Subwoofers are an unnecessary luxury. Fact or fiction?

Paul McGowan writes …. Fact or fiction? The very term luxury defines whatever it is added to as unnecessary. Air and water are necessities. Love and affection are luxuries. But while many would argue it’s the luxuries that make life worth living, I would extend that to subwoofers make stereos worth listening. Ok, that’s a […]

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Does parts quality really affect performance?

Paul McGowan writes …. When this particular Fact or Fiction proposition was originally proposed I passed it over because its answer seemed so evident. Yes, of course, parts quality affects performance. It’s a no-brainer, right? Maybe not to everyone. We can easily agree that low tolerance parts that change value depending on temperature or variability […]

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Speaker size should match the room

Paul McGowan writes …. This fact or fiction question is an interesting one because the notion of matching speaker size to room dimensions is so ingrained into our culture as to be taken for fact. But, some facts aren’t true no matter how much we want them to be. Here’s the deal. Any size loudspeaker […]

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Do cables matter?

Paul McGowan writes …. Oh boy. I saved this and the next Fact or Fiction for last. This is a real viper pit of a question and those loyal readers of this blog know my answer before I even write it. Of course they matter, but only if we’re a bit open to proving that […]

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KRONOS QUARTET: One Earth, One People, One Love: Kronos Plays Terry Riley (5CD)

In honour of groundbreaking American composer Terry Riley’s 80th birthday, Nonesuch Records releases “One Earth, One People, One Love: Kronos Plays Terry Riley” – a five-disc box set of four albums of his work composed for, and performed by, his longtime friends and champions Kronos Quartet.  Riley and Kronos met more than 35 years ago, […]

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The Complete British Radio Broadcasts 1963-1965 (CD) by The Rolling Stones

We are informed ….. Legendary performances on various BBC radio shows from the 1960s. Includes the following shows. SATURDAY CLUB, OCTOBER 26th 1963 SATURDAY CLUB, FEBRUARY 8th 1964 SATURDAY CLUB, MARCH 8th 1964 BLUES IN RHYTHM, MARCH 19th 1964 THE JOE LOSS POP SHOW, APRIL 10th 1964 SATURDAY CLUB, APRIL 18th 1964 BIG BEAT 64, […]

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Equal-loudness contour – explained

An equal-loudness contour is a measure of sound pressure (dB SPL), over the frequency spectrum, for which a listener perceives a constant loudness when presented with pure steady tones. The unit of measurement for loudness levels is the phon, and is arrived at by reference to equal-loudness contours. By definition, two sine waves of differing […]

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Is the BBC dip still used in speakers?

When BBC launched their famous BBC Monitors they incorporated an unconventional dip in frequency response nicknamed the BBC Dip. Is that famous dip still in use by manufacturers and designers of today’s speakers as well? Watch Now   Many preowned classic examples for sale HERE EDITORIAL NOTE: The opinions expressed in the above post do […]

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What can be done to better recordings?

The three pillars of reproduced music are the recording, storage, and reproduction. Which of these pillars can be improved upon? Paul suggests the recordings themselves could be. Watch Now   Many preowned classic examples for sale HERE EDITORIAL NOTE: The opinions expressed in the above post do not necessarily reflect those of our editorial team […]

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