Ken Kessler

Ken Kessler  |  Oct 02, 2020  |  0 comments
Ken Kessler brings you his definitive guide to buying reel-to-reel tapes, new and secondhand

For any format, whether new or revived, it is the availability of pre-recorded music that determines its health. That's why the LP came back like gangbusters, and the otherwise-hugely-impressive Elcaset withered away. When it comes to the growing interest in reel-to-reel tapes, three routes exist for feeding the machines, and each has its adherents, while many users will adopt all three when building up a library.

Ken Kessler  |  Sep 28, 2020  |  0 comments
This month we review: Al Di Meola, Fred Neil, James Taylor and Twisted Sister.
Ken Kessler  |  Sep 28, 2020  |  0 comments
This month, we review: T Rex, The Box Tops, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes and The Monkees.
Ken Kessler  |  Sep 18, 2020  |  Published: May 01, 1985  |  0 comments
hfnvintageKen Kessler goes Class A in a small way with the Marantz PM-4

Phone calls from company spokespersons such as Marantz's Steve Harris, are generally one of two types. Either 'Would you like to review our new Model XYZ whatever?' or 'Where the hell is our Model XYZ whatever, which you've had for nine months?' Such phone calls are never about reviewing components that are out of production.

Ken Kessler  |  Aug 28, 2020  |  0 comments
This month we review: Dire Straits, The Beatles, The Dave Clark Five and Clear Light.
Ken Kessler  |  Aug 28, 2020  |  0 comments
This month, we review: James Taylor, Kristin Bolstad With Stemmeklang, Cream and Jimi Hendrix.
Ken Kessler  |  Jul 31, 2020  |  0 comments
This month we review: The Band, Quentin Collins All-Star Quintet, The Grateful Dead and The Rockin' Ramrods.
Ken Kessler  |  Jul 30, 2020  |  0 comments
This month, we review: The Flying Burrito Brothers, Blood Sweat & Tears, Marillion and Elvis Presley.
Ken Kessler  |  Jul 17, 2020  |  Published: Jan 01, 1984  |  0 comments
hfnvintageOrtofon's SPU cartridge has reappeared. Ken Kessler gives it a whirl

Paranoia is not a condition to which I subscribed prior to entering the brotherhood of audio writers. Ignorant of my near-leper status, it came as something of a shock to find myself the only valve-loving, moving-magnet cartridge supporter in the immediate vicinity. Thankfully, editor John Atkinson tends to offer advice and make suggestions, rather than threaten my physical well-being for failing to embrace the solid-state, and so decided that a review of a moving-coil cartridge would be a subtle way of sowing the seeds for my conversion. And he knows my weaknesses well: anachrophilia.

Ken Kessler  |  Jun 29, 2020  |  0 comments
This month we review: 7Ray With Triple Ace, Can, Iron Butterfly and Rolling Stones.