“Too cool for school”: The Absolute Sound reviews the Metaxas Tourbillon T-RX tape deck

“In the world of high-end audio, there is nothing as intricately or as spellbindingly crafted as a reel-to-reel tape deck,” says US audio magazine The Absolute Sound (TAS) in a recent blog. I couldn’t agree more. And, “when fed a spool of pre-recorded tape [it] comes closer to recreating “the absolute sound” than any other … More “Too cool for school”: The Absolute Sound reviews the Metaxas Tourbillon T-RX tape deck

Neville Roberts on Bert Kaempfert’s ‘Bye Bye Blues’ from Horch House

The Austrian-based Horch House has a well-earned reputation for producing very high quality copy-master tapes directly from legendary analogue recordings. These recordings include classical works, jazz, blues and easy listening. Following meetings between Horch’s Volker Lange and Doris Kaempfert, the daughter of the well-known jazz and easy listening orchestra leader and composer Bert Kaempfert, Horch … More Neville Roberts on Bert Kaempfert’s ‘Bye Bye Blues’ from Horch House

An “incredible” new tape with a difference: Chasing The Dragon allows listeners to compare recording techniques of Mendelssohn’s Octet

by Neville Roberts A new tape with a difference from the British audiophile recording company Chasing The Dragon! Mike Valentine, the brains behind the Chasing The Dragon audiophile recording label, is frequently asked about the best way to record music and the differences between various recording techniques. Of course, he has his own definite views … More An “incredible” new tape with a difference: Chasing The Dragon allows listeners to compare recording techniques of Mendelssohn’s Octet

“I’m sorting that for Paul McCartney”: Ken Kessler remembers Tim de Paravicini as a “true god of open-reel tape”

Part 1: Time after Tim – The Hi-Fi Years by Ken Kessler It’s still sinking in: I can’t quite fathom the world of hi-fi without Tim de Paravicini. It’s not just the massive contribution he made over a half-century. For many of us, it’s personal, as Tim was a mentor to many. Indeed, I turned … More “I’m sorting that for Paul McCartney”: Ken Kessler remembers Tim de Paravicini as a “true god of open-reel tape”

Talking tape: a new series in which I do my rambling on video… on Norah Jones’ Come Away With Me from Analogue Productions

Over the past few years I’ve posted a handful of reviews and chats about various audiophile vinyl albums on my YouTube channel. I kept meaning to do the same for tape but each time I did a listening session, my notes would end up turning into a written review which I’d post in the usual … More Talking tape: a new series in which I do my rambling on video… on Norah Jones’ Come Away With Me from Analogue Productions

New from International Phonograph Inc: Jimmy Smith Trio live in 1964

Stop press! I was just finishing off my review of International Phonograph Inc (IPI)’s  Ravi Shankar Live in Luxembourg when an email from IPI landed in my inbox with an irresistible offer… a rare tape of great musicians that few will ever hear, and at a very reasonable price. Here are the details. Jimmy Smith … More New from International Phonograph Inc: Jimmy Smith Trio live in 1964

Hidden gems: Ravi Shankar Live in In Luxembourg from International Phonograph Inc

It’s been a real joy to watch the market for, and the availability of, music on tape expanding in recent years. The drivers of this expansion, as already discussed at length elsewhere on this blog, tend to fall into two main camps. First, there are the labels who are acquiring licences to issue master copies … More Hidden gems: Ravi Shankar Live in In Luxembourg from International Phonograph Inc

New from Analogue Productions: John Coltrane’s ‘Love Supreme’ and ‘Ballads’ on tape

You may be way ahead of me here, but I just made a very cool discovery – purely by accident while watching a couple of YouTube videos! The first one was the livestream event hosted by Analog Planet below, in which Michael Fremer and Mike Esposito duke it out on the subject of vinyl, specifically lacquer longevity. … More New from Analogue Productions: John Coltrane’s ‘Love Supreme’ and ‘Ballads’ on tape

Another tape vs. vinyl experiment: in which I enlist the ears of a friend to see if she’s as bowled over as I am by The Band’s ‘Stage Fright’ from The Tape Project

You might be wondering why there hasn’t been a review of anything from The Tape Project here so far, given that they were arguably the first label to start issuing classic albums on tape and should probably be credited with playing a key role in the R2R revival. Well, it’s not for want of being … More Another tape vs. vinyl experiment: in which I enlist the ears of a friend to see if she’s as bowled over as I am by The Band’s ‘Stage Fright’ from The Tape Project

Analog Audio Design now taking orders for new TP-1000 tape deck

Back in the summer we got wind of another brand new tape deck on the way, from French company Analog Audio Design. In an earlier blog in August I promised to find out more and report back. So, here we go… a Q&A with founder and designer Christophe Martinez, perfectly timed to coincide with the … More Analog Audio Design now taking orders for new TP-1000 tape deck