Category Archives: Philip’s Playlists

Vinyl to Tape, notes from an analogue warrior

The performance of Master ¼” 2 track tape playback at 15 IPS is in a word, “wonderful” by my standard!  Sadly enough, the repertoire is a little lacking so I was toying with the idea of curating playlists from my diverse vinyl collection, recording them to tape to expand the music that I could offer […]

Part 5 of 6: Demo Material LPs—Male Vocal

Our latest tests were done through a Gryphon Diablo 300 integrated amplifier and a pair of Gryphon Pantheon loudspeakers.  All I can say is that it woke our senses and presented an experience that many seek but seldom get.  There are many ways to build synergies.  Great recording, talented artists, well paired up “mixed marriage” […]

Select tracks from Philip’s compilation: Graham Audio 2019 Demo CD

It is only appropriate to begin our 2019 Graham Demo CD compilation with A Celtic Tapestry Vol. 2, with Karen Casey’s cover of a timeless spell, “One I Love”.  Hear the enduring power of Irish and Scottish traditions shine through fascinating textures of her vocals, sounding so naturally through these BBC award winning loudspeakers from Graham […]

Part 4 of 6: Demo Material LPs—Jazz

As I write this post, Cassandra Wilson’s performance this past weekend at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center is still fresh on my mind.  Time flew as we committed to those tickets months ago as soon as we found out about her tour.  Back story is that we have had a divided opinion about Jazz […]

Philip’s Demo XX – Curator’s Notes (Part 3 of 3)

ZZ Top – “La Grange” Growing up on the other side of the pond, I only heard ZZ Tops 1973 hit in 2017. Thanks to HiFi+ for the recommendation. I think its important to have a classic rock song on the demo compilation, one that most people heard while they were in College. When you […]

Part 3 of 6: Demo Material LPs—Female Vocals

A While ago we did an A/B test having Ms. Lori Liberman perform live in our exhibits’ room at CES and we recorded that performance.  We did an immediate playback.  While the live performance was of course brilliant, the playback felt like the artist was in the room.  That was done with Luxman B-1000f and […]

Philip’s Demo XX – Curator’s Notes (Part 2 of 3)

Sibelius Piano Trio – Piano Trio in D Major, JS 209 “Korpo”: I. Allegro moderato I was honoured to be invited to attend the recording of this beautiful piece of chamber music by Yarlung Records at the Samueli Hall (Costa Mesa, So CA).  It’s one of the earliest compositions by Jean Sibelius, who picked up […]

Philip’s Demo XX – Curator’s Notes (Part 1 of 3)

We accumulated approximately sixty songs  before we started whittling down the music around the Christmas holidays to finalize on almost 80 minutes of music that will fit on a CD. As always, our criteria are that the music primarily must be compelling & meaningful. Secondarily that its well-recorded and will show what a well-implemented high-end […]