TEAC: TN-570 flagship turntable

  Max Langridge writes ….. he S-shaped tonearm sports a light alloy headshell to make swapping cartridges quick and easy and is height adjustable to compensate for different cartridge sizes. TEAC supplies the deck with an AT100E MM cartridge. It features an electronic speed change too, saving you the hassle of removing the platter to […]

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Remote recording tech helps artists make sweet music writes Matthew Wall

The latest digital audio recording technology has helped an unsigned London-based band hook up with one of the world’s most famous producers in California – even though they were 5,500 miles apart. And it is helping recording artists and session musicians around the world collaborate remotely, saving time and money. Electric Litany weren’t expecting any […]

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An unexpected pleasure in the editorial office

Editor’s introduction: One of the pleasures of being involved with this site is the quality of response, in terms of careful thinking and everything related to it that we receive from readers leaving comments. It’s gratifying that in these time-tight times (oh, I like that) a person we’ve never met would want to contribute. After […]

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PRO-JECT AUDIO SYSTEMS: VT-E

Paul Rigby writes ….. A bit of a surprise, this one. The VT-E is Pro-Ject’s first ever vertical turntable and can be installed on a desktop or a wall.  Based on the dual speed Elemental turntable, the belt-driven VT-E has a pre-set 8.6” tonearm and Ortofon OM5e cartridge. The VT-E plinth and platter are made from […]

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Pasadena nostalgia: Mr. van Halen, the Leslie speaker cabinet, Jackie Robinson, JBL, General Patton and … John Mayberry

Editor’s note: Earlier this week we asked Howard to invite John Mayberry to be a guest contributor here. He’s agreed. Unusually for us we didn’t set John a series of topics. Having read some of his material, all of which we found engaging; his writing being somewhat iconoclastic, we decided to let him write on […]

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BENCHMARK MEDIA DAC: What about better power cords?s

Does improving the power cord from the one that is supplied improve the sound?  Yes, it does seem to in my systems here. I have experienced dramatic improvements, in terms of subtle detail retrieval, a faster bass and so on with many other DACs through the years and so I suppose I quite naturally expect […]

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AUDIO NOTE: Zero System test review – by Jimmy Hughes

Audio Note’s Zero system is a great advertisement for the benefits of partnering a good low-powered amp with sensitive loudspeakers. It’s a winning combination of cohesiveness and integration; brilliance and detail; dynamics and attack. With each individual component being very well matched, the overall result is superb and, as we’ve already indicated, as separates they […]

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Ask an expert: Benchmark DAC

Have you heard a difference between the DAC performance of the Benchmark USB DAC and the Benchmark DAC-1 preamp and if so, which one is superior?  I have done this experiment on a number of occasions and have very rarely heard any difference at all. It might have been my imagination. And so it is […]

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