Lost in music: the world of obsessive audiophilia

Jonathan Margolis is listening to a £3,159 portable sound system. His wife says that high-end hi-fi is like anti-wrinkle cream: it’s expensive with dubious results. But, compared to some, his set-up is modest. He meets the people for whom hearing is believing Continue HERE

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Playing here right now

Tuesday morning. No demos. Catching up on paperwork. Got a few calls to make. So what music do I reach for? Not Green Day, “American Idiot” Although I love it. Just too early. So this morning it’s Peter Green with Nigel Watson/Splinter Group “Hot Foot Powder”. Damn good choice I have to say.After that? Well […]

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Essential Listening: Mark Knopfler – Tracker (Deluxe CD)

Mark Knopfler releases his eighth solo album on March 9th 2015. Entitled TRACKER the new album features 11 new Knopfler songs inspired by a wide range of subjects including Beryl Bainbridge and Basil Bunting. The songs contain Mark’s usual wryly but accurately observed vignettes of real life wrapped up in a musical accompaniment of distinctive […]

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Currently I’m listening to this and …

Currently I’m listening to this and yes, it’s better than okay but not quite excellent. The Amazon buyer-reviews seem accurate to me. Mind you, I bought mine from Fopp (Covent Garden} for £3.00 and because of this I rate it as good value. MORE  

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Fake hi-fi an issue?

The thread starts: Just reading on the Luxman website “It has come to our knowledge that unknown LUXMAN products are being imitated and widely sold in certain areas of the world by unauthorised vendors, bearing the same “LUXMAN’ trademark and all other visual attributes of the authentic LUXMAN product, deceiving the general consumer public into […]

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Essential Listening: Brian Wilson – No Pier Pressure (Limited Deluxe Edition CD)

Brian Wilson’s new album No Pier Pressure is set for release on via Capitol Records. The legendary songwriter has also revealed the album—his 11th solo record—features guest appearances by She & Him, Sebu Simonian, Kacey Musgraves, his old Beach Boys bandmates Al Jardine, David Marks and Blondie Chaplin, among others. No Pier Pressure will be released in standard […]

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His Master’s Voices

Singer Cerys Matthews and music expert Tristram Penna go back to summer 1898 when The Gramophone Company opened offices in London’s Covent Garden. This was the very first disc record company in the UK, later becoming well known as HMV and EMI, and was the London affiliate of inventor Emile Berliner’s US National Gramophone Company. […]

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BBC Music Jazz

Singer Cerys Matthews and music expert Tristram Penna go back to summer 1898 when The Gramophone Company opened offices in London’s Covent Garden. This was the very first disc record company in the UK, later becoming well known as HMV and EMI, and was the London affiliate of inventor Emile Berliner’s US National Gramophone Company. […]

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Channa Vithana / The audiophile heroes – and villains

Heroes – and Villains The majority of people I have met and encountered so far in this hi-fi industry (manufacturers, PR people, retailers & dealers, journalists, customers and readers) are really nice individuals. There is however a small minority of ‘villains’ who can spoil our enjoyment, and for obvious legal reasons I cannot mention their […]

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