The Garden Of Musical Delights (Now & Then) –Kings & Beggars and Steeleye Span

Now: Kings & Beggars – Rosas Das Rosas I discovered Kings & Beggars on my Bandcamp feed and immediately purchased their two prior albums. Hailing from Ukraine, they play gorgeously rendered early European folk music. The recordings are hypnotic, with dazzling harmonies and all instruments being acoustic. Their brand new album, Rosas Das Rosas, is a stunning achievement. The beauty is truly magical, and the haunting Renaissance melodies are bewilderingly addicting. Kings & Beggars Bandcamp Page Now: Steeleye Span – Below The Salt Steeleye Span are among one of the royal circle of classic English folk rockers, a distinguished club …

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A $4,000 USD Recommended System

Fair Hedon’s $4000 Recommended System With Both Analog and Digital Sources. We believe this system can provide long term enjoyment without need for upgrading anytime soon.  The system covers high quality vinyl and digital playback. Sources: Sonore microRendu + iFi iPower-$700 Rega Planar 2 + Schiit Mani-$875 Integrated Amplifier/DAC: Marantz HD AMP1=$1100 Speakers: Magenpan MMGi-$700 Interconnects, Speaker Cable, Power Cords: WireWorld Solstice 7: $64 (IC), $140 (Speaker) WireWorld Stratus 7: $104 USB Cable:  WireWorld UltraViolet: $60  

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Enjoying Music With The Magnepan 1.7i & .7 Speakers

Magenapan Inc. based in the great state of Minnesota, make a unique audiophile speaker that is not shaped like a box, and incorporates a unique design that allows for a seamless presentation that many feel dynamic drivers cannot match. They must be on to something, as they have been in business for five decades. They have models starting under $700, and, with the introduction of the new flagship 30.7, top out at $30,000. Magnepan speakers are very different than those with cone drivers mounted in an enclosure. They use planar-magnetic technology, which you can read all about on the company …

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Fair Hedon Give Away! The Folksinger’s Guitar Guide Volume Two LP

Hello readers: This month were are giving away an original vinyl LP of The Folksinger’s Guitar Guide. Volume Two. It was originally put out by Folkways Records in 1965. This early pressing is in Mint condition, and even looks to have barely, if ever, been played. Included is the very nice original booklet. All you have to do is leave a comment below, with the following: -Your top 5 “Winter” albums- A poster will be chosen totally at random in the first week of January. Good luck to all!  

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The Garden Of Musical Delights (Now & Then) – Kamasi Washington and Cannonball Adderley

Now: Kamasi Washington – Harmony of Difference Kamasi Washington is a  Los Angeles based powerhouse musician who has  been helping to revive avant garde, cosmic/spiritual jazz. He previous album, the sprawling, two and a half hour, aptly titled, The Epic, is a mind blowing melange of jazz, soul, funk, with sprinkles of several other genres that held together by Washington’s sax, and a host of sympathetic arrangements and players. Alice Coltrane and Pharoh Sanders are clear inspirations. His current release, labeled as an EP, Harmony in Difference, should be considered not so much a follow up, but a strong, and …

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An Interview With Mastering Engineer Brian Lucey

Brian Lucey is one of the most in demand mastering engineers working today, bar none. His Magic Garden Mastering studio is based in Los Angeles. Just a quick glance at the featured discography tells you not only does he work on projects from established icons like Lucinda Williams, Marylin Manson, Depeche Mode, The Pretenders and Dr. John, but also with the most relevant artists of today including Royal Blood, The Kills, Arctic Monkeys, Ryan Bingham, Ray Lamontagne, Cage The Elephant, and of course The Black Keys last three records beginning with ‘Brothers’.   Metal band Ghost’s track Cirice and Cage The …

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The Garden Of Musical Delights (Now & Then) –Mark Lanegan and Tim Hardin

Now: Mark Lanegan – Gargoyle Seattle legend Mark Lanegan first career, as lead singer of the overlooked Screaming Trees, would have been enough for most. Their last few studio albums helped define the 90’s alternative sound along with Soundgarden, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Mother Love Bone. Lanegan’s solo career began with a string of outstanding psychedelic folk albums, and then interestingly, he slowly but surely began incorporating electronica, and heavy rhythms, but still maintaining his signature dark, folky feel. Gargoyle, his latest, builds on a string of stunning albums dating back to 2012 that use electronics as a foundation. Blues …

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Q&A With Graham Nalty of Black Rhodium Cables

U.K. based audiophile cable maker Black Rhodium has had numerous positive reviews across the globe, and has been a great resource for those in shopping for high performance cabling at all price points. The cables are designed solid engineering behind them, a bit of trial and error, and, yes, listening.  Black Rhodium now has a dedicated North American importer and distributor in Robert Meeks, proprietor of engulfaudio: HI-FI PUBLIC HOUSE. Lead designer Graham Nalty graciously agreed to answer a few questions: 1)  Can you tell us a bit about your background and how Black Rhodium came to be? My background is electrical engineering …

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An Interview With Experienced Digital and Analog Designer Richard Dudley

1) Can you give us an overview of your background, how it relates to audio reproduction, and where your greatest interest currently lies? I got interested in electronics as a child (I think around 10 years old) when I had a class teacher who had an electronics set in the corner of the room. There was one time a week when we could all choose which of the class ‘toys’ to play with, the electronics set was the one which grabbed me, not sure why. I can remember trying to work out, with a transistor, how the current could ‘decide’ …

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