STAX: End-user thinking of importing STAX for own use?

Hi Howard. I know you resigned the STAX agency some years back. Can you offer some advice though? I am thinking of importing STAX for my own use? In my direct personal experience the following comments apply equally to new STAX equipment or used equipment: All STAX items have serial numbers. This means that any […]

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Slipstream (2LP) by Bonnie Raitt

  Bonnie Raitt’s latest album ‘Slipstream’ is daring, bluesy, and steeped with the inimitable slide guitar and soulful vocals that could only be hers. The vinyl version is 180 gram and is a Limited Edition  ‘Slipstream’ marks her first new album in seven years and bares all the hallmarks of a classic Bonnie Raitt record. While most of ‘Slipstream’ […]

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DANIEL ROSENBOOM: Fire Keeper

Fiona Orde-Shrimpton: To say Daniel Rosenboom is no ordinary jazz trumpeter, is no exaggeration. His father, David Rosenboom is currently Dean, Richard Seaver Distinguished Chair in Music at the California Institute of the Arts (and has been at CalArts since 1990), and having a first trumpet teacher in the form of Wadada Leo Smith, where […]

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QUAD: 303 treble anomalies?

Wonder if the brains trust has any advice for me. Just taken delivery of a lovely Quad 303, restored by Rob at AmpLabs (who’s been a perfect gent throughout) to match the original design but with old components swapped for new. I’m almost completely delighted with the results – warmth, intimacy, believability, it really draws […]

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ARCAM: FMJ A19 test review

FOR Big, room-filling sound Open, dynamic and cohesive Subtle and revealing detail Deep and authoritative sound Remarkable composure and control Good build and connections AGAINST Requires careful system matching Its strengths might not be immediately apparent The Arcam FMJ A19 is a new integrated stereo amplifier that joins the ranks of Arcam’s high-end FMJ series – and […]

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PS AUDIO: The worst

From the archives: I am visiting the high-end show in Tokyo at the moment and last night, between demonstrations of the system, I was wandering the halls of the show when the strains of one of my all time favorite operas came drifting down the hall.  La Boheme, as performed by Renata Tebaldi in 1951 […]

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STAX: SRA-14s – possibly one of the all-time great pre-amps?

“Finally I was able to acquire an SRA-14S and it has arrived now! No phono equalizer modules however. A previous owner had been cutting copper tracks on the input/switching pcb and added a lot of wires (in different places than the cut traces). Neatly done, but still…. Maybe he had some problem with the switches? […]

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OUR OFFICE PLAYLIST: 007

“Jump Me One More Time” / John Lee Hooker “Pretty Polly” / Dock Boggs    “Porcelain Monkey” / Warren Zevon   “Ya Ya Ya (Looking For My Baby)” / The Detroit Cobras “The Dreaming Dead” / Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter   “Memphis, Tennessee” / Chuck Berry  “I Want To Go” / John Mayall “Cadillac Cowboys” / […]

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