Ken Kessler

Ken Kessler  |  Apr 24, 2020  |  Published: Apr 24, 1986  |  0 comments
hfnvintageKen Kessler takes delivery of the Audio Research SP-11 preamplifier

The time is early June, and let us imagine that this issue has been on the stands for two weeks. Editorial secretary Jennifer Scotland walks to where I am sitting and dumps a pile of letters on my desk. The angry correspondence has arrived.

Ken Kessler  |  Apr 07, 2020  |  0 comments
This month we review: The J Geils Band, Jeff Beck, Eleanor Mcevoy, and KT Tunstall.
Ken Kessler  |  Apr 07, 2020  |  0 comments
This month, we review: The Doors, Lol Creme/Kevin Godley, Marillion and MFSB.
Ken Kessler  |  Mar 31, 2020  |  Published: Mar 01, 1996  |  0 comments
The loudspeaker firm, famed for its late-1950s amps, makes a late-1990s return to tube electronics with two new integrateds. Ken Kessler listens

When the grapevine alerted the world's tube crazies to the return of Rogers amplification, visions of two-tone faceplates danced before our eyes. A nice Cadet III [HFN May '13], or maybe an HG88 visually unchanged but suitably modernised. The collector in me rejoiced. But the Rogers beancounters felt that an all-new product was a more sensible proposition, which is why the E-20a and E-40a all-valve integrated amps have nothing whatsoever to do with the preceding models. Indeed, they have little to do with Rogers.

Ken Kessler  |  Mar 24, 2020  |  0 comments
This month, we review: The Replacements, Bad Company, The Guess Who and Jethro Tull.
Ken Kessler  |  Mar 24, 2020  |  0 comments
This month we review: The Thelonious Monk Quartet, Jackson Browne, The Runaways, and Whitesnake.
Ken Kessler  |  Feb 21, 2020  |  0 comments
This month we review: Bob Dylan, Holly Cole, Eddy Senay, and The Rolling Stones Rock And Roll Circus.
Ken Kessler  |  Feb 21, 2020  |  0 comments
This month, we review: Elvis Presley, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Thelonious Monk Quartet and Dave Valentin.
Ken Kessler  |  Feb 05, 2020  |  0 comments
Is there an open-reel tape revival, asks Ken Kessler

If, in 1999, you were told that vinyl would enjoy such a massive revival that in 2019 HMV would be opening a flagship store in Birmingham stocking 25,000 records, and that turntables and LPs would appear in mainstream TV ads for watches and life insurance, you'd have laughed in disbelief. But then you would have paused, because both records and turntables were never entirely out of production.

Ken Kessler  |  Jan 31, 2020  |  Published: Jan 01, 1990  |  0 comments
An acoustic ribbon hybrid loudspeaker at a realistic price without the need for a huge amplifier. Too good to be true? Ken Kessler finds out...

Hybrids are supposed to be the best of two or more technologies, and we've seen the approach used for all manner of products. The most feverish of hi-fi's Dr Frankensteins though, have always been devoted to loudspeakers.