• Catching up with David Murray

    Catching up with David Murray

    In 1979 I attended a club performance by the original lineup of Jack DeJohnette’s Special Edition, a quartet that, along with Peter Warren on bass and DeJohnette on drums, featured two horn players, one who ...
  • Ideon Audio 3R USB Renaissance USB Hub

    Ideon Audio 3R USB Renaissance USB Hub

    In the primordial days of computer audio—that is, around a decade ago—it was obvious early on that the analog output from a laptop or desktop machine just wouldn’t do for anything resembling critical listening. Although ...
  • 2017 Phono Cartridges of the Year

    2017 Phono Cartridges of the Year

    Excel Sound Corporation Hana SL Moving Coil $750 In a sea of $10,000-ish super-cartridges, what’s a vinyl-playing audiophile with discriminating tastes to do? For that matter, what’s a sub-$999-budgeted audiophile to do? The $750 Hana ...
  • TAD ME1 Loudspeaker

    TAD ME1 Loudspeaker

    The TAD ME1 (ME for Micro-Evolution) is the third stand-mounted compact loudspeaker to be rolled out by Japan’s Technical Audio Devices in recent years. Led by the Reference Series CR1, a beryllium-driver three-way of ravishing ...
  • The Beach Boys: Pet Sounds

    The Beach Boys: Pet Sounds

    Produced, composed, and arranged by Brian Wilson, Pet Sounds stands as the Beach Boys’ pinnacle. The album is brimming with beautiful ballads, exotic instrumentation, lush five-part harmonies, and an aching sentimentality. Recorded largely with session ...
  • Hegel Mohican CD Player

    Hegel Mohican CD Player

    In case you haven’t heard of this CD-only player, you have surmised correctly: “Mohican” is a reference to the James Fenimore Cooper novel, The Last of the Mohicans. Given the current ascendancy of computer audio, ...

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