DENON: A 103D tweak

I would like to mention an upgrade that I have recently made and recommend it to others. I recently returned to use a Denon 103D that I had bought in the nineteen eighties and has been out of use for at least twenty years. I liked the sound, but it was a little rough at […]

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BLACK RHODIUM: The Foxtrot And QuickStep Loudspeaker Cables

They say ….. The design of the Black Rhodium FOXTROT and QUICKSTEP loudspeaker cables was inspired by Black Rhodium dealer’s comment on the new Black Rhodium Thunder loudspeaker cable. He mentioned that “whenever we use any other speaker cable, we always go back to Thunder”. The same dealer stocks the full range of Black Rhodium […]

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Jittered?

Paul McGowan writes: Probably time to cut back on the coffee. But if your jitter problems relate to your digital audio system then there’s hope. Jitter is all about timing. Digital audio depends heavily on an accurate clock. That clock meters out precise intervals, like a musical metronome, and the quality of your music depends […]

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Here’s a thought

Paul McGowan writes: Here’s another thought on the continuing discussion of why a preamp matters in the chain. Perhaps it’s the DAC’s volume control itself. One thing is obvious. A DAC without an integral volume control cannot be used without a preamplifier; either separate or integrated. Thus, when we think of why preamps matter with […]

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BENJAMIN BRITTEN: A Classic interviews from the Gramophone archive

“This month sees the issue of several records of Britten’s music from Decca including one in the ‘World of…’ series. It also marks the 25th anniversary of the night that transformed the face of British opera – the premiere of Peter Grimes on June 7, 1945, at Sadler’s Wells Theatre. Britten himself had not thought […]

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Ian Bostridge on Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau: ‘I’d never have sung without him’ English tenor Ian Bostridge tells Rupert Christiansen how the late Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau came to inspire him.

Some 30 years ago, a 14-year-old schoolboy called Ian Bostridge was sitting in his first German lesson, when his teacher Richard Stokes had a brilliant idea: he would introduce the class to the glory of the language and the culture it inspired by playing a recording of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau singing Schubert’s setting of Goethe’s Erlkönig […]

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The Audio Miser says: A pre-owned system under £200 that REALLY works

There are fantastic pre-owned bargains out there. We all know this. That said, many budget-end enthusiasts just don’t know to what extent the system components work well together – if at all! In short – is there system synergy? Who knows? I do! Hi. I’m Neil McCauley – Editor in chief. Truthfully … I get […]

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Dr Feelgood – Taking No Prisoners (with Gypie 1977-81) (4CD + DVD + 60p Booklet) Box Set

“This 4CD DVD set contains the 4 studio albums and two live albums recorded with John ‘Gypie’ Mayo while with the band. There is also a demo (previously unissued) done at ‘Feelgood’ House of ‘Riding On The L & N’ which was subsequently recorded for the ‘Let It Roll’ abum. The set has alternate versions […]

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“The question our industry should be asking is, how do we fit in? “

Paul McGowan writes: People don’t change, but circumstances do. It’s always interesting to me when I hear someone wring their hands and point out that people aren’t the way they used to be.  They’ve changed. I think typical of what you might hear is something like this: They no longer appreciate good music. They’re perfectly […]

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16 Most Underrated R.E.M. Songs

James Stafford writes: From their 1982 debut EP, Chronic Town, through 2011’s career-capping Collapse Into Now, R.E.M. released numerous songs that wove their ways into our personal soundtracks: “Losing My Religion,” “Man on the Moon,” “Superman,” “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine),” and on and on. But […]

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Filo X3 – test review

Noel Keywood (HiFi World) writes:   Will Chinese manufacturer FiiO have a runaway success with their new budget X3 digital audio player? Noel Keywood thinks so. Little hi-res players like the FiiO X3 I am reviewing here aren’t so common as yet but they’re an intriguing proposition for any hi-fi enthusiast. Aimed at headphone users and […]

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