AUDIO BASICS is published by Frank Van Alstine of Audio by Van Alstine, Inc., 2665 Brittany Lane, Woodbury, Minnesota 55125 USA. Telephone 651-330-9871. Articles are still available, Each issue can be mailed to you at $5.00 each. All articles Copyright, Audio by Van Alstine, Inc., All rights reserved. No part of AUDIO BASICS may be reprinted or reproduced in any manner without the permission of the publisher.
1982/01 Loudspeaker Damping 5 pages
How to inexpensively reduce speaker cabinet and frame resonances using plast-i-clay modeling compound. This easy, do-it-yourself project makes many inexpensive and some expensive loudspeakers sound much clearer.
1982/02 Digital vs. Analog .5 pages
Early comments on digital recording techniques that foreshadowed many of the later debates.
1982/02 Underground Magazines 6 pages
This guide on "How to Read" underground magazines clarifies several of the current audio myths and serves as a guide to clear thinking.
1982/03 Cartridge Damping 3 pages
Inexpensive plast-i-clay modeling clay makes a simple to execute but significant improvement in most phono cartridges.
1982/03 Cartridge Loading 4.5 pages
The mathematical formula for determining proper cartridge loading is provided along with an explanation of the formula and the reasons that proper loading is so important to your system. Guideline loads for many popular cartridges are given.
1982/04 Longhorn Stabilizer Project 4 pages
Complete instructions for building a Longhorn stabilizer bar for any phono cartridge allow you to make a very large improvement in your record playback system with minimal cost.
1982/05 Longhorn Response 2 pages
A sampling of the response to the Longhorn Stabilizer bar outlined in 04/1982. Reports show that many people have been able to cure tracking problems and improve sonic performance with the stabilizer.
1982/05 Record Mat .3 pages
Review of the TRI-PAD record mat and Radio Shack record clamp. Obsolete.
1982/05 Turntable Damping 2 pages
Instructions on damping turntable bases and tonearms with plast-i-clay. This inexpensive and simple improvement kills many of the mechanical resonances of the system.
1982/06 CES Show (Summer) 8 pages
A review of the 1982 Summer CES show including mentions of compact disc technology, Sony, satellite receivers, Chicago restaurants, Acoustat speakers, B&W speakers, and more.
1982/07 Celestion Loudspeakers 1 page
A review of the very nice, high definition Celestion SL-6 loudspeakers and a discussion of Celestion's ideas and techniques. Obsolete.
Instructions, parts lists, schematics, and theory are provided for a new circuit for the Dyna ST-70 amp. This bandpass filter limits the input frequency of the amplifier to the range it can easily handle, yielding very significant sonic improvements. Bring your amp back to life with this complete circuit.
An in-depth look at some of the limitations of vacuum tube amplifier design and ways to work around and within these limitations.
1982/08 How to Beat the Stereo Rip-Off 1 page
A review of the book How to Beat the Stereo Rip-Off by Barnet Feingold. This book is an essential manual for surviving the audio world.
1982/08 Speaker Cable 5 pages
The myths of speaker cable are examined with rational engineering. This guide to the bad things that unreliable wire can do to your system allows you to isolate and solve problems with interconnects.
1982/09 Troubleshooting 4 pages
This general and informative treatise on troubleshooting begins this month and continues through 1982/11. Beginning with connections and switch positions, various "strange noises" are examined.
1982/09 Wonder Caps 2 pages
A look at fraudulent modifications to Hafler DH-200 amplifiers involving "Wonder Caps."
1982/10 Troubleshooting 7.5 pages
The study of troubleshooting continues with a discussion of distortion and includes several problems to work through as exercises in identifying system problems.
1982/10 Wonder Caps .5 pages
A comment on the difficulties of getting engineering data on "magic" parts.
1982/11 Troubleshooting 7.5 pages
Continuation of troubleshooting including answers to the troubleshooting problem posed in 1982/10 and a flowchart for isolating problems in systems.
1982/11 Wonder Caps .5 pages
A continuation of the investigation of Wonder Caps, specifically the PPMF devices produced by Reliable Capacitor.
1982/12 Design Criteria 3 pages
Given non-linearities of existing equipment and the coming of digital, this list of observations and conclusions provides a set of rational general criteria for audio design.
1982/12 Telarc 1812 Cannons 2 pages
The Telarc 1812 Cannons and difficulty of tracking them leads into a discussion of rational constraints on the performance of audio components.
1983/01 Longhorn Grado .5 pages
A caution about making your stabilizer bar physically too large to fit your turntable.
1983/01 Loudspeaker Evaluation 6 pages
How to tell when you should, and should not, purchase new loudspeakers and an introduction to the art of evaluating speakers. Learn what you need to make intelligent choices with your audio dollar.
1983/01 Troubleshooting 1 page
Troubleshooting is completed with a final, alternate solution to the troubleshooting problem.
1983/01 Wonder Caps .25 pages
At long last, we finally encounter Wonder Caps ourselves and learn that they are terribly microphonic.
1983/02 Loudspeaker Evaluation 6.5 pages
The evaluation of loudspeaker design continues with the pros and cons of electrostatic, electromagnetic, horn, ceramic, and Bose direct reflecting loudspeaker systems.
1983/03 Loudspeaker Evaluation 7 pages
Everything you wanted to know about bass but didn't know what to ask. What bass actually is, as well as what you need to reproduce it well and how sub-woofers relate to these questions.
1983/04 Dyna Pas LED Pilot Light 2 pages
Project to replace the incandescent bulb "on" light in a Dyna Pas and replace it with a LED, thus making several minor but useful improvements.
1983/04 Loudspeaker Evaluation 5.5 pages
The several types of cabinet construction, including infinite baffle, transmission line, ported, and several others, are noted and explained.
1983/05 Car Radio Power 3 pages
A hard-headed look at the claims of car radios and their real world performance, backed by mathematical and physical truth and solid reasoning.
1983/05 Compact Disc Players 3 pages
Some early notes on the difficulty of obtaining and running a compact disc player. There are also some good reasons of why to be wary of first generation products in all cases.
1983/06 Beta Hi-Fi Video Recorder .5 pages
An early review of the Sony Beta Hi-Fi Video Recorder and some of its many capabilities.
1983/06 Digital Audio 2 pages
Audiophiles claimed that digital was bad and ruined music. We examine the digital controversy with a level head and logic.
1983/06 How to Listen 4.5 pages
The "golden-ear" myth is debunked and we consider the art of listening. Everyone can hear, the key is knowing what to listen to. Get down to fact and be free of the mystics.
1983/07 Audio Myths 3.5 pages
A continuation of "How to Listen", more great audio myths go down in flames.
1983/07 Paul Jensen 1 page
A bit of history concerning Paul Jensen, founder of Jensens Stereo Shop, "Sonic Eight" loudspeakers and '57 Chevies.
1983/08 Impedance 3 pages
A basic discussion of impedance and its application to the audio world.
1983/09 Amplifier Distortions 3 pages
All amps don't sound the same and here are some reasons why. We explore some common engineering mistakes.
1983/09 Harman-Kardon T-60 Turntable .5 pages
Test reports on a very nice H-K turntable. Obsolete
1983/09 Precision Parts 2 pages
Are 1% parts better than 10%? How does one judge? Learn about part production and labeling.
1983/10 Transient Distortion 6 pages
All about transient distortion - it's causes, effects, manifestations.
1983/11 Digital Audio RFI 1 page
A warning about RFI in early CD players and the effect it can have on tuners and television. Fortunately obsolete
1983/11 Mobile Fidelity Records 1.5 pages
Some of our favorite MFSL recordings. The reviews apply to the compact disc versions as well.
1983/11 Record Reviews 3 pages
A look at some of the American Gramaphone, Nautilus, Sheffield Lab, and other audiophile recordings.
1983/11 Telarc Records 2 pages
Synopsis of our favorite Telarc records. Note: these comments apply to the Telarc compact discs also, as they use the same digital masters for both formats.
1983/12 Super-Pas Preamplifier Project 8 pages
This is the first half of a major do-it-yourself project complete with instructions and plan set to entirely rebuild your Dyna Pas into a whole new preamplifier. Schematics and parts lists are included in this very worthwhile project.
1983/13 Personal Computers 8 pages
This bonus issue discusses the personal computer market in 1983, but also provides some very solid guideline to computer purchases even now.
1984/01 Super-Pas Preamplifier Project 8 pages
The major do-it-yourself Super-Pas rebuild started in 1983/12 is completed. This instruction set allows you to entirely rebuild your old Dyna Pas into a very smooth and musical modern piece.
1984/02 CES Show (Winter) 4 pages
An overview of the products shown at the 1984 show. While most of the displays were the same old thing, we did find and report on some interesting products.
1984/02 Computers 2 pages
A look at the home computer market in one of it's lows. Obsolete
1984/02 Mission 70 MK II Loudspeakers 1 page
Our test reports and review of the clean and dynamic Mission speakers. Obsolete
1984/02 Wonder Caps and Magic 1 page
We examine the claims of the all-new, improved Wonder Caps and recommend you consider just what advances in the standard of living magic has ever made. Van Alstine's Law 1-3 are provided for your contemplation.
1984/03 AR Turntable Rebuild Project 3 pages
Instructions for a do-it-yourself project to tune, lube and damp your AR Turntable to get the best performance.
1984/03 Odd and Ends 2 pages
We cover several short topics including TV filters, Noble volume controls, B&W tweeters, and more.
1984/04 Amplifier Power 4.5 pages
How to tell real power from advertising specs by knowing just a little physics and using common sense. What are the federal tests measuring and how does it relate to the performance of the equipment.
1984/04 Cramolin Red Contact Cleaner .5 pages
Where to get Cramolin Red, an incredible contact control cleaner. This is the same cleaner we use in-house on all of our equipment.
1984/04 Dow Corning 200 Fluid .5 pages
A mention of the liquid silicon that is very useful in damping tonearms. We have found a source for small quantities.
1984/04 Fluke 75 Multimeter .5 pages
A mention of the Fluke precision Multimeters and some sources.
1984/04 Magic Cable .5 pages
Selling $.27/foot cable for $6.00/foot is altruistic? We're baffled too as we examine more claims of magic.
1984/05 Amplifier Power 4 pages
The discussion of amplifier power, real versus measured, continues with examinations of fraud played on the consumer.
1984/05 Harman-Kardon T-25 Turntable .5 pages
Description of the work we do to a H-K Turntable to make it free from hum and AC fields. Obsolete
1984/05 Polarized Capacitors 1.5 pages
Beware of capacitors that produce nasty strange resonances in your system.
1984/05 Super-Pas Project Update .25 pages
Update to the parts list of the Super-Pas project.
1984/06 B&W DM330 Loudspeakers 1 page
Review of the very musical three-way system in the 100 line. Obsolete
1984/06 Equipment Survey 5 pages
The results of the reader survey are presented as we look at readers' favorite equipment, music sources, and ideas about future technology.
1984/07 B&W Tweeter Upgrade 1.5 pages
The B&W TSX-80 tweeter for the 801 is simply stunning and is available as an upgrade kit. Obsolete
1984/07 Compact Disc Players 2 pages
A look at emerging digital technology and the accompanying birth pains of the new media.
