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  1. The problem is hard to explain to the general public

    There are some good comments in this thread so far, and I believe it is an important topic. Without the benefit of a technical understanding of the issues, it is difficult to get consumers to...
  2. Distortion of Sound (documentary film) airing tonight

    A short documentary, "Distortion of Sound", is airing today at 3pm on IFC and at 6pm tonight on the Sundance Channel. This film discusses the decline in the quality of recorded music despite huge...
  3. A new amplifier topology - AHB2 from Benchmark

    Benchmark Media will soon start shipping their new AHB2 amplifier, for which they are claiming a 130db dynamic range, and an interesting new topology. You will be familiar with Benchmark D-A and A-D...
  4. Market perception of digital correction - and a dangerous path for Harbeth?

    Even if it were possible, my sense is that reliance on DSP in the current product line would be detrimental to Harbeth's business. This is a guess on my part, but I suspect that a good number of...
  5. Don't forget the DAC

    This argument will never end. You see the same things in any photography forum. Personally, I enjoy it all. I appreciate the latest CMOS sensor technology, but I do find myself moved when I see an...
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    iDevice digital interface and other inexpensive streaming options

    A startup American audio company called "Peachtree Audio" started out offering a nice little integrated amplifier called the iDecco that had an iPod/iPhone dock on top. This dock was different from...
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    The user friendly Squeezebox

    Sonos example:
    1) Locate the iPad or iPhone
    2) Swipe off the lock and enter password if necessary
    3) Open the Sonos control app and wait for it to connect to your network
    4) Choose your music and...
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    Digitally perfect

    The Squeezebox is actually bit perfect at up to 24/96. Chris Connaker over at ran did some tests with his Weiss 202 and confirmed this. You would have a point if you are...
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    John Hebden

    Just this morning, I was listening to John Hebden's 6 Concertos for Strings Op. 2 performed by Cantilena and conducted by Adrian Shepherd. It's a pity that he didn't compose more music during his...
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    Olive One - Alternative to Squeezebox Touch

    The demise of the Squeezebox Touch was unfortunate for audio enthusiasts since it had no competitors. No other manufacturer had anything with the ability to stream bit perfect up to 24bit/96kHz, with...
  11. Skylan write-up

    I wrote up some impressions a while back on the effect the Skylan stands had on the sound from my Harbeths here:
  12. Listening to the clips

    This thread piqued my interest, so I picked up a Wavelength Proton LiPo-powered USB DAC and a MacBook Air and walked around the house to the various systems I use to evaluate my amplifier builds.
  13. DIY TL speakers

    What a fascinating topic and timely for me as I'm currently building some transmission line speakers! It's so nice to hear Alan's perspective on this. I will post to photos of mine when they're...
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    A geek and his streamer

    I remember you were having trouble with it, but there are so many possible ways to use it that I've forgotten what the specific issues were. Ours have been working perfectly for some 18 months now,...
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    Squeezebox Touch Discontinued

    I've just heard that Logitech has discontinued the entire Squeezebox line. What a loss for the audio community. What are the possible alternatives?

    Sonos is popular, but their "Connect"...
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    Harbeth sub with integrated power amp and room correction

    I am happy to see this discussion on the Harbeth amp revived. As I read through the posts, this one from STHLS5 really struck me as interesting.

    A subwoofer is something that would be a natural...
  17. Finding that amp sound

    Flea-powered amps may seem crazy in today's world of cheap watts and inefficient speakers, but the right pairing is a beautiful thing. I've been building all kinds of amps lately: chip amps, mosfet...
  18. Since we're talking Steely Dan, we should note...

    Since we're talking Steely Dan, we should note that, while they were among the first to go digital, they went back to analogue for "Everything Must Go" and Fagen recorded "Morph the Cat" on analogue...
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    Nice amp

    That's a beautiful amp, Paolo. Hard to imagine that it makes more than a whisper with the P3ESR, though! You must have really good hearing. I would love to have Harbeth speakers that have...
  20. Hello Gianfranco - I use the Compact 7ES-3 with...

    Hello Gianfranco - I use the Compact 7ES-3 with McIntosh C22 preamp and MC275 power amp and cannot imagine wanting to change the setup one bit. The one thing I fiddled with quite a bit initially was...
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    So hard to say, camel. So many variables are...

    So hard to say, camel. So many variables are involved. You really need to try it for yourself. But these days, I think it's hard for any CD players to compete with an inexpensive computer and a...
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    My goodness, that is a beautiful Lenco. Did you...

    My goodness, that is a beautiful Lenco. Did you have it restored?
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    More details of the amp

    Hi Spindrift-
    Here is a shot of the back panel. The B&O ICEpower 125ASX2 supports single ended inputs via RCA jacks in stereo mode, but if you bridge the two channels ("BTL" mode), it supports a...
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    DIY: You're on your own

    While the risk of something going with these particular modules is low, since they are supplied completely built from ICEpower, you can do serious damage to your speakers or even associated equipment...
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    'Class D' DIY monoblocks amplifiers

    Here are a pair of DIY Class D amplifiers that I just finished assembling. These are a good option for those of you who'd like to dabble a little in amp construction, but don't want to go to the...
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