• The Rebirth of Quad

    The Rebirth of Quad

    I have fallen in love—again—with quadraphonic sound. In 1972, I purchased a state-of-the-art Sylvania CR2743W stereo amp with built-in Phase Q4 Matrix four-channel circuitry. In stereo quadraphonic systems (SQ), four sound channels were converted down ...
  • Micromega M-150 Integrated Amplifier

    Micromega M-150 Integrated Amplifier

    Not long ago, when I definitely should have been doing something else—like working on my review of Micromega’s M-150 integrated amplifier—I was watching old commercials on YouTube. Onto the screen came a dimly familiar 30-second ...
  • Ronstadt Rules!

    Ronstadt Rules!

    Linda Ronstadt: Live in Hollywood. Linda Ronstadt: Just One Look: Classic Linda Ronstadt. Both: HDtracks.com and SuperHiRez.com (24/96) It’s funny how, when you think of a song by one of today’s female pop stars—Katy Perry, ...
  • FiiO M7 Digital Audio Player

    FiiO M7 Digital Audio Player

    Off the cuff, most people who know their way around the personal audio scene would say $200 seems like quite a reasonable jumping off point for a decently equipped, good-sounding DAP. Fiio’s M7 portable high-resolution ...
  • Primare I35 Prisma Integrated Amplifier

    Primare I35 Prisma Integrated Amplifier

    The Swedish-built I35 Prisma integrated amplifier, the latest model in Primare’s highly regarded 30 Series, exemplifies a new breed of integrated amp. Where once upon a time the integrated existed in a world apart from ...
  • Divine Art Recordings Group

    Divine Art Recordings Group

    Simonburn is a “small human settlement” in Northeastern England, as Wikipedia phrases it. There is a church there named for St. Mungo, and in the early 1990s, its organ needed restoration. Stephen and Edna Sutton ...
  • Wilson Benesch Eminence Loudspeaker

    Wilson Benesch Eminence Loudspeaker

    “What does that speaker sound like?” It’s such a common question among audiophiles that we never stop to think about what it means. When asking that question, we expect a capsule description of the speaker’s ...
  • T.H.E. Show 2019

    T.H.E. Show 2019

    Southern California has an audio show problem. It’s not new, and it’s not clear why. Perhaps it’s the slow-burn of internecine rivalries, sketchy venue selection and promotion (remember LAX?), or just plain bad luck. In ...

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