• Breaking the wrong record?

    Breaking the wrong record?

    There are some valuable records out there. Earlier this month, Ringo Starr’s ‘No. 0000001’ copy of The Beatles (also known as the White Album) achieved $790,000 at auction, and a copy of The Sex Pistols ...
  • The L-Word

    The L-Word

    The high-end audio world can be an odd place. It makes products that should be unashamedly in the luxury market, yet seems afraid of ‘the L-word’. While people who actually buy audio today seem perfectly ...
  • The Rules Of The Road

    The Rules Of The Road

    Audio reviewers just love car analogies, the perfect shorthand for the cost/performance/benefits curve. Often it’s just laziness or a mistaken impression that they’re actually audio’s answer to Jeremy Clarkson (same shape, just without the audience ...
  • The sound of seven million

    The sound of seven million

    Seven million for an audio system? OK, so it’s seven million Polish Zloty, which only works out at about $1.75m, but even so… it’s hardly chicken feed. This system was one of the highlights of ...
  • Exposing the ‘Good for Classical’ myth

    Exposing the ‘Good for Classical’ myth

    We all do it. We tend to pigeonhole systems (especially transducers like headphones and loudspeakers) as having specific characteristics that ally themselves to a particular genre. We often hear of loudspeakers being ‘good for rock’ ...
  • Choosing and using standmount loudspeakers

    Choosing and using standmount loudspeakers

    The English have an affinity with standmount loudspeakers (especially two-way stand­mounts), as evidenced by the evergreen BBC-designed LS3/5a. This is understandable given the size of the typical English listening room, but with that affinity comes ...
  • In praise of challenging music

    In praise of challenging music

    As a gaijin living in England, my experience of sushi has traditionally been very ‘western’: recognisable bits of fish (tuna, salmon) or seafood (crab, prawn, maybe octopus) with rice, seaweed, and wasabi. OK, so there ...
  • Personal Best

    Personal Best

    Any audio show has good rooms and bad. Sometimes those rooms sound good for an all-too-brief period. Sometimes they are consistently good. Here are some of our personal highlights. High-End Cable: Despite the name, High-End ...
  • What a week!

    What a week!

    No, not the Queen becoming the longest serving English monarch, or the election of left-field, left-winger Jeremy Corbyn to the post of Leader of the Labour Party out of almost nowhere, we're talking audio here. ...
  • Postcards from CanJam London - Part 2

    Postcards from CanJam London - Part 2

    This pictorial blog represents Part 2 of our "Postcards from CanJam London" series and is our attempt to convey some of the sheer diversity of the products on display at the event. From mega-priced/ultra-high-performance headphones ...
  • Rebooting classical music

    Rebooting classical music

    You probably missed it, but Western Civilisation came to an abrupt end last week. Its end was not due to instability in the worldwide financial market, the wanton destruction of archeologically important antiquities in Palmyra, ...

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