Canon Audio (Part 1)

I’ve had quite a few people over the years ask me about the history of Canon Audio, the short-lived specialist speaker off-shoot of the giant Japanese camera and printer company. So I decided that, rather than repeatedly answering similar questions, I’d write a few blog posts recounting the story. I worked at Canon Audio in […]

No ordinary little speaker…

I’ve been loaned an interesting and inexpensive pair of small passive hi-fi speakers recently and I’ve spent some time using them in the context of both casual listening and for more music production oriented monitoring. They’re worth I think a few paragraphs of description and analysis. The speaker in question is the Q-Acoustics Concept 20. […]

Keep On Running

My ‘Running-In – Please Pass‘ post (that became a Sound On Sound magazine feature ) generated a degree of feedback and it prompted me to track down a much longer feature on the same subject that I wrote for Hi-Fi Plus magazine back in 2003. For the feature, I, and electro-acoustic measurement specialist Phil Knight, borrowed […]

Nearfield Neumann

The Neumann KH310A active nearfield monitor has long been a favourite among the editorial staff and my co-contributors at Sound On Sound magazine. It’s well respected in the wider pro-audio world too. However, although I’ve experienced the KH310A away from home on a couple of occasions, I’ve never had the opportunity to use a pair […]

Running-In – Please Pass

Following a recent Sound On Sound nearfield monitor review, of a product, it’s true to say, I didn’t find entirely convincing, I was criticised by a contributor on a pro audio forum who felt that my opinion of the monitor was probably skewed by my being, “too lazy to run them in properly”. Now, as a writer of reviews it would be somewhat rich of me to get upset by somebody expressing an opinion, but I can’t deny I bristled a little.

Ports and boxes.

My review of the OS Acoustics DB7 in the April issue of Sound On Sound included a section describing a low frequency analysis I carried out on the monitor. Well, not exactly on the monitor but on a similar SEAS bass/mid driver mounted in an enclosure of similar internal volume. The idea was to illustrate […]

An Exchange

Along with maestro drummer Andy Fraser, I was part of multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter Theresa Elflein’s band, Mouth, until spring 2017 when Theresa relocated back to her native Germany. Not long before Theresa left however, the band spent a productive couple of evening sessions in the studios at Sussex University recording three favourites of the […]