Listening Spaces: Audiophiles, Technology and Domestic Music Listening. Brian O’Neill / Dublin Institute of Technology

This paper examines the interrelationship of technology, space and identity as exhibited in the domestic music listening practices of the audiophile. Music listening in domestic contexts provides both a physical and imaginary space of cultural consumption. The paper describes work in progress into phenomenological aspects of listening, practices of audio technology use in domestic contexts, […]

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Cream: Disraeli Gears Documentary

If you’ve never seen this movie and loved the band, I highly recommend this. The footage and interviews are amazing. If you have Netflix streaming its on there. There’s more than one Cream movie so make sure you pick this one. To be able to see Jack Bruce play Sunshine of your Love on stand […]

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Pierre Perrone: Prog – a genre that still has a firm grip on the British psyche

“As someone whose mind was blown by the theatre of Peter Gabriel’s Genesis and Pink Floyd performing with the Ballet de Marseille choreographed by Roland Petit in the early 70s, I always enjoyed the ambition within prog. Forty years on, that spirit is still at large in the musical land. Radiohead’s fondness for playing Roman […]

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Live In Paris 1975 (2CD) by Deep Purple

“Re-issue number 1 in a series of 10 live albums. high class digipak artwork & booklets with rare photos & original press texts. Digitally re-mastered By early 1975, the flame was quickly fading out for the Ritchie Blackmore era of Deep Purple. Discontent with the overtly funk-based direction the group had recently embraced on such […]

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Tour the Tesla Tube Factory

Michael Fremmer writes: Back in 1999 I reviewed in Stereophile the KR Audio VT 8000 monoblock vacuum tube amplifier. I wrote in the review: “Virtually every part in the amplifier is custom-made in-house or sourced from associated facilities, including the metal fabrication, the transformers, and the circuit boards. The internal wiring is Swiss in origin. […]

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Stones In Exile / Some Girls: Live In Texas (3DVD) by Rolling Stones

This limited “Anniversary Edition”, released to celebrate the Rolling Stones 50th anniversary, brings together three classic Rolling Stones DVDs into one set for the first time. “Ladies & Gentlemen” was filmed on the band’s US tour in 1972 in support of the classic “Exile On Main Street” album. “Stones In Exile” tells the story of […]

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Why a greatest hits album can be the band’s greatest

First published November 2013 “What’s your favourite Beatles album, then?” asks a very young James Lance. “Ooh … tough one,” says Alan Partridge. “I’d have to say … The Best of the Beatles”. It’s very funny. Except isn’t Alan Partridge right? Aren’t the Red and Blue collections genuinely the best Beatles albums? As the music […]

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Journeys (DVD Region 1) by Neil Young

Starring: Ben Young, Bob Young, Neil Young Directed By: Jonathan Demme  Running Time: 87 Minutes. Disc Info: Discs:1 ~ Format:NTSC –  Region:1 Proud son of Canada Neil Young returns home for a special concert in this documentary directed by Jonathan Demme. ….Demme and a camera crew were on hand to document the performance (with the […]

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Best turntables

What Hi-Fi write Whether you’re dipping a toe into the waters of the vinyl revival, or you’re a seasoned record collector looking to upgrade your turntable, we’re here to guide you… …because (to mix our metaphors just a little) those waters are a minefield. So stick with us to secure the best deal on the […]

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From the archive / Dear diary – Me as Tony Hancock, Jack Bruce and Andy Fraser -but not all at the same time. Lucid dreaming, Stevie Nicks (unrelated),self-indulgence and, err – that’s it.

Dear me. What a miserable day last Friday was. Too much paper work. Either that or I’m just plain inefficient. Probably the latter. Not only do I feel like Tony Hancock, when I glance in the mirror I look like him too. S**t! Gloom relieved by some very kind emails. Now receiving at least 20 […]

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Hi-fi boss slams ‘rip-off’ industry

From the archives: James Rivington writes: Most hi-fi systems on sale worldwide are so heavily marked up that the majority of customers are being scandalously ripped off. That’s what AVI hi-fi chief Ashley James said in an interview conducted with Tech.co.uk last Friday at the Bristol Sound & Vision Show . He also said that […]

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Ripped

Here’s something to contemplate. If ripping a CD results in identical bit-perfect data to the original and, if you store that ripped data on a hards drive, how could one ripping process sound different than another? The answer is simple. It cannot. Yet, few among us would suggest one ripping process sounds the same as another. […]

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