Memory


  • The Wall at the Wall: Roger Waters’ Historic Berlin Concert

    Before the Berlin Wall fell, it wasn’t just a physical barrier; it was a scar running through the heart of a divided city. For nearly three decades, it symbolized the ideological conflict between East and West, splitting families and friends, and casting a shadow over Berlin. Potsdamer Platz, the concert’s location, held heavy symbolism from…

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  • Guitar Flames and Fame: Jimi Hendrix’s Explosive Monterey Debut

    On June 18, 1967, the Monterey Pop Festival bore witness to a performance that would become legendary in the annals of rock history. Jimi Hendrix, a relatively unknown guitarist at the time, took the stage and delivered a performance that catapulted him into superstardom and forever changed the landscape of rock music. This electrifying set,…

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  • SIVGA P2 PRO Review: High-End Sound Without the High-End Price Tag?

    The SIVGA P2 PRO boasts several features that set it apart from the competition. Its most notable feature is SIVGA’s new sapphire vibration circuit, a so-called first in the industry designed to enhance audio performance.

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  • “No, I have the best system in the world!”: Great Sound From Down Under (No, Not Hell)

    “It’s holographic. I close my eyes and can feel the sound of my system around me, like there’s a soft breeze running through everything. That is the ultimate.”

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  • How a $1 Million System Changed Me

    I’ve listened to many audio setups over the years but I only recently heard a “cost-no-object” system. It happened in the Focal-Naim showroom at Montreal Audiofest 2024. Its cost? Close to $1 million dollars if you include cables and acoustic treatment. My verdict? Mind-blowingly good, and I’m not someone who would naturally equate higher price…

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  • Disco and Debauchery: A Night at Studio 54

    Studio 54 flung open its glamorous doors on April 26, 1977, and with its opening, it instantly cemented itself as the crown jewel of Manhattan’s nightlife. This wasn’t just a club; it was a nocturnal kingdom where the elites of Hollywood, fashion, art, and music came to play. The stories of its decadence, celebrities, and…

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  • High Fidelity or High Fantasy? 6 of the Snakiest Oils in Audio

    The HiFi world is notorious as an industry rife with superstitions, outlandish claims, and broken promises. It’s a realm where the pursuit of pristine sound often collides with the allure of pseudoscience and the mystical. In this article, we dive into some of the most eyebrow-raising products on the market—from quantum stickers that claim to…

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  • John & Paul’s Last Photos Together

    In March 1974, amidst the backdrop of a Santa Monica beach house with a storied past, a fleeting reunion between John Lennon and Paul McCartney was captured in photographs that spoke volumes about their complex friendship. These images, snapped by May Pang during what was infamously known as Lennon’s “Lost Weekend,” offered rare glimpses of…

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  • A Piano, A Microphone, and Prince: The Intimate Finale of a Music Icon

    On a balmy evening on April 14, 2016, at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre, an iconic musician approached the piano in what would become his final public performance. Prince, renowned for his electrifying full-band concerts, chose this time to captivate his audience with a stark, powerful setting of just “Piano & A Microphone.” This tour stripped his…

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  • The Day The Beatles Decided to Let It Be on a London Rooftop

    On a chilly afternoon in London, January 30, 1969, the air in Savile Row was sharper than usual, the kind that bites at your cheeks and makes your breath visible. Little did anyone know, history was about to be serenaded by the unexpected. It was on this day, atop the Apple Records building, that The…

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  • Can Cables and Ancillary Equipment Improve Digital Sound?

    “I’ve downloaded digital files from Qobuz and HD Tracks that were compressed by as much as 80%!”

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  • Sivga Luan Open-Backed Headphones Reviewed

    “Beautifully built and generously accessorised out of the box, you get a heck of a lot for your money.”

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  • The Hifi Podcast with Darren and Duncan episodes 46-50

    Episode 46 It begins with a flip of a switch, and often on the first power-up of a new component. What’s supposed to be one of the most fun parts of the experience descends quickly into horror when the dreaded HUMM comes through the speakers. Most of us have heard this horrible noise before, but…

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  • The Hifi Podcast with Darren and Duncan episodes 31-35

    Episode 31 It’s a specification you see a lot when shopping for preamplifiers and amplifiers for a high end audio system: input and output impedance, expressed in the ohms. Watts are much more easy to understand relating to eventual experience, as well as frequency response bandwidth. But impedance If you’ve ever wondered what sonic effect…

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  • The Hifi Podcast with Darren and Duncan episodes 21-25

    Episode 21 You’re moving to a new house, and the dreaded system setup is on the horizon. You bought a new piece of gear that’s supposed to wipe the floor with what you’ve currently got, but right out of the box, the opposite seems to be the case. Moving speakers inch by inch for hours…

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