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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AMPHION LOUDSPEAKERS: Songs of Norway: From fishing fleets to studio beats – the Studio Nord story

They say: “When I did my first recording as an artist I knew I was going to be doing this a lot and for a very long time,” remembers Fred Endresen – a recording/mix engineer, and owner of Studio Nord in Mosjøen. Please click HERE for the full story  

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AMPHION LOUDSPEAKERS: Music: A language which Amphion’s studio monitors translate smoothly

They say: “Translation is definitely the key, and I do not know a system that has translation as good as Amphion’s. Actually when you are mixing on the Amphions all post-playing speakers become your Amphion,” says Matej Gobec, a producer and sound engineer from Ljubljana, Slovenia. Please click HERE for the full story  

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Gerald Wilson: Little Big Man

Originally posted September 2011 Robert Baird writes ….. Big bands died out back in the 1950s, right? They went away when the jitterbug faded and folks began dancing to music other than swing? And then real jazz fans departed when the bebop soloists came along and made big-band players look clumsy and quaint?Despite that widely […]

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RAY DAVIES: A Complicated Life by Johnny Rogan, review: ‘Kinkophiles will enjoy it’

Ian Thomson on the twists and turns of the Kinks frontman Ray Davies, from Muswell Hillbilly to national treasure Please click HERE to continue ===//=== Get the inside track on forthcoming notable live music gigs by clicking HERE ===//=== Our preference – based on direct personal experience – is to buy music and theatre tickets […]

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ESSENTIAL READING: Design, DSPs and the debunking of traditional hi-fi

John Watkinson writes: Today’s loudspeakers are nowhere near as good as they could be, due in no small measure to the presence of “traditional” audiophile products. In the future, loudspeakers will increasingly communicate via digital wireless links and will contain digital processing. Indeed, the link between IT and loudspeakers is destined to grow.But no progress […]

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ESSENTIAL READING: John Daversa: Bursting Out of LA – Interview by R. J Deluke

Seen in the hallways at California State University in Northridge, a neighborhood of Los Angeles, where he teaches big band arranging, jazz history and other music courses, John Daversa might be seen with his goatee, and dense, dark and curly hair, parted in the middle, and correctly sense he might be involved in one of […]

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ESSENTIAL READING: High Definition Vinyl May Soon Be a Reality

Calum Slingerland: Though its market share of music sales is still relatively small, the resurgence of the vinyl record is very much a recognizable music retail trend that doesn’t seem to be slowing. Now, an Austrian music distribution company is looking to push the format in a new direction by revolutionizing the current manufacturing method. […]

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Jazz Has Become The Least-Popular Genre In The U.S.

David La Rosa writes: According to Nielsen‘s 2014 Year-End Report, jazz is continuing to fall out of favor with American listeners and has tied with classical music as the least-consumed music in the U.S., after children’s music. Both jazz and classical represent just 1.4% of total U.S. music consumption a piece. However, Classical album sales were higher for […]

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ESSENTIAL READING: When did headphones become an important weapon of choice for audiophiles?- by Anthony Kershaw

Let’s be clear of the Audiophilia (my) stance. Headphones are convenient, they are in the domain of thin-walled residents, and many significant others love them, but in no way do they represent what I think represents natural, musical sound. I’ve heard the best. And, at length. Stax and Sennheiser Orpheus, chief among them. I own […]

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ESSENTIAL READING: Valve microphonics

J. Evans writes: The construction of a valve is not a completely rigid structure. Any relative movement of the various electrodes not only affect sinter-electrode capacitances but also variations in current and mutualconductance. Such relative movements can be caused by vibration, such as sudden knocks or even ambient sounds. Mullard presented the results of an […]

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Johnny Cash’s note to June Carter Cash is the greatest love letter of all time

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/valentines-day-famous-love-letters-johnny-cash-june-carter-richard-burton-winston-churchill-10038803.html ===//=== Get the inside track on forthcoming notable live music gigs by clicking HERE ===//=== Our preference – based on direct personal experience – is to buy music and theatre tickets from these people HERE

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ESSENTIAL READING: Ugly Things #40 (Magazine)

  They say: This issue has cover stories on the Flamin’ Groovies, the Dictators and the Human Expression. Cyril Jordan recounts the making of the Groovies’ seminal Teenage Head album. The Human Expression released a pair of mind-blowing garage-psych singles in 1966 and 1967 that are today regarded as among the most exciting and original of the era. In this issue the band […]

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The Real Chicago Blues

Blue Chicago offers a revealing look at an important part of Chicago life. David Grazian spent lots of time in blues clubs all over the city, schmoozing with musicians, bartenders, club owners, and audiences, sometimes even taking the stage himself. What he uncovers is how people involved with the Chicago blues scene define the blues experience […]

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