Phil Muzio, Madrigal’s CEO

First published in 2012 David Lander / Stereophile writes: Madrigal’s chief executive officer is known for working well into the night, but that’s been a goal of his since boyhood. For many years he dreamed of becoming a professional guitarist, and even dropped out of Yale to satisfy a ravenous musical appetite. “Enough of trying […]

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QUAD: Vintage amps from Quad -70’s/80’s

I am looking to acquire a vintage/classic set up. I have read a lot on here regarding amps and speakers from the various ‘classic’ British hi-fi manufacturers such as Quad, Leak, Naim, Linn, Celestion,Tannoys etc…..Wow there is so much to learn about the pros and cons of older equiment. Here is the first of many […]

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Earl Hines – Piano Genius at Work (7CD + DVD Box Set)

Earl Hines is often named the “Father of Modern Jazz Piano” and not without good reason. He was a Piano pioneer, not only in excelling and exercising his mastery of harmony and rhythm in solos, but in establishing the Piano as an important member of any jazz ensemble. The trumpet-style phrasing Hines formed a close creative unit with […]

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50 greatest symphonies

Tom Service’s survey of the 50 symphonies that changed classical music Continues HERE ===//=== Get the inside track on forthcoming notable live music gigs by clicking HERE ===//=== Our preference – based on direct personal experience – is to buy music and theatre tickets from these people HERE

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The four pitfalls of buying and selling on eBay

Originally published in 2015 Sophie Christie (The Telegraph) writes: With more than 18 million users, eBay is the country’s largest online marketplace. Buyers get to browse a vast range of goods and snap up bargains. Sellers use the site to do anything from disposing of unwanted goods for a few pounds, to showcasing all the […]

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Choosing wisely

Paul McGowan writes ….. In a recent post we decided on the type of output stage we wanted: balanced or unbalanced depending on the topology of the DAC before it or, in the case of a preamp, how extensive the designer wanted to go.  In our case we always spend the extra time and effort […]

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Watch George Martin cruise through L.A. to talk ‘God Only Knows’ with Brian Wilson

The Los Angeles Times: There sits the late George Martin, behind the wheel of a vintage Cadillac convertible, cruising through Los Angeles and talking about the city’s import as a studio town. In the clip, taken from the 1997 BBC documentary “The Rhythm of Life,” Martin’s got a destination in mind as he rolls down […]

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The Newest Boulder: the 1160 Power Amplifier

TONEAudio write: It’s a pretty big deal when Boulder Amplifiers announces a new series of amplification components, in this case the 1100 series. Starting with the 1160 power amplifier you see here, weighing in at 140 pounds and producing 300 watts per channel, (doubling into 4 and 2 ohms) you can see that this is […]

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FOSTEX: PM0.5d active loudspeakers

From the desk of Frank Berryman Stuart Smith has posted a review of the Fostex PM0.5d active loudspeakers (£250/pair) at Hi-Fi Pig. His conclusions: “For the asking price and used as I am using them, they are well made and represent really good value for money. They look good on the desktop and pop them […]

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HILL PLASMATRONIC: Dedicated to the World’s Finest Speaker, the 1A

The Flame Still Burns Imagine a speaker with no moving parts.  No mass, no cones, no ribbons, no diaphragms, no enclosure, no Doppler shift, no resonances- just the ability to modulate the air directly. Now imagine a perfect audio point source (the ideal pulsating sphere) radiating uniformly with constant phase.  This has been the dream of physicists for […]

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THE CADOGAN HALL: Rebecca Stewart the brains behind the series of Free Concerts

Tony Andrews writes: With Out To Lunch at Cadogan Hall 2017 thrilling the regulars earlier this year and hopefully lots of newcomers too, it seems appropriate to allow you all to meet Rebecca Stewart the brains behind the series of Free Concerts. Rebecca, Thank you for taking the time out from your busy schedule to […]

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ARCAM: irDAC D2A test review

Edd Harris writes: In 1976 when two passionate Cambridge University students founded ‘Amplification and Recording Cambridge’, now formally known as ARCAM (since 1980), the companies main focus was firmly on producing high performance technologies for the blossoming record production industry. Little did the founders know that their reference quality journey would lead them into the […]

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