1984/07 Numerical Analysis 1 page
As we use our H-P minicomputer to analyze circuits, we find that number crunching can be exciting. Having to divide 1,000,000 by .000000000012 is just one of the many joys. Don't try this at home.
1984/07 Underground Magazines 1 page
Just a glimpse of the fun of trying to get equipment noticed and reviewed by the underground press.
1984/08 Dyna St-120 Rebuild 10 pages
This do-it-yourself construction project allows you to build a power MOSFET power supply for your 120 and shows you how to properly troubleshoot the stock unit before you begin.
1984/09 Used Audio Equipment 6 pages
This guide to used equipment will help you avoid expensive pitfalls. Learn careful techniques in evaluating equipment and know what questions you need to ask to not get had.
1984/10 Coleco Adam Computer 1.5 pages
An evaluation of the Adam computer and its built-in word processor system. Obsolete
1984/10 Digital Audio 1 page
We look at some of the problems of the off-shore compact disc players.
1984/10 Live versus Loudspeaker 1 page
Beware of demonstrations in which the system sounds as good as the live music. Is the live music actually playing well?
1984/10 Super-Fet TL071 Upgrade 1 page
Description of a significant IC upgrade to our Super-Fet preamplifiers.
1984/10 Turntable 1 page
Troubleshooting and repair of a very poorly aligned turntable and some thoughts on the effect the "weak link" can have on the rest of your system.
1984/11 B&W DM100 Loudspeakers .5 pages
Evaluation and recommendation of the B&W two-way bookshelf speakers. Obsolete
1984/11 Phono Cartridge Set-Up 3 pages
Complete guide and step-by step instructions to properly set up your cartridge for optimum results.
1984/11 Toroid Transformers 2 pages
Explanation of the properties and characteristics of torroid transformers and their applications in audio.
1984/12 Acoustat 1 page
Acoustat loudspeakers acquired by Hafler and an upgrade to the transformer is announced. Obsolete
1984/12 Sharp PA-1000 Typewriter 1 page
We evaluate Sharp's electronic memory typewriter. This early version word-processor shows the state of the art at the time. Obsolete
1984/12 Turntable Set-Up 6 pages
Complete instructions for properly setting up and aligning your turntable, including explanations of the controls and adjustments necessary.
1985/01 Fluke 27 Multimeter 1 page
Review of and report on the Fluke 27 Multimeter test instrument. Obsolete
1985/01 Record Care 2.5 pages
We examine some of the record cleaning products available on the market and strategies for record cleaning to insure long record life.
1985/01 Underground Magazines 1 page
Yet again we encounter the craziness and marketing strategies of the underground press.
1985/02 Audio Design Goals 4 pages
Should your system be a Xerox machine or create a sound of its own? How can we evaluate the performance and accuracy of equipment? Where should our intentions lie?
1985/02 MOSFET 150B Amplifier .5 pages
Introduction of our own circuits in a Hafler DH-120 chassis. Obsolete
1985/02 Turntable Base .25 pages
Short and simple instructions on building a very solid and effective turntable base out of chimney blocks.
1985/03 Mobil Delvac 1 Motor Oil .3 pages
A small note about a good, high-performance synthetic motor oil.
1985/03 Personal Computers 3 pages
With the demise of our IBM typewriter, we are forced into the home computer market. Come with us on a frightening tale of computer technology and marketing.
1985/03 Sharp RT-100 Cassette Deck .7 pages
We found a cheap, simple, and reasonably good cassette deck at Best Buys. Obsolete
1985/03 Vacuum Tube Amplifiers .7 pages
Power vacuum tubes are getting scarce and expensive, so buyer beware. But if you already have a ST-70, we can help you make it sound nice for only $5.
1985/03 Warehouse Shopping .5 pages
A few simple guidelines about surviving the warehouse electronics stores and finding values on the equipment you want.
1985/04 Numerical Analysis 4 pages
A stereo system is rather like the system of resonances and pulls that you find in an automobile. We can model this system with computer programs, and we tell about our model and the work we are doing with it.
1985/04 Odds and Ends 2 pages
A variety of short topics including the destruction of Harry Pearson's home, hi-fi ambulances, Joe Grado, the White House equipment, and "Grand Prix" awards.
1985/05 Numerical Analysis 2 pages
We describe more of the computer system we employ to analyze electrical circuits in order to make more linear components.
1985/05 Super-Pas Power Supply 2 pages
A do-it-yourself project to improve the power supply of the Super-Pas project (12/83-01/84). Creates noticeable sonic improvements with a simple upgrade.
1985/06 Compact Disc Players 3 pages
We get our first CD player, a Magnavox FD1010, and comment on both the Magnavox and the state of digital audio.
1985/06 Harman-Kardon Turntables 1 page
A few comments on improving the performance of the turntables with liquid silicon and the difference between the models.
1985/07 B&K ST-140 3.5 pages
We publish a letter from a founder of B&K that admits their guilt in stealing our amplifier design for use in the ST-140 and look at issues of idea theft in the industry and what manufacturers can do.
1985/07 Digital Audio 1 page
Our findings so far on the best equipment to use with digital sources. Obsolete
1985/07 Kodak 8mm Video .25 pages
We received the Kodak 8mm camcorder and overview its video and audio capacities.
1985/07 Super-Pas Kit .5 pages
Announcement of our Super-Pas kit, instruction set and available options.
1985/08 Compact Disc Reviews .5 pages
Review of two Telarc releases.
1985/08 Kodak 8mm VCR 4 pages
An in-depth look at the Kodak PCM system with its audio and video record features. We look at the PCM format and its audio fidelity.
1985/08 Mission 7000R 1.5 pages
We review the Mission 7000R CD player and compare it to the Magnavox 2040. Obsolete
1985/09 B&W Factory 4 pages
Off to England to explore the B&W factory and research centers for ourselves. Get a glimpse of how the British company works and develops new loudspeakers.
1985/09 Super-Pas Two 1.5 pages
Announcement of our Super-Pas Two preamplifier using all new PC boards in the Dyna chassis. It changed our mind about the musicality of digital. Obsolete
1985/10 Compact Disc Reviews 1.5 pages
A review of several Telarc classical and various pop and jazz compact discs we have found to be well recorded and musical.
1985/10 Minnesota Audio Society 1.5 pages
We knock the socks off of the MAS with our new preamplifier, in spite of those meeting hall blues.
1985/10 MOSFET 120C Amplifier .5 pages
Introduction of the new MOSFET 120C amplifier built in a Dyna St-120 chassis. Obsolete
1985/10 Original Designers .25 pages
Several good reasons to buy equipment from the original designer and not from licensees.
1985/10 Solid State Rectifier 1 page
A discussion of why solid state rectifiers and vacuum tube preamplifiers don't get along.
1985/10 SPARS Code .5 pages
An explanation of the SPARS code used in identifying compact discs.
1985/11 B&W Car Speakers 1.5 pages
Overview of the B&W MASS car speakers giving their uses and features. We begin to think about the ultimate car sound system.
1985/11 Compact Disc Reviews .7 pages
We look at a few more of our compact discs and report on readers' favorites.
1985/11 Equipment Operation 1 page
Why it is not advisable to leave your equipment on all the time.
1985/11 PCM Audio 1 page
We foreshadow the DAT decks by examining the possibilities and applications for PCM audio recorders.
1985/11 Sony PCM 501ES .25 pages
Mention of the Sony A to D, D to A digital processor that works with any VCR.
1985/11 Tweak .5 pages
We receive a report from our clients on Tweak contact cleaner.
1985/12 Adcom GFA-555 1 page
We examine an Adcom amplifier and learn the MOSFET 120C stomps on it. Obsolete
1985/12 Harman-Kardon T-60 Turntable Rebuild 4 pages
Complete instructions to build your own external power supply for the Harman-Kardon T-60 turntable, thereby isolating your turntable from hum fields and mechanical vibrations.
1985/12 McArthur, Gregg 2 pages
A visit to an audiophile gathering at our field representative's home and the various equipment we encountered there.
1985/12 Sony Super-Beta Hi-Fi VCR 1 page
Evaluation of the very nice Super-Beta video and Hi-Fi audio video cassette recorder. The Sony is ideally suited to replace your conventional audio tape deck.
1986/01 B&W 808 Loudspeakers 1 page
We encounter the ultimate in loudspeakers and the neighbors wonder. The 808s turn out to be the most dynamic and transparent speakers we have ever heard.
1986/01 ParsEC FM Antenna .7 pages
We find and review an indoor amplified FM antenna that works very nicely and may help solve your reception problems.
1986/01 Reader's Letters 2 pages
We share some of our reader mail with you.
1986/01 Transcendence Two Amplifiers 1 page
Mention and notice of our new high-powered, state of the art Transcendence Two amplifiers.
1986/02 B&W Improvements 1.5 pages
B&W releases several improved versions of their 100 line loudspeakers. We discuss the differences and improvements.
1986/02 Cassette Recorders 1 page
Problems with the audio cassette deck and what to do if you just have to get one.
1986/02 Harman-Kardon 192 .5 pages
Review of a not so hot cassette deck from H-K. Obsolete
1986/02 Music Characteristics 1.5 pages
A vocabulary lesson in which terms such as range, balance, vowel tone colorations, and others are defined, explained, and put in perspective.
1986/02 Transcendence Tuner 1.5 pages
Introduction of the stunning Transcendence Tuner built in the Hafler DH-330 chassis. In addition to our state of the art circuits, the tuner has all the modern digital creature comforts.
1986/03 Bridged Mono Amplifiers 4 pages
Primer on reasons and techniques to operate amplifiers in the bridge mono mode. We examine the math and physics of the situation to get the best operation possible.
1986/03 Super-Fet Pat-4 Preamplifier 1 page
Introduction of our musical Super-Fet circuits in the Dyna Pat-4 chassis. Obsolete
1986/03 Transcendence 150 Amplifier .7 pages
Introduction of our Transcendence Series Two circuits in the Hafler DH-120 amp.
1986/04 April Fools .5 pages
Follow our unique advice to get some nifty effects out of your system!
1986/04 Bedini 25-25 Amplifier 1 page
Sonic evaluation of the Bedini 25-25 amplifier and a look inside at the workmanship and construction.
1986/04 Music Characteristics 2 pages
The discussion of audio system sounds continues (from 1986/02) with treatment of dynamic range, definition, musical character, and more.
1986/04 Sony PCM 501 ES 1 page
Review of the Sony PCM digital processor and a video recorder to get very very nice sound.
1986/05 B&W DM100 Crossover Project 2.5 pages
A do-it-yourself project to improve the crossover on the the B&W DM100 loudspeakers. Complete instructions and a sketch provided.
1986/05 Compact Disc Reviews .8 pages
Reviews of readers' CDs including the Nylons, Manhattan Transfer, Philip Glass, and Michael Hedges.
1986/05 Mod Squad CD Damper .5 pages
Evaluation of a gadget that supposedly reduces tracking errors.
1986/05 Sensible Sound 1 page
Discussion of the underground audio magazines and their observable editorial policies.
