Format wars

Paul McGowan writes: Whatever happened to the format wars? We lost sleep over FLAC vs. ALAC, DSD vs. PCM, MQA in competition with everything else. Did our playback equipment suddenly get so good that these various formats now perform with varying degrees of excellence rather than acceptability? I can tell you that playback of 44.1kHz […]

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Home built mechanical sound recorder

This looks rather interesting. Here’s an extract from the accompanying test: “Here is my version of a mechanical sound recorder based on a turntable. It’s possible to record up to 4 minutes on a blank CD. The quality of my camera’s mic captured sound is lower than that of the real playback, videos with original […]

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Having enough juice

Paul McGowan writes ….. One of the hotly debated issues amongst designers is current capabilities of an output stage on a DAC or preamplifier.  It’s number 8 on our list of the duties of an output stage.  On the one hand it can be argued that modern interconnects placed between the DAC and the preamplifier […]

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Vinyl Revirginizer

The thread starts as follows: Just ordered a bottle of this stuff: http://recordrevirginizer.com/ Some discussion here: http://www.lencoheaven.net/forum/index.php?topic=2797.0 and also reviewed in March issue of HFW. I can’t bring myself to spend £400 on a cleaning machine, I just don’t have enough records (about 300) to justify it. Anyone tried it already? Or the Wood glue […]

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PINK TRIANGLE: Happy Anniversary – taking a Pink Triangle for a spin

The thread starts ….. This is a thread about my interest in modifying a Pink Triangle – my own early Mk1 PT from when I worked at the company. In part it is to investigate the “belt drive” prejudice, in part to revisit with Arthur the original thoughts behind the Anniversary turntable as the company’s […]

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How To Become A Recording Engineer – Tips & Techniques

“Do you want to engineer top acts in top studios? Are you prepared to devote your entire life to music recording? In this new series, David Mellor explains how you can become a professional music recording engineer. This is the first article in a four-part series. Read Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4. Project studio equipment is becoming ever more […]

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RAY MANZAEREK: On Acid, Ghosts and Jim Morrison’s Death – by Stephen Daultrey

The late Ray Manzarek of ‘The Doors’ fame speaks to Stephen Daultrey along side his band member Robbie Krieger on paranormal life in England and ‘this supernatural world’. Back in 2010, I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing two of my musical heroes – Ray Manzarek and Robbie Krieger of The Doors – in […]

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J.S. BACH: Four Concertos for Harpsichords and Orch. = Fritz Neumeyer/Lily Berger/Konrad Burr/ Ilse Urbuteit/Ch. Orch. of the Saar/Karl Ristenpart – HDTT

Orinally published in 2013 Transferred from a 1965 Nonesuch LP, having been recorded by Club Francais du Disque, this happy collation of multiple-klavier concertos by Bach reminded me of my old LP days, when the Nonesuch label offered such appetizers as “Music for the King’s Supper” and other musical repasts. Upgraded acoustically using the Lynx […]

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SPENDOR: Big Spendors for a not so big spender

“I’m wondering if anyone has any thoughts on this: My perfect hi-fi would probably be Spendor SP100Rs driven by suitable Naim stuff, but I could never possibly afford that. http://s560.photobucket.com/albums/s…lies/17433.gif So what about the older 100 series Spendors? The S100 or SP100? And what to drive them with? My past experiences with smaller Naim (Nait […]

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Roger McGuinn, Gene Clark & Chris Hillman – Armadillo World Headquarters Austin, TX, 1979 (CD)

The McGuinn, Clark and Hillman project came when the three former founding members of the Byrds attempted a triple bill tour with their respective solo bands in Europe in 1977. The subsequent reunion two years later was felt to be an extension of what the original band had accomplished and that no disco lick from […]

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SANSUI: G-9000 test review

Ahhh…the beautiful look of the late 70’s Sansui receivers.  The warm golden glow from the dial and meter lights and the smorgasbord of buttons, knobs, and switches below. It’s a stereo lovers delight. The best Sansui I ever had was the G-8000.  Here we have the Sansui G-9000. There was also a G-9000DB with only […]

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The Art Of Becoming A Jazz Musician: An Interview With Toshiko Akiyoshi:

Since 1956, when she first appeared at the Newport Jazz Festival, Toshiko Akiyoshi has been a significant force in the jazz world, both as pianist and composer. She was the first woman to win DownBeat magazine’s Best Arranger/Composer poll category. The New York Times called her “perhaps the most physically articulate conductor since Duke Ellington.” […]

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ECM: In search of free jazz and free expression

Manfred Eicher discusses his genre-defying label ECM, home of Keith Jarrett, Arvo Pärt and priceless recordings of free jazz greats. On 9 July Manfred Eicher will be 70. He does not look his age, more like an amiable ascetic with a tidy moustache, medium-length grey hair, dressed in a shirt and jeans. Not a man […]

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