Essential Listening: The Standells – Live On Tour – 1966 (CD)

Besides releasing two classic longplayers and many more singles (including the smash, “Gloria”), touring/behaving badly all across America and appearing on TV shows like ‘Upbeat’ and ‘Where The Action Is’, the Shadows of Knight also ruled at suburban Chicago’s hands-down hippest teen club, The Cellar. Over the decades, their Cellar performances have become the stuff […]

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The death of the home stereo system

Todd Leopold writes: For many years, it was a rite of fall. You moved into your dorm room or new apartment. You started unpacking the car. And the first thing you set up in your new place was the stereo system: receiver, turntable or CD player, tape deck and speakers. The wires could get tangled, […]

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The chaos and joy of John Cage’s Musicircus

Hannah Nepil writes:  Taking part in Musicircus at Aldeburgh was a bewildering musical experience. They never told me that music journalism could be like this: that one day I’d be playing the violin at the Aldeburgh festival, at the mercy of the elements and the judgement of professional, bona-fide musicians who, on another occasion, I […]

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RY COODER: Acoustic Performance Radio Ranch 12th December 1972 (CD)

Stunning Acoustic Performance at Radio Branch. Broadcast on WMMS-FM 12th December 1972 Includes the entire broadcast Digitally remastered for greatly enhanced sound quality. Background liners Ry Cooder needs little introduction to a large majority as he has come to dominate the respect and admiration metered out by numerous artists and critics over the last five decades. […]

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JL AUDIO: Their Dominion d108 Subwoofer

Hans Wetzel has posted a review of the JL Audio Dominion d108 subwoofer ($799) at SoundStage! Access. His conclusions: “JL Audio’s Dominion d108 is a truly musical subwoofer with enough refinement and control to keep up with a top-flight minimonitor, and is ballsy enough to provide robust output down to 30Hz.” You can read the […]

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R.E.M –The Spirit Of Radio / Classic Broadcast Recording (3CD)

This 3 disc collection celebrates the music of REM across this lengthy time-span, and include two superb CDs containing radio broadcasts of concerts from 1984 and 1989, along with a third disc containing media interviews with the guys from various points across their career. 3CD SET FEATURING CLASSIC R.E.M. BROADCAST RECORDINGS AND INTERVIEW COLLECTION. This 3 […]

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CONSTELLATION AUDIO: Altair II Preamplifier and Hercules II Monoblock Power Amplifier

  Robert Harley has posted a review of the Constellation Audio Altair II preamplifier ($9000) and Hercules II monoblock power amplifiers ($180,000/pair) at The Absolute. His conclusions: “The Constellation Audio Altair linestage and Hercules monoblock amplifiers in their updated version maintain their status as world-class references. They are a convergence of beautiful design and build-quality, […]

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BOULDER AMPLIFIERS: Their 2120 DAC

They say ….. With the completion of the HDMI input module, Boulder Amplifiers is pleased to announce the full release and shipment of the 2120 D/A Converter. The original 2000 Series was in continuous and unchanged production since 1996. The replacement 2100 Series is Boulder’s highest performing, continuously produced product line, encompassing the latest technology […]

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MANGER: Their P1 Loudspeaker

Trevor Butler has posted a review of the Manger P1 loudspeakers (€8400/pair) at The Ear. His conclusions: “This full-range drive unit is supplemented by a dedicated woofer in the p1 simply because the transducer can move only a certain amount of air below about 80Hz, and people expect a design of this size and price […]

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NVOAUDIO: Their ISA-2 Integrated Amplifier

  Marja and Henk have posted a review of the nvoaudio ISA-2 integrated amplifier (€9000) at 6moons. Their conclusions: “Depending on the recording’s fidelity (lack of we-correct-it-in-the-mix trickery), the musicians behaved more like humans and less like sounds that had been spliced together to act like music. This came with great driver control which persuaded […]

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Shoppers ‘duped’ by millions of fake online reviews

Dan Hyde writes: Half of the the population use online review websites such as Amazon, Tripadvisor, Expedia and Checkatrade – but can you trust everything you read? Shoppers who use the internet to research hotels, books, electronics and other purchases are being misled by millions of “fake” reviews orchestrated by companies to trick potential customers, […]

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AUDIO TECHNICA: Their AT-ART1000

Paul Rigby writes ….. Known as the Direct Power Stereo Moving Coil Cartridge, it is Audio-Technica’s new flagship design. Direct Power System means that it places the moving coil directly on top of the stylus tip meaning that the signal transmission from the stylus diamond to the moving coil is direct and therefore not transmitted along […]

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