I had no idea of the animosity between Charles Hansen, founder of Ayre Acoustics, and Stereophile magazine. Here is a response to John Atkinson, British editor of Stereophile, written shortly before his (Hansen's) death in 2017. It makes absolutely fascinating reading and calls into question the bias in the American hi-fi press.
Captain Beefheart -Camper Van Beethoven -Peter White -Chris Rea -Brand X -Rick Springfield -Mogwai -Jack Bruce -Robbie Robertson -Box Car Racer -Neil Cowley Trio -Angels & Airwaves -Bonzo Dog Band -Beach Boys -Jeff Beck -Be Bop Deluxe -Bauhaus -Kevin Ayers -Audience -Santana -David Sancious -Cream -Beatles -Bajofondo -Jonny Lang -Caravan -Rainer Ptacek -John Peel tapes -Mahavishnu Orchestra -Arcwelder -AC/DC
Hmm. Levinson gear .... I must admit I was a bit shocked back in the day when the DAC stage of my beloved £4k No.39 CD player was noticeably bettered when I hung Stan's £100 Beresford DAC from its digital output. Made me think a bit, that did. Stunning chassis on the Levinson, though.
More generally, there is no shortage of 'personality' in the world of high end hifi. And conflict is inevitable when they bump up against each other.
i. Qobuz internet streaming > Audiobyte Black Dragon DAC > MF X10Dv3 buffer [modded] > Hegel H90 integrated amp > MBL 116F speakers
Yes, I stopped subscribing to Stereophile a while ago. I did prefer it to the British mags which is not saying much. They are all biased and many of the reviewers quite obviously have a relationship with one or more brands.
In the end, reviews are only opinions and so are write-ups in forums. You get to trust certain people and use them as a shortlist. It's the best you can do. Then home demo, there is no substitute.
Post by Fluxed in Time on Nov 10, 2019 14:27:13 GMT
Hummm Levinson niceeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
An American Meridian just built better, same audio result.
Doctor "Take a Light doses of Levinson thrice weekly and you sleeplessness with cease pretty quickly"
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