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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HARBETH: User group: Is Bluetooth technology actually good enough for audio?

In discussion at Hamburg with a real expert (at chip level) on Bluetooth, I am now very suspicious about the high fidelity audio potential of Bluetooth. It would seem that the data rate is so low that by the standards we would all recognise as comfortable for truly high fidelity sound (say, CD Redbook 16 […]

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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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HARBETH: Clone Class D “digital” power amplifiers – can we really trust them….

Alan Shaw  writes: Clone Class D “digital” power amplifiers – can we really trust them…. as high fidelity components? I have on my test bench a very typical, inexpensive, so-called ‘digital’ amplifier. It is not positively promoted as being of audiophile or even high-fidelity grade, but I understand that it uses similar components and technology […]

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OPINION: Maybe you’re not playing fair?

Paul McGowan writes: A recent post surely got some of you riled up and perhaps I got a little carried away with my “emotional attachment” comment – no, not perhaps, definitely.  It is very system dependent – and as several of you have correctly pointed out, including my friend Michael Fremer, my turntable system and […]

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ELECTROCOMPANIET: Upgrading from an ECP1 phono stage?

Q: My system comprises: Electrocompaniet EC1-2 and Electrocompaniet AW60FTT bi-amping early Acoustic Energy AE1s on AE stands, Michell Orbe SE with Origin Live modified RB250 and Dynavector 20X and Electrocompaniet ECP1 phono stage. I am aware the arm and cartridge could be improved, and possibly the phono stage. I would appreciate your recommendations on an […]

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Hi Fi on a zero budget?

“I’m now re-entering one of my periodic hifi obsessions. It’s been a decade since I was last obsessing about black boxes, wires and associated paraphernalia. I came out of that with a modest but nice little system that put out good music (cd63KI-Nait 2-Tab 50s). 10 years, wife, kids and mortgage later, I fancy having […]

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OPINION: Is expensive better?

Paul McGowan writes: Our culture is pre-programmed to relate better with expensive. A $10,000 preamp surely sounds and performs better than one half its price. Yet, intellectually we know that isn’t necessarily true. A $40,000 Rolex watch tells no better time than a $20 Timex. Understanding that which isn’t necessarily true doesn’t easily equate to […]

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How loud is loud?

  Seems like a rhetorical question, but I’m curious what other folks think is “ok, now that’s loud” For me, if something’s hitting 100dB as measured from where I’m seated while listening, and not just for a brief moments, but with some regularity, that’s loud. I used to listen at higher average volume than I […]

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HORN BASS

Meyer Lansky writes … I have been reading an interesting article regarding integrating bass with horn loaded speakers. www.6moons.com/industryfeatures/grandecastine/1.html ( i know its 6 moons – but sometimes in a pile of xxxx is a nugget!) Where for the sub 50Hz content a planar dipole system was utilised. Nothing new you may say – the […]

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SCHITT: Yes, of course – but which one?

Considering a new can-amp for the main system I really fancy the Schiit Valhalla 2 Now Schiit say the Valhalla 2 is suitable for Grado’s which mostly seem to be 32ohms across their ranges, they also say suitable for AKG’s too + I’ve heard that K701’s were also used in the Valhalla 2’s development* (*These […]

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Real or delusional?

Possibly for the first time in 20 years, I find myself thumbing through LP’s or CD’s just gorging on the wealth of music and genres without a single moments angst about how the system sounds. I don’t want to change anything, don’t need to change anything but there’s that little nagging feeling born of years […]

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