• RMAF 2018 – Analog

    RMAF 2018 – Analog

    The analog renaissance appears to be stronger than ever with a number of new analog products making their worldwide or U.S. debuts at RMAF. While the sheer number of new offerings didn’t compare with the ...
  • RMAF 2018 – Digital

    RMAF 2018 – Digital

    In the past I’ve reported on both digital and personal audio at RMAF in one report. But as RMAF and CANJAM have continued to expand, so has The Absolute Sound’s coverage. Now Chris Martens of ...
  • Newvelle Records Launches Season Three

    Newvelle Records Launches Season Three

    The notion that time flies definitely applies to Newvelle Records, a subscription-based vinyl-only jazz label. It seems we’d just discovered a new record company that stood out for its high production standards musically, sonically, and ...
  • Aretha, True and Free

    Aretha, True and Free

    On the morning of August 16, I was awakened to news of Aretha Franklin’s passing as announced on New York City’s classical station, WQXR, followed by the sound of Aretha rolling out her stunning rendition ...
  • The Mayor of MacDougal Street

    The Mayor of MacDougal Street

    The “Early-60s Folk Music Revival” incubated gigantic talents that reshaped popular music forever—Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell being the most prominent. A whole world of rock and pop music, “singer-songwriters,” and hybrid folk-rock Americana is ...
  • Audiophilia on Four Wheels

    Audiophilia on Four Wheels

    In late 2007 I was contacted by Jon Whitledge, who invited me to hear his ambitious car-audio system at the January, 2008 CES. I’d never heard of him, and the prospect of having my ears ...
  • Sleeping Cats Meets QCA

    Sleeping Cats Meets QCA

    Spring Grove Avenue is a street in Cincinnati, Ohio, that, due to its wide lanes, light traffic, and limited stoplights, makes for a leisurely drive. It’s also a picturesque thoroughfare flanked with large old factories ...
  • The SmallsLive Label

    The SmallsLive Label

    Located at West 10th Street in Greenwich Village, Smalls Jazz Club has hosted concerts in a small basement room since 1994. Since 2007 Smalls has been recording and archiving all its performances, and in 2011 ...

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