VINYL: Why?

A short documentary asking the simple question- Why Vinyl? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUIMbwvYVOI A few viewer comments:  Buying a CD is like throwing money away. The CD is a dying medium, the sales decline since many years, while downloads, streaming and vinyl sales are growing strong. Who needs a physical copy of digital data anyway and even pays […]

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SANSUI: Capacitor replacement in vintage units

Q: I know vintage gear isn’t your business of course but, hey, I trust your expertise and so I wonder if you can help with a component issue please? I’m doing a Sansui restoration and the main caps are Nichicon & Elna. There are many differing capacitor ranges, do you have any specific recommendations? A: […]

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HELIUS DESIGNS: in conversation with Howard Popeck – part one

Geoffrey ….. why is there such diversity between audiophile values and the audio engineering establishment’s values? I’m not sure there is – indeed, I would argue that, more often than not, audio engineers are just audiophiles who have taken their interest to the next level and gone pro. Perhaps I should start by suggesting that […]

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TO BE … OR NOT: Bi-amping?

PAUL MCGOWAN … There once was a day when power amplifiers struggled. The mainstays, tube amplifiers, couldn’t handle low frequencies well but had immaculate highs. The newcomers, solid state amps, produced prodigious bass but struggled with the high notes. None handled both. That’s when some bright person decided to combine the best of both worlds. […]

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R.E.M. – Orange Crush (Live)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BvXBwtrs_k 1,420,259 views so far “This DVD reminded me why I was an REM fan in the first place. Recorded in Germany in 2003, the concert features plenty of hits (Man on the Moon, One I Love), some obscurities (Begin the Begin, Maps & Legends) and some recent songs I hadn’t paid enough attention to […]

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JOHNNY WINTER: Muddy Waters & James Cotton – WBCN-FM Boston Music Hall 26-02-77 (2CD)

Raw Performance at The Boston Music Hall, 26th February 1977 on WBCN-FM Includes the entire broadcast Digitally remastered for greatly enhanced sound quality Background liners At a point in time when Johnny Winter had only recently recovered from past addictions and blues giant Muddy Waters had faced a decline in his career with illness and […]

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JAZZ: What would you include in your version of its history?

In a seven-part series, Guardian and Observer writers are trying to tell the history of modern music. Rounding everything off, today they pick out 50 key moments in the story of jazz – but what did they miss? Drug busts, razor-sharp tailoring and breathtaking musicianship: yes, it’s the turn of jazz, completing our seven-part history […]

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WHY NOT: Audiophile interview: Ms. Nathalie Fougues, senior designer at newly emergent French audio maker Why Not

Hello Nathalie. How did your interest in music reproduction start? My interest in music is natural; I am as thrilled by the music of nature as I am the sounds of people and their music. From birdsong and wind to industrial rhythms; all sounds interesting me. For a few years I studied music theory and […]

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