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Stereophile covers everything high-end and audiophile audio. Turntables and music servers, to solid-state and tube amplifiers and preamps, to loudspeakers.

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Dealer Event in Connecticut Saturday

Saturday April 1, 2–5pm, Take 5 Audio (105 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, CT 06510) is hosting an event featuring products from Bryston and Zanden Audio.
Thu, 03/30/2017

A Conversation with Philly Audio Retailer Doug White

This past weekend, John Atkinson, Herb Reichert, and I drove down to Philadelphia to visit audio retailer Doug White of The Voice That Is. In this video, Doug and JA discuss the challenges of a rapidly changing internet based market, the differences between buying online versus buying from your local dealer, and much more.
Wed, 03/29/2017

Listening # 172: Music First Audio MC Step Up 632, Vinyl Cleaner Pro

Before I revert to form and leave the subject for another nine or ten months, I'll pick up where I left off in last month's column to focus once again on step-up transformers (SUTs) for moving-coil cartridges. There's yet another choice you should know about—in this case, a thoroughly brilliant, handmade SUT that sells for well under $1000.
Wed, 03/29/2017

DeVore Fidelity Gibbon 3XL loudspeaker Specifications

Wed, 03/29/2017

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mrkaic's picture

It is a pity that measurements are not a part of this review.

Solarophile's picture

I haven't auditioned these but have heard the O/96's.

Considering the coloration of the sound from the Devore O/96's which were shown in the measurements but not reported in the review, it would be good to have JA run these through the lab.

Bruceov's picture

Why have you not reviewed the Harbeth Compact 7. It is very easy to auditions vs the Devore. The latter has very few deslers and none in my state.

John Atkinson's picture
Bruceov wrote:
Why have you not reviewed the Harbeth Compact 7?

Sam Tellig reviewed the Harbeth Compact 7ES-2 in our December 2003 issue and it was featured in "Recommended Components" for many years due to John Marks's continued advocacy. But no-one on the staff has auditioned the Harbeth for some time now.

John Atkinson
Editor, Stereophile

Bruceov's picture

The 3 is different fro the 2. Different tweeter may be different woofer. Supposed to be very improved

low2midhifi's picture

The best I can do to hear the Gibbon is to watch Youtube videos of the speaker. While not a critical listening session, Youtube does give a person some rough insights into how a speaker or system sounds.

I have enjoyed the videos of the Gibbon that I have seen. I first saw one with an Antonio Forcione recording, thus starting some purchases of this guitarist's Naim label CDs into my collection. But that's another story.

I like how DeVore has recognized that many of us don't want to, or can't, spend on speakers and then have to buy amplification to suit the speakers. High sensitivity + High Impedance = Big Savings for many of us. They also get some good bass extension with such a small driver.

I enjoyed the review. We now know that the review was partially carried out in the candlelit inner sanctum of your writer, whose pad was covered a few weeks back in a memorable video. I am sure that the Gibbons, regardless of placement, and amplification, sound best in the candle light mystery of Brooklyn.

Some measurements would have been welcome, though. Perhaps the measurements are forthcoming. Keep up the good work. Perhaps there will be some simian speakers from DeVore at Axpona next month.

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alexk's picture

AD, as I was reading your article in the print edition, I kept hoping that you'd spare a few words comparing the Music First SUT with the ever-popular Bob's Devices SkyCinemag SUT, as both are in the same general price ballpark, and the Hommage is a number of pay grades up the scale.

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DeVore Fidelity Gibbon 3XL loudspeaker

Forty years ago, when I first had money enough to buy serious [ahem] consumer audio, there were a few good turntables available, from Thorens, Garrard, Ariston, some others. Today is the golden age of turntables: ask Mikey, if not antiquarian Artie. And loudspeakers! In 1970, models were few, and most were mediocre. Today, you can have a great loudspeaker for a song.
Wed, 03/29/2017

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