R.E.M –The Spirit Of Radio / Classic Broadcast Recording (3CD)

This 3 disc collection celebrates the music of REM across this lengthy time-span, and include two superb CDs containing radio broadcasts of concerts from 1984 and 1989, along with a third disc containing media interviews with the guys from various points across their career. 3CD SET FEATURING CLASSIC R.E.M. BROADCAST RECORDINGS AND INTERVIEW COLLECTION. This 3 […]

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CONSTELLATION AUDIO: Altair II Preamplifier and Hercules II Monoblock Power Amplifier

  Robert Harley has posted a review of the Constellation Audio Altair II preamplifier ($9000) and Hercules II monoblock power amplifiers ($180,000/pair) at The Absolute. His conclusions: “The Constellation Audio Altair linestage and Hercules monoblock amplifiers in their updated version maintain their status as world-class references. They are a convergence of beautiful design and build-quality, […]

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HP’s PERFECT VINYL COLLECTION #014: Bruce Springsteen – ‘Darkness On The Edge Of Town

Out of my thousands of vinyl pressings the thought struck me that it might be interest, for me and perhaps for some of you to try and list my favourite 100. A big task, but not an unpleasant one. But for sanity’s sake I have to set a few limits. First, an era restriction. So, […]

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BOULDER AMPLIFIERS: Their 2120 DAC

They say ….. With the completion of the HDMI input module, Boulder Amplifiers is pleased to announce the full release and shipment of the 2120 D/A Converter. The original 2000 Series was in continuous and unchanged production since 1996. The replacement 2100 Series is Boulder’s highest performing, continuously produced product line, encompassing the latest technology […]

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One of my readers is known as the Polarity Pundit – writes Paul McGowan

Paul McGowan writes: There are many great mysteries in the world: how the pyramids were built, the Easter Island Moai, why whatever hair I lose on my head seems to pop up somewhere else, and I am sure there are plenty more. There are two great mysteries in audio that are currently bugging me and, […]

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Technologies need time to mature. To settle in. Breathing room to do their work until the market’s ready to appreciate their benefits.

Paul McGowan writes: The transition from one format to another, say vinyl to CD, CD to streaming audio, PCM to DSD, embodies the future directions music reproduction is taking. Inevitably the first transition period has both major benefits and drawbacks as well. We should not judge a format at the time of its transition. The […]

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MANGER: Their P1 Loudspeaker

Trevor Butler has posted a review of the Manger P1 loudspeakers (€8400/pair) at The Ear. His conclusions: “This full-range drive unit is supplemented by a dedicated woofer in the p1 simply because the transducer can move only a certain amount of air below about 80Hz, and people expect a design of this size and price […]

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NVOAUDIO: Their ISA-2 Integrated Amplifier

  Marja and Henk have posted a review of the nvoaudio ISA-2 integrated amplifier (€9000) at 6moons. Their conclusions: “Depending on the recording’s fidelity (lack of we-correct-it-in-the-mix trickery), the musicians behaved more like humans and less like sounds that had been spliced together to act like music. This came with great driver control which persuaded […]

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Shoppers ‘duped’ by millions of fake online reviews

Dan Hyde writes: Half of the the population use online review websites such as Amazon, Tripadvisor, Expedia and Checkatrade – but can you trust everything you read? Shoppers who use the internet to research hotels, books, electronics and other purchases are being misled by millions of “fake” reviews orchestrated by companies to trick potential customers, […]

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

Originally published June 2006 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 […]

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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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AUDIO TECHNICA: Their AT-ART1000

Paul Rigby writes ….. Known as the Direct Power Stereo Moving Coil Cartridge, it is Audio-Technica’s new flagship design. Direct Power System means that it places the moving coil directly on top of the stylus tip meaning that the signal transmission from the stylus diamond to the moving coil is direct and therefore not transmitted along […]

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