A POINT OF VIEW: Neil McCauley expresses a view re power cords

Neil, have you been surprised by the effects of different types of mains cable and IEC termination on the sound that comes from electronics driving speakers? I have been rather surprised because I don’t reckon I have anything like the acuity of some of my friends for acoustic things, I will usually arrive at conclusions; […]

Read More

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  

Read More

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  

Read More

Colin Davis’s first Gramophone interview (April 1962)

Back in April 1962, Arthur Jacobs met a young English conductor, Colin Davis, who’d recently been appointed music director of Sadler’s Wells. ‘The clamour for operatic records sung in English,’ wrote Philip Hope-Wallace in his February review of the Sadler’s Wells excerpts from Carmen, ‘is far greater than one might suppose by merely looking at […]

Read More

STEPHEN HOUGH (Pianist): Discusses blogging, new recordings and how to attract young people to classical music.

“At 48, he performs around the globe and records on the piano in solo, chamber and concerto music. He composes music. He writes and blogs prolifically. He paints and writes poetry, and has won awards for both. He champions rarely performed composers and works. He takes his own photos for his blog, and, as an […]

Read More

ESSENTIAL READING: 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 […]

Read More

SUBJECTIVE AUDIO: The great sounds; Radford, Spectral, Lecson, Infinity, SoundLabs, JBL Century, Beveridge, Beard and more

Neil McCauley asks Howard Popeck: What were the best reproduced sounds you ever heard in the early days? Not easy to answer. Depends on one’s definition of best. If you take just listenability i.e. the customer’s sound is so good right now that I’m not going to unpack my demo gear, then it would have […]

Read More

EWA / ELSDON WONFOR AUDIO: Their M50 – 50W stereo power amp

They tell us ….. Bandwidth 5Hz – 40KHz ±0dB Bandwidth 2Hz – 100KHz -3dB Output Power 50W/ch @ 8Ω Output Power 98W/ch @ 4Ω DC offset ≤ 10mV typically 2mV Damping Factor ≥ 100 typically + 100 This power amplifier has been designed to produce the superb acoustics of a SECA (Single Ended Class A) […]

Read More

What do you think future hi-fi will look like? Rory Buszka Product Manager – Dayton Audio at Parts Express

“The stereo receiver was dead to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that; dead as a doornail. This must be distinctly understood, or nothing can come of the story I am about to relate.” So might begin a chapter in a modern history of hi-fi. The stereo receiver is a dinosaur, with its […]

Read More

Dame Janet Baker: Speaking to Joyce DiDonato

They tell us…… An abridged version of this interview was released by Gramophone to celebrate Dame Janet’s 80th birthday on Wednesday (August 21). This fascinating full 30-minute version of the interview covers all aspects of Dame Janet’s career, including what it was like to work with Benjamin Britten and what it feels like to disagree […]

Read More

Last Shop Standing: the rise, fall and rebirth of the independent record shop: an interview with Graham Jones:

I recently watched a fantastic documentary, ‘Last Shop Standing: the rise, fall and rebirth of the independent record shop’ and found it very inspiring.  Here is the trailer: It’s fantastic.  Get a copy.  It made me wonder whether the recent revival of independent record shops have a few things to teach us more generally about […]

Read More

EWA / Elsdon Wonfor Audio: Q&A regarding their new HB100 mono power amps

HP: Gentlemen, you’ve been designing amps and preamps for over 30 years. Is it still a challenge and ….. are you having fun? A: Colin has been designing electronic professionally for over 40yrs. He has done this for a living. His many designs include power control and power supplies Linear, Resonate, Switch Mode and even […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

“What It’s Really Like to Work in a Music Store” Guy Speaks:

According to Andy Warhol, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes — a concept that has gelled even more with the advent of the Internet. Well, yesterday a humble music store employee got his three-times-five when a series of vids he made called “What it’s really like to work in a music store” suddenly started […]

Read More

BILL DYER: The interview

Howard Popeck: Hmm. Oh dear – and oh well! This interview shown below this introduction was rejected for publication by a UK Audio magazine. This is pity, but that’s life. The reasons are far from clear but somehow I guess that there was a historic clash of personalities between the interviewee and some anonymous ‘suit’ […]

Read More

TONE CONTROLS: Howard Popeck in conversation with Neil McCauley about his SAE 2800, Cello Palette, Yamaha C1, Carver 4000 and the Daniel Hertz

This is the next in an occasional series of recorded brief conversations between Howard and myself during snatched time between deadlines and other time issues. Neil: Howard? Howard: Yes! (faking irritability) N: it’s that time again! (faking sarcasm) H: Oh …… good (faking sarcasm) N: So, whatever happened to tone controls? You know, the bass […]

Read More