• Qobuz Comes to the U.S.A.

    Qobuz Comes to the U.S.A.

    As of January 8, 2019, Qobuz, the French streaming/download service became available to United States-based audiophiles for late-stage beta testing, with a final release date forthcoming. The elevator pitch is if Tidal and HD Tracks ...
  • 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 ...
  • Thelonious Monk Quartet: Mønk

    Thelonious Monk Quartet: Mønk

    Though not as earthshaking as the recently rediscovered John Coltrane session (Both Directions at Once), this previously unreleased set also demands the attention of serious jazz fans, particularly audiophiles. The difference is that this is ...
  • Duck Times Three

    Duck Times Three

    Listening to Duck Baker’s jaunty, insightful interpretations of Thelonious Monk compositions on Duck Baker Plays Monk, my mind immediately conjured Bach. Meaning the way that hearing, say, a well-loved piece for solo violin transcribed to ...
  • Mytek Digital Manhattan II DAC

    Mytek Digital Manhattan II DAC

    Mytek was originally a pro-audio equipment manufacturer when it opened its doors in 1991. Its first flagship DAC for both consumers and pros was the Manhattan. Rather than abandon and replace this model when it ...
  • 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 ...
  • John Williams at the Movies

    John Williams at the Movies

    Those listeners not totally convinced by the change in sonority from a full symphony orchestra including a substantial string section and a wind band should give this spectacular recording a serious audition. The principal reason ...

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