What happened to composers?

I’m building my big library of recorded music. It’s a continual process and I’ve have noticed something interesting. In classical music traditionally the library by the name of the composer – Bach, Beethoven, Delius and so on. In contrast, when it comes to non-classical we tend to file by the name of the performer – […]

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So, got what you bargained for did you?

Michael Vronsky writes: Did we in the high-end buyers arena get what we bargained for when we chose the lowest price over service and advice? Dealers have always discounted. It’s implicit in the descriptive word ‘dealers’ i.e. ‘to deal’ Perhaps ‘retailer’ might be more appropriate? Anyway – even famous dealers may be obliged to offer […]

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Why do some speakers sound like music while others sound like anything but music?

Michael Vronsky writes: Different isn’t automatically better I was trying to find the problem in a friend’s system. It didn’t sound as good as it should have for the money. So we did a lot of cable switching, speaker positioning, isolating this, isolating that – all to no avail. We certainly got different sounds, but […]

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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; […]

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ASK THE EDITOR: #01

Is it possible that the lack of congruency between measurement and sound quality in speaker systems is merely because there are parameters that have yet to be measured? What? Ah, oh yes, I get it …. I think. Oh yes, I believe that absolutely. I mean there was a time when harmonic distortion in amplifiers […]

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ASK THE EDITOR: #02

Neil, regarding digital room equalisation, is it a gimmick or does it have some application in domestic situations? I have heard these things in operation and I suppose that if you are prepared to spend any time experimenting and moving loudspeakers then it’s a good shortcut to a sort of middling performance. But by and […]

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ASK THE EDITOR: #03

Neil … have you experienced your system sounding different, in the same room, at different times of the day and indeed at weekends and week days? Oh very much so, yes. One of the crushing things that you feel when you need to calm you and encourage you in life for music and you go […]

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ASK THE EDITOR: #04

Q: Hi Neil. Some makers are extolling the virtue of seemingly unlimited amplifier power as a requirement for un-restricted system dynamics. Logical or merely smart marketing? A: Well I suppose it must depend on a number of things. Let’s take the things that it depends on. Sound pressure level – that you hear in your […]

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IF: If Neil McCauley was a speaker designer (which he plainly isn’t!)

Michael Vronsky writes: Neil; if you were, say, a speaker designer then what would be more important to you when designing , the final subjective sound or the measurements? Oh, I’m afraid very much the sound. I don’t despise or ignore measurements which are essential in the course of designing the thing. They give you […]

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Michael Vronsky wonders: Who will be the first big maker to bypass the UK audio retailer network?

  Michael Vronski writes: I don’t claim to be a futurologist. However sometimes it’s possible to read some signs and occasionally for a view of which way the commercial wind is blowing. And I mean the way that wind is blowing, but not necessarily the speed and strength of that wind.My belief is that with […]

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Female audiophiles; an oxymoron perhaps?

Michael Vronsky writes: Joke, truism or what? It’s a standard joke and also to some extent a truism that female classical composers are extremely rare and in quizzes, at best some people can only ‘point’ to two, possibly three. For myself, I can’t even point to one! This doesn’t mean that women in general are […]

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A glimpse into the dark side of hi-fi forums / fora #01

Guest contributor Michael Vronsky writes: This is the first of an occasional series shining a light on some of the more unpalatable facets of some (predominantly, but not exclusively) UK-based hi-fi forums / fora. Both covert and overt homophobia, obscene language, anti-semitism ridicule of opinions, bullying, fanatical brand-loyalty, brand denigration and ridicule and more. Fortunately […]

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