ACCIDENTAL MAGIC: What does it mean in practice?

Neil McCauley asks Howard Popeck Howard, Historically, what did you mean by ‘accidental magic’? Well …….. a combination of equipment that previously you’d not encountered and which sounds right immediately. Unusual combinations. Amps and speakers that just by chance sound magical together – even though the makers probably hadn’t used each other’s equipment. That kinda […]

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Buying stereos and avoiding really dumb decisions 004

Previously So hopefully you’ve agreed that logically the two amplifiers must at all times be compared at identical SPLs? Good. Now then I’m not suggesting that you are exposed to a fixed spl throughout demo – unless you want to. Before revealing a simple strategy to bypass this all too common problem let’s consider how […]

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Howard Popeck speaks at length to people with interesting things to say: Kea Audio a high-end New Zealand speaker manufacturer: Designer Jo Lang in conversation. Part #1

      Howard Popeck: Hello Jo. At short notice, thank you for taking the time … Jo Lang: I have a bit of time right now so I thought I would respond to your kind invitation. You are as I understand it, that rare individual who is an audiophile maker blogger; am I correct? […]

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VERTERE: News

 Vertere Acoustics delivers new Imperium Motor Drive    ouraj Moghaddam Vertere’s founder and chief designer today announced plans to start delivering the new Imperium Motor Drive this month. Imperium follows quite closely behind the new SG-PTA tonearm and VeRum interconnect as the ideal products to match the Vertere SG-1 record player. Demand for the latest Motor Drive, […]

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ECLIPSE: News

ECLIPSE launches its first new speaker in seven years  ECLIPSE has launched a new loudspeaker, the company’s first new model in seven years. The new TD307MK3 is a compact full-range speaker for the modern music lover. Several years in the making, the TD307MK3 benefits from the latest ECLIPSE technologies, ready to deliver today’s high-resolution music. It directly replaces […]

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CHORD ELECTRONICS: News. ULTIMA PRE 3, Mojo 2 and more

Chord Electronics will be exhibiting at High End 2022, Munich, (19-22 May) with a wide range of British-made products across three sites. In addition, the newly announced ULTIMA PRE 3 preamp will be making its European debut in the main Chord Electronics room (Atrium 3.1, C122). Chord Electronics’ products both large and small will also […]

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MCINTOSH: News

New flagship CD player revealed MCD12000: A new reference-level CD/SACD player with seven digital inputs plus solid-state and valve outputs (£13,995) Images here McIntosh has unveiled its new flagship CD/SACD player the MCD12000 SACD/CD Player. The new disc-spinner effectively doubles as McIntosh’s reference-level DAC, by enabling up to seven digital devices to benefit from its […]

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VERTERE ACOUSTICS: News

Touraj Moghaddam Vertere’s founder and chief designer today announced the new Silencer equipment supports. These and an Iso-Shelf are part of the demo record player system in Atrium 4.1 E121.       The Vertere Iso-shelf sits under a record player supported by low profile Iso-balls or the superior Silencers.Silencer is available now in packs of 3, selling for […]

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R.E.M: Orange Crush (Live)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BvXBwtrs_k 1,420,259 views so far “This DVD reminded me why I was an REM fan in the first place. Recorded in Germany in 2003, the concert features plenty of hits (Man on the Moon, One I Love), some obscurities (Begin the Begin, Maps & Legends) and some recent songs I hadn’t paid enough attention to […]

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NEIL YOUNG: Official Release Series Discs 5-8 (4×180 Gram LP Box/Limited Edition (3500 copies))

Limited Edition(3500 copies) 4×180 Gram High QualityAudiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Bernie Grundman Remaster Pressed at Pallas, Germany Housed in Telescoping box Time Fades Away On The Beach Tonight’s The Night ZumaThis limited edition box set includes the classic albums: Time Fades Away, On The Beach, Tonight’s The Night and Zuma, each remastered from the original […]

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When Albums Ruled the World

Between the mid 1960s and the late 1970s, the long-playing record and the albums that graced its grooves changed popular music for ever. For the first time, musicians could escape the confines of the three-minute pop single and express themselves as never before across the expanded artistic canvas of the album. The LP allowed popular […]

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