• Is Balanced Connection Better?

    Is Balanced Connection Better?

    Is Balanced Connection Better than Unbalanced? I received this e-mail from a reader, and thought I'd share his question and my answer. Editor: I am hoping you can clarify or comment on balanced vs unbalanced ...
  • Cool New Phono Stages at CES 2009

    Cool New Phono Stages at CES 2009

    Several noteworthy phonostages made their CES debuts. Pass Labs introduced its new high-performance phonostage, the SCP-1 (less than $4000), which has up to 76 dB of gain. Unlike the two-chassis Xono, which it replaces, the ...
  • CES 2009: Turntable Lust Part I

    CES 2009: Turntable Lust Part I

    Ultra-high-end turntable systems helped produce some of the finest sounds of the show. The use of magnetic suspension to float platters, magnetic drive, twelve-inch arms, exotic materials, sophisticated stands to isolate ‘tables from structural resonances ...
  • Vandersteen Model 7 Preview

    Vandersteen Model 7 Preview

    Vandersteen Model 7 Loudspeaker Preview Robert Harley One of the “must-hear” systems at CES was Richard Vandersteen’s all-new Model 7 loudspeaker. The buzz surrounded not just the exceptional sound the system produced, but the radical ...
  • LP Sales Skyrocket in 2008

    LP Sales Skyrocket in 2008

    LP Sales Skyrocket in 2008 Robert Harley SoundScan, the music-sales tracking company, just reported that sales of LPs increased by 89% in 2008 compared with the previous year. LPs sold at the rate of 1.88 ...
  • Topping My Xmas Playlist

    Topping My Xmas Playlist

    I may be a day late and dollar short in recommending a holiday album for the Christmas season but here goes. Five-time Grammy Award winning folk/pop singer-songwriter Mary Chapin-Carpenter who for twenty years has been ...

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