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Technology

Want a true 3D sound? Forget surround.

Imagine a fly circles the head of the listener during the original recording. The same fly circles the head of the listener of that recording in exactly the same way, when the recording is played back through the two loudspeakers of a BACCH 3D Sound system, while surround sound reproduces the fly incorrectly near the speakers.

Reviews

Flexound HUMU – feel the sound

It may look like a gadget, but what really makes it worth resting one’s head on its soft surface, is the hard techniques that’s gone into it.

Reviews

ProAc Response D20R – an ideal Baroque loudspeaker

Industry

Stockholm Highend 2017

Reviews

Ayon CD3sx – to preamp, or not to preamp

One of world’s top CD players, Ayon Audio’s 3sx, has tubes for two different outputs; a pair for the CD player, two pairs for the preamp. Which way to go?

Industry

Gradient 1.4 – NEW

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.5, 5.0, 6.0 … What’s missing? 1.4 is missing, Gradient’s next loudspeaker model. Once again, design and acoustics go every bit hand in hand.

Vintage

Mercuriale FC413

Mercuriale FC413 is an interesting looking French loudspeaker from the 1970s. A pair of FC413 was refurbished in order to hear how this vintage beauty sounds.

Enthusiasm

Honeyed, luxe, and aristocratic

A group of New York audiophiles gathered to hear Shindo-san’s amplifiers and taste the wines they’re named after.

Blog

On musical reproduction

” … mere sound is capable of expressing things, whether mental or extra-mental. And a good performance is a performance that unlocks that meaning, that lets the music speak or sing what it has to say.

Technology

Waves, Spectra and Sounds

To calculate a Fourier transform, all you have to do is listen.

Vintage

EV Patrician 800

If indeed “mighty” is an adjective that could be attributed to a loudspeaker, here’s one that definitely deserves it.

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Uraltone PP EL34

A specialty shop for audio components sells its EL34 amp primarily as a DIY kit but for butterfingers, also as assembled.

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EAT Forte S

It’s never too late to acquire a new audio dream. That is, it’s never too late to buy a turntable and a whole analogue music playback system. Why bother? Why? Because the vinyl sound is magical. It’s pure and natural. It’s 100% music. That’s why.

Technology

Current, please, no voltage

It is worrying that, against all odds, audio amplifiers of all kinds, try to drive the loudspeaker with the voltage instead of current, claims Finnish electronics engineer Esa Meriläinen in his recent book Current Driving of Loudspeakers.

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The Koda Takumi K70 Power Amplifier

What would it be like if you finally found musical nirvana, and with the equipment you already had!

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CAT SL-1 Renaissance

Long live transparency!

Reviews

VTL IT-85 Integrated

“The wisest of these discerning audiophiles will listen to their music through vacuum tune amplifiers, and they shall stand apart among the rowdy rabble.” David Manley, California, 1989

Enthusiasm

A system that makes you feel good

The more wellness there is in the listener’s brains, the better the body feels.

Technology

Tubes and Circuits by Bruce Rozenblit

Some people like to write, some other to do more concrete things with their hands. Transcendent Sound’s Bruce Rozenblit, the founder of likes both.

Industry

McIntosh: “…for the love of music…”

This book gives an utterly informative view of a legendary audio brand. It’s by no means a nifty PR piece but candidly revealing and thorough business history.

Enthusiasm

Albert Hall chez vous

What hangs from the ceiling of Albert Hall London is EM Acoustics HALO pro-speakers. How do they sound in a typical listening room?

Industry

Fifty years of tube amp making

Mr. Mauri Pännäri, M.Sc. (e.e.) is a Finnish DIY Hi-Fi pioneer and well-known for his tube amp designs.

Vintage

Wharfedale SFB/3

SFB/3s was Gilbert Briggs’ take on Peter Walker’s Quad ESL57. Today ESL57 is by far more famous, but SFB/3s has survived as a model for numerous open-back designs.

Industry

An afternoon with Franck Tchang

Frank Tchang’s tuning products may not be for everyone, but learning to know the philosophy behind them helps to apply them and get the system to sing.

Enthusiasm

Vaughan’s OB1 – Part I, II, III & IV

Vaughan Warren reports of his experiments with a special open back speaker design, and its later incarnations.

Vintage

Relocking Marantz CD-10

Marantz CD-10 is a classic CD-player, and a good sounding one in its own right. The sound can be bettered by installing a better clock oscillator for the DAC.

Enthusiasm

What can be tested, must be tested

It is not entirely wrong to compare a hi-fi system to the tree of evolution. In both, all paths are shamelessly tried, some survive, others not. But where evolution in nature is brutal fight, evolution of a hi-fi system can provide endless joy of discovery.

Enthusiasm

The good old Dunlavy SC-VI powered by ASR & Brinkmann

One of the most convincing sounding audio systems that I’ve heard in the recent past.

Vintage

My EMT 927

Recordings can never reproduce live events/sounds fully; they always eat something from the realism and liveliness. It is in this area that the EMT 927 and EMT turntables in general excel most.

Vintage

Klangfilm Bionor

An ultimate mono speaker?