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  • Cayin A-50T Tube Integrated Amplifier (with Phono Stage) Cayin A-50T Tube Integrated Amplifier (with Phono Stage) Quick View

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    Cayin A-50T Tube Integrated Amplifier (with Phono Stage)

    Stereophile Stereophile



    The Cayin A-50T is the best low-price amp I have ever heard, and it rivals some of the best amps in any price range.

    - Harry Weisfeld, owner of VPI Industries


    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.



    Includes Phono Stage


    A beautifully-crafted, hand-made tube piece manufactured to deliver the sound of the classic Marantz 8B


    The Cayin Audio A-50T uses four EL34s for Class A/B1 P.P amplification. The craftsmanship is absolutely first-rate, featuring point-to-point wiring, and each unit is hand-initialed by a quality-control inspector. The toroid power transformer and EI audio transformer are specially manufactured for the A-50T with low magnetic leakage, wide frequency response and low impedance. Two 12AX7EHs and two 12AU7s are used in the preamplifier. One very cool feature is the ability to switch between ultralinear and triode by remote control.


    This piece was hand-built with extreme attention to detail, including point-to-point wiring. Point-to-point was the way that amps used to be wired back in the 1950s and '60s when cost was not the primary objective. Nowadays, most everything contains circuit boards instead of this point-to-point wiring, which is much more dependable and better performing. The bottom line is that point-to-point wiring sounds better. It's one of the main reasons why these Cayin pieces sound like the classic tube gear from Marantz and McIntosh. Anymore, products that feature point-to-point wiring cost a fortune, or they feature sub-par workmanship. You simply are not going to find craftsmanship like with this Cayin gear for anywhere close to this price.


    There are output taps for 4 or 8 ohms. This allows you to fine-tune the sound that you desire. Switching is simple, and listening to the differences is a lot of fun. There is a removable cage, included at no extra charge. The cage snaps into place simply, so that you can take it on and off with no problem. Keep it on if you're worried about protecting your tubes, or take it off to show what real, heavy-duty, classic tube gear looks like. Turn off the lights and watch 'em glow.


    Cayin
    $1,800.00
    Cayin A-50T Tube Integrated Amp with Phono Stage Buy Now
  • AmpsandSound Casablanca Mono Block Amplifier AmpsandSound Casablanca Mono Block Amplifier Quick View

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    AmpsandSound Casablanca Mono Block Amplifier


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    AmpsandSound Products Are Handmade In Small Batches and Go Through Extensive Quality Control


    The Casablanca's are aptly named for their classic good looks and commanding performance. They came about in response to repeated requests for a single-ended amp with the power to drive non-compliant or inefficient speakers. Given that large power SE amps are either run in pentode or using exotic power tubes, Ampsandsound opted for a push-pull based amp; a larger version of the Stereo 15.


    The Casablanca's provide 60 watts with KT88/6550 power tubes, and 45 watts with EL-34s. Based on the Eico circuit and using a 12AX7/6SN7 front end allows access to a vast array of NOS/NIB tubes. The Casablanca's come with 8ohm and 4ohm taps and can be ordered with 16ohm taps if desired. To provide reliable power and a sweet sound, they turned to their design partners and carefully evaluated 2 new takes based on similar designs; the Eico HF97 and the Dynaco MKIII. They built both and did a shootout with the reigning king of push-pull amps, the McIntosh MC275.


    The results were startling. The Eico based circuit was a clear improvement over their take on the MKIII, and was on par with the MC275. The Casablanca's provided extremely articulate bass, with truly remarkable mid and high frequency extension. The bottom line - this amp provides the warmth and detail that is expected from reference level push-pull amps, and nearly limitless personalization with different tube combinations. The tubes included with purchase are new Tungsol 12AX7, Tungsol 6SN7, and Tungsol 6550s.


    They were recently asked what differentiates Ampsandsound Casablancas from any of the other well-made gear in the $2000-$3000 range. The answer is that there may be few differences, but the differences that do exist are pivotal to their approach to the reproduction of music. First off, many tube amplifiers in the Casablanca's price range have lower power. Other similar-price amplifiers are stereo amps, not providing the performance and channel separation for which mono-blocks are known.


