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John Reekie

Steve Holt, Garry Lambert, and Small Wonder audio componentry

“I’ve done a few interviews related to crowdfunding campaigns for audiophile components…” writes John Reekie. The latest campaign to catch his eye is for the Small Wonder series of audio components from Garry Lambert of the Lambert Company and Steve Holt of The Audio Nerd. Compact, stylish, and designed to work together, this campaign offers a refreshing take on hifi components for everyone.

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Mini Convertible: Crossover

In the second installment of the series on the Mini Convertible active loudspeaker project, John Reekie walks through the crossover design. Each step is explained and detailed measurements taken to illustrate the process.

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The miniDSP nanoAVR – a case study

“I’ve always been more of a two-channel audio enthusiast than a home theater enthusiast,” writes John Reekie, “and the idea of spending a lot of money on our home theater system or a lot of time optimizing it has never been particularly appealing.” Nonetheless, he delves into applying miniDSP’s new HDMI audio processor, the nanoAVR, in his home theater system.

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Assembling the Bugle 2 phono stage

John Reekie assembles the Bugle 2 phono stage kit from Hagerman Technology, and writes a short photo-essay to document the process. This follows on from the interview with Jim Hagerman about the Bugle 2 phono preamp that he successfully launched on KickStarter in 2013. “I’m not an accomplished vinyl aficionado, but I’m pleased with the Bugle 2, for a couple of evenings of leisurely assembly,” John writes.

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Gunnar van Vliet on the Mies i100 integrated amplifier

Following on the heels of his interviews with KickStarter candidates Jim Hagerman and Gavin Fish, John Reekie asked Gunnar van Vliet of Planet of Sound for some insights into his latest product, also just launched on KickStarter. The compact Mies i100 integrated amplifier, billed as “The Ultimate Amplifier for Vinyl Lovers”, is scheduled to retail for an undeniably affordable $399 CAD.

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A change of pace…

With the December 2013 issue, Hifi Zine marked the end of 2013 and the publication of 15 issues! I am proud of what we’ve done here, and I think everyone who has authored an article here on Hifi Zine can also be justifiably proud of their work. I do believe that articles on Hifi Zine are in-depth, properly researched, well-written, and accurate. And it’s my intent, as publisher, to keep doing that.

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The Silent Desktop

“I recall a former workplace where, at the end of the day, I would shut down the tower computer under my desk and suddenly be struck by the whine of the hard drives and fans spinning down…” writes John Reekie on the motivation for his quest to make his listening desktop completely silent, and comes to some unexpected conclusions.

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The Mini Convertible active loudspeaker: design

John Reekie describes the design of the HifiZine Mini Convertible, an active loudspeaker project using drivers from Seas of Norway and a miniDSP plate amp with B&O ICEPower for amplification and DSP crossover. The speaker can be configured as a small sealed monitor, or the base plate can be removed and replaced with a hollow stand, turning the speaker into a ported floor-standing speaker. This is the first artlcle in a series of three.

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Jim Hagerman on the KickStarter experience

“I was intrigued a few months ago to notice that Jim Hagerman, of Hagerman Technology and Hagerman Audio Labs was running a project on KickStarter for the new version of the Bugle 2 phono preamp…” writes John Reekie. He asks Jim for his insights on the KickStarter experience.

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Gavin Fish on the Geek and KickStarter

Light Harmonic recently launched a new, inexpensive DAC and headphone amp called the “Geek” with a campaign on KickStarter. The Geek’s compact size and impressive specifications attracted John Reekie’s attention, and he asked Gavin Fish about the Geek and the Kickstarter campaign.

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