OPINIONS / MUSIC

JETHRO TULL: What is the meaning of the term “aqualung” in the Jethro Tull song Aqualung?

Mark R Frank, replies ….. The aqualung was invented by Jacques Cousteau. It’s known by the acronym, SCUBA—Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus. Anyone who has watched “Sea Hunt” or any number of underwater nature shows has heard the noisy intake and release of air. In the song, “Aqualung” is the tramp’s nickname, given to him because […]

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WHY: It’s why so many legitimate reviews of equipment today express an opinion on sound and ignore the details of performance.

And continuing our thought from a recent post, only this time in reverse, isn’t it obvious that just because something has all the right stuff it doesn’t necessarily qualify as great itself? And doesn’t this observation help explain one of the age old mysteries in audio about how something can measure great and sound poor? […]

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GARRARD: The 301 and 401; best place to buy them?

Tom Edison … Hopefully some of you will be able to help me choose the best place to buy a refurbished 301 or 401 from. We’ve got our 35th wedding anniversary coming up in June this year and my wife wants to give me something significant to celebrate it. As you can imagine after 35 […]

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JUST … PLAIN … AWFUL: The worst pieces of Hi-Fi Equipment you’ve ever owned?

AK is an amazing forum for the depth and breadth of knowledge and opinions of members from all over the world. We spend a lot of time talking about the best equipment we own, but what of the worst? The models you were most disappointed in, were the most overhyped, represented the worst value for […]

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LEAK: Unfairly forgotten classics – Leak, etc.

That thread I started on Leak Stereo 70’s etc got me thinking that there is quite a bit of gear out there which although of decent quality one barely ever hears about any more… and more rarely still is it ever suggested as a classic purchase. I guess a classic example of such a scenario […]

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QUAD: Stacked Quads 57s in small room?

“For the last few years i have made do with a high end headphone system, but am moving in the next 2 months and will have my own music room so have decided im going to give speakers a go. I’ve never owned Hifi speakers before but after selling my headphone system i will have […]

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INNOVATION: It’s just one foot in front of the other … or is it?

Michael Vronsky … I asked a manufacturing acquaintance (hardly a friend because it’s necessary to maintain a distance in order to allow for objectivity) about why he spends so much on innovation. Somewhat facetiously but not without a grain of truth or impertinence if you will ”Why not just milk what you already have and […]

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