SANSUI: Capacitor replacement in vintage units

Q: I know vintage gear isn’t your business of course but, hey, I trust your expertise and so I wonder if you can help with a component issue please? I’m doing a Sansui restoration and the main caps are Nichicon & Elna. There are many differing capacitor ranges, do you have any specific recommendations? A: […]

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WAGNER: A-Z – A is for Alberich

Stephen Ross writes: A stands for Alberich, antisemitism and Apocalypse Now. A is for Alberich, the vertically challenged, sex-crazed villain whose theft of the gold at the beginning of Das Rheingold – the prelude to the Ring Cycle – triggers a train of deranged events, which concludes four evenings and 15 hours later with the […]

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THE TUBES: Live At The Palladium, New York (CD)

The Tubes Live at New York City’s Palladium on August 4h 1981. With their 1982 album The Complete Backward Principle, the Tubes finally brought their brand of San Franciscan satirical rock into the mainstream, with both the LP and the single “Don’t Want to Wait Anymore” denting the Top Forty. “Don’t Want to Wait Anymore” […]

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TASTE: I’ll Remember (4CD Box Set)

An archival box set featuring the music of Taste, the Irish rock/blues band formed in the mid sixties that featured Rory Gallagher on guitar and vocals. The four disc set will feature both studio albums (1969′s Taste and the 1970 follow-up On The Boards) expanded with many alternate versions of album tracks. The third CD is full of live audio from 1970 culled from concerts in Stockholm and […]

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Channa Vithana / “Regardless of genre, what really turns me on ……….

Music continues to be within the very structure of my life. Consequently, I use it as non-background direct stimulus when I work, or equally as engrossing and positively mind-massaging pharmaceuticals when I am not. Even an atrocity like a Cliff Richard record must never be in the background – like dinner-party fodder. Dinner-party ‘classics’ sucked […]

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GALE: Ask our editor Neil McCauley: Who really designed the original Gale loudspeakers?

Hi Neil. Who really designed the original Gale loudspeakers? It was in fact Mr. Ira Gale. From all accounts Ira Dennis Gale was a genius, able to “talk his way in and out of anything”. He also tended to “stir the pot”, and may have enjoyed doing so occassionally. Born on December 4th, 1942, Ira […]

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OPINIONS / MUSIC

NOTORIUS: What rock albums are notorious for the band members all recording their tracks in separate and isolated sessions before the final mix?

Rocci Disopa, former Recording Engineer Without a doubt…”Synchronicity” by The Police. 1983’s LP by the English band ‘The Police’ was its zenith. The totally organized chaos that became the biggest Rock band in the world, had humble beginnings. Yet they somehow managed to put aside those huge egos and big frustrations, and record one dominant […]

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UFO: Live Sightings (4CD+Vinyl LP Box Set)

We are told: • A super deluxe 4CD box set of magnificent early ’80 live performances by one of the all-timegreatest rock bands to ever take the stage – UFO!• Founding members Phil Mogg, Pete Way, and Andy Parker are joined by Paul Chapman andPaul Raymond, and Neil Carter as they blast through the highlights […]

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JACK BRUCE: I’ve Always Wanted To Do This (CD) by Jack Bruce & Friends

    Classic JACK BRUCE album from 1980, the result of a unique collaboration between Bruce andmusicians BILLY COBHAM, CLEM CLEMPSON and DAVID SANCIOUS. A wonderful album of diversity, it saw JACK truly on form with such wonderful songs as ‘Hit And Run’, ‘Livin’ Without Ja’, ‘Dancing on Air’ and ‘Bird Alone’, all written with […]

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BRENNAN: Martin Brennan (engineer)

Martin Brennan is a computer engineer who developed pioneering personal computers such as the Loki (for Sinclair Research) and the Atari Jaguar video game console. A physics graduate of Cambridge University, he was a co-founder of Flare Technology,[1] a design house involved in the design of the ill-fated Konix Multisystem. Brennan initially worked for Sinclair […]

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Computer Audio Design Ups The ‘Less Noise, More Music’ Ante With Two New Digital Interconnects: The CAD USB Cable I & II

We are told …. In the world of analogue audio, there’s little doubt that a system’s sonic performance can be markedly constrained or improved by the quality of its various cables. But when it comes to digital audio, could there be even more to play for? Computer Audio Design’s (CAD) Scott Berry believes so, and […]

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