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Audioengine HD6 powered speakers Review


Bookshelf Speakers | Powered Speakers | Speakers

Jack Roberts

Description I’ve had a pair of Audioengine A2 powered speakers since 2008. They’ve been with me during vacations, they played music off my iMac, and I’ve always loved them. I’ve recommended the company’s bigger A5+ to friends because of how great they always sounded at Audio Shows and how much I love the little A2. […]

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Joan Baez, Eleanor McEvoy, Santana, Arlo Guthrie, Willie Nelson


Jazz | Music | Vinyl

Jack Roberts

Joan Baez – Diamond and Rust in the Bullring Analogue Productions 200g Virgin Vinyl Mastered from the original analog tape by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio Plated and pressed at Quality Record Pressings Tip-on jacket by Stoughton Printing, Deluxe highest quality jackets and rice paper sleeves   Selections: Side One: Diamonds and Rust Ain’t Gonna […]

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2016 T.H.E. Show Newport Beach Report, Part 4


Event Reports | T.H.E. Show

Jack Roberts

There were lots of things at the Newport show that were just plain fun! I want to share just a few of them. The first two pictures are from the Burwell & Sons room. As I was wondering around on press day, I saw this sign in the hall and I told my son, “this […]

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Daria “Strawberry Fields Forever” Review


Jazz | Music

Constantine Soo

Tracks: When I’m Sixty-Four 4:01 Strawberry Fields Forever 4:44 Come Together 4:09 Fixing A Hole 4:33 Can’t Buy Me Love 3:48 Bird Medley (Blackbird/Icarus/Bye Bye Blackbird) 5:56 The Fool On The Hill 4:16 If I Fell 4:17 Julia 5:02 Helter Skelter 3:42 She’s Going Home 3:35   The Beatles’ music has taken such a stronghold […]

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2016 T.H.E. Show Newport Beach Report, Part 3: Mega-systems


Event Reports | T.H.E. Show

Jack Roberts

All over the forums I keep reading that the mega-systems at the show were nothing special. I sometimes wonder what people are expecting from these systems. I know it’s popular on the internet to talk about how overpriced these uber-expensive systems are. That may or may not be the case but to say they don’t […]

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2016 T.H.E. Show Newport Beach Report, Part 2: Turntable Gallery


Event Reports | T.H.E. Show
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2016 T.H.E. Show Newport Beach Report, Part 1


Event Reports | T.H.E. Show

Jack Roberts

I think everyone agrees that one of the hardest things to do in audio is to get really great sound in a normal-sized hotel room. Another very difficult thing to do is to get really great sound without bringing the speaker way out into the room. Then, there is the most difficult thing of all: […]

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Spread Spectrum Technologies Thoebe II preamplifier and Son Of Ampzilla II stereo power amplifier Review


Amplification | Preamplifier | Solid State
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AMG Giro turntable and 9W2 tonearm Review


Analog Sources | Tone Arms | Turn Tables

Jack Roberts

In August of 2012, I reviewed the AMG Viella V12 Turntable and V12 Tonearm. After the addition of the HRS platform, I purchase this combination. Before that, I had owned the Shindo turntable and since then I have reviewed the Artisan Fidelity Garrard Statement, the wonderful little Tri-Art Audio Pebbles TA-1, the highly innovative Thales […]

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Patricia Barber “Cafe Blue” Un-Mastered


Jazz | Music

Constantine Soo

The one thing that struck me the most about Premonition Records’ latest release of an “Un-Mastered” edition of the Patricia Barber jazz standard, Cafe Blue, was the audibly more reverberating recording studio ambience. When the 1994 production was first released by the label on compact disc, it was hailed as the new Jazz forerunner of […]

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All About Music


Jazz | Music | Vinyl

Jack Roberts

Now For Some LPs That Definitely Are All About The Music I’m always hearing or reading about people in this hobby who say, “it’s all about the music.” I don’t buy that for a minute, but I do agree it should be mostly about the music. Here are a few LPs that I would only […]

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Magnepan 3.7i full-range ribbon/quasi-ribbon panel speakers Review


Floorstanding Speakers | Speakers

Constantine Soo

Wendell Diller, Magnepan’s marketing manager for forty-three years will not attempt to sell his company’s products to you by describing the strengths or weaknesses of any of them. He has such confidence on the uniqueness and performance of his speakers that he prefers to quote his customers on their satisfactory purchases and user experiences. Diller […]

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2016 Axpona show report, Part 4 – Memorable Rooms


