Lady Sings The Blues

Wedaeli writes: “Billie Holiday is our hero” Val Wiseman announced from the Playhouse stage. She’s not overstating. Wiseman and her six-piece band have been touring for nearly two decades, all the while performing their take on Billie Holiday’s repertoire. You’d be mistaken for thinking that this Saturday night’s gig was among their first shows. In […]

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BOSENDORFER: VC 7 test review

Founded during its nascent years in Austria, 1828, by Ignaz Bösendorfer, the company bearing his name has since become one of the most recognisable piano-making brands in the world. With many choices in finish and specification, a Bösendorfer piano can be specified to be as minimalist or extravagant as you like – from opulent to […]

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The Balance Of Power

Paul White writes ….. No sooner had I opened a new file to write this leader column, aimed squarely at the annoyance of external power supplies, than I received an email from one of our long-time readers asking if he could submit a Sounding Off piece in favour of them. His argument was that by […]

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Luxman L-550A II or Accuphase E-202?

“Hello, I am trying to decide between these two integrated amps, and timing may play the ultimate role in my decision, but I was wondering if anyone had any experience with either amp, particularly the Luxman, as I can’t seem to find as much feedback on it. I am currently auditioning some Anthony Gallo Classico […]

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Joni Mitchell – Comfort in Melancholy – Music and Conversation (2CD)

  Fascinating and enthralling promotional radio performances from Joni in the 90’s. The first from February 1991 takes place with Murray McLauchlan on the Swinging on a Star show at CBC-FM, Toronto promoting her “Night Ride Home” album. The second is from KSCA-FM in Glendale, California in October 1994 where Joni plays songs from the […]

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Graham Phantom or Morch DP6 ?

  Does anyone have first hand experience with these two tonearms or know anyone who has heard them both ? For about the same price in the used market I can buy either a Graham B44 Phantom1 or a Morch DP6. Both are unipivots. I want to use it with my Verdier. I know that […]

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Ask an expert: Audio Power Cables & Cords – Do they really make a difference?

I believe that power cable can change the sound, but how is possible to spent more than you amplifier itself in a power cable….? Hello and thank you for your most interesting question. It’s not an easy one to answer because there are so many variables. First, I am of the total belief that every […]

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FiiO E5: User test review

Tony Andrews writes: As you will find out the more you read my ramblings I’m very old fashioned and don’t agree with the way the Record Industry is moving. I do appreciate that we live in a world of technology – but I’m opposed to the downloading of music. This will eventually eliminate the ability […]

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Ask an expert: Principal Design PD150 speakers, Dr Penfold and possiblity of clones of Linn Sara speakers. Part #1 of 2

Hello. I came across your very good blog whilst looking for Linn Sara information. I wonder if you have any knowledge of another Speaker Manufacture? I purchased a set of Principal Design PD150 speakers in the mid to late 80s. One drive unit has developed a fault so I have been looking for information about […]

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Blast from the past: August 2000 Enjoy the Music.com Quantum Resonance Technology Symphony AC Line Conditioner Better Power = Better Music. Review By Jim Merod

“When the two inconspicuous boxes-with-one-knob arrived for my inspection, I was unsure if the joke was at my expense or its own. In the past, I’ve shucked out a few dollars for sonic tweaks that went thud in the dark. Was the latest arrival at my gate another promise of acoustic failure? Quantum’s Bill Steirhout […]

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Access Journalism vs Accountability Journalism

John Atkinson writes: I write this in a Seattle coffee bar—my flight home to New York has been canceled due to a snowstorm. As I try to put down these thoughts, I’m listening to the high-resolution masters of the April issue’s “Recording of the Month,” Sasha Matson’s jazz opera Cooperstown, on my Pono player using […]

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