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  • Rega Planar 6 Turntable with Exact Cartridge (Certified Pre-Owned) Rega Planar 6 Turntable with Exact Cartridge (Certified Pre-Owned) Quick View

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    Rega Planar 6 Turntable with Exact Cartridge (Certified Pre-Owned)



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    The Planar 6 is built around the huge success of the RP8 and RP10 turntables. It is the first new Rega turntable to be constructed with an ultra lightweight Tan-Cast 8 polyurethane foam core plinth (a material developed for the aerospace industry) . This material is sandwiched between a new HPL (high pressure laminate). HPL is exceptionally thin whilst extremely rigid and is presented in a stunning Polaris matt grey finished with high gloss polymer black edge trim.


    The Planar 6 now benefits from a single piece, machined aluminum sub-platter, a new 24v motor hand tuned and matched to its own NEO power supply and custom drive pulley fitted with our upgrade drive belt as standard.


    The Neo PSU uses the RP10 DSP (digital signal processing) generator built upon a high stability crystal. The DSP generator will divide the accurate signal from the crystal to the exact frequency required to turn the platter at the selected speed. The DSP generator will also produce a near perfect sinusoidal waveform to drive the motor. This, along with an efficient drive amplifier, generates a 24V AC balanced signal of less than 0.15% distortion, which is completely un-affected by any changes in the mains/line voltage and conditions. This then drives the turntables anti-vibration circuit, which is situated beneath the turntable.


    Key Features:


    • NEO power supply.
    • Super lightweight foam core plinth.
    • Plinth laminate: New Polaris HPL (high pressure laminate). Non-marking matt finish scratch resistant high rigidity skin.
    • Available in one finish 'Polaris Grey' matt finish with high gloss black polymer edge trim.
    • Upgrade white drive belt fitted as standard.
    • Custom dual layer smoked / clear float glass platter.
    • Single piece aluminium sub platter.
    • Custom machined high precision drive pulley.
    • Patent pending, ultra-low friction central brass hub.
    • Rega's double brace technology, with integral custom matched aluminium tonearm and hub pillars to ensure maximum rigidity and accuracy.
    • RB330 handmade precision tonearm with custom stainless weight.
    • New high spec Rega 24v low noise synchronous motor - each motor matched by hand to its own NEO PSU ensuring optimum anti-vibration control.
    • New smoked dust cover.
    • New aluminium foot trims and Planar style feet.
    • Available with Ania MC cartridge factory fitted.


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    $1,695.00
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  • Melco N1A Music Server (Black) (Certified Pre-Owned) Melco N1A Music Server (Black) (Certified Pre-Owned) Quick View

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    Melco N1A Music Server (Black) (Certified Pre-Owned)


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    MELCO N1A Hardware




    Aluminium Fascia and Metal Wrap


    • Single press power button - same as Hi-Fi components and unlike
      any IT device
    • Comfortable front panel buttons with positive click for easy
      operation
    • Front USB 2.0 port
    • OLED display to reduce internal noise
    • Rear USB3.0 ports - BACKUP, EXPANSION USB-DAC or Easy
      Import from Flash drive, CD drive or HDD
    • 3 pole IEC mains inlet with true electrical ground to define source
      component as ground point, and internal power-line noise filter

    MELCO Direct Streaming Music + MELCO Ethernet Purifier

    • Dual Ethernet ports - dedicated PLAYER port and LAN port
    • Direct Mode requires no LAN connection and the N1 manages the
      Ethernet Player and gives IP address without router
    • RJ-45 with low noise light pipe LED indicators
    • Micro miniature high performance network pulse transformers
    • Audio grade ultra-low jitter internal data clock
    • High data integrity and precision low jitter clock buffer
    • FPGA voltage control system

    MELCO Clear and Dynamic Power Supply

    • 60W PSU for LAN and SSD & USB related device
    • Multiple low noise voltage regulators
    • 3 wire IEC with ground

    Internal Disk Drive

    • Large capacity HDD (2 × 2TB)
    • Selected low vibration 3.5ich HDD
    • Floating HDD mount with Silicon Rubber dampers


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    $999.00
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  • Pro-Ject 1Xpression Carbon Classic DC Turntable - Mahogany (Certified Pre-Owned) Pro-Ject 1Xpression Carbon Classic DC Turntable - Mahogany (Certified Pre-Owned) Quick View

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    Pro-Ject 1Xpression Carbon Classic DC Turntable - Mahogany (Certified Pre-Owned)


    Have a question about this product? Please email our audio advisor or call 1-877-929-8729 with any questions or concerns regarding your equipment purchase.


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    Comes With Ortofon 2M Silver Cartridge Installed


    Classic turntable with superior tone-arm & advanced magnetic cartridge reaches magical performance levels!


    1Xpression Carbon Classic is the 6th generation of the hi-fi classic Pro-Ject 1, which was presented for the first time in 1991. No other entry-level turntable concept is more audiophile and the current version includes a totally new carbon tone-arm with spin-off „EVO"-technology. It`s new innovative gimbal design features a resonance damping counterweight, that allows best performance for any cartridge. The approved belt drive design offers low noise AC motor with effective motor decoupling, ultra precision frequency DC-driven AC generator (like Speed Box) for ultimate speed stability. The complex main platter construction cannot be found elsewhere in this price range and is similar to the Xtension models. Advanced thermo plastic elastomers (TPE) are used in a sandwich construction with aluminium alloy for optimised resonance behaviour. Platter bearing axle is made from low tolerance chrome plated stainless steel running on Teflon bottom in a bronze bearing housing. Turntable main plinth is from low resonance MDF, which effectivly is decoupled from structure-born noise by special absorber feet, that use TPE technology. As a special feature, this package comes with the outstanding 2M Silver cartridge, which features silver spools for ultimate fidelity


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    $599.00
    1Xpression Carbon Classic DC Turntable - Mahogany (Certified Pre-Owned) Buy Now
  • I've Got My Own Album To Do (Pre-Order) I've Got My Own Album To Do (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    I've Got My Own Album To Do (Pre-Order)

    180 Gram Audiophile Translucent Blue Vinyl

    I've Got My Own Album To Do is the first solo album by Ron Wood, released in September 1974. An all-star project recorded outside of his activities with the Faces. Wood has said that the album title originated from contributors such as George Harrison and Mick Jagger nagging me to let them go home and finish their own projects.

