Terry's Musings

Posted on 22/10/2015

The words "180 Gram Vinyl" have been the cause for many misunderstandings and debate among the audiophile and vinyl records community. Unnecessarily so, I would say, there is nothing magical about heavyweight vinyl, and certainly some myths float over those shiny 180g stickers on the record covers, but that doesn't mean there are no benefits from pressing 180g or even 200g vinyl LP's.

Vinyl record weight has very little to do with the sound quality of the music engraved in the grooves. The technical standard by which grooves are...

Posted on 12/4/2013
Ash Kramer of Witchdoctor
Is CD dying? How long until Cambridge Audio (and the wider industry) does away with CD players and moves to a computer audio only model?

Adam Shaw-Cotterill of Cambridge Audio
CD has certainly declined, but it remains a relevant format. Since the CD was launched in 1982, we have seen over 30 billion commercial discs, and over 100 billion blank discs enter the market. Our sales of entry-level CD players remain very strong today. Whilst some other companies may choose to move...
Posted on 28/3/2014
 
What constitutes “High Resolution”? In the realm of video media, High Resolution or High Definition (HD) is pretty clear. The difference is clear between the old 4:3 standard-definition televisions and newer 1080p HD televisions. And if you’ve ever seen a 4k television compared to a 1080p set, well, the difference there is even more visible. It’s right there in front of your eyes.
 
While showrooms can really show off High Resolution video, that isn’t always the case with high-definition audio. There are a couple reasons for this, which we’ll...
Posted on 28/3/2014
There is a raging debate over the definition of "High-Resolution Audio". The focus of this debate has been misdirected by a lot of marketing hype. High-Resolution Audio will only truly arrive when the sum total of all defects in the audio chain become inaudible. We are not there yet, but we are getting close. The final chapter will not be higher sample rates and more bits. The final chapter will be achieving the necessary improvements to critical components in the signal chain.
 
Ignore the sample rate and format wars. There are several competing digital...
Posted on 18/2/2014

I read this quote on the value of a good preamp and thought it very succinctly captured my own experience, I have found any system whether analogue and/or digital gains to benefit from the inclusion of a quality preamp if you want to achieve the best synergy from all components, a preamplifier can be considered the heart of the system!

RK: “The role of the pre-amp, even a line stage should never be under-estimated. Aside from volume control, input selection, supporting balanced and un-balanced modes, the pre-amplifier is the bridge between source and power amplifier. For a...

Posted on 21/1/2013

Between the two drivers, is one handling low frequencies and the other both midrange and bass as in a 2.5 way design?

No. It is a true D'Appolito-style array. Both 6.5" drivers are wired in parallel and handle 30Hz to 3000Hz. This style design employs two low-frequency drivers with a tweeter in the center. Such a configuration creates a larger sweet spot. It gives you greater low...

Posted on 28/4/2013
"It arises when the audio system is forgotten, seemingly and nearly unperceived it got replaced by the artists in your room. It is present when the artist or composer speaks to you through time and space. It is nearly tangible when you feel the conciliatory physical sensation during a musical climax. It is an indescribable roller coaster of emotions which the composer has somehow coded to a combination of sounds. It is tangible as the physical world briefly disappears, leaving your consciousness behind accompanied only by the music - That is the true meaning of high-end audio….."...
Posted on 26/9/2012
After decades of solid state amplifier innovations, tube amplifiers have staged a powerful comeback in the last ten years, due to their sonic merits.
 
Simpler, purer circuits
At Ayon Audio, we feel that tubes are the sonically superior technology for audio, as their generally simpler circuits and smaller number of components provide for a purer signal path and consequently more truthful signal handling. This is because fewer components provide for fewer elements in a circuit to degrade the signal, distort and muddle the sound....
Posted on 19/8/2012
Editor:
 
As a manufacturer of high quality vacuum tube amplifiers, I am somewhat concerned that the recent exchange of letters between Roger Modjeski and David Manley in these pages may leave a negative impression in the minds of those considering tube electronics. I would like to offer a few comments in hopes of calming the debate, which seems to have strayed beyond engineering and sound into philosophies and personalities. There is much truth in what both have written.
 
The debate seems to be founded in three...
Posted on 22/4/2012

This is an informative article discusiing the various merits of buying Valve amps that I thought you may find interesting on the Why should you buy a valve amplifier  ? 

 The  simple  answer  is Valve  amplifiers  sound  different  to  transistor  amplifiers. You could pick up almost any hi-fi magazine and you will read about :- 

          i) transistor amplifiers that claim to sound like valve amplifiers 

         ii)...

Posted on 7/9/2011

Thought I would share a recent email to a client who was inquiring about Tellurium bi-wire speaker cable:

Like a number of other cable manufacturers in recent times, Tellurium Q have gone away from offering a bi-wire speaker cable solution.

They and others like Nordost and Yter to name a few, are now saying that Bi-wire was just a Hi-Fi marketing trend that they don’t believe added any genuine value to the outcome.

The idea behind their thinking is that for a given amount of money they can supply a much higher quality single wire cable than by spreading the same cost...

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