SCHUBERT: String Quartets D804, 810 and 887 – review. Artemis Quartet

Andrew Clements: “At the halfway stage of their Beethoven cycle for Virgin, the Artemis Quartet have turned their attention to a different but, in many ways, equally daunting challenge. Schubert’s last three string quartets make a natural two-disc set, though few listeners will want to tackle all of these intense works (which arguably sit alongside […]

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MOUNTAIN: (CD) by Leslie West

  4 BONUS TRACKS: 2 SINGLES ‘Dreams of Milk And Honey’ and ‘Long Red’ plus the B-sides. 16-PAGE BOOKLET WITH LINER NOTES BY MALCOLM DOME WITH QUOTES FROM LESLIE WEST In the world of rock guitar, Leslie West has that distinctive sound and tone that is unmistakable and unique.He gained worldwide fame during his long […]

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WALTER TROUT: Breakin’ the Rules – 25th Anniversary series LP 5 (Vinyl 180g 2LP

Previously published here To celebrate 25 years as a solo artist, Provogue Records is releasing 10 original albums from Walter Trout on vinyl.  The 25th Anniversary Series is very limited high quality vinyl releases of some of the best Walter Trout catalogue released in special packaging. Each release is very limited to only 2,000 copies […]

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TECHNICS: 5350 receiver test review

Contents: Comparative pricing Buying advice Minimalist power cord The tone balance control Headphone jack FM section Amplification section Suitable partners For and against Should YOU buy? Where to buy Howard Popeck writes: Even before I founded Subjective Audio Ltd I was an enthusiast of Technics gear. The Tottenham Court Road audio bullrings had visually impressive […]

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JOHNNY WINTER: Live Bootleg Series Vol. 8 (CD)

“Legendary rocker and blues statesman Johnny Winter enthralled audiences the world over. With his unique brand of blues/rock guitar and vocal prowess, Winter’s style was truly unmatched in purity and in star power longevity. While he toured non-stop, it’s no secret that his live performances were legendary. Fortunately for his huge fan base, Johnny had […]

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ANYTHING BUT MUSIC: Why do some speakers sound like music while others do not?

  Michael Vronsky writes: Different isn’t automatically better I was trying to find the problem in a friend’s system. It didn’t sound as good as it should have for the money. So we did a lot of cable switching, speaker positioning, isolating this, isolating that – all to no avail. We certainly got different sounds, […]

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MICHELL ENGINEERING: Synchro turntable test review

Howard Popeck writes: The Synchro was mid-priced turntable inspired by the original GyroDec, but with an inverted-pendulum suspension and a glass platter. It looked dazzling 20 years ago, and it still does today. In the John Michell tradition, all the working parts are exposed, superbly engineered and impeccably cosmetically finished. It has a cast-ring sub […]

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IAIN MATTHEWS: Mercy Street

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nDNvOw2re0 Viewer’s comments include: I have long been deeply moved by this atmospheric version by Iain. It’s so different from Peter Gabriel’s original, giving it a different mood and feel that is very memorable and stirring. Fans of this beautiful song will also enjoy the haunting version by the incomparable Fever Ray. Thanks for posting […]

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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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