    During this period, Wood assisted Jagger in writing and recording the Rolling Stones' 1974 single It's Only Rock 'n Roll, while Jagger reciprocated by helping Wood with this album's opening track, I Can Feel the Fire. Keith Richards was another participant at the sessions, in addition to performing concerts in London with Wood to promote the release.

    Wood's collaboration with Harrison, Far East Man, was re-recorded by Harrison and appeared on the former Beatle's Dark Horse album three months after the release of I've Got My Own Album To Do. Other musicians on the record include Rod Stewart, fellow Faces Ian McLagan and Kenney Jones, Mick Taylor of the Rolling Stones, and the all-American rhythm section of Willie Weeks and Andy Newmark.

    1. I Can Feel The Fire
    2. Far East Man
    3. Mystifies Me
    4. Take A Look At The Guy
    5. Act Together
    6. Am I Grooving You
    7. Shirley
    8. Cancel Everything
    9. Sure The One You Need
    10. If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody
    11. Crotch Music
    Ron Wood
    $32.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP PRE-ORDER Buy Now
  • Outsider (Pre-Order) Outsider (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Outsider (Pre-Order)

    THREE DAYS GRACE, the internationally acclaimed and multi-platinum certified Canadian band with over a billion streams on Spotify, will release its new album, Outsider, via RCA. Outsider is the sixth full-length album from the band, and is the group's first since 2015's Human.


    To me, 'Outsider' represents the journey to find your place, says bass player Brad Walst. The world feels crazy at times. We try to get away from that every once in a while. We do our own thing, and we're comfortable doing it. We have always looked forward - and not backwards. That's an ongoing theme.

    Three Days Grace
    $19.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
  • Homecoming (Pre-Order) Homecoming (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Homecoming (Pre-Order)

    In 1972, America delivered one of the biggest platinum albums in their extensive catalog with the amazing Homecoming. Featuring the ultimate California soft rock anthem Ventura Highway, this stunning album was a top ten charter, thanks to a plethora of hit singles including Only In Your Heart, Don't Cross The River as well as the aforementioned mega hit Ventura Highway.


    Featuring the original trio line up of Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell and the late Dan Peek, America's Homecoming continues to be played on classic rock and pop radio stations worldwide! Regarded as one of their finest works, the Lp continues with even more great album tracks like California Revisited, To Each His Own and Cornwall Blank.


    The photography of the legendary Henry Diltz also graces the album cover elements, as the music within this masterwork sets the tone for what would become one of the greatest albums from the magical year of 1972.


    Friday Music is pleased to announce another addition to our America/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl series with a welcome revisit to America's masterpiece Homecoming. Mastered impeccably from the Warner Bros. tapes by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios and Capitol Mastering, Homecoming is truly one of the finest albums to be re-released in the audiophile medium.


    To enhance your America listening experience, the limited edition album will be presented in a striking gatefold cover, as well as including the fine mastering you have come to enjoy with Friday Music recordings.

    1. Ventura Highway
    2. To Each His Own
    3. Don't Cross
    4. The River
    5. Moon Song
    6. Only In Your Heart
    7. Till The Sun
    8. Comes Up Again
    9. Cornwall Blank
    10. Head And Heart
    11. California Revisited
    12. Saturn Nights
    America
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  • Immobilarity (Pre-Order) Immobilarity (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Immobilarity (Pre-Order)

    180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl

    Gatefold Sleeve

    Includes Fuck Them Featuring Method Man, Sneakers, Yae Yo and Power

    Immobilarity is the second studio album and the follow-up to Only Built 4 Cuban Linx by Wu-Tang Clan member Raekwon (a.k.a. The Chef). Raekwon has been cited as a pioneer of Mafioso rap and is the founder of his own label ICEH20 Records.

    The producers Triflyn, The Infinite Arkatechz, and Six July Productions gave Immobilarity the same sounds which producer RZA gave to Raekwon's first album with ill beats and street lyrics.

    Fellow rappers from the Wu-Tang Clan also appear on the album such as Method Man on Fuck Them, Power with the American Cream Team and The Table featuring Masta Killa. As a nice bonus attribute, there's even a solid Pete Rock produced track Sneakers with Raekwon's flowing rhymes.

    Raekwon explained that the album title is an acronym for I Move More Officially by Implementing Loyalty and Respect in the Youth.

    The album, which was originally released in 1999, reached to number 2 in the US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and number 4 on the US Billboard album charts and was certified gold by the RIAA.

    LP 1
    1. Intro (Skit)
    2. Yae Yo
    3. Casablanca

    4. 100 Rounds
    5. Real Life

    6. Power

    7. Skit No. 1
    8. All I Got Is You Pt. II
    9. Jury
    10. Fuck Them
    11. Skit No. 2


    LP 2
    1. Live From New York
    2. My Favorite Dred
    3. Friday
    4. The Table
    5. Sneakers
    6. Raw
    7. Pop Shit
    8. Heart To Heart
    9. Forecast
    10. Outro

    Raekwon
    $39.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
  • Workout (Pre-Order) Workout (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Workout (Pre-Order)

    Cut At 33 1/3 RPM By Kevin Gray At Cohearent Audio From The Original Rudy Van Gelder Blue Note Master Tapes


    Pressed On 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl LP By RTI


    Top Quality Gatefold Packaging With Laminated Covers & High Quality Session Photos


    In a word association game, the name "Hank Mobley" will often generate "Blue Note" and vice versa. While Mobley had a musical life beyond the Blue Note label including associations with Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and Miles Davis (the 1961 Quintet), it is for his Blue Note recordings that he rightfully most remembered. Mobley led 25 albums for Blue Note and appeared on over 30 others as a sideman. His consistency resulted in all of those recordings being recommended to hard bop collectors. Mobley's mastery of the style, his attractive tone, and his skill at writing songs that inspire memorable solos made him a perfect representative of the Blue Note sound. Even with his large number of great recordings, Workout is something special and a real standout. Joined by Grant Green, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones, Mobley creates brilliant statements on four of his best originals (including the soulful "Uh Huh" and "Greasin' Easy"), "The Best Things In Life Are Free" and "Three Coins In A Fountain." The passion in Mobley's playing is exciting and will surprise many. He takes wild chances that challenge the other all-stars, and he plays with a constant stream of creative ideas. Even collectors who own a dozen other Hank Mobley albums will have to get this version of Workout which, with its superb remastering, has never sounded better.


