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Don’t Mess With The Music: Designers’ Secrets for Great Preamps

Posted on by Mike Quinn
Keith Herron, Herron Audio

“I push the first valve down The music goes down and around Whoa-ho-ho-ho-ho-ho And it comes out here.” (R Hodgson, E Farley, M Riley, Copyright 1935, Chappel & Company) This snip from an old classic tune I first heard in … Read More


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Analog According to Rega’s Roy Gandy

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Rega's Roy Gandy

Patricia Barber made me write the original draft of this article. It was supposed to be about something else, but she grabbed me, shook me, made me feel all warm inside, and the die was cast. I was listening to … Read More


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Casting the Audio Shopping Net on the ’Net

Posted on by Mike Quinn
Music Direct's Home Page

I get several emails each month from readers seeking help with selecting just the right gear, some assembling a full system, and others simply wanting to replace an old component or two. (Please feel free to send in your questions … Read More


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Teresonic’s Magic: No Backseat Drivers!

Posted on by Mike Quinn
Teresonic Magus and Ingenium Silver Loudspeakers

We’re always on the lookout for real-world speaker solutions to mate with low-powered tube amps. Precious few speakers can do more than sputter with the flea powered amps which have achieved cult status in the past 15 years—try putting a … Read More


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CES 2011: Serving Up Some Mighty Tasty and Saucy Gear

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Sahara Hotel, Las Vegas During CES 2011

Bologna, in northern central Italy, is the hometown of baloney. It is also the home of ragù, not the overly sweet jarred stuff we choked down as kids or as quick-meal-gulpin’ singles, but the long-simmered, ultra-rich meat sauce served every … Read More


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