BRITISH HI-FI: Why?

Being in the business myself, my answer is from the other side of the fence from the consumer. There’s a long tradition in Britain of people making hi-fi because they love it, not because there’s a lot of money to be made. Many of the people making hi-fi here spend a very long time getting […]

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FORUM BASHING: The practice of ‘bigging-up’ a brand on some audiophile forums

Hi Howard. I know your opinion that when it comes to forums your advice and personal practice is to ‘look and never, ever touch’. I understand where you are coming from. Your comments re the obvious and less obvious ‘bigging up’ of chosen brands by the genuine and those in the ‘pay’ of those makers […]

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GREIG: Piano Works, Ivana Gavrić, review

Geoffrey Norris: Bosnian-born pianist Ivana Gavrić brings a wide perspective to Grieg’s Norwegian peasant dances and ‘Lyric Pieces’, playing with vitality and haunting atmosphere. If Grieg is particularly well known for his Piano Concerto and for the luminous miniatures he etched as “Lyric Pieces”, the Bosnian-born pianist Ivana Gavrić here offers a much wider perspective […]

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KAPTAIN KOPTER : The Fabulous Twirly Birds – KFPK Radio LA, 13th September 1972 (CD)

As lead guitarist for late 60s US psychedelic visionaries Spirit, Randy California needs no introduction to serious rock fans. This tremendous live set was recorded for the L.A. radio station KPFK in September 1972 – the same month his wild solo debut appeared – and also features Larry ‘Fuzzy’ Knight on bass and Spirit’s legendary […]

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A dream system? Certainly is. Cello, Beveridge, LFD, Teac and yes, utterly appropriately upholding the UK, Boothroyd Stuart Meridian. Not a piece of Linn or Naim to be seen!

On the only forum I subscribe to, I was asked a question about my dream system. Here’s my reply. You’ll notice that some of the items are many years old. The plain fact is that in some instances, nothing, literally nothing made today can achieve the spectacularly wonderful sound from this bygone era. That type […]

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EPOS: Upgrading from their ES-14?

As you are likely more than aware I have had my Epos ES-14’s for some time and although I have heard a number of speakers, nothing has jumped out as significantly better than the Epos without spending stupid money. Has anyone had the chance to hear the new Sonus Faber Venere 2.5, I have read […]

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CHALLENGE: Double-Blind Violin Test … can you pick the Strad?

Originally published 2012 Christopher Joyce writes: In the world of violins, the names Stradivari and Guarneri are sacred. For three centuries, violin-makers and scientists have studied the instruments made by these Italian craftsmen. So far no one has figured out what makes their sound different. But a new study now suggests maybe they aren’t so […]

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ROBERT PLANT ….. “is back to his bluesy roots as his latest project gears up to close the Womad festival. It seems he’s happy to put his rock god days behind him”

Tim Cumming writes:  I’m due to meet him in a Russian tea room in Primrose Hill, but find the man instead in the local wine shop, pondering the chiller cabinet. Across the road, there’s a café crowded with a half dozen pavement-cramming prams. He makes a joke about fertility cults – you could say he […]

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CATERINA BARBIERI: Minimalist electronic artist

Sound On Sound write ….. With the final programme for Loop — Ableton’s music summit — being announced, we took the opportunity to catch up with one of the artists on the roster. We talk to Berlin-based Italian minimalist electronic artist, Caterina Barbieri whose 2017 record Patterns of Consciousness has received critical acclaim and even been named […]

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CYNDI LAUPER: The Agora Ballroom, Cleveland Ohio, 14 December 1983 (CD)

• Includes the entire WMMS-FM broadcast • Digitally remastered for greatly enhanced sound quality • Background linersAt the end of 1983, Cyndi Lauper was on the verge of rising to superstardom. Her debut album had been released just two months before this December 14, 1983 concert, and the following year, it would spawn several massive […]

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… but first – give a critical listen to what you have before you make any changes

Paul McGowan: Being on the front lines as a manufacturer gives me an interesting perspective most of you reading these posts don’t have. One of the continuing themes I see, from this bird’s eye view, is the tendency to blame the new guy: regardless of any facts to the contrary. If we add a new […]

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BENCHMARK DAC: LFD Audio LS3 linestage, an irritated wife, Joni Mitchell and … a lesson learned!

Originally published June 2006 Just like you I understand that our connection to music comes from multiple angles: emotional, analytical, as a student, as a teacher, as a critic or just casually. Moreover irrespective of how we are connecting we can easily tell when we like something or we don’t Neither you nor I need […]

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Newsletter #01 from 2006

Well hello again. This is the June 06 newsletter. You didn’t miss the May 06 issue – because there wasn’t one. Okay – to set the scene, when I started this one, England were on the box playing Sweden in Germany. Not my kind of thing. I’m writing this while listening to The Jayhawks “Hollywood […]

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