The Animals – We Gotta Get Out Of This Place (The Animals Radio and TV Sessions 1965)

    The Alan Price Rhythm & Blues Combo, later the Animals, were the premier attraction on the Newcastle-on Tyne live circuit in 1962. They had a real edge combining a tough vocal sound, charismatic stage presence and a rich organ sound. They moved to London two years later, becoming popular on the mod scene […]

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CHORD COMPANY This is what Chord’s digital designer Rob Watts had to say about power cables:

Rob Watts writes ….. In the ’80s, there was a buzz going around that mains cables made a big difference to the sound, so I tried experimenting. Yes you could hear a difference, even under blind conditions. And this was with one of my pre-amps that had 3 stages of regulation – 210dB of rejection […]

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ALBARRY: Howard Popeck speaks at length to people with interesting things to say: Albarry Music’s main man Mr. Neil Burnett. An Albarry valve amp perhaps?

From the archives Preliminary notes. Neil’s a busy guy and has kindly agreed to us sending him clusters of three questions on a regular basis while bearing in mind that he’ll squeeze his responses in as and when his schedule permits. There are many things we’d like to ask this designer of fine amplification and […]

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Ask our editor Neil McCauley: Bi-wiring

Hello Neil. Can you suggest a practical, intelligent and understandable explanation of the pros and cons of biwiring please? Thanks.  AK Happy to help you Mr.K. I sniffed about a bit and below, written by Paul McGowan is the best I have found so far. Just when you thought I had abandoned everything high-end and […]

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FUNK FIRM: Vector Drive – 3-Pulleys? Another marketing gimmick?

They say ….. Think about it. The whole Direct Drive thing. It’s regarded as a technological full-stop to turntable drive systems. An all-in-one solution. One that works. Well, yes…and NO. It is a clear “Yes”…from a marketing man’s point of view. If you look at it from a designer’s point of view, however, your perspective […]

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VPI: Mat Weisfeld interview

From our archives Ariel Bitran writes: Earlier this month, our all-analog coverage counterpart AnalogPlanet announced the release of the Nomad, a brand new entry-level turntable from American hi-fi manufacturer VPI Industries. For $995, The VPI Industries Nomad turntable includes a built-in phono preamplifier, unbalanced output, a set of Grado Labs iGrado around-the-neck headphones, headphone output, […]

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