Fake hifi news. There I was minding my very own bananas. Then this press release dropped. Clunk! Ouch! Doctor! …

KIH #80. The life of Pi in 2 and 4. Those numbers refer to half and full space. In audio they describe sound which either propagates omni as bass does—you get four pies for that—or sound which bundles like high frequencies over a 1-inch dome tweeter. That’s worth only two pies. Those who believe in fuller plates often reach for super tweeters. It seems a mistake to think them ‘super’ for additional bandwidth when human hearing doesn’t extent past ordinary tweeters. If a super tweeter can really hit 100’000kHz, it’s not germane to our ear/brain per se except perhaps for zero phase shift. There’s also the issue of first break-up modes. An aluminium tweeter which breaks up at 23’000Hz will reflect ugliness into the audible bandwidth unlike a diamond tweeter that’s good to 70’000Hz. But let’s return to our pie as a function of dispersion. If the ‘super’ in an add-on tweeter isn’t about bandwidth but broader dispersion, it should …

How will we be remembered? Marja & Henk were my oldest contributors. They joined 6moons when Ivette and I still called Taos/NM our home and listened to Avantgarde Duo speakers like our Dutchies did. They also were the only wife/husband reviewers I knew and knew of. Sunday before last, Marja emailed me a long very carefully crafted and detailed letter…

Shovelling shit? – When I launched 6moons in June 2002, I built my site in Adobe GoLive as the software I’d learnt at Soliloquy Loudspeaker Company. It was a default move. Use what you know. Adobe’s successor was DreamWeaver which still wrote static HTML. As such there were no interactive comments. Anyone wanting to comment or critique had to email me personally. My answer would then publish with the question unless the reader requested total anonymity. When I transitioned…

Not HorrorFi but a riff on the imagined overlap between horology and hifi. Today’s tickled into being with Jeff Fritz’s editorial on luxury hifi wherein he referenced Patek Phillppe; and hifi journalist Ken Kessler’s piece on Christopher Ward’s new super compressor watch.

Hattor not Hathor. Arek Kallas not Maria Callas…

There’s a new popemobile in town…

Upwardly mobile. What should I do next? It’s how some audiophiles work. They play their hobby not just on the music level which, if you stream content, is cheap these days. They also are constantly busy on the gear level which hardly ever comes cheap. Whilst some hardware buys might eventually turn out to be detours or explorations of alternate but not preferred flavours, the motivation behind it all tends to be simple: to ascend to the next level by significantly improving one’s sound.

People don’t just buy what they need. They buy what they want. That needn’t be the same. Case in point? Active preamps.

KIH #77 – Chinese chimera. A while back one of my writers was solicited to review new Chinese DAC Pegasus from new brand Musician Audio. As is policy, he checked with me first. Looking at their web link, I couldn’t help but see Denafrips…

KIH #76 – How to add some passive radiance to your sound…

With the cancelled Munich HighEnd 2020 show, here’s what Métronome’s Jean Marie Clauzel and Artesanía’s & Kroma’s Cayetano Castellano planned on showing in art-meets-sound style.

Mårten Design. Like their Danish colleagues at Børresen Acoustics, our Swedish team sport in their name a letter which for Brits and Americans isn’t on the keyboard. Like the Danes, it’s become a stylized part of their logo. Another mark of distinction goes to a long-standing collaboration with German driver supplier Thiele & Partners aka Accuton. Like Tidal in Germany and Albedo in Italy, Mårten champion their ceramic and diamond transducers over all others. So it’s no surprise that in their newly introduced middle range replacing the prior Heritage models, the three-deep Parker series goes all ceramic again, even offers an upgrade path to a diamond tweeter…

10 secrets to the best sex ever. 5 secrets to a toned body in just 30 days. 3 secrets to the perfect omelet. If there’s a subject, there’s a self-help book or weekend workshop. So here are my little secrets about how to assemble a personally fulfilling hifi system…

