• The Audiophile Ecosystem

    The Audiophile Ecosystem

    To a non-audiophile, the passion for good sound can seem like a remarkably solitary endeavor. That civilian walks past our listening room and glances knowingly at the single chair facing the loudspeakers. Even if we’ve ...
  • Blue Note’s Tone Poet Series

    Blue Note’s Tone Poet Series

    To commemorate the 80th anniversary of the legendary jazz label founded in 1939 by Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff, Blue Note Records has introduced the Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series. Produced by Joe Harley ...
  • A Short History of High-End Cables

    A Short History of High-End Cables

    The notion of cable as a high-end component, so contentious in the 1980s, is today rather well accepted by most serious listeners. Controversy arises because sound perception is not always predictable on the basis of ...
  • The Music Industry Responds

    The Music Industry Responds

    The recorded music industry has seen a steep decline in profits over the last 20 years, and we all know why. It’s not that people stopped listening to music—no, but they found a way to ...
  • Q&A with Mat Latour of Nagra

    Q&A with Mat Latour of Nagra

    What ignited your interest in the high end? Did it come from the music side, family, or the electronics side? I was fascinated by music and sound reproduction from an early age. At age two ...
  • The Rebirth of Quad

    The Rebirth of Quad

    I have fallen in love—again—with quadraphonic sound. In 1972, I purchased a state-of-the-art Sylvania CR2743W stereo amp with built-in Phase Q4 Matrix four-channel circuitry. In stereo quadraphonic systems (SQ), four sound channels were converted down ...
  • Ronstadt Rules!

    Ronstadt Rules!

    Linda Ronstadt: Live in Hollywood. Linda Ronstadt: Just One Look: Classic Linda Ronstadt. Both: HDtracks.com and SuperHiRez.com (24/96) It’s funny how, when you think of a song by one of today’s female pop stars—Katy Perry, ...
  • Divine Art Recordings Group

    Divine Art Recordings Group

    Simonburn is a “small human settlement” in Northeastern England, as Wikipedia phrases it. There is a church there named for St. Mungo, and in the early 1990s, its organ needed restoration. Stephen and Edna Sutton ...

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