Most of us are familiar with the concept of mechanically isolating our equipment from vibrations; but do you know why it’s important?

Microphonics.  Certainly not the only reason, but clearly the most important.  Microphonics is the tendency of something to act like a microphone; picking up and reproducing sounds it “hears”. The sound producer is, of course, our loudspeakers – which is why headphones and their associated equipment are far less sensitive and needful of vibration dampers. […]

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Mink DeVille – Coup De Grace (CD) inc. track listing

Mink DeVille’s fourth album, Coup de Grace, was released in 1981. Co-produced by Willy DeVille and Jack Nitzsche, the album features such superb songs as the surging “Maybe Tomorrow” and a soulful, Spanish flavoured take on “You Better Move On.” • Deluxe Vinyl Replicas by Culture Factory constitute high quality reissued compact-discs which reproduce all the components of the original […]

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Think of how great your music system would be if you used the exact reverse of equipment used to record the event in the first place.

Paul McGowan writes: We now understand part of the reason why we can outperform test equipment as critical listeners; we are able to use the identical playback systems for both live and “recorded” music.  The same ear/brain mechanism that we use to process what our ears pickup is used to process the memory of what […]

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Lauren Kinsella: In Between Every Line – by Ian Patterson

  “It may be that the voice is the most difficult instrument to improvise with, judging by the relatively small number of improvising vocalists out there. Jazz singers who scat are common enough, but only the best are able to breathe life into a style that has become rather formulaic over the past century. Lauren […]

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NAIM: Can the problem could probably be traced to a genetic defect in Naim owners?

Afternoon kids. I can help noticing that on the respective forums Naim folk post more, argue more, moan more and box swap or upgrade more, (or talk about upgrades). The linn forum however seems to be a much calmer place. Yes there is the occasionsl whinge but in the main people seem stable, content and […]

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Whatever happened to Hi-Fi Shows and the importance of both Patricia Barber and Radka Toneff?

Tony Andrews (contributing editor – jazz) writes: Back in the 1980 and 90s if you were in to Hi-Fi there were some great shows around in the London area. I can remember many happy hours spent at various locations near Heathrow and also at The Novotel in Hammersmith. As venue costs soared and demand dropped […]

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Eric Clapton – The Lost Boy: guest writer Channa Vithana expresses a view; more than one in fact!

I’m not a great fan of Eric Clapton’s music anymore. When I was younger, in my early teens, I thought some of his stuff was pretty cool, especially the experimental Cream, with Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce, and the Derek & The Dominoes Sessions box set, with Duane Allman on guitar. Clapton’s other solo works, […]

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