Howard Popeck is so wrong about the Harbeth 40.1 – apparently

The Harbeth 40.1 is not overrated by any means, as their  sales data will attest. Don’t know your gripe with Harbeth but it doesn’t make you look very knowledgeable with statements like that. I’ve heard EMT’s and wasn’t impressed. Everything is subjective of course but the 40.1’s are always one of the most liked speakers […]

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22 Songs – The Moore Theater,Seattle 1974 (CD) by Randy Newman

The Moore Theater,Seattle, WA KISW-FM Broadcast 1974 Superb Live performance of Randy Newman from the Moore Theater, Seattle in 1974. Touring in support of the critical & commercial success of the just released ‘Good Old Boy’s’ album. The show captures him at his laconic & pithy best mixing dry mordant satire with concise observational musings […]

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PS Audio: AC line noise

Paul McGowan writes: Our options have pretty much always involved creating safe havens for the equipment that will benefit from it. Safe havens are isolated areas of power that we build using either a filter or a regenerator like a Power Plant.  But what about the whole house?  Would it be possible to create a […]

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Sticky situation: Magnetic audiotape’s potentially catastrophic degradation in storage

University of South Carolina: Many of the more than 46 million sound recordings archived throughout the US carry the risk of being destroyed during an attempt to digitize them, because magnetic audiotape can deteriorate over time. A team of researchers is developing a means to readily assess the structural condition of magnetic tape, using non-destructive […]

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BRINKMANN: La Grange and one of the world’s first fully balanced vinyl replay systems

Originally published here in February 2006 Howard, is it true that way back you were the owner of the World’s first fully balanced vinyl replay system? Possibly the first; certainly one of the first three ….. so I’m told. I purchased the Brinkman 10.5 tonearm before I became a dealer, and paid £2,200 from the […]

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Aiwa DX-1200 CD test review

Table of contents: Overview As an aside … Comparative pricing Okay, it’s subjective but … Buying advice Headphone jack? Unusual features Technical So … what did it sound like? Suitable partners? For and against Should YOU buy? Where to buy

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Sonic Wonderland by Trevor Cox – review

CASPER HENDERSON: Sand dunes hum and oceans rumble in this infectiously enthusiastic study of sound and hearing “I am hearing all the secret whisperings of the world!” says the Big Friendly Giant, whose ears are as large as those of an elephant, to the young heroine Sophie in Roald Dahl’s story. “I is hearing the […]

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Rush – The Lady Gone Electric (CD)

Recorded at the Electric Ladyland Studios in New York City, in December 1974 in preparation for their first US tour, this sublime Rush performance was given in front of an audience of 8-12 people in the small studio, and thus provides a fine example of this remarkable bands early live sound. This was also the […]

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AUDIOLAB: Upgrades

They tell us ….. Greatly improved power-supply & signal path components bring a smoother and much more open sound with better detail, transparency, bass grip & definition. Due to the age of these amplifiers, it is highly recommended that you get them serviced. Of course, we can do this for you; alternatively why not have […]

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