• Lost Voices of Hagia Sophia

    Lost Voices of Hagia Sophia

    For many critical listeners, and not just readers of this magazine, the absolute sound—the sound of live, unamplified music in a real space—is a touchstone of the audiophile pursuit. Jazz recorded at a repurposed pawnshop ...
  • Acora Acoustics SRC-1 Loudspeaker

    Acora Acoustics SRC-1 Loudspeaker

    Valerio Cora is singularly qualified to be designing and manufacturing his Acora Acoustics loudspeakers. Cora is passionate about music—he’ll listen six or seven hours a day, if he can—built amplifiers as a kid, and sold ...
  • Fantasy: Lark, Yang

    Fantasy: Lark, Yang

    With several competition prizes and career grants under her belt, the young violinist Tessa Lark has been in demand as a concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. Lark was born in Richmond, Kentucky, and her ...
  • Audiovector R3 Arreté Loudspeaker

    Audiovector R3 Arreté Loudspeaker

    Attention audiophiles: If you win the lottery and conspicuous consumption is your goal, you really need another hobby. Should you suddenly find you’re rolling in it and want the world to know, you can buy ...
  • Florida Audio Expo 2020

    Florida Audio Expo 2020

    Photography by Dennis Weeks. Last year saw the emergence of a brand-new regional audio show, the Florida Audio Expo (or FLAX, as some have taken to calling it). By all accounts, the show's inaugural outing ...
  • First We Take Manhattan

    First We Take Manhattan

    In June of 2015, I visited Utah for several days as a guest of Wilson Audio Specialties to learn everything I could about the loudspeakers I admire greatly—and came away admiring the people responsible for ...
  • Three SACD/CD Players

    Three SACD/CD Players

    Google “SACD + Dead” and you’ll get quite a few hits. Some reference high-resolution recordings—several versions of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Isle of the Dead, or albums from Dead Can Dance, or some San Francisco band that ...
  • Focal Spectral 40th Loudspeaker

    Focal Spectral 40th Loudspeaker

    It’s complicated, but the loudspeaker company we know as Focal turned forty this year. In the late 1970s, Jacques Mahul was working for Audax, Europe’s largest driver manufacturer, when he decided to strike out on ...
  • The Warsaw Audio Video Show

    The Warsaw Audio Video Show

    The opportunity to cover Warsaw’s Audio Video Show 2019 was pitched to me this way, by both the editor-in-chief of this magazine and the event’s organizers: “It’s the second biggest audio show in Europe!” Sort ...

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