Pop went the weasel. There goes our weasel word musicality. Kapoof. Good riddance. That’ll be John Darko. He hates it. Rightfully so. “How was your food?” “Delicious!” “How was your weekend?” “Just fine.” “What did you think of those speakers?” “Awesome, dude.” Throwaway answers of no real meaning are legion. Using them to convey subjective listening impressions with any degree of specificity is impossible. How to express meaning with meaningless words? Calling a hifi “very musical” is like calling your car “very automotive”. A hifi plays back music. Of course it’s musical and not agricultural, medicinal or antiseptic…

We all know how strategically placed wall mirrors can make a room feel bigger and better distribute available light. German company Arakas—their name is an anagram for Acoustic Room Sound System—apply the same principle to sound by offering acoustic mirrors using an undisclosed surface material that’s stretched under tension over round and square frames…

An opinion piece about an opinion piece about a review in Stereophile. With that segue, any reasonable readers will have buzzed off already. They can read and think for themselves. They don’t need a third party to explain a review they’ve already read elsewhere. Still, indulge me for a few minutes. The article in question is…

The no-show report. I’m fond of saying that nobody ever needs to shoulder the expense and inconvenience of show attendance just to spread product news. This year that personal sentiment came home to roost with the cancellation of the annual HighEnd show at Munich’s M.O.C…

“If I don’t practice for three months, the crowds notice. If I don’t practice for three weeks, my students notice. If I don’t practice for three days, the cognoscenti notice. If I don’t practice for three hours, I notice.” – Indian master teacher’s proverb. In all art forms, there are levels of appreciation which require great involvement and intense intimacy to acquire. If we define audiophilia as the love of music playback not mere gear fetish, the same holds for our hobby. At its most rudimentary level, any hifi is a mere appliance. As long as sound comes out when turned on, it works just fine. Mono or squashed stereo, marginal bandwidth, dubious linearity or anything else are of no concern…

The Bristol show this year was busy, buoyant and upbeat with a really nice vibe. Our Living Voice presence was a collaborative affair and genuinely good fun…

Separate. Activate. Stuff it. What’s that? A call to civil disobedience? A secret invite to pig out at an endless buffet? Neither. Today is about active sealed woofing. Inspiration came from two recent back-to-back reviews. First to arrive were the Polish Cube Audio Nenuphar Mini BASiS. That mouthful stands for 8″ Neodymium-powered ported widebander monitors. Those sat atop 10″ sealed sidefiring active woofer cabs. From Lithuania the next day came 8mm audiolab’s new Linga. That was a conventionally passive 5-driver 3-way with dual sidefiring 12″ woofers each ported out the back.

Working the waves. Riding them is for surfers. Bending waves is for German Physiks, Manger & Co. Falling somewhere between was the Linæum driver. Slightly evolved, it reappeared with Impact Technology’s Airfoil. When that disappeared, eventual descendants like the Swiss Audio Consulting Rubanoïde and all the current French Audionec models revisited the concept with their own executions. However, the original inventor of that driver’s concept, Paul Paddock, is back now with MC Audiotech and his Model Forty-10 speaker. Its first number represents…

Conceptual sympathy. With it, we buy into particular design philosophies. They’re those which to our way of thinking and education make the most sense. This individual selectivity applies itself to any component category or tech: tubes/transistors, planar/dynamic, box/open baffle, 1st/4th-order filters, digital/analog, DSP/purist, low/high-mass turntables, direct/belt drive, NOS/max oversampling, PCM/DSD … the list is an endless circle jerk.

Fresh off their rave reviewed/attended summer tour of Magnepan’s 30.7 flagship, the feisty duo of Wendell Diller and lovely wife Galina were back by popular demand to hit the road again and introduce the prospect of a very different Maggie speaker. Officially billed the 30.7 for condos, it is far more than that. It constitutes such a departure for Magnepan that critical audience input gathered during this tour will determine if there is a marketable future for it.