    They chose the Casablanca design to allow for the largest practical power supply. Also, mono-blocks require 40% more parts, and like all Ampsandsound components, the Casablancas utilize modern materials to bring a higher level of performance. This includes using 1-2% resistors instead of the less costly and more common 10% variety, and coupling capacitors with 5% tolerance instead of 20%. Point-to-point wiring would allow for streamlined building, but their PCB's provide superior grounding and noise isolation, with the result that they have realized and improved upon the sonic characteristics of the great amplifiers of the 50's and 60's.


    AmpsandSound
    $4,000.00
    Mono Block Amplifier (Pair) Buy Now
  • ...Little Broken Hearts ...Little Broken Hearts Quick View

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    ...Little Broken Hearts

    White Colored Vinyl


    Little Broken Hearts is the stunning and musically diverse new break-up album from Norah Jones and fifth full-length of her storied career. The 12-song set was produced by Danger Mouse (aka Brian Burton) and features original tracks co-written by Jones and Burton. The album is preceded by the lead single Happy Pills which ushers in a parade of sunshiny hooks and surprised both Jones and Burton from the moment they wrote it: "We didn't know if it fit on the record. But I couldn't stop singing it, and neither could Brian. explains Jones. Eventually we decided it was too much fun, it had to be there."


    In addition to Jones and Burton, the album includes contributions from Blake Mills, Gus Seyffert, Joey Waronker, Heather McIntosh, the Sonus Quartet, Dan Elkin, Jonathan Hischke, Todd Monfalcone and Kennie Takahashi. Little Broken Hearts' artwork draws inspiration from the vintage movie posters that adorn Burton's Los Angeles studio and is loosely based on the poster for the 1965 Russ Meyer film Mudhoney.


    Little Broken Hearts' is the fascinating next step in the artistic evolution of one of the music world's most consistently intriguing singer/songwriters. Jones first emerged on the world stage 10 years ago with the 2002 release of Come Away With Me, her self-described "moody little record" that introduced a singular new voice and grew into a global phenomenon, sweeping the 2003 Grammy Awards and signaling a paradigm shift away from the prevailing synthetic pop music of the time. Come Away With Me has just become the 10th best-selling album of the Soundscan era and has sold 25 million copies worldwide.


    Since then, Jones has released three more critically acclaimed and commercially successful solo albums with Feels Like Home (2004), Not Too Late (2007) and The Fall (2009), as well as two albums with her country collective The Little Willies.


    The 2010 compilation Featuring Norah Jones showed her to possess an incredibly versatile voice by collecting her collaborations with artists as diverse as Willie Nelson, Outkast, Herbie Hancock and the Foo Fighters. Jones previously collaborated with Danger Mouse on his acclaimed 2011 album Rome, a valentine to classic Italian film score music that also featured Jack White.

    1. Good Morning
    2. Say Goodbye
    3. Little Broken Hearts
    4. She's 22
    5. Take It Back
    6. After The Fall
    7. 4 Broken Hearts
    8. Travelin' On
    9. Out On the Road
    10. Happy Pills
    11. Miriam
    12. All A Dream
    Norah Jones
    $18.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Giblet Gravy Giblet Gravy Quick View

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    Giblet Gravy

    In the same year that 25 year old George Benson appeared on a Miles Davis LP, he took the rhythm team of Hancock and Carter to make his own.


    With Billy Cobham, they were the foundation for an album that's half small group and half big band- one of the truly satisfying jazz that Benson made before following his role model, Wes Montgomery, in changing labels and boldly crossing over.


    Alongside the jazz and pop standards covered, Benson created a new standard with the title tune.
    The secret ingredient in the Gravy, as throughout the record, is the brilliant arranging of Tom McIntosh, one of the most original musical minds to emerge in the Sixties.

    Side 1
    1. Along Comes Mary

    2. Sunny

    3. What's New?

    4. Giblet Gravy

    5. Walk On By


    Side 2
    1. Thunder Walk

    2. Sack Of Woe

    3. Groovin'

    4. Low Down And Dirty

    George Benson
    $27.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • PRYMA Headphones 5 COLORS AVAILABLE PRYMA Headphones Quick View

    $499.00
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    PRYMA Headphones

    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.


