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  1. The Drugs Don’t Work - Live on Virgin Radio (Richard Ashcroft)
  2. What We Do - dCS believes that the role of a hi-fi system is to preserve all of the subtle information on a recording through the reproduction chain, and present it to the listener with every last nuance of emotional content intact. One of the most important parts of the music reproduction process is digital-to-analogue conversion, when the digital data on a CD or computer file is converted into an analogue signal – the music we hear through the loudspeakers. It is this process that dCS has been refining for twenty five years and, by making the world’s most advanced digital-to-analogue converters (DACs), master clocks and digital-to-digital converters (D2D), we can make Compact Discs or computer music files sound more faithful to the original recording than anything else. Over the years dCS has demonstrated to music lovers worldwide that by separating the key functions of the digital playback chain, huge sonic benefits and extraordinary musicality can be achieved. For this reason a typical dCS reference system can comprise up to four separate units: Upsampling CD/SACD Transport, Digital-to-Digital Converter, Digital-to-Analogue Converter and Master Clock. The positive contribution that each makes to the overall musical performance can easily be heard. All dCS products express the same values of musical and technical excellence and, by utilising the same key technologies across our ranges, we can be sure that whatever the source, the musical performance is guaranteed. dCS. Only the music. Website: Please call 01332 346284, 07727 272443 or email Hours of business are Monday to Saturday 9am-8pm, Sunday 10.30am-4.30pm (please call before travelling) ***** Musicraft - Clearance + Special Offers List ***** ***** ***** ***** Musicraft website - Special Offers list ***** Thanks Rick @ Musicraft
  3. Odi et Amo - Live at Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg (Jóhann Jóhannsson)
  4. Musicraft is pleased to announce that we now the East Midlands exclusive dealer for Ed Meitner - EMM Laboratories/Meitner Audio. EMM Labs is the world's premier designer and manufacturer of high end and professional digital audio converter systems. Established by Ed Meitner in 1998, EMM Labs is the world's premier designer of professional digital audio converter systems. Every day, more and more top recording engineers and organizations are buying our equipment. The fact that EMM Labs electronics are now internationally acclaimed and universally regarded as state of the art is a source of great pride to EMM Labs. Ed Meitner - EMM Laboratories/Meitner Audio. The human touch. Website: Please call 01332 346284, 07727 272443 or email Hours of business are Monday to Saturday 9am-8pm, Sunday 10.30am-4.30pm (please call before travelling) ***** Musicraft - Clearance + Special Offers List ***** ***** ***** ***** Musicraft website - Special Offers list ***** Thanks Rick @ Musicraft
  5. Lily Was Here - feat. Candy Dulfer (Dave Stewart)
  6. Clair de Lune - Debussy (Roxane Elfasci)
  7. We Don’t Care (Habib Koité & Eric Bibb)
  8. The Ear reviews Naim Audio's NAP 250 DR power amplifier - "This is easily the best sounding Naim amplifier I have reviewed, and one of the best power amps I’ve reviewed period. It has transparency, pace and bandwidth that caught me by surprise. Having heard what Statement could do I was optimistic but expectations have been well and truly exceeded." "The NAP 250 DR is that sort of amplifier, one that gets out of the way so that you get carried away by the music, a seemingly simple trick but one that not enough revealing amplifiers can pull off." "It does a remarkable job of showing you how musicians bounce off one another when they play together, this comes down to speed, there is little in the way of time smear with this amp, notes stop when they should so there is very little overhang." "If you are looking for a tool that shows you precisely what’s going on in a recording this is one of the best amplifiers for the job, but it still puts the musical message first, analysis may be possible but emotional communication is the essence." Naim Audio's NAP 250 DR power amplifier is at Musicraft (Derby) Naim Audio NAP 250 DR UK RRP £4099 Naim's story begins with one man’s passion for music and weaves its way through four decades and a raft of iconic product launches to the present day. Naim Audio founder Julian Vereker MBE (1945-2000) was a racing car driver, entrepreneur and self-taught engineer with a deep passion for music. Spending his spare time listening to and recording his friends playing live in the 1960s, Julian found that playback on his system at home fell woefully short of the experience he craved. Not content with second best he decided to design his own amplifiers and loudspeakers, ignoring accepted wisdom and focusing on aspects of performance that made music burst to life. These first designs laid the foundations for a range of iconic and award-winning hi-fi products that would reach well into the next century. A technical white paper on the Naim Audio Discrete Regulator technology You're a nobody without a Naim. LRes_Naim NAP 250 DR.pdf Hi-Fi News reviews Naim Audio's NAP 250 DR power amplifier "Naim’s Discrete Regulation and bespoke transistor technology from its flagship Statement amplifier combine to revitalise the company’s classic power amp." "No mistaking the huge toroidal transformer feeding dual, discretely-regulated PSUs for the NAP 250 DR’s voltage and power output stages. Naim’s NA009 transistors are mounted under the central (black) heatsinking." "Obvious even from a brief listen is the sheer power of the amplifier – and here I’m not talking about the figures on paper, which are easily