A POINT OF VIEW: Audiophile marketing – is this a contradiction in terms?

Neil, is there such a things as honest audiophile marketing, or is that a contradiction in terms? Thanks. Bryan Paul McGowan wrote on the topic: Bad storytelling. Marketing a product is all about telling a story.  The story tells the customer what the product’s about, why he might need it and how it relates to […]

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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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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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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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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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A POINT OF VIEW: When technology changes an industry, the first reaction by the industry is to protect itself by whatever means possible.

Paul McGowan writes: My son Scott handed me a new book he just finished reading and suggested I read it.  I am reading it and enjoying it.  Others send me music to listen to. Sharing books and music has been a part of our culture for many, many years.  I suspect it will continue to […]

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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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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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A POINT OF VIEW: How do you know?

Paul McGowan writes ….. Does your system give you the lowest bass notes? Is it right in the room? How would you actually know? I don’t need to remind most of my readers of the value I place on adequate, accurate, bass. It’s the foundation of a good system and most systems get it wrong. […]

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Are You On The Road To… Audio Hell? Article By Leonard Norwitz and Peter Qvortrup of Audio Note UK

We audiophiles are always trying to sharpen our skills at evaluating audio components.  However, the very methods we use can result in precisely the opposite of the effect desired, namely boredom or frustration with our audio system before we have even paid for it; in other words, AUDIO HELL. Take the following short quiz to […]

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Australian Hi-Fi

High fidelity – not just an obscure concept from the 70s, but a real concern for audiophiles. Australian Hi-Fi magazine is the nation’s longest-running and most successful title in this genre. Published continuously since 1969, Australian Hi-Fi has garnered an international reputation for the unerring technical accuracy and consistent high quality of its authoritative reviews […]

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