LOU REED: A Family in Peril – Lou Reed’s Sister Sets the Record Straight About His Childhood

  Merrill Reed Weiner writes: In the coming weeks, my brother, Lou Reed, will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo performer, an honor celebrating his incredible impact upon the world of music. Since his passing from liver disease in 2013, there have been many accolades, articles, and ruminations […]

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SUMO: Audiophile interview with Rich May of Sumo; an audio dynasty

John Atkinson writes ………… Way back in the mists of time, around 1980 to be exact, the Marantz company in Europe introduces a range of ostensibly cost-no-object solid-state electronics under the “Esotec” banner. Manufactured in Japan, but apparently designed in the USA, these ruggedly constructed components are noteworthy in that the power amplifiers are capable […]

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DONNA LEWIS: Brand New Day – a Ben Scholz interview

Ben Scholz writes ….. Pop culture’s love-hate relationship with its artists presents an interesting conundrum. Music created for mass-consumption must be easily digestible, yet the public is quick to retaliate against content that lacks substance. Gifted musicians are often pigeonholed into a certain style or sound that may not reflect their true range. This myopic […]

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Tim De Paravicini: Talking about transformers in his valve amps

There are so many ways power transformers are made. I on all my valve power amps design my power transformer so that a low voltage secondary winding behaves as an electrostatic screen so either mains terminal end of the primary winding behave about the same. The leakage voltage and current you are talking about as […]

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HELIUS DESIGNS: In conversation with Howard Popeck – part three

Geoffrey – what is your response to the statement ‘How many channels do you think it takes to make a music listener happy; One. Mono’s fine. I’ve never heard anybody bitch about Louis Armstrong, saying, “I would enjoy it if it were only stereo” Now this question is interesting from several perspectives and I’m going […]

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Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham talk about making their first duet album

Randall Roberts writes: Longtime devotees of the rock band Fleetwood Mac might be forgiven for letting out a gleeful yelp when registering the news that singer-keyboardist Christine McVie shared with The Times in December while sitting next to her band mate — guitarist, singer and producer Lindsey Buckingham. “I’ve been sending Lindsey demos in their […]

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TIM de PARAVICINI: King of Tubes is interviewed!

                    Stereophile write …… “How many hi-fi professionals can say that they’ve designed at least one of every part of a complete recording system, from microphones to tape recorders to vinyl-disc-cutting electronics? Probably only Tim de Paravicini (footnote 1). Best known to audiophiles for his extraordinarily […]

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BARB JUNGR: ‘I’m an obsessive kind of person’ – interview by Robert Chalmers

How singer-songwriter coped with the death of her ex-husband and two sisters in the space of two years to became ‘our greatest living interpreter of Bob Dylan’ Barb Jungr’s home town does not enjoy the most enviable of reputations. When it features in the national news, Stockport is almost invariably the subject of ridicule or […]

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PAUL BURTON: Howard Popeck speaks at length to people with interesting things to say: Burton Somervell – marginalised magnificence

Howard Popeck writes: This is, as far as I know, the final interview with the late Colin Howard, former production director of BS Meridian, founder of London HiFi Services, innovator, designer and the co-founder of Burton Somervell speakers. I conducted this interview some years ago and only discovered it yesterday. It has never previously been […]

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AUDIO RESEARCH: Meet Your Maker: Hi-Fi+ Visits Audio Research Corporation

Chris Martens: Reviews of products from the US-based firm Audio Research Corporation have frequently graced the pages of Hi-Fi+, so that I was pleased to have the opportunity to visit the ARC factory in Plymouth, Minnesota (a suburb of the greater Minneapolis metropolitan area) to see how the firm’s components are made. What follows is […]

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PLINIUS: Brian Willoughby interview

Paul Wilson writes: We live in a global economy. High-performance audio components are made in almost every country in the world. Even China has emerged as a purveyor top-shelf brands. But, what about New Zealand? I had the pleasure to interview Mr. Brian Willoughby, Managing Director of Plinius, who just happen to be located in […]

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Howard Popeck speaks at length to people with interesting things to say: Scott Berry of CAD / Computer Audio Design (part #1 of 3)

Introduction: “The engineer responsible for the design of the 1543 DAC is Scott Berry. Scott is an electrical engineer who worked for many years in R&D and manufacturing for Tektronix and Xerox on the West Coast of the USA. Scott’s experience was in electrical engineering R&D work in high technology industries, but not in the […]

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HARD WAX RECORDS: Finn Johannsen chats to Josh about his place of work, the state of the vinyl industry, and of course his excellent newly recorded Louche Podcast.

So Finn, this marks the first of a new mini series of Louche podcasts, focusing on dudes like yourself who work in record shops. Tell us, how long have you been working in Hard Wax and how did it come about? I’m working there since the end of 2010. It was basically coincidental. I realized […]

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PETE TOWNSHEND: Interview Part #1 of 2

Oldawg: Nearly 30 years after its release I find It’s Hard to be very representative (unfortunately) of what is happening in the world today. In particular John’s Dangerous, Eminence Front and Cooks County. How do you feel about It’s Hard today? P.T.: It’s Hard is the only record the Who made where the individual members […]

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JIM MARSHALL: ‘They call me the Father of Loud’

From the archives; Alfred Hickling writes: At the Marshall amplifier factory in Milton Keynes, there’s a small museum piled high with musty, well-used equipment. There are original models of the 100-watt amps favoured by Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. There’s a white leather model made for Paul Weller with a mod target emblazoned across its […]

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