    Features:

    Limited Edition of Only 3500 Copies

    Remastered from the Original Rudy Van Gelder Blue Note Master Tapes

    Remastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio

    Pressed on 180 gram Virgin Vinyl LP by RTI

    Ultra-Durable, Extra Thick Album Jackets

    Gatefold Album with Session Photos in stunning High Resolution

    Stereo


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    Hank Mobley
    $39.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
  • Staying At Tamara's (Pre-Order) Staying At Tamara's (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Staying At Tamara's (Pre-Order)

    Staying At Tamara's is the highly anticipated sophomore album from George Ezra. This collection was written, created and inspired by George's travels, including spells on the Isle of Skye; at a pig farm in Norfolk; in a former cornflour shed in Kent; a converted cow shed in north Wales; and in an Airbnb in Barcelona owned by the Tamara of the album's title. The result is a finger-snapping, brass-blaring, wind-in-the-hair album that shines with positivity and encouragement, alongside moments of more subdued reflection.


    The first single from Staying At Tamara's is the uninhibited, feel-good song 'Paradise.' George explains that "'Paradise' started life as a melody that I couldn't get out of my head Months later I set to writing a song highlighting the undeniable feeling of meeting somebody new and falling for them. We often find ourselves second guessing feelings that we have and trying to work out what it is that they might mean. But with love there is no uncertainty, it is what it is and I liken it to paradise." The new album also includes the previously released track "Don't Matter Now."


    Staying At Tamara's comes three years after George's debut album Wanted On Voyage, that featured the worldwide smash "Budapest," a Platinum US single. The Wanted On Voyage album is certified Gold in the US, and 4x Platinum in the UK.

    1. pretty shining people
    2. don't matter now
    3. get away
    4. shotgun
    5. paradise
    6. all my love
    7. sugarcoat
    8. hold my girl
    9. saviour (feat. first aid kit)
    10. only a human
    11. the beautiful dream
    George Ezra
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
  • Some Cold Rainy Day Some Cold Rainy Day Quick View

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    Some Cold Rainy Day

    Eden & John's East River String Band are a contemporary acoustic duo that play country/blues classics from the 1920s and 1930s. The band consists of Eden Brower on ukulele and vocals with John Heneghan on guitar and vocals, including special guest Terry Waldo (legendary ragtime piano player who has recorded and toured with Leon Redbone and Woody Allen).


    The duo try to keep alive the rural music tradition that existed before the Great Depression of the '30s, playing primarily country blues covers including classics by such greats as Skip James, Mississippi John Hurt, Lottie Kimbrough and Blind Lemon Jefferson.


    Some Cold Rainy Day is by far one of the most enjoyable contemporary recordings of early pre-war blues music I have ever heard. Eden and John stay true to the original arrangements and vocals that these songs had when they were first released. I would call this a MUST-own for fans young and old of blues music and even those who want a modern introduction to the great old music of the 1920s and 1930s. PLEASE NOTE: Crumb not only did the cover for this album; he loves the music on it, too. Crumb collectors know that he does very little commercial work now with his busy schedule and will only illustrate items he himself loves. What better endorsement is there than that? - Ralph Deluca

    1. Ain't No Tellin'
    2. Nobody's Business If I Do
    3. One Dime Blues
    4. Slidin' Delta
    5. Every Day In The Week
    6. Some Cold Rainy Day
    7. Bye Bye Baby Blues
    8. Future Blues
    9. I Had To Give Up Gin
    10. Rolling Log Blues
    11. Crow Jane
    12. Do Dirty Jane
    13. On Our Turpentine Farm
    Eden & John's East River String Band
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  • Speak No Evil (Pre-Order) Speak No Evil (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Speak No Evil (Pre-Order)

    Cut At 33 1/3 RPM By Kevin Gray At Cohearent Audio From The Original Rudy Van Gelder Blue Note Master Tapes


    Pressed On 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl LP By RTI


    Top Quality Gatefold Packaging With Laminated Covers & High Quality Session Photos


    Wayne Shorter made a major impact on the Jazz world during 1963-64. He left Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers to become a member of the Miles Davis Quintet, and he recorded Night Dreamer and Juju as a leader for Blue Note. Speak No Evil is even notable than those two gems, for Shorter had developed into not only one of the most original tenor-saxophonists of the 1960?s but also one of its most vital composers. With superb playing by Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Freddie Hubbard and Elvin Jones, Shorter introduces six unique compositions including Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum, Speak No Evil and Infant Eyes. Hubbard and Hancock consistently raise the temperature with fiery solos. Shorter's playing and writing are both beyond description, utilizing a logic all his own which, over time, has become a major influence in Modern Jazz. Throughout Speak No Evil, Shorter creates brilliant new music like no one else.


    Features:

    Limited Edition of Only 3500 Copies

    Remastered from the Original Rudy Van Gelder Blue Note Master Tapes

    Remastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio

    Pressed on 180 gram Virgin Vinyl LP by RTI

    Ultra-Durable, Extra Thick Album Jackets

    Gatefold Album with Session Photos in stunning High Resolution

    Stereo


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    Wayne Shorter
    $39.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
  • Miss E...So Addictive (Pre-Order) Miss E...So Addictive (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Miss E...So Addictive (Pre-Order)

    After a long winter of discontent, So Addictive finds Missy Elliott hoping to initiate hip-hop's summer of love. Miss E's third album is dosed with feel-good flavor and has more guests than the VIP section of the hippest hip-hop hot spot. Buddies Method Man and Redman bark across the bridge of Dog in Heat's canine funk. Jay-Z and Ludacris feature on two different versions of One Minute Man's scathing soul. Synths tweak and creak in rhythm as Missy unleashes a dreamy diss of those hopeless suitors who unload their cargo before they've sparked her ignition. Take Away features Pony man Ginuwine on a hypnotic slow-burner heavily reminiscent of Art of Noise's Moments in Love.

