• Not Your Father’s Big Band

    Not Your Father’s Big Band

    To some, big bands will always be relegated to the realms of nostalgia, defined by the swinging sounds of the vintage Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Woody Herman, and Benny Goodman bands of the 30s and ...
  • Tip of the Month - AC Polarity

    Tip of the Month - AC Polarity

    The power transformers integral to all of our components serve two functions: They step up (or down) the AC supplied from the wall socket, and they isolate the equipment chassis from that same AC. Because ...
  • Chasing the Dragon Records

    Chasing the Dragon Records

    The audiophile world involves a staggering amount of minutia. Everything leads, however, to an emotional payoff, as you’re constantly reminded while rubbing shoulders with people devoted to good sound. So while, if you study the ...
  • Duck Baker, Guitarist

    Duck Baker, Guitarist

    Most acoustic guitarists perfect, or become associated with, a particular genre—Delta or Piedmont blues, for instance, or Celtic, ragtime, or traditional folk (however you define that). Some, like John Fahey or Robbie Basho or Alex ...
  • MQA’s Unexpected Twist

    MQA’s Unexpected Twist

    The announcement on January 5 that Tidal would begin streaming MQA files (and suggestions that many other streaming services would soon follow suit) was accompanied by an unexpected twist—that MQA decoding can be performed in ...
  • Marantz Introduces Premium 10 Series

    Marantz Introduces Premium 10 Series

    Photo: Jana Dagdagan Marantz “brand ambassador” Ken Ishiwata Late last year, DMGlobal, the corporation that now owns Marantz (also Denon and Boston Acoustics), announced the new Marantz Premium 10 Series and arranged for members of ...
  • Q&A with Ralph Karsten of Atma-Sphere

    Q&A with Ralph Karsten of Atma-Sphere

    Atma-Sphere Music Systems, Inc. has been making vacuum tube amplifiers since 1976. Headquartered in Saint Paul, MN, the company is known for its output transformerless (OTL) amplifiers. What ignited your interest in the high end? ...
  • Magico Q-Sub 15 and Raidho D-5.1

    Magico Q-Sub 15 and Raidho D-5.1

    Over the last couple of years I’ve heard Magico’s humongous $22k Q-Sub 15 several times at shows, and while impressed by its (typical-for-Magico) rock-solid build-quality (a 350-pound, 20.75" x 21.5" x 26.5" sealed aluminum box ...

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