PRINCE: Purple Rain. Tony Besgrove’s opinion

Updated with new links 21/06/18 Many Prince You Tube videos get taken down pretty quickly, but for the moment you can view the performance at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8raPqu-6Gw and for those in a hurry a crudely edited truncated version of the guitar solo may be seen at:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANn8Y1p-DfA. —//— The first time I saw this performance on […]

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CHEAP SYSTEMS THAT WORK: The most enjoyable preowned system under £100 in total. EPISODE #01 – the basics

THE OBJECTIVE: The objective here is to, on a continual basis, refine the best system, under £100, that can be achieved today, pre-owned. A FEW GROUND RULES: Interconnects, power cords and speaker cables … in this context are … in audiophile terms “rubbish”. They aren’t of course, but that’s not really the point. The point […]

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REVOX: B750 II integrated amplifier test review

  Try as I might, and frankly I don’t try all that hard that often, I’m rather taken with the look of an audiophile item to the extent that I’ll buy, or covet it. Yes, it’s sad. But … Or put differently, the sound quality takes second place – sometimes. My Yamaha C1 pre amp […]

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FUNK / PINK TRIANGLE & BREUER: A few observations

  Howard – one of…no, the best turntable I ever heard was a special fully funked LP12. Sure it sat on a mountain of Mana, and was part of an awesome system…but it really out-shone the original modified (Ninja) LP12. So..if the Funk Firm could transform a Sondek like that, surely their own decks would […]

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SO, NOW YOU KNOW: Distorted speakers

PAULMCGOWAN … Ever wonder why speaker manufacturers don’t list distortion as one of their measured parameters? Me too. To my knowledge, there’s not even a standard by which to suggest acceptable distortion. Yet, try that with the electronics that drive those speakers and howls of protest drift up through the rafters. Do we not care […]

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LEAK: Stereo 20

A 1961 Leak Stereo 20. It is in really tidy condition, barely a mark on it, and was apparently sympathetically serviced a couple of years ago with new caps etc. Thankfully no modifications other than a decent set of RCA input sockets and speaker posts (the original leak ones are naff to the extent of […]

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