• Beyond High-Resolution

    Beyond High-Resolution

    Imagine a digital-audio encoding and decoding system that delivers far better sound quality than that of any previous analog or digital technology, including 192kHz/24-bit and quad-rate DSD. Now imagine that this system’s bit rate is ...
  • Subwoofer Basics

    Subwoofer Basics

    Excerpted and adapted from The Complete Guide to High-End Audio (Fifth Edition). Copyright © 1994–2015 by Robert Harley. hifibooks.com. To order call (800) 841-4741. Subwoofers are often misunderstood, both in name and in application. While ...
  • A Better Way to Buy Speakers?

    A Better Way to Buy Speakers?

    Back when I first got started in hi-fi, the “hard part” of designing a loudspeaker was deep bass response: It was the “limiting factor” in choosing whether to buy or to build your own speaker ...
  • Hiding in the Light

    Hiding in the Light

    The influence of 20th-Century black gospel music on rock and pop is no secret, but many gospel singers and groups themselves have remained little known at best or downright ignored at worst. As Anthony Heilbut ...
  • Magico M Project, Part Four

    Magico M Project, Part Four

    The M Project is, IMO, the most sonically and aesthetically satisfying loudspeaker that Magico has yet made—and that I’ve yet heard. Thanks to the lower distortion and wider bandwidth of its greatly improved diamond-coated beryllium ...
  • Roon Does DSD (Now)

    Roon Does DSD (Now)

    Roon software was recently released for audiophiles to use in playing back computer audio music files. Evolved from Meridian’s Sooloos software, Roon’s interface is refreshingly different from the iTunes-inspired model that’s so popular for digitally-encoded ...
  • BluePort Jazz, A Labor of Love

    BluePort Jazz, A Labor of Love

    Most of us have attended a concert so amazing that afterwards we would have killed for a recording of it, but Jim Merod doesn’t have that problem. Since 1965 Merod has recorded hundreds of jazz ...
  • John Hunter, REL Acoustics

    John Hunter, REL Acoustics

    Did your interest in the high end come from the music side or the electronics side? Oddly both, and at the same time. I started playing electric guitar and bass in the early 70s. Just ...
  • Clean Feed Records

    Clean Feed Records

    About five years ago, I received the first of what would become a steady stream of small packages of compact discs sent from Lisbon, Portugal. The CDs were sleeved in slightly undersize cardboard foldout cases, ...
  • Butterfield Blues Band

    Butterfield Blues Band

    This April the Butterfield Blues Band will enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, drawing attention to a band that, since folding in the early 1970s, has largely been overlooked and is overdue to ...

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