    PRYMA is the first and only headphones that's "100% Handmade in Italy"


    Features:


    • Italian high-quality leather carefully selected and provided by a supplier for some of the most prestigious luxury/fashion brands
    • die-cast aluminum ear cup body
    • copper & stainless steel buckles
    • cushion specially designed to comfortably and precisely fit the ears
    • available in 5 colors: pure black, black & gold, rose gold & dark grey, coffee & cream, and carbon marsala

    Uniquely customizable: It's design allows the band to detach where each consumer can easily interchange parts and pieces for a truly bespoke style statement.



    World Of McIntosh
    $499.00
    Headphones - 5 Colors Available
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  • PRYMA Interchangeable Headbands 5 COLORS AVAILABLE PRYMA Interchangeable Headbands Quick View

    $90.00
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    PRYMA Interchangeable Headbands

    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.


    Made with the same premium leather used by Italy's high-end fashion houses, the PRYMA headband comes lined with a breathable microfiber interior over a harmonic steel core.

    World Of McIntosh
    $90.00
    Headbands For PRYMA Headphones - 5 Colors Available
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  • PRYMA Headphones: Notte Collection 2 COLORS AVAILABLE PRYMA Headphones: Notte Collection Quick View

    $499.00
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    PRYMA Headphones: Notte Collection

    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.


    PRYMA is the first and only headphones that's "100% Handmade in Italy"


    Features:


    • Italian high-quality leather carefully selected and provided by a supplier for some of the most prestigious luxury/fashion brands
    • die-cast aluminum ear cup body
    • stainless steel buckles
    • cushion specially designed to comfortably and precisely fit the ears
    • available in 2 colors: matte black and carbon fiber

    Uniquely customizable: It's design allows the band to detach where each consumer can easily interchange parts and pieces for a truly bespoke style statement.



    World Of McIntosh
    $499.00
    Headphones - 2 Colors Available
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  • Average White Band Average White Band Quick View

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    Average White Band

    First Time Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl


    Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso At Friday Music & Capitol Mastering


    Their self-effacing name to the contrary, Average White Band was anything but - one of the few white groups to cross the color line and achieve success and credibility playing funk, with their tight, fiery sound also belying their Scottish heritage, evoking American R&B hotbeds like Detroit, Memphis, and Philadelphia instead. Singer/bassist Alan Gorrie, guitarists Hamish Stuart and Onnie McIntyre, tenor saxophonist Malcolm Duncan, keyboardist/saxophonist Roger Ball, and drummer Robbie McIntosh comprised the original Average White Band lineup. Veterans of numerous Scottish soul and jazz groups, they made their debut in 1973 as the opening act at Eric Clapton's Rainbow Theatre comeback gig, soon issuing their debut LP, Show Your Hand, to little notice. After adopting the abbreviated moniker AWB, a year later the band issued their self-titled sophomore effort, topping the American pop charts with the Arif Mardin-produced instrumental "Pick Up the Pieces." The record's mammoth success was nevertheless tempered by the September 23, 1974 death of McIntosh, who died at a Hollywood party after overdosing on heroin.


    Ex-Bloodstone drummer Steve Ferrone replaced McIntosh for AWB's third album, 1975's Cut the Cake, which scored a Top Ten hit with its title track as well as two other chart entries, "If I Ever Lose This Heaven" and "School Boy Crush." (Put It Where You Want It, issued later that same year, was simply a retitled and repackaged Show Your Hand.) With 1976's Soul Searching, the group reclaimed the full Average White Band name, scoring their final Top 40 hit with "Queen of My Soul." Following the live Person to Person, they issued Benny & Us, a collaboration with soul legend Ben E. King. However, after subsequent outings, including 1978's Warmer Communications, 1979's Feel No Fret, and 1980's Shine, failed to recapture the energy of AWB's peak, the group dissolved in 1982, with Ferrone later joining Duran Duran and Stuart recording with Paul McCartney. Gorrie, Ball, and McIntyre reformed Average White Band in 1989, tapping vocalist Alex Ligertwood for their comeback effort Aftershock. Oft-sampled by hip-hop producers throughout the 1990s, the group continued touring prior to releasing Soul Tattoo in 1996. The live album, Face to Face, followed three years later.

