From the 2009 archives: My small part in the Musical Fidelity story – by Howard Popeck

Hi Howard. What’s your part in the Musical Fidelity story. And what do you think of their current offers? Thanks. Ronnie Hmm. Interesting question. Thank you. In a nutshell … It’s all too easy to associate the brand with the man (or woman) behind the brand. Easy, but unproductive. The point being that currently, and […]

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THE CADOGAN HALL: Scheduled free performances

For background information re this superb venue and the Out to Lunch free performances, please click HERE The events are all now confirmed… Friday 2 June 2017 Doolally Tap: David Lalljee (Trombone & Vocals), Titch Walker (Trumpet & Vocals), John O’Neill (Clarinet), Nick Singer (Banjo & Vocals), Tom Briers (Sousaphone) Tuesday 6 June 2017 Geoff […]

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Benchmark DAC, LFD Audio LS3 linestage, an irritated wife, Joni Michell and a lesson learned.

Just like you I understand that our connection to music comes from multiple angles: emotional, analytical, as a student, as a teacher, as a critic or just casually. Moreover irrespective of how we are connecting we can easily tell when we like something or we don’t Neither you nor I need any sort of training […]

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Ask an expert: Musical Fidelity Tri-Vista 300 integrated amplifier

Howard, what’s your opinion on the Musical Fidelity Tri-Vista 300 integrated amplifier? The one I owned was one of the best MF amps I ever encountered. I say this despite the fact that I resigned the franchise. In a nutshell, it’s a minor classic in the making. Howard Popeck hp@no-alibi.demon.co.uk

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A POINT OF VIEW: Used audio equipment on eBay offered at bargain prices in the USA into the UK. Good idea or what?

Good morning Howard. I have seen new and used audio equipment on eBay offered at bargain prices in the USA into the UK. Good idea or what? Buyer beware! First, remember you will have to pay import duty, plus vat at 20% when the purchase comes into the UK. So add at least 23% to […]

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DYNAVECTOR: P-75 phono preamp – mini test review

In some ways this modest looking device was the most surprising, enigmatic and wonderful pieces of audio kit I’d heard in a long time. The PE (phono enhancing) Dr Tominari circuit was claimed to “dramatically improve the performance of low output moving coil cartridges”. The full significance of this circuit only became apparent by chance. […]

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Challenging listening, to say the least – but certainly worth the £3.00 I paid. Yes, its Jan Garbarek time again

Yes, its Jan Garbarek time again. Another of my £3.00 bargain bin finds. Not what you might call ‘easily accessible ‘ – but it did survive the 3-in-a-row consecutive plays on my office system last Saturday by quite a high margin. Perhaps I was in the right mood for a bit of ‘ethereal’? Anyway – […]

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A POINT OF VIEW: What should I avoid in Peter Green’s releases?

Well, first off, looking at his Fleetwood Mac career, avoid nothing other than Mr. Wonderful. From his Splinter Group years, most of it is pretty good although the first album, Peter Green’s Splinter Group is a bit weak. Nevertheless everyone was pretty forgiving about this because it was a miracle he could stand on stage, […]

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A POINT OF VIEW: Equipment isolation supports

  Hello Howard, wanted to ask what your view of isolation supports etc is? Over many years I have had personal experience of isolations systems from everyone from Russ Andrews, Mana and latterly Townshend Audio. My conclusions are these: Anyone who claims that an isolation support, in your home, at your listening levels will automatically […]

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DUMB IDEA? A proposed audiophile start up in a saturated market

Hi. A well known valve supplier and I have discussed putting (a new valve amplifier line) into production. Given your experiences with valve amplification would you be interested in selling same amps? Well, I think it fair to say and with some regret too that currently the economic situation facing the UK audiophile industry in […]

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