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MoFi UltraDeck +M turntable package

MoFi UltraDeck +M turntable package

MoFi or Mobile Fidelity as they started out have a long history of making audiophile quality pressings of popular albums. They were surfing the crest of the vinyl wave back in the late seventies and continue to do so today. A few years ago some bright spark at MoFi’s Chicago HQ must have noticed that the turntable market had been growing along with the revival of the black discs they played, and so suggested that the company take advantage of its transcription expertise and build a turntable. Acting on this epiphany they started an electronics division and with a bit ...

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Technics SL-G700 SACD player/network streamer

Technics SL-G700 SACD player/network streamer

The ‘G’ in the name of the Technics SL-G700 SACD player/network streamer stands for ‘Grand Class’. From many other manufacturers in the audio world, this categorisation might seem like hyperbole, but given the build quality of this Technics, it is quite fitting. It’s hard not to be impressed at the fit, finish and execution of this Technics player: you would have to pay a lot more to get an equivalent grade of build quality and feature set from one of the many ‘boutique’ brands in this business. Whether this stonking build is backed up with a sound quality to match ...

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Acoustic Solid Wood Round MPX turntable

Acoustic Solid Wood Round MPX turntable

A visit to the High-End show in Munich, Germany feels like being assaulted by the sheer range and variety of turntables. What’s more, between German brands in particular, there’s lots of competition to produce the biggest, shiniest turntable of the show. One of those competitors is Acoustic Solid which has recently been made available in the UK by Elite Audio who submitted the Solid Wood Round MPX for our consideration. While the Solid Wood Round MPX is a large and shiny turntable in its own right, by the standards of Acoustic Solid’s catalogue, it’s restrained. The company has two ranges, ...

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Bowers & Wilkins Formation Duo active stand-mount loudspeakers

Bowers & Wilkins Formation Duo active stand-mount loudspeakers

It’s been almost three years now since the Munich High End Show when the audio world discovered that Bowers & Wilkins had changed hands. Long-time owner Joe Atkins had sold to a Californian entrepreneur with a much more forward-thinking outlook. Of course, the nay-sayers sprang into life, although it can’t have been an easy time for them when the company expanded its R&D team and moved to a new facility last year. This wasn’t the plan; what happened to “Bowers & Wilkins will be a footnote in audio, and making Internet radios within a year”? I guess the torches and ...

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FinkTeam Borg floorstanding loudspeaker

FinkTeam Borg floorstanding loudspeaker

There are two types of loudspeaker designer: those that come up with a loudspeaker design and create a whole company around it, and those who take a more ‘hired gun’ approach. Often, the skill set of the founder limits the scale of the operation – not many can design an excellent loudspeaker, market it, sell it, and run a company simultaneously – so the canny ones employ a managing director to run the business side. The ‘hired gun’ speaker designer is usually employed by different brands over a career span or works as a consultant to different brands; the latter ...

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The Ear website

I have nearly finished The Ear website so all new postings are going on there, the latest are music reviews of the following albums went up today. Please check it out and tell every one to do the same. Thanks, Jason



Original Resource is The Ear http://the-ear-net.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-ear-website.html

The Beatles’ Deep Cuts

Sean McGee, Colin Murray, Phil Alexander, John Harris, Tom Robinson, Kevin Howlett, Robyn Hitchcock, Ian McNabb

The release of the Beatles back catalogue on vinyl prompted MOJO magazine to find out which of the fab four’s ‘deep cuts’ its readers liked the best. Last night the editor Phil Alexander alongside music biz and Beatles luminaries gathered in studio 2 at Abbey Road, the place where many of the band’s songs were recorded, and discussed the results. Assembled for the occasion were journalist John Harris, 6Music DJ and one time pop star Tom Robinson, Beatleographer Kevin Howlett, musician Robyn Hitchcock and one time Icicle Works frontman Ian McNabb. The event was compered by TV presenter Colin Murray and the new vinyl was spun by the man who mastered it, Sean McGee on a Rega RP6 turntable with a Dynavector P75 Mk3 phono stage. Amplification was Classé and speakers Bowers & Wilkins Diamond 800s, a system that worked extremely well in the cavernous space that is studio 2.

Ian McNabb
The idea was to reveal great Beatles tracks that don’t get the exposure they deserve so anything from the red or blue albums was out. Given this restriction the panellists nominated their favourite lesser known tunes, Phil Alexander who, controversially, “grew up in a Stones house” chose It’s All Too Much while John Harris went for Getting Better from Sgt. Pepper’s. Tom Robinson and Kevin Howlett went for numbers from the early sixties, Robinson plumping for There’s A Place from the Twist and Shout EP and Howlett went for All I’ve Got To Do for the way it assimilated R’n’B and was apparently “Lennon trying to do the Miracles”. Robyn Hitchcock and Ian McNabb both homed in on the mid sixties period that has proved so influential, Hitchcock selecting Ticket to Ride and McNabb choosing Rain. He said that much of its appeal lay in the sound which resulted from the use of ATOC (automatic transient overload control), a variation on the theme of compression created by the engineers at Abbey Road. McNabb even went so far as to sing Rain including the backwards section at the end, a definite crowd pleaser that.

Not many of these tunes actually made the cut as voted for by MOJO readers however, they went for:

1.    Tomorrow Never Knows
2.    Hey Bulldog
3.    Rain
4.    Happiness is a Warm Gun
5.    And Your Bird Can Sing
6.    For No One
7.    Dear Prudence
8.    It's All Too Much
9.    Long Long Long
10.  I’m Only Sleeping
11.  You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)
12.  Helter Skelter
13.   I Want You (She’s So Heavy)
14.   She Said She Said

A list which is dominated by Lennon songs with Macca and Harrison only getting two apiece, but this essentially indicates that McCartney wrote the hits which were not eligible for this vote. There was plenty of dissent from the panel about this selection not least because it doesn’t contain anything from the first half of the band’s catalogue nor Sgt. Pepper’s for that matter.

Robyn Hitchcock

After Hitchcock had sung Yes It Is a list of glaring omissions was drawn up containing the following numbers in no particular order:

I’m Down
Within You Without You
Yes It Is
All I’ve Gotta Do
What You’re Doing
No Reply
It Won’t Be Long
You’re Going To Lose That Girl
Things She Said Today

Several songs inspiring the musicians on the panel to give us a few bars which was fun, I can’t imagine Tom Robinson does much of that anymore.
The vinyl sounded pretty good but I’m waiting for next years mono pressings before I invest, if they are as good as the mono CDs we’re in for a treat.

Studio 2, Abbey Road


Original Resource is The Ear http://the-ear-net.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-beatles-deep-cuts.html