1986/05 Sorbothane Tube Dampers .5 pages
Evaluation of Audioquest's Sorbothane tube dampers and isolation feet, tried in our Super-Pas Two preamplifier and other products.
1986/06 B&W Matrix Loudspeakers 1.5 pages
Report from the CES Show on the Matrix 1, Matrix 2, and Matrix 3 loudspeakers. Specs given along with our initial comments after hearing them at the show.
1986/06 CES Show (Summer) 5 pages
A review of the 1986 Chicago CES Show (Summer) including the interesting things we saw, heard, and ran across. New products from Hafler, B&W, Carver, DCM and other mentioned.
1986/06 Yamaha CD Player 1 page
We learn that all CD players do not sound alike. Experience with a Yamaha leads to warnings and suggestions for our readers.
1986/07 Audio Design 3.5 pages
What problems remain in the various components of the audio system and what can designers do to come closer to live? Examine problems in your listening room, loudspeakers, source material, and electroni cs.
1986/07 Audio Test Clinics 1 page
Some hints for surviving audio test clinics and cutting through their propaganda.
1986/07 Live Music Characteristics 1 page
Just what does live music sound like? How can we describe what we hear so we can compare it to our audio system?
1986/07 Transcendence CD Player .5 pages
Introduction of the high-definition and very smooth Transcendence CD Player in selected Philips chassis.
1986/08 B&W Matrix 1 Loudspeakers 1.5 pages
An in-depth review of the Matrix 1 loudspeakers in our studio. Learn all about these stunning little speakers.
1986/08 Kodak 8mm Video .5 pages
Warnings abou t the Kodak PCM units with automatic level controls and their use for audio.
1986/08 Stereophile 1 page
Adventures of the underground press at the 1986 Chicago CES Show.
1986/08 Super-Pas Audio Circuit Upgrade 2 pages
We give complete instructions and sketches for an audio circuit upgrade to your Super-Pas (for the Super-Pas instructions, see 12/83-01/84) that significantly improve the dynamics and resolution of the preamplifier.
1986/09 Audio by Van Alstine .25 pages
Notification and explanation of our name change from Jensens Stereo Shop to Audio by Van Alstine. We are truly sick of 3 am calls to fix Jensen car speakers.
1986/09 B&W Matrix Loudspeakers 1 page
We complete the reviews of the Matrix line by examining the Matrix 2 and Matrix 3 loudspeakers.
1986/09 Carver Sound Matching 1 page
Investigation of Carver's claims to match the sound of any amp. What, really, is his task and how sound matching works.
1986/09 Compact Disc Compatibility Problems 1 page
Be aware of possible incompatibilities between your CD player and your CDs that can cause load and read errors.
1986/09 Fuses (Power Passed) .5 pages
The formula to determine the power passed by fuses so you can protect your equipment appropriately.
1986/09 Hafler MA-1 Mobile Amplifier 1 page
Test reports and review of Hafler's discrete MOSFET car amplifier. If you want a quality car system, strongly consider this amp.
1986/09 Service Data .5 pages
Just an anecdote about a smoke alarm and a suspect amplifier to drive in the fact that we need good data to give you good service.
1986/09 Sony PCM 501ES .5 pages
News about Sony's excellent digital processor and ways to prevent recording level overloads.
1986/10 Harman-Kardon T-60 Update .5 pages
An update to the instructions for the H-K T-60 turntable upgrade project detailed in 12/85. The new instructions work with recent variations in the H-K power supply card.
1986/10 Sony EV-S700U 8mm Deck 1 page
Evaluation of the Sony 8mm video deck with record level controls. Consider it for a replacement for your audio cassette system.
1986/10 Spike Feet 2 pages
The physics behind spike feet (tip-toes) and some items to consider when deciding if you should use them.
1986/11 Dyna Pat-4 Rebuild Project 7 pages
Complete instructions, sketches, and parts list for a do-it-yourself rebuild of the Dyna Pat-4 preamplifier. Following these plans will improve the dynamics, clarity, definition, and refinement of your unit.
1986/11 Magnavox CDB460 CD Player .25 pages
Notice of our standard CD player for rebuild, the Magnavox 460. This CD player does a lot of things very right. Obsolete
1986/11 Magnavox CDB650 CD Player .5 pages
Warning about a model we cannot use for our rebuild circuits.
1986/12 Compact Disc Reviews 1 page
More of the CDs that we have found musical and well recorded. The list runs from classical to broadway to jazz.
1986/12 Compact Discs, Library .5 pages
Useful advice on a source for free CDs to audition.
1986/12 Dyna Pat-4 Preamp Rebuild Update .25 pages
An update to the parts list of last month's project.
1986/12 Magnavox CD Players 1 page
We expound on last month's warning about the 650 and describe the difference in transport assemblies, physical space, and internal cost between the 650 and 460.
1986/12 MOSFET 400C Amplifier 1.25 pages
Introduction of our MOSFET C circuits into the Dyna St-400, 410, and 416 chassis. Get high power performance for a low budget. Obsolete
1986/12 Superphon Amplifier 1 page
Review and bench reports on the bi-polar Superphon amplifier.
1987/01 B&W 802F Special Loudspeakers .5 pages
Read about the significant improvements to the 802 that make this a winner of a speaker. Obsolete
1987/01 Hafler XL-280 Amplifier .5 pages
Introduction to the Hafler XL-280 high current amplifier.
1987/01 Null and Distortion Test 1 page
Is nulling necessarily an important characteristic of an amplifier? What is the null test? Does it prove anything?
1987/01 Power Supply Upgrade 4 pages
Instructions and engineering background for a do-it-yourself improvement to the power supply of nearly any AVA amplifier that improves clarity and yields lower noise.
1987/02 Compact Disc Cleaning .5 pages
Don't do it unless you must, but if your CDs are really messed up, use proper cleaning techniques to keep from damaging them.
1987/02 DAT Politics .5 pages
Why the fuss about copy-protection? Just what are the manufacturers of digital electronics afraid of?
1987/02 Fet Three CD Player .5 pages
Introduction of our low cost and superb performance Fet Three and Fet Three Plus circuits for the Magnavox CD players.
1987/02 Live Music .5 pages
After hearing the sweet and lucid sound of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, it's time to evaluate once again the performance of any electronics.
1987/02 Loudspeaker Bracing 1.5 pages
Instructions for making internal braces for your loudspeakers to reduce cabinet reflections and get a cleaner sound.
1987/02 Optical Coupling 1 page
Instead of being swayed by impressive terms, we logically examine optical coupling and give our report on the technology.
1987/02 Reading Between the Lines 1 page
Please don't do it, as it makes life harder for everyone. We respond to reader mail that involves this problem.
1987/03 B&W E Series Loudspeakers .5 pages
Don't be confused about the Matrix loudspeakers and the European E Series Matrix loudspeakers. We have the data for you.
1987/03 Car Audio 1 page
An update to our quest for the ultimate car stereo. The Hafler MA-1 and Sony Disc Jockey make a good start, read on for more.
1987/03 DAT Technology 1 page
How the DAT works, why Congress wants to ruin all music, and why copy protection isn't even necessary.
1987/03 Interconnect Cables 2 pages
Because "magic" cable still abounds, we once again delve down to the realm of rationality and look at the physics behind interconnect wire.
1987/03 Service Woes 1 page
Given that we cannot read minds and cannot properly service your equipment if you give bad data, please help us. If you read your instruction manual, double- and triple-check your connections and follow our other advice, you can make life easy for yourself and your servicemen.
1987/04 B&W "i" Loudspeakers .5 pages
Mention of the 100i, 110i, 220i, and 330i improved loudspeakers and their sonic advancements.
1987/04 B&W Videotape .25 pages
Information on getting a videotape of the B&W factory and operation.
1987/04 Dyna Pat-5 Jack Set .5 pages
Announcement of a kit for high quality, PC card mounted Switchcraft RCA jacks. You can install the kit yourself or add it as an option to a preamplifier we rebuild.
1987/04 Echo-Muffs 1 page
Review of and information about Echo-Muffs, acoustic foam collars for your loudspeakers. They will help a boxy room and cost less than coating your listening room with Sonex.
1987/04 Input Functions 2 pages
Back to the basics of audio hookup. We cover phono and line level sources, discussing the differences between their functions and the various hook-up possibilities.
1987/04 VHS Video Options .5 pages
Dolby doesn't necessarily mean "hi-fi", and "hi-fi" doesn't necessarily mean stereo. It's a jungle out there - we've been through it.
1987/05 Audio Magazine 1 page
Get a hold of the June 1987 Audio and read Len Feldman's review of our Transcendence 250 amplifier. You'll like it.
1987/05 Odds and Ends 1.5 pages
We look ahead to the CES show, upcoming B&W speakers, DAT players, and the prospect of audio in Alaska.
1987/05 Tape Monitor Switches 1.5 pages
Another audio basic: once and for all we explain the operation of the tape monitor switch, that seemingly innocuous control that causes more trips to the service shop than you could imagine.
1987/05 Tweeter Warning 1.5 pages
Beware of the frequency sweep tracks on test CDs. They can blow your tweeters if improperly used.
1987/06 CES Show (Summer) 3 pages
Coverage of the 1987 Chicago CES Show including DAT players, Super VHS, CD-V, new B&W loudspeakers, Magnavox CD players, and Vanessa's Audio Basics debut.
1987/06 DAT Copy Protection 2 pages
The government stands to push audio back into the dark ages with the "anti-copy chip" legislation. Find out why the scheme is flawed and how it will ruin ALL audio sources.
1987/06 Headphone Junction Box Project 1 page
Instructions and sketch for a do-it-yourself headphone junction box. This box lets you properly drive your headphones off your amplifier and switch between speakers and headphone. We even give you the Radio Shack catalog numbers.
1987/07 Alaska .5 pages
Nothing to do with audio, just a bit of travelogue snuck in. Alaska is big, very big. So are the grizzly bears.
1987/07 AVA Integrated Amplifiers .5 pages
Notice of running improvements in our SCA-50 based integrated amplifiers including five way binding posts, better power supply decoupling, and optional Fet Three Plus technology.
1987/07 B&W Concept 90 Loudspeakers 1 page
Our review of the CM-1 and CM-2 loudspeakers with specifications. Hold on to your toes-these loudspeakers are outstanding.
1987/07 Magnavox CDB465 CD Player .25 pages
Initial investigations say that the 465 is useful with our circuits and has some nice creature comforts to boot.
1987/07 Phase Inverter .25 pages
Introduction of our AVA Phase Inverter based on Fet Three Plus technology. If you want to bridge mono, do it properly with our high definition circuits that install in your preamplifier.
1987/07 Sennheiser Headphones 1.5 pages
The Van Alstine teenagers evaluate 5 pairs of Sennheiser headphones. They run from very nice to "bletch," so be aware as you select a model.
1987/07 Super Pas Two Power Supply .5 pages
We have a new power supply for the Super Pas Two that is also available in kit form for both the stock Pas and the Super Pas rebuild project. This very stiff power supply makes the preamplifier quieter, clearer, and more dynamic.
1987/07 Thorens TD 280 Turntable .5 pages
We pass our findings on the nifty new Thorens turntable along to you.