bettered by plenty of amplifiers selling for less than the Naim, but the way it propels music along, and the impact it can deliver. Not only does the NAP 250 DR prove capable of presenting bass with a satisfying – and often surprising – weight and slam, it also shows just how well-controlled is its low end, with speed and dexterity when a drum-kit and/or electric bass is motoring." "Similar qualities were very much in evidence with the Kansas City Symphony/Michael Stern recording of Britten’s Young Person’s Guide To The Orchestra [DSD64 from Reference Recordings RR-120SACD]. This is not just a great system-tester due to its encyclopaedic survey of the instruments of the orchestra, but also due to its remarkable dynamics. Listening to the great final fugue building via the Naim is a truly spectacular experience, from the fine detailing in the woodwind right through to the great slams of the full band at the end." "But it lives up to the promise of its near-16kg fi ghting weight and that massive toroidal transformer dominating the interior view with a sound that can hit hard, play it cool or just captivate with the sheer detail and musicality on offer." Audio-Esoterica reviews Naim Audio's NAP 250 DR power amplifier "Several of our dynamics torture tests (featuring well produced drums, powerful orchestral, rock and World Music recordings) showed the DR could just as well stand for ‘Dynamic Range’ when compared with the straight NAP 250." "Naim does things in a distinctively individual way; from the minimalist styling carried across all its products to the circuitry and proprietary connectivity. There’s a clear statement here: ‘follow us on our path and we’ll take you to the music’. And indeed, with the NAP 250 DR, that’s exactly the destination. And really, what more can you ask of any amplifier..." Naim Audio's NAP 250 DR power amplifier is at Musicraft (Derby) Naim Audio's NAP 250 DR power amplifier is at Musicraft (Derby) Naim Audio's NAP 250 DR power amplifier is at Musicraft (Derby) Naim Audio NAP 250 DR - Modern yet classic Few components in the history of hi-fi can match the pedigree of the mighty NAP 250. First introduced in 1975, its regular updates – both aesthetic and technical – have kept it at the very forefront of power amplifier performance for more than three decades, creating unforgettable musical experiences for countless music lovers worldwide. The latest NAP 250 DR lives up to the challenge set by its predecessors. Housed in the low-resonance, anodised aluminium enclosure of the Classic Series, it delivers 80W per channel (into 8ohms) with all the speed, power and agility needed to unleash your music. New for 2015 – Statement technology Our flagship Statement amplification system was ten years in the making. The research and development project drew on all of our knowledge and expertise, yielding several breakthroughs in technology. Now for 2015 we’ve introduced two new technologies from the Statement project to our core range of power amplifiers. The NAP 250 DR now features the new NA009 transistors first introduced in Statement. In development for over a year, this key component was created in partnership with a specialist semi-conductor manufacturer to achieve the best possible sound quality. The NAP 250 DR also includes the high power Naim DR (Discrete Regulator) technology used in Statement to provide the smooth, stable power supply we know is critical for the audio electronics to make music come to life. These two new technologies, combined with other small improvements to layout and componentry, mean the NAP 250 DR can produce even more of the fundamental musical pace, rhythm and timing that made the originals so popular with music lovers. Features — 80W per channel output into 8 ohms — Large custom-designed transformer providing 400VA of transient power — Advanced 009 output transistors, as used in our reference NAP 500 and Statement power amplifier Technology & Craft Like the flagship NAP 500 DR, and the NAP 300 DR, the NAP 250 DRuses a new circuit design with improved earthing arrangements, built on a very high quality, anti-resonance main audio circuit board. The NAP 250 DR uses the same 009 transistors that were custom-designed for the statement amplification. These outstanding components each provide up to 80 amps and 350 Watts, negating the need to use parallel pairs of transistors (which always have a negative effect on sound). Additional 009 transistors are used in the fully regulated power supply, ensuring the very best performance. A new top-quality transformer is used providing the ability to deliver more than 15 Amps and swing a massive 400VA on transients. The NAP 250 DR is stable into any load and able to drive a 2-Ohm load for long periods of time. ***** Naim Audio (demo/display) Stock Offers at Musicraft (Derby) ***** ***** Musicraft - Clearance + Special Offers List ***** ***** ***** ***** Musicraft website - Special Offers list ***** Thanks Rick @ Musicraft
  9. ...And The Day Turned To Night (Shpongle)
  10. The Spider’s Stratagem (Dead Can Dance)
  11. Immigrant Song - Live (Led Zeppelin)
  12. Musicraft is pleased to announce that we are now the Midlands exclusive dealer for QLN Loudspeakers The true path to natural sound Steve Huff Photo QLN Prestige 3 loudspeakers review - “I have had speakers in my listening room that range from $500 to $45k and these under $10k retail speakers sound better than ALL OF THEM, and they offer a sound I never even though was possible from a speaker of this price or size. Yes, $10,000 is A LOT OF money for a pair of speakers but believe me, there are speakers that cost over $100k and sound more like a $10k speaker.” "At this just under $10k price point you can find a slew of wonderful speakers but I have never heard any speaker at this price sound so coherent, so natural, so pure, so transparent, so layered and textured and so…human." “The best I have had. No matter the price” QLN. We want you to listen to music – not to loudspeakers. Website: Please call 01332 346284, 07727 272443 or email Hours of business are Monday to Saturday 9am-8pm, Sunday 10.30am-4.30pm (please call before travelling) ***** Musicraft - Clearance + Special Offers List ***** ***** ***** ***** Musicraft website - Special Offers list ***** Thanks Rick @ Musicraft
