Hi Fi equipment reviews

These are reviews on Hi Fi equipment I live with. The reviews are entirely independent of the HiFi and music industries, they provide first-hand experience and tell the full truth.

The Mana Acoustics Clamp - customer review

The Mana Acoustics Clamp – customer revi…

09/11/2019 adrian
The new Mana Acoustics Clamp grips the chassis of a HiFi component, suspends it in a resonating frame, and supports it with 4 spikes in place of the original feet. The improvement in sound is stunning. And once the clamp has been installed, it’s possible to start using multiple layers of glass within stacks of Mana Sound Stages, Frames and A…
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09/11/2019The Mana Acoustics Clamp – customer revi…
New Mana Mark 2 Sound Stage

New Mana Mark 2 Sound Stage

09/11/2019 adrian
18 years after the last Mana Sound Stage and Sound Frame were built, they’re back in a new form. The Mark 2 is twice as good. This is a customer review.
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09/11/2019New Mana Mark 2 Sound Stage
The Sounds of Mana

The Sounds of Mana

09/11/2019 adrian
There is an exquisite and terrifying sound from a HiFi system on a stack of Mana tables. The effect increases with levels.
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09/11/2019The Sounds of Mana
Guide to setting up and maintaining a Mana-based system

Guide to setting up and maintaining a Ma…

09/11/2019 adrian
Systems based on Mana sound clamps and multiple stages need to be ‘balanced’ to get the best quality. Here are some tips.
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09/11/2019Guide to setting up and maintaining a Ma…
The rise of glass for HiFi – vibration vs damping

The rise of glass for HiFi – vibration v…

09/11/2019 adrian
If HiFi supports are solely to damp vibrations, why is glass better than dampening boards? And why do multiple levels work well? The theories are wrong.
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09/11/2019The rise of glass for HiFi – vibration v…
Living with the Linn Majik DS streamer – customer review

Living with the Linn Majik DS streamer –…

06/24/2012 adrian
Reviewing the last month, the Linn Majik DS streamer has overwhelmed me and brought new discoveries in my CD collection. But the experience has not been entirely easy.
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06/24/2012Living with the Linn Majik DS streamer –…
The CD ripping crisis – a cataloguing nightmare

The CD ripping crisis – a cataloguing ni…

06/24/2012 adrian
Classical music is a disaster when CD ripping large numbers of discs to play on your computer or HiFi streamer. There are ways to handle it. The problems | Check when ripping | Change folder names | Duplicate | conclusion [This article was written in June 2012.  It's now July 2019 and the problem has not improved.  I still spend a ridic…
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06/24/2012The CD ripping crisis – a cataloguing ni…
NAS drives for streaming – cheap versus expensive

NAS drives for streaming – cheap versus…

06/24/2012 adrian
My HiFi streamer at home needed a NAS drive that was UPnP™ enabled for music streaming. I tried using the cheapest with a high-end music system. A gamble. The NAS drive I chose was a 1 Tb Western Digital MyBookLive (under £95/$100 from Amazon). For ripping the music I chose cheap software recommended by an expert friend – dbPowerAmp CD ripper (£…
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06/24/2012NAS drives for streaming – cheap versus…
Music streaming versus high-end CD

Music streaming versus high-end CD

06/24/2012 adrian
The cost and risks of music streaming technology deterred me, compared to CD. I was convinved there must be a way. Digital is the way forward. Lifestyle | Fears | Catalyst | Why stream? | Which streamer? | The result The lifestyle lure I’m house proud. My collection of over 1500 CDs was taking a huge amount of wall space. I want the space for…
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06/24/2012Music streaming versus high-end CD