    1. You Got It
    2. Got The Love
    3. Pick Up The Pieces

    4. Person To Person

    5. Work To Do
    6. Nothing You Can Do

    7. Just Wanna Love You Tonight
    8. Keepin' It To Myself

    9. I Just Can't Give You Up

    10. There's Always Someone Waiting
    Average White Band
    $31.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
  • Black Hours Black Hours Quick View

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    Black Hours

    Hamilton Leithauser announces his debut solo album Black Hours via Ribbon Music -
    inaugurating a new chapter in an already remarkable career from The Walkmen front man. The album
    brings Leithauser full circle and then some, from lonely midwinter piano-and-vocals sessions, to a
    loud, live Rock n Roll group and back again. Featuring Leithauser with a slew of talented collaborators
    including Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend), Paul Maroon (The Walkmen), Morgan Henderson
    (Fleet Foxes) and Richard Swift (The Shins/solo), the album showcases Leithauser at his most
    passionate, personal and free.


    The video for the first single "Alexandra," which was directed by SXSW Film Festival Grand Jury award
    winning director Tristan Patterson. The track was co-written by Hamilton Leithauser and Rostam
    Batmanglij, the latter producing and mixing the track.


    In its orchestrated rhythms, dynamic vocals, and generous production, Black Hours speaks from one
    booming voice. The instrumentation provides muscle and texture: Maroon covering a wide range of
    acoustic and electric guitars as well as grand piano; Batmanglij switching between guitar, harpsichord,
    piano, bass and harmonica; Morgan Henderson from Fleet Foxes takes the marimba and upright bass,
    and Richard Swift lays down impressive drums on seven tracks (Henderson & Swift will be accompanying
    Leithauser on a full U.S. tour). Amber Coffman from the Dirty Projectors provides backing vocals on
    several numbers and even Hugh McIntosh of Leithauser's first band, the Recoys, returns to the drum
    stool for a pair of songs.


    Principal recording was done in August 2013 at Vox Studios in Los Angeles, "the oldest private studio in
    the world", where Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, Johnny Mercer, and countless others cut demos before
    appearing on air at NBC studios, just across Melrose Ave.

    1. 5 AM
    2. The Silent Orchestra
    3. Alexandra
    4. 11 O'Clock Friday Night
    5. St Mary's County
    6. Self Pity
    7. I Retired
    8. I Don't Need Anyone
    9. Bless Your Heart
    10. The Smallest Splinter
    Hamilton Leithauser
    $19.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Black Hours (Deluxe Edition) Black Hours (Deluxe Edition) Quick View

    $24.99
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    Black Hours (Deluxe Edition)


    Includes Bonus 4 Track EP


    Hamilton Leithauser announces his debut solo album Black Hours via Ribbon Music -
    inaugurating a new chapter in an already remarkable career from The Walkmen front man. The album
    brings Leithauser full circle and then some, from lonely midwinter piano-and-vocals sessions, to a
    loud, live Rock n Roll group and back again. Featuring Leithauser with a slew of talented collaborators
    including Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend), Paul Maroon (The Walkmen), Morgan Henderson
    (Fleet Foxes) and Richard Swift (The Shins/solo), the album showcases Leithauser at his most
    passionate, personal and free.


    The video for the first single "Alexandra," which was directed by SXSW Film Festival Grand Jury award
    winning director Tristan Patterson. The track was co-written by Hamilton Leithauser and Rostam
    Batmanglij, the latter producing and mixing the track.


    In its orchestrated rhythms, dynamic vocals, and generous production, Black Hours speaks from one
    booming voice. The instrumentation provides muscle and texture: Maroon covering a wide range of
    acoustic and electric guitars as well as grand piano; Batmanglij switching between guitar, harpsichord,
    piano, bass and harmonica; Morgan Henderson from Fleet Foxes takes the marimba and upright bass,
    and Richard Swift lays down impressive drums on seven tracks (Henderson & Swift will be accompanying
    Leithauser on a full U.S. tour). Amber Coffman from the Dirty Projectors provides backing vocals on
    several numbers and even Hugh McIntosh of Leithauser's first band, the Recoys, returns to the drum
    stool for a pair of songs.


    Principal recording was done in August 2013 at Vox Studios in Los Angeles, "the oldest private studio in
    the world", where Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, Johnny Mercer, and countless others cut demos before
    appearing on air at NBC studios, just across Melrose Ave.

