SUGDEN: Luxman, Croft, Sonneteer and DACs with Harbeth?

The thread starts ….. “I recently sold off my full Naim system (DAC/282/250/Hicap/NAPSC) and I have been enjoying the simplicity of my temp solution of the Nait 1 with Harbeth P3ESR, fed by the Mac Mini and Meridian Explorer DAC. Simple, lively, detailed, agile.. and only one hifi box with one plug in the wall! […]

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Two subwoofers?

Paul McGowan writes: We have two channel systems with dedicated left and right speakers, yet often we’re told it’s just fine to use a single subwoofer in mono. I’d like to suggest this attitude is wrong. The single-sub advocate’s logic goes something like this. “Low frequencies are essentially non-directional so it shouldn’t matter if the […]

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TOWNSHEND ENGINEERING: Howard Popeck speaks at length to people with interesting things to say: Max Townshend

From our archives : Howard Popeck: Not many people know you’re a qualified engineer. What engineering discipline was your first degree? Max: Bachelor of Engineering, Electrical, specialising in communications. Where did you study? University of Western Australia So what happened after that? I accepted a commission in the Royal Australian Air Force where I was […]

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Was 1876 classical music’s most important year?

Mike Ashman writes: 1876 was a melting-point for music, a watershed year in both concert hall and opera house. With the premiere of Wagner’s four-evening Ring cycle, and the composition of Bruckner’s 65‑minute Fifth Symphony, it saw great peaks of Romantic operatic and symphonic writing. The appearance of Mahler’s first significant score, a Piano Quartet, […]

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Is no DAC the best DAC?

Paul McGowan writes: I’ve been answering a lot of great customer questions on Ask Paul. One of them was a simple misunderstanding, but it sparks good dialog. On the DIY forums, a poster suggested he was converting digital audio to analog without the benefit of a DAC and the question posed to me was, “Is […]

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Built in head amp?

Paul McGowan writes: Head amps are devices used to separately amplify moving coil cartridges to the same level as moving magnets. They can be built from active electronics with power supplies or simple step-up transformers. They are needed because moving coil cartridges typically have outputs thirty times lower than their moving magnet brethren. Why they […]

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New podcast: Sean Shibe on English guitar music

Guitarist Sean Shibe has just released his first disc, called ‘Dreams and Fancies’, on the Delphian label – and we’ve named it an Editor’s Choice recording in the September 2017 issue of Gramophone. In this Gramophone podcast he talks to Editor Martin Cullingford about English music for guitar, about Julian Bream, and about the unique […]

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THE HOLLIES: Changin’ Times – The Complete Hollies: January 1969 – March 1973 (5CD)

We are told: As major players in the magnificent 1960’s British Pop Revolution – a time when British bands first conquered the world, The Hollies hallmark vocal harmony has not wavered throughout 50 Years of continuous touring, performing and recording. The release of this 5 CD box brings together all the albums and singles the […]

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The benefits of redoing your assumptions

Paul McGowan writes:  We just released some new software that changed the sound of our PerfectWave DAC.  As is normal there’s debate on whether or not those changes are better or worse.  For me there’s no question they are better in every respect – but only after I retuned my system to take advantage of […]

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ALNIC: H-3000 – test review

Dom writes: This is the follow up to my review of the entry point H-1201, except this time we hit the opposite end with the range topping H-3000. The difference is that this is an all out assault on the phono stage market complete with LCR technology – which is not easy to implement without […]

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Slap in the face

Paul McGowan writes: Some years backI wrote about a new power amp technology that simply blew my skirt up to the point where I have cleansed the listening room of anything but this product to amplify the Maggies.  The decision to consider doing this took about 10 seconds: I knew immediately this was it.  I […]

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JIMI HENDRIX: BBC Sessions (Deluxe Edition/2CD+DVD)

They tell us….. Features more than 30 original recordings remastered from the original BBC tape archives. Covers all of The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s British radio and television appearances and features recordings from Hendrix’s studio appearances in 1967 and 1969. This Gold-selling, double CD collection includes classic radio highlights like “Can You Please Crawl Out Your […]

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MUSIC WORTH RESURRECTING: James Cotton

At his high-energy, 1970s peak as a bandleader, James Cotton was a bouncing, sweaty, whirling dervish of a bluesman, roaring his vocals and all but sucking the reeds right out of his defenseless little harmonicas with his prodigious lung power. Due to throat problems, Cotton’s vocals are no longer what they used to be, but […]

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