Howard Popeck wonders if his vinyl records are filters?

You might be surprised by the fact that many new vinyl releases today actually are recorded, mixed and mastered digitally before being transferred to vinyl. Are you? Perhaps not; in which case, no matter. It probably won’t negatively influence what follows here. Many studios today are digital based and it’s easier for musicians to record […]

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Are high efficiency speakers necessary?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a high-efficiency loudspeaker? Why aren’t all loudspeakers high efficiency? Watch Now EDITORIAL NOTE: The opinions expressed in the above post do not necessarily reflect those of our editorial team – just in case you wondered. Neil McCauley  

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TODD RUNDGREN: An Evening With Todd Rundgren – Live At The Ridgefield (CD)

We are told: An incredible concert experience, a multi-media extravaganza available on CD, Vinyl, DVD and Blu-ray, and starring classic rock icon and famed songwriter/producer Todd Rundgren! Includes some of Todd’s best known songs including “Hello It’s Me” and “Bang On The Drum” PLUS fan favourites that haven’t been performed live in decades! Recorded live […]

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NEWS: KARMA-AV INTROS X-FACTOR BASS GoldenEar’s compact SuperSubs are designed to generate room-shaking bass from a tiny footprint…

http://www.keithhaddock.com/ We are told: Named for their room-filling bass output, the new SuperSub X and XXL subwoofers are surprisingly easy to accommodate. By exploiting a patented dual-plane ‘inertially-balanced’ driver and sub-bass radiator topology, driven by powerful Class D amplification, GoldenEar’s bijou bass engines will generate fast and fulsome low frequencies from beautifully unobtrusive gloss black […]

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High efficiency loudspeakers?

Not many stereo systems can come close to reproducing the peak levels of live music. In fact, I’ll step out onto the ledge and say you’ve never heard a speaker that can even come close to live levels. I know that I haven’t. And, yet, we believe our systems get close to the sound of […]

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NEWS: US speaker brand Definitive Technology launches in Europe

America’s ‘top-selling premium loudspeaker brand’ is coming to European shores armed with several £499 – £3399 speakers. Definitive Technology, founded in 1990 and now owned by Sound United (whose brand catalogue also includes the likes of Denon, Marantz, Classe Audio and Polk Audio), is bringing various home cinema and hi-fi speakers to UK and European markets. […]

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From the archives: A Flamenco Master Is His Own Ensemble

  “The breathtaking moments in Paco de Lucía’s sold-out concert on Saturday night came early and often. Presented by Carnegie Hall in conjunction with the World Music Institute and and the yearly Flamenco Festival, the evening showcased Mr. de Lucía, the flamenco guitar legend, with as many as six other musicians in various formations. But […]

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Explain bi-wiring

Bi-wiring, bi-amplification. How does all this work and why would anyone with a pair of loudspeakers make this happen? Watch Now EDITORIAL NOTE: The opinions expressed in the above post do not necessarily reflect those of our editorial team – just in case you wondered. Neil McCauley  

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GUNS ‘N ROSES: Live In Japan 1988 (2CD)

We are told ….. Brilliant performance live at Nakano Sun Plaza, Tokyo Includes the entire NHK Radio broadcast It’s presented here together with background notes and images. Guns ‘N’ Roses, live at Nakano Sun Plaza, Tokyo on December 7th 1988. Following the July 1987 release of Appetite For Destruction, Guns N’Roses embarked on a vast […]

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Unlocking dynamics?

Dynamic range describes the difference between soft and loud. What’s not defined is how soft or how loud—only the magnitude between the two—which is a problem if the softest sounds fall below the threshold of audibility. When that happens the range of dynamics is truncated, a fact not apparent when quoting dynamic range figures. I’ll […]

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Two ways to get into Stockhausen’s head

Tom Service (The Guardian) writes: Continuing what’s become, I admit, something of a Stockhausen obsession over the last few weeks: news from Robert Worby – composer, sound artist, writer, and one of the presenters of Radio 3’s Hear and Now, the network’s bastion of new music on Saturday nights – about an exclusive broadcast he’ll […]

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Led Zeppelin’s albums ranked from worst to best

  Is Physical Graffiti really better than Led Zeppelin III? Neil McCormick counts down the legendary rock band’s albums http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/rockandpopmusic/10782738/Led-Zeppelins-albums-ranked-from-worst-to-best.html Our entire LOST IMMORTALS archive The LOST IMMORTALS exclusive members group

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Studio monitors vs. audiophile speakers

There’s an often quoted misconception that studio monitors are better than high-end speakers or vice versa. What are the differences? Watch Now   EDITORIAL NOTE: The opinions expressed in the above post do not necessarily reflect those of our editorial team – just in case you wondered. Neil McCauley  

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PATTERN LANGUAGE: Total Squaresville. For fans of Kraftwerk, AIR, Stereolab, early Thomas Dolby, Ghostbox Records, Tycho, Pantha du Prince, Solvent, Cybotron/Model 500, the Stranger Things soundtrack, synthwave

From our archives: We are told: London’s Happy Robots Records has announced they will be releasing the ‘Total Squaresville’ mini-album from synth-electronic crafter Pattern Language. From this collection of six tracks, they are teasing the lead single ‘By Time We Get There’ with a catchy retro video by Cheyene Grow at 75 Ohms. Created using […]

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What’s PS Audio’s reference?

If the final step in designing products at PS Audio involve voicing the product in the listening room, what reference materials does PS use? Watch Now   EDITORIAL NOTE: The opinions expressed in the above post do not necessarily reflect those of our editorial team – just in case you wondered. Neil McCauley  

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