PREMATURE DEATH: Is the Audiophile dying in the UK … or not?

Hi guys…this question I’m going to pose is not intended to russel up anyone’s feathers, moreover, I ask this question because I have (in recent years) noticed a significant change in the downward trend of attitude/outlook/customer service/passion/integrity/motivation/product knowledge/politeness, and so many other elements from the very people who are serving to sell companies products to […]

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Parallel vs. series

PAUL MCGOWAN: There is a fundamental difference between projects worked in parallel or in series yet both have their merits. In the former, multiple tasks and projects are tackled at the same time while with the latter, every step follows the next. Each of us operates at different levels with respect to how we handle […]

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BRAHMS: Leonidas Kavakos discusses Brahms’s Violin Concerto

From the archives: His first concerto recording for Decca has just been released. The Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos, newly signed to Decca, has just released his first concerto recording for the label: Brahms’s Violin Concerto. Gramophone’s editor-in-chief James Jolly caught up with Kavakos when he was in London to perform the work at the Barbican […]

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Judy Dyble and Andy Lewis’s psychedelic folk collaboration:Summer Dancing (Vinyl LP with download card)

Acid Jazz present Judy Dyble and Andy Lewis’spsychedelic folk collaboration ‘Summer Dancing’.  Dyble was the original vocalist in FairportConvention, appearing on their self-titled debut,before joining Giles, Giles and Fripp and thenrecording the awesome UK psych masterpiece‘Morning Way’ under the name Trader Horne withher then boyfriend Ian McDonald.  Andy Lewis was the original DJ […]

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IF: If we cannot hear above 20kHz why do engineers insist on building amplifiers with ever higher bandwidths?

While I can’t tell you why designers other than our own like to extend amplifier bandwidth into the ultrasonic regions I can explain why we do. It’s called the Rule of 10. The rule of 10 is a lofty engineering goal that simply states we should strive to build products with 10 times the required […]

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BOWERS & WILKINS: For the love of music [Press release]

We’ve just completed the roll-out of our For The Love Of Music films, made in association with our friends at Abbey Road Studios. If you missed any of them, follow the links below for some great chat, brilliant anecdotes and most importantly, an introduction to a really diverse and interesting playlist.

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CELESTION: HF2000 and the wanton destruction of literally thousands of pairs of Celestion Ditton 66/44/25

  Dave Smith writes: Much of this problem comes from all the so called ebay vintage HiFi ‘experts’ who are asking ridiculous amounts for things like the Celestion HF2000 tweeter. I purchased one last week for £30 outside of ebay yet when listed on ebay they’re  asking stupid amounts for them. The HF2000 tweeter is […]

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Ring Of Changes: (CD Remastered and Expanded Edition) by Gary Wright’s Wonderwheel

Official edition of the classic ‘lost” 1972 album by gary wright’s wonderwheel Featuring george harrison as guest on several previously unreleased tracks Remastered from the original master tapes Fully restored artwork and liner notes Esoteric Recordings are proud to announce the release of a genuine “lost” classic album from 1972, “Ring of Changes” by Gary […]

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LAURIE ANDERSON; Walk The Dog Live (CD) by Laurie Anderson

By 1980 Laurie Anderson was well established as one of America’s most significant performance artists and avant-garde musicians. This live recording of her ambitious, amorphous performance piece The United States was made for the Columbia, Missouri community station KOPN just prior to the release of her breakthrough single, 0 Superman, and offers a vivid insight […]

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FOCAL: Clear Mg Professional [Press relesase]

[Press release] The global leader in acoustics, Focal continues to innovate and presents a new work tool for sound engineers and producers: Clear Mg Professional. The French brand has gone even further than it did for its first Clear Professional headphones, offering even more impressive performance. Clear Mg Professional has ambitions to become the leading […]

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Streaming vs. discs

Paul McGowan\ The controversy over streaming vs. physical disc seems endless. On the one hand, we know that all things being equal, there’s no difference to the DAC how it gets its digital audio data. It can come from as close as three feet away via cable or can stream from thousands of miles away […]

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SPOTIFY: The 101 strangest records there. Per Henderak Haetta – Pieras Mikkal

An extraordinary recording of nomadic herders, which uses just a single voice and drum to redefine our concept of melody. Taken from Folkways’ proudly chart-shunning Lappish Joik Songs from northern Norway, Pieras Mikkal is an extraordinary recording made by the folksong collector (and now professor emeritus of ethnomusicology at Columbia University) Dieter Christensen in the […]

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Capturing vs. permeating

There is a fundamental sonic difference between perfectly capturing the sound of a distorted guitar versus allowing the guitar to distort the recording. Many recording engineers do not understand the difference. One good example might be found in the difference between amplifying a square wave and creating a square wave. In the average amplifier, if […]

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