No, this is misinformation typically found on the interwebs and spread by folks lacking the knowledge needed to parse such ‘facts’. Reality Check I need to preface this FAQ by noting that with all technical concepts, the real answers are layered. Understanding the layering comes with education and experience. Just as most people lack the […]
Frequently asked questions about general hi-fi stuff including various types of equipment, technical concepts and advice for getting the best results.
System resolution limitations or ‘bottlenecks’ are critically important as they define the maximum performance attainable with a given set of equipment. Think of it this way: You could have the best pair of speakers and source equipment in the world, but if your amplifier can only support a certain level of performance, maybe it has
Generally no, unless you are able to have equipment inspected and you understand that PayPal offers no buyer protection on Gumtree. You need to be careful when buying anything like this on Gumtree, a local classifieds selling platform here in Australia. Did you know sellers can circumvent the buyer protection that normally exists when you use PayPal?
Yes, often a big difference, but there is SO much more to know. Let’s just get this out of the way: good cables always improve system performance over crappy ones. That being said, there is more snake oil and pseudoscience in cables than just about any other aspect of hi-fi, and the hi-fi world is
For the same reasons guitars, amplifiers, radios and speakers don’t all sound the same. It’s the same basic set of reasons no two THINGS are ever exactly the same. There are so many elements inside a CD player contributing to the sound that no two CD players could sound the same unless they were the
Yes, it’s absolutely OK, but your CDs won’t sound anywhere near as good as they can sound when played on good, dedicated CD hardware. For the very best CD playback, you’ll need a dedicated Redbook CD player, or even better – a transport and DAC. In most cases, CDs will sound better played on this
Sometimes, yes and I’m happy to fit these things, but people are often surprised to learn that, from a technical perspective, there is much more to this. Many of these topics are plagued by misinformation and pseudoscience. Certain “improvements” are not actually improvements at all, and in some cases are retrograde moves. No retailer selling
Generally speaking, I suggest you don’t. I know that everyone wants a bargain and equipment in poor physical condition is often bargain-priced. Sadly, there is no escaping the fact that equipment in poor condition tends to be less reliable and less repairable than similar gear in good condition. It also doesn’t hold value as well
Not without taking a few precautions! If you quite enjoy your current cartridge, let me give you a little bit of advice, from one long time lover of all things vinyl to another. Nothing ruins your day faster than an absent-minded dust down of your turntable with a soft microfibre cloth, that runs a little
I recommend the following stores and staff for their excellent service and range of interesting hi-fi products: Addicted to Audio in Subiaco Dan is a great guy and knows his stuff, plus this store has some really interesting brands and loads of personal audio gear. In terms of store layout, quality and range of hi-fi