FAQ Group: Amplifiers & Speakers

Frequently asked questions about amplifiers and speakers, how to pair them, advantages and disadvantages of each type, etc

I’d like new speaker terminals, RCA connectors and IEC mains connector – what are your thoughts?

You might be surprised to know that in many cases I discourage this. I’m interested in retaining equipment originality where possible and there’s almost always lower hanging fruit that should be knocked off first. So, my question is: “Do you want fancy connectors or the best sonic improvements for your money?” Much of what people …

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What’s the best amplifier design if I want the highest fidelity?

Class-A, nothing else sounds as good and it is the least compromised design in terms of audio performance. That being said, class-A amplifiers are hot, heavy and expensive. They also often lack power, because even low-powered class-A amplifiers are heavy and expensive to make. High-powered amplifiers like my old Krell KSA-150 are crazy-heavy and expensive. …

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