THE KINKS: Lola Versus Powerman And The Moneygoround – Part One (Re-mastered Expanded 50th Anniversary Edition) (2CD)

To mark their 50th anniversary, The Kinks have announced details of an extensive re-release programme covering their classic 1964-1970 catalogue.  The first album in the series will be 1970’s Lola Versus Powerman And The Moneygoround, Part One, which will be reissued on August 18. This 2-CD reissue expanded edition comes with Mono and Stereo mixes as well as […]

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PS AUDIO: What’s wrong with the status quo?

Paul McGowan: Yesterday’s post suggested the perceived shift away from high-end audio was not what it appears. That, in fact, it is a shift away from spending family resources on isolating the audio system – not the lack of desire for high-performance. We now have entire generations of music lovers who want music throughout the […]

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Clone Class D “digital” power amplifiers – can we really trust them….

Alan Shaw  writes: Clone Class D “digital” power amplifiers – can we really trust them…. as high fidelity components? I have on my test bench a very typical, inexpensive, so-called ‘digital’ amplifier. It is not positively promoted as being of audiophile or even high-fidelity grade, but I understand that it uses similar components and technology […]

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Demanding more bass

Paul McGowan writes: I was in the process of posting today’s Ask Paul video on the difficulty of designing power amplifiers when I was reminded of the lengths some speaker designers were willing to go for bass. I was thinking of Arnie Nudell’s Infinity Kappa series, the terror of solid state amplifier manufacturers the world […]

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Keep It To Ourselves (Limited 200g 45rpm Vinyl 2LP)

We are told: Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio from the original analog tapes  Deluxe gatefold tip-on jacket from Stoughton Printing 200-gram LPs pressed at Acoustic Sounds’ state-of-the-art pressing plant, Quality Record Pressings An American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter, from Mississippi. One of the greatest bluesmen ever. His harp, vocals, and songwriting […]

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HARBETH: User group: Is Bluetooth technology actually good enough for audio?

In discussion at Hamburg with a real expert (at chip level) on Bluetooth, I am now very suspicious about the high fidelity audio potential of Bluetooth. It would seem that the data rate is so low that by the standards we would all recognise as comfortable for truly high fidelity sound (say, CD Redbook 16 […]

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ELITE RECORDINGS: A Conversation With Freelance Recording Engineer Veteran Marc Aubort

  Marc Aubort began his career in the late 1940’s working first with wire recorders and later with tape. Aubort first came to America in 1955 to inspect the American operation of European budget label MMS (Musical Masterpiece Society). In 1956 he made his first recording (monophonic) for the Vanguard label in Vienna, returning to […]

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