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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HARBETH: McIntosh MC 275 Mk IV or V with Harbeth M-40.1?

I’ve had my Plinius SA-102 for longer than any previous amp (almost 3 years) and have been very satisfied with it’s reliability, musicality and build quality, but I’m very intrigued with finally trying a classic tube amp. I listen to classical, jazz, vocals & acoustic rock at moderate volume levels, so I’m thinking the 75 […]

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HARBETH: “Which Harbeth is best for me?” New users ask …

I just joined this group today and would like to give some background, which hopefully will also generate some discussion. About 18 months ago I sold my 12 year old Mirage 260 monitors and replaced them with Magnepan MMGs. While the Maggies are very transparent in some ways, I sadly miss the imaging of the […]

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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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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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HARBETH: Is the cult following justified and if so, why?

Editorial note: This thread started in 2011 and I checked it this morning (2020) and found it to be still relevant with a greater number of interesting observations than I expected. Certainly worth dipping in and out of. Neil / editorial ======================= Let me start by saying I’m not here to bash Harbeth speakers.I have […]

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HARBETH: Amp for Harbeth P3 ESR Croft, Brio R… ?

Having down scaled slightly and dropping on these little gems, I’m looking for suggestions for an amp to get the best out of them. So far I’ve tried my EAR 859 – beautiful but not quite capable of driving the bass solidly, a sugden a21A kindly lent to me, again beautiful if slightly restrained and […]

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