NICK CAVE: Morose? I’m just getting started’ – Nick Cave loses patience during Twitter Q&A with fans

Nick Clark writes ….. Many musicians see social networking sites as an ideal way to get closer to fans and drum up publicity for albums and concerts. Nick Cave is not one of those musicians. The 55-year old, described as having “one of the most extraordinary careers in the annals of pop music,” was dragged […]

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ROTEL: RCD-1572 ‘This premium-priced Rotel CD player has poise and clarity on its side’

What HiFi write: Rotel has built its business on solidly performing, functional-looking equipment. The new RCD-1572 conforms to type – and that’s no bad thing. The arrival of new CD players has slowed to a trickle, so when we come across one as capable as this one, we’re pretty pleased. Continues HERE

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AUDIOPHILE INTERVIEW: Producer Teddy Riley / Michael Jackson and Blackstreet producer talks gear

Teddy Riley has always had the cutting edge on production. Highlights of his career include forming R&B super groups Guy and Blackstreet, and co-producing and co-engineering Michael Jackson’s Dangerous album – it has sold over 32 million copies and saw him win a Grammy for Best Engineering (non-classical). He has produced countless landmark records, such […]

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PREAMPS: The writing on the wall for preamps as we know them? Probably!

Howard Popeck: Recent very positive experiences with the Benchmark DAC-1 pre and the Manley Steelhead have caused me to re-evaluate the necessity of preamps. On only very rare occasions have I ever heard a consistent and noticeable sonic improvement (predominantly bass depth and control, ambience and extreme top end detail) achieved by the inclusion of […]

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PONO: An Interview With Neil Young

The Computer Audiophile writes: Sitting in an oversized bulbous chair outside the interview room waiting for my turn to speak with Neil Young was surreal. I didn’t grow up a big fan of Neil. I was introduced to his music through my favorite band Pearl Jam. PJ frequently plays Rockin’ In The Free World as […]

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To that end, there are very few companies that manage to successfully produce both electronics and speakers

Paul McGowan writes: There are more brands of loudspeakers than electronics by a big margin. If I had to guess at the reason for this I’d imagine a couple of things: speakers are easier to design than electronics and customers tend to change speakers more often than other categories. To that end, there are very […]

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SONY: TA-N77ES amplifier – Specifications

High End Audio For The Passionates write: The Sony TA-N77ES is Japan’s greatest power amplifier of all time. It’s a 55-pound behemoth with huge meters that sounds and measures extremely well. The TA-N77ES was Sony’s last effort at pushing the envelope of serious power amplifiers at the end of Hi-Fi’s glory days. No one will […]

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“Archival Disc Format Is for Pros”

Mark Fleiscmann writes:  Does the world need another optical disc format in this download-oriented era? Sony and Panasonic think so, though they’re positioning the Archival Disc for professional use in the movie industry and in cloud-based data centers. The format holds 300 gigabytes on a double-sided disc with three layers per side. It is said […]

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AUDIOPHILE INTERVIEW: Dave Fisher – by Jez Wells

Dave, would you be able to take two minutes or so to give a brief overview of your educational and work history? OK, I suppose my interest in what might loosely be called ‘sound recording’ started when I was really quite young. I’m not sure why, to be perfectly honest, but I became very interested […]

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Are hybrid solid-state drives any good for audio?

Solid-state drives (SSDs) seem expensive, and I’ve seen some so-called ‘hybrid’ drives which combine a small solid-state element with a traditional hard drive. Obviously they give you more storage, but are these any good for audio work, and better than conventional drives, or should I steer well clear? SOS contributor Martin Walker replies: The advertising makes hybrid drives […]

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“The unease of the audiophile”

Music and its accurate reproduction can provide some of life’s great pleasures. Beautiful art meets wonderous technology, and fanatics find communities of fellowship and glossy magazines with which their desires are regularly stoked. But audiophilia comes at a price, and not just in dollars and cents. A three-decade obsession with sound has convinced me that […]

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