Rotel RCD-1572 ‘This premium-priced Rotel CD player has poise and clarity on its side’

What HiFi write: Rotel has built its business on solidly performing, functional-looking equipment. The new RCD-1572 conforms to type – and that’s no bad thing. The arrival of new CD players has slowed to a trickle, so when we come across one as capable as this one, we’re pretty pleased. Continues HERE

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Howard Popeck speaks at length to people with interesting things to say: Mr. Dominique Mafrand, the driving force behind French audio maker l’enceintebleue

Hello Dominique. How did your interest in music reproduction start? It began when I was very young. One of my four brothers studied electronics at school and found a job in a French company called Ferisol manufacturing professional electronics equipment for the industry. It was back in 1960/1965. It was the beginning of pop music […]

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Best noise-cancelling headphones

What HiFi write: After a new pair of noise-cancelling headphones? These are the best money can buy, ranging from under £100 to just over £300. Which will you choose? Noise-cancelling headphones block out the drone of daily life, helping you listen to music without any distractions.So whatever your budget, whether you want over, on, or […]

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Selling direct to the public: Maker expresses frustration about being fora-banned

“There is much word of mouth promotion and also forum discussion elsewhere in Europe, but there is also politics on those forums, but at least NVA can be discussed. Here we are banned from the three forums that carry weight of membership numbers, so how do I break past this censorship, which is deliberate to […]

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Is expensive better?

Paul McGowan writes: Our culture is pre-programmed to relate better with expensive. A $10,000 preamp surely sounds and performs better than one half its price. Yet, intellectually we know that isn’t necessarily true. A $40,000 Rolex watch tells no better time than a $20 Timex. Understanding that which isn’t necessarily true doesn’t easily equate to […]

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Tailoring the sound

Paul McGowan writes: TAS reviewer Michael Fremer has an extraordinary music system—the best vinyl setup I’ve ever heard. And it makes sense that he does. Mike’s spent a lifetime learning about vinyl audio reproduction and hand selected the best equipment in the world. His digital setup played through that same setup doesn’t quite match my […]

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BBC launches personalised in-car listening experience

The BBC iPlayer Radio app has been updated to include a personalised in-car listening experience for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, enabling drivers to safely enjoy their favourite BBC radio programmes whilst behind the wheel. More than 22 million people listen to BBC radio while they’re in the car, for an average of four hours […]

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THE CHARLATANS: The Limit Of The Marvelous (Vinyl 180g Colour LP)

They tell us ….. With the 50th anniversary of the American band the Charlatans’ debut this summer, Big Beat are celebrating with this carefully conceived deluxe vinyl edition of the original line-up’s best recordings, “The Limit Of The Marvelous”. The iconic quintet are widely acknowledged with kick starting the San Francisco 1960s renaissance. The Charlatans […]

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AUDIOPHILE DEBATE: 2,224 (yes, really) responses to the question: Jazz for aficionados

The thread starts:  I’m going to review records in my collection, and you’ll be able to decide if they’re worthy of your collection. These records are what I consider “must haves” for any jazz aficionado, and would be found in their collections. I wont review any record that’s not on CD, nor will I review […]

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GRAHAM AUDIO: Their BBC LS5/8

They say: The LS5/8 is the BBC’s flagship design, and was developed because of the need for higher sound pressure levels and greater transparency and consistency than the ageing LS5/5 offered. This was the first BBC loudspeaker to use a polypropylene diaphragm which, being lighter than Bextrene, offered greater efficiency and lower colouration. A carefully […]

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BRAHMS: The Symphonies (3 cd)

  We are told: The Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons are pleased to release their latest recordings on BSO Classics–a three-disc set of the four Brahms symphonies, recorded live during concert performances at Symphony Hall in November 2016, engineered by the same in-house team that produced the BSO’s Grammy-winning Shostakovich recordings under Maestro Nelsons […]

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Cipriani Potter was encouraged by Beethoven and admired by Wagner:The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol.72

  We are told: Volume 72 of Hyperion’s Romantic Piano Concerto series comes to the rescue of yet another neglected figure. London-born composer, pianist, writer and educator (he was an early Principal of the Royal Academy of Music), Cipriani Potter was encouraged by Beethoven and admired by Wagner. Howard Shelley and his Tasmanian forces give […]

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Kool Jazz Festival NYC 1982 (CD)

  We are told: • Excellent performance live from the Kool Jazz Festival, New York • Includes the entire NPR Broadcast • Digitally remastered for greatly enhanced sound quality • Background liners Jaco Pastorius, live at the Kool Jazz Festival, New York on 27th June 1982. Jaco Pastorius established himself as one of the greatest electric jazz bassists before […]

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TONY WILLIAMS LIFETIME: Live In New York 1969 (CD)

We are told: • Excellent performance live from New York • Includes the entire FM Radio Broadcast • Digitally remastered for greatly enhanced sound quality • Background liners Tony Williams Lifetime, featuring John McLaughlin live from New York, November 1969. Having fearlessly merged rock rhythms with jazz during a close association with Miles Davis, in 1969 the great Tony […]

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ARGENTUN: Howard Popeck speaks at length to people with interesting things to say: Mr. Richard Szafraniec of newly emergent Polish audiophile company Argentum

Preliminary note: We’ve been both amazed and delighted by our readership’s positive response to our series of interviews with innovative small, intellectually agile makers from outside of the traditional countries associated with state-of-the-art audio / stereo. In particular our series on newly emergent French makers. Today we turn our attention to Polish organisations you might […]

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ROBERTS: R-line wireless speakers

PAUL RIGBY: Roberts has announced its new R-Line product range, a collection of wireless speakers. You can use R-Line speakers individually or as part of a multi-room wireless streaming system. With the new designs, you can play the same music in every room, play different music in each room, stream across Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, access […]

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