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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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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DECCA DERAM: Nostalgia and questions

An enthusiast writes … I came across two speakers vintage late 50’s or early 60’s yesterday. One was a Decca and the other had a label on the back referencing RCA. Both had mahogany finishes. The fellow selling them said that they were being used as furniture in a home he cleaned out. I’m guessing […]

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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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ATC or Volt based Wilmslow Audio Kit Speakers?

I am tempted to try either the ATC SCM 100 or SCM 50 clone kits from Wilmslow Audio.Or one of their transmission line kits using ATC and or Volt drivers. Image depth,dynamics and tight and textured bass are important to me. Does anyone have experience with these? I can build the cabinets. Continues HERE

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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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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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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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SUBJECTIVE AUDIO: The great sounds; Radford, Spectral, Lecson, Infinity, SoundLabs, JBL Century, Beveridge, Beard and more

Neil McCauley asks Howard Popeck: What were the best reproduced sounds you ever heard in the early days? Not easy to answer. Depends on one’s definition of best. If you take just listenability i.e. the customer’s sound is so good right now that I’m not going to unpack my demo gear, then it would have […]

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ONKYO: Opinions of?

Looking to see what others think of their onkyo equipment. I have a TX8211 reciever and use it for music playback. I have been very happy with this reciever, and the matching cd player for it. Playing back through average speakers and like the sound quality. Seems to me to be a good piece of […]

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Ask Mr. H: “I love classical music, but I don’t have a real understanding of it in terms of the emotion. I’m not looking to learn about the composers and I don’t want to learn an instrument, but I want to know more about how what moves me moves me. Does that make sense? Can you recommend a book or books?”

Howard Popeck: Certainly. Now forgive me for saying this, but it is possible to over-analyse the wonder of music, the magic and the emotion. It’s a danger, but somehow I sense you aren’t going to fall into the trap. The most wonderful book on the sheer unadulterated joy of classical music without the usual patronising […]

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