System Tuning Tips

Galen Carol writes ….. “The magic is in the details. Nowhere is this statement truer than in the context of a high-end audio or video system. Many fine systems perform at sub-optimal levels due to a few overlooked details. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard a collection of superb equipment fail to […]

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PS AUDIO: Direct to disc

Paul McGowan writes: In yesterday’s post we mentioned a Sheffield Direct To Disc recording and several readers asked me just what that was.  It was the most direct method of recording possible before the advent of digital and interestingly enough it was a throwback to the original recording technique.  Perhaps a bit of history is […]

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TRACK AUDIO: Isolation feet

They say ….. Track Audio isolation feet feature a unique design based around an ingenious viscous damping system. Undesirable vibrations that would normally diminish the performance of you hi-fi are absorbed and converted into heat, leaving you free to hear from your loudspeakers only what the speaker designer intended. The result: an instant upgrade to […]

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Placebo-philes

Audiophiles have gotten a lot of bad press recently, what with the apparently silly Pono music player (which plays much higher quality audio files despite almost no one being able to hear the difference) and the news from Wired magazine that “burning in” your headphones has no discernible effect on sound quality. Reading about the […]

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Beware – LP Delivery

This is about about a music fan whose wife was bewildered when the postman delivered an LP for him. The hapless postman had folded the parcel in half and squeezed it through the letterbox. He did this despite a clear warning that the contents were FRAGILE. Her comment? ‘If I wanted my stuff smashed up […]

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The future of CDs

There was a great article in The Guardian recently by a chap for whom fatherhood beckoned. As a result, he had to get rid of several shelves of CDs because space was at a premium. His story, which many of us may relate to, explains his thought processes and which discs he felt he had […]

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FORUM RANT OF THE DAY: “I’m slightly uncomfortable that this is becoming a public lynching based on little hard evidence”

The above image is from the BBC A reader spotted this rant earlier today and I’ve posted here verbatim. No comment required I feel. Neil / editor —//— I’m slightly uncomfortable that this is becoming a public lynching based on little hard evidence. This thread exists uncomfortably with our AUP, and neither Tony nor any […]

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The retailer perspective: Nostalgia really isn’t going to help

A high-end retailer writes: All too often I hear is something like this:  They no longer appreciate good music / They’re perfectly happy with MP3 /The younger generation doesn’t care about quality of anything Frankly from time to time I agree with this, although only temporarily. Returning to my senses I realise that people don’t […]

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“Silence Please” by Jeffery Tan

Amidst the din of more power and dynamics, Jeff Rowland strives to restore some quiet in music reproduction. He talks to Jeffrey Tan. IN MANY WAYS, JEFF ROWLAND amplifiers reflect the designer himself. After all, Rowland believes that designing audio equipment should be no different from any other creative activity. It must embody the spirit […]

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AUDIO RESEARCH: Introduces Foundation Series

Frank Berryman writes ….. Audio Research is pleased to introduce the Foundation Series. From the same engineering and design team responsible for the award-winning Reference Series, the Foundation family of vacuum tube components has been created to provide incredible musical experiences. Spatial definition, dynamics and detail abound while providing the most natural musical experience. The […]

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VINYL TEST RECORDS: 10 of the best

What HiFi writes: Some records are more use than others when it comes to putting your system through its paces. And, obviously, some records come with better songs on them than others. As whathifi.com marks Record Store Day on 19th April with a week of features, here’s our list of the albums that manage the by-no-means […]

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The TONTO synthesizer

“TONTO is an acronym for “The Original New Timbral Orchestra,” the first, and still the largest, multitimbral polyphonic analog synthesizer in the world, designed and constructed over several years by Malcolm Cecil. TONTO started as a Moog modular synthesizer Series III owned by record producer Robert Margouleff. Later a second Moog III was added, then […]

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Pasadena nostalgia: Mr. van Halen, the Leslie speaker cabinet, Jackie Robinson, JBL, General Patton and … John Mayberry

Editor’s note: Earlier this week we asked Howard to invite John Mayberry to be a guest contributor here. He’s agreed. Unusually for us we didn’t set John a series of topics. Having read some of his material, all of which we found engaging; his writing being somewhat iconoclastic, we decided to let him write on […]

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An unexpected pleasure in the editorial office

Editor’s introduction: One of the pleasures of being involved with this site is the quality of response, in terms of careful thinking and everything related to it that we receive from readers leaving comments. It’s gratifying that in these time-tight times (oh, I like that) a person we’ve never met would want to contribute. After […]

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IXION: Bringing the Music Centre Back into the Limelight

They say ….. IXION, the Norwegian specialist in luxury audio systems, is pleased to announce the launch of the Maestro music centre. Handcrafted in Norway, this state of the art system epitomises the best in Norwegian design, luxury retail and quality audio. The Maestro is IXION’s signature product and hosts an array of features that […]

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