    When left to her own devices, as she is on Lick Shots (which jangles like Django Reinhardt on downers), Missy comes on like Schooly D, a fearless, female gangsta licking shots against anyone who dares cross her. On Scream a.k.a. Itchin' she breaks into a soprano. A 4/4 stomp is stamped indelibly across the ecstasy-holler song 4 My People (featuring Eve). Overall, it feels as if producer Timbaland has muted his experimental leanings on this outing with his favorite muse in favor of submersible club tracks. Musically, the bhangra beat bop of Get Ur Freak On is the standout. The spiral timing of Whatcha Gon' Do, the fret-skipping Slap! Slap Slap! (featuring Da Brat), and the sunken, drunken funk of the not-so-subtle X-hex X-Tasy are tied at a close second. -Chris Campion

    1. ...So Addictive (Intro)
    2. Dog In Heat
    3. One Minute Man
    4. Lick Shots
    5. Get Ur Freak On
    6. Scream A.K.A Itchin'
    7. Old School Joint

    8. Take Away
    9. 4 My People
    10. Bus-a-bus Interlude
    11. Whatcha Gon' Do
    12. Step Off
    13. X-Tasy
    14. Slap! Slap! Slap!
    15. I've Changed-Interlude
    16. One Minute Man (Remix)
    17. Higher Ground - Prelude
    18. Higher Ground
    Missy Elliott
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  • Status Quo: Collected (Pre-Order) Status Quo: Collected (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Status Quo: Collected (Pre-Order)


    Limited First Pressing Of 4,000 Individually Numbered Copies On 180 Gram Purple Vinyl, Black Vinyl Thereafter


    Newly Remastered Audio For Vinyl


    Gatefold Embossed Guitar Sleeve


    4 Page Booklet With Liner Notes And Photos


    South London members Alan Lancaster (bass) and Francis Rossi (guitar) were the original members and founders of Status Quo. Formerly known as The Spectres and later renamed to Traffic or Traffic Jam they settled for Status Quo as their band name in 1967. The following years they were joined by John Coghlan (drums), Roy Lynes (keyboard) and Rick Parfitt (guitar †2016), and after several band members changes are still performing today in a revamped line-up.


    In 1968 their first hit record Pictures of Matchstick Men was released and the debut album soon followed. The subsequent years Status Quo, or simply Quo, enjoyed a multitude of hits; Mean Girl, Down Down, Rockin' All Over The World, The Wanderer, In The Army Now, Roll Over Lay Down (Live), all climbed the charts in different countries.


    During the years Status Quo developed their own signature style of heavy rhythms, a few guitar chords, straightforward, accessible lyrics and collected a huge and loyal fan base. In 2006 NME magazine named Status Quo The Most Successful UK band as they achieved more chart hits than any other British band.


    The 2 LP Collected compilation is an era spanning selection of Status Quo includes the hits, 4 original mono recordings Pictures Of Matchstick Men, Ice In The Sun, I (Who Have Nothing) by The Spectres, Almost But Not Quite There by Traffic Jam and is newly remastered for vinyl.


    This limited edition is pressed on purple vinyl, includes a 4-page booklet with liner notes and is packed in a also limited gatefold embossed guitar sleeve.


    After the first pressing is sold out, the Collected album is available on black vinyl.

    LP 1
    1. Pictures Of Matchstick Men
    2. Ice In The Sun
    3. Are You Growing Tired Of My Love
    4. Mean Girl
    5. Caroline
    6. Roll Over Lay Down (Live)
    7. Down Down
    8. Rain
    9. Rockin' All Over The World
    10. Hold You Back
    11. Again And Again
    12. Whatever You Want


    LP 2
    1. Living On An Island
    2. What You're Proposing
    3. Rock 'n' Roll
    4. Something About You Baby I Like
    5. Ol' Rag Blues
    6. The Wanderer
    7. Rollin' Home
    8. In The Army Now
    9. The Oriental
    10. Medley: The Anniversary Waltz - Part 1 (1990)

    11. The Spectres - I (Who Have Nothing)
    12. Traffic Jam - Almost But Not Quite There

    Status Quo
    $39.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
  • United We Swing (Pre-Order) United We Swing (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    United We Swing (Pre-Order)

    Celebrating the red, white, and Blues! Recorded between 2003 and 2007, United We Swing finds an unparalleled array of music talent that collectively boasts 94 Grammy Awards joining Jazz at Lincoln Center Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis (a nine-time Grammy Award winner himself) and some of the world's top jazz musicians to perform blues-inflected versions of iconic American repertoire.


    Those one-night-only, live performances have never been released before. They include Lenny Kravitz performing Marsalis's hypnotizing, New Orleans-inflected arrangement of Kravitz's own song, "Are You Gonna Go My Way"; Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks uniting for a stirring, infectious take on Civil Rights anthem "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free"; Bob Dylan adding harmonica licks to a deeply felt, in-the-pocket rendition of "It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry"; and Ray Charles taking the stage for one of his final performances to play "I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town."Together these artists raise their voices to highlight jazz's importance to America's cultural heritage and to remind us that, even in divided times, music can unite us all. All proceeds from the album will go toward Jazz at Lincoln Center's education programs, which introduce thousands of children to jazz each year.


