JELCO: SA-750D tonearm test review

Right then, let’s start out with a quick quiz. Mobile phones away, please, no conferring and fingers on buzzers. “What links Acoustic Research, Revolver, Avid, Acoustic Signature, London Acoustical Developments, Sumiko, Audioquest, Pro-Ject and Ariston?” If you’re thinking turntables, very good – award yourself a point. Now to part two – “who links all the […]

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ESSENTIAL LISTENING: Paul Buchanan – Mid Air (Expanded 2CD)

From Newsroom Records, a new 2 CD title consists of the the original 14 track CD plus an additional disc featuring 10 songs, which includes three previously unreleased songs. The limited edition deluxe box set will not be re-pressed. Mid Air is the debut solo album from Paul Buchanan, frontman of the revered and sophisticated […]

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ACOUSTIC SIGNATURE: Triple X turntable & TA -1000 tonearm – test review.

Stereophile: In a bizarre but happy turn of events, recent consumer trends have given even the most socially awkward audiophile something to talk about at cocktail parties and family gatherings at which normal people predominate: the PonoPlayer and vinyl. These are hot topics; each is among the best-sounding music sources available, and both offer hope […]

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BUDDY GUY: I’ll Play The Blues For You… Live (CD)

  “I didn’t know a Strat could sound like that until I heard Buddy Guy” proclaimed Jeff Beck whose gestures were not alone. Countless accolades from across the music spectrum queue up in honour of the original blues innovator. The likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bill Wyman, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and Jimmy […]

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A POINT OF VIEW: Neil McCauley expresses a view re power cords

Neil, have you been surprised by the effects of different types of mains cable and IEC termination on the sound that comes from electronics driving speakers? I have been rather surprised because I don’t reckon I have anything like the acuity of some of my friends for acoustic things, I will usually arrive at conclusions; […]

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ESSENTIAL LISTENING: The Beach Boys – Ringing The Liberty Bell (CD)

THE CLASSIC 4TH JULY CONCERT FROM 1985 IN PHILADELPHIA This CD features the Beach Boys afternoon set in Philadelphia, recorded for FM radio broadcast – and later for a TV transmission – when the show included numerous BB classics plus the group’s then new single, ‘Getcha Back,’ taken from their 25th studio album, remarkably their […]

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A POINT OF VIEW: Aha! moments

Paul McGowan writes ….. Few things in life are as satisfying as an aha! moment: the solving of a tough problem, the solution to a puzzle, getting your stereo system dialed in. One of the more common aha! moments for people is when they try easing up on speaker toe in. Most speakers don’t want […]

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The Mannish Boys Double Dynamite

Who Are The Mannish Boys? Few blues acts have perfected the tricky maneuver of honoring the storied history of the blues, while at the same time keeping the music up-to-date, as admirably as Delta Groove’s The Mannish Boys. It’s a balancing act that they’ve honed over the course of six highly-acclaimed CD releases and countless […]

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LINN: Sondek LP12 turntable + Klyde phono cartridge – test review

STEREOPHILE: If you asked me to name a single specific high-end audio component that could make or break a system, I’d name the Linn LP12 turntable. Of all the thousands of hi-fi products I’ve heard over the years, not a one of ’em—not a speaker, amplifier, or digital processor—has been able to draw me into […]

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EWA: Alan Elsdon / Colin Wonfor – Top resistors

Dear Colin, Top resistors. Many threads with opinions on boutique coupling capacitors, but very little consolidated information on the sonics of resistors. Do you care to share your thoughts on the attributes of their favorite brands & types for specific tube and SS applications? How much of a difference does a good resistor make? My […]

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LUCKYandLOVE: ‘Lucky + Love’ LP

We are told: L.A.’s Synth-sexy LUCKYandLOVE Announce Debut LP, Preview Single ‘Digging in the Earth’ FOR FANS OF: Phantogram, Ladytron, Glass Candy, Chromatics, Broadcast, Le Tigre, Marnie FOCUS TRACKS: Digging in the Earth, Sexy, Full Moon, Taureon, Venus FOR SHARING Digging In The Earth https://youtu.be/x9Kyj-Emj8M Sexy https://youtu.be/_H5mV3WjV60 Bandcamp https://luckyandlove.bandcamp.com/album/lucky-love Digging in the Earth https://soundcloud.com/luckyandlove/digging-in-the-earth-1 —//— […]

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EWA / Elsdon Wonfor Audio: LS-XXV (LS-25) speaker cable test review

Alan Brown writes ….. Obscenity My problem with high-end cables is that it’s possible to spend truly obscene amounts on them. Obscene, because it seems to me many offerings to the audiophile market are overpriced hype with no real merit. Well it does seem like that doesn’t it? I mean ….. that’s the easy stance; […]

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THE FOREIGN RESORT: She is Lost

We are told: The Foreign Resort releases ‘She Is Lost’ video, Announces Video Crowdsourcings & Tour with Dead Leaf Echo FOR FANS OF: The Cure, Foals (Antidotes phase), Joy Division, Tones on Tail, The Damned, Killing Joke, New Order FOR SHARING Bandcamp http://theforeignresort.bandcamp.com/album/she-is-lost-single Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/theforeignresort/she-is-lost Video crowdsourcing for ‘She is Lost’ https://youtu.be/17fW9P2LOlk ‘Skyline/Decay’ single https://dkfmshoegaze.bandcamp.com/track/the-foreign-resort-skyline-decay ‘Skyline/Decay’ https://youtu.be/hdLhlwzi06Q ‘Suburban Depression’ https://youtu.be/poCGR9LLM3g ‘Dead End Roads’ https://youtu.be/p01g13IasAQ “The […]

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QUIET DOMINO: Metropelium

We are told: San Francisco’s Quiet Domino Delivers Electro Pop Bliss in Debut ‘Metropelium’ Single FOR FANS OF: LCD Soundsystem, Flaming Lips, Black Keys, Beck, Massive Attack, Moby, Atoms for Peace/ Thom Yorke, Grimes, Danger Mouse / Gnarls Barkley, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Grizzly Bear, Foster The People FOR SHARING YouTube https://youtu.be/nujk36uP5_s Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/quietdomino/metropelium Photo […]

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PARASOUND: The unusually usefully featured Parasound Halo Integrated amplifier – test review

Steve Guttenberg writes: Full bass management is a rarely found feature in stereo integrated amps, but the Parasound Halo has it, along with superb sound. The Parasound Halo Integrated amplifier may appear rather conservative, but once you look a little deeper you’ll discover its rather unusual feature lineup. First, it offers the sort of true […]

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