Ken Kessler

Ken Kessler  |  May 25, 2021  |  Published: Feb 01, 1990  |  0 comments
hfnvintageKen Kessler on Bill Beard's new line-level-only integrated valve amplifier

Manufacturers should not be criticised for responding to changing tastes. CD has forever changed the face of hi-fi, so all you're doing when you mourn the passage of the phono stage is increase the value of shares in sackcloth and ashes. Instead, be thankful that the companies in the high-end are intent on making the best line-stage amplifiers they can design. What you use for a phono section can be either your existing, pre-CD preamp or an outboard phono section. With this in mind. Bill Beard has launched an all-valve, line-level-only integrated amplifier, the first product to bear his new company's name.

Ken Kessler  |  Apr 29, 2021  |  0 comments
This month we review: The Butterfield Blues Band, Grateful Dead, The Rolling Stones and Elliot Smith.
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.

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