Think Piece Painting, Music And The Language Of Sound Reproduction. Jules Coleman

The following is the first of a series of think pieces on audio reproduction. This one focuses on the relationship between the language we employ in discussing and evaluating paintings and how certain terms that are important in the lexicon of the visual arts like ‘tonal pallet,’ ‘resolution’ and ‘reproduction’ can help us better understand […]

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Kevlar: Bowers and Wilkins’ cone material of choice since 1974 and with good reason

We say .. a fascinating, informative and interesting hype-free short video by Dr. Peter Fryer: Director of Research. They say: The midrange is where the real musical action is invariably found, and a smooth midband is an invaluable loudspeaker quality. Enter Kevlar®. It’s been Bowers & Wilkins’s cone material of choice since 1974, and with […]

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A POINT OF VIEW: Conrad Johnson amp; Audio Research private sellers; greedy, misguided orjust plain unlucky?

Arguably CJ and AR are natural rivals in the valve/tube market. They’ve been around for many (in audiophile terms at least) years and so there are plenty of items available on the used market. The accepted places to look online are eBay and Audiogon. Sellers on eBay specify a minimum selling price. Sometimes they’ll be […]

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THE CADOGAN HALL: Scheduled free performances

For background information re this superb venue and the Out to Lunch free performances, please click HERE The events are all now confirmed… Friday 2 June 2017 Doolally Tap: David Lalljee (Trombone & Vocals), Titch Walker (Trumpet & Vocals), John O’Neill (Clarinet), Nick Singer (Banjo & Vocals), Tom Briers (Sousaphone) Tuesday 6 June 2017 Geoff […]

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Talent spotting: Great British HiFi manufacturing talent, the little guys usually ignored in the paper mags

It seems to us that small innovative British makers really don’t receive much editorial coverage in the paper magazines. It’s easy to speculate why this might be. Possibly those that are marginalised suffer because they don’t have a marketing / advertising budget. Our suspicions though are that: The interests of the ‘big boys’ i.e. those […]

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Benchmark DAC, LFD Audio LS3 linestage, an irritated wife, Joni Michell and a lesson learned.

Originally published June 2006 Just like you I understand that our connection to music comes from multiple angles: emotional, analytical, as a student, as a teacher, as a critic or just casually. Moreover irrespective of how we are connecting we can easily tell when we like something or we don’t Neither you nor I need […]

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Shoppers ‘duped’ by millions of fake online reviews

Dan Hyde writes: Half of the the population use online review websites such as Amazon, Tripadvisor, Expedia and Checkatrade – but can you trust everything you read? Shoppers who use the internet to research hotels, books, electronics and other purchases are being misled by millions of “fake” reviews orchestrated by companies to trick potential customers, […]

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Perfection: Here at Last? – test review

Long-time Stereophile readers May be dismayed by what appears to be our unfettered satisfaction with some of the recent crop of new components. Aren’t we, after all, dedicated to the pursuit of perfection? Do we really feel that some products are all that close to it? The answer to both questions is “Yes.” Certain components […]

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iPod Classic: Apple’s dead music player prompts frenzy on eBay and Amazon

Andrew Griffin writes: That iPod Classic of yours that has been gathering dust in a bedside table could now worth hundreds of pounds.Two months after Apple unceremoniously dumped the first generation iPod, music fans have rushed to buy the product – making it officially the most expensive iPod out there.Some versions of the iPod, which […]

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