The other analog format: Cassette tape decks have never been cheaper to buy

Steve Guttenberg writes:  Vinyl’s surging popularity is covered ad nauseam in mainstream media; the Audiophiliac ponders the rise of the other major consumer analog audio format, the cassette. More HERE EDITORIAL NOTE: The opinions expressed in the above post do not necessarily reflect those of our editorial team – just in case you wondered. Neil […]

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ABX Tests Prove Hi-Res Audio Is Legit!

Michael Lavorgna writes: This is really great news for anyone following the hi-res audio debate. The debate is simple; some people claim there is an audible difference between high resolution files and lower resolutions, and some people claim there isn’t. There have been a bunch of technical articles on the subject but up until now(ish), […]

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KING CRIMSON: Radical Action To Unseat The Hold Of Monkey Mind (3CD+2DVD+Blu-ray Box Set)

We are told ….. This is King Crimson….re-imagined.’ – Robert Fripp, June 2016 A comprehensive and immersive account of the 2015 live incarnation of the ever evolving entity that is the mighty King Crimson. Featuring a 36 page booklet and presented in two double digipaks in an outer case, this limited edition version of Radical […]

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RAMONES: Sire Years 1976-81 (Ltd Edition 6CD Box Set)

We are told ….. Limited edition six disc box set. Rhino explores the incomparable footprint of the Ramones’ musical legacy with a boxed set featuring the band’s seminal first six albums, each presented with their original running order and artwork. Their first six studio albums in mini-LP sleeves! “Ramones” (1976), “Leave Home” (1977), “Rocket To […]

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RY COODER: Soundtracks (7CD Box)

We are told ….. For decades, multi-Grammy-winner Ry Cooder has used his virtuosic command of the guitar to explore countless genres across more than a dozen solo albums. But he’s also a master at using music to conjure moods and atmospheres, a skill that’s earned him acclaim as a soundtrack producer with film credits that […]

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Agesism in audiophile showrooms?

From the archives: Based on the article below, it’s hard to figure out how this Government edict might pan out in what’s left of the UK retail audiophile industry. Some insiders are inclined to think that the bricks ‘n mortar part of the industry will be dead and buried before the impact of this legislation […]

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In defence of Ken Kessler in particular and audio writes in general – or at least most of them – by Neil McCauley (part 1 of 2)

From time to time and on some but not all forums an audiophile magazine reviewer is used as a scapegoat for every illness in the industry. It’s an unfortunate fact of life that the more aggressive / virulent posters are those hiding behind anonymity. However that’s not the point of this piece nor indeed that […]

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GRATEFUL DEAD: Robert F. Kennedy Stadium, Washington, D.C. July 12 & 13 1989 (Limited Edition/Individually Numbered 6CD Box)

We are told ….. The Grateful Dead battled the elements in July 1989, enduring drenching rains and stifling humidity during back-to-back shows at Robert F. Kennedy Stadium in the nation’s capital. In spite of the bleak weather, the band thrilled the massive crowds both nights with triumphant performances that rank among the very best of […]

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CHEAP TRICK: Bang Zoom Crazy…Hello (CD)

We are told ….. Cheap Trick’s 17th studio album ‘Bang Zoom Crazy…Hello’ follows the recent announcement about the band’s forthcoming induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. The long-awaited news celebrates the pioneering sound that has led to sales in excess of 20 million and more than 40 international gold and platinum certifications […]

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LOU REED: Dealing on the Boulevard – Live at The Paramount Theater, Denver,CO April 13th 1989 (CD)

We are told ….. Lou, buoyed & rejuvenated by the response to the urban apocalypse suite of the just released New York album, hits the road….. Chronicling his grotesque & rotten home town ‘Big Apple’, whilst taking no prisoners, offers up wry & fragile hope among the decaying ruins. Does he succeed? Listen & hear…… […]

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Video Frame Rate – how a fortunate technological accident is on the verge of being ‘corrected’ (Part 6)

Overview: What could this possibly have to do with a music web site? Guest contributor Ray Purchase explains: Live Music Needs High Frame Rate But the worst film-effect travesty of all, I suggest, is its use for live music. Programmes such as From the Basement and Live from Abbey Road are made in film-effect video […]

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RANDY NEWMAN: Dark Matter (CD)

We are told ….. Nonesuch Records releases Dark Matter, Randy Newman’s first album of new material in nine years. The record is the follow-up to 2008’s acclaimed Harps and Angels, which the Guardian praised for its ‘sumptuous melodies, devastating pathos and thorny, irony-laden character songs’, calling it, ‘the work of a true master of popular […]

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