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KIH #63 – Passive struggles, active solutions

By | December 12th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

Dynamically challenged? Being referred to as dynamic speakers makes the breed distinct from planars like classic MartinLogan, Quad and Magnepan. Following nomen est omen, one might conclude that dynamics would be a dynamic speaker’s greatest forté. But speaker designer Pat McGinty (of Meadowlark) explains why they’re more challenged than you might think.

He begins by explaining what creates the notion of slow bass. “Three common causes are poorly aligned vented enclosures, cheap drivers and elements that cause poor electrical damping.Read the full article

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KIH #62 – Isn’t it time you grew a pair?

By | October 30th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , |

Growing a set. There are, as Allen C. Guelzo quotes Gunther Schuller in his article on conductor Arturo Toscanini, “seven kinds of hearing: for harmony, intonation, dynamics, color, rhythm, balance and the architecture of a composition. Good orchestra leaders will have two or three of these ‘ears’; a great conductor will have four or five. Toscanini had all seven and even those who cursed his arrogance had to admit that they had never performed under a director who could get them to play so far above their own expectations.”

When audiophiles discuss sound, they often assume that everyone hears as they do.… Read the full article

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KIH #61 – Let’s get physical

By | September 18th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , |

RIP. Rest in peace. That’s what many have said or thought about CD already years ago. My recent encounter with the Jay’s Audio CDT2 MkII looked at this reality in perspective; another RIP. Yes, sales of physical CD are down; way down. But the Redbook standard behind them which etched those well-known 16-bit/44.1kHz values in stone remains in place for 99.9999% of all available music. Not only is CD resolution very much alive, it is the de facto status quo.… Read the full article

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KIH #59 – Ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?

By | June 21st, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , |

The devil’s vocabulary? That really was the header of a reader email. The contents were even more sulfuric. “A side thought on the FirstWatt SIT-3. I’ve been reading your reviews since you used wood, water etc. similes which I found helpful if a bit twee even back in the day. These last few years you’ve been refining your descriptive vocabulary to the point where it’s actually expressive of the correlations between sounds and words, e.g. the legato/staccato dichotomy and the attendant equivalents you employ in the latest SIT review.Read the full article

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KIH #58 – Close encounters

By | June 16th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , |

Fielding it. Near, far or mid? That’s today’s question. On a recording/mastering console where our music is made, the studio monitor speakers tend to sit at less than 2.5 metres from the listener. Often they sit as near as 1 metre right behind the console.  In the home, 2.5 metres is where things tend to start. They can easily double if our rooms are big. And most audiophiles in fact dream of a big dedicated room as their ideal.

From it arise obvious consequences.… Read the full article

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KIH #57 – A lead on Leedh

By | May 23rd, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , |

Leedh inside. It’s Leedh alright, not lead. To acquaint yourself with the difference if you haven’t already, follow this link. It’ll take you to one of the most radical and original speakers you’ll ever have clapped eyes on. Today continues that story in the digital realm: same inventor Gilles Milot, same ‘discoverer’ Joël Chevassus, a regular contributor to my site and also publisher of his own French online mag Audiophile-Magazine.

A few days after I’d submitted to Darko.Audio boss John Darko the previous KIH instalment of my own tech discoveries of 2018’s HighEnd Munich show, Joël submitted his own.… Read the full article

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KIH #55 – Fresh fermentations

By | May 17th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: |

M-uniquipality. Nothing new under the hifi sun. Old wine in fancy new goblets. Take your pick. The feeling could be familiar; mutual even. But for HighEnd Munich 2018, it wasn’t entirely accurate. True, it took some digging to deflate but there were signs of true novelty I stumbled across without any plan. And let’s assume that I missed a lot. Let’s start with loudspeaker transducers. We’ve seen omnipolar tweeters before. Think Gallo’s CDT III, mbl’s Radialstrahler, Elac’s 4pi ribbon. There simply aren’t many which counteract the beaming so typical with conventional dynamic tweeters of the 1” dome sort.… Read the full article

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KIH #56 – Help us help you

By | May 16th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , |

M-unique? Another Munich show, here are common observations again which next year might help certain exhibitors. In no particular sequence, here goes:

1/ missing wo/man syndrome. This is in effect when a room with no inside or outside provisions for a sit-down has one or two exhibitors looked inside. Visitors with questions need to either be crass rudniks and talk right above folks who listen to music (unless the room is empty at the time); or somehow compel one of the exhibitors to step outside.… Read the full article

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KIH #54 – Baaargain basement

By | February 1st, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , |

The silence of the lambs. Fear not. Today Hannibal Lecter won’t have your liver with fava beans. Instead let’s look over my shoulder during our recent move. Fintan of One Man And His Van plus crew sit in our kitchen. Having just delivered the last of our boxes over a two-day period of loading, unloading and then disseminating 60-some cubic metres of stuff throughout an empty two-storey house, they’re at coffee, cake and cookies before signing off. Having noticed the big number of boxes labelled ‘hifi’ –I asked them to deposit those in what the London owners had used as their dining room but which I would soon convert into my audio den– polite chitchat naturally migrates to what I do for a living.… Read the full article

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KIH #53 – Flying blind

By | January 22nd, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

Location. Say it three times. Fast. Voilà, the famous real-estate mantra. My wife and I recently visited Athlone, a quite central Irish town with the mighty Shannon river through it which heavy seasonal rains had bloated. The owner of a men’s clothing shoppe right across from the old castle explained how location applied to their 70-year old business. They’re in the old part of town. It’s nearly exclusively populated by pubs and restaurants. It gets beaucoup evening but very little day-time traffic.… Read the full article

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