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    Qobuz x Electronica for Audiophiles

    French streaming service Qobuz will soon launch in the USA. On sound quality, their standard tier is similar to Apple Music or Spotify: lossy compressed that’s called lossy for a reason. Of greater interest/import to those who care for greater audio nourishment is Qobuz’s Hifi tiers that offers CD-quality streaming – […]

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    Electronica for audiophiles (Part 8 – Ignoreland)

    Electronic music doesn’t enjoy a great deal of playtime in audiophile circles. Why? Maybe it’s snobbery? Maybe it’s a lack of exposure. Maybe it’s preconceptions of mindlessness? That so-called mindlessness is a feature, not a bug. Fresh converts might be made if only the properly curious were pointed in the direction […]

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    Electronica for audiophiles (Part 7)

    Over a pork knuckle in January, I enthused to a friend about DJ Hell’s collaborative work with P. Diddy (“The DJ”) and Bryan Ferry (“U Can Dance”) – two standout tracks from the veteran German producer’s 2009 album, Teufelswerk. English translation: Devil’s work. Eight years on, the remainder of that […]

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    Electronica for audiophiles – Bandcamp Edition

    The reasons to dig Bandcamp are numerous – here are five for starters: 1. Bandcamp is a platform that enables artists to sell their music to fans directly. The company takes 15% on digital sales (which drops to 10% once total artist revenue hits US$5000) and 10% on merchandise. That’s a long […]

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    Electronica for audiophiles: 303 edition

    Pop quiz. What connects the Red Hot Chilli Peppers to Scotland’s ‘80s indie popsters Orange Juice to German techno outfit Hardfloor? A clue lies with today’s date, March 3rd. 3.03. A reminder of the Roland Corporation’s TB-303. Released in 1982, the ‘303’ was a hardback-book-sized box aimed at musicians unable to afford or find […]

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    Electronica for audiophiles (Part 4)

    I have a sneaking suspicion that lossless audio downloads are slowly but surely becoming less expensive. Around $10-15 per album now seems to be the norm with the likes of Boomkat and Bleep now on par with the artist-direct content sold via Bandcamp. Got a great two-channel system or killer […]

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    Electronica for audiophiles (Part 3)

    The trouble with websites peddling free electronic music is you have to wade through a lot of chaff to get to the wheat. I have an aversion to anything that brushes up against new-age (you can keep your crystals and dolphins) and 145 bpm psy-trance (oonce-oonce-oonce) dumbness.  Best to stick […]

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    Electronica for audiophiles (Part 2)

    I don’t think that Diana Krall or Melody Gardot are necessarily bad. Not strictly my cuppa tea, they sound pleasant enough. Perhaps all that Pleasantville is a turn-off in itself? All that candy-sweet-talking rots teeth. No, the problem with such artists is that they hold an almost irreversible sway in […]

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    Electronica for audiophiles (Part 1)

    Electronica for audiophiles.  Electronica that’s been immaculately pieced together and mastered to perfection.  There’s not as much of it knocking about as you might think. Anyone can rattle off artist after classic artist from the last thirty or so years, but too much choice isn’t helpful to the newcomer – it’s […]

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    Automat for the people: Pro-Ject’s A1 turntable

    At the end of 2021, Austria’s Pro-Ject Audio Systems announced a partnership with one Andreas Laux, the new owner of the Fehrenbacher GmbH turntable factory in Germany. Laux acquired the Schwarzwald-located facility in 2018. Those with even longer memories will recall that the Fehrenbacher factory made turntables for Dual before production […]

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