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Bargain bin – Rega RB202 tonearm

This guy costs US$395 / £198 – not a small sum, but in hi-fi terms, a bargain I’d suggest.

The current Rega tonearms are descendants of the original legendary RB250/300 tonearms introduced in 1983.  They still sound excellent.  And importantly I think, sound a lot like real music.

I owned (and enjoyed) a Linn Sondek with Ittok tonearm from the same period, for over 10 years, but I don’t remember the Ittok sounding this much fun! Continue reading

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Linda Ronstadt – Canciones

To celebrate Linda Ronstadt’s birthday today, I had to spin a few old favourites.

These days, Linda cannot sing because of Parkinson’s Disease, however she has given us over 30 albums of music to enjoy.

Canciones de mi Padre – I love this album (from 1987), together with Mas Canciones  (1991). Both albums contain her renditions of traditional Mexican classics and ‘ranchera’ folk songs from her family heritage. Continue reading

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DIY cable thinking

In 1983, Dr Malcolm Hawksford published a seminal and entertaining analysis of AC signal transmission within wire conductors, in The Essex Echo series in HiFi News & Record Review magazine.

(This article, updated, was re-published in Stereophile Oct 1995.)

Dr Hawksford offers plausible explanations of what I was hearing in my humble experiments a few years later, listening to different configurations of single strand copper wire as interconnect and loudspeaker cabling. Continue reading