  13. Tears in Rain - Blade Runner (Vangelis)
  14. Mad About You - Live at Koningin Elisabethzaal (Hooverphonic)
  15. Jovano Jovanke - Live (Vlatko Stefanovski & Miroslav Tadic)
  16. A classic ATC Soft Dome Monitoring - Friends around the world (special limited edition print) poster 66/100 signed by ATC's founder and chief engineer Billy Woodman on display here at Musicraft (Derby). PPS reviews ATC's SCM50 passive monitors and ATC's P2 power amplifier - ATC SCM50 PSL passive monitors ATC P2 power amplifier ATC SCM50 PSL passive monitors ATC, Acoustic Transducer Company, is a specialist British manufacturer of loudspeaker drive units and complete sound reproduction systems, including the relevant electronic equipment. ATC designs and manufactures the finest and most accurate of monitors in the world. ATC achieves this by designing and manufacturing loudspeaker drive units and systems to achieve levels of performance far in excess of the industry norm. ATC has kept to its aims of building loudspeakers and electronics which employ the most effective of modern engineering principles. ATC don't respond to competition, instead ATC responds to advances in technology that enables ATC to improve their products. ATC's goal is to have loudspeakers as near perfection in performance as possible by having the lowest possible distortion. All ATC products are built to meet the challenge of the latest digital recording technologies, while providing nothing less than the best sound reproduction money can buy. By selecting ATC you join a group of music lovers, professional audio engineers, educators, studios, and musicians across the world that understand the value of the engineering that goes into every ATC product. ATC’s products are installed at some of the world’s most prestigious multi-channel studios and auditoria. Where ever the best is required you will find ATC. (ATC's 40th Anniversary Celebration video) CORP BROCHURE.pdf (ATC Corporate brochure) ATC Transducer. Reference monitoring. What Hi-Fi reviews ATC's SCM50 PSL passive monitors - "We’ve been using ATC’s SCM50 as our reference speakers for well over a decade. Over that time they’ve been connected to just about every piece of electronics that has passed through our test rooms, from budget microsystems (just for fun, you understand) all the way up to monster pre/powers that retail for Porsche money. In all that time, and with those many hundreds of components, they have never once let us down." "Our chosen reference speakers need to be a transparent window to the sources and amplification we test, and these ATCs fit the bill superbly. In short, they are honest, even-handed speakers that don’t put a significant twist on the signal they’re fed." "These are no ordinary drive units. The company’s background is firmly planted in the Pro world where reliability and high power handling are essentials. But these things are not ATC’s only aims. The company’s engineers value low distortion and dynamic ability, and have spent years developing these units, only putting them into production when they are sure that every box has been ticked." "If we had to describe the ATC’s sound in one word, it would be ‘honest’. They don’t flavour or try to make things more exciting by adding a little treble sparkle or bass thump. They simply try to reproduce the signal faithfully." "These ATCs dig up plenty of information, whether it's a nuance in Jay Z’s rapid-fire delivery or the texture of a bass sound, and render it in a natural and unforced way. These speakers don’t go out of their way to highlight detail. They just present all the information in a balanced, natural and convincing way." "Yet we haven’t managed to find something that’s as satisfying an all-rounder or as practical to use as a day-to-day review tool. Considering the SCM50 was originally introduced in the mid-80s, that’s quite some achievement. It seems great engineering doesn’t date." The Ear reviews ATC's P2 300w/ch dual mono power stereo power amplifier - "I suspect that the P2 will drive just about everything out there, it’s just a question of taste as to whether you will like the result. ATC make no nonsense, down to earth amplifiers and loudspeakers based on decades of experience in the pro and consumer markets, and they make them in Gloucestershire, England in an unprepossessing building. This combined with a singularly indifferent attitude to advertising means that ATC products offer better value than most, in fact there aren’t many companies that compete on that front and even fewer who have such a solid track record. In other words this is not only a very capable amplifier it has pedigree and it’s sensibly priced. What more do you want?" ATC Super SH25-76S Soft Dome Tweeter used in SCM50 PSL passive monitors ATC Super SH25-76S Soft Dome Tweeter used in SCM50 PSL passive monitors ATC SM75-150S Super Soft Dome mid range drive unit used in SCM50 PSL passive monitors ATC SB75-234 (SC) SL bass driver bass driver used in SCM50 PSL passive monitors ATC SCM100ASL Professional Monitors used here at Musicraft (Derby) ATC SCM100ASL Professional Monitors used here at Musicraft (Derby)[/img] ATC SCM100ASL Professional monitors ***** Musicraft - Clearance + Special Offers List ***** ***** ***** ***** Musicraft website - Special Offers list ***** Thanks Rick @ Musicraft