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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
Looking through my archive of old magazine features to find something that illustrates a particular writing style, I happened upon a review of the original iPod that I wrote for a hi-fi magazine in the early 2000s. In the context of the technical and commercial developments that have come to pass since, and where we […]
My last blog post described a visit to KEF, however, I took a few more photographs on the day than I was able to include in the post, so I thought I’d put that right with a follow-up post majoring on, in no particular order, a few of the unused pictures. Click on each one […]
I’ve been involved in the UK speaker industry since the early 1980s and have visited more than my fair share of speaker companies and factories, but remarkably, until late December 2017, I’d never visited KEF.
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 […]
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 […]