• Three Duruflé Requiems

    Three Duruflé Requiems

    A glance at the sheet music for Duruflé’s Requiem suggests a complex, contorted, and inaccessible work. Time signatures, for instance, shift on a measure-by-measure basis. Yet when you listen to this choral masterwork—the most poignant ...
  • LA Audio Show: Digital

    LA Audio Show: Digital

    Some say the first L.A. audio show in recent times was a success. Crowds were more than respectable for a first outing, attendees had access to a bevy of gear and industry figures, and the ...
  • Joe Jackson: Look Sharp!

    Joe Jackson: Look Sharp!

    Although Joe Jackson is rarely mentioned in the same breath as contemporaries like Elvis Costello and the Clash, he should be. All share a post-punk sensibility that melds that genre’s passionate delivery with strong melodies, ...
  • Golden Ear Awards 2016: Alan Taffel

    Golden Ear Awards 2016: Alan Taffel

    Technics R1 Reference System $53,000 In 2014, Technics returned to home audio, hoping to catapult itself squarely into today’s high end. Exhibit A was a trio of highly advanced products, the R1 Reference Series, meant ...
  • Technics R1 Reference System

    Technics R1 Reference System

    Time was when Technics, along with Nakamichi and a smattering of others, claimed membership in an elite cadre within Japan’s overwhelmingly mass-market audio industry. These companies aimed higher. Technics, a division of Panasonic, found favor ...
  • Paul Simon: So Beautiful or So What

    Paul Simon: So Beautiful or So What

    Simon’s jubilant release—his best since Graceland—brims with the joy of music-making and the wit of a wizened poet. But here is the secret other reviews don’t mention: This album is a killer demo disc (demo ...
  • Astell&Kern AK380 Portable Music Player

    Astell&Kern AK380 Portable Music Player

    What began as a single, brilliant, high-end portable music player—one that created the category virtually singlehandedly—has morphed into a broad line of offerings. Astell&Kern wants to make its products accessible to a wide range of ...
  • T+A PA 3000 HV and MP 3000 HV

    T+A PA 3000 HV and MP 3000 HV

    I’ve been testing these two flagship T+A components for longer than any other review equipment in memory—over a year now, on and off. One reason is that they are so fascinating; in some ways they’re ...

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