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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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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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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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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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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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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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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BITCHES BREW: 40th Anniversary Edition – in depth review

The 40th anniversary of the groundbreaking fusion album Bitches Brew offers an opportunity to expand upon the context of its original unveiling. The impact of this recognition can’t even be mitigated by a collision of commerce and creativity that echoes some of the furor over the original 1970 release. MORE Epilogue Hi. I’m Tony Andrews […]

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