SUCKS: Is this why Your Dad’s $300 1980 Receiver Still Sucks?

Steven Stone: Back in the “golden age” of high-end audio hardly a month went by that you couldn’t find and read a negative review in The Absolute Sound or Stereophile which excoriated a particular manufacturer’s newest offering. Nowadays it’s hard to find an equipment review that doesn’t describe its subject in glowing terms. What’s changed? […]

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VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: New release. Piano Music CD review – intriguing little-known works

Rebecca Omordia and Mark Bebbington. Fiona Maddocks writes …. Among Vaughan Williams’s compositional outpourings, only one piece readily comes to mind with a prominent piano part: the song cycle On Wenlock Edge. Thanks to this intriguing disc we realise there was more, the best of it for two players. Arrangements of his Fantasia on a […]

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ANYTHING BUT MUSIC: Why do some speakers sound like music while others do not?

  Michael Vronsky writes: Different isn’t automatically better I was trying to find the problem in a friend’s system. It didn’t sound as good as it should have for the money. So we did a lot of cable switching, speaker positioning, isolating this, isolating that – all to no avail. We certainly got different sounds, […]

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NAIM: Introduce a new premium Wood Edition of its award-winning Mu-so 2nd Generation

Naim Audio is delighted to introduce a new premium Wood Edition of its award-winning Mu-so 2nd Generation – the wireless speaker system that excels with music and TV. Available alongside existing models, the new Mu-so Wood Edition blends superb performance with exquisite styling. Mu-so Wood Edition is dressed in sustainable Ayous hardwood, expertly treated and […]

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CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA BRASS LIVE on CSO

Many orchestral cognoscenti have long considered the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to have the finest orchestral brass section in the world; certainly, it ranks among the top three or four. All hail, then, to a disc that features the CSO brass players in all their refulgent splendor. Various arrangers are responsible for the versions performed here: […]

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AUDIO NATIONALISM: Are the English really the natural leaders when it comes to sound quality?

Michael Vronsky asks editor Neil McCauley: Neil –  is it jingoistic to believe that the English really are the natural leaders when it comes to sound quality? That would be a tough one because as an editor I can think of countries all over the world who give anyone a run for their money. I […]

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