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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POWER CORDS: Snake Oil ? (246 varying responses)

Having been a long time audiophile living with countless high end compnents I have to wonder about the theory and practicality of high end power cords. I have yet to hear the difference a power cord makes. Ive owned, synergistic, Shunyata, BMI and cardas. I in no way can detect any sonic signature or change. […]

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AUDIOPHILE TRANSPARENCY: What is it?

  Here’s what Paul McGowan says about the question. Continuing with Audiophile terms I find Transparency a much used term that perhaps is a bit nebulous and easy to overuse.  One of the first things you notice about many of these terms is they are somewhat self descriptive; as any really good and valuable word […]

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THE BYRDS: The Lost Broadcasts (DVD) –

This CD/DVD is taken from performances from a German television broadcast filmed over two dates in 1971 and 1972, the band at this time featured Roger McGuinn alongside Skip Battin, Clarence White Gene Parsons. The first session from May,19, 1971 featured newer material including Chestnut Mare, Mr Tambourine Man and Eight Miles High. On the […]

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