Dear Sir … the death of simply-STAX #03

Hello Howard, I am sorry to hear that you are stopping Simply Stax, I hope that what ever your new ventures are they bring you pleasure, profit, fun and great enjoyment to your life. I consider myself a very lucky person to have met you, and spent some time in your company. I have enjoyed […]

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VPI Classic 3 turntable & Classic-JMW tonearm – test review. Stereophile Magazine.

Trends in turntable design shift back and forth over time, each “advance” turning out to be a mostly sideways move. Over its long history, VPI’s founder and designer, Harry Weisfeld, has moved the analog goalposts back and forth as he’s refined his thinking. His early turntables were mostly standard spring-suspension designs of normal size. By […]

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Howard Popeck (Stereonow Ltd) thinks he knows why exhibition demos are usually so dismal

Being an inquisitive chap even way back in 1976 when I entered this industry I kept a log of conversions from ‘prospect’ (that’s the term we use for potential buyers) into clients. The initial results were inconclusive. There were just to many variables. However as the years moved on, I learned more and understood more. […]

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Dear Sir … the death of simply-STAX #04

Hello Howard So sorry to hear you are closing down. I can understand how it can get sometimes; if the spark goes, it is very hard to get ignition, combustion and then momentum. You just overheat and the fatigue begins to take its toll. Trust me – I’ve been there! I suspected something was amiss […]

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A convenient if unpalatable scapegoat?

Howard Popeck writes: As founder and owner of Stereonow Ltd It’s my belief that many sectors of the audiophile industry (and I include the audio magazines in this) will use the UK financial crisis as camouflage or indeed scapegoat for what was and remains their inadequate business models. Am I being too harsh – or […]

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Essential Listening: Many Faces Of Yes (3CD)

In The Many Faces of Yes we present an unknown side of the band, with recordings by the group as a whole and also by solo members, including rarities and other gems.On CD 1, “The BBC Sessions”, the group is presented in their original lineup (Jon Anderson on vocals, Peter Banks on guitar, Bill Bruford on drums, […]

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Don’t always let male composers call the tune – says Jessica Duchen

British Composer Awards? Make that British Male Composer Awards. Last week, of 13 prizes awarded by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA), 13 went to men. Yes, every last one. Women composers were not merely sidelined – they were completely absent. This is a disgrace to the UK’s whole classical music industry. […]

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Class A amplification; are the perceived benefits merely an illusion? Howard Popeck expresses a view

A question for Mr. Popeck. Regarding Class A amplification, are the perceived benefits merely an illusion, or are they noticeable? That’s a very difficult question because it’s all dependent on how good the power supply is. A Class A power amplifier needs – basically – a huge power supply to operate properly. I’m not talking […]

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Clarity Versus Fidelity – Dan Shanefield

In the December 1997 Stereo Review Corey Greenberg reviewed a new DVD recording of the Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture [Delos DV 7001] and heaped praise on the sound quality. At the recent Audio Engineering Society meeting in New York City, this recording seemed to be all the buzz, and several knowledgeable people whom I bumped into […]

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Dear Sir … the death of simply-STAX #09

Howard I’m very sorry to hear that you will no longer be continuing, but fully understand your reasons. I hope that through your website I can continue to hear your words and thoughts, and that we will have an opportunity in the future to meet again. Let me just say that is has thus far […]

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