“If you’ve never heard an MBL Radialstrahler before, then you should,” writes David Price for hi-fi webzine Stereonet. “I’ve reviewed a couple in my time in one capacity or another… they were memorable things.” The 126 is the smallest omnidirectional speaker yet developed by the company and is, says Price, “arguably the company’s most interesting product because it’s just about compact enough to be used in most people’s listening rooms.”
Few loudspeakers are as instantly recognizable as German brand MBL’s Radialstrahlers. “At every international hi-fi show their appearance draws crowds while the all-encompassing sound keeps visitors rooted to their seats,” writes Hi-Fi News editor Paul Miller. MBL has finally reached UK shores via specialist retailer Stranger High Fidelity, and Miller can’t wait to explore its wares “inside and out, Hi-Fi News style”. “It was worth the wait,” he finds.
Cameron Jenkins is the founder of independent record label Stranger Records. His production, songwriting and musician credits include Lana Del Rey, The Verve, Lemon Jelly and The Charlatans. He has his own studio space in the legendary Real World Studios near Bath, from where he now also runs Stranger High Fidelity, a bespoke high-end hi-fi retail service, offering a collection of carefully selected and matched brands.
In this interview, Cameron explains his career journey and shares what the pro world has taught him about home audio – and vice versa. He also shares some insights into what is was like working with John Cale, his views on the relative mindsets of audio engineers and audiophiles, his ‘secret sauce’ for designing the perfect hi-fi system for a client, and his views on the main weakness of any hi-fi system – and how to solve it.
Discover more about Stranger High Fidelity at www.stranger.info
“Why is there so much separation between the professional audio and audiophile worlds? Is that separation by design, or even necessity?” asks Julie Mullins in US hi-fi magazine Stereophile. Mullins is putting the question to David Denyer and Cameron Jenkins, who are challenging that separation. Jenkins is an award-winning recording engineer and record label owner who has worked with Lana Del Rey, the Verve, John Cale and many others; he recently launched Stranger High Fidelity, a bespoke high-end audio retail service that operates from his UK pro recording studios.
Published and edited since 1997, Audiophilia is one of Canada’s most popular web magazines for audio and music journalism. The magazine’s annual Product of the Year awards showcase the review team’s top picks from the equipment reviewed in full that year. Of the 17 products awarded, two are from German MBL.
“Audiophiles maintain a not-so hushed reverence for recording engineers, producers and independent record label owners. Deep down they harbor a desire to lay claim to being one, if not all, of the above.” writes David Blumenstein for US audiophile webzine DaGoGo.com. Which begs the question of why Cameron Jenkins, who already is all of the above as well as a classically trained musician and songwriter, has taken to opening his very own retail hi-fi shop/service. Blumenstein interviews Jenkins to find out more.
Jürgen Reis, the brilliant engineer behind MBL of Germany’s celebrated line of loudspeakers and electronics, has been honoured by US audio magazine The Absolute Sound.
“For all his contributions to the building and testing of audio equipment, and the enjoyment of music played back on it, this extraordinary man for all seasons, Jürgen Reis, is hereby inducted into The Absolute Sound’s High-End Hall of Fame,” writes the magazine.
PRESS RELEASE: Independent record label Stranger Records, run by producer and recording engineer Cameron Jenkins, is now launching a bespoke hi-fi service with a difference.