The chaos and joy of John Cage’s Musicircus

Hannah Nepil writes:  Taking part in Musicircus at Aldeburgh was a bewildering musical experience. They never told me that music journalism could be like this: that one day I’d be playing the violin at the Aldeburgh festival, at the mercy of the elements and the judgement of professional, bona-fide musicians who, on another occasion, I […]

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Ballpoint Pen Draws Electronic Circuits With Conductive Ink

Circuit Scribe is a rollerball pen that uses a silver conductive ink to let you create fully functioning circuits as fast as you can draw, making it cheaper, faster and easier to test out electronics and prototype concepts. Developed by Electroninks Incorporated, a company originally part of a University of Illinois research lap, Circuit Scribe […]

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Boothroyd Stuart Meridian 201

Head-Fi writes as follows: The above mentioned preamp is near perfect, the cosmetics are almost above reproach, and the sonics are nearly so, and I say that only to defer to others’ taste in sound. The cabinet looks like black plastic, but is extruded aluminum, rather like the FMJ Arcams or the Musical Fidelity X-Series. […]

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The Lost Broadcasts (DVD) by Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band

In 1972 Captain Beefheart released two albums; ‘The Spotlight Kid’ and ‘Clear Spot’. He also toured the UK and Europe with the Magic Band, even performing two concerts at the Royal Albert Hall as part of an extensive British and European tour. On the 12th April, in the middle of the European leg of the […]

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The death of the home stereo system

Todd Leopold writes: For many years, it was a rite of fall. You moved into your dorm room or new apartment. You started unpacking the car. And the first thing you set up in your new place was the stereo system: receiver, turntable or CD player, tape deck and speakers. The wires could get tangled, […]

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What about “oxygen free” wire?

Roger Russell writes: Oxygen-free copper (OFC) or Oxygen-free high thermal conductivity (OFHC) copper generally refer to a group of wrought high conductivity copper alloys that have been electrolytically refined to reduce the level of oxygen to .001% or below. Perhaps, it should be more accurately called oxygen reduced copper. C11000 is the most common copper. […]

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Why USB Cables Can Make a Difference

Dave Clark: So there is this controversy of sorts… well not really for many of us, but certainly for some of us. See, the argument is that USB cables cannot and will not change the sound since it is just passing along 1’s and 0’s from point A to point B. It is all digital and […]

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Editor’s pick / Jan Garbarek “In Praise Of Dreams”

After my experiences with “SART” I’m having a much more pleasurable listening experience with “In Praise of Dreams”. Hardly off my machine today, nor last Saturday for that matter. Deeply haunting. This was another eBay purchase for not a lot of money. I’ll probably purchase a few more and then I’ll post my thoughts. do […]

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Do vinyl LPs wear out? The Audiophiliac takes on that myth

Steve Guttenberg writes: Don’t be scared off by the old bugaboo about record wear, says the Audiophiliac. I still own and enjoy LPs I bought decades ago, and even ones I’ve played hundreds of times still sound perfectly fine. I’ll go further back, to original pressings of 50-plus-year-old Beatles and Rolling Stones LPs that have […]

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Are audiophiles luring youngsters into boring conversations?

The Daily Mash writes: PARENTS have been warned about audiophiles, who are increasingly targeting young people for dull chats about hi-fi. Record shops have become magnets for middle-aged, socially awkward men attracted by products labelled ‘Audiophile Edition’. 14-year-old Tom Logan said: “I was looking at an old Fleetwood Mac record, when this bald man kind […]

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Unhesitatingly recommended

Terrific. And not least because it was yet another eBay Bargain. The review published HERE is I feel a little under-enthusiastic. Or perhaps I’m overly receptive? In any event this one has survived many repeated plays here in the office system. I wouldn’t be without it. HP

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“The unease of the audiophile”

Music and its accurate reproduction can provide some of life’s great pleasures. Beautiful art meets wonderous technology, and fanatics find communities of fellowship and glossy magazines with which their desires are regularly stoked. But audiophilia comes at a price, and not just in dollars and cents. A three-decade obsession with sound has convinced me that […]

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The Byrds – Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco November 2nd 1968 (CD)

This remarkable set was taped for radio broadcast very soon after the band’s new line-up of Roger McGuinn, Clarence White, Gene Parsons and John York had coalesced. Despite the turmoil in their recent history, they turn in a superb series of performances on a fascinating selection of songs (several of which they rarely played), featuring […]

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Are hybrid solid-state drives any good for audio?

Solid-state drives (SSDs) seem expensive, and I’ve seen some so-called ‘hybrid’ drives which combine a small solid-state element with a traditional hard drive. Obviously they give you more storage, but are these any good for audio work, and better than conventional drives, or should I steer well clear? SOS contributor Martin Walker replies: The advertising makes hybrid drives […]

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Essential Listening: The Standells – Live On Tour – 1966 (CD)

Besides releasing two classic longplayers and many more singles (including the smash, “Gloria”), touring/behaving badly all across America and appearing on TV shows like ‘Upbeat’ and ‘Where The Action Is’, the Shadows of Knight also ruled at suburban Chicago’s hands-down hippest teen club, The Cellar. Over the decades, their Cellar performances have become the stuff […]

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Howard’s CD warning

Dreadful is too good a word. Good grief. What sort of mood was she in when she flung this lot together? Was it some sort of ironic joke? Borrow it just to hear her mangling of the already nauseous Everyone’s Gone To The Moon. Then laugh, or weep, or both. Definitely borrow first before considering […]

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Essential Listening: The Kinks – Paris 1965 (DVD)

The Kinks live on television in 1965 with all their hits and classics: You Really Got Me, Louie Louie, All Day And All of The Night etc. 1. Bye Bye Johnny 2. Louie Louie 3. You Really Got Me 4. Got Love if You Want It 5. Long Tall Shorty 6. All Day and All […]

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Jefferson Airplane – Family Dog At The Great Highway San Fransisco – June 11th 1969 (CD)

Recorded at the height of the Airplane’s powers, between the April sessions for Volunteers and their historic appearance at Woodstock in August, this remarkable set captures them at their most dynamic. Originally recorded for KSAN FM radio broadcast, it’s presented in superb fidelity here, together with historical notes and rare images. 1. Jam 2. The […]

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