Ken Kessler

Ken Kessler  |  Apr 29, 2021  |  0 comments
This month, we review: The Doors, Donald Byrd, John Lennon and Frank Sinatra.
Ken Kessler  |  Apr 19, 2021  |  Published: Dec 01, 1999  |  0 comments
hfnvintageKen Kessler hears SME's new and more affordable turntable and arm

Everyone loves surprises. And, hey, who wouldn't be tickled pink at the thought of a new treat from SME? While the antithesis of fertile, SME never fails to issue a new wonder every time Alastair Robertson-Aikman feels the need to stretch his abilities. We are, after all, talking about a company with a design team, a philosophy and machining capabilities second to none in the world of precision engineering for audio purposes; maybe there's a watchmaker or two in Switzerland who could 'worry' SME.

Ken Kessler  |  Mar 29, 2021  |  0 comments
This month we review: Eric Clapton & Friends, Bob Dylan, Whitesnake and Jackie Wilson.
Ken Kessler  |  Mar 29, 2021  |  0 comments
This month, we review: The Replacements, Jimi Hendrix, A Chorus Line, and Headphone Heaven Volume 1.
Ken Kessler  |  Mar 23, 2021  |  Published: Jan 01, 1997  |  0 comments
hfnvintageClassic tubes meet modern tech in the £30,000 Project T-1 monoblocks. Is this Marantz's ultimate amplifier, asks an awestruck Ken Kessler

Contemplating the Project T-1 power amplifiers from Marantz, I realise that nothing in hi-fi should surprise us any more. If, in 1990, someone had told you that, by 1997, the hi-fi community would be clamouring for single-ended triodes and horn systems, that Quad and McIntosh and Marantz would reissue their valve classics, that Mobile Fidelity would open a new LP pressing plant and that Krell and Audio Research would introduce integrated amps, you'd have had that someone committed.

Ken Kessler  |  Mar 03, 2021  |  0 comments
Ken Kessler turns to his pile of permanently on-hand CDs to bring you his pick of the discs that will shine a light on your system's performance

Like asking to choose your favourite food or movie, narrowing down 15,000 CDs and SACDs to a mere 20 is torture. The brief was to cite those I use regularly for reviewing purposes and which can reveal the qualities of a component or system. That said, this is also the stack of CDs which never gets filed with the rest, sitting there ready for action.

Ken Kessler  |  Feb 26, 2021  |  0 comments
This month we review: Charles Mingus, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Lou Reed and Margriet Sjoerdsma.
Ken Kessler  |  Feb 26, 2021  |  0 comments
This month, we review: Joni Mitchell, The Everly Brothers, Nilsson and The O'Jays.
Ken Kessler  |  Jan 29, 2021  |  0 comments
This month we review: T Rex, Fleetwood Mac, Girl In Gold Boots and Leon Thomas.
Ken Kessler  |  Jan 29, 2021  |  0 comments
This month, we review: Fiona Boyes, Victoria Alexandra With Mike Skid Wroe, Buddy Miles Express and Vanilla Fudge.

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