Tony Besgrove’s pick of the day: Lindsey Buckingham; 2003 concert in Boston

  Every few years, the music and guitar magazines run their ‘best guitar solo’ poll, and every year it is topped by either Dave Gilmour’s ‘Comfortably Numb’ or Don Felder’s & Joe Walsh’s ‘Hotel California’ solos – all magnificent pieces of guitar artistry. However, here’s one that seems to have been forgotten, but in my […]

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Essential Listening: Mike Oldfield – The Studio Albums: 1992-2003 (8CD)

This new box set, supported by Mike Oldfield, contains 8 albums from the Warner years: –          Tubular Bells II –          The Songs Of Distant Earth –          The Voyager –          Tubular Bells III –          Guitars   –          The Millennium Bell –          Tr3s Lunas   –          Tubular Bells 2003   After leaving Virgin Records, Oldfield joined the […]

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Channa Vithana / Synth-Aesthesia

Synthesiser Music (SM) has been one constant that I am always fond of keeping. For a long while I didn’t really understand why certain musical pieces made with or containing SM affected me so, until recently when I had a conversation with an established artist and friend concerning synaesthesia (see footnote #1) Synaesthesia is an […]

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PS Audio: Building a new Music Room Part 2

Calculating the room. Paul walks us through the now empty music room at PS Audio. We understand his rule of thirds, slap echo and ceiling traps and watch the progress on building the listening room. Detailed instructions on how to measure your own room. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E33LzO5UknA

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Keith Howard and the sort of thoughtful writing that’s rarer than it used to be

The audio diaspora is split on the subject of bass. Some audiophiles—surely the majority—consider the reproduction of low frequencies purely in terms of the weight and drama it adds to sounds with significant bass content. Others—the generalists—take a much wider view of the significance of extended bass response, noting that an audio system’s ubiquitous high-pass […]

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Accounting for Differences of Opinion Among Reviewers – by Mr Galen Carol

“Reviewer “A” loves this preamp, reviewer “B” thinks it mediocre. Reviewer “A” finds this speaker atrocious, reviewer “B” pronounces it state of the art. Why is this, can’t these people hear? Shouldn’t the reviewers always agree? The answer is no. An audio system represents a complex conglomeration of sophisticated electronic components. These components interact with […]

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From the 2006 archives / Hi-Fi News and editor Fairclough

Originally posted Oct 13 2006: I received this yesterday, and very welcome it was too. Rumours, but certainly not malicious ones had been circulating about the health of editor Fairclough at Hi-Fi News. As you can see below, he’s on the mend and I feel sure that like me, all of you reading this will […]

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Pressed to the Edge: Why vinyl hype is destroying the record

FACTMAG.COM: We have a problem. The music industry has been celebrating a surge of interest in one of its most beloved artifacts: the vinyl record. Major labels are returning to their old business model and are quickly saturating clothes stores, online shops, electronics outlets and international vinyl-themed holidays with reissues of old classics. It’s easy […]

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Is this enthusiast headed down the road to ruin here?

The thread starts: Currently I have a macbook (stripped of everything but the software I use to stream music with, via USB and an ultraviolet USB cable to the USB input on ny Shanling cd2.1 player. The player outputs over some very nice cables I picked up here to an Audible illusions preamp which (over […]

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Blast from the recent past: A Digital Companion for Concert Fans

“Eight American orchestras have filed for bankruptcy in the last year. With classical concert attendance in decline, or at best, holding steady, orchestras are looking for new audiences, and considering new ways to attract those audiences. One possibility is a high tech device called the “Concert Companion.” NPR’s Fred Child had the opportunity to test-drive […]

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Why I don’t exhibit at UK audio shows

Howard Popeck writes: I wrote this in 2008 and unearthed it today. My views haven’t changed. It’s not just the many £1,000s exhibitors pay for a decent room, nor the standing up for hours on end talking happily to (in the main) very receptive, enthusiastic decent folk, nor the hernia-inducing activity of lifting, unpacking and […]

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Essential Listening: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – The New York Shuffle – My Father’s Place, Roslyn 1977 (CD)

After gaining local popularity in Gainesville, Florida with his band Mudcrutch, Tom Petty hooked up with The Heartbreakers (Mike Campbell, guitar; Benmont Tench, keyboards; Stan Lynch, drums; Ron Blair, bass), went to L.A., signed to Leon Russell s Shelter Records, and cut Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, the debut album released in 1976. Although Petty, […]

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