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Ruark Audio Announces New R2 Compact Music System

Ruark Audio has announced a brand new, heavily redesigned version of the R2 compact music system

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Q Acoustics Concept 40 Floorstanding Speakers REVIEW

Andrew Baker reviews the over-performing Concept 40 floorstanding speakers from Q-Acoustics

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Q Acoustics Concept 40 Floorstanding Speakers REVIEW

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Ruark Audio Announces New R2 Compact Music System

Ruark Audio has announced a brand new, heavily redesigned version of the R2 compact music system

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Frank Zappa – Chunga’s Revenge (Zappa Records/Universal) CD REVIEW

With Universal issuing remastered versions of Frank Zappa’s enormous catalogue, Gary Steel takes up the challenge of reviewing every single one of FZ’s genius album creations. Today’s selection: Chunga’s Revenge. AFTER THE SUSTAINED brilliance of Frank Zappa’s work between 1966 and 1969, critics and fans that saw the dissolution of The Mothers as tantamount to [...]

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