    LP 1
    1. 5 AM
    2. The Silent Orchestra
    3. Alexandra
    4. 11 O'Clock Friday Night
    5. St Mary's County
    6. Self Pity
    7. I Retired
    8. I Don't Need Anyone
    9. Bless Your Heart
    10. The Smallest Splinter


    Bonus EP
    1. Waltz [Deluxe Edition]
    2. In Our Time (I'll Always Love You) [Deluxe Edition]
    3. Utrecht [Deluxe Edition]
    4. I'll Never Love Again [Deluxe Edition]

    Hamilton Leithauser
    $24.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Painting Signs (Pure Pleasure) Painting Signs (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Painting Signs (Pure Pleasure)

    Painting Signs stands up as a complete work from beginning to end. Eric Bibb makes a fine case for blues as a music of introspection, warmth, and supreme nuance. Easily his most mature album to date, Painting Signs continues Bibb's formula of socially aware songs performed from an acutely personal point-of-view; standout tracks Don't Ever Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down and a cover of Hope In A Hopeless World hammer home his message of individual freedom and the responsibilities that accompany it. (It's no coincidence that Pops Staples, to whom Bibb dedicates this album, once recorded the latter song.) That's not to say Painting Signs is overly didactic or, indeed, 'heavy' in any way; even the most serious songs here, like the plea for peace and unity Got To Do Better, are leavened by a musical backdrop that's soulful and immediately accessible. Gospel-leaning backing vocals by Linda Tillery and her Cultural Heritage Choir help flesh out several cuts, and robust accordion fills by Bibb's longtime accompanist Janne Petersson add a subtle Louisiana flavor to the rolling, propulsive Kokomo and, to surprisingly good effect, the deep-grooved version of Jimmy Reed's Honest I Do. Elsewhere, he keeps a minimalist tone dominated by acoustic guitar, an arrangement that's particularly mesmerizing on the chilling title track. With its emphasis on sophisticated songcraft and its gentle blend of folk, gospel, and country influences, Painting Signs presents Bibb as an artist intent on blurring the line between blues and 'roots music' in general.



    Musicians:



    • Eric Bibb (vocal, guitar)

    • Wilson Pickett (vocal)

    • Dave Bronze (bass, guitar, vocal)

    • Robbie McIntosh (guitar)

    • Hans Theesink (mandolin)

    • Janne Petersson (organ, piano, electric piano, accordion)

    • Henry Spinetti (drums)

    • Linda Tillery & The Cultural Heritage Choir (backing vocal)



    Format: 2LPs 33rpm / gatefold sleeve



    About Pure Pleasure



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    1. Kokomo
    2. Hope In A Hopeless World
    3. Five Miles Above
    4. I Heard The Angels Singing

    5. Delia's Gone
    6. Got To Do Better
    7. The Light Was Worth The Candle

    8. Angel
    9. Walkin' Home

    10. To Know You
    11. Honest I Do
    12. Paintin' Signs
    13. Don't Ever Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down
    Eric Bibb
    $44.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Learning To Crawl (On Sale) Learning To Crawl (On Sale) On Sale Quick View

    $34.99 $31.49 Save $3.50 (10%)

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    Learning To Crawl (On Sale)

    What is the sound of a fledgling band dealing with multiple tragedies, coming to terms with drastic changes, digging deep into its consciousness, finding resolution in hurt, and overcoming staggering odds to record a bonafide masterwork? It's the sound of every note that graces the Pretenders' Learning to Crawl. Still recognized as one of the most emotionally gripping and musically gutsy performances ever made, the smash 1984 album hasn't aged a day. And now, it sounds better than could ever be imagined.



    Half-speed mastered from the original master tapes, Learning to Crawl finally possesses the combination of whisper-in-your-ear intimacy and nerve-checking toughness that it's always demanded on Mobile Fidelity's super-quiet analog LP. Leader Chrissie Hynde's voice is made viscerally apparent, wavering between vigorous determination and solemn reflection, while drummer Martin Chamber's punchy backbeats register with requisite punch. To say nothing of how fresh the effort's hit singles (Middle of the Road, Back on the Chain Gang) and incredible deep cuts sound.