    FEATURED SPECIAL GUEST ARTISTS:


    • Audra McDonald
    • Blind Boys of Alabama Bob Dylan
    • Carrie Smith
    • Eric Clapton
    • James Taylor
    • Jimmy Buffett
    • John Legend
    • John Mayer
    • Lenny Kravitz
    • Lyle Lovett
    • Natalie Merchant
    • Ray Charles
    • Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks
    • Willie Nelson
    1. The Last Time feat. Blind Boys of Alabama
    2.It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry feat. Bob Dylan
    3. I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town feat. Ray Charles
    4. I'm Not Rough feat. Eric Clapton
    5. Creole Love Call feat. Audra McDonald
    6. Milk Cow Blues feat. Willie Nelson
    7. I'm Gonna Find Another You feat. John Mayer
    8. My Baby Don't Tolerate feat. Lyle Lovett
    9. The Worst Thing feat. Natalie Merchant
    10. Please Baby Don't feat. John Legend
    11. Mean Old Man feat. James Taylor
    12. Are You Gonna Go My Way feat. Lenny Kravitz
    13. Fool's Paradise feat. Jimmy Buffett
    14. Empty Bed Blues feat. Carrie Smith
    15. I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free feat. Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks
    16.What Have You Done?
    Wynton Marsalis Septet
    $29.99
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  • Manley Headphone Amplifier (Pre-Order) 3 COLORS AVAILABLE Manley Headphone Amplifier (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Manley Headphone Amplifier (Pre-Order)


    Manley Laboratories have been designing and manufacturing professional and hi-fidelity audio equipment for the last twenty five years. Headphone listening has become more and more popular in recent years. To meet this new demand Manley have combined its professional and domestic engineering skills to develop a new and exciting groundbreaking product, The Manley Headphone Amplifier.


    Headphone listening is not new to us, we have developed headphone mixers for the professional industry and our Neo-Classic 300B preamplifier was designed with the serious headphone listener in-mind, which now has quite a cult following. The new Manley Headphone Amplifier addresses absolutely every possible feature the headphone user could desire.


    Feature Rich


    This feature rich product has no less than twelve independent controls designed for maximum performance and maximum control. We design and manufacture our own output transformers and this is where this product excels. The Manley Headphone Amplifier utilizes hand-wound air gapped dual mode output transformers. The user can configure the unit for all triode Push-Pull mode or Single-Ended mode. The transformer can be configured to drive three types of headphone loads, covering a range from 12 to 600 ohms.


    The enthusiast can also vary the Feedback from 0dB to 10dB, maintaining a ruler-flat frequency response across the audio band, demonstrating how stable the design is. For increased transparency and accuracy we have incorporated a Precision Stepped Relay Volume control with perfect channel balance. A balance control is also available for extra sensitivity. The Manley Headphone Amplifier operates fully symmetrical, enabling it to drive balanced headphones through its XLR output. Also available is the standard non-balanced "Jack" plug or TRS connection. Another very useful feature is a preamplifier output, which routes your first input through the system when not in use, no need for unplugging sources! The Manley Headphone amplifier can also be used as a stand-alone transformer coupled preamplifier, so it can be partnered with any power amplifier if so desired.


    With the advent of expensive and high technology headphones it was important for the Manley design team to think about protection. So the Manley Headphone Amplifier features a user defined headphone overload protection system. The user dials this in so precious headphones are never overdriven. For maximum performance and the lowest noise floor, The Manley Headphone Amplifier incorporates a very high-tech switching audiophile power supply. The high-tension and low-tension rails are all fully regulated offering super low impedance for a fast and dynamic response.


    The Manley Headphone Amplifier also incorporates a tone control circuit what? for an audiophile product!! Yes! With the expertise gleaned from building professional studio equipment, we have incorporated the best possible solution for a tone control. It is completely switchable, so for the real purist it is completely out of the circuit, but if you need that slight adjustment for a hard digital recording the feature is there.


    The Design


    The Manley Headphone Amplifier is a very unusual design. Zia Faruqi, who is responsible for running the engineering team and industrial design at Manley Laboratories, developed its concept. "I wanted a design that would reflect the use of this piece of equipment. Its shape was inspired by a head, a piece that you could rest your headphones on, a piece that you want to indulge yourself in" Mitch Margolis who worked on the Steelhead and our 300B amplifiers worked with our head engineer Humberto Rodriguez to finalize its design. Available in three different colors for today's lifestyle choices. Champagne & White, Titanium & Bronze and Copper & Black.


    Manley Labs
    $2,950.00
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  • Bob Dylan (Mono) (Pre-Order) Bob Dylan (Mono) (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Bob Dylan (Mono) (Pre-Order)

    Bob Dylan On Numbered Limited Edition 180 Gram Mono 45RPM 2LP From Mobile Fidelity


    Understated 1962 Debut Launched Immeasurably Influential Career


    Album Stands as Clearest Connection to Dylan's Purist Folk Roots


    Ghosts of Woody Guthrie and Blues Legends Appear Throughout Recording of Originals and Covers


    Mastered From The Original Master Tapes And Strictly Limited To 3,000 Copies


    Mobile Fidelity Mono 45RPM 2LP Features Unparalleled Directness And Sound Dylan, Producers Originally Intended


    Made when mono was still king, Bob Dylan's self-titled 1962 debut is as understated of an entrance as any significant musician as ever made. Already well-versed in American roots music, Dylan simultaneously pays homage to tradition and extends it by putting his own stamp on classic material that metaphorically functions as the soil of our contemporary songs and styles. Free of ego, and performed with masterful conviction, Bob Dylan ranks with the debut efforts of similar artistic giants Elvis Presley and the Rolling Stones.


    Mastered from the original master tapes, pressed at RTI, and strictly limited to 3,000 copies, Mobile Fidelity's restored 180g mono 45RPM 2LP analog version brings the contents of this seminal release as closest as they've ever come to master tape-quality in the original mono configuration. Transparent to the source, the simple sounds of Dylan's voice, acoustic guitar, and harmonica take on lifelike perspective and directness-the husk and bark to which Robert Shelton referred in his now-legendary New York Times review of a Dylan appearance at Gerde's Folk City. MoFi has made possible an inexpensive time-traveling trip back to the Greenwich Village coffeehouses and folk clubs in which Dylan cut his teeth, albeit in much better fidelity and without any annoying background chatter. Wider grooves mean more information reaches your ears.


    As the preferred mix at the time of the recording, the mono version presents Dylan as he and his producers originally intended. Since the separation of the stereo versions isn't as sharp, the mono edition places Dylan's vocals in the heart of the musical action and as one with the accompaniment. It paints listeners an incredibly accurate portrait of the attention-getting, concrete mass of sound that features no artificial panning and straight-ahead immersion into the music. This is how almost everyone first heard this timeless album-making the mono mix all the more historically valuable and truthful.


