NEWS: US speaker brand Definitive Technology launches in Europe

America’s ‘top-selling premium loudspeaker brand’ is coming to European shores armed with several £499 – £3399 speakers. Definitive Technology, founded in 1990 and now owned by Sound United (whose brand catalogue also includes the likes of Denon, Marantz, Classe Audio and Polk Audio), is bringing various home cinema and hi-fi speakers to UK and European markets. […]

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PS Audio: Ports are used a great deal because they really work and, in the hands of an excellent speaker designer, can be very effective

Paul McGowan writes:  I am in the beginning of a new series that will give my readers an overview of starting fresh with a new sound room: the steps I am taking to build the room, the decisions being made and why. I mentioned that the Maggies I am leaving and the Infinity IRS I […]

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AUDIOPHILE INTERVIEW: Producer Teddy Riley / Michael Jackson and Blackstreet producer talks gear

Teddy Riley has always had the cutting edge on production. Highlights of his career include forming R&B super groups Guy and Blackstreet, and co-producing and co-engineering Michael Jackson’s Dangerous album – it has sold over 32 million copies and saw him win a Grammy for Best Engineering (non-classical). He has produced countless landmark records, such […]

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From the archives: A Flamenco Master Is His Own Ensemble

  “The breathtaking moments in Paco de Lucía’s sold-out concert on Saturday night came early and often. Presented by Carnegie Hall in conjunction with the World Music Institute and and the yearly Flamenco Festival, the evening showcased Mr. de Lucía, the flamenco guitar legend, with as many as six other musicians in various formations. But […]

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GUNS ‘N ROSES: Live In Japan 1988 (2CD)

We are told ….. Brilliant performance live at Nakano Sun Plaza, Tokyo Includes the entire NHK Radio broadcast It’s presented here together with background notes and images. Guns ‘N’ Roses, live at Nakano Sun Plaza, Tokyo on December 7th 1988. Following the July 1987 release of Appetite For Destruction, Guns N’Roses embarked on a vast […]

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BOB HEIL: The Master of Game-Changing Microphone Technology, interviewed

Marty Paule writes:  Highly opinionated and fiercely independent in his views about pro sound, Bob Heil builds mics and possesses a professional resume to back up his often out-of-the-box attitude. And speaking of boxes, it was Bob who invented one of the most memorable guitar effects of all time: the Heil Talk Box that made […]

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Unlocking dynamics?

Dynamic range describes the difference between soft and loud. What’s not defined is how soft or how loud—only the magnitude between the two—which is a problem if the softest sounds fall below the threshold of audibility. When that happens the range of dynamics is truncated, a fact not apparent when quoting dynamic range figures. I’ll […]

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Two ways to get into Stockhausen’s head

Tom Service (The Guardian) writes: Continuing what’s become, I admit, something of a Stockhausen obsession over the last few weeks: news from Robert Worby – composer, sound artist, writer, and one of the presenters of Radio 3’s Hear and Now, the network’s bastion of new music on Saturday nights – about an exclusive broadcast he’ll […]

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CHRISTOPHER BREUNIG: Three conductors, and a German thread

Three conductors, and a German thread Each chapter heading in My Century by Günter Grass is a year, from 1900-1999, and although Grass is somewhat disgraced by his belated admission that he joined the Waffen-SS, this fictionalised chronicle is nonetheless worth reading for the light it sheds on German thinking – not least on the […]

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