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Tuesday, 15th Aug 2017
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Insight

The real bargains.

The Music Room is upmarket and sells expensive Hi-Fi, but survives as the cheapest source of real Hi-Fi. Today’s online economy does not fool the discerning buyer. There is good reason to buy new from franchised dealers apart from the faking and fraud which is now a cancer in our sector. Disappointment goes high, including some “respected” brands who now market components made in the same so-called fake factories.

By Jack Lawson • 14th Aug ’17
Insight

Digital audio file formats demystified.

Digital audio can be recorded and subsequently encoded in a variety of formats and qualities. When you're downloading a file from a download site or streaming from an online subscription service it can be hard to know which file format to choose from the […]

By Douglas Whates • 15th Aug ’17
Insight

Streaming demystified.

To stream is to use a device known as a streamer to access music from online subscription services such as Spotify, Tidal and Apple Music, as well as audio files on any PC/Mac/NAS or other such devices on your home network, and play it back through your […]

By Douglas Whates • 15th Aug ’17
Music Review

Igor Stravinsky / The Rite of Spring – MusicAeterna, Teodor Currentzis

MUSIC:
*****
SOUND:
*****

A bold new interpretation that dares to delve deeper into the music.

Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring is probably the supreme musical masterpiece of the twentieth century. It has received excellent performances in the studio and live concerts issued on vinyl […]

By Jack Lawson • 21st Jun ’17
Feature

Turning the Tables

Truth, says The New York Times, is based on facts. The revival of vinyl has seen soaring sales but mainly of appliances under £100 that might be called record players but they are record grinders.

Every dealer claims to be an enthusiast. Every […]

By Jack Lawson • 26th Apr ’17
Insight

MQA: the lossy codec no end user asked for or needs.

I’m not going to work up to a punchline with this rambling essay. I’ll lay my cards on the table right here in the opening paragraph and reveal that I’m skeptical about MQA, and you should be too.

If you’re wondering what MQA is then you are one of the […]

By Douglas Whates • 25th Apr ’17
Equipment Review

Splitting time: Esoteric G-02X Master Clock takes accuracy to new levels…

Having pioneered digital processing over three decades Esoteric’s 30th anniversary clocks are a technical triumph and a musical revelation. We tested the entry level G-02X – not cheap at £5,500 so what does it do?

Here is a clock that is extremely […]

By Jack Lawson • 12th Apr ’17
Equipment Review

Unison Research Max 1

Unison MAX-1 loudspeakers now on dem. Italian flair, gorgeous cabinets and the golden age sound you thought had gone forever. This could be for you. Read on.

The JBL 4425 studio monitor was launched in 1985. It employed a compression driver, bi-radial […]

By Jack Lawson • 5th Apr ’17
News

Esoteric P-05X/D-05X

On their 20th anniversary Esoteric, world leaders in CD and digital players, released a Super Audio CD Transport and DAC at a relatively accessible price point. What it lacked in overkill components it had in immersive natural sound. In 2007, the P-05 […]

By Jack Lawson • 3rd Apr ’17
News

ABYSS AB-1266 Phi headphone–the best just got better.

In Brief. Shipping dates of Diana ($3,000) and AB-1266 Phi ($4,950) coming soon. As before AB-1266 will be available with or without the leather case and desk stand. Upgrade to Phi drivers direct to the factory expected to cost $1,500 plus one-way […]

By Jack Lawson • 3rd Apr ’17
Equipment Review

ProAc Tablette 10

At first glance it is an ordinary loudspeaker but ProAc has never made anything ordinary. In fact, the tenth “tablette” since 1979 is a breakthrough product and one which answers the needs of our time. To the best of my knowledge it is the first sealed […]

By Jack Lawson • 29th Nov ’16
Equipment Review

Mojo S: An Immersive Experience. A Pinnacle Product.

Are these the best loudspeakers in the world? I am being provocative, always determined to change the world, one review at a time, one reader at a time. The Mojo S cannot be the best loudspeaker in the world. Even at £20k they are a gateway to a range of […]

By Jack Lawson • 10th Nov ’16
Equipment Review

Gryphon Diablo 300: The King is Dead. Long live the King.

Listening to music. It’s a hard job, but someone has to do it. In the past few years years I have trekked through Denmark, France, Italy, and Germany to visit Gryphon, Unison, Zingali, Burmester and others. I take products home. In this way I learn how […]

By Jack Lawson • 28th Oct ’16
Insight

How much for a needle?

Record players are a return to real Hi-Fi in terms of emotionally involving sound and a lifestyle activity, not a peripheral. You focus on music, play throughout rather than surf tracks or relegate music as a background abstraction.

With the welcome […]

By Jack Lawson • 19th Oct ’16
News

The Music Room is back online...

After a few months break The Music Room is back online with a freshly developed website which we hope will cater to all your needs. The content is a little sparse at the moment, but we'll be adding to it over the coming weeks.

Feedback on the new site […]

By The Music Room • 17th Oct ’16
Music Review

Luce Trio: Pieces, Vol. 1

MUSIC:
*****
SOUND:
*****

A profound, understated album which successfully straddles the classical/jazz divide.

On paper this album is a recipe for disaster: a jazz trio of alto sax, electric guitar, and double bass improvising over themes by Baroque and early music heavyweights […]

By Douglas Whates • 17th Oct ’16
Music Review

Faure: Requiem (The Choir of King's College, Cambridge)

MUSIC:
*****
SOUND:
*****

Sublime music, captured in vivid sound.

Arranged here in its original liturgical score and played with the sound of a 19th century French Orchestra (which is very distinctive), this is a feast for the soul as well as for the ears. Vivid recording captured […]

By Jack Lawson • 17th Oct ’16
Equipment Review

Bring out the best in your headphone with Unison Research SH

A few short years ago dedicated headphone amplifiers were few and far between. With the explosion in popularity of high-end headphones all that has changed and we’re now seeing headphone amps from a wide variety of manufacturers, old and new.

When news […]

By Douglas Whates • 17th Oct ’16
News

Hear clearly with Clearaudio

We are delighted to announce that The Music Room is now an authorised Clearaudio dealer. The acclaimed German manufacturer are known for their exceptional turntables and vinyl accessories, and an exhaustive range of cleaning products to keep your shiny […]

By The Music Room • 17th Oct ’16

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