• 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 ...
  • PS Audio DirectStream DAC Update

    PS Audio DirectStream DAC Update

    On February 10, PS Audio released a noteworthy update to its DirectStream DAC. Unlike previous updates, which were labeled firmware upgrades, this new version—known as the Pikes Peak OS—delivers many improvements to the operating system. ...
  • Peter McGrath, Recording Engineer

    Peter McGrath, Recording Engineer

    Where did the high-end journey begin for you? It began in Panama in the late 1950s. An importer in South America was the distributor for Quad mono electronics and Tannoy loudspeakers. He also had a ...
  • The Analogue Productions RCA SACDs

    The Analogue Productions RCA SACDs

    The RCA Living Stereo records of the 1950s and 1960s (pre-Dynagroove) have been considered by many audiophiles to rank among the best sounding recordings ever made. They are even more desirable because of RCA’s incredible ...
  • Female Jazz Vocalists

    Female Jazz Vocalists

    In Issue 219 I wrote an overview of contemporary female jazz singers that bypassed the most well-known vocalists. Since that issue I’ve kept listening, and gradually a new list was created. Like last time, I ...
  • The Smoke Sessions Label

    The Smoke Sessions Label

    Classic live albums recorded at legendary clubs are a vital part of jazz history. To name but a few, the Five Spot, the Village Vanguard, Birdland, and the Half Note all have timeless records associated ...
  • Have Organ, Will Travel

    Have Organ, Will Travel

    Cameron Carpenter is without a doubt the most visible organist on the planet. First of all, the 33-year-old Juilliard graduate’s abilities as a player are second to none. He possesses an astounding technique and unfailingly ...
  • The Beatles in Mono

    The Beatles in Mono

    The Beatles in Mono, the 14-LP box set of the band’s UK albums, was released on September 9 and completes a journey begun in 2009, the year that the fully remastered Beatles catalog was offered ...
  • Stillpoints Is On a Roll

    Stillpoints Is On a Roll

    Stillpoints’ Bruce Jacobs dropped by this Wednesday to inspect my audio system, which is using a passel of the company’s resonance control devices. I’ve also installed several of its new Aperture acoustic panels. Overall, I’ve ...
  • Backing Up Your Music Files

    Backing Up Your Music Files

    If you’re a computer-audio enthusiast, no matter how expensive your equipment may be, your largest investment will be your collection of music files. Downloads cost money, and the higher their resolution, the more money they ...
  • A Visit to The Sound Organisation

    A Visit to The Sound Organisation

    The Sound Organisation (TSO), distributors of DALI loudspeakers, Rega turntables and electronics, PMC loudspeakers, Chord cables, and various and sundry high-end accessories hosted a gathering of audio journalists at its Dallas headquarters in September. The ...
  • Sunday Morning Hi Fi #12

    Sunday Morning Hi Fi #12

    Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving, and that you had some time to show off your stereos to your family members. My family is always blown away when they hear their favorite songs with proper ...
  • Sunday Morning Hi Fi #11

    Sunday Morning Hi Fi #11

    Good morning, and happy Sunday Morning Hi Fi. Today we are going to talk about proper speaker placement and setup—arguably the most important step to achieving great soundstaging, imaging, and overall sonic accuracy. With a ...

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