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How/What?

We are often are asked how we go about our reviews of recorded material and what equipment we use.  Hopefully, this will shed some light on the matter.

Reviewers will have their own methodology, but at HHH HQ recorded material (CD, tape, Video, DVD etc.) is generally played at least three times before the writing process is begun.  This, we feel, is particularly important to avoid rash judgements being made.  Some albums require a number of listens to fully appreciate (or not as the case may be).  We all have our favourite styles and it is often difficult to disguise enthusiasm for a particular style in a review.  However, we at HHH have an appreciation of music in general and understand that if a particular style does not ring our bell, it will hit the mark for other listeners.  Consequently, we attempt to provide an unbiased review taking into account musical structure, arrangement, creativity, lyrics and performance to help you, the reader, decide if it may be something you would enjoy.  Long established bands that have a well-known back catalogue can be open to greater criticism, which we feel is fair if a new release is not up to the standard expected.

We also try to listen to recordings on different types of equipment (CD Walkman, HI FI, Headphones, PC and I.C.E [car]) as some albums can sound great through, say, HI FI/headphones but maybe not so good on a Walkman (CD production may lean towards HI FI reproduction).

So what equipment is used (for the techies)?

Jem uses the following:

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Arcam Alpha 7se CD player

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Denon CDR-1000 CD player/recorder

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AIWA AD-F850 tape deck

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Arcam 8R integrated amplifier

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TDL RTL3 Floorstanding speakers

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Sony CD Walkman

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Archos Jukebox FM Recorder (MP3)

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Toshiba SD330E DVD video player

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Yamaha RX-V630RDS A/V Receiver

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JVC SVHS video player

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Sony Widescreen TV

 

In car: 

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Volvo HU-605 head unit (single CD and tape slots)

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10 CD autochanger

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Volvo six speakers + 1 woofer

 

 

 

 

 

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