09 Feb 19

Great audio has never been more affordable. Right now, my reigning champion budget speaker is the Dayton B652-AIR bookshelf, which sells for a mere $50 a pair. The Pioneer SP-BS22-LR speakers are even better and run a still very reasonable $129 a pair. The ELAC Debut B6.2, at $299 a pair, is the top dog for the money.  […]

14 Jan 19

Read Here “Are there caveats? Well, two would be the speaker’s size and price, both of which may prove daunting to would-be owners. Another involves seating positions relative to the speaker array. Because the 30.7 is very wide, you may find that if you sit too close to the speaker you eventually begin to hear […]

09 Jan 19
Stereo Skunk

MiniDSP equalization of earphones to Harman target is amazing. Thank you Oratory1990 for producing and sharing your measurements. Thank you Sean Olive for… everything. I found earphones, that are cheap, and EQ well (achieve a >95/100 score) are ultimate value-masters. (The score is a predictor of how likely someone will prefer the sound) With the […]

01 Jan 19

REL Stadium III in Walnut Finish Physical Condition of the Subwoofer is Excellent. Functions perfectly. Orignial Owner Caps in amp plate replaced in 2015 The Stadium III allows one to integrate with a 2-Channel system as well as with Home Theater. The ST series II does not allow this. This sub integrated extremely well with […]

31 Dec 18
David Denyer PR | The hi-fi specialist

Each year, the expert team at Hi-Fi News brings us the magazine’s audio highlights of the previous 12 months – “the hardware that turned our heads and the music that stirred our souls throughout 2018.” In the bumper 108-page Yearbook issue, “the very best that hi-fi has to offer” includes source components from DS Audio, […]

28 Dec 18
Part-Time Audiophile

A Thousand Miles to Land It was a sunny day off the coast of Hawaii. Ted Denney was on his J/42 and having the time of his life.  At some point, he checked in with his accountants by satellite phone.  The news was horrifying.  The voice at the other end of the line told him, “your company […]

17 Dec 18
Stereo Skunk

I purchased a few headphones to try, given Amazon’s extended return policy. In short, the Beyerdynamic T5p us gross and useless. The Audeze LCD-XC is heavy, beautiful, luxurious, fat, soft, deep, cushy pads, and its sound is… good. Not amazing for some reason. Or maybe I’m completely out of my mind and i don’t even […]

27 Nov 18

Magnepan Tympani IIIa Planar Floorstanding Speakers; Pair; AS-IS (Mid Panel Out) – Buy – Magnepan Tympani IIIa Planar Floorstanding Speakers; Pair; AS-IS (Mid Panel Out)

24 Nov 18

History & Condition Black cloth w/cherry sides, 5.6′ tall x 19″ wide x 2″ deep. Originally purchased in CA in 2009, they remain in showroom condition. Powered via a Bryston 3B ST, covering a wide range of music and some HT. Never driven hard, NEVER clipped. Always kept in a conditioned space, panels play flawlessly. […]

20 Nov 18

Magnepan 30.7 four-panel dipolar planar loudspeaker system – Revisited [toc] In Hi-Fi+ 157 I wrote a favourable preview of Magnepan’s new flagship loudspeaker, the model 30.7. Now, as the loudspeaker nears full serial production, I wanted to provide a follow-up review to discuss one important change that has been incorporated into the loudspeaker over the […]

05 Nov 18

Read Here ‘It’s worth mentioning how well the 200.8s work with any source. I’ve used these monoblocks with about two dozen different sources, balanced and single ended with no problem. Using the Pass XS Pre and the Audio Research REF 6 (the only preamplifiers I have that sound equally good through the RCA and XLR […]

05 Nov 18
Stereo Skunk

So WordPress just deleted my whole post that I worked for hours on. I’ll have to abridge EVEN MORE. Magnepan .7 Pros: Built from the factory, no DIY, looks more put together Ribbon tweeter runs head-to-toe vertically, so you can listen “off axis” Passive crossover, no need to purchase a multi-channel amp Cons: Directionality of […]

29 Oct 18
Stereo Skunk

I found a stopping point for the Minis. The Linkwitz Lab LX Minis. Affordable, DIY speakers equipped with low distortion, dipole dispersion and frequency response. Sounds good. Sounds marginally better than my Magnepan .7’s. The Minis suffer less when you move your head left and right. No, it doesn’t have this phantom image that remains […]

17 Oct 18
Stereo Skunk

To keep things a brief update: I think the XA30.8 is looser, and fuzzier than the nCore. On other occasions, the XA30.8 sounds more realistic, and sounds a bit more dynamic/musical. Could this be because of nonlinear distortion behavior adding “dynamics”? The nCore has clarity, and control, and manifests in the frequency response of the […]

05 Oct 18
Part-Time Audiophile

Around 20 years ago, I met my friend Howard at the local Atlanta audio club.  Over time Howard and I became pals in part because we both loved Magnepan speakers.  But we also loved exploring various audio tweaks and had a lot of lively discussions around how to get the best sound for our, at […]