• Tom Waits: Bad as Me

    Tom Waits: Bad as Me

    Tom Waits’ Bad As Me picks up where the inimitable singer/songwriter left off in with his rowdy Real Gone (2004) and lurid Blood Money/Alice (2002). The hiatus certainly hasn’t blunted Waits’ ironic brand of gallows ...
  • Rotel RCX-1500 CD Receiver (TAS 218)

    Rotel RCX-1500 CD Receiver (TAS 218)

    Rotel calls the RCX-1500 CD receiver the “most versatile component we’ve ever offered,” and I don’t doubt the claim. The RCX-1500 is a veritable multi-tasking, digital Grand Central Station. All comers welcome. Whether you want ...
  • Simaudio Moon 100D USB DAC (TAS 215)

    Simaudio Moon 100D USB DAC (TAS 215)

    Any conversation about computers reminds me of my son-in-law, Dan. Classic Gen Y profile. Thirty-two years old, just married, a professional with an advanced degree. Dan, like much of his generation, is a savvy computer ...
  • Wilson Audio Factory Visit

    Wilson Audio Factory Visit

    As far back as I can recall I’ve always enjoyed taking a look under the hood–from automobiles to audio. So when I was invited to have a peek at some of the technology that goes ...
  • Sonus faber Liuto Monitor (TAS 214)

    Sonus faber Liuto Monitor (TAS 214)

    Our sonic expectations for compact loudspeakers have risen dramatically in recent years. Every aspect of small speaker performance has benefited from advancements in materials technology and analysis, and computer-aided design. Output has increased; driver and ...
  • JR Transrotor Dark Star Turntable (TAS 212)

    JR Transrotor Dark Star Turntable (TAS 212)

    JR Transrotor of Germany produces a vast array of analog playback components. They run the gamut from a stable of turntables—from noble to immodest—to motors, tonearms, and various and sundry accessories. For example, there’s the ...
  • Zu Audio Essence Loudspeaker (TAS 212)

    Zu Audio Essence Loudspeaker (TAS 212)

    Zu Audio is a Utah-based loudspeaker and accessory company that was founded in 2000. The brainchild of Sean Casey (R&D) and Adam Decaria (Chief Engineer), each formerly of Kimber and Talon respectively, these entrepreneurs have ...

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