    Much has been made of the commercial indifference that greeted the album upon its low-key release. Yet focusing on sales figures and the reaction of a public not yet hip to Dylan's name or music is to miss the forest for the trees. Distinguished from the era's other folk efforts by way of the determination, brazenness, and lived-through-this worldliness Dylan approaches the material and sings the songs, Dylan lays the groundwork for the path he'd soon trailblaze and everyone else would follow.


    By nodding to Woody Guthrie at the same time he completely re-imagines a sobering tune such as Blind Lemon Jefferson's See That My Grave Is Kept Clean, Dylan straddles the past and future. He also displays, with challenging authority and savant-like expertise, the ability to handle weighty topics such as death, sorrow, and lamentation with the vaudeville flair, bluesy mannerisms, and poignant command of an artist three times his age.


    As Dylan scholar and pop-culture critic Greil Marcus observed in 2010, Everybody knew Joan Baez and the Kingston Trio; if you knew Bob Dylan, you knew something other people didn't, something that soon enough everybody had to know. Within a year, an album could put an adjective in front of the singer's name as if it were already common coin. It all starts here.


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    1. You're No Good
    2. Talkin' New York
    3. In My Time of Dyin'
    4. Man of Constant Sorrow
    5. Fixin' to Die
    6. Pretty Peggy-O
    7. Highway 51
    8. Gospel Plow
    9. Baby, Let Me Follow You Down
    10. House of the Risin' Sun
    11. Freight Train Blues
    12. Song to Woody
    13. See That My Grave Is Kept Clean
    Bob Dylan
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  • Chicken Skin Music (Pre-Order) Chicken Skin Music (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Chicken Skin Music (Pre-Order)


    Give Yourself Goosebumps: Ry Cooder's Cross-Cultural Chicken Skin Music Mixes Hawaiian, Gospel, Conjunto, Folk, and Blues Styles into a Visionary Roots-Music Tapestry


    Mastered from the Original Master Tapes, Pressed at RTI, and Strictly Limited to 3000 Numbered Copies: Natural-Sounding 180g Vinyl LP Features Defined Textures, Intricate Details, Ample Airiness


    The title of Ry Cooder's Chicken Skin Music - Hawaiian slang for goosebumps - serves as a direct, simple description of the album's emotional appeal. But it barely scratches the surface of a 1976 effort that triggered an interest in world music a decade before the term became commonplace and a genre into and of itself. Part of a series of inimitable mid-1970s records on which Cooder ignored traditional boundaries and instigated lasting cross-cultural communication, Chicken Skin Music blends gospel, Hawaiian, folk, blues, and Tex-Mex styles into a brilliant roots stew distinguished with virtuosic playing and inspired contextual surprises.


    Mastered from the original master tapes, pressed at RTI, and strictly limited to 3000 numbered copies, Mobile Fidelity's 180g vinyl LP of Chicken Skin Music brings the brilliant instrumental textures and lively tonalities to the fore like no prior analog edition. Graced with silent, black backgrounds and generous soundstages, this reissue particularly underscores the depth of Flaco Jimenez's accordion contributions. You'll hear the air flowing through the reeds, pressure resonating from the bellows, and the wide-spanning timbres emanating from the register stops.


    Equally transfixing are the lifelike manners in which the rich assortment of guitars come alive, with each note occupying its own space and portraying a character unique to the individual instrument, be it a slack-key, steel, or acoustic guitar. The result is a multi-detailed, organic-sounding musical tapestry that dazzles by way of beautiful interplay, unexpected dialogue, and connective eclecticism that proves music is indeed a common language when executed with a collaborative mindset, innovative exploration, and respectful authenticity - no easy feats, but achievements fully on display on Chicken Skin Music.


    Jimenez, now a legend that's performed with everyone from the Rolling Stones to Dr. John, remains one of the keys to Cooder being able to successfully carry out what the latter deemed a mutuality in music vision. Cooder first heard conjunto accordion fare on a Mexican radio station in his car and proceeded to teach himself the instrument while committing himself to embracing the then-local, regionalized style for the set that became Chicken Skin Music. Jimenez graces three tracks, including a ravishing interpretation of Ben E. King's Stand by Me transformed into a spiritual grounded by a norteno structure and a romantic take on Jim Reeves' He'll Have to Go recast with a bolero rhythm and saxophone-accordion duet.


    Chicken Skin Music isn't limited to South of the Border geography and tradition. Steel-guitarist and vocalist Gabby Pahinui and slack-key guitar great Atta Isaacs represent the 50th state on stripped-down renditions of Hank Snow's smash Yellow Roses and the wordless Chloe. Elsewhere, gospel singers team with Cooder on the Appalachian-tinted Always Lift Them Up, the midsection of which features the Hawaiian standard Kanaka Wai Wai.


    Cooder bookends everything with a pair of Leadbelly numbers - The Bourgeois Blues and Goodnight Irene - chosen after the headliner witnessed Jimenez and his band perform at a local dance. Given their ordering on the album, techniques they employ, and themes, the songs also further tighten the thematic connection the headliner makes with the standout guests. In many ways, Chicken Skin Music is the equivalent of Buena Vista Social Club more than 20 years before the latter emerged. Experience it the way Cooder and company meant it to be heard - in unparalleled fidelity.


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    1. The Bourgeois Blues
    2. I Got Mine
    3. Always Lift Him Up/Kanaka Wai Wai
    4. He'll Have to Go
    5. Smack Dab in the Middle
    6. Stand by Me
    7. Yellow Roses
    8. Chlo-e
    9. Goodnight Irene
    Ry Cooder
    $34.99
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  • Head Over Heels (Pre-Order) Head Over Heels (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Head Over Heels (Pre-Order)

    4AD will repress two more Cocteau Twins' albums on vinyl, following on from the recent reissues of Blue Bell Knoll, Heaven or Las Vegas, Tiny Dynamine / Echoes In A Shallow Bay and The Pink Opaque. Both vinyl pressings will use new masters created from high definition files transferred from the original analogue tapes.


