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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“It’s only the music I’m interested in” – Howard Popeck wonders just how true this is

I hear this mantra / protestation rather a lot. Yes, I’m sure it’s true for some of us; but me – surely I know better, right? Over the years though I’ve concluded that most of us like the gear, the kit, just as much as we like the music. I’m no exception; I’ve bought vintage […]

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COLIN WONFOR: Boutique brand, or mass-market gentlemen?

Hi Colin. First. Congratulations on rising phoenix-like from a difficult time with difficult people! From what I have read my impression is that you are intent on keeping Elsdon Wonfor Audio small; a boutique-brand if you will. However for the sake of conversation, or curiosity or whatever, if you wanted to, could the company be […]

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BUDGET AUDIO: The 8 best budget speakers that will still make your vinyl sing

Paul Rigby writes:  Buying speakers can be an absolute nightmare, especially if you’re on a budget. People might tell you that you’ll need to break the bank to get the best from your record collection but Paul Rigby thinks otherwise. Having explored the pricier compact speaker earlier this year, here’s our pick of the 8 […]

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A POINT OF VIEW: Used audio equipment on eBay offered at bargain prices in the USA into the UK. Good idea or what?

Good morning Howard. I have seen new and used audio equipment on eBay offered at bargain prices in the USA into the UK. Good idea or what? Buyer beware! First, remember you will have to pay import duty, plus vat at 20% when the purchase comes into the UK. So add at least 23% to […]

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BENCHMARK MEDIA: DAC and “friends” – are we missing a trick here?

From our archives: Are we missing a trick here? First – which “we”? you, or me? Actually, both of us I think. We might both be missing a trick here. Let’s see, shall we? My experiences with the Benchmark DAC have been positive and more importantly, very positive for all of my end users. I’ve […]

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Sonus Faber: Amati Futura

This is what they say: From tradition to a “new standard” for the future. The development process began by gathering the best of Amati Homage and Amati Anniversario: an aptitude reflected in the particular attention given to the choice of drivers and the following optimisation of their membrane composition. The next step was to take […]

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