Important specifications realised

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I was just reading a HIFI magazine that pointed out an important amplifier specification that I had never considered before.
The article said, "These small loud speakers are rather fussy about partners and placing. They like to be driven hard by quality amplifiers, preferably of European origins."
It seems that in the past I have been remiss by not specifying the country of origin when buying amplifiers. Maybe some speakers work better with black amps, or amps with big knobs.
Has anyone tested any of these parameters?
Is there a magazine out there that doesn't contain this sort of dribble?
Regards WALKER
 
I quit reading hifi mags long ago.

There's only so much you can learn from them. Since I got into DIY tubes I realize just how far f*ed up they all are. I wish DIY hifi mags were available in every bookstore in every country of the world.

On the otherhand you can read rubbish just about everywhere. And you just have to discern the good stuff from the bad stuff.
 
At least in Finland we have Hifi-lehti, which doesn't rate products by it's advertisement income, and goes even so far as to publish real measurements, be they inconclusive or embarrassing or just plain hard to understand. But they show the reader that there is something behind the evaluations.

A thing I dislike in Hifi-lehti is it's movement too far into subjectivist camp. I do understand simple-is-beautiful approaches and I do dislike using enormous feedback to make an amplifier sound acceptable, but too much is too much.

Plain measurements are not everything, but I'd advise everyone to approach with much distrust any person who says measurements are nothing.

For example, a tube amplifier that is down 5dB at 12kHz just isn't high fidelity, no matter what magazine thinks (and says) so.

-Kimmo Sundqvist
 
AudioXpress is the best mag I've found for DIY. Pass and Borbely and a host of others publish there. They used to be Audio Amateur and then Audio Electronics. They are the same people who published Glass Audio and Speaker Builder. They have put it all into one now. Best thing is most of their past issues can still be purchased if you want to take a walk over the last 30 years of cutting edge audio design.:p
 
Well, I have to say ;) that HiFi Lehti is in finnish, but it has readers outside Finland too. Here in northern Estonia it's quite popular among philes and as most understand finnish around here it's very welcome as we don't have any magazines that qualify in estonian......

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The article said, "These small loud speakers are rather fussy about partners and placing. They like to be driven hard by quality amplifiers, preferably of European origins."

Do they prefer European music too ? :D

Is there a magazine out there that doesn't contain this sort of dribble?

US Stereophile mag seems to think that their reviews don't stink ! - But that's their opinion !.

Regards Eric.
 
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