QUAD: Vintage Glory / Quad ESL-63 and Electrostatic Solutions

The part time audiophile writes: I am the first to admit that I have not been steadfast and unwavering in my love. No. Instead, I have been anything but. I am unfaithful. In fact, it’s probably fair to level this critique in rather stronger language: I am downright promiscuous. I confess! I confess! Admitting in […]

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Whatever happened to Hi-Fi Shows and the importance of both Patricia Barber and Radka Toneff?

Tony Andrews (contributing editor – jazz) writes: Back in the 1980 and 90s if you were in to Hi-Fi there were some great shows around in the London area. I can remember many happy hours spent at various locations near Heathrow and also at The Novotel in Hammersmith. As venue costs soared and demand dropped […]

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Eric Clapton – The Lost Boy: guest writer Channa Vithana expresses a view; more than one in fact!

I’m not a great fan of Eric Clapton’s music anymore. When I was younger, in my early teens, I thought some of his stuff was pretty cool, especially the experimental Cream, with Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce, and the Derek & The Dominoes Sessions box set, with Duane Allman on guitar. Clapton’s other solo works, […]

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LOUDSPEAKER MEASUREMENTS: Axiom, B&W, Dahlquist, Focal, JBL, Magico, Morel, PSB and many more

Written in 2009 They write ….. With the cooperation of Canada’s National Research Council (NRC), in the year 2000 the SoundStage! Network began measuring and publishing objective measurements of loudspeaker products — a first for online publications. The NRC’s legacy of producing accurate loudspeaker measurements goes back decades. Literally thousands of speakers have been measured […]

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LFD AUDIO: Q/A with Dr Bews – Does a low output impedance usually results in better defined bass sound?

Dr. Bews writes: Low output impedance for line level products (provided impedance is less than 500ohms) I believe has little or no influence on subjective balance of a product. PSU design, parts selection, wiring, circuit layout,  etc have much more influence on sound.

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Buying stereos and avoiding really dumb decisions #5 – for £16 or less

Hopefully: 1.  You’ll agree that it’s essential that your amplifier or amplifiers being auditioned should be as close to tonally consistent across the spl (volume) band as possible i.e. no bass, or mid or treble emphasis (or dropout) as the volume is changed. 2.  That the only fair comparison between any two components (amps in […]

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Why I Don’t Infer a Speaker’s Sound from Its Measurements

Editor Neil’s note. This piece comes from a while back. I looked at it just now and feel it is still relevant – and that’s why it’s here. Enjoy folks! =============== Doug Schneider (Soundstage) writes ….. A few months ago, our main copy editor asked me why we publish subjective reviews and objective measurements, but […]

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Peter Green, Blues Guitarist – biography

    by Reverend Keith A. Gordon Updated March 08, 2017 If not for the cruel hand of fate, Peter Green (born October 29, 1946 in London England) might today be considered the greatest British blues guitarist, on par with Eric Clapton, instead of the somewhat obscure cult artist he is today. Green’s struggle with […]

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Digital Music Renaissance Dick Burwen’s algorithms may bring back analog’s rich, complex sounds

  Although this piece was originally published in 2010, I took a look just now and found it still relevant, interesting, thought-provoking and more …. and some of you here might too, hopefully. That’s why I have posted it here today. Neil / editor =================== Mark Anderson writes: Neil Young has called the digital recording […]

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Buddy Guy – ‘I Worry About The Future Of Blues Music’

Buddy Guy is the blues, and he’s our connection to a genre that’s embedded in the history of America. But it’s a sound the guitarist fears is fading. Born and raised in Louisiana without running water or electricity, Guy tells NPR’s David Greene, “They got some mosquitoes in Louisiana that can almost lift you out […]

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Developing critical listening skills

When Alon Sagee was a wet behind the ears audiophile he spent his days hanging around stereo shops. Today he is the president of the San Francisco Audiophile Society. “At 20, I bought my first audiophile gear at HiFi Haven, a high-end audio dealer in my college neighborhood in New Jersey. This was definitely not a […]

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TIM HARDIN: Remembering the lost genius of his music

Graeme Thomson on Tim Hardin, the influential but forgotten purveyor of folk pop.   “Bob Dylan once called him “the greatest songwriter alive” and Joe Strummer regarded him as a “lost genius of music”. Yet when Tim Hardin died in 1980, aged just 39, the world barely raised an eyebrow. His best known songs, If […]

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Tim de Paravicini – dialing-in the Original Experience

  John Atkinson writes:  “Meeting Englishman Tim de Paravicini for the first time, you start to wonder if your mind has slipped a gear, whether premature brain fade has cut in. The conversation seems not only to be racing by unexpectedly quickly, but also subjects you hadn’t even realized were subjects are being examined in […]

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