Marketing as an influence on audiophile design

Hi Colin. To what extent – if any – does marketing influence your designs? It has ….. for a few things. I’ve not really taken much notice of marketing and to be honest, if an audio business is run by money grabbing twits like those I’ve met in the past then … no thanks. I […]

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TIM de PARAVICINI: King of Tubes is interviewed!

                    Stereophile write …… “How many hi-fi professionals can say that they’ve designed at least one of every part of a complete recording system, from microphones to tape recorders to vinyl-disc-cutting electronics? Probably only Tim de Paravicini (footnote 1). Best known to audiophiles for his extraordinarily […]

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From the archives: Christopher Breunig – Davis’s new Fidelio, Haitink’s Beethoven completed – and more.

Davis’s new Fidelio The New Year brings a sea-change to the London Symphony Orchestra as workaholic Valery Gergiev takes over from Sir Colin Davis as principal conductor, his senior colleague becoming its president. (The Philharmonia and London Philharmonic Orchestras have also announced new appointments: Esa-Pekka Salonen and Vladimir Jurowski.) Happily, Sir Colin is to make […]

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REM – (Don’t Go Back To) Rockville (live)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zgh0y9vTgY This is exceptionally good…. especially when you look at music now… Jeez That’s the best music video I’ve ever seen because they are so great, so casual, so flawed, yet gathered up into a tight ball of perfection; and I was as young as they were when that was filmed with much more difficulty […]

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SUMO: Rich May of Sumo: An Audio Dynasty

John Atkinson wrote in 2010 ….. Way back in the mists of time, around 1980 to be exact, the Marantz company in Europe introduces a range of ostensibly cost-no-object solid-state electronics under the “Esotec” banner. Manufactured in Japan, but apparently designed in the USA, these ruggedly constructed components are noteworthy in that the power amplifiers […]

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IAN CARR: Old Heartland (CD)

We are told ….. Ian Carr (21 April 1933 ? 25 February 2009) was a Scottish jazz musician, composer, writer, and educator. Carr performed and recorded with the Rendell-Carr quintet and jazz-rock band Nucleus, and was an associate professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Old Heartland is completely different to […]

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How Mozart loved Handel. Lindsay Kemp explores the link between the two great composers…

Lindsay Kemp explores the link between the two great composers… Composers of the past did not always know their predecessors’ work as we do. Mozart’s musical upbringing being utterly of its time, the music he heard in his formative years was principally that of his older contemporaries rather than of the previous generation. Travelling around Europe […]

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A Lone Star State Of Mind (CD) by Johnny Cash

We are told: CLASSIC 1994 BROADCAST, LIVE FROM MUSIC CITY USA In April of 1994, Johnny Cash released American Recordings, his first collaboration with Rick Rubin, who would serve as Cash’s producer until his 2005 death. Under Rubin’s stewardship, Cash would reinvent himself for the final time, and later cover, among others, Soundgarden’s ‘Rusty Cage’, […]

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ED MEITNER: The audio maverick interviewed

Robert Harley (Stereophile magazine) writes: Ed Meitner is one of those rare individuals who charts his own course in audio product design. From his platterless turntable of the mid-1980s to his new Intelligent Digital Audio Translator (IDAT, reviewed elsewhere in this issue), Ed Meitner’s products have been distinguished by original thinking and innovative engineering. Although […]

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MAN TRAN: The Manhattan Transfer / The Junction

An eclectic, brightly attenuated recording, 2018’s The Junction is the Manhattan Transfer’s first studio album since the death of founding member Tim Hauser from a heart attack in 2014. It’s also the first album the legendary vocal group has recorded with his replacement, M-Pact vocalist Trist Curless. Along with Curless, once again showcased are the […]

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