• 2019 Golden Ear Awards: Alan Taffel

    2019 Golden Ear Awards: Alan Taffel

    Lyra Etna Cartridge $8995 Jacob Heilbrunn raved about the SL version of this mc cartridge, but that model’s very low output renders it a specialty product for use only in systems with very-high-gain phonostages. The ...
  • 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, ...
  • Wilson Benesch Resolution

    Wilson Benesch Resolution

    If you live with a speaker for a while, as Wilson Benesch was gracious enough to allow me to do with its new Resolution towers, one of two things happens. Either the speaker’s flaws become ...
  • Hamilton in High(er) Res

    Hamilton in High(er) Res

    Hamilton: An American Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording). HDtracks.com and SuperHiRez.com (44.1/24) The situation on Broadway is lamentable. Theaters increasingly traffic in slick adaptations of popular books, movies, and characters, to which it applies a ...
  • Bryston BCD-3 CD Player

    Bryston BCD-3 CD Player

    Why Buy a CD Player? There’s something to be said for doing one thing and doing it well. After all, doing many things well—as, for instance, the dCS Rossini DAC/streamer/player does—gets costly. In the case ...
  • 2018 New York Audio Show Report

    2018 New York Audio Show Report

    Overview The history of the New York Audio Show can best be described as rocky. Decades ago, the show was run by Stereophile magazine, and it was a juggernaut. I remember making an annual pilgrimage ...
  • A Roon Primer

    A Roon Primer

    What Is Roon? Roon is a music playback and management software suite for digital audio components. There are many such products on the market, including iTunes and JRiver’s Media Center, but what makes Roon special ...
  • 2018 Golden Ear Awards: Alan Taffel

    2018 Golden Ear Awards: Alan Taffel

    dCS Rossini DAC/Player with Roon and MQA DAC, $24,000; player, $28,000 When originally introduced in 2015, the Rossini was an immediate hit. Though far from cheap, it nailed features and sound for the money. When ...
  • Why Tom Petty Was Great

    Why Tom Petty Was Great

    Recently the world lost Tom Petty, a great American rock musician. Appreciation pieces popped up on network nightly newscasts and the front pages of major newspapers; Rolling Stone rushed out a tribute issue; and radio ...

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