The Return Of Dave Lombardo

My favourite rock drummer is, without question, Dave Lombardo. He is quite the versatile musician; collaborations with the outstanding composer and jazz artist John Zorn, the experimental group Fantomas and the 1999 album, ‘Vivaldi: The Meeting’ by Lorenzo Arruga, Dave Lombardo & Friends (Luca Avanzi (oboe), Mauro Scappini (flute) and Ottavio Dantone (harpsichord)) clearly showcase […]

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Profile speakers: Curiosity got the better of me, and I just had to have these at a local auction house

Curiosity got the better of me, and I just had to have these at a local auction house today: I hadn’t quite fathomed how bloody massive they are before put them up against my resident speakers! The back just says “Profile Model 10 / 8 ohm / Made In England”… Does anyone know *anything* about […]

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Agesism in audiophile showrooms?

From the archives: Based on the article below, it’s hard to figure out how this Government edict might pan out in what’s left of the UK retail audiophile industry. Some insiders are inclined to think that the bricks ‘n mortar part of the industry will be dead and buried before the impact of this legislation […]

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Into the Blues are you?

Good; us too. You might want to check this out:” Living Blues is America’s oldest and most authoritative blues magazine. Founded in Chicago in 1970, Living Blues has set the standard for blues journalism around the world. From its first issue, which featured blues legend Howlin’ Wolf on the cover, Living Blues has provided fans […]

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It’s the first time, every time

Paul McGowan: Have you ever considered that a turntable setup in your home is completely unique to you? Every record you listen to, every scratch, tick, pop and musical note played on your system is unlike what I hear on my system and unlike what your friends hear on theirs. Vinyl reproduction of LP’s are […]

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Miles Davis – Nefertiti (Vinyl 180g Limited 45RPM 2LP)

Numbered Limited Edition 180g 45RPM 2LP from Mobile Fidelity Final All-Acoustic Outing from Davis’ Classic Second Quintet Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Record’s Tonal Shadings, Gradations, and Textures Come Alive Confident 1967 Effort Steeped in Inquisitive Interplay and Subconscious Impressionism Nefertiti will always be known as the final all-acoustic record made by Miles Davis’ classic second […]

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PS Audio: Integrateds

Paul McGowan: In a recent post about the preamp conundrum many of you correctly pointed out that what I was referring to is called an integrated  amplifier but perhaps missed my point.  The day of the preamp as a separate is long over and while there are multiple ways to address the issue: adding amps […]

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BRAHMS: Leonidas Kavakos discusses Brahms’s Violin Concerto

From the archives: His first concerto recording for Decca has just been released. The Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos, newly signed to Decca, has just released his first concerto recording for the label: Brahms’s Violin Concerto. Gramophone’s editor-in-chief James Jolly caught up with Kavakos when he was in London to perform the work at the Barbican […]

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DAVID BOWIE: In Japan (4CD)

We are told: This powerful anthology starts with Bowie’s Tokyo broadcast of his 1990 Sound + Vision performance. Bowie’s 1990 Sound + Vision tour was billed as a greatest hits tour. He intended this to be a live swansong for his catalogue of old favourites, after which Bowie declared that they would disappear from his […]

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PS Audio: “No, in fact these products were tailored to meet the perceived needs of “ordinary people” who probably didn’t want music – they wanted sizzle and flash.”

Paul McGowan writes: I was reminded by one of our commenters to these posts about an era in audio I think of as the flavor of the month.  It was a period of time in the 1970′s and early 1980′s that found loudspeaker and audio electronic manufacturers designing products that were not especially true to […]

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TecSArt: Amando Fontana of TecSArt; an audiophile company of some repute in mainland Europe and probably unknown in the UK

  Editor’s note: Howard discovered http://tecsart.com/en/ and we thought that instead of our usual approach of sending a set of questions and then printing those with the answers, we’d do it a bit differently this time. I asked Howard to write to them with an invitation to write up to 1,000 words on the French […]

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Essential listening: Miles Davis – Live at the Plugged Nickel, 22-23 December 1965 (5LP Vinyl Box)

Miles Davis Live at the Plugged Nickel, now available in a deluxe five LP box set with liner notes! This box represents the most complete version available on vinyl of the Miles Davis Quintet’s legendary Plugged Nickel performance! 20 tracks in all with almost 4 hours of music taken from the 7 sets Davis played […]

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BOWERS and WILKINS: Zeppelin Air The iPod Soars to New Heights – test review

“B&W began a revolution of sound, style and function in 2008 with the original Zeppelin. Competing with a plethora of cheapo iPod docks that sounded dreadful, B&W created an aural and visual tour de force, functioning much more than an iPod dock, with multiple inputs (line level, USB, Toslink and S-Video) to make the Zeppelin […]

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