I am 100% certain about why it’s not sensible to be 100% certain – writes Howard Popeck

Occasionally I get a call or email from a potential customer with a problem and he’s “100% sure” it cannot be this or it cannot be that causing it. This causes a smile here; but not an attitude of condescension. Why? Because I used to be like that and as you’ll see below still am […]

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Fly Translove Airways (5CD Limited Box) by Jefferson Airplane

We are told ….. Limited edition 5CD Box Set featuring live FM broadcasts from 1966 to 1970 Doyens of the lysergically charged San Francisco Ballroom scene, Jefferson Airplane reigned supreme at their home turf clubs; The Matrix, Fillmore, Avalon, Winterland. Witness these classic WOUR, KSAN, KMPX broadcasts bringing the sonic tapestry of the band, in […]

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Blast from the past: Exactly the way it happened folks: Syrinx PU2. the Mass Ring and Mr. Scott Strachan

Scott Strachan, the inventor and constructor of the Syrinx arm was a very likeable chap. His enthusiasm was infectious. His tonearms looked, frankly, terrible. Not quite as bad as the original Hadcock, but not far off. They were, until the Ittock, the only intelligent and sonically acceptable alternative to the Grace G707 arm on a […]

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Mountains: (CD Remastered Edition) by Steamhammer

We are told ….. NEW OFFICIAL REMASTERED EDITION OF THE CLASSIC 1971 ALBUM BY PROGRESSIVE / BLUES ROCK GROUP STEAMHAMMER FULLY RESTORED ARTWORK AND LINER NOTES Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a newly re-mastered edition of the classic 1971 album by British Progressive / Blues Rock band Steamhammer. Formed in 1968 […]

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Best on-ear headphones

What Hi-Fi tell us: These are the best on-ear headphones money can buy. We’ve got the lot, from wallet-friendly to money-no-object, noise-cancelling and wireless models. On-ear headphones are a middle ground between in-ears and over-ears. They provide better sound than in-ears, and tend to be less bulky than over-ears. So if you want the best of […]

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Best headphone amplifiers

What Hi-Fi write: When it comes to headphone amp circuitry, most amps and smartphones are pretty basic. That’s why you should pair your shiny new headphones with a dedicated headphone amp – so they can really sing. Here are our favourites, from under a ton to nigh-on eight grand. And as a bonus, many headphone amps […]

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In Japan (4CD) by David Bowie

We are told ….. This powerful anthology starts with Bowie’s Tokyo broadcast of his 1990 Sound + Vision performance. Bowie’s 1990 Sound + Vision tour was billed as a greatest hits tour. He intended this to be a live swansong for his catalogue of old favourites, after which Bowie declared that they would disappear from […]

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USB Digital Microscope: How to use it to set 92 Degree Stylus Rake Angle (SRA)

Analogue Planet write …. The stylus rake angle is the angle the stylus’s “contact patch” makes to the record surface. If you have a relatively inexpensive cartridge with a spherical stylus you don’t have to worry about SRA because the contact area remains the same regardless of arm height. On the other hand, elliptical styli […]

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SASKIA: II Turntable

They write ….. Emia’s Dave Slagle grabbed me in between rooms and practically dragged me down into the lobby to see something. “You’re not gonna believe it,” he said. Okay, when Dave gets excited, one of two things are about to happen: one, I’m about to get a technical lecture that sails so far over […]

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CLONES AUDIO: 55PM ‘giant killer’ mono power amps test review by Neil McCauley

UK importer is LW Audio (Mr. Iain Borthwick)  http://lwaudio.co.uk/clones-audio iainborthwick@me.com UK RRP £1,129 including VAT @ 20% per pair This is part #2 of a two-part test review and is an investigation of  the 55PM mono power amps —//– Preliminary notes: Overlap; the opening parts of this review are identical to those I wrote re […]

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The eight tribes of vinyl collector

Jim Connolly writes: Music lovers and vinyl enthusiasts are gathering for the UK’s seventh annual Record Store Day on Saturday. Despite many predictions of the demise of vinyl, it has never looked like disappearing. But who’s still buying? Here are eight groups that are still shopping for vinyl. The nostalgic collector Sonja Bredgaard is a […]

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