DIMINISHING RETURNS: Is audiophile quality diminishing?

Michael Vronsky asks: Neil; Do you think the market for audiophile quality is diminishing, or static or expanding? If I believe the reports I read it’s been diminishing under the onslaught of alternative ways of spending money on home entertainment like home cinema and video games etc. I think there is a very serious core […]

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CLASSIC KIT: What is the attraction?

Whilst my recent additions are for a secondary system, they certainly are competitive with today’s offerings at a corresponding price point (well, I believe so) albeit not likely to replace my main system. I could so easily have popped into Sevenoaks or the Classifieds and put together a middle of the range system but just […]

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ACOUSTIC RESEARCH (AR) – What happened

From time to time we wondered this too. This time though, we did a bit of searching and this is what we found: USA based producer of loudspeakers, founded in 1954 by Edgar Villchur, Henry Kloss, Malcolm Lowe and J. Anton Hoffman, and started out by producing acoustically suspended loudspeaker called the AR-1. Strangely enough […]

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PREMATURE DEATH: Is the Audiophile dying in the UK … or not?

A member writes…. Hi guys…this question I’m going to pose is not intended to russel up anyone’s feathers, moreover, I ask this question because I have (in recent years) noticed a significant change in the downward trend of attitude/outlook/customer service/passion/integrity/motivation/product knowledge/politeness, and so many other elements from the very people who are serving to sell […]

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Price fixing in the hi-fi industry, a grain of thruth perhaps?

One of the reasons manufacturers try to encourage their retailers to sell at RRP is that it can help protect resale values of second hand goods. If you look at the position with a hifi manufacturer that for example encouraged customers to upgrade power supplies and accessories etc then part of the decision for the […]

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DIGITAL ROOM EQUALISATION: Is it a gimmick or does it have some application in domestic situations?

Neil, regarding digital room equalisation, is it a gimmick or does it have some application in domestic situations? I have heard these things in operation and I suppose that if you are prepared to spend any time experimenting and moving loudspeakers then it’s a good shortcut to a sort of middling performance. But by and […]

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UNLIMITED RMS: Logical or just smart marketing?

  Q: Hi Mike. Some makers are extolling the virtue of seemingly unlimited amplifier power as a requirement for un-restricted system dynamics. Logical or merely smart marketing? A: Well I suppose it must depend on a number of things. Let’s take the things that it depends on. Sound pressure level – that you hear in […]

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INNOVATION: It’s just one foot in front of the other … or is it?

I asked a manufacturing acquaintance (hardly a friend because it’s necessary to maintain a distance in order to allow for objectivity) about why he spends so much on innovation. Somewhat facetiously but not without a grain of truth or impertinence if you will ”Why not just milk what you already have and save some money?” […]

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“The liquid in my case produce a slight fizzing sensation which was in no way uncomfortable”

Michael Vronsky writes: Who’s leg? Hmm. Even as I write this I sense a few of you out there might feel I’m pulling your leg re this. I assure you – I’m not.This first tuning tip is without doubt the most cost-effective I have ever encountered. I used a few drops (exactly as directed) of […]

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Michael Vronsky wonders: Who will be the first big maker to bypass the UK audio retailer network?

  Michael Vronski writes: I don’t claim to be a futurologist. However sometimes it’s possible to read some signs and occasionally for a view of which way the commercial wind is blowing. And I mean the way that wind is blowing, but not necessarily the speed and strength of that wind.My belief is that with […]

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