• 2019 Golden Ear Awards: Andrew Quint

    2019 Golden Ear Awards: Andrew Quint

    T+A Elektroakustik DAC 8 DSD Digital-to-Analog Converter $4450 Many digital audio experts maintain that it’s just not possible to optimize decoding of both PCM and DSD data streams with a one-lane architecture, even though there ...
  • Jeremy Denk: c.1300-c.2000

    Jeremy Denk: c.1300-c.2000

    c.1300–c.2000. Denk (24/96) SuperHiRez.com I’m not big on saving printed programs from concerts—I’ve got too much stuff I’ll never look at again as it is—but made an exception in January of 2017 when I heard ...
  • The Audiophile Ecosystem

    The Audiophile Ecosystem

    To a non-audiophile, the passion for good sound can seem like a remarkably solitary endeavor. That civilian walks past our listening room and glances knowingly at the single chair facing the loudspeakers. Even if we’ve ...
  • 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 ...
  • Early Digital Recordings Didn’t All Suck

    Early Digital Recordings Didn’t All Suck

    Utter the words “early digital” and most audiophiles, even younger ones, will know exactly what you’re talking about. The term references sound lacking body and warmth, the fatiguing deficiency of dimensionality and tonal complexity that ...
  • David Chesky’s La Farranucci

    David Chesky’s La Farranucci

    David Chesky’s comic opera, La Farranucci, was performed on March 15th and 16th at the Brooklyn Music School Playhouse and I had the good fortune to be there. Actually, all of us in the auditorium ...
  • Focal Kanta No. 2 Loudspeaker

    Focal Kanta No. 2 Loudspeaker

    At Rocky Mountain Audio Fest last fall, the oh-so-French manufacturer Focal introduced its new three-way, four-driver Kanta N°2 loudspeaker with considerable…éclat. At an early morning press conference, after a few Gallic-inflected words of introduction and ...
  • Bernstein: MASS

    Bernstein: MASS

    When Leonard Bernstein’s MASS was first performed in 1971, even many of the composer’s most devoted admirers weren’t sure what to make of it. (The Nixon administration was pretty sure, detecting strong antiwar and antiestablishment ...
  • For Glenn Gould. Stewart Goodyear

    For Glenn Gould. Stewart Goodyear

    On a Sunday afternoon in January of 1955, 23-year-old Glenn Gould played his U.S. debut recital at the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC. This highly idiosyncratic program included music by Gibbons (Lord Salisbury’s Pavan), Sweelinck ...

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