• Jacintha:  Fire and Rain

    Jacintha: Fire and Rain

    Jacintha’s first album in ten years, Fire and Rain pays homage to James Taylor. As everyone familiar with the Singapore-based singer knows, she can really put over a song, especially in the torch, blues, and ...
  • Two Moving Magnets and a Moving Iron

    Two Moving Magnets and a Moving Iron

    Though you wouldn’t necessarily know it from the proliferation of moving-coil pickups throughout the high-end these last thirty-plus years and counting, during the first two decades of stereophonic reproduction moving-magnet cartridges dominated the market. Most ...
  • McIntosh C52 Solid-State Preamplifier

    McIntosh C52 Solid-State Preamplifier

    Prefatory Rant I shall begin by asking you to indulge me some venting: I hate the direction that many high-end preamplifiers and integrated amplifiers have taken the last quarter-century and longer—detest is a more precise ...
  • TAS Legacy: Quad ESL-57 Loudspeaker

    TAS Legacy: Quad ESL-57 Loudspeaker

    Since the mid-Forties Peter Walker had believed that the electrostatic principle would be, as he once put it with typical understatement, “a nice way of doing it.” The principle was simplicity itself: a thin plastic ...
  • Yamaha A-S3000 Integrated Amplifier

    Yamaha A-S3000 Integrated Amplifier

    Back in the day, Yamaha components were always regarded as a cut or three above the usual imports from Japan such as Pioneer, Sansui, Kenwood, even Sony. They boasted solid build, superb engineering, very good ...
  • Harbeth Monitor 40.2 Loudspeaker

    Harbeth Monitor 40.2 Loudspeaker

    A few days after I took delivery of the Monitor 40.2, the third version of Harbeth’s flagship loudspeaker, a close friend fell by for a listen. He’s a Los Angeles studio musician (a violinist who’s ...
  • Frank Sinatra: A Voice on Air

    Frank Sinatra: A Voice on Air

    If Frank Sinatra were alive today he would have celebrated his 100th birthday on December 12, 2015. Round-number decades inspire celebrations; centennials erect monuments. Last year witnessed the Grammy Museum’s exhibition Sinatra: An American Icon ...

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