Neville Roberts reviews RX Reels’ carbon fibre tape reels

When I was first asked to review a 10½ inch NAB spool that offered to combine high performance with good looks, I was a little sceptical.  Yes, I can imagine that a well-designed spool can improve the look of a tape deck, but I couldn’t see how it could improve performance.  However, I like to … More Neville Roberts reviews RX Reels’ carbon fibre tape reels

Another tape label to add to the listings: Smart Audio Recording Lab

It’s always a treat to discover a new (to me) recording label that’s issuing music on open reel tape, so I was pleased to hear from Mikhail Mamonov, the founder of Smart Audio Recording Lab. Based in Kirov city, Russia, Smart Audio is a custom-designed recording studio that also operates as a tape label, releasing its … More Another tape label to add to the listings: Smart Audio Recording Lab

Scientists unwind the mysteries of ‘sticky shed syndrome’ and why baking damaged tapes renders them playable again

One of the most commonly reported effects of pandemic lockdown is a day-to-day struggle with maintaining focused attention. And so, when researching some piece of hi-fi news, I sometimes finding myself meandering around the internet hopping from one link to the next like Alice bouncing down the rabbit hole to Wonderland. Sometimes the net result … More Scientists unwind the mysteries of ‘sticky shed syndrome’ and why baking damaged tapes renders them playable again

New carbon fibre tape reels from RX Reels combine high performance with good looks

Produced using upcycled aviation grade carbon fibre for superior strength, durability and weight, RX Reels’ new tape reels won’t warp or bend – and they make your tape deck look about as good as it sounds. Kevin Root started saving for his first reel-to-reel tape player at age 13, but in fact it was another … More New carbon fibre tape reels from RX Reels combine high performance with good looks

R2R is ‘most wanted’ format for a comeback: Hi-Fi Choice

Which audio format would you most like to see making a comeback, enjoying success again? This was the question Hi-Fi Choice magazine recently put to its readers, and the results are…. R2R comes out on top! 38% of Hi-Fi Choice readers picked R2R as their preferred format  for a comeback. Gotta be happy with that! … More R2R is ‘most wanted’ format for a comeback: Hi-Fi Choice

New recording on master tape from Tone Pearls

Laszlo Gaal of Tone-Pearls Records in France dropped us a line to share news of a new recording on master tape. Tone-Pearls Records is a really interesting sounding venture. It’s a non-profit collective of music researchers and music lovers devoted to recreating the original experience of live concerts. They produce ‘true analogue recordings’ on master tape, … More New recording on master tape from Tone Pearls

The reel deals: Hi-Fi News features Ken Kessler’s definitive guide to buying tapes, new and secondhand

Tape lovers, grab your copy of the September issue of Hi-Fi News magazine. In it, self-confessed tape junkie and hi-fi journalist extraordinaire, Ken Kessler, shares his hard-won wisdom on how to get your hands on some seriously good sounds. “For any format, whether new or revived, it is the availability of pre-recorded music that determines … More The reel deals: Hi-Fi News features Ken Kessler’s definitive guide to buying tapes, new and secondhand

A quick chat with… RecordingTheMasters’ Théo Gardin

The sixth in a short series of videos captured at the recent Hi-Fi Show Live 2019 in Ascot, UK – in which we grab a quick chat with handful of fellow tape appreciators. Here, we pick the brains of Théo Gardin, sales manager at analogue tape manufacturer RecordingTheMasters, and ask him what he feels the future holds … More A quick chat with… RecordingTheMasters’ Théo Gardin

R2R live! The Rambler will be at the UK’s Hi-Fi Show Live this October – with tape decks both vintage and brand new, tape labels, tape manufacturers, tech tape advice and more (oh and Ken Kessler!)

The Rambler has some very exciting news to announce…. this October we’re celebrating all things reel-to-reel at the UK’s biggest high-end hi-fi show and we’d love you to come along and join us! The show: Hi-Fi Show Live, Ascot, UK, 26th-27th October 2019 Hi-Fi Show Live, now in its 7thyear, is run by AVTech Media, … More R2R live! The Rambler will be at the UK’s Hi-Fi Show Live this October – with tape decks both vintage and brand new, tape labels, tape manufacturers, tech tape advice and more (oh and Ken Kessler!)