• JBL Stage A190 Loudspeaker

    JBL Stage A190 Loudspeaker

    My ears always perk up when I hear the JBL name. Even before I made the high end a kind of second home, my parents and my friends’ parents all had either Altecs or JBLs ...
  • Bob James Trio: Espresso

    Bob James Trio: Espresso

    For many, pianist Bob James will be remembered for his evocative theme song to the sitcom Taxi. But his musical chops are far weightier. A gifted player from childhood, he was mentored by Quincy Jones, ...
  • Audience Au24 SX powerChord

    Audience Au24 SX powerChord

    Full disclosure: The Audience Au24 SE has been one of my reference power cords for some time. But recently I got an enticing taste of the firm’s latest—its newly upgraded SX version. However, the SX ...
  • JBL Stage A190 Loudspeaker

    JBL Stage A190 Loudspeaker

    My ears always perk up when I hear the JBL name. Even before I made the high end a kind of second home, my parents and my friends’ parents all had either Altecs or JBLs ...
  • ATC SCM50 ASLT Loudspeaker

    ATC SCM50 ASLT Loudspeaker

    Audiophiles and active loudspeakers have had, shall we say, an uneasy relationship over the years. The squabble goes something like this: Active speakers (defined here as speakers equipped with on-board amplifiers and electronic crossovers) are ...
  • Revel Performa3 M126Be Loudspeaker

    Revel Performa3 M126Be Loudspeaker

    During several recent audio shows, Revel has teased out what I would term a “slow reveal” of elevated-performance versions of its mid-priced Performa3 series. To Revel’s credit, the intro of these new speakers was not ...
  • CES 2019 Report

    CES 2019 Report

    I arrived without any expectation. It’s hardly headline news that high-end audio at CES has been running on fumes in recent years. Would this be the year that showing up would be a waste of ...
  • Q&A with Nick Doshi of Doshi Audio

    Q&A with Nick Doshi of Doshi Audio

    What ignited your interest in the high end? Did it come from the music side or the electronics side? Both, actually: I was fortunate to have music-loving parents who played instruments and immersed me in ...

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