• The Cello Becomes Cool

    The Cello Becomes Cool

    When Lori Goldstein strolled onstage at Sony Music Studios in New York City on November 18, 1993, to accompany Nirvana through its videotaped MTV Unplugged session, few could predict the unassuming cellist would spark a ...
  • Understanding Digital Music Systems

    Understanding Digital Music Systems

    Many music lovers considering the leap to a digital music system find the new technology intimidating. Terminology is inconsistent; architectures for complete systems are amorphous; configuration options are bewildering; obsolescence is always a threat. Though ...
  • Beyond High-Resolution

    Beyond High-Resolution

    Imagine a digital-audio encoding and decoding system that delivers far better sound quality than that of any previous analog or digital technology, including 192kHz/24-bit and quad-rate DSD. Now imagine that this system’s bit rate is ...
  • Subwoofer Basics

    Subwoofer Basics

    Excerpted and adapted from The Complete Guide to High-End Audio (Fifth Edition). Copyright © 1994–2015 by Robert Harley. hifibooks.com. To order call (800) 841-4741. Subwoofers are often misunderstood, both in name and in application. While ...
  • A Better Way to Buy Speakers?

    A Better Way to Buy Speakers?

    Back when I first got started in hi-fi, the “hard part” of designing a loudspeaker was deep bass response: It was the “limiting factor” in choosing whether to buy or to build your own speaker ...
  • Hiding in the Light

    Hiding in the Light

    The influence of 20th-Century black gospel music on rock and pop is no secret, but many gospel singers and groups themselves have remained little known at best or downright ignored at worst. As Anthony Heilbut ...
  • Magico M Project, Part Four

    Magico M Project, Part Four

    The M Project is, IMO, the most sonically and aesthetically satisfying loudspeaker that Magico has yet made—and that I’ve yet heard. Thanks to the lower distortion and wider bandwidth of its greatly improved diamond-coated beryllium ...
  • Roon Does DSD (Now)

    Roon Does DSD (Now)

    Roon software was recently released for audiophiles to use in playing back computer audio music files. Evolved from Meridian’s Sooloos software, Roon’s interface is refreshingly different from the iTunes-inspired model that’s so popular for digitally-encoded ...

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