As a collector myself, I’ve long believed that ‘collecting’ (like any addiction) is a sort of madness

Madness – Welcome to the House of Vinyl As a collector myself, I’ve long believed that ‘collecting’ (like any addiction) is a sort of madness. For some unfathomable reason, you become convinced that certain things are worth far more than they really are. It’s not helped by idiot reviewers raving over certain discs as though […]

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Tom Principato And Danny Gatton: Blazing Telecasters (DVD)

A new DVD release, “Blazing Telecasters”, provides a golden opportunity to witness Gatton years before he became legendary, as he and Principato–a fine picker in his own right– stretch out on six instrumental tracks (with repeat takes of two songs added as a bonus). The 45-minute television studio performance which also includes John Previti on […]

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COLIN WONFOR: Passive preamps, the downside.

Hello Colin. I’m sure you’re aware of passive preamps such as Music First. I don’t think you’ll sort person to comment negatively on a particular brand but I do wonder what your views are on such devices? Not wishing to anticipate your answer, I’ve listened to the MF device and been very impressed by the […]

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Why does music give us chills? You asked Google – here’s the answer David Shariatmadari

David Shariatmadri writes: I was going to start this article with Verdi. Until a week or so ago, my most recent experience of music-induced shivers down my spine, goosebumps, feelings of exhilaration – we’ll call them “the chills” – came during a performance of the Italian composer’s Requiem. It was the Dies Irae, one of […]

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HARBETH: “Which Harbeth is best for me?” New users ask …

I just joined this group today and would like to give some background, which hopefully will also generate some discussion. About 18 months ago I sold my 12 year old Mirage 260 monitors and replaced them with Magnepan MMGs. While the Maggies are very transparent in some ways, I sadly miss the imaging of the […]

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TECHNICS: SP10 Mk2 owner causing a headache

My search for audio nirvana is proving frustrating the constant pain in my frontal lobe coming from the continued banging of my head against a brick wall. First things first, my system comprises the following; Technics SP10 MkII Slatedeck plinth SME V Denon DL304 Trichord Dino for vinyl duties, Esoteric X03se CD spinner, Linn Klimax […]

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Mozart – Serenade for winds K. 361 3rd movement

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7jEpsgpPLQ Editors note: The wonder and beauty of this is such that words fail us. The following though gets right to the heart of the matter. “On the page it looked nothing. The beginning simple, almost comic. Just a pulse – bassoons and basset horns – like a rusty squeezebox. Then suddenly – high above […]

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“How about Meridian, or SimAudio? Or Wadia? Of course, EMM or dCS,as well as Esoteric (Teac) but they play SACD as well.”

“I onws a CDSE se and DC2 se, but I as I don´t have not one SACD disc, I want to buy one only CD player, I has heard Naim 555, very very good, also the same for MBL, but not heard new Nagra, and it seems that the Reimyo is not made more. I […]

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