• The Legend of Dr. Tezukuri

    The Legend of Dr. Tezukuri

    Although XLO Electric, the high-end audio cable company that I founded, will just be celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2016, I’ve actually been building hi-fi cables since I was a kid. As I’ve said in ...
  • Prince, 1958–2016

    Prince, 1958–2016

    For pop music lovers, the early months of 2016 have not been good ones. It seems we were still absorbing the new of David Bowie’s death in January when, on April 21, we learned that ...
  • Glenn Gould on SACD

    Glenn Gould on SACD

    There are several subplots to the compelling story of the one-of-a-kind Canadian pianist Glenn Gould, who died at the age of 50 in 1982. His eccentricities, at the piano and away from it; his extensive ...
  • Maria Schneider

    Maria Schneider

    Throughout her illustrious career, multiple Grammy winner and perennial poll-winning jazz composer-arranger-bandleader Maria Schneider has demonstrated an uncanny ability to dredge up strong emotions in her music, conveying feelings of nostalgia and a sense of ...
  • 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 ...
  • Bossa Nova Keeps Its Cool

    Bossa Nova Keeps Its Cool

    On November 21, 1962, a concert took place at Carnegie Hall that featured a long list of Brazilian musicians who prior to that night had received limited recognition in the United States as well as ...
  • David Bowie: Then and Now

    David Bowie: Then and Now

    (Photo Credit Brian Ward) I’ve been trying to figure out why David Bowie’s recent death, at the age of 69, has hit me so hard. Did his music forever shape or alter me? No. Were ...
  • MQA: On The Threshold

    MQA: On The Threshold

    Regular readers know that I’m enthusiastic about the potential of Master Quality Authenticated (MQA), the new digital encoding and decoding system that delivers better-than-hi-res sound quality at approximately CD bit-rates. I first heard this technology ...

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