• Maria Schneider

    Maria Schneider

    Throughout her illustrious career, multiple Grammy winner and perennial poll-winning jazz composer-arranger-bandleader Maria Schneider has demonstrated an uncanny ability to dredge up strong emotions in her music, conveying feelings of nostalgia and a sense of ...
  • Harman’s The Distortion of Sound

    Harman’s The Distortion of Sound

    Card-carrying audiophiles are not infrequently expected to advise civilian acquaintances (that is, non-audiophiles), who are not enjoying reproduced music as much as they could. Not long ago, that meant guiding the poor souls still listening ...
  • Bossa Nova Keeps Its Cool

    Bossa Nova Keeps Its Cool

    On November 21, 1962, a concert took place at Carnegie Hall that featured a long list of Brazilian musicians who prior to that night had received limited recognition in the United States as well as ...
  • David Bowie: Then and Now

    David Bowie: Then and Now

    (Photo Credit Brian Ward) I’ve been trying to figure out why David Bowie’s recent death, at the age of 69, has hit me so hard. Did his music forever shape or alter me? No. Were ...
  • CES 2016: Electronics $15k and Under

    CES 2016: Electronics $15k and Under

    While the effectiveness of trickle-down economics has been hotly debated for some time, there’s no arguing about the effectiveness of trickle-down technology in high-performance audio. Many relatively affordable amplifiers, preamplifiers, and integrated amplifiers premiering at ...
  • CES 2016: Digital and Personal Audio

    CES 2016: Digital and Personal Audio

    Just one year ago the high end’s digital scene could best be described as nebulous. Manufacturers weren’t sure where technology was going, what customers were looking for, or how to wrangle those mobile device-toting youngsters ...
  • CES 2016: Speakers Under $20,000

    CES 2016: Speakers Under $20,000

    Introduction Funny thing about the high end and how quickly one technology is jilted for another. I’m referring of course to the venerable compact disc player—a source component that has never performed as strongly as ...
  • CES 2016: Electronics $15k and Up

    CES 2016: Electronics $15k and Up

    Five Best-Sounding Systems and Debuts: Constellation Hercules II electronics and MartinLogan Neolith electrostatic hybrid loudspeakers While I was duly impressed by the sound of these gorgeous red MartinLogan Neolith hybrid electrostats ($80k/pr.) powered by Constellation’s ...
  • CES 2016: Robert Harley on Analog

    CES 2016: Robert Harley on Analog

    Although attendance at this CES obviously declined from previous years, there was no shortage of interesting and significant turntables, tonearms, cartridges, and phonostages. In addition to new products from the usual suspects, this CES saw ...
  • MQA: On The Threshold

    MQA: On The Threshold

    Regular readers know that I’m enthusiastic about the potential of Master Quality Authenticated (MQA), the new digital encoding and decoding system that delivers better-than-hi-res sound quality at approximately CD bit-rates. I first heard this technology ...
  • CES 2016: Speakers $20k and Up

    CES 2016: Speakers $20k and Up

    What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but given the misery that was this year’s Consumer Electronics Show you’ve got to wonder how much longer the high-end-audio portion of CES is gonna remain in ...

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