NOW HEAR THIS: Live Radio – Quebec Broadcast 1987 (Ltd Ed. 140gm Clear Vinyl LP) by Roger Waters

We are told: Live 1987 Broadcast recording from ex Pink Floyd man – Roger Waters. Captured at the Colisée de Québec in Canada on 7th November 1987, and broadcast simultaneously over FM radio, Roger Waters here proves that despite his difficulties, his reputation as one of the finest performers in progressive rock remained unchallenged. The […]

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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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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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In polite conversation with our editor Neil McCauley

Neil, As a listener, a civilian if you like and not an editor how important, in your view, is it for a speaker design to sound full bodied and detailed at low sound pressure levels? Well I think it’s rather important that, because so many people live in our overcrowded island in restrictive circumstances where […]

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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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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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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: #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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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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