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Quadraspire's QAVM AV Rack Review

Posted on 03/23/2014 12:46:17 PM

Quadraspires QAVM AV Rack £660   Placing your Hi-Fi on different materials can make a small but subtle difference to the way music comes across. I recently sold my trusty Atacama Equinox Hi-Fi rack and decided to buy the Quadraspire QAVM AV rack. Read on to see the effect wood has compared ...

Pro-Ject's Debut Carbon Turntable Review

Posted on 03/23/2014 12:39:42 PM

Pro-Ject Debut Carbon £299   Pro-Ject's Debut Carbon Turntable   Welcome to my first foray into the world of vinyl. For some enthusiasts a turntable is the format of choice, I've always listened to music through a CD player and was eager to see what I've been missing. Read on to ...

Marantz's PM6004 Stereo Amplifier

Posted on 03/23/2014 12:36:31 PM

Marantz's PM6004 £329   Marantz's PM6004 Stereo Amplifier   Last month I reviewed Yamaha's delightful A-S500. Marantz's PM6004 amplifier is smaller and sleeker than the A-S500, and only pumps out 45watts. Could this amp be a good alternative? Read on to find out more...   Out ...

Yamaha's A-S500 Stereo Amplifier

Posted on 03/23/2014 12:27:46 PM

Yamaha's A-S500 £339   Yamaha's A-S500 stereo amplifier Looking for a new amplifier? Yamaha make sensational AV receivers, but they also make great 2 channel stereo amplifiers, as well. Read on to find out more... Out of box impressions At first glance, there seems to be a lot going on at ...

Tannoy Revolution DC4 Review

Posted on 03/23/2014 12:23:45 PM

Tannoy Revolution DC4 £349.00   Tannoy Revolution DC4   When my latest arrival turned up, I couldn't quite believe there would be a pair of speakers hiding inside. Tannoy's super small speakers look unimposing, do they have what it takes to rival the Q Acoustic ...

Mallets for Lead Steel Pans

Posted on 02/14/2014 01:40:02 AM

Each instrument in the steel pan family utilizes a different playing mallet.   Since the different steel drum instruments encompass a wide tonal range, it is necessary to have different materials,  thicknesses and weights to bring out the best sound for each of the steel pans.  A mallet ...

CD Review : Damon Fowler - Sounds of Home

Posted on 02/08/2014 03:36:28 PM

Blind Pig Records, 2013 By Phillip Smith; February 8, 2014 Damon Fowler’s latest solo album, Sounds of Home is a grab-bag of Americana at its best.  Soon after finishing the tour with the band, Southern Hospitality, which released one of my favorite albums last year, Easy Livin’, ...

CD Review : Paul Thorn - “What the Hell is Goin On?”

Posted on 01/29/2014 07:48:53 PM

By Phillip Smith What the Hell is Goin On? indeed!  This twelve song follow up album to his 2010 release, Pimps and Preachers, is composed entirely of cover songs.  This is not your typical cover album though, as they are mostly all rather deep cuts.  I have to admit though, while tapping ...

CD Review : Big James and the Chicago Playboys The Big Payback

Posted on 01/18/2014 08:04:57 PM

By Phillip Smith The Big Payback,  recorded live at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Club at the Le Meridien Hotel in Paris France, is spirited and electric.  The jazz club experience is definitely captured well on this album.  With Big James pounding out the vocals, and guitarist Mike "Money" ...

CD Review : Tommy Castro and the Painkillers - The Devil You Know

Posted on 01/18/2014 08:01:16 PM

Returning to the studio with a new band, The Painkillers, along with a bus load full of special guests which includes Marcia Ball, Tab Benoit, Joe Bonamassa, Samantha Fish, Mark Karan, Magic Dick, Tasha Taylor, and the Holmes Brothers, Tommy Castro has recorded one smoking hot Blues album, The Devil ...

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