• 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 ...
  • Magico M Project Loudspeaker

    Magico M Project Loudspeaker

    It’s been several years since I’ve had a Magico loudspeaker in my listening room. In the nonce other speakers have come my way—chiefly from the wonderful Danish company Raidho—that have pleased me as much as, ...
  • The Great American Symphony

    The Great American Symphony

    We’ve all heard nominations for “The Great American Novel,” whether it be Moby Dick, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, An American Tragedy, The Great Gatsby, or The Sound and the Fury. And for “The Great ...
  • Understanding Digital Music Systems

    Understanding Digital Music Systems

    Issue 254 of The Absolute Sound includes a comprehensive primer explaining the new architecture of digital music systems. A table in that article was abbreviated because of space restrictions. We reprint the full table here. ...
  • First Listen: Magico Q7 Mk.II

    First Listen: Magico Q7 Mk.II

    I just visited Magico's Hayward, California, factory where I heard the new and upgraded Mk.II version of the company's vaunted Q7 loudspeaker. The Q7 is, in my view, one of the world's greatest speakers—perhaps the ...
  • A New Visit from Ypsilon

    A New Visit from Ypsilon

    Many audiophiles harbor distinct views about copper and silver wire. Copper is smooth and full. Silver is fast and a bit zippy. Or so goes the conventional thinking. But what happens when the silver sounds ...
  • The Music of Sam Peckinpah's Films

    The Music of Sam Peckinpah's Films

    After seeing Sam Peckinpah’s Ride the High Country, Jean Renoir said, “Mr. Peckinpah knows much about the music of the soul.” But Peckinpah also knew much about music itself. Famous for his action sequences and ...
  • 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. ...

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