• Reversal of Fortune

    Reversal of Fortune

    For virtually the entire existence of the audio hardware and music industries, consumers who most valued sound quality (you know, us) were at the mercy of the hardware formats created for the mass market. Audiophiles ...
  • The Alt-Pop Artistry of XTC

    The Alt-Pop Artistry of XTC

    Let’s begin!” These two seemingly innocent words gleefully open the 1992 Nonsuch track “The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead,” yet another notch in the sonically pleasing crown of the British new-wave collective known as XTC. Vocalist/guitarist ...
  • Q&A with John Quick of dCS

    Q&A with John Quick of dCS

    Did your interest in the high end come from the music side or the electronics side? Actually, a little bit of both. Music was constantly playing at home when I was young, and since then ...
  • RCA Classic Film Scores on SACD

    RCA Classic Film Scores on SACD

    The RCA Classic Film Score Series has no equal among film music recordings, musically or sonically. Yet, despite the consistently high sound quality of the series, RCA butchered its initial release on CD in Dolby ...
  • Robert Dick, Flutist

    Robert Dick, Flutist

    While jazz critics and listeners have elevated such flutists as Nicole Mitchell and Hubert Laws to the top of their polls, virtuoso Robert Dick has flown somewhat under the radar while doing nothing less than ...
  • Munich in New Jersey

    Munich in New Jersey

    I’ve always wanted to go to the Munich High-End show. But with the world on lockdown and the Munich show outright cancelled, I accepted an invitation from Bill Parish of GTT Audio to attend his ...
  • A Good Time to Buy Music

    A Good Time to Buy Music

    I live within walking distance of the Ludlow Garage, a small Cincinnati music venue that, in the late 60s and early 70s, hosted Santana, Frank Zappa, BB King, and countless other artists. Live at Ludlow ...
  • The Versatile Luther Russell

    The Versatile Luther Russell

    Once upon a time, while pawing through CDs at a pawn shop, I came across a self-titled album by the Freewheelers (1991, DGC/UMG). I liked the sound of the group’s name, and I cracked up ...

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