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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

ESSENTIAL LISTENING: Killing Floor – Killing Floor (Vinyl LP)

The South London-based Killing Floor was formed by lead guitarist Mick Clarke and vocalist/harmonica player Bill Thorndycraft. During the British blues boom of 1968-1969, they decided to form a blues band, recruiting prospective members from the classified pages of Melody Maker. Joining them were piano player Lou Martin, bassist Stuart MacDonald, and drummer Bazz Smith. Taking […]

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ESSENTIAL LISTENING: Brass And The Blues – Can’t Get No Grindin’ by Muddy Waters

Two Chess Records albums from Blues great Muddy Waters: 1966’s ‘Muddy, Brass And The Blues’ and 1973’s ‘Can’t Get No Grindin’’. ‘Muddy, Brass And The Blues’ was a massive undertaking in direction which a couple of years later John Mayall copied on his ‘Crusade’ album. Digitally remastered and slipcased, and with new notes. Corine, Corina […]

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STAN GETZ: The Complete Columbia Album Collection (8CD Mini-LP Style Sleeve + Booklet) Box Set

The most complete package to date of Stan Getz’s Columbia albums 8 great albums! covering the period 1972-1979, most produced by Stan himself. Each individual album is packaged in a replica mini-LP sleeve reproducing that album’s original cover art. Booklet with full discographical info., photos, and liner notes It was not long after tenor saxophonist […]

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Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band: New release – Big Machine (Deluxe 2CD)

Eclectic debut album by folk powerhouse featuring multi-award winning members of Bellowhead, Furrow Collective, Leveret, Faustus and many more, fronted by celebrated folk doyenne, Eliza Carthy Pioneering English traditional folk powerhouse, Eliza Carthy, first assembled the Wayward Band in 2013 in order to explore and celebrate her long and varied career in folk Music; 'the […]

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ESSENTIAL LISTENING: Slipstream (2LP) by Bonnie Raitt

Bonnie Raitt's latest album 'Slipstream' is daring, bluesy, and steeped with the inimitable slide guitar and soulful vocals that could only be hers. The vinyl version is 180 gram and is a Limited Edition  'Slipstream' marks her first new album in seven years and bares all the hallmarks of a classic Bonnie Raitt record. While most of 'Slipstream' is […]

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ROB BUCKLAND: Howard Popeck interviews this Musician | Composer | Arranger | Educator

ROB BUCKLAND is internationally acclaimed as one of the most distinctive and versatile Saxophonists of his generation. Appearing as concerto and recital soloist, with his Equivox Trio (with pianist Peter Lawson and percussionist Simone Rebello), and with the Apollo Saxophone Quartet, Rob performs throughout the UK, Europe and Japan. Recent highlights include the British Premiere […]

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ESSENTIAL LISTENING: The Golden Road (12CD Box Set) by Grateful Dead

12 CD set with 15 1/2 hours of Music, including 7 hours of previously unreleased material. Includes the Dead's nine Warner Bros. albums, digitally remastered in HDCD for superior quality. Contains a new 2-disc set, Birth of the Dead, featuring rare and previously unreleased recordings from the band's pre-Warner days. Includes a 100-page book chronicling […]

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ESSENTIAL LISTENING: Lynyrd Skynyrd and Friends: Super Jam with Dickie Betts & Charlie Daniels (CD)

Lynyrd Skynyrd, Super Jam, Doraville, Atlanta 30th August 1978  After one of rock and roll’s most notorious tragedies, four surviving members of southern rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd honoured an invitation from friends and DIR-FM to perform at the debut Super Jam in Doraville GA. Participating guests would include members of the Charlie Daniels Band, Allman […]

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