1987/07 Toshiba .5 pages
In light of the fact that Toshiba is selling U.S. defense secrets to the Soviets, we suggest you BOYCOTT Toshiba products.
1987/08 Troubleshooting 5 pages
Some advice on maintaining and troubleshooting your audio system, including problems unique to CD players, CD cleaning techniques, pilot light types and failure modes, and fuse types and failure modes.
1987/08 VCR Hook-Up Problems .5 pages
Warning: your Cable TV signal can inject hum into your audio system if you aren't careful. We tell why and how to solve it.
1987/09 CD Service School 1.5 pages
We go to Magnavox's technical school and learn about the "service technician" mentality and the industry thoughts on service, as well as new techniques to service the CD players to serve you better.
1987/09 Compact Disc Problems 1 page
CDs are actually fragile and errors may occur where you may not expect them. Learn how to examine your discs for problems and how to protect them for a long playing life.
1987/09 Digital Audio & Compact Disc Review .5 pages
Frank Van Alstine, founder of AVA, wrote the guest editorial for the October 1987 edition of Digital Audio & Compact Disc Review magazine. Read his thoughts there on why all amplifiers don't sound the same.
1987/09 Home Recording Rights Coalition .3 pages
Some people out there care that the government is trying to legislate audio back to 1900, and they are trying to stop that. Help them save hi-fi.
1987/09 Macintosh Computers .5 pages
We have a new Mac SE and a new look now that we have finally found a computer system for publishing. We hope to find some art to add graphics to our publication.
1987/09 Magnavox Multiple Disc CD Player 1 page
Not all Magnavox CD players are Philips machines. At least one, the multiple disc unit, is a Pioneer. Warning: This CD player does not have Philips superior chip sets.
1987/09 Q Notch Filters .5 pages
What is Q and why are steep filters bad? We graphically demonstrate the problems with high Q filte rs.
1987/10 Audio Technical Training .8 pages
Is there anywhere the aspiring audiophile can go to get solid training in audio engineering? That's a tough question and there are many criteria to consider.
1987/10 CBS Notch Filter 1 page
More of the politics behind CBS's proposed anti-copy notch filter, the blocked DAT market, and the precedent of home VCR recording.
1987/10 Minnesota Twins .3 pages
Yippee-we won the World Series and the Twins did audio a favor by giving us a demonstration of 120 dB. Cover your ears and think if you really want 120 dB in your living room.
1987/10 Troubleshooting - Fuses 2 pages
Continuing the look at fuses begun in the Troubleshooting article of 08/87, we compare fast and slow blowing fuses, explore how fuses protect your system, and causes for fuse failure.
1987/11 B&W CM-1 Loudspeakers .5 pages
With our new graphics capabilities, we bring you a photo of the inside of a CM-1 enclosure so you can see the Matrix design cabinet.
1987/11 CBS Politics .25 pages
News brief: CBS sold its record division to Sony. The implications of this sale on the notch-filter controversy can be profound.
1987/11 Compact Disc Reviews 1 page
More CDs we have found to have both good production and good performances including more Telarc classical releases, GRP jazz, and DMP jazz. And yes, it is really true: The Best of Slim Whitman IS available on compact disc.
1987/11 Digital Audio Sampling Rates 1.5 pages
We go into the physics behind the 4x oversampling rates and the reasons the Philips original oversampling and filtering is superior to the Japanese imitation circuits.
1987/11 Parts Sources .5 pages
Some good sources of parts in small quantities for the audio hobbyist are listed with addresses and specialties.
1987/11 Troubleshooting - Power Amplifiers 1 page
Know your audio cable. If the ground and hot on the standard RCA phono plug are not properly connected, your amplifier will hum. Thus, beware the open ground connection.
1987/12 Pauline the Puma .5 pages
Meet Pauline the Puma, our lovable chief inspector. She peeps in the port of every B&W 801 Matrix to insure that all is clear.
1987/12 Stereophile 1 page
A few comments about Stereophile's review of the B&W 801 Matrix Series Two Loudspeakers and the sonic differences between a string bass and a cello.
1987/12 Troubleshooting - Flow Chart 4 pages
Block diagrams of the typical system and a flowchart for isolating problems are sure to be a handy reference for any troubleshooting you need to do.
1988/01 Ariston Q Deck .75 pages
In our open letter to Ariston we note many flaws in the design and production of the Ariston Q Deck turntable that we find particularly concerning.
1988/01 Bowers, John .25 pages
A small eulogy for a creative and talented man who did much to improve our knowledge of audio and engineering design.
1988/01 CES Show (Winter) 2.5 pages
Report on the 1988 Winter CES Show in Las Vegas including the state of the long stalled DAT machines and glimpses of products from KEF, Fried, Telarc, Parsec, Carver and others. Also a report of the panel discussion Frank Van Alstine participated in.
1988/01 Magnavox CDB470 CD Player .25 pages
Avoid the 470. It's lack of the Philips digital filter chip set makes this an all-around inferior machine.
1988/01 MOSFET 120C Amplifier 1 page
Notice of the availability of several used chassis MOSFET 120C amplifiers along with digitized photos of the 120C circuit sets. Obsolete
1988/01 Rockford-Fosgate .25 pages
Rockford-Fosgate Company has purchased Hafler with promising future prospects.
1988/02 Super Pas Three Power Supply Project 14 pages
Complete instructions, parts lists, schematics and photos provided for a do-it-yourself project to greatly enhance the performance of your Super Pas or Super Pas Two preamplifier. This new power supply will bring your Super Pas to a level of performance very close to our current generation in-house Super Pas Three circuits.
1988/03 Compact Disc Reviews .75 pages
Reviews of some our readers' CDs including the Dixie Dregs, Leo Kottke, Ry Cooder, and more.
1988/03 DAT Players .5 pages
DAT machines are slowly becoming available in the U.S. Unfortunately, the Sony PCM 501ES is becoming harder to find as emphasis shifts to the DAT players.
1988/03 Dyna St-70 Upgrade 2 pages
This do-it-yourself project allows you to build your own replacement quad filter capacitor, thus providing your amplifier a much better power supply and getting better performance.
1988/03 MOSFET D Series Amplifier .75 pages
Introduction of our new D Series Amplifiers for the Dyna and Hafler chassis. The MOSFET 120D, 80D, 240D, 280D, 250D, 400D, 500D and CA-50 Control Amplifier are described along with our new generation circuit improvements.
1988/03 Notch Filter .5 pages
In a victory for all lovers of music, the National Bureau of Standards has decided that the proposed anti-copy notch filter noticebehing
ably distorts music.
1988/03 Phase Inverter .5 pages
Use our phase inverter board with just one amplifier to improve your system's power, imaging and dynamics.
1988/03 Super Pas Three Power Supply Update .5 pages
We fix a typo and suggest an alternate method of doing one instruction in this update to last month's project.
1988/04 AVA CA-80 Integrated Amplifier .5 pages
Introduction of our CA-80 control amplifier built in a Dyna SCA-80 or SCA-80Q chassis. As you can see from the digitized photo, this unit uses our MOSFET D series amplifier circuits and our Fet Three preamplifier cards.
1988/04 B&W Loudspeaker Updates 1 page
Report on the updates to the Matrix series of loudspeakers and perspective of these models to the rest of the B&W line, including the 100i series loudspeakers, the CM-1 and CM-2, and the DM1600 and DM1800.
1988/04 Bi-Wiring 2 pages
An audio basic look at the physics behind bi-wiring. How it works, what it does, and how to bi-wire your system are described in clear terms.
1988/04 Car Radio Report 1.5 pages
Another update in the quest for the ultimate car system. We examine the different sources available for car audio - audio cassette, FM, CD, and DAT - and consider useful features we would like to see in the future.
1988/05 Apogee Settlement .4 pages
News of Apogee's settlement with Magnapan concerning the "borrowing" of patented design ideas.
1988/05 Consumer Satisfaction .8 pages
What? Upset because your nifty car, computer, stereo equipment (whatever) is out of date? We know a sure way to never let this happen to you again. Yup.
1988/05 Dyna Pas Preamp Hum 2.5 pages
Causes of hum in the PAS preamplifier and a variety of ways to combat the problem, including a description of a grounding error in very early stock Pas-2 pieces. Also, we give complete instructions and digitized photos showing how you can hang the transformer behind the unit to significantly reduce hum.
1988/05 Low Noise Operation 1 page
Some advice on getting lower noise in your preamplifier. We explain how you can do it and why it works.
1988/05 National LH0002CN .7 pages
Only ten years behind the times, Walt Jung of the Audio Amateur "discovers" the National Hybrid LH0002CN device can be used in audio applications. Look at some of his other great "inventions."
1988/05 Tandy Corporation "Thor" CD Player .5 pages
In this news brief we examine the claims for the proposed "Thor" CD playback and recording system from Tandy Corporation.
1988/06 Adcom GFA-555 1 page
Report on the Adcom GFA-555 amplifier. We examine its musical performance, check it out on our workbench, and comment on the mechanical and engineering design.
1988/06 AVA CA-150 Plus Integrated Amplifier 1 page
A good look (including a digitized photo of the inside) of our CA-150 Plus control amplifier. This hand built, high quality unit employs a custom toroid power transformer and makes 150 watts per channel.
1988/06 Surge Protection 4 pages
Another audio basic, in which we discuss AC line, surge protection, low line voltage problems, high line voltage problems, voltage spikes and more. This information will help you better protect your home equipment from damage arising from power line abnormalities.
1988/07 CD Player Model Differences 1 pages
Buyer beware! The models of CD players available now include ones with no digital filtering, no oversampling, 18 times oversampling, and digital circuits in a separate box. Which models are the most useful and cost-effective for you?
1988/07 Hafler Model 300 Loudspeakers 2 pages
Initial comments and review of the new Hafler Model 300 loudspeakers. These very musical, well-made, and attractive (check out the photo) speakers are a credit to Hafler.
1988/07 Hafler XL-600 Amplifier 2 pages
Examination of the new, high current Hafler XL-600 amplifier and some advice on using any amplifier with a low impedance load (watch your fusing). We note the useful improvements of the XL-600 over the earlier DH-500.
1988/07 ParsEC LS-4 FM Antenna .5 pages
Review of the ParsEC indoor powered FM antenna and its uses for better FM reception.
1988/08 Fet Kit Preamplifier Project 12 pages
The complete Fet Kit preamplifier rebuild with step by step directions, schematic, parts list, board layouts, and chassis wiring diagrams. The directions are written for the Dynaco Pat-4 chassis specifically, but the boards fit into the Pat-5, the Crown IC-150 and the Hafler DH-101 and the project can be adapted to these chassis by experienced kit builders. Directions for these chassis will be written as demand dictates. A high end musical preamp at a bargain price. Boards and plans available separately, or as a complete do-it-yourself parts kit.
1988/08 Transcendence Three Fet-Valve Introduction 2 pages
Introduces the new AVA Fet-Valve preamp and power amp to the world and briefly describes the circuits and their sound (the sound of live).
