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National Audio Company

” I was still a college student when my father and I began this business in 1969,” says Steve Stepp of USA-based National Audio Company. “One day a gentleman from Ampex Corporation, one of the major manufacturers of tape came

National Audio Company

” I was still a college student when my father and I began this business in 1969,” says Steve Stepp of USA-based National Audio Company. “One day a gentleman from Ampex Corporation, one of the major manufacturers of tape came

Classic Christmas Quiz winners

Thanks to everyone who took part in what was a difficult and diverse quiz! The answers have been posted in the Reply section at the bottom of each quiz webpage, and the winners are as follows… The first prize winner

Classic Christmas Quiz winners

Thanks to everyone who took part in what was a difficult and diverse quiz! The answers have been posted in the Reply section at the bottom of each quiz webpage, and the winners are as follows… The first prize winner

Classic Christmas Quiz – part 3

Seasons greetings, pop pickers. Here’s your chance to win one of a host of bumper classic hi-fi goodies in the last of our three sensational Classic Christmas Quizzes! The first prize winner gets a broken BBC-branded ferric C60 cassette with writing on

Classic Christmas Quiz – part 3

Seasons greetings, pop pickers. Here’s your chance to win one of a host of bumper classic hi-fi goodies in the last of our three sensational Classic Christmas Quizzes! The first prize winner gets a broken BBC-branded ferric C60 cassette with writing on

Classic Christmas Quiz – part 2

Seasons greetings, pop pickers. Here’s your chance to win any one of a host of bumper classic hi-fi goodies in the second of our three sensational Classic Christmas Quizzes! The first prize winner gets a broken BBC-branded ferric C60 cassette with writing

Classic Christmas Quiz – part 2

Seasons greetings, pop pickers. Here’s your chance to win any one of a host of bumper classic hi-fi goodies in the second of our three sensational Classic Christmas Quizzes! The first prize winner gets a broken BBC-branded ferric C60 cassette with writing

Classic Christmas Quiz – part 1

Seasons greetings, pop pickers. Here’s your chance to win any one of a host of bumper classic hi-fi goodies in the first of our three sensational Classic Christmas Quizzes! The first prize winner gets a broken BBC-branded ferric C60 cassette with

Classic Christmas Quiz – part 1

Seasons greetings, pop pickers. Here’s your chance to win any one of a host of bumper classic hi-fi goodies in the first of our three sensational Classic Christmas Quizzes! The first prize winner gets a broken BBC-branded ferric C60 cassette with

Heaven 17

The early eighties were the high watermark for electronic music. A new wave of electronic synthesisers appeared in the late seventies, opening up the floodgates for a generation of bored kids, just as guitar-driven punk rock had a few years

Heaven 17

The early eighties were the high watermark for electronic music. A new wave of electronic synthesisers appeared in the late seventies, opening up the floodgates for a generation of bored kids, just as guitar-driven punk rock had a few years

Mr B, The Gentleman Rhymer

“I was looking for an excuse to become Mr B for ages”, says Mr B. “Some good friends and I had this rule that if we went out drinking in the autumn, we would have to wear suits instead of T-shirts

Mr B, The Gentleman Rhymer

“I was looking for an excuse to become Mr B for ages”, says Mr B. “Some good friends and I had this rule that if we went out drinking in the autumn, we would have to wear suits instead of T-shirts

Professor Elemental

In the luxury of his opulent Brighton office, Professor Elemental is reclining on a sumptuously upholstered Edwardian chaise longue, Pith helmet to one side, cup of tea in hand. “Oh do come in”, he beckons. Within minutes, I am hearing

Professor Elemental

In the luxury of his opulent Brighton office, Professor Elemental is reclining on a sumptuously upholstered Edwardian chaise longue, Pith helmet to one side, cup of tea in hand. “Oh do come in”, he beckons. Within minutes, I am hearing

Spotted: Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

In the fading late October light of a dank, misty car park just a stone’s throw from historic Runnymede, near Windsor – where Magna Carta was signed eight centuries ago – an altogether shadier and less salubrious event is captured for posterity… Here

