HARBETH: M40.1 test review

                        Stereophile (Art Dudley) writes The best, most enduring audio products have in their favor more than great sound: They have some sense of history as well. Particularly good examples abound from the British companies Spendor, Rogers, and Harbeth, some of whose products were […]

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REGA: DAC-R – test review

Marc Gusew writes: The Rega DAC-R is now available in Australia at $1199 RRP and offers many enhancements and meaningful upgrades over the previous generation Rega DAC ($999 RRP). If you are familiar with the older DAC, you will also be familiar with the DAC-R because it looks virtually the same, with only the front facia […]

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ERIC BIBB: The relationship between the blues and Los Angeles:

Brilliant blues artist Eric Bibb carries the experiences of performing with Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt, Tommy Sims (Bruce Springsteen, Kelly Clarkson, Eric Clapton), of touring with Ray Charles, John Mayal and Robert Cray. Bibb received honors twice for “Acoustic Album of the Year” at the Blues Music Awards (2006 & 2008). Best yet, he keeps growing and developing, as […]

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APOGEE: Their Diva speaker

The Diva was Apogee’s most expensive ribbon speaker when it was released in 1988. Nearly as large as the original Full Range it was a 3-way system, slightly over 6 feet tall with a very large trapezoidal bass panel, a 3 element aluminium midrange ribbon and a tweeter made from a single strip of aluminium […]

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Wait For Me – Songs of Love, Lust & Discontent from the 1920s and 1930s (3CD) by Various Artists

“Wait For Me” is the long awaited follow-up 3-CD compilation to John Heneghan’s critically acclaimed comp for Dust-To-Digital 2010’s, “Baby, How Can It Be?”. Three CDs of 1920’s & 30’s 78 rpm records from the collections of John Heneghan, Robert Crumb, the late Don Kent, and Donovan Weaver.It includes never heard before records such as, […]

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Jimi Hendrix – Come On (Let the Good Times Roll) / Calling All the Devil’s Children (7” Vinyl Single)

Sundazed presents the second installment in its landmark Jimi Hendrix singles series, which honors the legendary guitar icon’s singular musical genius by presenting it in the same medium in which it was originally experienced by fans: vinyl. The series’ latest release once again pairs two vintage Hendrix tracks, combining his visionary reading of Earl King’s […]

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RUSS ANDREWS: Introducing the all new Kimber Axios USB cable

We are told ….. Russ Andrews, exclusive UK distributor for Kimber Kable, is using the forthcoming Indulgence Show to launch the Kimber Axios USB cable, created to extract the best out of computer audio systems and portable digital audio players. Building on the phenomenal success of the Axios headphone cables, which have been a very […]

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Dynaudio Special Forty “These 40th anniversary Dynaudios are classic in looks but cutting edge in ability.” Tested at £2,500

What HiFi? write …. We have a confession. Our first impression of Dynaudio’s 40th anniversary speaker is more one of mild disappointment than anything else. It’s not that there is a lot wrong with the Special Forty – it’s just the design seem a little too familiar. Dynaudio has made any number of two-way standmounters, of […]

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REGA: Harbeth question

The thread starts ….. So, I have just finished reading the whole Rega Brio-R thread and I had a few questions. Instead of crapping on someone else’s thread though, I thought I would ask in a separate thread since it is not about the Brio specifically. I currently have a Leben CS300X and a pair […]

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ETTA JAMES: ‘I was like a punker … I’d spit in a minute’ – a classic interview from the vaults

“In our latest visit to Rock’s Backpages – the world’s leading archive of vintage music journalism – we bring you an interview with the late Etta James, by Cliff White for NME in 1978” “Thanksgiving Day in November will be my silver anniversary: 25 years since I cut my first record and I haven’t become […]

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Buffy the volume slayer – a point of view from Paul McGowan

Number 5 on our list of 9 important items to take into consideration when designing a DAC output stage or, for that matter, a preamp output stage is buffering the volume control. On many DACS, including our own, a digital volume control is used rather than  an analog one.  From a purists standpoint this is […]

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Audiophile power cords

In your experience, do mains leads really make a difference, and are the expensive ones really capable of offering value? Mains cables do change the sound of audio equipment. Unfortunately there’s a lot claims made about mains cables that are exaggerated. I suggest that the effect of a mains cable is not as important as […]

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Audiophiles – are THEY hearing something WE are not?

Beneath the most unremarkable houses lurk the most remarkable sound systems. Alexis Petridis investigates. In a room off the hotel lobby, I find Steve, a building contractor from Essex, who has devoted his spare time to assembling the most deranged-looking hi-fi system I’ve ever seen. The speakers have something resembling the horn from an old […]

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Is hearing believing?

  Did anyone else see last night’s Horizon: Is Seeing Believing on BBC2? It could equally well have been called “Is Hearing Believing”, or any or all our senses for that matter (magnetic fields anyone?). It was fascinating. The theory of “crossover” and “plasticity” between the senses – the idea that to some extent we […]

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Can the human voice really shatter a wine glass?

THE BBC is to take an intriguing look at the science behind the human voice with the help of Manchester Science Festival and the University of Salford. Trailing the Electrifying the Voice event on BBC Breakfast and the Today Programme, Professor Trevor Cox explained some of the secrets that make the human voice the most […]

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