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What makes music magic? It’s all about the timing.

Have you ever wondered why one version of a song send shivers up the spine, while the same song performed identically by somebody else falls flat?

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Carlos Delgado; CC-BY-SA
Woman struggles to find a CD, in room full of tall CD storage racks.

Ding dong, the disc is dead. Why CD shouldn’t live forever.

There’s one audio format that just keeps on going because it doesn’t know it’s dead. It’s time our good old friend the Compact Disc breathed its last.

By Gilad Tiefenbrun
DACs and a tangle of wires

DAC or Network Music Player: Which is best for home audio?

Converting data into an analogue signal is the name of the game for digital music systems. So plugging in a dedicated audiophile DAC can only improve things right? Hold your horses. Here’s why you should be considering a Network Music Player instead.

By Gilad Tiefenbrun
Close-up of microphone

Want room correction for your music system? Drop the mic.

Tech that removes the effects of your room from the sound of your music system is de rigueur at the moment, and rightly so. Avoid environmental influence and you’re on the road to a better experience. But solutions that use a microphone to measure and adjust are far from delivering on what they promise. Here’s why we dropped the mic.

By Gilad Tiefenbrun
Recording studio and MQA logo

MQA is Bad For Music. Here's Why.

A new audio format which allows internet streaming of music at studio quality, seemingly free from copy-protection nasties, and with a clear way for you to know you have bought the real-deal. Seems like the perfect solution, right? Not so fast.

By Jim Collinson
Alisdair Hogarth

Video: Getting Closer to the Music

In the first of a three-part video mini-series, Linn Records pianist Alisdair Hogarth asks: what makes classical music so special?

By Alisdair Hogarth
Rachmaninoff

Video: Classical Underdogs: Rachmaninoff

Award-winning Linn Records pianist, Al Hogarth, tells us the story behind Rachmaninoff’s classical underdog: Liebeslied.

By Alisdair Hogarth
Chopin Portrait

Video: Classical Underdogs: Chopin

Alisdair recounts the story of Chopin’s Minute Waltz before playing a tackling it himself.

By Alisdair Hogarth