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“10/10”: The Audiophile Man reviews Furutech’s NCF Boosters & NCF Booster-Signals

If you’re still pondering the question of whether, how much, or why hi-fi cables affect the quality of your system’s sound, you’d do well to check out reviewer Paul Rigby’s comprehensive article on the matter over at The Audiophile Man.

Rigby sets out to review Furutech’s new NCF Booster and NCF Booster-Signal, two highly innovative accessories designed to tackle cable noise. Following a chat with Furutech’s engineers, however, Rigby’s review becomes a series of detailed tests and experiments, as he discovers just how great a difference cable noise can make and, more important, how best to address it.

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What Hi-Fi? vinyl special: Clearaudio Concept & Innovation are two of “15 of the best decks you can buy”

“Budget, staggeringly expensive, ripping or old-school…” – there’s a deck for everyone in the July issue of What Hi-Fi? And two of the fifteen five-star masterpieces listed are from German analogue experts Clearaudio: the £995 ‘Concept MM’ and £17,330 ‘Innovation Wood’.
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“Computer Audio Design re-invents the USB cable” – and Hi-Fi Critic is seriously impressed with the sonic results

“Beyond optimising for characteristic impedance, there would seem to be little point in making fancy USB cables… so how can a 1.1m USB cable costing £600 possibly offer any improvement?” wonders Andrew Harrison in the latest issue of Hi-Fi Critic as he makes a start on reviewing Computer Audio Design’s (CAD) USB Cables I & II. Some serious listening and a few hundred words later, Harrison is firmly convinced. “The improvements were clear as day.”   Continue reading “Computer Audio Design re-invents the USB cable” – and Hi-Fi Critic is seriously impressed with the sonic results

“Compelling”: Hi-Fi News reviews the Soulines Kubrick DCX turntable with Timestep T-609 tonearm

Take one sculptural-looking turntable from Serbian company Soulines and pair it with a tonearm crafted by Dave Cawley of Soulines’ UK distributor, Timestep – and you get “a very stylish combination,” says Adam Smith in the July issue of Hi-Fi News. But as always the key question is: how does it sound?

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David Denyer launches new R2R blog: ‘the reel-to-reel rambler’

I’m delighted to ‘go live’ with a new blog-type website today.

www.thereeltoreelrambler.com is the place where I’ll be sharing my love of all things tape/open reel/R2R.

There’s two parts to the site: first, a beginner’s guide to tape, and second, a series of regular blog posts where I’ll add reviews of music on tape, news, interviews with relevant experts and interesting parties, opinion pieces, practical advice and tips, etc.

I’m not pitching myself as some kind of expert here, more an enthusiastic fan of the form keen to create a ‘hub’ for other folks in a similar boat. The intended audience is those who are relatively new to the world of tape – typically music lovers and audiophiles who are eager to listen to superb quality recordings, rather than those in the pro field (that said, professionals are of course very welcome indeed!).

If tape’s your thing, please do dive in…

I’d very much welcome thoughts and suggestions along the way. There’s a contact form on the blog and also links to my Facebook and Twitter pages where you can pop over for a chat or post a comment or two.

And if you’re in the tape business, or are a serious enthusiast, or even a keen beginner and would like to contribute some thoughts, drop me a line and we can talk about a guest blog/article/opinion piece/interview/snippet – I’m open to ideas!

Here’s that URL again: www.thereeltoreelrambler.com

Look forward to seeing you there!

PS. I’ll be moving over the archive of R2R-related news and musings from here on the DDPR website over to the reel-to-reel rambler, so if you’re looking for something open reel-related that was previously here, you’ll now find it over there!

Review: ‘The World of Heavy Percussion and Large Japanese Drums’ from STS Analog

“The complex rhythms are intoxicating but it’s the timbre and the individual tonal character of the drums and the percussive elements that totally seduce me. Everything sounds so organic… the drums really do sound like they’re carved from trees with animal skins stretched over. Shakers sound like beans in the husk of a gourd and contrast wonderfully with the wooden ‘thock’ of what I guess is a balafon. Overlaying all these woody textures are bells that are sweet, shimmering and crystal clear, while faint vocal chanting adds the perfect seasoning to the mix.”

Hop over to www.thereeltoreelrambler.com to read Dave Denyer’s recent review of ‘The World of Heavy Percussion and Large Japanese Drums’, a new release on open reel tape from STS Digital / Analog.

“A seriously special speaker”: Hi-Fi News spends some quality time with Raidho’s D-2.1 floorstander

While most loudspeaker designers favour the classic dome tweeter, the world-renowned Danish brand Raidho was pretty much founded on its famous pseudo-ribbon tweeter. The performance of this new invention was spectacular but initially posed a challenge: it was too far ahead of the game and so responsive and dynamic that integration with conventional dynamic midrange and mass drivers proved tricky. So Raidho re-invented those too. In the brand’s D series, the re-invention takes a further leap forward with the addition of pure diamond. Continue reading “A seriously special speaker”: Hi-Fi News spends some quality time with Raidho’s D-2.1 floorstander

High End highlights: some hot happenings to check out at the Munich Show this weekend

It’s that time of year again folks… when hi-fi’s greatest hitters from around the globe flock to the world’s largest audio exhibition. Yes music lovers, High End Munich 2018 is almost upon us. So, just before I get packing, here are some of the highlights I’ll be heading for.

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“Less can be so much more”: David Price reviews Exposure’s compact XM HP headphone amp in Hi-Fi News and Hi-Fi Choice

The fifth in Exposure’s XM series of compact, half-width components, the XM HP is “extremely versatile” and offers “more than its official designation as a headphone amplifier would suggest,” says David Price, who awards it a duo of badges – ‘highly commended’ and ‘recommended’.
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