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POLISHED OR LIVE: When we make a studio recording it’s understood it will be polished and perfect. The best we can do in a controlled environment.

When we record live our goal is quite different. Now, we want to capture perfectly the moment. Like the old Memorex ad, “Is it live or Memorex?” we hope our studio recordings have that live sound. They might get close but they aren’t complete. There’s no audience applause. There’s no clinking of glasses. And, there are mistakes. Polished or […]

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AUDIO ORIGAMI: PU7 Tonearm – test review

Roy Gregory writes: If Audio Origami ‘s nomenclature evokes a dull echo somewhere in the deep recesses of your memory banks, seeing it in the flesh might well seem like déjà vu. Back in the day, when real turntables came from Scotland and they all carried Ittoks, more enlightened audiophiles (or just those who saw […]

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DAVID LYTTLE: Facing All The Music

Ian Patterson (all about jazz) writes ….. In times when independent musicians have to function as one-person business enterprises most musicians show more than one face. David Lyttle, drummer par excellence from Waringstown, Northern Ireland, wears more faces than most. Musician, songwriter, record label owner, producer, interviewer and talent scout—Lyttle has built a solid reputation […]

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TANNOY: Vintage ones; what’s all the fuss about?

I am getting fed up reading about vintage Tannoys, as a person who has never had the pleasure to hear a pair, can any AOSers please educate me as to why they seem to have such a cult following- and do l need to listen to a pair? http://theartofsound.net/forum/showthread.php?32756-What-is-so-special-about-vintage-Tannoys

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FOSTEX: Why use good headphones?

Aggravating a dealer or two! Whether dealers like it or not, there are certain things that headphones can achieve which even the world’s finest stand-alone hifi systems can’t. There’s no magic to this. It’s purely the fact that the driver mechanism of the headphone is within an inch or two of the receptive areas of […]

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WARNING: The last thing you want to do to a power amplifier is put something with impedance between it and the loudspeaker

Paul McGowan writes: The last thing you want to do to a power amplifier is put something with impedance between it and the loudspeaker.  It’s one of the reasons we spend so much time and money making sure the speaker cables we use are as thick as a horse leg, impede nothing and connect our […]

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Make It Your Sound Make It Your Scene – Vanguard Records And The 1960s Musical Revolution

4 CD box stuffed with blues, folk and songs that shaped an era… When New Yorkers Seymour and Maynard Solomon founded Vanguard Records in 1950 they surely didn’t suspect just how influential their creation would be in shaping the music and ideals of the post-war generation. The brothers were classical buffs focussed on the past […]

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STARK DIFFERENCES:

Since we are all on the same page when it comes to wanting the accurate and enjoyable reproduction of music in our homes, it’s always startling to me how different stereo systems can sound. Visiting different rooms at a HiFi show is demonstrative of what I am referring to. Most rooms sound good and, happily, […]

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ARCAM: The A19 integrated amplifier and what they said … at the time

The A19 will delight music lovers of all generations. It delivers exceptional transparency and detail with ultra-low level distortion and is perfect for those looking for reference level sound quality at a sensible price. The amplifier’s design and performance have been refined and tuned to an exquisite degree. This focus on sound quality has led […]

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PORTER WAGONER: The Definitive Collection (2CD)

No one, but no one, painted a picture in song of despair and desolation like the Thin Man from the West Plains, Porter Wagoner. Forget the Nudie suit and the pompadour; Waylon Jennings once said that Wagoner couldn’t go pop with a mouthful of firecrackers, and these 40 songs prove it. Sure, the hits – […]

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COMPRESSING SOUND: In recordings, it is quite common for an engineer to use a compressor to better fit dynamics. Especially those of a …..

I like to imagine the art of compression is like the proper setup of a subwoofer. Properly done you shouldn’t notice it is there. Unfortunately, that’s not the norm. So many of today’s recordings have enough compression on the voice that we hear it: the singer gets loud but the sound level does not. Another […]

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BLUES: Our office playlist 31/10/22

The Dig 3 – Don’t SlipChris Martin – Flood WaterThe Durham Project – It Must Be LoveMartin Pugh- Steamhammer – Junior’s WailingJohn Németh – Sexy WaysMick Clarke – Can’t Stop Lovin’Superdownhome – Vacuity BluesRobert Hill Band & Joanne Lediger – Way Down In The HoleThe Mighty Soul Drivers – I Wouldn’t Treat A DogDetonics – […]

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KEVLAR: Bowers and Wilkins’ cone material of choice since 1974 and with good reason

We say .. a fascinating, informative and interesting hype-free short video by Dr. Peter Fryer: Director of Research. They say: The midrange is where the real musical action is invariably found, and a smooth midband is an invaluable loudspeaker quality. Enter Kevlar®. It’s been Bowers & Wilkins’s cone material of choice since 1974, and with […]

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JAZZ: Kool Jazz Festival NYC 1982 (CD)

We are told: • Excellent performance live from the Kool Jazz Festival, New York • Includes the entire NPR Broadcast • Digitally remastered for greatly enhanced sound quality • Background liners Jaco Pastorius, live at the Kool Jazz Festival, New York on 27th June 1982. Jaco Pastorius established himself as one of the greatest electric jazz bassists before forming […]

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Bad Company: Burnin’ Sky (Deluxe 2CD)

  They tell us…. Bad Company recorded four classic albums in as many years, giving rise to some of the most recognizable rock songs of the Seventies, including “Rock Steady,” “Run With The Pack” and the Grammy-nominated, “Feel Like Makin’ Love.” Run With The Pack (1976) and Burnin’ Sky (1977) have been newly remastered from […]

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BILLIE HOLIDAY: FIne and mellow

A great singer and a great song. Marking the centenary of Billie Holiday’s birth, four living jazz musicians and her biographer celebrate her extraordinary and dramatic life, along with her legacy and achievements, through the prism of one historic 12-bar blues. The song Fine and Mellow, which Billie Holiday wrote herself, was recorded in 1957 […]

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