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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HARBETH: “Why are so many people trying to sell Harbeths?” (29 opinions)

The thread starts:  These speakers have their devotees to be sure, but it looks like a lot of people are falling OUT of love with them. It’s a trend I’ve noticed here on Audiogon. Opinions? More HERE Also ….. Please click HERE to access the entire BRITISH STEREO archive Also ….. Please click HERE to […]

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Tim de Paravicini – The Stereophile star interview

Originally published October 2009 Stereophile: You are president of Esoteric Audio Research, a British manufacturer of tube amplifiers, and a world-renowned designer of tube equipment and output transformers. I thought we’d begin with a little background. Where were you born? What kind of education did you get to prepare you for a career in audio? […]

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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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We’re Sisters Under The Skin – Female Blues & Boogie Woogie 1944-1949 (CD)

Accordionist, pianist, singer and band leader, Christine Chatman was popular around New York and was given a recording session in 1944. Christine played a mean boogie piano and Decca probably had high hopes of good sales at the height of the boogie woogie craze. Her vocals were rousing rather than mellifluous with echoes of Big […]

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Santana – Live At The Cow Palace, Daly City, December 31, 1977 (CD)

  For several years straight in the 1970s, Santana had a tradition of playing their hometown of San Francisco every New Year’s Eve. at the legendary Cow Palace venue. This 1977 show is one of their most historic, a ripping set the blends the Latin-rock of Santana’s early years with the spiritually tinged jazz-fusion Carlos […]

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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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