1988/09 Audio Basics Index 1982-1988 8 pages
A complete two part index of all Audio Basics issues from the first one published in January, 1982 through September, 1988. The first section is a condensed index sorted by topic name. The second part is sorted by issue date and contains a brief description of the topic.
1988/09 Robert W. Fulton 1925-1988 .5 pages
An eulogy for this extraordinary, kind, and talented audio designer who taught most of the high end community how to listen and built loudspeakers that were so musical to listen to.
1988/10 Audiofest '88 1 page
Off to New Jersey for the highly advertised but underattended Audiofest 88. We show off the Fet-Valve products and impress many.
1988/10 B&W Matrix 3 Series II speakers page
B&W latest speakers are the perfect combination of several different previous models of their speakers, retaining the best qualities of each. Definitely what a great high end speaker should be.
1988/10 CD Player Design one page
The Magnavox CDB582 is the most cost effective CD player available at this time for our new circuits. Discussion of oversampling and bit-decoders on the CD player.
The problems with "marketing" revisited. Why can't producers tell the actual truth about the product? Is it easier to use magic and gimmicks than to make a good product?
1988/10 Super Pas Three Rebuild-Kit half-page
The new Pas Three Rebuild-Kit is available. The unit works well and received warm praise from John Atkinson at Stereophile.
1988/11 Audio Basics Gets National Attention half column
The "Seven Shiny Pennies" editorial turned some heads and got favorable comments. Even an interview on National Public Radio to explain the problems of marketing.
1988/11 Compact Disc Reviews half page
More favorite CD selections that we recommend you should have in your library.
1988/11 New Longhorn Grado Z half page
Our newest phono cartridge tracks better, is more dynamic and detailed, and is still inexpensive.
1988/11 Room Damping many pages
What to do when bad room characteristics distort the quality of music playback. Acoustifoam can help and other materials are discussed too. The foam damping material keeps irritating reflections of sound from destroying the pure quality of the music and "tames" any listening room when used and placed appropriately, and is reasonably priced. Also includes tips on what are necessary characteristics for a good listening room.
1988/12 Akai bows out one page
Akai decided that trying to make their products stand out was too much hassle, and decide to leave the US market.
1988/12 Cambridge Audio half page
Cambridge Audio dies out but is saved by Hi Fi Markets Plc. Cambridge Audio is no relation to Cambridge Soundworks
1988/12 Dyna St-70 one page
Rebirth of interest in the old St-70. Although the piece is getting old and tubes are difficult to find to replace, the St-70 still beats other low cost amplifiers because it has a wonderfully musical middrange.
1988/12 Fet-Valve CD Player half page
Our Fet-Valve CD player will attend the winter CES show in the hands of our friends at Swan's Speaker Systems.
1988/12 Our Satisfaction Guarantee half column
We offer a 100% satisfaction Guarantee and mean it. Only 2 Longhorn Grados were returned to us in all of 1988.
1988/12 Stereophile Takes a Second look at Super Pas 3 one page
Stereophile does a closer inspection of our Super Pas Three to check on all technical information. Another favorable review.
1989/01 Got a Mac? half column
If you have a Macintosh computer, we will give you a Hypercard stack of the completed AB index. Just send us a floppy disk.
1989/01 Kyocera Electronics bows out half column
Another Japanese company decides to get out of the US market. Now if only Toshiba would follow suit.
1989/01 Panasonic and Price-Fixing one page
Panasonic is offering small rebates on some equipment after being accused of "price fixing." We offer some views on the subject of price fixing and fair trade.
1989/01 Read All the Instructions First! half column
A cute story about what can happen when you don't read all of the instructions first before assembly your speaker stands.
1989/01 Selector Switch Project 5 pages
Complete diagrams and explanation on this do-it-yourself kit for the Selector Switch. Written for the Dyna Pas chassis, and the Dyna Pat-4, Pat-5, SCA-50 and SCA-80.
1989/01 Underground Magazine Editor Upset with Us. half page
An "Underground" magazine editor claims that we get ahead because we only blast apart other people's products. An AB reader survey reassures us that we only "call them as we see them and as they really are."
1989/02 B&W 801 Matrix Series II vs. 802 Matrix one page
Comparing and contrasting the two models of B&W loudspeakers shows the 802 to be nothing special and a disappointment in relation to the outstanding 801. As Senator Bentsen would say to Senator Quayle, "you ain't no 801!"
1989/02 Doubts about FMX FM Noise Reduction one page
New FMX FM broadcasting will probably increase noise and distortion rather than reduce it.
1989/02 Neat Stuff from Radio Shack 1 page
New fun products from Radio Shack. A CD to automobile cassette deck adaptor and a Universal Remote Control.
1989/02 Our Patent is Issued. .25 column
We got a US Patent for our Improved Forward Transimpedance Amplifier.
1989/02 Panasonic half column
Panasonic is still in some trouble over their price fixing problems. We had some more thoughts about the issue.
1989/02 St-70 Upgrade coming soon one column
Due to the rebirth of interest in the St-70, we will have some new improvements to make your St-70 even better yet!
1989/02 Stereo Cost Cutters 1 page
John Peterson, owner of SCC, talks about his ideas and philosophies regarding music equipment
1989/03 Fet-Valve CD Player .3 page
Our Fet-Valve CD Player will be at the April
Stereophile Show in care of our good friends, The Bocks.
1989/03 Super 70 Construction Kit 11 pages
Back by popular demand, all the drawings, instructions, and diagrams necessary for our much improved Super Seventy kit including a new mother board and new B+ and bias supplies.
1989/03 Sutherland Hybrid Board didn't work for us .3 page
Although built very well, the Sutherland ST-70 replacement driver board gave us stability problems and sounded too "solid state."
1989/04 High Fidelity in the Soviet Union 4 pages
We take a 3 week vacation to the Soviet Union and Eastern European countries to discover that they are far beyond the Western cultures in terms of products and available of high fidelity equipment as compared to the western cultures. Many comparisons between our culture in terms of freedom, culture, art, and other important issues. Why can one film a performance of the Bolshoi Ballet with no problem and be kicked out of any theater in the US if you carry a camcorder?
1989/04 Longhorn Grado Z half page
Another improved Grado phono cartridge allows us to further upgrade our Longhorn rebuild and give you better music from disc than ever before, and still at just $99.00.
1989/04 Spectrum 108A Loudspeakers one page
We sample a new brand of small loudspeaker and are pleasantly surprised by its quality. Good, full spectrum sound make these low-cost speakers a good affordable deal to anyone on a smaller budget.
1989/05 Better Sounding Vacuum Tubes? 4 pages
New tubes for the Super Pas Three make it sound better than ever before. What is a "better sounding" tube? A thorough engineering explanation tells why the tubes help so much.
1989/05 Dahlquist LP1 Crossover Modification 4 pages
We provide all the data, diagrams, and information so that you can build our famous LP1 crossover modification (strongly recommended in The Absolute Sound years ago) yourself. We don't build this in house any more so we have provided all the information you need, including suggestions from Dahlquist about upgrading the unit.
1989/06 B&W Acoustitune Sub-Woofer 1 page
If you want more bass, this Sub-Woofer is all you need to add to your B&W (or other) loudspeakers.
1989/06 CD Changers .4 page
New Philips technology for the six disc CD player. We can install this into the Magnavox CDB586. [1990 Note - after a year's field experience, we don't recommend the disc changer. It is not as reliable as the single play models and not as convenient to use].
1989/06 High Definition TV 4 pages
The newest thing at the CES show was the revelation of High Definition TV. The much sharper screen and over quality of HDTV should eliminate all those mini-mall movie theaters all over the country. But there still are some problems that need to be resolved before HDTV can be utilized.
1989/07 DAT Machines revisited one page
To tape or not to tape. The jury is still out regarding the problem of Digital Audio Tape Recorders, but Philips is designing a new system that should make everyone happy and end the controversy. [1990 Note: it didn't].
1989/07 Headphone Amplifier half page
Our new Headphone amplifier board will fit the Pat-5, Pat-4, and DH-110 chassis, or can be completed as a separate component. either way, your headphones will be driven better than ever before.
1989/07 Magic speaker wire revisited 2 pages
R. A. Greiner reports in Audio magazine the true mathematic qualities of magic speaker wire, and the math wins. But we still have some points to raise about the concept of magic wire.
1989/07 Super Seventy 2 pages
The Super Seventy lives on. We keep the price of the rebuild kit to $150 for AB subscribers. We are also working on new improvements to have the Seventy even better yet.
1989/08 Audio magazine half page
Part of the October, 1988 Audio Basics is reprinted in Audio magazine. The editorial on speaker wire and connection cables earns praise from many readers and the hate of the esoteric wire purveyors.
1989/08 AVA Hybrid Phase Inverter one page
We announce our new very high quality free standing phase inverter that allows the use of any pair of common ground amplifiers as dual mono bridged amplifiers at triple their rated stereo power and at lower distortion and better separation. Its a major asset in any high end system and is the lowest cost way to get very high power.
1989/08 B&W Acoustitune Sub-Woofer one page
We test the B&W sub-woofer in our sound lab and love it. Fills out the bass for most any B&W or other loudspeaker.
1989/08 DAT Machine Accord Reached half page
An agreement of what to do with the DAT machines has finally been reached. But severe limitations of the machine restrict its current usefulness. We advise you to wait a while before purchasing one.
1989/08 St-70 Input and Output Jack Set Kit one page
New input and output jack set kit is available for the St-70 with gold RCA jacks and heavy duty 5-way binding post output jacks.
1989/08 St-70 Power Transformer half column
We are still working on the new power transformer for the St-70.
1989/08 Yellowstone fires. half page
After visiting what remains of Yellowstone National Park, we can tell you that the fires have destroyed a good part of the beauty it once was. The government let the fire burn way too long, and sent in too little help too late.
1989/09 Magnavox CDB582 CD player half column
If you can not find the CDB582 model Magnavox CD player, we have a stock of them that you can purchase.
1989/09 New B&W speakers one page
B&W has introduced two new very low cost high fidelity loudspeaker to their collection. The V201 and the V202 offer the true B&W sonic performance and construction quality you expect.
1989/09 St-70 Power Transformer half page
The new power transformer is now available. It will help your St-70 run much cooler, eliminates the 5AR4 tube, can be wired for 220 volt operation, provides more power, and sounds better.
1989/09 The Body Language of Bad Service. 4 pages
Are you fed up with additional dealer mark-up at car dealers, inept counter workers who can not make change, and service workers who ignore your requests when you piece is repaired? We explore some ideas and reasons as to why the customer-service agency relationship is now at an all-time low. We offer four basic rules to help avoid unnecessary troubles.
1989/10 Answering Reader's Questions 5 pages
We answer some readers questions concerning absolute polarity, phase distortion, the St-70, headphone amplifiers, CD players, and more.
1989/11 AVA Brokerage Service one page
We announce the terms and conditions of our new Brokerage Service in which we help our clients re-sell older AVA equipment when they are buying new AVA equipment. Our service allows our clients to "trade-up" with maximum value retained in their old equipment and allows buyers to get our older equipment with an AVA warranty and the assurance that it meets our standards and is in solid working order.
1989/11 Service Contracts 2.5 pages
Are service contracts pure profit for the manufacturers and salesman or can they be of some use? We explore this little understand concept and other some ideas.
