DESIGN MATURITY. Needs time to settle in … breathing room to do their work until the market’s ready to appreciate their benefits

Paul McGowan writes: The transition from one format to another, say vinyl to CD, CD to streaming audio, PCM to DSD, embodies the future directions music reproduction is taking. Inevitably the first transition period has both major benefits and drawbacks as well. We should not judge a format at the time of its transition. The […]

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DIMINISHING RETURNS: Is audiophile quality diminishing?

Michael Vronsky asks: Neil; Do you think the market for audiophile quality is diminishing, or static or expanding? If I believe the reports I read it’s been diminishing under the onslaught of alternative ways of spending money on home entertainment like home cinema and video games etc. I think there is a very serious core […]

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PIONEER PROFESSSIONAL: Speaker milestones

Birth of TAD, the speaker brand of choice for audio professionals “TAD (Technical Audio Devices)” is a professional-use speaker brand installed in many renowned studios around the world. “TAD” was first created as a project to produce high-end speakers with an eye on the future audio environment. The development of TAD started in 1975.Its philosophy […]

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JOHN McLAUGHLIN: Where Fortune Smiles Re-mastered Edition (CD)

We are told: NEW REMASTERED EDITION OF THE CLASSIC 1970 ALBUM BY THE LEGENDARY JOHN McLAUGHLIN, JOHN SURMAN, KARL BERGER, STU MARTIN & DAVE HOLLAND REMASTERED FROM THE ORIGINAL DAWN RECORDS MASTER TAPES FULLY RESTORED ARTWORK AND LINER NOTES BY SID SMITH REVIEWS IN “UNCUT”, “MOJO”, “RECORD COLLECTOR”, “CLASSIC ROCK” & “PROG” MAGAZINES Esoteric Recordings […]

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13 Rivers (CD) by Richard Thompson

We are told: The 13-song set is the Grammy nominated artist’s first self-produced album in over a decade and was recorded 100% analogue in just ten days. It was engineered by Clay Blair (The War On Drugs) and features Thompson’s regular accompanists Michael Jerome (drums, percussion), Taras Prodaniuk (bass), and Bobby Eichorn (guitar). 13 Rivers […]

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DJANGO REINHARDT: Essential Original Albums (3CD)

  Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt was not only the first truly influential European jazz player, he was also one of the best jazz guitarists of all time. • This release presents his last studio sessions, including the complete original LP The Immortal Guitar (Reprise Records R-6075), which consisted of recordings from a series of 1947 […]

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If it quacks like a duck…

Paul McGowan writes: Daniel von Recklinghausen, the renowned audio engineer at EAD and KLH is famous for this old chestnut: “If it measures good and sounds bad, — it is bad. If it sounds good and measures bad, — you’ve measured the wrong thing.” Hard to argue with the man’s logic. One of the ways […]

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COLIN’S TECHNICAL CLINIC: Hum and woofer oscillation

Q: Colin – help required please! Hum and woofer oscillation… I have just rearranged my system and entire room. This has lead me to run my Pioneer PL-707 with Denon DL-301II through an AU-320 SUT to my (freshly recapped) Accuphase C-200 and on to my little Cayin TA30. It’s the smallest amp I have and […]

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