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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PS Audio: Yesterday I asked how it could be that a switching power supply can regulate its output without yet another power amplifier being inserted into the supply?”

Paul McGowan writes:  Yesterday I asked how it could be that a switching power supply can regulate its output without yet another power amplifier being inserted into the supply? We know that to regulate a traditional power supply of a power amplifier (something we’d love to do for best sound) we need to add a […]

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Clone Class D “digital” power amplifiers – can we really trust them….

Alan Shaw  writes: Clone Class D “digital” power amplifiers – can we really trust them…. as high fidelity components? I have on my test bench a very typical, inexpensive, so-called ‘digital’ amplifier. It is not positively promoted as being of audiophile or even high-fidelity grade, but I understand that it uses similar components and technology […]

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