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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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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Magneplanars, a NAD, Rotel RCX 1500 receiver, vintage receivers and more

I have decided to purchase a pair of preowned Magnepan MG12s to replace my old cone infested speakers. However, as you probably know, the MG12’s specs include a sensitivity of 86dB into an impedance of 4 Ohms; whereas my old cone jobbies were nothing if not efficient with a rating of 92dB into 8 Ohms; […]

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BOB DYLAN: The 1966 Live Recordings (36CD Box Set)

They tell us ….. Following last year’s monumental Cutting Edge release, which covered Dylan’s 1965 and 1966 studio recordings, we are thrilled to announce Bob Dylan: The 1966 Live Recordings, a new box set that will contain every known live recording from the legendary 1966 tour with (what became known as) The Band. Bob Dylan: […]

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Colin Wonfor’s Clinic: My meter isn’t going to zero any more on ohm ratings

Dear Colin. My meter isn’t going to zero any more on ohm ratings, and it apparently can’t be calibrated. It’s a fairly low-end Radio Shack autoranging model. I saw that the “what do you need for repairing equipment” on a US thread suggested a Fluke 114 or 115. Is that still the best, or do […]

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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: Amplifier buzz even when power switch is off!

Dear Colin, I need some theories and hopefully answers please. This is a situation, neither I, not anyone who I asked, have encountered before. It is very simple and puzzling at the same time. Here it is: There is a faint buzz coming from the amplifiers, NOT the speakers, barely audible from a few feet […]

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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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Human Race Blues (Vinyl 7″) – Soledad Brothers

What do the Soledad Brothers sound like in 2015, navigating a crazy hazy post-apocalyptic netherworld of the United States? Updated and improved in all the right ways without compromising anything. Don’t you kinda hate it and kinda love it when a band takes a break, and then comes back better than ever? That’s exactly what […]

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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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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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