    Released in late-1983, Head Over Heels is the Cocteau Twins' second album. Their commercial breakthrough in the UK and featuring classic tracks 'Sugar Hiccup' and 'Musette And Drums', the album came not long after original bassist Will Heggie had departed the band. Proving a catalyst not hindrance, the chemistry between remaining members Elizabeth Fraser and Robin Guthrie flourished, allowing her otherworldly vocals to be harnessed with his swathing guitars to such perfection that they were now out on their own, leading from the front.

    1. When Mama Was Moth
    2. Five Ten Fiftyfold
    3. Sugar Hiccup
    4. In Our Angelhood
    5. Glass Candle Grenades
    6. In The Gold Dust Rush
    7. The Tinderbox (Of a Heart)
    8. Multifoiled
    9. My Love Paramour
    10. Musette and Drums
    Cocteau Twins
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    Champagne Charlie (Pre-Order)

    Blending ragtime blues, honky tonk harmonies, vaudevillian echoes and a musical persona entirely his own, Leon Redbone's 1978 release Champagne Charlie is a tour de force from one of the most mercurial, magical and talented artists in modern music.

    One of the distinguishing factors on the record is the fine choice of material, which ranges from Jelly Roll Morton to Jimmie Rogers. As usual with Redbone, the fare is lighthearted and tinged with nostalgia, and sweetened by antique arrangements. The band is delightful, filled with jubilant horns, oboes, and trumpets and, of course, Redbone's rich baritone and throwback acoustic guitar shine.

    The album, produced by Joel Dorn, is filled with the best that Dixie, Delta blues and ragtime jazz has to offer keeping true to the old style that made these songs so popular to begin with. Leon has a sort of irreverent, off beat approach to these old jazz classics that is just plain fun to listen to. A charming and romantic introspective collection of classic blues and jazz melodies... each performance is an irresistible listen...his style is unmatched.

    1. Champagne Charlie
    2. Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone
    3. Sweet Sue (Just You)
    4. The One Rose (That's Left in My Heart)
    5. Alabama Jubilee
    6. Big Band Bill (Is Sweet William Now)
    7. Yearning (Just For You)
    8. If Someone Would Only Love Me
    9. I Hate a Man Like You
    10. T. B. Blues
    Leon Redbone
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  • Little Johnny C (Pre-Order) Little Johnny C (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Little Johnny C (Pre-Order)

    Cut At 33 1/3 RPM By Kevin Gray At Cohearent Audio From The Original Rudy Van Gelder Blue Note Master Tapes


    Pressed On 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl LP By RTI


    Top Quality Gatefold Packaging With Laminated Covers & High Quality Session Photos


    Trumpeter Johnny Coles, a distinctive and passionate player best known for his associations with Gil Evans, the remarkable Charles Mingus Quintet of 1964, and Herbie Hancock's late 60's Sextet, led relatively few albums of his own, and only two before 1982. Recorded in 1963, Little Johnny C is universally recognized as Johnny Coles' finest recording. Coles' soulful trumpet is heard in superb form as he pushes the hard bop mainstream forward. Duke Pearson, who was both a very skilled pianist, as well as one of the top arrangers of the 1960s, contributes five very fresh originals to the set. Notably, Little Johnny C is also one of tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson's finest early recordings, and his round sound and innovative phrasing clearly evident at this early point in his career. With the superb title cut, the ballad So Sweet My Little Girl, and Jano being high-points, in addition to beautiful flute and alto solos contributed by Leo Wright, Little Johnny C is a masterful album by an artist at his creative peak. This is a set to be savored again and again.


    Features:

    Limited Edition of Only 3500 Copies

    Remastered from the Original Rudy Van Gelder Blue Note Master Tapes

    Remastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio

    Pressed on 180 gram Virgin Vinyl LP by RTI

    Ultra-Durable, Extra Thick Album Jackets

    Gatefold Album with Session Photos in stunning High Resolution

    Stereo


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    Johnny Coles
    $39.99
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  • Whistle Down the Wind (Pre-Order) Whistle Down the Wind (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Whistle Down the Wind (Pre-Order)

    Joan Baez remains one of the most celebrated and influential artists of her generation. Her impact on successive
    generations of singer/songwriters and female artists in particular is wide-reaching and crosses all genres and
    boundaries.


    Fellow artists from Emmylou Harris and Bonnie Raitt to Jackson Browne, Mary Chapin Carpenter and
    Indigo Girls cite her as a primary influence on their own careers. A new studio album from Baez is an event that will
    be celebrated by the media.

    Joan Baez
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  • Shake It Up (Expanded) (Pre-Order) Shake It Up (Expanded) (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Shake It Up (Expanded) (Pre-Order)

    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will induct The Cars in April, honoring the legendary band's incredible musical legacy and enormous commercial success. Rhino will kick off the celebration early with the expanded edition for Shake It Up.


    Each release features the original album - remastered in 2016 - expanded with rare and unreleased bonus tracks. Illustrated booklets accompany the music and contain liner notes written by renowned rock journalist David Fricke, who details the history of each album with new interviews by band member David Robinson.


    Ric Ocasek, Elliot Easton, Greg Hawkes, Benjamin Orr and David Robinson recorded Shake It Up in 1981 at Syncro Sound, the group's new studio in Boston, with producer Roy Thomas Baker. Working in their own space afforded them the time to perfect the sound of the album, which became their third-straight Top 10 hit record and sold more than two million copies. It features the unforgettable singles "Since You're Gone," "Think It Over" and The Cars' first Top 10 hit single, "Shake It Up."


    Several unreleased tracks make their debut on SHAKE IT UP: EXPANDED EDITION, including an early version of "Since You're Gone," the demo for "Shake It Up" and an unreleased song called "Midnight Dancer."

