PS AUDIO: “Keep it isolated as best you can and leave the microphones to the recording side of things.”

Paul McGowan writes: Most of us are familiar with the concept of mechanically isolating our equipment from vibrations; but do you know why it’s important? Microphonics.  Certainly not the only reason, but clearly the most important.  Microphonics is the tendency of something to act like a microphone; picking up and reproducing sounds it “hears”. The […]

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VINTAGE SYNTHS: Explorer ARP 2600

“The ARP 2600 is without a doubt one of the finest analog synthesizers ever. It is very popular and has been used by artists for over 20 years in all forms of music, especially today’s electronic music. The 2600 is a professional, semi-modular, monophonic, patch-cable synthesizer that competed directly against the first professional Modular Moog […]

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A change in editorial emphasis at AN&MR

Analysis of visitor metrics here at AN&MR since January 2 this year has ranked the hierarchy of topics that are of most interest to our global readership. Not just in terms of their selection but also how long they keep the post open. I’m hesitant to say that this always indicates how long they spend […]

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PS AUDIO: The second most common bass extender for loudspeakers is called a passive radiator

Paul McGowan writes:  Recently we covered the basics of ports in speaker boxes that would otherwise be called sealed boxes were it not for the hole and associated tube punched into the speaker box to extend the bass. Port calculations used to be a black art but today the science is well known and there […]

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RECORDING STUDIOS: Classic UK Recording Studios in the 60s, 70s, and 80s: Audio International Studios

philsbook.com write:  Originally called Star Sound, the studio dates back to 1937 when it was designed as a small theater for the recording of live audience shows for Radio Luxembourg. It was said to be the countys first independent studios starting with disk recording onto wax and then as one of the first commercial concerns […]

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STAX: Unreliability?

Gentlemen, which era of STAX headphones are more reliable. Old or new? Howard Popeck writes as follows: First things first, I’ve not been involved in selling STAX equipment for some years and so my comments and observations are based on my experiences then and not currently. They’re called ‘Earspeakers’ incidentally. Old or new is not […]

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PS AUDIO: As consumers we tend to take for granted how simple something is and wonder why everything cannot be designed that way

Paul McGowan:  Perhaps one of the most difficult challenges faced by any design team is how to keep something simple yet meet or exceed people’s expectations. Apple’s products are famous more for what they did not include then what they did – but at the same time exceeding expectations.  That’s a really hard thing to […]

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PS AUDIO: The sound of magnets

Paul McGowan writes: We know that every element in the signal chain imparts a sonic fingerprint: bipolars, tubes, JEFETS, MOSFETS. And let’s not to forget film, foil, beeswax, ceramic, and electrolytic capacitors. One piece of the puzzle has only never been eliminated. Magnetism. Most everything you listen to when reproducing music arrives to you through […]

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PS AUDIO: Remembering …..

Paul McGowan writes: I hate it. As I age my memory gets worse and it was never great in the first place. At least I don’t remember it being great. Some things, like circuits and emotional responses, are permanently etched. Others, like day-to-day tasks, people’s names, numbers, are lost before lunch. I am certain we’re […]

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KEN KESSLER: From the archives – Ken Kessler / Why does the audio business suffer so many fools?

Previously published on October 9, 2012Gossip and rumour have always … fuelled the audio industry. For the hi-fi press, it’s partly excusable, because the mags and blogs live on information exchange rather than producing or selling equipment. But the world of hi-fi is noticeably more gossip-driven than most. Why does this concern me? Because I’ve […]

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STAX :4040 or Omega earspeakers for a blues enthusiast?

  My system is LP12/ Itok/ Koetsu/Armageddon/Groove/Hi cap/82/250/Kabers.Some time back I bought a Densen 400XS CD player second hand to play a few discs I usually keep in the car. 30 Min’s into the first blues disc it sounded so bad I assumed I had a poor recording.On with another – same terrible sound.Even my […]

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ECLIPSE: Showcase their Flagship Td712zmk2 Speaker At The North West Audio Show 2016

They say ….. ECLIPSE is set to demonstrate the extraordinary sonic capabilities of its ‘accurate sound’ loudspeaker technology with demonstrations of its flagship TD712ZMK2 loudspeaker at this year’s North West Audio Show (26th June, 2016) ECLIPSE is exhibiting at the North West Audio Show 2016 (Cranage Hall), enabling show-goers to experience the company’s legendary ‘accurate […]

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EXPOSURE: They add DSD to the 2010S2 DAC

  Exposure Electronics has just announced an upgrade to the 2010S2 DAC, enabling the latter to handle DSD music files. The 2010S2 DAC is an affordable digital-to-analogue converter with excellent, engaging musicality and a surprisingly un-digital sound. The new upgraded edition, available now, is able to handle single-rate DSD (DSD x64 or DSD 2.8mHz) through […]

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Ask an expert: Tweaks, differences, improvements and …… err, wishful thinking.

A frequent question I receive is “Will I hear the difference?” My answer is simple. “How should I know?“ A bit curt you might think. At face value, it is. But if you look beneath the superficiality, my answer is both objective and rational, to say nothing of truthful. This is because I am not […]

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