• Capital Audio Fest 2014

    Capital Audio Fest 2014

    The Capital Audio Fest seems to progressing nicely. This year there were crowded rooms, palpable excitement, and, not least, good sound. Several demos caught my eye. As always United Home Audio featured excellent sound via ...
  • From The Editor: It's All Good

    From The Editor: It's All Good

    For some audio hobbyists, there’s only one true path to audio nirvana. That path is often exceedingly narrow—loudspeakers with first-order crossovers, or single-ended triode amplifiers, or DACs without an oversampling filter, for examples. These proponents ...
  • A Visit From the Batmen

    A Visit From the Batmen

    It’s been quite a few years, more than I might care to remember in fact, since a Balanced Audio Technology piece of equipment landed in my listening room. But since I’ve been something on a ...
  • Putting Some English on Jazz

    Putting Some English on Jazz

    Wouldn’t it be great if a music label celebrated the U.K.’s contribution to modern jazz and spotlighted some up-and-coming players as well? And what if that label took elaborate measures to ensure that the recordings ...
  • From The Editor: The Tipping Point

    From The Editor: The Tipping Point

    High-resolution digital audio is rapidly approaching a tipping point. No longer a niche format for audiophiles, high-res is poised to become a mainstream alternative to MP3 and CD-quality audio. As I noted in my editorial ...
  • Big Voice in a Small Room

    Big Voice in a Small Room

    Stephanie Blythe is an A-List opera singer with a big voice who’s used to performing in big rooms. Blythe, who was Musical America’s Vocalist of the Year for 2009, performs often at the 3800-seat Metropolitan ...
  • Setting Up a Phono Cartridge

    Setting Up a Phono Cartridge

    Because it is a thing of beauty to witness and because the results make such a huge difference in sonics, I’d like to take you through the process of mounting, aligning, and optimizing a moving-coil ...
  • 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 ...
  • Rebirth at Bethlehem

    Rebirth at Bethlehem

    In an exciting development for jazz-loving audiophiles, Naxos has acquired the outstanding jazz catalog of Bethlehem Records, and has starting an ambitious release program that will see 25 titles back in circulation by this summer. ...
  • VTL Siegfried and Wilson XLF

    VTL Siegfried and Wilson XLF

    This past weekend Luke Manley and Bea Lam, who head the VTL company located in Chino, CA, visited me to listen to their flagship amplifier on the Wilson XLF. Together with VTL’s 7.5 Series III ...

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