PHILIPS: Fidelio L3 headphones review: Seriously sophisticated sound

If you’re looking for a slice of top quality comfort with sophisticated audio quality to boot then the Philips Fidelio L3 delivers one of the most outstanding over-ear experiences of any headphones released in 2021. However, the Fidelio L3 can’t deliver class-leading active noise-cancelling (ANC) – so if you want to more-or-less remove all of […]

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SURPRISING, BUT MAYBE NOT AS MUCH AS YOU’D THINK: 10 pre-owned vintage CD players under £40 each compared

In this, my latest experiment, I decided to buy as many pre-owned / low cost CD players as I could afford for the investigation and NONE over £40 each from the major auction sites. PART 1: I wanted to determine if via my reference system #1 (£100 in total), I could (a) hear any worthwhile […]

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OPEN REEL DECKS: Akai GX-747, Philips N4520, Tandberg TD-20A, Technics RS-1500US, Technics RS-1800 and Teac 7300

These are notes I made for a letter to the editor of Hi-Fi World after a particularly interesting feature re Reel to Reel machines in the February 2008 issue. I didn’t get around to sending it. Dear David. The Neville Roberts feature “The Reel Thing” ( February 2008) was a joy to read. Not only […]

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CHEAP VINTAGE CD PLAYERS SHOOT-OUT: Akai / Hitachi / Marantz / Meridian / Mission / NAD / Philips / Sony / Yamaha (Part 1 of 2)

In this, my latest experiment, I decided to buy as many pre-owned / low cost CD players as I could afford for the investigation and NONE over £40 each from the major auction site. Part #1: I wanted to determine if via my reference £100 system, I could (a) here and worthwhile improvement and (b0 […]

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CHEAP VINTAGE CD PLAYERS SHOOT OUT: Akai / Hitachi / Marantz / Meridian / Mission / NAD / Philips / Sony / Yamaha (Part 2 of 2)

TO RECAP: In this, my latest experiment, I decided to buy as many pre-owned / low cost CD players as I could afford for the investigation and NONE over £40 each from the major auction site. Part #1: I wanted to determine if via my reference £100 system, I could (a) here and worthwhile improvement […]

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