A Visit To Abbey Road Studios

Robert Baird writes: Call me a hopeless romantic but I could not get “Penny Lane” out of my head as I sat in the back of a black cab whizzing across a remarkably deserted London early one morning a couple weeks ago. “On the corner is a banker with a motorcar…” I was on a […]

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Avantegarde speakers: Observations sought and received

“It’s interesting (to me) that you guys really enjoyed the Avantegarde speakers because myself and a friend (who normally loves horn speakers) were entirely underwhelmed by them. Personally, I was too aware of odd colourations and they just didn’t have the immediacy, or intimacy, that I associate with really good horns. Perhaps if they had […]

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Is Music the Key to Success?

Joanne Lipman writes: CONDOLEEZZA RICE trained to be a concert pianist. Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the Federal Reserve, was a professional clarinet and saxophone player. The hedge fund billionaire Bruce Kovner is a pianist who took classes at Juilliard. Multiple studies link music study to academic achievement. But what is it about serious music […]

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KRELL: KSA-80, preamps and related issues

“Yes, I second that. I’ve had several krells, including the original ksa 50,and they seem to need a big meaty preamp drive. Passives become lethargic and ‘pale’. A good, but not necessarily expensive, valve preamp is your best bet. In an ideal world something like a nicely serviced Audio Research SP11. But something much cheaper, […]

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CHEAP TRICK: In the Joint – Las Vegas 1995 (CD)

CHEAP TRICK 1995 BROADCAST FROM LAS VEGAS Cheap Trick left Epic records, the label with which they had had their biggest successes, in 1991, after the disappointing sales of the album Busted. They signed to Warner Brothers in 1993 and released Woke Up With A Monster the following year. Produced by Warner’s Ted Templeman, best […]

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QUAD: Quad 57 stacked v Wilson watt puppy 6/7

Can anyone tell me how a pair of stacked quads with ribbon horn tweeters would compare with the wilson watt puppies and the yamaha ns1000? The quads are the best speakers I have ever owned. My past speakers include harbeth 30, audio physic avanti, avantgarde duo horns, reynaud offrandes. I understand the Yamaha and the […]

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