    LP 1
    1. Since You're Gone (Remastered)
    2. Shake It Up (Remastered)
    3. I'm Not The One (Remastered)
    4. Victim Of Love (Remastered)
    5. Cruiser (Remastered)
    6. A Dream Away (Remastered)
    7. This Could Be Love (Remastered)
    8. Think It Over (Remastered)
    9. Maybe Baby (Remastered)


    LP 2
    1. Since You're Gone (Early Version)
    2. Shake It Up (Demo)
    3. I'm Not The One (Remix) [Remastered]
    4. Cruiser (Early Version)
    5. Take It On The Run (Early Version of A Dream Away)
    6. Coming Up You Again (1981 Version of Coming Up You)
    7. Little Black Egg (Remastered)
    8. Midnight Dancer

    The Cars
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  • Manley Neo-Classic 300B Pre-Amplifier RC Manley Neo-Classic 300B Pre-Amplifier RC Quick View

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    Manley Neo-Classic 300B Pre-Amplifier RC

    2008


    Have a question about this product? Please email our audio advisor or call 1-877-929-8729 with any questions or concerns regarding your equipment purchase.


    Handcrafted in the USA


    Our most esoteric product is THE 300B PREAMPLIFIER. This is the first and only preamp to feature these classic tubes. We had been designing the 300B into small power amps for many years and have always had great respect for the smooth natural sound of this tube. However, a single 300B provides truly appropriate power and voltage swing for headphones and makes a remarkable line driver. Here is where the impedances are not too low and the power requirements are not too high: ideal for this kind of tube in a single-ended configuration. This was the genesis of a new preamp.


    We combine the historic 300B with another classic, the large octal based 6SL7GT, for the input stage- all triodes running in pure Class A operation. To complement this 'retro' feel, we implemented vacuum tube rectification and regulation in the power supply along with plenty of capacity. We also developed an additional (and innovative) ripple rejection circuit to filter out power supply noise making this an incredibly low-noise preamplifier- especially critical for headphone users.


    Complementing this lovely and rich sounding line-driver is the ALPS audiophile volume control, gold plated RCA connectors, high purity silver wire, mil-spec printed circuit boards with extra thick copper and plating, and custom designed output transformers which we wind right here in our own magnetics department. It all adds up...


    For 2002, we returned to our classic and elegant Manley-Blue pewter grey color and the chassis was reworked to accommodate a few updates we had in mind.


    Whether you use headphones or loudspeakers this preamp will deliver the goods and spoil you for any other preamplifier.


    Notes for current version not covered in the manual:


    The transformer switch puts the output transformer in or out of circuit. You HAVE TO have it switched to IN to use the headphone jacks. It is recommended, in the spirit of less is more, to switch to OUT when using the main line outputs.


    The SUB out is a post-volume control output which can be used to drive a powered subwoofer unit so that the level of the subwoofer follows the volume level of the preamplifier.


    For an exciting exploration of the 300B experience read the late Dr. Harvy Gizmo's Spiritual Woody!


    Manley Labs
    $6,100.00
    Manley Neo-Classic 300B Preamplifier Buy Now
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    Making Movies (45 RPM) (Pre-Order)


    Dire Straits Expand Musical Framework And Come Into Own On Making Movies: Co-Produced By Jimmy Iovine, Thematic Album Soars With Personal Songwriting And Epic Arrangements


    Cinematic Landscapes And Intricate Passages Sound Sublime: Mobile Fidelity 45RPM 2LP Pressing Of Making Movies Mastered From Original Master Tapes, Features Audiophile Dynamics


    Bruce Springsteen Pianist Roy Bittan, Mark Knopfler's Guitar Playing, And Passionate Performances Turn Making Movies Into A Classic: Includes Romeo And Juliet, Tunnel Of Love, Solid Rock


    Making Movies marks a magnificent turning point in Dire Straits' career. Considered by many fans to be the group's most complete album, the 1980 set witnesses leader Mark Knopfler greatly expanding his songwriting palette and setting his storytelling amidst more complex, involving arrangements. Dire Straits also benefits from crucial contributions from Bruce Springsteen pianist Roy Bittan and the departure of rhythm guitarist David Knopfler. The songs spark with a mÉlange of poetry, passion, and cohesion that engages the senses and begs to be experienced again and again.


    Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's 180g 45RPM 2LP set of Making Movies breathes with reference-caliber airiness, spaciousness, dynamics, and separation. Produced by Jimmy Iovine and Knopfler, the record - which contains many Springsteen-esque elements - features the cleanliness and clarity that have long been Dire Straits trademarks. The extra-wide 45RPM grooves on this edition provide previously unattainable detail, information, and soundstaging. This is what audiophile recordings are all about.


    You know you're in the presence of sonic greatness as soon as the first few seconds of the opening Tunnel of Love pass, as the introductory passage built on organ and piano - new additions to Dire Straits' palette - intertwine with the unmistakable coil-spring twang of Knopfler's guitar. The three-dimensional, full-bodied presentation of the latter instrument on this Mobile Fidelity LP is alone worth the price of admission. Crisp, rich, and balanced, the analog sound brings Knopfler's Fender Vibrolux and Music Man HD130 amplifiers into your room. The romanticism of Bittan's piano, precision timekeeping of drummer Pick Withers, and steady roll of bassist John Illsley come across with similar potency, scale, and verve.


    Always more about the whole than the sum of their individual parts, Dire Straits demonstrate that while Knopfler is the lynchpin, this record is a true band effort. Bittan's role cannot be overstated. His melodicism poetically complements Knopfler's subtle staccato rhythms and more than makes up for the exit of David Knopfler. Expansive and cinematic, the aptly titled Making Movies puts a premium on interrelated subjects (love, relationships, heartbreak) and deep-seated emotions that play out in heartfelt lyrics, intense singing, and epic frameworks. Everything clicks.


    The album's power isn't lost on Iovine, who later told Rolling Stone: The right people were in the room together. It really was making a record in the pure sense of the term. The whole thing sounds like one song. But you what that is? That's the writing, the guy who wrote it. He wrote the album like that; he wanted to make the album like that.


    Indeed, the first five tracks - Tunnel of Love, Romeo and Juliet, Skateaway, Expresso Love, Hand in Hand - comprise a mini-suite united by theme, harmony, and spirit. Every member of the newly configured Dire Straits has a say in the shaping of the material. There's not a note out of place. Iovine and Knopfler's standout production puts it over the top.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Tunnel of Love
    2. Romeo and Juliet
    3. Skateaway
    4. Expresso Love
    5. Hand in Hand
    6. Solid Rock
    7. Les Boys
    Dire Straits
    $49.99
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