Technology Debate – by Nigel Payne

Streaming Without the Guesswork? by Nigel Payne

Have you ever wondered why there appears to be a strong vinyl revival? I remember when I was first introduced to music by a friend who owned a high-end Japanese brand over 35 years ago and being so impressed that I embarked on a journey of building and owning my own audio system based around a highly specified Linn Sondek LP12. At this time, Linn® pioneered source first with other high-end marques agreeing and developing products that were designed to extract as much information from the medium and introducing as a little as possible to influence this musical information. Graphic equalisers,...

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Connecting Up - Why the Apex is so important by Nigel Payne

I remember the times when manufacturers would state with apparent confidence and, in some cases, misguided arrogance, that interconnects and cabling does not matter in a musical reproduction system. At that time, as an electronic engineer learning my trade, I felt that this could not be the case. Thankfully, the industry has moved on significantly since and cables are not considered a necessary evil in a system but something that can aid in lifting performance higher. As Vertex, we made a number of cable options with the entry level Solfonn interconnects up to our Hi-Rez series. These cables did what...

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Is it Time for a Change? A View from Nigel Payne.

We believe so... The audio/visual industry has grown up to be a multi-billion dollar business around the globe with many manufacturers touting that they have a "no-nonsense" and "without compromise" approach to designing and launching new products. This has led to spiralling costs for consumers to, often, eye-watering prices for products that seem to offer small gains over the components that they are replacing. What we see is an industry that has now left many in the eco-system wondering whether it is time for a change. In particular, we have met many disillusioned enthusiasts who are looking for more with...

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The Peak Speaker Connection System - A product's development

When we embarked on getting Quiescent off the ground, our plan was always to take our experience of improving the performance of high-end audio systems inside the components themselves. So the obvious questions are why have we chosen to launch a component which sits outside the components and what is so special about the Peak Modules? To answer this question, we first have to look at our heritage and what we have found when "fixing" problems in other manufacturers' setups. Vertex AQ has been successful at draining unwanted disruptive and damaging signals to bring overall improvements in soundstage, musicality and tonal...

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