Spotted: Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

In the fading late October light of a dank, misty car park just a stone’s throw from historic Runnymede, near Windsor – where Magna Carta was signed eight centuries ago – an altogether shadier and less salubrious event is captured for posterity… Here

Hiroshi Kowaki, Eclipse TD

“Most consumer audiophiles don’t know our brand,” says Hiroshi Kowaki, Eclipse TD’s design supremo. And those who do, I would submit, struggle to understand it. Launched in 2001, the Eclipse TD 500-series was way ahead of its time. Lest we

Hiroshi Kowaki, Eclipse TD

“Most consumer audiophiles don’t know our brand,” says Hiroshi Kowaki, Eclipse TD’s design supremo. And those who do, I would submit, struggle to understand it. Launched in 2001, the Eclipse TD 500-series was way ahead of its time. Lest we

Touraj Moghaddam

Touraj Moghaddam is one of hi-fi’s great characters – not just for his affable, charming manner, but for his passion and expertise. As soon as you meet him in person, it’s hard not to be bowled over by his wide-eyed sense

Touraj Moghaddam

Touraj Moghaddam is one of hi-fi’s great characters – not just for his affable, charming manner, but for his passion and expertise. As soon as you meet him in person, it’s hard not to be bowled over by his wide-eyed sense

the Nakamichi story

Compact Cassette, launched back in 1963, is not famous for being a respectable high fidelity music carrier. Thanks to its low (1 7/8 ips) tape speed and tiny track width, it never wowed the world with shimmering sonics, although the

the Nakamichi story

Compact Cassette, launched back in 1963, is not famous for being a respectable high fidelity music carrier. Thanks to its low (1 7/8 ips) tape speed and tiny track width, it never wowed the world with shimmering sonics, although the

IsoTek EVO3 Mosaic Genesis

If mains leads can improve the sonics of a system, then what about the mains itself? When I lived in London, this was a big issue for me and I struggled to get my hi-fi to sound good, trying anything

IsoTek EVO3 Mosaic Genesis

If mains leads can improve the sonics of a system, then what about the mains itself? When I lived in London, this was a big issue for me and I struggled to get my hi-fi to sound good, trying anything

The Electric Recording Company

For every sneaker-wearing, sideburn toting rock fan looking for a promo of The Beta Band’s Dry The Rain, the record collecting scene has a monied middle-aged man with a bulging Paypal account and a desire to buy precious vintage classical music –

The Electric Recording Company

For every sneaker-wearing, sideburn toting rock fan looking for a promo of The Beta Band’s Dry The Rain, the record collecting scene has a monied middle-aged man with a bulging Paypal account and a desire to buy precious vintage classical music –

DAT defies Death Row!

It’s tragic that so many tape recorders are scrapped when there’s something relatively minor wrong with them. Heads can be cleaned – or even relapped – belts replaced and dry solder joints refreshed, restoring them to their former glory, yet few

DAT defies Death Row!

It’s tragic that so many tape recorders are scrapped when there’s something relatively minor wrong with them. Heads can be cleaned – or even relapped – belts replaced and dry solder joints refreshed, restoring them to their former glory, yet few

The Quadraphonic Story

Surprising as it might seem to some, the very first domestic quadraphonic recordings weren’t vinyl-based at all, but open reel – which was seen by many as the only serious music carrier around. A handful of music companies released 4-channel prerecorded reel-to-reel

The Quadraphonic Story

Surprising as it might seem to some, the very first domestic quadraphonic recordings weren’t vinyl-based at all, but open reel – which was seen by many as the only serious music carrier around. A handful of music companies released 4-channel prerecorded reel-to-reel

The Strathearn Story

Many will remember the British Leyland Motor Corporation, the nineteen seventies state owned purveyor of such automotive design masterpieces as the Morris Marina and Austin Allegro. A decade of industrial strife and dreadful quality ensured that BLMC’s dalliance with disaster

The Strathearn Story

Many will remember the British Leyland Motor Corporation, the nineteen seventies state owned purveyor of such automotive design masterpieces as the Morris Marina and Austin Allegro. A decade of industrial strife and dreadful quality ensured that BLMC’s dalliance with disaster