Category Archives: Music

The Fisher Model 400 FM Stereo Receiver

Das waren noch Zeiten als „Fisher“ noch „The Fisher“ war. Die Anfangszeiten des Hifi, damals allenfalls vergleichbar mit heutigem High-End. Was diese Geräte auszeichnete war und ist „Langlebigkeit“. Ich trenne mich nur schwer von dem The Fischer Model 400 FM Stereo Receiver – und wenn dann auch nur im Verbund mit den passenden Boxen (ebenfalls The Fisher Model XP-6). Zustand des Receivers:
Betriebsbereit, der hat neue Röhren für den rechten Kanal bekommen vor, jedenfalls irgendwann vor 10 Jahren. Seitdem ist das Gerät nicht mehr gelaufen, und gelagert worden. Ein Jammer, denn eigentlich sollte es spielen…

Is a stereo amp better than an avr?

The short version: yes. The long version: it depends For 5.1 mastering, we are using a PIONEER SC-LX 73 which was no cheap unit in 2010. The AV sound of this receiver is very decent and the new formats like Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio are indeed magnificent, when listened to through decent loudspeakers (we use Dynaudio Excite series for mastering). But when listening to "normal" stereo, this amp is utter crap (and the old multichannel vs stereo thing comes up again). It isn’t even as good as a 200 Bucks amp of the discounter. The sound is dull, uninspired and boring. After tweaking it with all means and voodoo, it became clear, that an av receiver isn’t a good idea for decent stereo listening. Even with high end loudspeakers, this will remain only mediocre because it can’t extract the real abilities of this equipment. Enter Musical Fidelity M6i. We tested a MuFi M6i for stereo in the same location. The difference was like changing from a LADA to a Porsche. The fun in...

Analogue – the excitement is back

What a beauty. The Pro-Ject Perspective Anniversary. When Philips established the "CD-Revolution" in the 80s, I was one of the early adopters of a CD-Player (CD 101). I loved the "clean" sound of music, the very dry base-feeling and the absence of noise. In the following 20 years, I lost my interest in hifi completely. Music was an instant-on, sometimes radio, most of the time listening to CDs as background noise. Then the iPod showed up and changed everything. I got back into the music. I listened to it in every spare time. Via earphones, not on the stereo. The high-end feeling was gone, all that counted was – music. Then surround showed up. I bought my first, second, and now my third surround equipment, and was watching music dvds. The experience was and is awesome. Life concerts like PINK FLOYD’s PULSE, Waters’ IN THE FLESH or even brand new productions like BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION in superior quality on a plasma with a soundscape, that takes you away. But. On a summer day two...