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As I have written mostly for magazines and those that I write for currently, with the notable exception of Stereophile, have only nascent web presence, there isn’t much of my work you can read via your browser. But there are a few bits and pieces out there, albeit not always the items I would choose myself.

Please note:

1)  All of these items were written a while back, in one case over a decade ago. The world changes.

2)  I have not, in general, checked them to see if they are a faithful rendition of what I wrote.

3)  Copyright is owned by the publishers of the magazines in which they first appeared.

 

 

www.wilson-benesch.com/reviews/review1.html

When I wrote for Gramophone, from 1993 to 1999, audio section reviewers were trusted to write as many words as they considered a product deserved. Commissions did not arrive with a copy length specification – a virtually unheard of freedom in modern consumer magazines. This quite long review of the Wilson Benesch Turntable and ACT Two pickup arm is a good example. Everybody now knows that WB makes extensive and unusual use of carbon fibre composites in its products. If you would like to know more than this bald fact – specifically the why and the how – then this provides some enlightenment.

www.imoc.co.uk/technical/article/autocar.htm

One of the most satisfying jobs I’ve done for Autocar is act as technical lynchpin for the tyre tests it has conducted since the mid-1990s. I don’t get involved in the driving – much better pedallers than I do that – but I do help with the organisation, keep a general eye on the test procedures and, most importantly, perform the statistical analysis of the results that so many other car magazines feel able to do without. This feature of the Autocar tests, and the fact that we benchmark supplied tyres against samples obtained over the counter in the UK, makes them altogether more relevant and trustworthy than most. Before you ask, we did once catch a major European manufacturer providing unrepresentative tyres, to the extent that they proved all of 6 seconds a lap faster on the wet handling circuit that those we brought with us (and a second set obtained locally during the test). You do have to wonder how often differences of this sort have gone undetected elsewhere. This article, which I co-authored, is the 1999 test. There have been many others since, conducted at a variety of different test venues.

www.allamericanracers.com/gurney_flap.html

When I approached Motor Sport editor Andrew Frankel in early 1999 with a proposal for a series of single-page articles about components which had made a significant contribution to motor racing development, I had about half-a-dozen items on my shortlist and an expectation that, with a little brainstorming, we might increase the number to nine or ten. In fact the series ran from the April 1999 to December 2001 issues – a total of 33 pieces. Some of them were sods to research but most, to my monthly relief, proved to have at least one interesting aspect to them. A staffer on Autocar at the time was kind enough to say that I was the only person he knew who could write 1000 words on the rod end bearing and make it interesting – not true but encouraging to hear. This piece, about the development of the Gurney flap, was one of the more straightforward to compile because Dan Gurney still gives freely of his time to talk about his distinguished career as a racing driver and team owner. I am gratified he chose to reproduce it on the AAR web site.

Stereophile

 

One of the joys of being a Stereophile contributor is the magazine’s extensive web site, which is frequently updated with recent material from the magazine. My first feature appeared in the January 2004 issue and by mid-February it had already migrated to the web site. As future contributions do the same I will place links for them here. If only all print media publishers were this enlightened.

 

www.stereophile.com/features/104law

‘The Law of Averages’, January 2004

 

www.stereophile.com/features/404metrics

‘New Media Metrics’, April 2004

 

www.stereophile.com/reference/704cutting

‘Cutting Corners’, July 2004

 

www.stereophile.com/reference/1104red

‘Red Shift’, November 2004

 

www.stereophile.com/features/105kh

‘Time Dilation’ part 1, January 2005

 

www.stereophile.com/features/405time

‘Time Dilation’ part 2, April 2005

 

http://stereophile.com/features/705dither

‘Contingent Dither’, July 2005

 

http://stereophile.com/reference/106ringing

‘Ringing False’, January 2006

 

http://stereophile.com/reference/406howard

‘Naughty but Nice’, April 2006

 

http://stereophile.com/reference/706deep

‘Wayward Down Deep’, July 2006

 

http://stereophile.com/reference/1106hot

‘Hot Stuff’, November 2006

 

http://stereophile.com/reference/407upward

‘Upward Mobility’, April 2007

 

http://www.stereophile.com/reference/707heavy

‘Heavy Load’, July 2007

 

http://stereophile.com/reference/108tech

‘Anti-Node’, January 2008

 

http://stereophile.com/features/808head

‘Between the Ears’, August 2008

 

http://www.stereophile.com/features/cut_and_thrust_riaa_lp_equalization

‘Cut and Thrust’, March 2009

 

http://stereophile.com/reference/arc_angles_optimizing_tonearm_geometry

‘Arc Angles’, April 2010

 

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