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Classic Front-to-Back Albums: Donald Fagen - The Nightfly

"Undersea by rail, Ninety minutes from New York to Paris" seemed a certain reality in the 1950's, except it obviously turned out to be just a dream borne of a time when lots of things seemed possible. We live in an age where basically nothing seems possible and the dream has become ironic, but that's okay because irony is a language Fagen has always spoken fluently. 

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Preserving the Rich History of Rock & Roll One Open Reel Tape At A Time

Here at KEF, because so much of our time is spent in in the pursuit of, or preaching the gospel of, great sound, it’s really a treat to come across people who share that same passion and who have taken it to a really amazing level. Part of the fun of doing this Blog is to be able to introduce you all to industry professionals who care deeply about music and what it means to us all, and that truly makes Steve and his team at Sonicraft A2DX Lab Masters of Sound.

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The Resurgence Of Vinyl From A Human Point-of-View

In the last twenty years if you wanted to own a business with flat growth in the best of years and steeply declining revenue in every other year, you would have owned a record pressing plant. That's why by the dawn of this century there were only half a dozen or so pressing plants in the US cranking out vinyl for DJs and the occasional nostalgia piece.

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KEF EGG - Taking Wireless Desktop Audio To An Entirely New Level

Simply put, there is too much good music out there to relegate our listening experiences to cheap and under-performing desktop speakers; the EGG elevates your music to levels previously only found in music systems costing thousands of dollars. The EGG Wireless Digital Music System offers the most sophisticated and acoustically accomplished desktop speakers around with a choice between Bluetooth aptX functionality and high-resolution music compatibility via USB.

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A Brief History of Surround Sound

You could win a bar bet by knowing that Quadraphonic sound (surround-sound as we call it now) first became available in 1969. In 1970, RCA Records released Quad-8 tapes which were 8-Track tapes that played discrete quadraphonic sound. If you played them on a standard stereo 8-Track you would only get half the sound, so this lack of backward compatibility meant you had to buy a specific Quad-8 player. Again, expensive with not a lot of demand. Quad-8 tapes were available until 1978, but demand was never strong.

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The Mother of the MP3, Or, How A Great Song Helped Up-End the Music Business' Apple Cart

Fifteen years ago or so, as a point of marketing, it was not the quality of the music you could now carry around with you, it was the amount of music you could carry around with you. Today we are still using a format that was a cutting edge technology at the time it was developed, even though that format (and the storage capacities of the devices we now use) has long ago been surpassed with other compression codecs.

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