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Hi-Fi World
May 2018
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Using Modern Tech And Measurement Increase The Quality Of High-End Audio Equipment
Article By Noel Keywood


Hi-Fi World May 2018


  When I listen to loudspeakers we loved in yesteryear, I cringe. Goodmans Magum Ks impressed me at the time and Leak 2060s were even better, with their superb white plastic mid-range cone perforated with wave breaks and rear coated with a damping layer.

How do I know this? As a young man I attended a press conference explaining these new technologies held, in Leak's case, by an impressive young engineer called Alex Garner who subsequently rescued then ran Tannoy. I was so impressed!

Wharfedale, Leak and KEF went on to use technology and measurement to produce increasingly refined loudspeakers and today we benefit from their knowledge and example. But there's a problem: today's loudspeakers are less boxy, boomy and sloppy as a result but also less characterful.


Hi-Fi World May 2018


Klipsch are a major US manufacturer and have probably never heard of Wharfedale, Leak or KEF, instead making what the US is unswervingly good at big. Yes, their disarmingly named R-28F loudspeakers we review in this issue on p10 were anything but mild and unassuming, so much as affordable powerhouses that reminded me of those glorious 1970s loudspeakers brought up to date.

We made a boo-boo last month in saying the Novafidelity X35 uses a linear power supply when our internal shot shows it has a switch-mode. See our Letters that start on p32 for more on this one. Fascinating all the same though that switch-modes with Class D now measure well but still are treated with suspicion. Japan has an illustrious recent past in audio and companies like Yamaha now emphasise they don't use switch-mode power supplies or Class D output stages in their top products. Yesteryear still has a pull and it isn't all just nostalgia.

You could say the same about LP of course, which now seems the de-facto alternative to streaming leaving CD dead and downloads unpopular. We seem to be increasingly using original analogue technologies or the very latest digital conveniences with little in-between. In this issue you'll see that very clearly. I hope you enjoy the mix.


--- Noel Keywood, editor.



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