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KIH #66 – Raal’s Requisite Ribbon

By | April 8th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

Forest. Tree. Fall. Does it make any sound if nobody hears it? Product. Disruptor. Is that still true if nobody notices?

Today isn’t about the forest. It’s about a game-changing product which won’t do much disrupting unless more people learn about it first. To start, let’s ask what one common issue is which plagues all dynamic drivers – their suspension of outer surround (foam, rubber, corrugated paper) and inner spider (corrugated impregnated textile). It’s why companies like France’s Leedh and Belgium’s Ilumnia eliminate these parts altogether; why Cube of Poland replace their spider with a phenolic spring.… Read the full article

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KIH #65 – Reprogramming the Munich machine

By | March 26th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

Woe be me. Stick around. You might see yourself in the mirror.

That’s because you’re a showgoer, too. You’ve saved up to book the hotel and flight. You’ve even brought a credit card with big dynamic headroom just in case one of your favourite vendor sells discounted display samples that fit into your luggage.

Once the doors of the M.O.C. open, your mind stops. You’ve of course read about how big this annual Munich show is but in person, it’s a whole other gig.… Read the full article

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KIH #64 – Get real!

By | March 20th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , |

Real people fi. Oops. Cursed by dualistic language, once we write that, we’ve turned ourselves into despicable judgmental dunces. What does that term make the rest? Hifi for faux people? Let’s try again.

I just want to document what ‘real’ people apart from diehard audiophiles might/should do with small speakers like these Amphion Argon3s. For evidence, your prosecutor of the cause presents exhibit A. That’s my wife’s room. It’s how she has always set up her bedside system around her MacBook with external DVD drive.… Read the full article

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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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