It might not seem like anything special but that’s because it’s one of those little things

Paul McGowan writes: Sometimes it’s the little things that make something special. A smile, just at the right moment, or perhaps a helping hand when one wasn’t expected. When I think about what makes a piece of audio equipment special it’s often the little unnoticed touches that, together, make a product worth owning. Take for […]

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THE BEATLES: Abbey Road and Beyond: Greatest Hits and Lost Sessions 1962 – 1966 (6 CD Box Set)

We are told ….. This six disc anthology features the very best of The Beatles in the studio, on the road and on the airwaves from 1962-’66. It is the perfect illustration of how The Beatles evolved as writers and performers and created a musical phenomenon which has never been equaled. Disc 1 – The […]

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DALI: Their Zensor Pico

They say: Comprising the Zensor Pico and Zensor Pico Vokal centre speaker, the new designs resemble a scaled down Zensor One (about 30% smaller, in fact). They use the same 25mm treble driver, married to a 114mm mid-bass driver, all housed in a tiny bass-reflex cabinet that’s designed for on-wall or near wall mounting (both models have integral keyhole mounting brackets). […]

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DAC priorities

Paul McGowan writes: All DACs are not equal yet many of today’s most popular digital to analog converters are based on the same off-the-shelf chipset like those from ESS, Cirrus Logic, or Analog Devices. Yet those DACs using identical chips often sound as if cut from very different cloth. What makes them different? We might get […]

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A real head scratcher

Paul McGowan writes: it still baffles me why long balanced interconnects seemed to sound better than long speaker cables. I previously shared with you my experience at HP’s home with an Audio Research preamp. That demonstrated just the opposite. So one conclusion we can make is the equipment you’re using has a lot to do […]

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Gary Moore – Live At Bush Hall 2007 (CD) inc. track listing

The late Gary Moore was one of the finest and most respected guitarists of his generation. This show, recorded at London’s Bush Hall on 17th May 2007, was originally broadcast by Planet Rock radio. This is the first time the recording has been made available outside of this original broadcast. The concert features a number […]

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5 Original Albums – Herbie Hancock (5CD) by Herbie Hancock for £11.99 total

We are told ….. Blue Note is proud to present a new batch of six “5 original albums” in one box sets celebrating legendary jazz artists from the Blue Note catalogue. These continue on from the successful Verve and Concord titles released earlier in the year. This run includes Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon, Herbie Hancock, […]

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Audio language

Paul McGowan writes: When we talk about sound, what do adjectives like, dark, wooly, bright, spacious, or edgy sound like on our stereo systems? Hard to say, because words build pictures in our heads that have no literal equivalent in sound. “Wooly”  forms an image of “thick”, but how can sound be thick? Just today I was trying to describe the […]

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John Cale – Music For A New Society

  ‘Music For A New Society’ is a fully re-mastered album of thelong out of print 1982 classic album with three previously unreleased bonus tracks from the original multi-track recordings Library Of Force, Chinese Envoy and Thoughtless Kind ..· ‘M:FANS’ is a radical new reworking of the 1982 masterpiece‘Music For A New Society’. Back and […]

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MARANTZ: Model 2325 vs. Sansui 9090?

bb3blog writes as follows: Much like the beginnings of early high end audio when Audio Research and Conrad Johnson were the common catch words, Marantz and Sansui are two names that most likely crop up when talk goes vintage solid state receivers. Of course there was Pioneer, Sony, Technics and others that carved their respective […]

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How much loss can you hear? Much depends on two factors: who you ask and how much is lost.

Paul McGowan writes: Computer audio can be hard to understand. I know this because I get so many questions from our customers. The (seemingly) most misunderstood terms are lossy and lossless, compressed and uncompressed. For starters, how many of us get an uncomfortable feeling when we hear our music’s been compressed? It’s like hearing your food was […]

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