Ketan Bharadia's blog

How to... set up a turntable

By Ketan Bharadia | Thu, 17 Apr 2014, 12:37pm

Record players are arguably the most temperamental of hi-fi components. Even the best are easily upset by inconsiderate positioning, poor adjustment or an inadequate support.Get everything right though, and they can shine in a way that will make ...

Sonus Faber showcases its latest speaker – the Extrema

By Ketan Bharadia | Mon, 31 Mar 2014, 2:09pm

Sonus Faber is an Italian speaker manufacturer based in Vicenza. The company started in 1983 and – since 2007 – has been part of the Fine Sounds audio group; which also includes high-end giants such as Audio Research, McIntosh and Wadia. The ...

High-res audio: the science behind the numbers

By Ketan Bharadia | Mon, 3 Feb 2014, 5:31pm

It should all be so simple. 'The higher the number the better the sound' is an easy message to communicate. So, a 24-bit/192kHz recording must sound better than a 16-bit/44.1 kHz CD rip, right?  Not quite, unfortunately – things aren’t as ...

Behind the scenes at the home of Linn

By Ketan Bharadia | Fri, 3 May 2013, 4:02pm

Linn is one of the stalwarts of the British hi-fi industry. Taking its name from a local park (the second biggest in Glasgow) Linn was  founded in the early ’70s and started off with just one product – the legendary LP12 ...

Behind the scenes at Focal, France (part 1)

By Ketan Bharadia | Mon, 9 Jul 2012, 10:57am

Focal is France’s largest speaker manufacturer with a turnover of around €40m and just short of half the French domestic market. Like other companies of its size, Focal is expanding into new markets such as desktop speakers and headphones ...

Behind the scenes at Focal, France (part 2)

By Ketan Bharadia | Mon, 9 Jul 2012, 10:54am

We've been in France to visit speaker manufacturer Focal, and as you can read in our first blog, the company makes its high-end models in its factory in Bourbon Lancy.During the second part of our visit, we went to the firm's drive unit factory ...

An inside peek at Marantz's new test facility with Ken Ishiwata

By Ketan Bharadia | Thu, 16 Oct 2008, 4:56pm

I find it interesting to meet audio engineers and see where they work. It always gives plenty of insight into product development and their company's engineering philosophy. Recently, I met Ken Ishiwata of Marantz fame (above), and visited his ...