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May - June 2024

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Audio Discourse

Impressions:  AXPONA 2024, Part the First…Show Overview...

05-04-2024 | By David W. Robinson

Ye Olde Editor, AXPONA 2024 (photograph by Bill Parish; image processing by David W. Robinson) Another year, another trip around the Sun, another...


How Can It Do That?

05-03-2024 | By Roger Skoff

Roger Skoff answers a question that many audiophiles have, but never ask... On one of the audiophile groups on Facebook a few days ago, I saw a...


Impressions: The Pacific Audio Fest 2023, Part the Third &...

03-30-2024 | By David W. Robinson

Ye Olde Editor with cigar and match, 2021 (photograph and image processing by John Robinson) Here's the last set of my Audio Oasis! Awards from PAF...


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Hardware Reviews

Keces Ebravo Streamer Transport

05-21-2024 | By Dean Seislove

Like a god of destruction and rebirth, the internet streamer obliterates the accumulated dross of the audiophile world with one hand, while bestowing...


Akiko Audio Speaker Improver

05-17-2024 | By Malcolm J. Gomes

Audiophile tweaks; you can either love them or hate them, but if you are a passionate audiophile, they are difficult to ignore. Sure, they can be...


Tekton Design Perfect SET 15 Loudspeakers

05-09-2024 | By Steve Lefkowicz

This review has had probably the longest gestation period of any review I've ever done. I've had the Tekton Perfect SET 15 loudspeakers in my...


The Elegant HiFi-Home Lifestyle Balance PS Audio Aspen FR10...

05-07-2024 | By Juan C. Ayllon

The PS Audio Aspen FR10 Loudspeakers (photo courtesy of PS Audio) The "P" in PS Audio, a leading manufacturer of high-end stereo equipment, Paul...


IsoAcoustics GAIA III Speaker Isolators

05-03-2024 | By John Zurek

A while back I found myself the new custodian of some excellent prototype speakers. I'd heard the Communique floorstander at several Colorado Audio...


Waters on the Hardware: The Mola Mola Tambaqui DAC

05-02-2024 | By Dean Waters

Dean Waters at the Pacific Audio Fest, 2023: a portrait with cigar (photograph and image processing by David W. Robinson) The Tambaqui from Mola Mola...


SAE HP2-D Amplifier and MK One Preamplifier

05-02-2024 | By Gary Lea

Fifty years ago SAE hit the market with its first amplifier, the venerable MK 1. A 60-watt per channel affair that stunned the audio world and received...


Vera-Fi Audio's SnubWay Noise Defender: Taking Your Audio and...

04-18-2024 | By Tom Gibbs

I'm constantly on social media, quite often for audio-related purposes. And I'd seen teasers for months highlighting the ongoing development of Vera-Fi...


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Music - SuperSonic Recordings

Top 500 SuperSonic List - Part 39

01-18-2024 | By Claude Lemaire

This is an ongoing project by Claude Lemaire of Soundevaluations 231. André Hodeir, American Jazzmen Play André Hodeir's Essais. Savoy Records –...


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Music Reviews

Murals for Immersion

05-22-2024 | By Michael Mercer

Kenneth James Gibson & Paul Carman, Murals for Immersion I'm not convinced that any words of mine could so aptly describe this record as its title...


Joni Mitchell, The Asylum Years (1972-1975) on Rhino Quadio High...

05-14-2024 | By Tom Gibbs

Rhino Entertainment has just released the Quadio/Blu-ray box set for Joni Mitchell's The Asylum Years (1972-1975) Quadio, which covers her first four...


Tony Rice's Classic Album Church Street Blues, Now on 180 gram...

05-07-2024 | By Tom Gibbs

Craft Recordings has announced their reissue of Church Street Blues, the seminal 1983 album from bluegrass icon and journeyman guitarist and vocalist...


Craft Recordings' Excellent OJC LP Reboot Continues with The Red...

