A Few Words About Me & HiFi

Welcome to my website! Audio Nostalgia was developed as a result of a lifetime passion for modern and vintage HiFi, DIY and music. Music has been a big part of my life since I was a little kid, and apart from attending live concerts, there is no better way to experience it, than through a well setup HiFi system. I have a great appreciation for a lot of modern audio equipment but I also think that there is something magical about vintage HiFi. Nonetheless, I believe that if one is going to use vintage equipment for playing music (and not for decorative purposes only), there are certain components that will most likely need to be replaced to get the best out of it. I am also a big fan of doing things myself. Not because it is cheaper, and not because I think I can do them better than professionals – far from that! Simply because I take great pleasure in learning new things, and because using items that I built gives me great satisfaction.

On Audio Nostalgia you will find descriptions, specifications and my subjective opinions on many modern and vintage speaker constructions. My aim is to experience & explore, and share my HiFi adventures with other enthusiasts around the globe. In the DIY section you will find detailed descriptions and photos from various projects, including upgrading crossovers in vintage loudspeakers as well as refurbishing and building new cabinets. This website is supported by my YouTube channel with the same name.

I currently live in West Yorkshire (UK), hence, majority of the speakers reviewed on this website are British. Since I live in a relatively small house, I cannot keep all of the equipment that I buy. Hence, every so often, you can find some of it on eBay. Apologies for any spelling mistakes – English is not my first language. This is also the reason why I use my nickname (Shem) instead of my rather hard to pronounce Polish name ;). Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or feedback.


My Current Setup:
Speakers: Harbeth M40.1
Amplifier: Yamaha A-S2000
CD Player: Yamaha CD-S2000
Turntable: Denon DP-47F
Cartridge: Denon DL-110
Interconnects: QED Qunex Silver Spiral XLR + RCA
Cables: QED Genesis Silver Spiral


Equipment Previously Tested In My House:
Audiomaster MLS1
Audiomaster P202
B&W CM1 S1
B&W Matrix 804
Celestion Ditton 15
Celestion Ditton 66
Chartwell LS3-5A
Harbeth P3ESR
Harbeth P3ESR 40th Anniversary
Harbeth HL Compact 7ES-3
Harbeth Monitor 30.1
Harbeth Super HL5 Plus
Harbeth Monitor 40.1
JBL L100 Century
KEF R300
Martin Logan Electromotion
Realistic Mach One
Spendor S6
Tangent SPL1
Tannoy DC2000
Tannoy DCT 6
Tannoy Little Gold Monitor
Tannoy Little Red Monitor
Tannoy Mercury F4
Tannoy Mercury S
Tannoy Monitor Gold 15
TDL Studio 1
Trio LS-77
Wharfedale W3
Benchmark AHB2
Cambridge Audio A1
Cambridge Audio Azur 851A
Cambridge Audio Azur 851E + Azur 851W
Linn Kairn Pre Amp + Linn LK2 Power Amp
Luxman L100
Marantz PM6005
Sugden A21SE
Sugden Masterclass IA-4
Pioneer SA-506
Technics SU-7300
Toshiba SC-335 SY-335
Unison Research Simply 845
Yamaha A-S2000
Yamaha AX 497
Yamaha PC4002M Power
CD Players:
Cambridge Audio Azur 851C
Marantz CD5003
Marantz CD6005
Marantz CD6006 UK Edition
Pink Triangle De Capo (Dac + CD)
Sugden Masterclass PDT-4F
Yamaha CD-S2000

Benchmark DAC2 HGC
Chord Qutest
Chord Qutest + M Scaler
Chord Hugo TT 2