SOLEDGE: Howard Popeck speaks at length to people with interesting things to say: Mr. Raphaël Bini, the driving force behind French audio maker Soledge High End Wireless Audio System.

Hello Raphaël. How did your interest in music reproduction start? Well, I suppose everything starts with music listening during as a youth, with a father playing music, either on a piano or guitar, or on his HiFi system. Then, my father being an electrician and repairing TV sets, meant that I grew up with electronic […]

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The WORST sound as experienced by Howard Popeck

Howard, what’s the worst sound you’ve ever heard? Well I guess this is a bit tongue in cheek, right? You want to know about audio makers perhaps? Too many frankly. Especially ones that should have known better. Usually from UK based makers that have just four letters in the names. However, non-audio worst sounds that […]

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Drugged, sexually abused, swindled… Maria Callas’s tormented life revealed

Her mother blackmailed her, her husband Giovanni Battista Meneghini stole from her, and shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis was violent and abandoned her for Jackie Kennedy. Soprano Maria Callas was adored by audiences worldwide but she never knew real love offstage, and her life was even more tragic than previously realised, according to research. In writing […]

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Psychedelia -‘’A Herbal Mixture Of Psychedelic Remedies And Freakbeat Fantoms’.’ 1966-1974 (5CD Box Set with 32pg booklet)

Presenting a herbal mixture of psychedelic remedies and freakbeat fantoms collected together for your listening pleasure. Ultimately rare and genuinely obscure sounds from around the world with a particular eye on the hidden rumblings of British psychedelia. Five discs spanning the psychedelic period with ultra-rare and previously un-compiled nuggets from Enough’s Enough, Wheels Of Time, […]

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‘The New Face Of Jazz’: An Interview:

About a year ago, a curious new website appeared, claiming to represent The New Face Of Jazz. With so much of jazz’s public image oriented toward the music of decades past, it seemed important to follow. But who was this new face? How would it be profiled? Why was it being done? Who was behind it? […]

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Howard Popeck speaks at length to people with interesting things to say: Metaxas & Sons SOLITAIRE 2016 amplifier – Redefining what an amplifier can look like in Hi-End Audio

First published in early 2016 Howard Popeck: Hi Kostas. Unusual design, to say the least. What’s led to this? Kostas Metaxas: Hi Howard. After 40 years of creating audio equipment, the last thing that I wanted to produce was “another box with transistors on a heatsink”. I was dreaming of the most spectacular architecture, design […]

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