If you build what the end user wants, everything else just falls into place.

Paul McGowan: Netflix has started making their own content in the same fashion that HBO and the other premium paid channels are. What’s interesting to me is that the big networks who used to own the audiences have fewer and fewer good shows and decreasing audiences while the paid channels have more and more good […]

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CHRIS FARLOWE: Live At The BBC (CD)

We are told: The complete BBC recordings 1965-1968. Includes extensive linernotes with comments by Chris Farlowe. Chris Farlowe was one of the hottest young British artists to emerge from the Sixties R&B club scene, much admired by Tom Jones and Mick Jagger. Farlowe’s band the Thunderbirds included top class musicians, notably guitarist Albert Lee and […]

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THE FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS: Taste Of Chicago : Live ’89 (CD)

We are told: Helping to galvanize the early 80’s blues revival, the Fabulous Thunderbirds fusion of R & B, rock & roll and Texas blues saw them attain great popularity & success by the time of this broadcast. Featuring Kim Wilson/vocals, harmonica, Jimmie Vaughan/guitar vocals, Fran Christina/drums, Preston Hubbard/bass and a young Doyle Bramhall Jr/guitar. […]

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Groundhogs ‘Solid’ – is it worth the money?

“On the surface, the Groundhogs could easily have become one of the dozens of British “blooze and boogie” bands that cropped up in the late ’60s and early ’70s in the manner of Savoy Brown or Foghat, but Tony (T.S.) McPhee’s ideas and ambitions were just eccentric enough to push the band into directions too […]

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Bonnie Rait – Dig In Deep (CD)

The record follows Bonnie’s hugely successful 2012 release ‘Slipstream’, which was one of the best-selling independent albums of 2012 and earned Bonnie a GRAMMY for Best Americana Album — her tenth career GRAMMY win. Now, with ‘Dig In Deep’, Raitt returns with her characteristic, incomparable blend of blues, rock, R&B, and pop, and a healthy dose of the signature slide […]

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Cambridge Audio Azur 851D – £1,000

David Price writes: Somewhere around the turn of the millennium, hi-fi started getting interesting again – with DVD-Audio and SACD arriving, MP3 going gangbusters and computer audio taking hold. Then asynchronous USB conferred hi-res capability on Macs and PCs, and now easy wireless has come of age thanks to aptX Bluetooth. Cambridge Audio’s new flagship […]

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MQA One Year Later …… Suddenly, More Questions

Doug Schneider writes …. On April 1, 2016, we published “Myriad Questions About MQA,” my article about Master Quality Authenticated (MQA), a digital music format for high-resolution music files developed by Meridian Audio and now spun off as MQA Limited. (Audiophiles define high-resolution music file as a PCM digital file with a bit depth and/or […]

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Second hand vinyl – when to give up….

I’ve gotten back into records over the last 12 months and have recently acquired roughly 200+ second (or even third) hand classical boxsets which I’m currently working my way through to see what is salvageable. I’m finding that the discs look pristine after cleaning but once the stylus hits the groove there’s a lot of […]

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High-end 12″ tonearms

I’m aware of the SME V12 and O.L. Conqueror & Enterprise, and already have an Ace Anna. Recently read a short review of the Audio Origami P7 (latest version), which is affordable relative to the first two. Don’t want detachable head-shell. Anyone point to others currently available or any comments otherwise? Dip in and out […]

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It’s coming from everywhere!

Paul McGowan writes: There are two primary types of reflections in a loudspeaker based stereo system: those that are created from the loudspeakers and those captured on the recording.  To get proper imaging in your system you don’t need both, as any good set of headphones would demonstrate, but since most of us have loudspeakers […]

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