That big black wheel just keeps on turning… Industry metric stalwart Neilsen (perhaps known best for their television-rating numbers, but also for powering Billboard chart numbers) published their 2017 Year End Music Report for the United States. The report showed that 14.3 million LPs were sold in the U.S. – a nine per cent increase over 2016 – compared to a 19.6 per cent drop in digital album sales, and a 16.5 per cent fall in physical album sales.… Read the full article
This is a monthly series of album reviews I will be doing for DVL Audio here in Canada. I’ll be heading out to a local record store in Vancouver, digging through the bins, and coming up with an intriguing LP to discuss here on Part-Time Audiophile. I’ll never go out with something in mind beforehand, and there is no criteria for whether it’s a new album, an old album, an out-of-print LP, electronic, classical, jazz, punk – whatever – it just has to sound good to me.… Read the full article
By Richard Mak
In the world of high end audio two of the most revered names in the industry are McIntosh and Audio Research. McIntosh, founded in 1949 by Frank McIntosh and Audio Research in 1970 by William (Bill) Johnson, represents two of the oldest U.S manufacturers still in operation. Their coveted and fiercely loyal customer base can only be matched by the loyalty of their employees, many of whom have been with the company for over 30 years.… Read the full article
UK high fidelity manufacturer, and turntable-design legend Rega has just released an update to it’s highly-capable RP6, and following the form of the last couple years with other turntable upgrades in the line, it is transitioning to the Planar 6 moniker.
Having owned an RP6, I can say that it held fast to the sonic qualities Rega turntables have become synonymous with: pace, rhythm, timing. resolution, musicality, and for good measure – affordability.
Audio Note UK levelled it’s latest salvo at the mainstream audio industry during this year’s Salon Audio Montreal by launching Audio Note Music. The first album from the new label is Pure Cello, a 2×45 rpm LP, and CD by noted Canadian cellist Vincent Bélanger. The LP was recorded in a chapel on the grounds of the Pomfret School in Pomfret, Connecticut which is renowned for its acoustics, and signifies the British hardware manufacturer’s intention to continue to go against industry norms.… Read the full article