1989/12 Acoustat Spectra 11 speakers 3 pages
This new electrostatic speaker is a nice design, but has a small weakness in the bass section. Overall, they are very good speakers, but watch the height, they stand six feet tall!
1989/12 Audio Amateur Maligns Us one page
We find out that Audio Amateur is going to publish a review on St-70s with a badly built AVA do-it-yourself kit built by an inept writer with the wrong parts and miswired that could damage our reputation, nothing stops these people from their wrongdoing. Some thoughts on the proper (and improper) ethics that exist today.
1989/12 B&W 801 Crossover Design Goof four pages
We write to Stereophile documenting a design blunder in the B&W 801 Matrix crossover board layout. Two large inductors are positioned so that they interact magnetically and thus bass is dumped into the midrange speaker and midrange into the bass speaker. A minor do-it-yourself change to the crossover board greatly improves the sound quality of the speaker.
1990/01 B&W 801 Matrix Crossover modifications. 2 pages
We go into more engineering detail on the 801 crossover design and suggested upgrades, including graphs of the frequency response before and after the changes.
We send out letters to many "magic cable" manufacturers to send us samples of their products to see if magic wire really does improve the sound of our system. We explain the conditions of the tests we will do to any samples received.
1990/01 Troubleshooting revisited 1.5 pages
After receiving too many customer's units for repair that actually had nothing wrong with them, we include our Troubleshooting flow chart to help your solve minor troubles in your system to avoid sending us pieces that are not necessarily broken.
1990/02 Audio Amateur Admits They Screwed Up 1 page
Audio Amateur admits their St-70 review was flawed because of conflict of interest - the 'reviewer" was actually the manufacturer of a competitive product who kept this fact secret as he ran down his competition. We also get photos of his original work on our kit and note that it was so badly mis-wired that it could never have worked at all. The review was a complete lie and fabrication.
1990/02 Component Retrofit and Upgrade prices 1 page
A complete list of which of our older equipment models can be updated to our newest series and what the upgrade costs are.
1990/02 More on the 801 Crossover 2 pages
We hear from Tom Lewitt of New Zealand regarding the 801 crossover blunders. He confirms our advise and suggests even more detailed refinements and supplies a photo of his version of the 801 crossover board.
1990/02 MOSFET E Series Amp 1 page
Our new affordable amplifiers with an increased power supply offer a wider dynamic range, deeper bass, and a clear faithfulness to the music. The New E circuits are available for the MOSFET 240E, 250E, 280E, 400E, 500E, and 600E.
1990/02 Sound Ideas one page
A writer who owns a piece of our equipment tells his audience about how the piece stood up to his accidental mis-wiring. A day-brightening article for us.
The wire challenge has gone mostly unnoticed by many wire manufacturers, but we hope to get a few brands to test.
1990/03 Acoustat Spectra 11 Upgrade 2 pages
We still like the Spectra 11, but wanted to do something to help out the bass sound. So we took a Pyle Driver to them and purified the bass nicely!
1990/03 Fet-Valve Amplifiers one page
New improvements to the Fet-Valve 200 and Fet-Valve 400 has increased the power. The 200 is now the Fet-Valve 300 with 150 watts per channel. The 400 is now the Fet-Valve 500 with 250 watts per channel. We also introduce the new Fet-Valve 300i. Low cost upgrades (some free) are available.
1990/04 Omega Series 2.5 pages
Introducing the new Audio by Van Alstine Omega Series circuits ? major low cost improvements for our solid state preamps, CD players, Tuners, and even a major upgrade for the Super Pas Three vacuum tube preamp. The best sounding affordable audio circuits yet!
1990/04 Connoisseur Belts .4 page
A reader informs of us of a supplier of belts to help keep his Connoisseur turntable running.
1990/04 Don't put Poo Poo on Your CDs! one page
The audioflakes are going wild suggesting new ways to "treat" your CDs to make them "sound better." We say "Don't do it!" and explain why the audioflakes are out of their minds once again.
1990/04 Fet-3i Circuits 0.4 page
Introducing the new Fet-3i Circuits for CD Player, AM/FM Tuner, and the Hafler DH-100.
1990/04 Motorola Engineers and the 801 .4 page
Some Motorola engineers call us to confirm that B&W Matrix 801 crossover changes we suggested do improve speaker and flatten the frequency response.
1990/04 Wire Challenge Continued one page
We have received one brand of wire from one manufacturer, and that is all. We continue to wait to see what will be the outcome of the Great Wire Challenge.
1990/05 Omega Circuits half page
Further ideas and the concepts of the new improved Omega circuits.
1990/05 Live Music is not Always the Best one page
We attend the musical "Chess" at the Ordway Music Theater and are dismayed at the ways in which a musical can be destroyed! Wireless microphones and distortion generating boom-box PA speakers may please some people's ears, but not ours. We explain about the design of a music theater, and explain what went wrong at this performance.
1990/05 Super Pas three Power Supply Upgrade 1.5 pages
We also describe a simple do-it-yourself upgrade to the Super Pas Three to help reduce residual noise with some rewiring.
1990/05 Super Seventy Power Supply Upgrade 1 page
We include an instruction page to help you increase the voltage rating in your power supply to avoid power surges from shorting out your system.
After waiting several months, we received only one brand on speaker wire to test. The various tests and trials show that Kimber Kables do make that slight bit of difference to make our system sound a little bit better and clearer.
1990/06 Acoustat 11 speakers .75 page
Yet another do-it-yourself improvement for the Spectra 11 with no increase in price! A crossover resistor change flattens the high frequency response and improves the balance of the speaker.
1990/06 Live Music is Possible, if You Know Where to Look 2 pages
Frank Jr. continues the quest to find a theater that allows the performers to "speak" for themselves instead of through distorting wireless microphones. This is possible, if you know which theaters to attend.
1990/06 ParsEC Wave Catcher one page
The new passive Wave Catcher improves both AM and FM reception at low cost. It is an effective, and inexpensive little antenna that can do wonders for your radio reception.
1990/07 CD Storage System .5 page
We find a great CD Storage System that fits in the same space as LP records.
1990/07 Live Music, More Thoughts 2 pages
Readers send us other editorials concerned with the "electrafication" of live music.
1990/07 St-70 6GH8A Driver Tube Upgrade 1 page
Complete do it yourself plans to convert your St-70 amp from the now discontinued 7199 driver tube to the inexpensive, available, and much better 6GH8A tube. We recommend you do it now and include these tubes at no extra cost in all Super Seventy kits sold now.
1990/08 Audio Basics Index 1982-1990 10 pages
A complete two part index of all Audio Basics issues from the first one published in January, 1982 through August, 1990. The first section is a condensed index sorted by topic name. The second part is sorted by issue date and contains a brief description of the topic.
1990/08 No Phono Preamp isn't a good idea 1 page
The pitfalls of buying a preamp without a phono stage. You might find its resale value is poor and that you gave away too much.
1990/09 B&W 310, 620, 630, and 640 1.6 pages
We discuss the new models from B&W - the DM310, 620, 630, 640. The 630 and 640 feature tunable bass with user adjustable ports and plugs.
1990/09 B&W Matrix 803 Crossover 3.5 pages
Review of the B&W Matrix 803 and discussion of some of its sonic shortcomings. We analyze and redesign the crossover to critically damp the tweeter driver, getting the speaker to behave and sound very much like its much more expensive cousin, the 801.
1990/09 Free Compact Discs 0.6 page
CD Review magazine offers superb value to the music lover with its monthly "Almost Free" CDs. Albums and samplers from various companies are made available for just the cost of postage and handling.
1990/10 Atlanta Audio Society Reviews 400E Amp 2.6 pages
The Atlanta Audio Society assesses our MOSFET 400E amplifier.
1990/10 Bit-stream CD Players .5 page
An initial look at the math governing bit-stream perfomance. Checking the sampling rate shows the bit-stream can only achieve 54 dB dynamic range.
1990/10 Reader's Letter 3.5
Letter from one of our readers discussing the social context of audio and how difficult it is for innovations to get past the agenda of the audio world.
1990/11 Bitstream CD Players .5 page
Update on bitstream in response to industry claims that the converters are really four-bit capacity.
Do it yourself coverage of the FM-3 tuner. We tell you how to keep it running well and troubleshoot problems in the most likely areas.
1990/11 Philips CD Players 3 pages
Report on choosing the best CD players out of the Philips line and avoiding the promotional models that do not contain their best technology. Also discusses the CDM4 transport.
1990/12 B&W DM640 Crossover Update 1.4
Instructions to upgrade the crossover in the DM640 loudspeaker to balance bass response to the rest of the speaker.
1990/12 Bitstream CD Players 3.4 pages
In-depth treatment of the engineering assumptions and choices made in the Bitstream players. We find that the decisions made were to get equipment with good specs and not good sound.
1991/01 Audio Engineering vs Magic, Part 1 5.5 pages
We discuss the basic design goals of good audio engineering and the fallacies that audio magicians fall into when the engineering is not understood.
1991/02 Omega Power Amplifiers 2.5 pages
Introduction and discussion of the AVA Omega power amplifier line.
1991/02 Audio Engineering vs Magic, Part 2 1.5 pages
Do audiophile grade parts make a difference in the sound of equipment? Of course, if the parts are cheap inductively wound caps, or the value of a part changes. There are always rational reasons for a perceived change.
1991/02 AVA Upgrade Prices 1 page
Pricing information and listing of available retrofit and upgrade options for owners of older AVA equipment.
1991/03 B&W DM640 Crossover Upgrade Report 0.6 page
Report back on the upgraded crossover in use. People find that our taming of the bass is a very useful improvement on the speaker.
1991/03 Grado headphones .4 page
Initial report of the very pleasant and natural sounding Grado headphones.
1991/03 Pas Selector Switch Rewiring 4 pages
Do it yourself instructions and diagrams for rewiring the Dyna Pas preamplifier's original selector switch to bring up Special and Tape Head as line level inputs.
1991/03 St-120 Power Transformers 0.5 page
We have used stock Dyna St-120 transformers available and tell how to get one.
1991/04 Audio Engineering vs Magic, Part 3 2.5 pages
Further discussion of the basic issues in audio engineering including component compatibility.
1991/04 B&W V201 Stands 1.3 pages
B&W now has a stand for the inexpensive V201 speakers that not only looks impressive but also improves the bass response by making the assembly much more massive.
1991/04 Denon CD Players 1 page
Report on a CD player so unpleasant that it makes good equipment and loudspeakers sound muddy and colored.
1991/04 Grado Headphones 0.5 page
Update on the Signature and standard lines of Grado headphones.
1991/05 Summer CES Show 1991 9.5 pages
This special double issue (May-June) covers the 1991 SCES Show. Equipment and displays noted include the Hughes Sound Retrieval System, Magnavox Photo CD, Dyna St-70, HDTV, B&W, Dahlquist, CD Review, Vision Acoustics, and many others.
1991/06 Digital Compact Cassette 2.2 pages
The DCC format is examined with regard to the information storage capacities and design assumptions.
