Tough decisions

Paul McGowan writes …… My son Scott loves music; perhaps more than I.  He’s willing to listen even if the recording is awful and is able to turn off the rejection mechanism so ingrained in my head as an Audiophile.  Part of me wishes I was just as able to be that selective – because […]

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JACO PASTORIUS: Truth, Liberty and Soul – Live in NYC: The Complete 1982 NPR Jazz Alive! Recording (RSD 2017 Limited Vinyl 3LP)

Deluxe 3LP Boxed Set. Resonance Records presents a previously unreleased gem from the NPR Music vaults, ‘Truth, Liberty & Soul’ captures the iconic bass innovator Jaco Pastorius leading a 22-piece big band on June 27, 1982 at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City. Featuring a congregation of the top jazz musicians on the New […]

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PS AUDIO: The invention of MultiWave

Paul McGowan: MultiWave is a feature unique to Power Plant regenerators.  Unlike sine waves that come out from the wall to power our equipment, MultiWave gives us a new type of waveform that better energizes our equipment for best sound.  The story of how it was invented is one I think worth the telling. In […]

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ANALOGUE TAPE: Why is the engineer who recorded Nirvana still using analog tape?

Steve Guttenberg writes: The Audiophiliac interviews the great Steve Albini, who not only made his name with legendary bands, he loves recording local talent! I’m the kind of record buyer that always reads album credits, and starting in the early 1990s, with the Pixies’ “Surfer Rosa,” Nirvana’s “In Utero,” and PJ Harvey’s “Rid of Me” […]

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NEWS: NEWS: FALCON ACOUSTICS INTROS R.A.M. SERIES SPEAKERS A new range from the most quintessential of British speaker brands…

We are told ….. Falcon offers dedicated audio purists a fabulous mix of the most revered and modern speaker designs, hand-building the world-famous LS3/5a monitor exclusively to the original BBC spec alongside its new Reference Audio Monitor (R.A.M.) range. There are three models in the new R.A.M range: the Studio 10, a 5″ 2-way bookshelf; […]

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BENJAMIN BRITTEN: A Classic interviews from the Gramophone archive

From the archives “This month sees the issue of several records of Britten’s music from Decca including one in the ‘World of…’ series. It also marks the 25th anniversary of the night that transformed the face of British opera – the premiere of Peter Grimes on June 7, 1945, at Sadler’s Wells Theatre. Britten himself […]

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Nelson Pass: Circuit Topology and the End of Science

Jim Austin / Stereophile Magazine write …. Nelson Pass is a consummate engineer, but he got his start in physics, earning a bachelor’s degree from UC Davis. As he worked on his degree, he was already an audio designer, focusing on loudspeakers—great training for a designer of audio amplifiers. Soon, in 1974, he cofounded Threshold […]

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Do exotic parts matter in audio?

We’ve all heard of film caps costing upwards of a hundred dollars and gold plated connectors more expensive than diamond rings. Why don’t manufacturers use them more? Are they simply hocukm or real? Watch Now

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Does a dented dome tweeter matter?

It’s happened to us all. A kid or an adult mistakenly pushes in the dome of a metal or soft tweeter and bingo! We’re out of luck. What happens if we pop it back out? Is it damaged? Are there any tricks to rescuing one? Watch Now

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CATRIN FINCH: The harpist who is adding new strings to her bow – by Adam Sweeting

For all its delightful and ethereal tinkliness, the harp suffers from something of an identity crisis. It lacks the versatility of the piano or the piercing qualities of the violin, let alone the brute force of the brass, so if it isn’t careful it can find itself relegated to a soothing, background role. Catrin Finch […]

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A POINT OF VIEW: A New Hi-FI Hierarchy?

  Most of us will be familiar with the old rule of thumb for ranking the importance of the components of a system in order to obtain maximum sound quality for budget but if not I will reiterate it: 1. The source (if a TT it goes turntable – arm – cartridge) 2. The amplifier(s) […]

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Tuning out problems

Paul McGowan …… If you had a chance to read yesterday’s post you’ll remember we’re in the process of setting up Music Room number Two, where we have a pair of floor standing 2-way Thiel loudspeakers.  That room is considerably smaller than Music Room One, measuring 12 x 15 feet, compared to Music Room One’s […]

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COLIN WONFOR: Howard Popeck speaks at length to people with interesting things to say: Colin Wonfor (Inca Tech, Magnum, Proac-Magnum, T.O.C.A, Naim and Tellurium Q) sets the record straight (Part #1)

The image above is one of just six gold plated issues. Note: This was originally published here in April 2015 Neil McCauley (HFA editor in chief) writes an introduction: Colin was and remains one of the UK audio industry’s gentlemen. No one in our office has heard a negative comment about him nor a negative […]

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A daily dose of Hughes; Jimmy Hughes aka James Michael Hughes – Decca Get It RIGHT!

Throughout the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s, Decca, in my opinion, had the happy knack of making recordings that sounded great on the hi-fi of the day. Their classical LPs sounded amazingly vivid and highly detailed, with wide stereo and impressive dynamics. Decca’s engineers had a somewhat proactive approach to recording. Rather than just setting up […]

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A POINT OF VIEW: Each separated player has her own space and you can plainly “see” the individual and their space they are allotted.

Paul McGowan ….. After a recent post I was thinking about the term Separation as it applies to the instruments and singers on a soundstage.  I spoke of how the elements in the recording were rounded and separate such that they seemed as if I could reach out and touch them.  They were palpable. It […]

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SANTANA: Live at The Woodstock Music & Art Fair, August 16, 1969 (Vinyl – LP/RSD 2017 Limited)

We are told: When Santana took the stage at the Woodstock Music & Art Fair on August 16, 1969, they were unknown outside of the thriving Bay Area music scene. By the time they triumphantly walked off the stage, they were one of the festival’s biggest surprises. Santana delivered a career-making performance melding Latin rock […]

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PS AUDIO: How MultiWave was invented

Paul McGowan writes: In a recent post we began the story of how MultiWave was invented.  We left off at the point where I started questioning what was so sacred about the 60Hz frequency that comes out of the wall socket and started experimenting with higher frequencies in an attempt to “increase” the size of […]

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Label boss and Grammy-nominated producer DJ Mark Knight shares his seminal tracks – and the stories behind them

Emma Gritt writes: Toolroom Records celebrated a decade in the house music game this year. To mark the occasion, they embarked upon a 10-week tour, which included a special back to back Toolroom Records extravaganza at Ministry of Sound, the first time the original London superclub had ever allowed one brand to set up shop […]

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