Essential Listening: Creedence Clearwater Revival – The CCR Box Set – Absolute Originals (200G 45RPM 8LP BOX SET)

All of these reissues were so critically acclaimed upon their release some 10 years back. And most have been sold out for a long time.Now they’re back and better than ever! Think these classic CCR songs sounded better than ever on Analogue Productions’ recent LP reissues? Well, you’re right of course. Or at least you […]

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Computer madness

Paul McGowan writes: Music servers are little more than computers in fancy boxes. So, what’s stopping us from simply buying a computer, installing some software and building our own media server at far lower prices than what we might pay a high-end audio company? Not too much, actually, but it turns out that won’t be […]

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Tim de Paravicini – dialing-in the Original Experience

  John Atkinson writes:  “Meeting Englishman Tim de Paravicini for the first time, you start to wonder if your mind has slipped a gear, whether premature brain fade has cut in. The conversation seems not only to be racing by unexpectedly quickly, but also subjects you hadn’t even realized were subjects are being examined in […]

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PEARL JAM: Self Pollution Radio 1995 (CD)

We are told ….. The four-and-a-half hour show, broadcast on January 8, ‘95, was a Seattle scenester’s delight, featuring live sets from Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Mudhoney, The Fastbacks, and Mad Season, a spoken word piece from Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic, tracks from ex-Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl’s ‘upcoming solo album’ (at least that was how it was […]

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Audiophile interview: Kevin Voecks: Loudspeakers, Crossovers, & Rooms

  Thomas J Norton (Stereophile Magazine) writes …… Since he joined Snell Acoustics in the mid-1980s, Kevin Voecks, their chief designer (footnote 1), has been involved in the design or redesign of the entire Snell line, from the minor revision of the Type A/III (incorporation of a new tweeter), to the complete redesign of the […]

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M&K: Ken Kreisel of M&K interviewed

Wes Phillips writes:  With 25 years of experience in sound recording, audio retailing, and loudspeaker design and manufacturing, Ken Kreisel has insightful things to say about just about any audio-related subject. The president of Miller & Kreisel Sound Corp. (M&K), Kreisel pioneered the satellite/subwoofer speaker concept that laid the groundwork for the home theaters of […]

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Four letter words

We often joke around PS Audio’s halls that CODE is a four-letter word—especially when there’s a bug. In fact, we use other four-letter words not appropriate for these pages to describe uncooperating code. But, as much as we tongue-in-cheek bash-software code, we also have a deep appreciation for its power as well as its pervasiveness in […]

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VTL: Luke Manley and Bea Lam interview

Stereophile write: Our meeting was propitious and totally unexpected. The locus was Los Angeles’ Sheraton Gateway Hotel last May, on which we had all descended for Home Entertainment 2006. As a contributor to Stereophile’s Show blog, my assignment was as liberal as they come: Go where you are drawn, listen as you will, and record […]

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Teodora Gheorghiu: There’s no magic to opera singing

As Teodora Gheorghiu prepares to sing in Der Rosenkavalier at Glyndebourne, she tells Rupert Christiansen how she overcame an illness that threatened her career. It may only be something they put in the water, but over the last century or so Romania has produced an extraordinary succession of velvety lyric sopranos: notable names in this […]

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Ask The Experts: Directional engineering – what is it and is it important?

Paul McGowan: There are two types of engineering directions if we take a broad stroke view: forward and reverse. Forward engineering might look like engineering a new product from a simple idea from scratch. Reverse engineering would look like the opposite: start with something that already works and take it apart to figure out how […]

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THE BLACK CROWES: Lost Crowes (2CD)

We are told:  1. Paint an 8   2. Grinnin’   3. If It Ever Stops Raining   4. Wyoming & Me   5. Predictable   6. Never Forget This Song   7. Life Vest   8. Another Roadside Tragedy   9. My Heart’s Killing Me   10. Peace Anyway   Disc: 2   1. A Conspiracy   2. Evil Eye   3. Cursed Diamond   4. London […]

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VLADIMIR HOROWITZ: An affectionate piece about the renowned pianist

Born in Russia, Horowitz emigrated in 1925 and in 1939 made his home in New York. His technical and flair won him a huge following and his concerts sold out within hours. He performed and recorded with Arturo Toscanini (who became his father-in-law). During his career he recorded for RCA, CBS and, late in life, […]

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You pull out what appears to be a disposable diaper. What the hell?

What if you had just received your brand new P20 Power Plant, opened its packing box with high expectations of seeing your beautiful new product, but instead found something else: A small package you are asked to open first. Before you unseal the mysterious letter-sized envelope you notice there’s something lumpy inside and now your […]

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A freelance audio-designer talks candidly about a rarely admitted mental design challenge and his thirteen-point workaround.

I talk to a well-known freelance audio-designer who currently wishes to remain anonymous in exchange for expressing candid views. We’ll call him John; as good a pseudonym as any. Neil McCauley / editor in chief —//– Neil: I’m interested not specifically in your designs – interesting though they are but in the design process; like […]

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PS AUDIO: Just because you can’t measure something doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.

Paul McGowan writes: Just because you observe something doesn’t mean you understand how to measure and repeat it. We get confused a lot between the observations we make, the measurements we use to try and quantify those observations and the conclusions we draw from it all. For example, when a listener observes a change in […]

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