1991/07 Omega Pat-4 Rebuild Kit Plans 8 pages
These are the complete instructions for the AVA do it yourself Omega Pat-4 rebuild kit. The instructions, schematics, parts list and drawings are included. Following these instructions when using our PC card and components will turn the old Pat-4 into a state of the art preamplifier.
1991/07 Grado Headphones 0.3 page
Followup on the Grado headphones - we should be receiving an evaluation sample shortly.
1991/07 Hughes SRS Processor 0.7 pages
The Hughes Surround Sound processor is a useful piece of equipment, but not with the op-amps used in the final production unit. We were able to make it better than the prototype with a different choice in devices. We will offer the revised processor.
1991/07 Kit Instruction Manuals 0.5 page
Announcement of upgraded kit instructions available for the Super Pas Three, Super Seventy, Omega Pat-5, and Omega Pat-4.
1991/08 Grado SR-200 Headphones 1 page
Grado SR-200 headphones are very musical, transparent and high definition. We finally get production units in and review them.
1991/08 Super-70i Rebuild Instructions 7 pages
Do-it-yourself project for the Super 70i amplifier in the Dyna St-70 chassis. Contains complete instructions, schematics, diagrams and parts lists. The circuit will provide much better biasing of the input stage, giving better bass, definition, imaging and dynamic range.
1991/09 Omega Upgrade Instructions 1 page
List of parts and diagrams of circuit changes to upgrade Fet Kit preamps to Omega circuits. The kit containing all parts is only $40.
1991/09 Bi-wiring Revisited 2.5 pages
Discussion of bi-wiring and its advantages, particularly to the magic wire salesmen. Simple math shows the effect of bi-wiring on the system and the loss of signal in the wires.
1991/09 Caution Regarding Interconnects 0.3
Cautions about clamping or locking type interconnect cables and the damage they can cause to component jacks.
1991/09 Plug in Stereo Review 0.5 page
Mention of a plug from Julian Hirsch of Stereo Review.
1991/09 Super-70i Instruction Correction 0.8 page
Revised circuit diagram showing view of circuit board from the correct side, correcting the view shown in the 1991/08 Audio Basics.
1991/09 Tonearm Giveaway 0.5 page
Announcement of the contest for the SAEC tonearm.
1991/10 Grado Headphone Follow-Up 0.5 pages
Optional outer caps to isolate phones are being developed. Allow the earpiece foam some break-in time for the most comfort.
1991/10 Great Tonearm Giveaway Winning Letter 1.25 pages
The letter that won the SEAC tonearm was printed for all to enjoy.
1991/10 Super Pas Four Product Announcement 2 pages
Announcement of the new AVA Super Pas Four preamplifier available as new wired units or kits. The all new hybrid circuits give astonishing transparency with very low distortion and wide bandwidth.
1991/11 Bitstream Editorial 3 pages
Copy of the editorial written for CD Review that remains unpublished. The drawbacks of the Bitstream CD players are discussed along with the reasons they superficially look attractive.
1991/11 Super Pas Four Kit 1.7 pages
Description of the new Super Pas Four preamplifier kit and a few sample illustrations from the instruction manual showing the layout of the unit.
1991/12 Bitstream and DCC Limitations 1 page
Reiteration of the math that shows Bitstream and DCC formats are inherantly poor designs. If you can divide, you can see that DCC is only 4 bits.
1991/12 CD Player Bearing Plate 0.4 page
Leaving CDs in a player when not in use can deform a bearing plate, causing tracking errors.
1991/12 If Only Our Directions Were Heeded 2.5 pages
Errors happen. But trying to hide them will only increase your repair bill. A troubleshooting trip through a piece to the shop demonstated audio archaeology, and the work that hiding errors will make for the technician. He won't be fooled, and the repair bill will show the extra time to hunt.
1991/12 Metal Speaker Posts 0.3 page
Don't use big metal speaker posts! AC wiring errors in your home can put lethal voltages across the posts.
1991/12 Power Line Filters 0.3 page
Recommendations for a rational power line filter to protect audio and video equipment.
1991/12 Sanus Loudspeaker Stands 1 page
Sanus Systems makes reasonably priced attractive loudspeaker stands. Phred models with the S17 and S24 stands shown with B&W loudspeakers.
1992/01 Audio Basics Index 1982-1991 8.5 pages
Subject/topic name listed index of Audio Basics from 01/1982 through 12/1991, containing short description of each article.
1992/01 Dyna St-70 Mark II 1 page
Clarification of the differences between the AVA St-70i and Dyna/Panor's copy of the circuits and some evolution of ideas.
1992/02 Adcom CD Player 0.5 page
Evaluation of a client's Adcom CD player, both on the bench and in the system.
1992/02 Home-built Loudspeaker Evaluation 1.25
We evaluate 2 pair of hobbyist built loudspeakers, looking and sounding nearly identical, with the same design ideas.
1992/02 Slew rates and CD players 2.5
An example of why we write AB, we examine amp slew rates in regard to CD player output frequencies. The highest frequency the CD player can put out is not the highest frequency it can stores - so what does this mean to your system?
1992/02 Why Are We Doing This? 1.25 pages
Some reasons for doing AB and looking at issues and concepts that no other audio periodical covers, like trying to sort out knowledge from belief.
1992/03 Omega II Products Announced 3 pages
Introduction of the new Omega II line of products, including CD player, preamplifiers, power amplifiers, and tuner. Description of various models, circuit concepts, and sound.
1992/03 B&W 804 Loudspeaker 0.75 page
Evaluation and description of the 804, comparison with the DM640, and short look at the 800 line - 801, 802, 803, and 804.
1992/03 Price List 2 pages
March 1992 price and products list and component retrofit and upgrade prices. Obsolete.
1992/04 DAT and 1-bit 0.5 pages
Sony discontinued the freestanding PCM units, and the DAT machines released are 1-bit, giving low resolution.
1992/04 Fluke 10,11, 12 Multimeters 0.75 page
Photo and description of some low cost, good value multimeters from Fluke. Highlight of functions.
1992/04 Objective vs. Subjective Controversy 4.5 pages
Essay on the objective vs. subjective contoversy. After an inroduction to the positions, suggests that the entire premise is flawed, and that measured tests, to be useful, must work with our perceptions for best predicitability. Guest written by Vanessa Van Alstine.
1992/05 B&W DM 600, 610, 620 2.5 pages
Listening tests and description with photo of low cost but great performance speakers from B&W. Attractive bookshelf speakers give high definition sound, low coloration, reasonable bass.
1992/05 CD Player (CDB610) Tracking Cure 2 pages
How to change the top bearing plate in a Magnavox CDB610 CD player, complete with photos of parts and assemblies. Allows you to inexpensively fix the most likely cause of mistracking in the machine by changing the affected part.
1992/05 FM-5 Tuner Light Replacement 0.4 page
Replacement light for the panel light for the Dyna FM-5 tuner. Instructions on how to replace them and Radio Shack catalog numbers of the parts needed.
1992/06 Electrostatic Headphone Giveaway 1 page
Contest to give away a pair of Jecklin Float electrostatic headphones with photo. Obsolete.
1992/06 Priorities for Improving System 4.25 pages
Essay on how to know where to start upgrading a system for most cost effective performance. Covers examing current system for weak links, speakers, CD players, FM reception, electronics.
1992/07 Connoisseur Drive Belts 0.1 page
Address for a possible source for Connoisseur Drive Belts.
1992/07 Electrostatic Headphone Giveaway Winner 0.5 page
Announcement of contest winner with reprint of the winning entry.
1992/07 Interrconnect Cables 2 pages
Ignore the ads and don't buy the cables. Even ignoring the dubious claims of "better sound," many non-standard physical terminations, such as U-lug speaker terminations, clamping type interconnects, and oversized barrels can do damage to a system.
1992/07 Wire Ads 1 page
Censorship and misleading advertising and New York's attempt to ban ads for "better sounding" cables. Which is more important, consumer safety or freedom?
1992/08 Versa-Kit Line Preamplifier Project 8 pages
Do-it-yourself project for a complete 2 input line preamplifier. Complete wiring instructions, board stuffing guide, parts list, drilling template, and pictorial diagram. Gather your own parts and do your own, get just a pc board from us, or get the complete kit with chassis from AVA. With any option, build your own very clean and inexpensive preamp.
1992/09 Super Pas Three Upgrade 0.75 page
Low cost but very useful improvement for the AVA Super Pas Three preamplifier. Background information on that aspect of the circuit and why the capacitor upgrade is so helpful.
1992/09 Versa-Kit Headphone Amplifier Project 4.75 pages
Do-it-yourself project for a headphone amplifier. Wiring instructions, board stuffing guide, parts list, drilling template, and pictorial diagram. Gather parts on your own, get the pc board, or get the complete kit with chassis from AVA. Note: need the 8/1992 Audio Basics for the complete step-by-step assembly instructions.
1992/10 AVA Winter Catalog 1 page
Listing of new AVA products, including our own amplifier chassis with a variety of circuits, and our 4 new preampliers. Short descriptions of new products.
1992/10 Versa-Kit Phase Inverter Project 4.5 pages
Do-it-yourself project for a line phase inverter. Wiring instructions, board stuffing guide, parts list, drilling template, and pictorial diagram. Gather parts on your own, get the pc board, or get the complete kit with chassis from AVA. Note: need the 8/1992 Audio Basics for the complete step-by-step assembly instructions.
1992/11 Components to Upgrade 2.75 pages
Examination of many older AVA circuits compared to current ones with suggestions about what order to consider upgrades. Covers MOSFET 120 amps, Super-Fet preamps, and MOSFET 150 amps.
1992/11 Sound Absorption and Noise Control 2 pages
Mention of types of noise control products. Information on a supplier with despcription of some useful products for home applications.
1992/12 Component Retrofit and Upgrade Prices 1 page
List of the upgrades and retrofits to older AVA equipment with prices. Obsolete.
1992/12 Components to Upgrade, Pt. 2 3.25 pages
Examination of many older AVA circuits compared to current ones with suggestions about what order to consider upgrades. Continued from 11/1992. Covers MOSFET and Transcendence Dyna 400-410-416 and Halfer 200-220-280-500-600 amps.
1992/12 Sound Absorption and Noise Control - Correction 0.25 page
Correction of phone number for company listed in the 11/1992 issue.
1993/01 Exorcising Gremlins from the System 3.75 pages
System troubleshooting for hookup and use errors. Even when all components work, you can still encounter use problems. Learn what mistakes to look for and how to rectify these simple errors. Possible causes for hum and hookup errrors yielding channel dropouts listed.
1993/01 St-70 Transformer Returns 0.4 page
Replacement power transformer for the Dyna St-70 and the AVA Super 70i which eliminates the 5AR4 rectifier tube again available.
1993/01 Troubleshooting Flow Chart 1 page
Easy to follow flow chart guides you down the basics for doing most system troubleshooting.
1993/02 MiniDisc, Digital Compact Cassette and You 6 pages
In-depth look at some new recordable music formats covering features of the Sony MiniDisc and Philips Digital Compact Cassette, why the new formats, which is better, how they sound, and why they have some sonic difficulties.
