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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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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MORRISSEY: Low in High School (CD)

We are told: Low in High School is Morrissey’s first studio album since 2014 and was recorded at La Fabrique Studios in France and in Rome at Ennio Morricone’s Forum Studios. The record is produced by Joe Chiccarelli (who has worked with Frank Zappa, The Strokes, Beck and The White Stripes to name a few). […]

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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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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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FOR A SHORT TIME ONLY: Tears For Rears – live @ The BBC

Jo Whiley welcomes an intimate audience to the BBC Radio Theatre for a new series of Radio 2 In Concert. Tears For Fears, Deep Purple, Paloma Faith, Liam Gallagher and Chic featuring Nile Rodgers will all take to the stage to perform live at the BBC’s iconic venue for the Red Button and BBC Radio […]

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FOR A SHORT TIME ONLY: Laura Mvula – God Made Me Funky

As the former director of a community gospel choir, Laura Mvula knows a bit about the way gospel can inspire us. In this series she gives us a personal slice of gospel funk and celestial soul, telling the story of gospel music’s wider influence from the 1950’s right up to the present day. Over the […]

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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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ROKSAN: Kandy K2 BT integrated amplifier test review

Herb Reichert (Stereophile magazine) writes: It was spring. I was planting kale and cabbage, wearing bib overalls, and listening to Pigboy Crabshaw (aka Elvin Bishop) on my iPhone. My girlfriend, “bb,” came out, and just stood there laughing. “What’s this? American Gigolo: The Alabama Years?” Now, please, don’t start worrying about your newest Stereophile reviewer. […]

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CHEAP TRICK: In the Joint – Las Vegas 1995 (CD)

We are told ….. CHEAP TRICK 1995 BROADCAST FROM LAS VEGAS Cheap Trick left Epic records, the label with which they had had their biggest successes, in 1991, after the disappointing sales of the album Busted. They signed to Warner Brothers in 1993 and released Woke Up With A Monster the following year. Produced by […]

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