Covers That Just Shouldn’t Be..

A short muso post here. I’ve been listening to a particular couple of favourite Spotify tracks a bit recently: Kurt Elling’s cover of the Adrian Belew period King Crimson song, ‘Matte Kudasai’: (https://open.spotify.com/track/3eYxUakS4FvegXg8qUo8ro) and The Unthanks’ cover of another King Crimson track, ‘Starless’: (https://open.spotify.com/track/1SExxCS4BSeElY6bEZeADb). So I found myself thinking about other unlikely, cross-genre covers and remembered, for a […]

Monitoring On The Cheap: Part 1

In the nearfield monitor reviews I write for Sound On Sound I sometimes find myself explaining that the monitors in question are frighteningly expensive and for the majority of readers will probably remain, “an aspiration rather than a realistic option”, or some other comfortable phrase intended to soften the sad news that most of us […]

Audio Icons Update

File under naked self promotion. My Audio Icons hi-fi print website has had a couple of updates. Firstly, and as I mentioned in a blog post a little while ago (this one), I’ve been working on an illustration of the Naim NBL, a speaker I conceived and designed while at Naim in the late 1990s. Of […]

Hi-Fi Speakers or Professional Monitors?

There’s a question that comes up regularly in music recording magazines and on pro-audio forums, usually asked by less experienced musicians or recording engineers. It goes, “can I use hi-fi speakers for monitoring?” Sometimes it takes a different form; “what’s the difference between a hi-fi speaker and a professional monitor?”, but that question is really a […]

Getting The (Fuzz) Measure

I’ve been measuring speaker performance ever since I washed-up at Mordant-Short in the early 1980s as a raw design graduate. One of the first things I learned was how to use a set of classic Brüel & Kjær acoustic measurement equipment comprising a measuring microphone, a combined oscillator/preamp/analyser (one of these) and a paper chart recorder (like this). Once warmed-up, the […]

Too Much Choice

Those who know me will be aware of my allegedly unhealthy interest in bass guitars. It is unarguable however that you can never have too many bass guitars, and actually, compared to some folk, my collection (currently five) is decidedly modest. The latest bass guitar acquisition is one that falls into the ‘self assembly’ category, […]

Have We Forgotten The Enclosure?

In the last line of my LS3/5A blog post I wondered how far we’ve really come in the last four decades or so of electro-acoustic engineering. The question prompted a comment from one well known speaker engineer that we’ve come a long way in terms of driver design, particularly in diaphragm materials and magnet systems […]