When PMC launched the fact.12 speaker they mentioned that it had benefited from work done at the National Physical Laboratory or NPL in Teddington, London. Last week I found out just what they had been up to in this vast facility that has been measuring things with utmost precision for over a hundred years.   […]


Have you ever wanted to talk with someone who has done almost everything with digital recording and playback? If so you’d be in luck if you met Andreas Koch, the owner of Playback Designs. We spoke in Munich during the High End Show and I discovered what he thinks the future holds for digital recording […]


Whilst I was at the High End Show 2013 in Munich, I had the opportunity to talk to David E. Gordon, managing director of sales at Audio Research.  David has been involved with the company since 1989, he was also the sales manager for Jim Thiel’s loudspeaker products. Audio Research was purchased by the Italian […]


At the High End Show in Munich Dan D’Agostino and I talked about the latest developments in his amplifiers, the ones that bear his name and rather than those that he made with Krell Industries, the company he founded in 1980. It was very interesting to hear what he had to say, this not only […]


Chord Co has recently made such a dramatic breakthrough with the design of its interconnects that the world needs to know what has been going down in the sleepy Wiltshire town of Amesbury. R&D supremo and music aficionado Nigel Finn invited me down to the factory to see how they do things and to hear […]

Crispin Murray

In February loudspeaker manufacturer PMC, in cooperation with its Dutch distributor Stage Acoustics, organized four workshops at PMC dealers with guest speaker Crispin Murray. Crispin, formerly Technical Manager at Metropolis Studios in London, is a freelance pro audio consultant and this instructive event was all about the complete production process from recording to mixing and […]


Gearbox is a studio and a record label that’s based near Kings Cross. It’s a mastering studio to be precise and the most purist example of the breed I have encountered. Purist in the sense that its creator Darrel Sheinman wants it to be totally analogue, not such a radical idea in the world of […]

Ken Betts

Ken Betts is a retired electronics engineer who has a deeper knowledge of audio equipment than most. He built his entire system including turntable, arm and cartridge, CD player, preamp and power amp. He not only made his own speaker cabinets and finished them to a high standard but went right back to basics with […]

Rega Brio-R

I suppose the story of the Brio-r starts back in 1992 when we used to frequent a used test equipment supplier based in Reading. These were the early days of the Rega electronics department and we had a limited budget for test equipment, so we would regularly scour the used test equipment suppliers for that […]

SME arm braces

SME factory visit Tucked away in the small town of Steyning in West Sussex, England is the most inspiring factory in the hi-fi industry. Here is a late fifties building that has not been significantly changed since it was built by Alastair Robertson-Aikman (ARA) when SME (the Scale Model Equipment Company, as it was known) […]