• Download Roundup - Beck: Morning Phase

    Download Roundup - Beck: Morning Phase

    Morning Phase finds Beck, the ever-restless singer/songwriter/producer/ instrumentalist, in the same mellow, thoughtful mood he unveiled on 2002’s Sea Change. The songs unfold at unhurried tempos—there’s not an upbeat number in the batch—forcing you yourself ...
  • The Attention-Span Gap

    The Attention-Span Gap

    Every month, it seems, this magazine and other industry oracles lament the younger generation’s apathy toward high-end audio. The stated culprit is always the same: lack of exposure to good sound. I grant you that ...
  • The Clash in High-Res

    The Clash in High-Res

    In their heyday—roughly the late-70s to early 80s—the Clash, with typical insouciant bravado, dubbed themselves “The Most Important Rock Band in the World.” They may well have been right. No doubt the band staked that ...
  • Download Roundup - Janis Joplin: Pearl

    Download Roundup - Janis Joplin: Pearl

    The original CD of this superb blues-rock standard—sadly, Joplin’s last studio release—suffers from a surfeit of grunge and puts an artificial edge on Joplin’s voice—the last thing it needs. A later CD, The Pearl Sessions, ...
  • Download Roundup - Beach Boys: Pet Sounds

    Download Roundup - Beach Boys: Pet Sounds

    In 1990, this legendary work finally received the golden-gloved CD- remastering treatment. That disc is quite satisfying, with a clean, mostly relaxed sound that makes Brian Wilson’s handiwork easy to appreciate. In keeping with the ...
  • Rockport Technologies Atria Loudspeaker

    Rockport Technologies Atria Loudspeaker

    A common practice in the high end is to speak of a component’s “character.” We high-end denizens understand that term as a reference to said equipment’s sonic fingerprint—the limitations, colorations, exaggerations, and emphases it imparts ...

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