16 Most Underrated R.E.M. Songs

James Stafford writes: From their 1982 debut EP, Chronic Town, through 2011’s career-capping Collapse Into Now, R.E.M. released numerous songs that wove their ways into our personal soundtracks: “Losing My Religion,” “Man on the Moon,” “Superman,” “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine),” and on and on. But […]

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PS Audio: Yesterday I asked how it could be that a switching power supply can regulate its output without yet another power amplifier being inserted into the supply?”

Paul McGowan writes:  Yesterday I asked how it could be that a switching power supply can regulate its output without yet another power amplifier being inserted into the supply? We know that to regulate a traditional power supply of a power amplifier (something we’d love to do for best sound) we need to add a […]

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The problem with the First Night of the Proms

  Curtain-raiser: The first night of the Proms, at the Royal Albert Hall  By Ivan Hewett 17 Jul 2015 How to begin the world’s greatest music festival? With a brand-new curtain-raiser, is one obvious answer. We have one this year, in the shape of Gary Carpenter’s Dadaville, and there have been quite a few new […]

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PS Audio: The fundamental differences between tubes and transistors

Paul McGowan writes: In yesterday’s post we covered how the mysterious crystals used to make radio receivers first were spun off to the vacuum tube and later rediscovered to become transistors.  Today let’s cover some of the fundamental differences between tubes and transistors. Let’s start with what the two have in common: they both are […]

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Furutech’s New Destat III

We are told ….. Japanese cable and accessories experts Fututech continue their assault on the various unwanted ‘intruders’ that can get in the way of peak hi-fi performance. The new destat III effortlessly eliminates dust and static from analogue and digital media, from audio and video components, and, well, pretty much anything…. —//— The destat […]

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Are You Experienced : Jaco Pastorius Live

AudiophileReview.com / Mark Smotroff writes …. I’ll admit up front that there are some of you out there who really know Jaco Pastorius’ own music and playing inside and out. Dare I say, there are probably more of us who know Jaco’s sound from his amazing, fruitful and important collaborations with other artists and bands. […]

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HILL PLASMATRONIC: Dedicated to the World’s Finest Speaker, the 1A

The Flame Still Burns Imagine a speaker with no moving parts.  No mass, no cones, no ribbons, no diaphragms, no enclosure, no Doppler shift, no resonances- just the ability to modulate the air directly. Now imagine a perfect audio point source (the ideal pulsating sphere) radiating uniformly with constant phase.  This has been the dream of physicists for […]

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John Crabbe: Firebrand. Steve Harris @ Stereophile magazine

Originally published 2009 America already had High Fidelity and Audio when the first British hi-fi magazine emerged. Before that, to find coverage of audio developments you’d have had to search through the pages of Wireless World, the major technical journal that covered the entire field of electronics. But in June 1956, just a couple of […]

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What about “oxygen free” wire?

Roger Russell writes: Oxygen-free copper (OFC) or Oxygen-free high thermal conductivity (OFHC) copper generally refer to a group of wrought high conductivity copper alloys that have been electrolytically refined to reduce the level of oxygen to .001% or below. Perhaps, it should be more accurately called oxygen reduced copper.  C11000 is the most common copper. […]

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iFi nano iOne DAC

Speaker Shack writes ….. Diminutive DAC delivers versatile sound-boosting digital audio ‘hub’ for all manner of devices – from smartphones and computers to TVs and games consoles. Product summary The nano iOne from iFi is designed to be a convenient, high-quality digital audio ‘hub’ – a DAC (Digital-to-Analogue Converter) that is miniature in size yet big on […]

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McINTOSH: The MP100 is the first dedicated phono preamplifier from McIntosh and is …..

They tell us: Like all McIntosh products, the MP100 is packed with features designed specifically for the vinyl lover including: Moving Coil and Moving Magnet inputs; Moving Coil and Moving Magnet adjustable loading (6 settings each); balanced and unbalanced analog outputs; optical, coax and USB digital outputs; and a Mono switch for when playing mono […]

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