05-07-2024 | By Tom Gibbs

Craft Recordings has announced the second group of reissue titles for 2024 in their Original Jazz Classics (OJC) franchise reboot, featuring four...


Just Listen

05-05-2024 | By Robert Pincus

Just Listen (Columbia Special Products CSS 1337) is an LP that I discovered in 1986. It was released by Columbia Special Products in 1970, as a...


Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section - new Pure DSD256 Transfer...

05-05-2024 | By Rushton Paul

Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section, with Red Garland, Paul Chambers, Philly Joe Jones, HDTT 1957 2024 (Pure DSD256) HERE This is such a great album,...


Schubert Quartets

05-01-2024 | By Stephen Francis Vasta

Schubert, Quartets 15, 8. Takács Quartet. Hyperion CDA 68423 (CD). TT: 77.48 Schubert's harmonic innovations are broadly recognized. But, as these...


Deep Purple's Machine Head: Super Deluxe Edition from Rhino

05-01-2024 | By Tom Gibbs

Deep Purple's Machine Head: Super Deluxe Edition (SDE) has just been remixed, remastered, and re-released in a gorgeous new multi-disc edition that...


Reiner's Performance of Pines of Rome and Fountains of Rome from...

04-21-2024 | By Rushton Paul

Turn up the volume and prepare for sumptuous sonics from one of the great performances in the catalog. This new transfer from High Definition Tape...


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New Old Stock - Articles from Our Days in Print

Adventures at the Far End of Reality

05-01-2024 | By Editors at Positive Feedback

This article by Roger S. Gordon originally ran in Issue 8, August/September 2003, so while we call this section "New Old Stock - Articles from Our Days...


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Our Friends at HIFI Statement

Audio Video Show Warschau 2023 – Teil 3

11-06-2023 | By Finn Corvin Gallowsky

Das Aufbereiten der auf der Messe gesammelten Eindrücke und Informationen ist zwar zeitintensiv, aber es macht stets Spaß, die Messe noch einmal.... . . Read More »


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Our Friends at High Fidelity

Carbide Audio Carbide Base Anti-Vibration Feet

04-20-2024 | By Wojciech Pacuła

Carbide Audio is based in the city of Llano located east of Austin, in the mountainous part of Texas. Founded in 2019 by Jeffrey Jenkins, this...


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Show Reports

AXPONA 2024: ampsandsound Brought the Funk, the Bump and Stuck...

05-21-2024 | By John Hughes

Justin Weber of ampsandsound takes a break. 300B amps aren't known for their ability to party hard. More often than not you hear about their sweetness,...


Magnificent But a TAD Expensive? Maybe, Maybe Not as AXPONA...

05-14-2024 | By Juan C. Ayllon

SCHAUMBURG, IL—Twenty-six years ago, aspiring studio tech and entrepreneur, David Malekpour, launched his Pro Audio Design, Inc. (initially under the...


Impressions:  AXPONA 2024, Part the First…Show Overview...

05-04-2024 | By David W. Robinson

Ye Olde Editor, AXPONA 2024 (photograph by Bill Parish; image processing by David W. Robinson) Another year, another trip around the Sun, another...


AXPONA 2024: Swan Song Audio's Technorama

05-02-2024 | By John Hughes

Some of the most fun to be had at AXPONA was discovering fresh new ideas and technology. Never have I ever encountered a complete 3D printed horn...


AXPONA 2024: Manley Labs Preaches a Vinyl Gospel

04-25-2024 | By John Hughes

Manley Labs has always kept its feet planted in two lands. Known for keeping the tube faith on the Pro side of audio—their mic preamps and processors...


Impressions: The Pacific Audio Fest 2023, Part the Third &...

03-30-2024 | By David W. Robinson

Ye Olde Editor with cigar and match, 2021 (photograph and image processing by John Robinson) Here's the last set of my Audio Oasis! Awards from PAF...


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