• Rhapsody At Rhapsody!

    Rhapsody At Rhapsody!

    I had the wonderful opportunity to visit Bob Visintainer of Rhapsody Audio in NYC several weeks ago. Going to a NY City audio store is not like checking out your average brick-and-mortar stereo retailer. Many ...
  • Come Go with Me: The Stax Collection

    Come Go with Me: The Stax Collection

    In the 1930s, a Mississippi share-cropper named Roebuck “Pops” Staples moved to Chicago for work, taking his wife, daughter, and son—Oceola, Cleotha, and Pervis—with him, along with his blues-influenced guitar and easygoing, twangy voice. He ...
  • In a Sentimental Mood

    In a Sentimental Mood

    Prior to the pandemic I was already feeling the allure of beautiful new music that wears its heart on its sleeve, and that impulse has grown stronger now that I’m spending more time at home. ...
  • Reversal of Fortune

    Reversal of Fortune

    For virtually the entire existence of the audio hardware and music industries, consumers who most valued sound quality (you know, us) were at the mercy of the hardware formats created for the mass market. Audiophiles ...
  • The Alt-Pop Artistry of XTC

    The Alt-Pop Artistry of XTC

    Let’s begin!” These two seemingly innocent words gleefully open the 1992 Nonsuch track “The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead,” yet another notch in the sonically pleasing crown of the British new-wave collective known as XTC. Vocalist/guitarist ...
  • Q&A with John Quick of dCS

    Q&A with John Quick of dCS

    Did your interest in the high end come from the music side or the electronics side? Actually, a little bit of both. Music was constantly playing at home when I was young, and since then ...

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