BOWERS and WILKINS: Dr. John Dibb interview

David Lander writes: Before striding into the future, John Dibb enjoyed considerable exposure to his sceptered isle’s fascinating past. He was born in England’s North Country, in 1948, in a model West Yorkshire village established a century earlier by an enlightened industrialist determined to provide comfortable housing and communal amenities for his employees and their […]

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LINAEUM CORP: What happened?

Lloyd ‘Ace’ Grover writes … Company based in Portland, Oregon, USA that manufactured mid end loudspeaker systems that featured a unique patented line source/wave bending tweeter that is also referred to by the Linaeum name, note that their trademark used a ligature, i.e. it was written Linæum rather than Linaeum like the company name. Run […]

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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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GALE: 401 & 402 speakers – Far Eastern imitations?

Howard Popeck asks: Am I correct that cheap ‘n cheerful imitations emanating from China or elsewhere are in circulation or is this just a rumour? Dave Smith replies: No there is not an ‘imitation’ so far to my knowledge. The GB-101 chrome stands are re-manufactured by me purely due to the demand I had to […]

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GALE 401/402 speakers: How far could (and should?) they be tweaked beyond the original spec?

Howard Popeck asks: I note Dave that you only return a customer’s loudspeakers to original specification. However you strike us as an innovative man with a strong sense of curiosity. So our first question is primarily theoretical. How might a pair of 401 or 402 speakers be taken (in theory) to a higher level? For […]

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GALE: GS402 loudspeaker test review

Stereophile write …… The Gale loudspeaker dates back to the early 1970s. As I understand it, the basic design resulted from a collaboration of Ira Gale (footnote 1) and Sao Win, who were college classmates at the time. Their speaker proved very popular in England and was subsequently imported to the USA during the mid-1970s […]

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GALE: GS401 Re-foam Project?

I am now the very pleased owner of a pair of classic Gale GS401 speakers in wood finish. I bought them on eBay as ‘for parts or not working’ for the princely sum of £38.69. I intend to fully refurbish them by re-foaming the four woofers, checking/testing the other drivers (the tweeters have the correct […]

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GALE: “Anybody else here using these old wonders?”

Anybody else here using these old wonders?I bought a pair of these for my second system.A year later and now with three rebuilt pairs I have come to love these things and they now reside most of the time in my main system. Over the years I have owned all sorts of speakers-electrostats, BBC monitors,horns […]

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