1993/03 B&W Matrix 803 Series Two Loudspeaker 1.75 pages
Review and photos of a wonderfully musical B&W loudspeaker. Overview of speaker, listing of driver components, crossover highlights and cabinet construction all covered.
1993/03 Memories of an Audio Show Junkie 4 pages
Coverage of the WCES show mentioning the main convention center, home theater, car audio, 1000W boom boxes, digital audio recording format workshop, hi end displays, $12000 turntables, magical ebony root CD clamps and more. Guest written by Gregg McArthur.
1993/04 Zero Returns, Zero Field Failures! 5.5 pages
Genesis of the new complete AVA amps and preamps. Learning from Dyna and Hafler strengths and mistakes about power supplies, heat sinks, chassis access, efficiency and other consideration, we come up with a list of criteria for a new design of our own. Local suppliers also helped suggest better solutions.
1993/05 Omega II 200 Amplifier 1 page
Introduction of the new chassis AVA Omega II 200 amplifier with photo. Highlights of the amplifier circuit and package.
1993/05 AVA Brokerage Service 1 page
Rerun of the used equipment brokerage service explanation and policies. Also listing of equipment shipping charges.
1993/05 AVA Catalog Prices Lowered 1 page
Lower prices on most amp models after resupplying metal and amortizing tooling costs. Changes of some models and listing of some new products.
1993/05 AVA Price List and Component Retrofit 2 pages
Revised price list of new products and listing of retrofits and upgrades to older equipment with prices.
1993/05 Does the World Really Need Another Speaker? 2 pages
Description and discussion of design and limitations of a proposed clever shielded 2-way loudspeaker system. Guest written by Mithat Konar.
1993/05 What is a "Shielded" Speaker Anyway...? 1.5 pages
Speakers have magnets which have magnetic fields. Article discusses when shielding of this field is useful and the methods used to do it. Guest written by Mithat Konar.
1993/06 Reviews 0.1 page
See the August 1993 Audio for Super Pas 4i review. Also "Goosebumps" editorial in Stereo Review.
1993/06 Speaker Wires Can Change the Sound 1.5 pages
One client had a problem with B&W 802s - his cables! We look at how exotic cables can cause problems, in this case, with multi-strand brainded cables with flaky insulation.
1993/06 Zero Field Failures, Zero Field Returns cont. 3.25 pages
Genesis of the new complete AVA amps and preamps continued from 04/1993. Design goals NOT considered followed by a discussion of design rules that have served us well. Includes high reliability resistors, use of passive parts within specs, eliminate turn on/off transients and many more.
1993/07 Speaker Switch Box Project 7.75 pages
Complete instructions for a do-it-yourself speaker switch box with headphone jacks. Includes drill template, wiring diagram, parts list (all available from Radio Shack), construction and wiring step-by-step instructions. All of the information you need to build the project.
1993/08 Omega II FM/AM Tuner Introduced 1 page
Introduction and photo of the new AVA tuner in the Philips FT920 chassis. Listing of features and creature comforts, new AVA audio circuits, and description of sound.
1993/08 B&W 2000 Series Introduction 1.7 pages
Photos and specs for the new shielded line of B&W speakers. Listing of unusual features and highlights, with Zero Magnetic Field technology, non-resonant damped front panels and more.
1993/08 USA 240V Service Bad Idea 2.3 pages
The new fad is to run amps off of USA 240V appliance service for "better sound." Don't! We show you the flawed reasoning and the difference between US and European 240V service that makes this fad a potentially lethal one.
1993/09 Enhanced CD Player Supply 2 pages
Diligent searching turned up more 16-bit CD players so we can still supply new units. What is wrong with most players anyway? Discussion of the problems of 1-bit systems and inadequate measurement techniques. Why are our circuits useful? We explain what it takes to get good results. Importance of the analog filter circuitry in the CD's musicality.
1993/09 B&W 2000 Series Speakers Revisited 1 page
Short portraits of the ZMF B&W 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004 models with specifications, photos, and our sonic impressions. Learn what to do for low cost audio, video, surround sound, and computer monitor applications.
1993/10 Audio Basics Index 12.25 pages
Chronological index of Audio Basics from January 1982 through October 1993. Date, topic, and article length, as well as short descriptions of each article.
1993/11 Good reviews 0.4 pages
Listing of reviews of AVA products. $ensible Sound looked at the Super Pas Three and Super Pas 4i. Home Theater writes about mail order purchasing.
1993/11 Pat-5 Phono to Line Input Conversion Project 4.75 pages
Complete step-by-step instructions and diagrams to rewire Dynaco Pat-5 (stock or with our circuits) input wiring to convert an unneeded second phono input to a line level input. Reuse the original selector switch and provide more flexibility for modern input sources.
1993/12 What is Happening to "Live" Music? 3 pages
Commentary on the state of "live" music concerts overwhelmed with wireless mics and bad electronics, destroying any sense of the music. Jesus Christ Superstar, Princess Cruise line lounge acts, and the Mannheim Steamroller all provide examples of what is musical and not in the concert hall.
1993/12 Don't Do That With Your Computer 0.5 pages
Short tale of woe and the resulting hard earned wisdom resulting from another go-round with computer gremlins, compression software, and defragmentation utilities.
1993/12 Preview of EC preamp chassis 0.75 pages
Following of the success of our completely AVA designed and engineered amplifier chassis, we offer a sneak preview of the new EC chassis with all of its mechanical features.
Essay on the futility of trying to make critical evaluations of equipment without both objective and subjective data at hand. If Road and Track evaluated the ride of tires without a pressure gauge to see that they weren't flat or ready to blow, would we take their results seriously? If an audio review thinks electronics sound good or bad with basic engineering tests at hand, should we believe them either?
1994/02 What Can Electronic Bench Tests Tell Us? 5.5 pages
Follow-up to "Tire Testing Without a Pressure Gauge" (01/1994). Suggestions as to how the review process could become more objective, based on techniques developed in our design evaluation process. Goals to consider. Basic visual and mechanical inspection of equipment. Checkout of board repairs, wacky parts, and correct fusing.
1994/03 Omega III Versa-Kit Buffer Kit Project 8 pages
Complete construction plans, parts list, schematic, board stuffing guide, wiring diagrams, and step-by step instructions for an Omega III Versa-Kit Buffer in an inexpensive Radio Shack chassis. This project gives you a high quality unity gain line buffer that can help drive tape decks or isolate active circuitry in an affordable package.
1994/04 Tire Testing Without a Pressure Gauge Revisted 1.2 pages
Followup to 01/1994 article as pertaining to the Radio Shack Optimus CD-3400 Portable CD player. In light of wildly enthusiastic audiophile claims for the CD-3400, we look at it on the bench with our "tire pressure gauge" and report back with some real data.
1994/05 Versa-Kit II Multipurpose stero circuit board project 13.25 pages
Major kit project! The versa-kit II board allows for many applications, including buffered or basic headphone amp, universal line preamp, RIAA phono preamp, unity gain buffer, phase inverter, and more. Instructions given for power supply with information on power supply design. Wiring diagram, step-by-step instructions, stuffing guide and parts list for the buffered headphone amp application. Parts lists and design descriptions for many of the other options.
1995/06 Reviews 0.25 pages
Mentions of $ensible Sound reviews of Super 70i and Omega II 440hc amplifiers. Radio World looks at Super Pas Three and Super 70i kits. Commentary on Sound Off's thoughts on A-B switch boxes. The Abso!ute Sound gives brief mention to the Super Pas Three and Super 70i.
1994/07 Audio Basics to be free in 1995 0.5 pages
Announcement that Audio Basics will be free starting in 1995, with comments on the need for a break from the regular publishing schedule.
1994/07 Some Thoughts Regarding Audio Design 4 pages
Commentary by Vanessa Van Alstine about the problems in audio design stemming from the perceived schism between objective and subjective analysis and evalutation. Includes some commentary on the graduate training of an electical engineer, and how the emphasis on theory and simplified mathematical analysis may leave the new designers unsure as to how to evaluate their designs.
1994/11 New products and catalog 2 pages
Announcement and description several new products. The Omega III power amplifiers have major enhancements to the great active feedback design. The AVA EC preamp chassis is ready with either the Fet Valve or new Omega III circuits. The Omega III preamp can be built as an EC or SL, or into Dyna chassis.
1994/11 B&W Matrix HTM Speaker 1 page
Photos, specs, and review of the B&W Matrix HTM home theater monitor. It turns out to be a fine loudspeaker, not only for center channel applications, but as a stereo pair, too.
1994/11 Factory Retrofit and Upgrade Price List 2 pages
Retrofit and Upgrade prices for older electronics as of 12/1994.
1995/11 AVA TOPP-DAC is a True Musical Breakthrough 1.25 pages
Announcement of the Fet Valve and Omega III TOPP-DAC. Description of operation and connection with CD players. Obsoletes previous CD player designs. Suggestions of decent inexpensive transports.
1995/11 Email address 0.1 page
1995/11 Versa-Kits in Main Catalog 0.1 page
Versa-kits are now listed in the main catalog rather than the separate kit catalog.
1995/11 Reviews 0.1 page
Mention of review of the Fet Valve EC preamp and Omega III 440hc amp in High Performance Review. Audio uses an EC preamp for the cover of the buying guie issue. Video reviews the Omega III 260 amp.
1995/11 B&W P4, P5, and P6 Speakers 0.1 pages
Blurb announcing the B&W Preference series loudspeakers including the P4, P5 and P6.
1995/11 Free Speakers - Contest Announcement 0.1 pages
Announcement of contest for free pair of Baltic 30 bookshelf speakers.
1997/02 Evaluate Surround Sound Systems With Your Eyes Closed 1 page
The proponents of surround sound systems in audio make a great sales pitch, overlooking one major point. They sound nasty. Learn how to make a good evaluation of the audio quality of that surround sound system by shutting out the video and really focusing on the audio.
1997/02 Free Speakers Contest Winner 0.75 pages
The winning essay from the Baltic 30 speaker give-away. Frank Lee of Dunalk HS will use them in his classroom in the high school's technology department. He outlines the projects and goals of the program and how the speakers will help the students.
1997/02 B&W Speaker Blowout 1.3 pages
Several developments of late have caused AVA to drop the B&W line. Some of these included B&W's pandering to mid fi with their new 600 products, incompatible sales policies, and the development of the better Biro line.
1997/02 Fet Valve Amplifier Upgrade 1 page
Announcement of a major reengineering of the Fet Valve amplifier line and the new 350hc and 550hc models. Description of the sound of the new amps and major circuit revisions to achieve them.
1997/06 AVA Web Site 0.5 pages
New AVA web site is up and running. Check out the catalog, reviews, Audio Basics articles, color equipment photos and more at http://www.avahifi.com/.
1997/06 Customer Review of Biro L/1 Speakers 2 pages
Review by Barnet Feingold of the Biro L/1 loudspeakers, touching on their neutrality, listening ease, pitch definition, dynamics, driver integrity, imaging, bass, and ability to disappear.
1997/06 Our 30th Year in Business! 0.3 pages
Brief history of Jensens Stereo Shop and Audio by Van Alstine as we head into our 30th year of providing affordable high-quality audio equipment.