As I get older one of the things that becomes increasingly obvious is that ones body starts to let one down and sometimes with the kind of speed that inertia of age brings, like a car running down a hill somethings get worse. In my own case my eyesight is no longer what it once […]
Being totally honest my knowledge of the existence of such a thing as a turntable that had its platter driven by a rubber coated wheel rather than a belt, or direct motor drive was unknown to me, up until fairly recent times. The audio business I started work in originally, first as a Saturday boy, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
I don’t mind saying that this particular review has been a very long time in gestation and at one point I wasn’t entirely sure it would actually happen as Arthur Khoubesserian’s other Funk Firm products (1), each one needing personal tender loving care were pushing further and further back the launch of these more niche […]
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 […]
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 […]
Ever had an itch you wanted to scratch but the opportunity just didn’t present itself? Well for awhile now I have wanted to compare the USB inputs of my AMR DP777 DAC with the coax ones, but a failed attempt with an Audio Gold GD (bought S/H, old model) quiet some time ago had left […]
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 . Introduction First of all it has to be understood that EMT cartridges were specifically designed […]