• 2018 New York Audio Show Report

    2018 New York Audio Show Report

    Overview The history of the New York Audio Show can best be described as rocky. Decades ago, the show was run by Stereophile magazine, and it was a juggernaut. I remember making an annual pilgrimage ...
  • A Roon Primer

    A Roon Primer

    What Is Roon? Roon is a music playback and management software suite for digital audio components. There are many such products on the market, including iTunes and JRiver’s Media Center, but what makes Roon special ...
  • 2018 Golden Ear Awards: Alan Taffel

    2018 Golden Ear Awards: Alan Taffel

    dCS Rossini DAC/Player with Roon and MQA DAC, $24,000; player, $28,000 When originally introduced in 2015, the Rossini was an immediate hit. Though far from cheap, it nailed features and sound for the money. When ...
  • Why Tom Petty Was Great

    Why Tom Petty Was Great

    Recently the world lost Tom Petty, a great American rock musician. Appreciation pieces popped up on network nightly newscasts and the front pages of major newspapers; Rolling Stone rushed out a tribute issue; and radio ...
  • Three Duruflé Requiems

    Three Duruflé Requiems

    A glance at the sheet music for Duruflé’s Requiem suggests a complex, contorted, and inaccessible work. Time signatures, for instance, shift on a measure-by-measure basis. Yet when you listen to this choral masterwork—the most poignant ...
  • LA Audio Show: Digital

    LA Audio Show: Digital

    Some say the first L.A. audio show in recent times was a success. Crowds were more than respectable for a first outing, attendees had access to a bevy of gear and industry figures, and the ...
  • Joe Jackson: Look Sharp!

    Joe Jackson: Look Sharp!

    Although Joe Jackson is rarely mentioned in the same breath as contemporaries like Elvis Costello and the Clash, he should be. All share a post-punk sensibility that melds that genre’s passionate delivery with strong melodies, ...
  • Golden Ear Awards 2016: Alan Taffel

    Golden Ear Awards 2016: Alan Taffel

    Technics R1 Reference System $53,000 In 2014, Technics returned to home audio, hoping to catapult itself squarely into today’s high end. Exhibit A was a trio of highly advanced products, the R1 Reference Series, meant ...
  • Technics R1 Reference System

    Technics R1 Reference System

    Time was when Technics, along with Nakamichi and a smattering of others, claimed membership in an elite cadre within Japan’s overwhelmingly mass-market audio industry. These companies aimed higher. Technics, a division of Panasonic, found favor ...

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