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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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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The validity of Hi-fi tuning fuses

“Does anyone here have any impressions on the Hifi tuning fuses and how they possitively or negatively affected components in their system? According to some audio enthusiasts, installing premium grade fuses in preampss, amps, phono etc make a significant improvement in the overall sound. Any comments are most welcome since I’m considering this relatively inexpensive […]

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Does streaming help the music industry?

The thread starts: Streaming services have reversed the fortunes of the music industry in Sweden and now generate more income than downloads or CDs. But can the model be replicated worldwide? Streaming services make their money from adverts or monthly subscriptions from premium users. For Spotify, the fees are about $15 (£10) in Sweden and […]

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The Music Server of the Future: Your Phone

Doug Schneider writes ….. According to Statista.com, 122.32 million smartphones were sold in 2007, the year the first iPhone was released. In 2016, almost 1.5 billion smartphones were sold, and there’s no reason to believe this growth will stop anytime soon. According to a January 12, 2017 article by the Pew Research Center, 77% of […]

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Colin Wonfor’s Clinic: The Art of Electronics (Horowitz & Hill) 3rd ed; still the best?

Dear Colin, The Art of Electronics (Horowitz & Hill) 3rd ed… … as DIYers probably already know is now out, only 25 years after the 2nd ed. My copy arrived today. I’m not trained in electronics and make no claim to more than a passing knowledge, but have enjoyed these authors’ style of presentation since […]

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STAX DAC X-1t tube / MOSFET hybrid DAC test review – by Ken Kessler

Introduction by KK: With the arrival of eBay and feverish activity in the second-hand market, a lot of audiophiles find old reviews useful. Simply Stax asked if I minded them running my old reviews – flattered, I said, ‘No problem!’ The only provisos I would add is that you read these in the context that […]

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Gordon Lightfoot – Dream Street / Rose / Shadows Salute (2CD)

Three Warner Brothers albums by acclaimed singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot, dating from 1980, 1982 and 1983 All three made the US Top 200 with a single from ‘Shadows’, ‘Baby Step Back’, making the Top 50 ‘Shadows’ and ‘Salute’ see Lightfoot moving slightly away from his folk roots style to a more 80s-sounding A.O.R. Despite a couple of […]

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