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I’m a regular reader from Singapore. I recently bought the Denon PMA 1510 amplifier. The rest of my system consists of the Marantz 5003(CD), Wharfedale Diamond 10.1 loudspeakers, Chord company speaker cable and Van den Hul interconnect. I listen to Vocal, Pop and Music like David Foster, Chris Spheeris etc.


I found music details were missing and bass weight is light with the mentioned combination. Could the missing details be caused by the CD player? I’ve thought of upgrading the CD player to an Audiolab 8200 or Marantz Pearl Lite or any recommendation?


Most importantly can you recommend some floor standing speaker that can sing well with the PMA1510? I can spare £500 to £1000 pounds for the speaker. Thank you in advance.


Sng Boon Seong






An Audiolab 8200CDQ CD player will pick up the sound with great bass and it is available in Singapore.



An  Audiolab 8200CDQ CD player, available in Singapore, would certainly offer punchier bass and a more open sound. It is an impressive player.

Floorstanding loudspeakers will give the bigger bass you want and I would suggest you listen to Castle Knight 3 or 4 loudspeakers, which are also available in Singapore I believe. Audition Triangle loudspeakers too, available in Singapore, as they are very well engineered and have a great sound – the Altea may well suit you. NK




I read Noel Keywood's review of the Tannoy DC8T with great interest. (page 46. March 2012 issue). The DC8T has been updated. Well I have updated my own Tannoys.


In 1976 approx, the National Hi-Fi Exhibition was conveniently held in Harrogate and within 5 minutes walk of my house!


That was one of the best days of my life leading to the purchase of the Arcam Delta integrated. amplifier, tuner and CD player the following week.

Whilst looking and listening to demos all day long I happened to enter the hotel ballroom as Tannoy held a demo and when the Westminster Royals played I felt as well as heard the music. That session impressed me so much that I became the proud owner of a new pair of Tannoy 12” concentrics.

In May 2011 I sent them to Lockwood Audio to be re-coned and now they sound magnificent again!

Yours sincerely

Paul H Metson






It was great to see the review of streaming media devices in the March issue. I’ve long believed SACD/DVDA/Blu-Ray were the wrong “delivery mechanisms” for hi-resolution content – nobody really wants yet another incompatible silver disk format and it is great to see the hi-fi manufacturers are catching up with the geeks (myself included). I might even pass my Squeezebox Touch and Cambridge DAC combo on to the kids.


With my electronic engineering hat on, can I just clarify the oft-repeated comment that S/PDIF cannot carry audio above 96kHz sampling rate? I may be wrong but, as far as I am aware, the S/PDIF spec does not limit the sampling rate. My copy of the AES/EBU spec (dated 2004) lists 22.05, 24,32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192kHz sampling rates, and all at 16, 20 or 24-bit depth. Admittedly, there have not been many chipsets around to support higher sampling rates; until recently nothing much went above 48kHz – but they are now readily available, just Google “192kHz digital audio receiver”. That said, I agree that the practical difference between 96kHz and 192kHz is not exactly night and day...


Might it be worth mentioning that HDTracks accept PayPal outside of the USA? For those with broad musical tastes, the B&W / Real World Society Of Sound is a great source of 24-bit downloads at a little over £1 each album for an annual subscription. I have no vested interest in either, but I recommend both.


Steve Fenton





Google '192kHz digital audio receiver' and you come up with a chip, the Cirrus Logic CS8416, that sends 192kHz via S/PDIF, Steve Fenton says.




Thanks for that Steve. You are right – there is no stated limit, as far as I am aware, only an actual one imposed by hardware. But if we state you can get 192kHz down S/PDIF someone will complain bitterly we misled them!


Try buying from HDtracks and your order will be rejected on the basis of your IP address. This is a Copyright issue and David Chesky confirmed by telephone from N.Y. that they do not sell outside the States. As you are the third person to tell us you can buy using PayPal I suspect something might have changed since you tried it. NK


Steve Fenton replies -

I designed an AES3 receiver / transmitter (mainly implemented in FPGA) about 10 years ago for TV studio use, so it was only ever for 48kHz sampling rate. My 2004 spec lists another eight reserved sampling rates but, given it already covers half, double and quadruple of both 44.1 and 48kHz, it isn’t easy to see what they might ever be. Cirrus and Texas Instruments, for starters, both list 192kHz devices. Doubtless, before long, so will everybody else.


I think HDTracks have tightened their restrictions recently. I downloaded Steve Earle and Isaac Hayes in the UK (payment via UK PayPal) but had to get Cat Stevens via my employer’s US-based server – I’m lucky that I can get round the IP restriction.




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