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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LECSON: The official site

Long before there was a Meridian audio, the Boothroyd/Stuart team formed Lecson Audio.   Aficionados from the 1970’s will remember Lecson primarily for their flat multicolored preamplifier and cylindrical amplifier, but like most enterprises the story goes much deeper. They are also one of the few audio firms to win a Design Council Award and be […]

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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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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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SPIKES vs. FOAM: Can foam padding isolate better than spikes?

“This may be quite crazy but I’ve set my Dynaudio C3 speaker stands down on a 1.5” thick sheet of soft foam padding instead of using spikes. Now the floor has almost no vibration. The sound is cleaner and more natural. I did the same with my subwoofer with the same results! Now I’m considering […]

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PS AUDIO: The power of cables, Audioquest, Bill Low and more.

Paul McGowan writes: My post about Bi-wiring reminded me of an email I got from my friend Bill Low of Audioquest  who corrected some of my statements about “wireless”. There really isn’t (and won’t be for a long while) a wireless anything in audio as we have to get AC power to the equipment – […]

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Christianne Stotijn. Songs by Berg, Schubert and Wolf. Christianne Stotijn/Joseph Breinl: Onyx ONYX 4009

Christopher Breunig This collection of songs about dreams and fantasies has been sitting in the equivalent of my ‘in tray’ for far too long, I discover! The Delft-born mezzo has been coached by Jard van Nes and Dame Janet Baker, and was chosen by Haitink for his Mahler ‘Resurrection’ performance at this year’s Proms and […]

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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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CHEAP VINTAGE CD PLAYERS SHOOT-OUT: Akai / Hitachi / Marantz / Meridian / Mission / NAD / Philips / Sony / Yamaha (Part 1 of 2)

In this, my latest experiment, I decided to buy as many pre-owned / low cost CD players as I could afford for the investigation and NONE over £40 each from the major auction site. Part #1: I wanted to determine if via my reference £100 system, I could (a) here and worthwhile improvement and (b0 […]

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CONTROL vs. CONVENIENCE

There’s a constant battle going on inside me over two fundamental urges: control or convenience. On the one hand, I want to place myself in a position of control over life’s simple variables like dialing in the exact time and temperature of morning toast or setting the thermostat to suit my immediate needs. On the […]

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