• Harman’s The Distortion of Sound

    Harman’s The Distortion of Sound

    Card-carrying audiophiles are not infrequently expected to advise civilian acquaintances (that is, non-audiophiles), who are not enjoying reproduced music as much as they could. Not long ago, that meant guiding the poor souls still listening ...
  • PSB Imagine T3 Loudspeaker

    PSB Imagine T3 Loudspeaker

    If there’s an overused term in the frequently hyperbolic, what-am-I-going-to-say-this-time endeavor of audio-equipment evaluation, it could be game changer. Maybe there should be a rule: A reviewer can trot out that descriptor, say, only once ...
  • Baetis Reference Media Server

    Baetis Reference Media Server

    In the context of discussing computer audio, it takes only the mention of three letters—“U,” “S,” and “B”—to raise John Mingo’s blood pressure. Since the Montana-based Mingo started Baetis Audio in 2011, he’s been expounding, ...
  • Bruckner: Symphony No. 4

    Bruckner: Symphony No. 4

    Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s last project for Reference Recordings garnered a 2015 Grammy nomination for Best Orchestral Recording, so expectations were high for this one, too. Perhaps that’s unfair, as Bruckner makes ...
  • Crystal Cable Arabesque Minissimo

    Crystal Cable Arabesque Minissimo

    Replace whatever loudspeakers you’ve been using with a pair of Crystal Cable Arabesque Minissimos and people will notice—before they’ve heard a note of music. The whimsical apostrophe shape, the vibrant color, the assured smallness of ...
  • Reference 3A Taksim Loudspeaker

    Reference 3A Taksim Loudspeaker

    Experienced audiophiles know this dictum well: When it comes to the design and pricing of high-end equipment, there’s a point of diminishing returns. Exactly where that point is depends upon multiple factors, including the goals ...
  • Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen

    Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen

    Music lovers who don’t have much to do with opera—and plenty that do—can be mystified by the continuing popularity of Richard Wagner’s epic Ring cycle. It’s very long, with the four dramas that comprise it—Das ...
  • Checking in with Robert von Bahr

    Checking in with Robert von Bahr

    If Robert von Bahr radiates a sense of satisfied accomplishment, he’s entitled to it. For over 40 years, as the head of the Swedish independent record label BIS, he has survived—thrived, even—in the tenuous business ...

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