• The 2017 Munich High-End Show

    The 2017 Munich High-End Show

    The big story at this year’s Munich show was the rapidly increasing number of manufacturers incorporating MQA decoding in their products. Perhaps even more significant for the format, however, was Sony Music’s statement that it ...
  • The Emperor's New Server

    The Emperor's New Server

    So much has been written so enthusiastically in this magazine and others about the manifest superiority of computer audio over “old-fashioned” optical-disc technologies (and, presumably, over even more old-fashioned analog ones) that even an LP ...
  • Henry Mancini on SACD

    Henry Mancini on SACD

    In 1959, RCA released a Living Stereo recording of Henry Mancini’s music from Peter Gunn that was the first in a series of “soundtracks” that became consistent best sellers because of Mancini’s instantly likable music ...
  • AXPONA 2017: Electronics $15k and Up

    AXPONA 2017: Electronics $15k and Up

    Five Most Significant Debuts Aavik Acoustics M-300 Monoblock Amplifiers, C-300 Preamplifier The Aavik M-300 monoblocks ($48k) and C-300 made their active-demo debuts in a sweet-sounding setup (alas, all digitally sourced, a Naim CD player used ...
  • AXPONA 2017: Speakers Below $20k

    AXPONA 2017: Speakers Below $20k

    The 2017 event, which was clearly the best attended and most vibrant of the current four-year Chicago run of AXPONAs, will be last in this highly successful series to be held at the Westin O’Hare. ...
  • Newvelle Begins Year Two

    Newvelle Begins Year Two

    The number of jazz releases on vinyl keeps growing, with recent developments including a wave of both new and reissued ECM titles receiving the wax treatment. Also, the subscription-based and vinyl-only New York/Paris label Newvelle ...
  • Long Live the Dead

    Long Live the Dead

    When Jerry Garcia passed away on August 9, 1995, it seemed to spell the end of…well, the Grateful Dead, for starters, and perhaps the spirit of a group who along with spawning countless splinter bands ...

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