Author Archives: realspin

Simon Toulson-Clarke

Remember the era of great big swinging British pop songs that powered us along from the early eighties to the late nineties? Well Simon Toulson-Clarke does, because he played a part in it. As the man behind Red Box, he

Simon Toulson-Clarke

Remember the era of great big swinging British pop songs that powered us along from the early eighties to the late nineties? Well Simon Toulson-Clarke does, because he played a part in it. As the man behind Red Box, he

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The Sony Walkman story

To understand how the Sony Walkman story started, it’s important to know the man behind it – Akio Morita. Sony was founded in 1946 as the Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering Corporation by Morita and Masaru Ibuka, but Morita was the the

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The Sony Walkman story

To understand how the Sony Walkman story started, it’s important to know the man behind it – Akio Morita. Sony was founded in 1946 as the Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering Corporation by Morita and Masaru Ibuka, but Morita was the the

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Aiwa XD-S1100

Hi-fi formats come and go just like fashion. When on the ascendent they seem magnificent and unstoppable, set to take over the world. On the way down, no one really cares. In the case of Sony’s Digital Audio Tape format,

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Aiwa XD-S1100

Hi-fi formats come and go just like fashion. When on the ascendent they seem magnificent and unstoppable, set to take over the world. On the way down, no one really cares. In the case of Sony’s Digital Audio Tape format,

Ken Ishiwata leaves Marantz

Surprise news comes that Ken Ishiwata has left Marantz after forty one years at the company. Parent company Sound United has issued the following press release: May 16th, 2019 – Following 41 years as a leading light at Marantz, the number

Ken Ishiwata leaves Marantz

Surprise news comes that Ken Ishiwata has left Marantz after forty one years at the company. Parent company Sound United has issued the following press release: May 16th, 2019 – Following 41 years as a leading light at Marantz, the number

Audio Technica AT-OC9X

Behold the new Audio Technica AT-OC9X, the fourth update of this evergreen moving coil in thirty two years. It sports a choice of stylus types including Bonded Elliptical (AT-OC9XEB, £210); Nude Elliptical (AT-OC9XEN, £300), Microlinear (AT-OC9XML, £480), Shibata (AT-OC9XSH, £570), and Special

Audio Technica AT-OC9X

Behold the new Audio Technica AT-OC9X, the fourth update of this evergreen moving coil in thirty two years. It sports a choice of stylus types including Bonded Elliptical (AT-OC9XEB, £210); Nude Elliptical (AT-OC9XEN, £300), Microlinear (AT-OC9XML, £480), Shibata (AT-OC9XSH, £570), and Special

Audiolab 6000CDT

While affordable DACs are ten-a-penny, there’s a relative scarcity of decent Compact Disc transports around. Given that – although new music sales are tumbling in this format –  there are gazillions of CDs in circulation, you’d think that there would

Audiolab 6000CDT

While affordable DACs are ten-a-penny, there’s a relative scarcity of decent Compact Disc transports around. Given that – although new music sales are tumbling in this format –  there are gazillions of CDs in circulation, you’d think that there would

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Aiwa AD-6900

Although Compact Cassette was launched back in 1963, it wasn’t until the nineteen seventies that the format truly came of age. Indeed at the turn of this decade it was still very low on the evolutionary scale, being the province

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Aiwa AD-6900

Although Compact Cassette was launched back in 1963, it wasn’t until the nineteen seventies that the format truly came of age. Indeed at the turn of this decade it was still very low on the evolutionary scale, being the province