HELIUS: Their new Viridia turntable does well at the Newport show

From our archives Robert Harley (The Absolute Sound) writes …. British turntable and tonearm maker Helius Designs added a second turntable to its line, the upscale Viridia. Based on the company’s Alexia ‘table, the Viridia features the same double-wishbone suspension but adds a magnetic bearing, new platter mat and clamp, magnetically suspended motor, and a […]

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Exactly the way it happened folks: Howard Popeck’s encounter with a serial killer

Some years after the demise of Subjective, and I can picture the scene even now, I was driving along the M25, listening to the lunchtime news. The lead story was the arrest of a person suspected of murdering at least one little girl, possibly more. I think she was either Susan Maxwell or Caroline Hogg. […]

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Truth or consequences?

Paul McGowan writes: None of us have ever heard the true sound of music. In fact, everything we hear, in particular, if it has been recorded, is colored by uncountable distortions: microphones, speakers, headphones, the room, cables, equipment, mastering, varying air densities of any particular day. Even without the recording/playback medium in the way we […]

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James Boyk: All-Tube Analog

Originally published July 2010 Stereophile write: It is a widely held belief that musicians do not assess hi-fi equipment in the same way as “audiophiles.” I remember the British conductor Norman Del Mar—an underrated conductor if ever there was one—still being perfectly satisfied in 1981 with his 78 player, never having felt the need to […]

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Tim de Paravicini – The Stereophile star interview

Originally published October 2009 Stereophile: You are president of Esoteric Audio Research, a British manufacturer of tube amplifiers, and a world-renowned designer of tube equipment and output transformers. I thought we’d begin with a little background. Where were you born? What kind of education did you get to prepare you for a career in audio? […]

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PIERRE LURNE: Interview

Geoff Husband (TNT-Audio ezine) writes: One of the joys of doing my series of turntable tests has been discovering the enthusiasm that seems universal with anyone connected with vinyl. One person stands out and that is Pierre Lurné of Audiomeca. This man has been deeply involved in vinyl reproduction for well over 30 years now […]

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Good Question: What do you consider to be high end vintage gear?

I’m changing this around a little. I’ve decided to leave out turntables because there are already a few good threads on them. I am also leaving out integrated amps because I don’t want to go down that road. If you want to post integrated amps, please create a new thread. If you disagree with any […]

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ROBERT CRAY: The Redux Club, Dallas Tx.Jan 21st 1987 (CD) by Robert Cray w/ special guest Stevie Ray Vaughan

Smokin’ set from Club Redux, Dallas, Texas, Broadcast live by Q-102 FM. Riding high on the success of this Grammy Award winning 4th album ‘Strong Persuader’ Cray is joined by Stevie Ray Vaughan for a stunning Strat duel finale. U.S.FM Radio Broadcast 01 I Guess I Showed Her 02 Still Around 03 T-Bone Shuffle 04 […]

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