A Lone Star State Of Mind (CD) by Johnny Cash

We are told: CLASSIC 1994 BROADCAST, LIVE FROM MUSIC CITY USA In April of 1994, Johnny Cash released American Recordings, his first collaboration with Rick Rubin, who would serve as Cash’s producer until his 2005 death. Under Rubin’s stewardship, Cash would reinvent himself for the final time, and later cover, among others, Soundgarden’s ‘Rusty Cage’, […]

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Speaker headroom

Paul McGowan We’re pretty comfortable with the idea of headroom. More food on the table than needed, more horsepower than required, more amplifier wattage than necessary. But, what about speaker headroom? The one characteristic of music’s reproduction that stands out for me in speakers is a slight compression when the music gets loud. I hear it […]

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TRACY CHAPMAN: Greatest Hits (CD) by Tracy Chapman

For the first time, this new collection brings together classic tracks from Chapman’s celebrated career that now spans four decades and includes eight best-selling studio albums.  Compiled by Chapman herself, the featured songs have also been newly remastered.  Since her eponymous debut in 1988, Chapman has captivated audiences around the globe with her pure voice, […]

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STRAWBS: Live In Gettysburg (CD + DVD Digipack)

  We are told ….. 2016 was a major turning point for STRAWBS. Prestigious ROLLING STONE magazine listed the band’s ‘Hero and Heroine’ as “one of the 50 greatest prog rock albums of all time”. STRAWBS headlined RoSFest (The Rites of Spring Festival) – North America’s Premier International Progressive Rock Festival – in Gettysburg, the […]

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LENCO: The 88 – worth reviving, or better to junk it?

I have a Lenco 88 that’s been up in the shed for longer than I’d care to admit, and I now feel the urge to get it sorted at long last. I’ve started looking at plinths; what is the general consensus regarding slate vs. layered ply? I was going to go for an SME 3012/SPU, […]

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Arista Years (Limited Edition 7CD Box set/rare,deleted,used) 1 Only! by The Kinks

We are told: (Limited Edition 7CD Box set/rare,deleted,used) 1 copy only !!! Audio Remasterers: Alan Silverman; Bob Ludwig. While the Kinks are thought of as one of the major bands of the 1960s, die-hard fans know that Ray Davies continued writing intriguing, beautiful, and insightful tunes through the end of the millennium. This seven-CD collection […]

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Bohlender Graebener / Before Infinity Speaker founder Arnie Nudell’s unfortunate passing, he and I were …..

Paul McGowan:   Before Infinity Speaker founder Arnie Nudell’s unfortunate passing, he and I were working on a new concept in loudspeakers, one based on the idea that it just might be possible to get closer to live orchestral sound levels than we have in the past. A full orchestra can hit peak levels as […]

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Ever hook up some components where you’re expecting the results to be dreck and instead you’re pleasantly surprised by the results?

Ever hook up some components where you’re expecting the results to be dreck and instead you’re pleasantly surprised by the results? I’ll share mine; Klipsch loudspeakers and naim. In the store naim (olive series) always leaned on the more forward and (to be fair with out nasty power and 120v operation) bright-ish. Klipsch of course […]

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MIKE OLDFIELD: The Killing Fields (CD)

Mike Oldfield was asked in 1984 to score Roland Joffe’s film about two journalists’ experiences in the ‘killing fields’ of Kampuchea. Although Oldfield’s music is synonymous with film, it is his first and only score to date, The film was highly acclaimed winning two Academy awards and Oldfield’s score was an integral part of it, […]

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Is there really an audible difference before and after recap/restoration?

I’ve seen this question posed several times. I just purchased my first completely recapped/refurbed amp/receiver. It’s a Pioneer SX-939. I can truthfully say I’ve never heard anything better. Period. Matched with my KLH Model 23’s the music just came alive in a way that I can’t explain and have never heard before. The soundstage was […]

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