• Return to Abbey Road

    Return to Abbey Road

    When I attended last year’s press conference at Capitol Records for the 50th Anniversary launch of The Beatles, aka The White Album, a journalist shouted out to producer Giles Martin, “Hey, what about Abbey Road?” ...
  • Longevity

    Longevity

    This editorial piece appeared in the 300th issue of TAS. This is the 300th issue of The Absolute Sound. As we enter the third decade of the 21st century, that is a remarkable milestone for ...
  • Bar Shiru

    Bar Shiru

    Too often the ambience of a popular drinking establishment will be marred by the deafening din of conversations shouted over an endless digital stream of music. Not so at Bar Shiru, a new craft cocktail ...
  • Catching up with Stockfisch Records

    Catching up with Stockfisch Records

    When German guitarist Werner Lämmerhirt released Ten Thousand Miles in 1974, that LP was, in more ways than one, a harbinger of things to come. Along with being Lämmerhirt’s debut album, it was the opening ...
  • The Spirit of Rush

    The Spirit of Rush

    Call it “Revenge of the Nerds.” Vilified by the music mainstream and critical cognoscenti for decades, Rush became the prime beneficiaries of some clear-cut revisionist history and ultimately a 2013 berth in the Rock and ...
  • Magnepan Doubles Down

    Magnepan Doubles Down

    No sooner has Magnepan’s Wendell Diller finished with his nationwide demonstration tour of the company’s new 30.7s, when he and his wife Galina are planning yet another tour to show off an even-newer Magnepan loudspeaker ...
  • International Phonograph, Inc.

    International Phonograph, Inc.

    One of the dilemmas for those of us with tricked-out reel-to-reel tape decks, like my UHA-Phase 12 from United Home Audio, is finding outstanding pre-recorded tapes at reasonable prices. One great source is International Phonograph, ...
  • 50 Greatest Bargains in High-End Audio - 2019

    50 Greatest Bargains in High-End Audio - 2019

    Cables, Power Products, and Accessories AudioQuest conductive fiber record brush, $22.95 Caig Deoxit contact cleaner, $32.95 Shunyata Research Venom 14 AC power cord, $95 Synergistic Research Foundation Series, $499/$599 Entry Level Grado Prestige Black2 phono ...
  • Traffic Returns to Vinyl

    Traffic Returns to Vinyl

    In 1967 four musicians left the city in order to hole up in an English country cottage, where they immersed themselves in music. Far from the madding crowd, the artists created a fresh new sound ...

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