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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PARASOUND: The unusually usefully featured Parasound Halo Integrated amplifier – test review

Steve Guttenberg writes: Full bass management is a rarely found feature in stereo integrated amps, but the Parasound Halo has it, along with superb sound. The Parasound Halo Integrated amplifier may appear rather conservative, but once you look a little deeper you’ll discover its rather unusual feature lineup. First, it offers the sort of true […]

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“How I Converted My Boyfriend To Bruce Springsteen”

  So I’ve recently found myself in the early stages of a newly formed ‘relationship’. It’s definitely not just in my head as I pinned him up against a wall in a street at 5 o’clock in the morning and demanded that he say it out loud that we were in this relationship. There may […]

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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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Heed Questar.

Paul Rigby: While sub-£300 moving magnet phono amps are commonplace, finding the same for a moving coil cartridge is a little more difficult. Heed has done well to produce a suitable unit for this cost. To reach this price point, though, Heed has cut its cloth. Hence, the prosaic chassis – a simple metal box […]

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Spendor Loudspeakers test review

GALEN CAROL AUDIO: Pick a speaker, any speaker, and I guarantee you’ll be able to find those who love it and those who hate it. It’s easy to get into trouble when recommending a speaker. The plethora of brands and models multiplied by the vast range of personal references, virtually insure you will offend some […]

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Linda Rondstadt: Wildflower (6CD Limited Box)

We are told: Limited edition 6CD Box Set featuring live FM broadcasts from 1974 to 1984 Disc 1. Record Plant, Sausalito, CA – KSAN FM -18th November 1973 01. Rehearsal > KSAN Intro 02. Nightingale 03. I Fall To Pieces 04. Silver Threads And Golden Needles 05. Love Has No Pride 06. Rock Me On […]

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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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