QUAD: The Z Stars

They say ….. Like the S Series, which launched in 2015 to widespread acclaim, the new range combines advanced Kevlar-coned bass and midrange drivers with a specially designed ribbon tweeter. The Z Series takes this fundamental design to a whole new level, however, re-engineering the drive units, crossovers and cabinets to provide the perfect bridge […]

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Nils Lofgren – Back It Up ‘85 (2CD)

We are told ….. Nils Lofgren was already an iconic name by the time of his 18th birthday having joined the esteemed ranks of canyon rockers Crazy Horse in time to record on Neil Young’s After The Goldrush album in 1970. His appearance fifteen years on in his astonishing solo career finds Lofgren performing magic […]

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RAIDHO: Danish loudspeaker revolutionary Raidho to make Hi-Fi Show Live debut

They tell us ….. High-end hi-fi distributor Decent Audio is delighted to announce a new exclusive UK distribution agreement with renowned Danish loudspeaker brand Raidho. On 29th-30th October a selection of Radio’s stunningly ambitious speakers will make their UK debut at this year’s Hi-Fi Show Live in Windsor. Come along and find out what’s being […]

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From the archives: Yes – I was there says Howard Popeck: The Who, Chuck Berry and, err …. Bodast.

In conversation earlier this year with a sales manager of one of my suppliers of an audio supply company, as always with this gentleman I’m pleased and delighted to know that his primary driver is not selling product to me, although he does take this seriously, but the sheer love of music. In that curious […]

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DIY: Cables?

Gentlemen, can home made cables really offer quality as distinct from value? Here’s what Paul McGowan (PS Audio) says on the subject. Fatter wire sounds fuller, skinnier wire sounds thin, shielded wire sounds cleaner but veiled, stranded wire sounds one way and solid core thicker wire sounds yet another.  These findings were very suspicious to […]

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Ramones – WBUF FM Broadcast, Buffalo, NY, February 8TH 1979 (CD)

This outstanding performance by New York’s punk pioneers was taped for radio broadcast shortly after Marky Ramone joined the band, and captures them at the peak of their powers, tearing through many of their most renowned songs in typically energetic style. It’s presented here in superb fidelity, with background notes and rare photos. 1. Rockaway […]

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IAN CARR: Old Heartland (CD)

We are told ….. Ian Carr (21 April 1933 ? 25 February 2009) was a Scottish jazz musician, composer, writer, and educator. Carr performed and recorded with the Rendell-Carr quintet and jazz-rock band Nucleus, and was an associate professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Old Heartland is completely different to […]

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Cannonball Adderley – Big Man — The Legend of John Henry (CD)

Tenor Saxophonist Julian “Cannonball” Adderley Is One of the Greatest Ever to Play the Instrument His Final Project Was Big Man, a Musical Play Based on the Legend of John Henry Released as a 2-LP Set with a Libretto, BigMan Featured Music from Adderley and His Then-Current Musical Associates Including Brother Nat Adderley, George Duke […]

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RY COODER: Vigilante Man (6CD Box)

They tell us ….. Limited edition 6CD Box Set featuring influences and six FM broadcasts from 1972, 1974, 1989 and 1995. Whether serving as a session musician, solo artist, or soundtrack composer, Ry Cooder’s chameleon-like fretted instrument virtuosity, songwriting, and choices of material encompass an incredibly eclectic range of North American musical styles, including rock […]

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TOM WAITS: Bloodshot Moon (Limited 7CD Box Set)

They tell us: Limited edition 7CD Box Set featuring FM broadcasts Waits signed to Asylum Records in 1972, and after numerous abortive recording sessions, his first record—the jazzy, folk-tinged Closing Time—was released in 1973. The album—produced and arranged by former Lovin’ Spoonful member Jerry Yester—received positive reviews, but Waits didn’t gain widespread attention until more […]

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Whistle Down The Wind (CD) by Joan Baez

  Legendary singer, songwriter, activist and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Joan Baez’ brand new album Whistle Down The Wind . Produced by three time Grammy Award winner Joe Henry and recorded over ten days of sessions in Los Angeles, Whistle Down The Wind gathers material by some of Baez’s favourite composers. Whistle […]

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Ask An Expert: Could it be that it is the machine itself is the culprit?

Paul McGowan: One of our readers commented on my post Ripping it up with a very insightful observation I found particularly stimulating this morning. “Perception ignores anything that is constant (like neighbors ignoring the roar of Niagara Falls) and focuses on minute changes. We can even hear echoes and noises that are 10dB or more […]

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