• Esoteric E-02 Phonostage

    Esoteric E-02 Phonostage

    MAGNIFYcation At the most recent RMAF I was using my handheld, foldable 3x-to-8.5x magnifier to align an Ortofon A95 cartridge on a manufacturer’s turntable. The little Carson Triview is inexpensive (I think I got it ...
  • Objectivity and the Abstract Truth

    Objectivity and the Abstract Truth

    Every hobby, by its very nature, runs the constant risk of losing contact with its own foundational intent or purpose. The closeness of specialization can, over time, turn into an abstraction where the tether to ...
  • Dynaudio Contour 30

    Dynaudio Contour 30

    The words “there are no accidents” rang through my mind early in the auditioning of these Dynaudio Contour 30s as I listened to the album Mindif [Enja, 1988] from South African musician Abdullah Ibrahim. I’ve ...
  • Keeping It Simple

    Keeping It Simple

    It’s great, isn’t it? At our fingertips we have access to seemingly limitless information, on anything and everything. Enthusiasts from all corners of the globe can do their magical “research” in the comfort of their ...
  • Head, Heart, and Hands

    Head, Heart, and Hands

    Allan Moulton is North American Sales Manager at U.S.-based equipment distributor Musical Surroundings. Why do people still listen to records? It’s the question instinctively asked by nearly all those outside our hobby (and many within) ...

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