A POINT OF VIEW: So accuracy or emotionally inspiring? Heck of a choice.

Gentlemen. Should I choose emotion over accuracy or vice-versa? I am no longer convinced I can achieve both in one system Here’s what Paul McGowan (PS Audio) says: My friend Art Tedeschi from the Colorado Audiophile Society sent me an interesting observation which I think is rather relevant and relates to our thoughts. “I think […]

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A POINT OF VIEW: Homemade cables

Gentlemen, can home made cables really offer quality as distinct from value? Here’s what Paul McGowan (PS Audio) says on the subject. Fatter wire sounds fuller, skinnier wire sounds thin, shielded wire sounds cleaner but veiled, stranded wire sounds one way and solid core thicker wire sounds yet another.  These findings were very suspicious to […]

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This 100-pound cast iron turntable has smarter tech than your car

Digital Trends write ….. When it comes to electronic paraphernalia in the home, few devices bridge the worlds of form and function as brilliantly as a good turntable. A stylish turntable is at once the centerpiece of your hi-fi system, a retro throwback to the musical days of yore, and a conversation piece that “ties the room […]

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Afro-Peruvian music

Afro-Peruvian music has its roots in the communities of black slaves brought to work in the mines along the Peruvian coast. As such, it’s a fair way from the Andes, culturally and geographically. However, as it developed, particularly in this century, it drew on Andean and Spanish, as well as African traditions, while its modern […]

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PARASOUND: Halo JC 3 phono preamplifier test review

Michael Fremer and Brian Damkroger write:  According to Parasound’s founder and CEO, Richard Schram, the Halo JC 3 began as a phono-preamp retrofit for the JC 2 line stage, with separate small circuit boards for each channel. The smaller the board, the better, Schram says, so as to attract less noise than do larger boards, whose […]

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A POINT OF VIEW: Every once in a while I am transported somewhere else when I listen to music – even if I know it isn’t real

Paul McGowan writes: In Stereophile Magazine  John Atkinson opines about the goals and challenges of reviewing audio equipment: a challenging task to do it as well and as thoroughly as does John.  I have always admired his measurements plus listening approach to high-end audio as being really down to earth and informative. At one point […]

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HEADPHONES: 18 Brands Ranked from Worst to First

Ben Taylor (Time Magazine) writes:  Full-time rapper and part-time headphone brand Dr. Dre likes to say that “people aren’t hearing all the music.” A more accurate assessment: people aren’t buying the right headphones. Today, the audio industry is saturated with marketing. Clueless consumers snap up name-brands at $300+ price points while merrily scrolling past better, […]

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SPICA: The TC-50 speakers test review

Howard Popeck writes: As it my policy re these mini-reviews, I only write as a consequence of direct personal experience of the product.I sold these during my time at Subjective Audio in the 1980s. The demonstrations followed a fairly predictable pattern. Initially the potential customer would say that (a) the cabinets looked odd and/or unusual […]

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From the archives: There’s a major disconnect between the audiophile magazines and their readers – says Howard Popeck

  Well, hello again – and thank you to the thousands of you who each month follow my daily column here. Now then … Overview There is in my view a major disconnect between the audiophile magazines and their readers. It’s an understandable one but in my view an important one – and it’s the […]

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FOCAL PROFESSIONAL: The CMS Sub active subwoofer – description and specifications

They tell us ….. The 11″ Polyglass® cone woofer used in the CMS SUB is both very light and extremely rigid for a neutral and distortion-free response. This incredible weight-to-rigidity ratio is obtained by applying a thin layer of hollow glass spheres on top of a cellulose-based cone. The high excursion capabilities of the CMS […]

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CLONES AUDIO: AP2 pre amp – what the makers say

They say …. AP2 preamplifier offers a significant step forward in capturing the subtleties, nuances, and emotions of music. All aspects of the signal flow are enhanced with lower noise and distortion figures, offering a rich and vibrant audio experience. Continues HERE Please click HERE for everything we have on Clones Audio

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CLONES AUDIO: AP2 pre amp test review (Mono and Stereo)

They say …. Prolonged and extended see through nature of AP2 managed to recreate musical happening surprisingly evidently with classical music. Eugene Ormandy conducting The Philadelphia Orchestra performing Peter Iliych Tchaikovsky The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker and Swan like belongs to a close selection of my utmost intimate and seductive performance gems. Uber revelatory and […]

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Howard Popeck expresses a view – achieving that elusive musical ‘high’, Linda Rondstat, Jim Cippolina, the impact of £5k suits on Eric Clapton, Jefferson Airplane (with 2 heads), out Dylaning Dylan (on one track)

Originally published in 2004 Occasionally, the music really really grabs me. More than grabs me, it draws me into its soul, its character, its intensity. And quite wonderful it is too. It’s a sort of ecstatic experience and all the better for not requiring chemical process to kick-start it or maintain it. A musical high […]

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