BENCHMARK MEDIA DAC. Howard Popeck rates it highly!

Hi Howard, Good to see that you are stocking the Benchmark range. I have a DAC1 and it is truly superb. I use it to drive my active ATC 50s directly, or my Stax 717 & Omegas – no preamp necessary anymore! This little Benchmark really does punch far above it’s weight – right? My […]

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Pavarotti versus Corelli: who’s really king of the high Cs in Il Trovatore? Judge for yourself

From the archives Tim Wong writes: I grew up listening to a recording of Verdi’s Il Trovatore my father bought. It’s the Franco Corelli version with Thomas Schippers conducting. I was instantly captivated by his heroic style and especially how he threw himself into the aria Di quella pira. In an extremely silly plot, it’s […]

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Michael Pisaro: Sometimes CD review – US composer enjoys the silence

Kate Molleson writes: Wandelweiser music feels extra appealing at the moment. Maybe it’s because the grace and quiet, honest fragility is a tonic against shouty geopolitical absolutism. The US composer Michael Pisaro pinpoints his encounter with his Wandelweiser stylistic brethren in the early 1990s as the most decisive moment in his career: “This literally saved […]

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Miles Davis – Live In Toyko 1975 (2CD)

• Brilliant performance live in Tokyo • Includes the entire broadcast • Digitally remastered • Background liners On his tour of Japan in early 1975, Miles Davis presented some of the most searing, electric fusion ever heard in concert. The performances on this 2CD set,  FM broadcast, hail from a January 22 gig at Shinjuku […]

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Bryn Terfel: ‘I’d like to sing Citizen Kane’

  One day, Bryn Terfel’s eldest son fell asleep at the opera. It was during the first act of Welsh National Opera’s 2010 production of Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg in Cardiff. Only when his father came on and started singing as Hans Sachs, did he awaken. “My first line woke him up. He apparently […]

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LFD AUDIO: Q/A with Dr. Bews. Problem (and solution) re Audio Research driving PA2M

Q: I have an lfd pa2m amp and find there is a hum .any way of stopping this problem?am using audio research ref 2 pre/amp connected by balanced cable but balanced from pre– then balanced cable connects to single ended cable connecting to lfd amp.thank you A: Dr Bews replies: I guess it’s the balanced […]

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Record Store Owner interview with Michelle Allen of Bananas Music:

Bananas is one of those crazy places that still exists.  Despite so many others claims, it is believed that they are literally the largest record store in America.  3 million records does sound like a lot…. QRD – Why did you start your store?  Michelle – We had a book store first & starting selling […]

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Audiophiles luring youngsters into boring conversations

PARENTS have been warned about audiophiles, who are increasingly targeting young people for dull chats about hi-fi. Record shops have become magnets for middle-aged, socially awkward men attracted by products labelled ‘Audiophile Edition’. 14-year-old Tom Logan said: “I was looking at an old Fleetwood Mac record, when this bald man kind of crept up beside […]

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Professor M. J Hawksford (joint founder of LFD): Audio Amplifier Systems, A Compilation

This document is a compilation of technical papers relevant to both analogue and digital audio amplifiers and related systems. Topics include error correction, voltage-controlled amplifiers, current drive, current-to-voltage conversion and PWM. Emphasis is given to circuit techniques that include novel forms of distortion reduction. Audio Amplifier Systems, A Compilation (PDF Download Available). Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/312557447_Audio_Amplifier_Systems_A_Compilation […]

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Brahms, Schumann: Works for Cello & Piano CD review – subtle period virtuosity

Stephen Pritchard writes: This is one of those rewarding recordings that makes you totally reassess music from the mainstream repertoire. Robin Michael’s gut-strung cello is softly sonorous, a perfect match for Daniel Tong’s masterly pianism on an 1897 Blüthner – said to have been played and chosen by Brahms on a visit to the Leipzig […]

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Brahms, The Temptations, Schubert.

CDs and LPs; sometimes DVDs too. As editor I get advanced notification of music releases and so I’m sharing it. Primarily Blues, Jazz, Classic and Rock. I make no value judgements here i.e I am merely …. the conduit. Updated pretty much 24/7 HERE Thanks HP

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MILES DAVIS: The Original Mono Recordings (9CD Box (Mini Replica Jackets)

Landmark box set presents nine albums remastered in original, brilliant sound, as they were intended to be heard in the 1950s and ’60s Nine of Miles Davis’ earliest albums on Columbia Records, encompassing music that he recorded for the label in monaural sound from 1956 to 1961 (and released from 1957 to 1964), will be […]

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MIKE BLOOMFIELD: Live At Mc Cabe’s Guitar Workshop: 1/1/77 (CD)

Mike Bloomfield was one of the great and unique artists of our era. Considered by millions to be America’s answer to Eric Clapton, his effect on both musicians and public alike has been no less. A master guitarist, arranger and writer, Bloomfield has the honor of being responsible for turning many millions of white American […]

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