or 2 My turntable has a grounding wire attached to the underside of the bearing assembly, as well as the more traditional ground wire alongside the tonearm cable. I have 2 issues to try and fix – one is […]

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FM RADIO: Is there any point in buying a vintage FM tuner, especially ones offered at silly prices?

As mentioned at the tale end of my write up on the history of the Leak Trough-Line FM tuner, I felt I should do a companion piece on the sound quality of Leak Trough-Line tuners, well here it is. This was an interesting and challenging project to embark on as it is the first time […]

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SERIOUSLY: What might not be measurable, but make a difference?

  First of all this thread has not been put up to provide another vehicle for cyclic gainsay posting so please respect that intent. I’m just wondering if anyone has any ideas as to what might not be measureable, either at all, or readily using equipment typically used by electrical and acoustic engineers day to […]

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ACTIVE SPEAKERS: The box-swapper’s biggest nightmare?

I’m thinking about taking the plunge and going active but I’m not sure how I would connect the speakers to my amp. I use a Marantz Pearl Lite integrated, which has RCA outputs galore but no XLR sockets. Most active speakers seem to use XLR connections or TS sockets (whatever they are). How do I […]

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REALLY: Is there really an audible difference before and after recap/restoration?

I’ve seen this question posed several times. I just purchased my first completely recapped/refurbed amp/receiver. It’s a Pioneer SX-939. I can truthfully say I’ve never heard anything better. Period. Matched with my KLH Model 23’s the music just came alive in a way that I can’t explain and have never heard before. The soundstage was […]

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TONE CONTROLS

Paul McGowan writes … There was a time in our HiFi history that the ability to electronically control music’s tone was necessary. Necessary because the entire chain of electronics and speakers were bad enough to warrant their intrusion. Sure, many bemoan the lack of bass and treble controls, even full band graphic equalizers, but for […]

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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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Class A amplification; are the perceived benefits merely an illusion? Howard Popeck expresses a view

A question for Mr. Popeck. Regarding Class A amplification, are the perceived benefits merely an illusion, or are they noticeable? That’s a very difficult question because it’s all dependent on how good the power supply is. A Class A power amplifier needs – basically – a huge power supply to operate properly. I’m not talking […]

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Class A amps or Class D?? – which sounds better??

Amplifier performance and synergy depends on the other components, and cables in a system. I have read alot about the advantages of Class A.amps Though an older amp design, do class A amps necessarily sound better than Class D digital amps like Nu-Force, Bel Canto, and Wyred4Sound?? These class D amps supposedly run more efficiently, […]

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These hand-crafted systems are kind of like craft beer

Our home stereo systems are one of a kind. We craft them together based on reviews, evaluations, word of mouth, discussion forum comments, and dealer advice. They are personal creations. These hand-crafted systems are kind of like craft beer: Individually brewed with our own personal recipes. Each of us is anxious, perhaps a little nervous, […]

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