Dec 292016
 
Veracity Audio - Mystra DAC - New Heights, Scaled !

Out of the blue back in August I received an email from, as it later turned out Gregor Szymczyk of Veracity Audio titled ‘DAC Test’, and being honest initially I viewed it as being a phishing email – I was getting a lot of these at the time, all getting increasingly clever, and tailored to try […]

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Dec 242015
 
Absolute Power - Power Supplies for The Technics 1200/1210 - Paul Hynes Designs, Origin Live, Longdog Audio

Dedication I want to dedicate this review to my parents – I miss you both.   ‘A Beginning is a very Delicate Time’. ‘Know then……..’ This was to have been the first in a series (1) of reviews aimed at exploring the various upgrade options to improve a stock Technics 1200/1210 turntable, a series of […]

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Jul 262015
 
The ‘Little Bear’ Moving Coil Step Up Preamplifier T8-1 - A Bargain ?

Such a simple circuit has no right to sound as good as this. With a little fettling, such as perhaps upgrading the input capacitors in the signal path, and replacing the Chinese sourced 200uF caps in the power supply, the performance could well be further improved. However, as it stands, this little device represents excellent value for money and is to be commended.

So if you want to try out a moving coil cartridge but your amplifier is only equipped with a fixed-coil input, the Little Bear T8-1 headamp can be recommended to get you started.

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Mar 082015
 
Luxman DA 100 Digital to Analogue Converter - Good Things In Small Packages ?

  The audio world is awash with DACs, streamers and servers these days, all vying to give the end user access to the world of computer audio, be it, Red Book 16 bit 44.1, Hi resolution files 24 bit, 88/96/192, streamed or the hot new kid (actually an older kid Mr SACD) in town DSD […]

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Feb 082015
 
Track Audio/JBE Series 3 Slate-deck - Revisited

  Sometime ago – in AIHFA (1) – I reviewed the excellent, beautifully made Track Audio Isolation Feet, in the context of an isolation platform, subwoofer, Ruark Equinox speakers and as replacements for the Mico Seki microsorber feet that the direct drive JBE Series 3 turntable came with as standard. The standard Track Audio Isolation […]

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Dec 032013
 
Using EMT TSD cartridges in non-EMT arms

This may only be of a niche interest to a tiny minority of readers. However there is some interest in using these professional cartridges in domestic audio systems where the tonearm uses the widespread and conventional SME/EIA bayonet fixing [1]. Introduction First of all it has to be understood that EMT cartridges were specifically designed […]

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