THD less than audibility. Now there’s a spec I can live with

Zero calories? Went to cook some scrambled eggs this morning and first sprayed the pan with one of those spray oils. Always conscious of my weight I checked the calorie content: zero.  Zero?  Really?  It is, after all, oil and oil is NOT zero calories. Turns out the agency that regulates the measurement standards has […]

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FUNK FIRM: Mr Arthur Khoubesserian

Hello Howard. I have been meaning to ask you for some time what has happened with your association with the Funk firm products. I was also particularly looking forward to your proposed interview with Arthur. In my opinion Funk remain one of the most musically credible and musically convincing turntable designs of all time. However […]

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Which would you choose?

Raul Montilla from Puerto Rico sent me a kind note about an interesting experiment from years past. In it, Jack Renner and the engineers from Telarc are said to have recorded the Cleveland Orchestra on both an analog tape recorder and a Soundstream Digital recorder. They then compared the output of the two and all selected the […]

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CHEAP SYSTEMS THAT WORK: The most enjoyable preowned system under £100 in total. EPISODE #01 – the basics

THE OBJECTIVE: The objective here is to, on a continual basis, refine the best system, under £100, that can be achieved today, pre-owned. A FEW GROUND RULES: Interconnects, power cords and speaker cables … in this context are … in audiophile terms “rubbish”. They aren’t of course, but that’s not really the point. The point […]

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SATISFACTION: Getting audio satisfaction – it’s all about the mindset.

Paul McGowan: One of our readers made an interesting observation.  He writes: “selecting a record, cleaning that record, clamping the record, starting the motor, cleaning the stylus, cueing up the cartridge and sitting down to listen prepared me to listen in a way that a few mouse clicks or screen taps doesn’t.  I’d made a […]

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Whose opinions should you trust?

When it comes to evaluating high-end audio equipment whose opinion can you trust? With fewer dealers around it seems we’re left with only the reviewers and they can’t agree on much themselves. What to do? Paul offers some interesting suggestions. Watch Now

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NEIL YOUNG: Acoustic Tour 1976

We are told: SUPERB “UNPLUGGED” BROADCAST RECORDINGS FROM YOUNG’S SOLO SETS ON HIS 1976 TOUR OF THE US Neil Young took a newly assembled Crazy Horse out on the road in November 1976. The sets performed by Young and the Horse were, by all accounts, raw, dynamic and LOUD! But at each date Neil was […]

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SPEAKER CABLES: Do they have a ‘sound’?

Steve Guttenberg writes: It’s a safe bet that your speaker cables don’t look like Nordost’s ultra-flat cables. Founded in 1991, Nordost is a high-technology cable manufacturer using conductor technology that was initially developed for the aerospace industry. Nordost designs and builds all of its audio, digital and video cables in its facilities in Holliston, Massachusetts. […]

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Breaking in what?

It has been said that break-in, the phenomena of equipment improving its sound quality with use, has more to do with breaking in the user’s ears than the kit. I think that opinion is misleading. There is a difference in equipment performance with break-in. Of this I am certain. I can almost always tell when a unit […]

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