• 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 ...
  • UltraAnalogue Recordings

    UltraAnalogue Recordings

    Audiophiles know that minute changes in one’s stereo system (such as adjusting cartridge VTA, speaker positioning, or tube selection) can have dramatic effects on sonic performance. They can mean the difference between creating the illusion ...
  • Magico MPOD

    Magico MPOD

    In the near future I will be blogging about the Magico’s M3 loudspeaker—along with the now-discontinued MPro, simply the best-sounding dynamic floorstander I’ve yet had in my home. But for the time being I want ...
  • The Ryman Auditorium

    The Ryman Auditorium

    There are great places to hear music, and then there are the sacred spaces—the cathedrals of Europe, Buenos Aires’ Teatro Colon, Barcelona’s art icon La Palau De Musica Catalanya, Manhattan’s Carnegie Hall. In the rock ...

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