    The story behind Learning to Crawl is directly connected to the powerful, moving music within. After releasing two records that swept the world by storm (Pretenders and Pretenders II, the latter available on hybrid SACD from Mobile Fidelity), the group's fortunes reversed after guitarist James Honeyman-Scott was found dead of a drug overdose in 1982. Shortly thereafter, founding member Pete Fardon, fired just two days before his partner's death, also succumbed to an overdose, leaving the band's state in tatters. Would there still be a Pretenders?



    Hynde answers this question with a resounding yes on Learning to Crawl, which still contains signs of the band's early, street-wise rawness but also adds new wrinkles, with more streamlined melodies, sensitive ballads, and reflective tones. Back on the Chain Gang, the Pretenders' most commercially successful hit, functioned as a bittersweet tribute to her ex-mates while the Christmas-themed 2000 Miles holds rank as one of the most effecting, penetrating love songs of Hynde's career. Throughout the record, the Pretenders are again one.



    New guitarist Robbie McIntosh supplies simpler, bluesier, basic guitar lines and the foursome know how to all-out rock, with the furious Middle of the Road and socially conscious My City Was Gone testifying to a stinging, thrilling sensibility that can exist only because of the devastation that the band survived. Call it the rise of the phoenix or triumph of the human will, but any way you see it, Learning to Crawl occupies a rare territory--akin to the space referred to on the superb cover of Thin Line Between Love and Hate--that registers in the pits of the human soul.



    Whether you've grown up with this album, heard it in college, or are just learning about it now, Mobile Fidelity's expertly mastered 180g LP version is the only analog edition worth owning. Hear Hynde and Co.'s cathartic, transcendent effort in all its full splendor, and, like the Pretenders, refuse to settle for less.


    This title is not eligible for further discount.

    1. Middle of the Road
    2. Back on the Chain Gang
    3. Time the Avenger
    4. Watching the Clothes
    5. Show Me
    6. Thumbelina
    7. My City Was Gone
    8. Thin Line Between Love and Hate
    9. I Hurt You
    10. 2000 Miles
    Pretenders
    $34.99 $31.49 Save $3.50 (10%)
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
  • Cayin A-50T Tube Integrated Amplifier Cayin A-50T Tube Integrated Amplifier Quick View

    $1,600.00
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    Cayin A-50T Tube Integrated Amplifier

    Stereophile Stereophile



    The Cayin A-50T is the best low-price amp I have ever heard, and it rivals some of the best amps in any price range.

    - Harry Weisfeld, owner of VPI Industries


    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.


    A beautifully-crafted, hand-made tube piece manufactured to deliver the sound of the classic Marantz 8B


    The Cayin Audio A-50T uses four EL34s for Class A/B1 P.P amplification. The craftsmanship is absolutely first-rate, featuring point-to-point wiring, and each unit is hand-initialed by a quality-control inspector. The toroid power transformer and EI audio transformer are specially manufactured for the A-50T with low magnetic leakage, wide frequency response and low impedance. Two 12AX7EHs and two 12AU7s are used in the preamplifier. One very cool feature is the ability to switch between ultralinear and triode by remote control.


    This piece was hand-built with extreme attention to detail, including point-to-point wiring. Point-to-point was the way that amps used to be wired back in the 1950s and '60s when cost was not the primary objective. Nowadays, most everything contains circuit boards instead of this point-to-point wiring, which is much more dependable and better performing. The bottom line is that point-to-point wiring sounds better. It's one of the main reasons why these Cayin pieces sound like the classic tube gear from Marantz and McIntosh. Anymore, products that feature point-to-point wiring cost a fortune, or they feature sub-par workmanship. You simply are not going to find craftsmanship like with this Cayin gear for anywhere close to this price.


    There are output taps for 4 or 8 ohms. This allows you to fine-tune the sound that you desire. Switching is simple, and listening to the differences is a lot of fun. There is a removable cage, included at no extra charge. The cage snaps into place simply, so that you can take it on and off with no problem. Keep it on if you're worried about protecting your tubes, or take it off to show what real, heavy-duty, classic tube gear looks like. Turn off the lights and watch 'em glow.


    Cayin
    $1,600.00
    Cayin A-50T Tube Integrated Amp Buy Now
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