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EWA: Elsdon Wonfor Audio Ltd. NEWS – The Claymore returns

Update 18th Jan 2017. Apologies for editorial error yesterday, now corrected. The anticipated UK RRP inc vat is £1,500 and NOT £5,000 nor indeed £500. Thanks. Neil They say ..... An old friend updated and re-juvenated - The Claymore Retro features MC/MM inputs, three line inputs and a PreOut. The gain stage of the Claymore […]

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HANA: Moving Coil Cartridges

They say ..... Hana means “brilliant and gorgeous” in Japanese. The Hana brand cartridges are hand made by the Excel Sound Corporation in Tokyo, Japan; who have been making cartridges and cartridge components on an OEM basis for over 40 years, specialising in Moving Coil type cartridges. Hana is launching with four new MC cartridges, […]

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EXPOSURE: Introducing the new XM series

They say ..... Hoping for some good news in 2017? Then look no further, as Exposure Electronics launches its exciting new ‘XM’ series of hi-fi components. Responding directly to the unstoppable resurgence of vinyl amid a digital age, the series offers a smart solution for those who seek great performance across multiple media but don’t […]

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ARCAM: New product – the rPHONO

They say ..... Designed specifically to replace an in-built phono amplifier or to add a turntable connection to your existing amplifier, the rPhono is the latest addition to the rSeries. The rPhono benefits from Arcam’s more than forty years of analogue audio expertise and uses the finest quality parts in a layout that is optimised […]

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ARCAM: New product – the rPLAY

They say ..... The rPlay is the latest addition to the rSeries and allows you to add network audio streaming services and internet radio to any system using DTS PlayFi, Apple Airplay® or UPnP enabled music sources. It also features an SPDIF output that can be connected to an AVR, such as the AVR850. The […]

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NAGRA: New product –

They say ..... The Nagra HD AMP have just been awarded the prestigious GRAND PRIX from Japanese magazine Stereo Sound, we are quite thrilled. The Nagra HD AMP is the result of an ambitious project that spanned over almost 5 years and allowed Nagra to redefine what a high power amplifier should be. The HD […]

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Music

PINK FLOYD: Dramatis/ation 1969 (2CD+DVD+Blu-ray)

They tell us ..... In 1969 Pink Floyd unveiled their 2-part conceptual live production of ‘The Man’ and ‘The Journey’, covering a 24-hour period of dreaming, waking and other activities. Never released in that form, however some of the songs were used on the ‘More’ soundtrack and the ‘Ummagumma’ album. This volume refers back to […]

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ESSENTIAL VIEWING: Jack Bruce – Live At The Canterbury Fayre (DVD Digipack)

This is the stunning film of Jack Bruce and the Cuicoland Express captured live at the Canterbury Fayre music festival inthe summer of 2002. Featuring the amazing talents of Living Color guitarist, Vernon Reid, the keyboard magic of WooWarrior and former Parliament/Funkadelic musical director, Bernie Worrell and the supreme percussion skills ofRoddy Ameen, El Negro […]

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Stravinsky: Violin Concerto, Works for Violin & Piano CD review – power and poetry

Fiona Maddocks writes ..... Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto remains puzzlingly underplayed, a neoclassical masterpiece dating from 1931. The composer worried that, as a non-violinist, he wasn’t equipped to write idiomatically. It’s certainly fiercely hard, opening with big, strident chords and exploiting the instrument’s staccato brilliance. The inner movements, Arias I and II, are more song-like, mysterious […]

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THE GRATEFUL DEAD: New release – Cornell 5/8/77 (3-CD)

They tell us ..... The May 8, 1977 Performance At Cornell University’s Barton Hall, Revered By Many As The Best Grateful Dead Show Of All Time, First Official Release Following Acquisition Of “Betty Board” Master Tapes Available As A 3-CD Set, 5-LP Set LOS ANGELES – The Grateful Dead played more than 2,000 concerts, but […]

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THE HOLLIES: New release – Head Out Of Dreams (6CD Box Set)

They tell us ..... With a title inspired by the opening line of The Hollies’ track ‘I’m Down’ this boxset ‘Head Out Of Dreams’ includes 6CDs filled with rarities, previously unreleased material and remastered B sides. This 6CD set also features a 24 page booklet, with liner notes by long-time fan Uli Twelker that provides […]

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PINK FLOYD: Cambridge St/ation 1965-1967 (2CD+DVD+Blu-ray)

They tell us ..... Following the hugely anticipated Early Years collection, Pink Floyd now release the 6 individual collections that were first released as part of ‘The Early Years 1965-1972’ box set. Whether a fan of the early Syd Barrett era Pink Floyd, or to the final moments before ‘The Dark Side of The Moon’, […]

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ESSENTIAL LISTENING: Live In Concert 1979 Parr Meadows Long Island (CD) by Canned Heat

Live In Concert 1979 Parr Meadows Long Island There have been quite a few high profile events to commemorate the legendary 1969 Woodstock Festival, but one of the most interesting occurred when many of the original musicians who had performed at Woodstock converged in Long Island’s Parr Meadows to celebrate the 10th anniversary. Unlike later […]

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