Worlds Best Engineered Preamp?

Okay, so I have not found the worlds best engineered preamp, but does it exist? I want a preamp that has two main outs, just regular outs not reversed or anything special, it must have a external processor loop and at least bass, midrange and treble tone controls. Well, there is one company, Mcintosh that […]

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Bit banging

Paul McGowan writes: My friend Andy sent me this link to the new Samsung 2TB solid state drive that’s smaller than a business card, launched this morning at CES. That’s amazing. A sold state drive capable of storing well over 2000 complete albums–and it’s smaller than a business card. Bit banging. It’s a term used […]

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KEF + Porsche Design SPACE ONE WIRELESS noise-cancelling wireless headphones RRP: £349

We are told: The new SPACE ONE WIRELESS headphones from KEF and Porsche Design blend high-performance active noise cancelling technology and aptX Bluetooth wireless connectivity with exemplary style, comfort and sonic performance. The elegant design of the original SPACE ONE headphones has been refined with a dark, high-gloss inlaid Porsche Design logo on the earcup, […]

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Wharfedale: DS-2 stereo Bluetooth speaker system RRP: £179

We are told: Wharfedale’s brilliant little DS-1 was widely acknowledged as the best pair of stereo Bluetooth speakers available under £200 – “petite little desktop speakers that sound fantastic for the money,” said What Hi-Fi? whilst presenting them with an Award in 2015. Now, the next generation is here: the DS-2, reconstructed by Wharfedale to […]

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All Tore Down (CD) by Mick Abraham’s Blodwyn Pig

We are told ….. Mick Abrahams was the original guitarist for Jethro Tull and featured heavily on This Was.. He left the group to form Blodwyn Pig a successful blues/jazz influenced progressive rock group. All Tore Down was recorded live in 1993 and features the classic Tull track Cat’s Squirrel. It’s Only Love All Tore […]

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BEN WEBSTER: Gentle Ben (200g Viny LP)

We are told ….. That rich, humid, giant sax tone blooms like on few other Webster recordings Mastered by Kevin Gray at Coherent Audio 200-gram gatefold 45 RPM double LP pressed at Quality Record Pressings! Praise for our 33 1/3 version of Gentle Ben “The soundstage is intimate and inviting, Webster’s horn beautifully captured with […]

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“There are plenty of experts, fewer and fewer successful small retailers – especially in the shadow of the bigger retailers.” – says Paul McGowan

Paul McGowan writes: In a post entitled An idea, I suggested that we could all benefit from a local high-end expert recommending, demonstrating and setting up equipment and services in our homes.  Not too long ago, there were plenty of them – they were called high-end audio dealers.  Today, there are sadly fewer each year. […]

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Chicago Jazz Festival 1987 (2CD) by Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers

We are told …. Art Blakey’s band was unofficially known as the ‘finishing school of jazz’, with celebrated players including Hank Mobley, Freddie Hubbard, Donald Byrd, Lee Morgan, Chuck Mangione, Wayne Shorter, Keith Jarrett and Wynton Marsalis passing through its ranks over the decades. Blakey continued to play and tour right up to the end […]

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NIRVANA: Live On Air – Nirvana (4CD)

We are told ….. Disc 1 1.Intro 2.Drain You 3.Aneuysm 4.School 5.Floyd The Barber 6.Smells Like Teen Spirit 7.About A Girl 8.Polly 9.Sliver 10.Breed 11.Come As You Are 12.Lithium 13.Territorial Pissings 14.Love Buzz 15.Floyd The Barber 16.Downer 17.Mexican Sea Food 18.Spank Thru 19.Hairspray Queen 20.Pen Cap Chew Tracks 1-13 Pat O’ Brian Pavillion, Del Mar […]

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Can’t get no…

Paul McGowan writes: Satisfaction? Don’t feel badly, the Stones apparently couldn’t either. But is satisfaction the end game? And what happens after you achieve it? Are you ready for more? Something better? I don’t know about you, but I tend to categorize my achievements into three groups. The first is short, repetitive tasks with known outcomes, […]

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MILES DAVIS: Jazz Sur le Vif, Theatre St. Denis Montreal, Canada- 11th July 1982 (CD)

We are told: “Jazz Sur le Vif” FM broadcast. High quality recording broadcast by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation of a fascinating and breathtaking gig. Miles Davis – trumpet, keyboards Bill Evans – tenor and soprano saxophones, piano, flute Marcus Miller – electric bass Mike Stern – guitar Al Foster – drums Mino Cinelu – percussion […]

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LEHMAN AUDIO: Norbert Lehmann, Owner and designer of Lehmann Audio (Entec) HiFi products interviewed

Lucio Cadeddu (TNT-Audio): LC > May you tell our readers how did you get involved in HiFi (first) and in equipment design (later)? NL > When I grew up there was no question that anyone had to own a stereo setup. I bought my first stereo setup when I was fourteen years old. It was […]

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DXD Captures The Magic of Mahler; Largest DXD recording to date with Horus and Pyramix

First published in February 2014: LAWO Classics is a highly respected specialist recording label from Norway. Not to be confused with a well known audio console manufacturer, Vegard LAndaas and Thomas WOlden have just recorded their most ambitious project to date. Gustav Mahler’s First Symphony with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by their new Chief […]

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LINN: LP12 + Klyde phono cartridge test review

  Corey Greenberg (Stereophile) writes:  If you asked me to name a single specific high-end audio component that could make or break a system, I’d name the Linn LP12 turntable. Of all the thousands of hi-fi products I’ve heard over the years, not a one of ’em—not a speaker, amplifier, or digital processor—has been able […]

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FOR A SHORT TIME ONLY: Alexander Vedernikov conducts Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky. BBC Radio 3 in concert

Live from City Halls Glasgow Presented by Kate Molleson Alexander Vedernikov conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in the 11th Symphony by Shostakovich; and they are joined by Denis Kozhukhin to perform Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No 1. Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No 1 0810 Interval 0830 Shostakovich: Symphony No 11 (The Year 1905) Denis Kozhukhin (piano) […]

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So What is Still Able to Compete?

Let’s imagine we are going to go to a show and in our hotel room we have to compete with VPI, KEF, Arcam, Marantz, Mark Levinson and McIntosh… Our system needs to keep up with these guys…everyone wants to stand out…this is a show and we are on the same floor as these guys… What […]

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