How To

14 Feb 2017
The biggest thing you can do to improve the sound of a music system is to make changes to the room. The sound produced by a pair of speakers bounces off the walls, floor and ceiling and the nature of those structures has a...
22 Dec 2016
It’s a nuisance that cables make so much difference and I can understand why some flatly refuse to accept that they do, it must make life a bit simpler. However, all it takes is a quick comparison in a reasonably revealing...
13 Dec 2016
Contrary to the view that some people get, reviewing audio equipment is a ‘pastime’ that is fraught with dangers. For a start, the primary measuring ‘implement’ is a very personal, and individually flawed pair of ears....
17 Nov 2016
A car’s suspension has a number of functions but one of them is to isolate the driver from bumps and irregularities in the road surface, to do this a suspension system consists of a spring and a damper (or shock absorber)....
3 Nov 2016
Computer Audio Design is a small London based company with a quest to get the best possible sound out of digital audio. Designer Scott Berry is a hair shirt sporting purist, a state of affairs made explicit by his 1543 MkII...
8 Jul 2016
After the success of our last direct cut album featuring the Syd Lawrence orchestra, I had a problem. What should I record next? Chasing the Dragon is a small record label and we are completely self-funded. Therefore, we...
23 Jun 2016
Lady Gaga, the Rolling Stones, Amy Winehouse, will.i.am, Rihanna, The Verve, Mark Ronson, Maroon 5, The Cure, Justin Bieber and Lana Del Rey are just some of the high profile artists who have recorded or been mastered at...
17 Jun 2016
ATC started out making drive units when Billy Woodman founded the company in the mid seventies yet it was only recently that they branched out into tweeters. So when Ben Lilly came to my lair in order to replace the tweeters...
24 May 2016
The latest and penultimate model in the Wilson Audio range is a substantial beast that weighs in at over 100 kilos and stands over one and a half metres high. But it fitted into the dem room at KJ West One both physically...
9 Dec 2015
Something radical has been happening in West Sussex, the Bowers & Wilkins research labs in Steyning has taken the Kevlar drivers out of the company’s range topping 800 series loudspeakers. The yellow Kevlar cones are...
19 Nov 2015
We talk to Rob Watts about the digital engineering behind Chord Electronics remarkable Mojo portable DAC. Rob explains just what ‘taps’ are and why they matter, and there’s a lot more to it than digital audio technology....
15 Sep 2015
Pete Thomas’ house by the sea, his pied a mer, recently featured in the Sunday Times Homes supplement, it was selected for the quality of its restoration, but that’s not what drew me to the seaside earlier in the summer. One...

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