ARCAM: FMJ A19 test review

FOR Big, room-filling sound Open, dynamic and cohesive Subtle and revealing detail Deep and authoritative sound Remarkable composure and control Good build and connections AGAINST Requires careful system matching Its strengths might not be immediately apparent The Arcam FMJ A19 is a new integrated stereo amplifier that joins the ranks of Arcam’s high-end FMJ series – and […]

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PS AUDIO: The worst

From the archives: I am visiting the high-end show in Tokyo at the moment and last night, between demonstrations of the system, I was wandering the halls of the show when the strains of one of my all time favorite operas came drifting down the hall.  La Boheme, as performed by Renata Tebaldi in 1951 […]

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STAX: SRA-14s – possibly one of the all-time great pre-amps?

“Finally I was able to acquire an SRA-14S and it has arrived now! No phono equalizer modules however. A previous owner had been cutting copper tracks on the input/switching pcb and added a lot of wires (in different places than the cut traces). Neatly done, but still…. Maybe he had some problem with the switches? […]

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OUR OFFICE PLAYLIST: 007

“Jump Me One More Time” / John Lee Hooker “Pretty Polly” / Dock Boggs    “Porcelain Monkey” / Warren Zevon   “Ya Ya Ya (Looking For My Baby)” / The Detroit Cobras “The Dreaming Dead” / Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter   “Memphis, Tennessee” / Chuck Berry  “I Want To Go” / John Mayall “Cadillac Cowboys” / […]

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RITA COOLIDGE: Satisfied / Heartbreak Radio / Never Let You Go (2CD)

On a double CD, Raven presents three exceptional albums by the esteemed American singer Rita Coolidge – Satisfied (1979), Heartbreak Radio (1981) and Never Let You Go (1983).This is the first time that both Heartbreak Radio and Never Let You Go have appeared on CD in their entirety. Originally recorded for A&M Records, these recordings captured the […]

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JACO PASTORIUS: Pastorius/Metheny/Ditmas/Bley (CD) by Jaco Pastorius, Pat Metheny, Bruce Ditmas, Paul Bley

We are told: This was originally a 1974 LP album on Paul Bley’s Improvising Artists Label. It is notable for being the first professional recording showcasing the talents of Jaco Pastorius and Pat Metheny. The two had gotten to know each other in Miami the year before. Their collaboration continued on Metheny’s debut Bright Size […]

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GUNS N’ ROSES: The Broadcast Archive (2CD+DVD)

Almost 30 years since the original line-up performed together, the classic era G & R are back in 2016 performing together and, just perhaps, recording new material, after former grievances have allegedly been put to one side. In celebration of this remarkable news comes this superb 3 disc collector’s set, featuring 2 CDs of broadcast […]

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ATC: Their speakers using NAIM amplification; a good idea or what?

Just wanted to dispel a forum myth. I have used ATC speakers for about 5 years now. I have tried many amps with varying degrees of success. I currently use the Michell Alecto Monoblocks, which I am pretty happy with. This week a friend wanted to borrow my amps, so he loaned me his Nait […]

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