• The Politics of MQA

    The Politics of MQA

    The codec known as MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) is clearly in its ascendancy. The Big Three record labels have signed on, Tidal is streaming hundreds of MQA-encoded albums, and there’s a steadily expanding amount of ...
  • Craft Recordings

    Craft Recordings

    Craft Recordings is an ambitious new reissue label for Concord Bicycle Music. Considering how much music Concord has access to, that’s worth noting, especially because Craft Recordings promises thoughtfully-curated projects and high production standards. With ...
  • Legends of High-End Audio: Saul Marantz

    Legends of High-End Audio: Saul Marantz

    We present very brief excerpts from a few of the extended profiles, interviews, and archival photography that comprise The Absolute Sound’s Illustrated History of High-End Audio, Volume Two: Electronics. The Grateful Dead’s unofficial slogan “What ...
  • The 1960s Folk Music Revival

    The 1960s Folk Music Revival

    The current popularity of “Americana” is only the most recent phase in the long history of American folk music. Indeed the folk music in and of our country has been “discovered,” or “revived,” several times ...
  • Head, Heart, and Hands

    Head, Heart, and Hands

    Allan Moulton is North American Sales Manager at U.S.-based equipment distributor Musical Surroundings. Why do people still listen to records? It’s the question instinctively asked by nearly all those outside our hobby (and many within) ...
  • primephonic

    primephonic

    Generally speaking, audiophiles like to own their music. Borrowing from a vast and undifferentiated stream with practically limitless choices just doesn’t sit right—at least not as the only option. We tend to grow our music ...

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