“This smallish, heavy, elegant box offers you an on-ramp to musical enjoyment without the hassle of multiple purchases and match-making.” The new Audiant 80i from New Zealand’s Perreaux, offering an upsampling DAC, a MM phono stage, and connections for USB and TOSLINK, is put through its paces by Patrick Dillon.
This article is the second in Paul Spencer’s three-part series on bass integration, covering all major aspects of accurate bass reproduction in domestic listening rooms. After the measurements in Part 1, acoustic treatment is now introduced as the first step towards improving bass performance.
Blue Note Records has, in a long and distinguished history, recorded most of the important musicians in the “hard bop” style of jazz. Jim Goulding looks through his catalog to bring you this list of his ten favorite albums from Blue Note Records.
“It is, hands down, the best tonearm I’ve ever had the pleasure of hearing…. This tonearm is one of the few that are handmade specifically to meet the requirements of the cartridge that will be attached to them.” Thad Aerts continues his review of the Pete Riggle Engineering “The Woody” tonearm, with an update on the Anti-Skate Measurement System, and his listening impressions.
The miniDSP “stack,” consisting of three boards called miniDSP, miniDIGI, and miniAMP, is an interesting little platform for the audio experimenter, offering digital and analog inputs and outputs, comprehensive crossover and digital equalization functionality, and four channels of amplification. John Reekie takes a look at this offering, and walks us through assembly of the stack.
The recent breakthrough of Bellowhead in the UK is yet another of those moments when the English discover that they have a vibrant, deep and long musical heritage. ‘Deserters,’ from the indefatigable Oysterband, is as good an entry point to this world as any, giving a taste of the old and new, the mellow and the energetic spiced with a lyrical style that is political without being polemical. Mike Barnes tells.