AXPONA | Event Reports

Ray Seda

My favorite part of any show is that quest for something, anything, that stops me dead in my tracks and demands I take notice.  Better yet, a system that commands me to sit and stay a while. In that respect, I have to say that AXPONA 2016 had its share of riches. You could call […]

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2016 Axpona show report, Part 3 – The Rooms


AXPONA | Event Reports

Ray Seda

Read 2016 Axpona show report Part 1, Part 2   Legacy Audio / Raven Audio In a rather large ballroom, Legacy was sporting several different system configurations. The Legacy Aeris, actually my favorite of the line, was on display powered by a pair of Raven Audio 300B-based monoblocks, Metronome Transport, and Legacy Wavelet Preamp/DAC.   […]

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2016 Axpona show report, Part 2


AXPONA | Event Reports

Ray Seda

Audio Expo North America, 2016 When it comes to audio shows, both regional and “national”, putting one on and finding that ideal weekend that can mostly likely pull in the audiophile and pre-audiophile masses is a bit of a black art. In case you haven’t noticed, some of the more successful shows have been conveniently […]

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2016 Axpona show report, Part 1


AXPONA | Event Reports

Doug Schroeder

While the following is not exhaustive, it is a representation of the varied experiences I had at AXOPONA 2016. The show seemed a bit less crowded than last year, but not poorly attended. There seemed to be a balance overall on displays using digital and analogue sources. I was encouraged to see more youthful faces […]

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The Obsessive, Compulsive Audiophile


Commentaries | The Columns

Robert Dean

During the past two decades in practice as a psychotherapist and Doctor of Clinical Hypnotherapy, I have witnessed most every psychological disorder listed in the Diagnostic Service Manual. This manual defines each psychological disorder which Psychiatrists, Doctors of Psychology and Doctors of Clinical Hypnotherapy treat in their practice. One of the disorders listed in the […]

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DS Audio DS-W1 Optical Phono Cartridge Review, Part Two: The Sound


Analog Sources | Cartridges

Jack Roberts

In Part One, I did everything within my limited technical ability to share how this interesting and different cartridge design works. Now, let’s talk about the only thing that actually matters: how my system sounded with the DS Audio DS-W1 optical phono cartridge responsible for getting the music out of those record grooves. I can […]

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DS Audio DS-W1 Optical Phono Cartridge Review, Part One: The Technical Side


Analog Sources | Cartridges

Jack Roberts

Let me mention two things before I get started with the review. While visiting with Garth Leerer of Musical Surroundings, I said, “I can tell you this after living for three years with the Soundsmith Stain-gauge and now with the DS, I find these two cartridge technologies to be real alternatives to traditional magnetic cartridge. […]

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There and back again


Commentaries | The Columns

Fred Crowder

At some point during my freshman year in high school, I discovered music, originally show tunes and movie soundtracks, moving gradually into a wide range of classical music and jazz.  I had very limited funds, essentially only money that I had earned from a paper route.  This was well before the advent of compact discs […]

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Serene Audio Talisman active desktop speakers Review


Powered Speakers | Speakers

Jack Roberts

  At the California Audio Show last August, I got to see and hear the striking Serene Audio Talisman desktop speakers. A few years ago finding a pair of powered desktop speakers was next to impossible, yet now there are so many powered desktop speakers on the market that a manufacturer has to do something […]

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TriangleART Symphony SE turntable and Osiris tonearm Review


Analog Sources | Tone Arms | Turn Tables

Jack Roberts

Prospective In 2010, I purchased and then reviewed what I honestly thought would be the last turntable I would ever own, the Shindo 301 turntable, tonearm, and cartridge. Then, two years later I reviewed the AMG Viella V12 turntable and tonearm. The AMG Viella V12, when set on the HRS M3X-1921-AMG V12, gave me everything […]

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Audio Reference Technology Monolith SE cable system Review


Cables | Interconnects | Power Cables | Speaker Cables

Greg Petan

Coming hot off the review of the reference level MIT Cables Oracle V1.3HR cable system, I really had to clear my head. By far the most expensive cable I have ever reviewed, its price and performance set my head spinning. But there was no time for head clearing. I had committed to writing a cable […]

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JVC XRCD2 Best Audiophile Voices VII Review


Jazz | Music

Constantine Soo

  Tracks: 1. The Look Of Love (Hal David/Burt Bacharach) – Saskia Bruin 2. Vincent (Don McLean) – Sarah Morrau 3. Time After Time (Cyndi Lauper/Rob Hyman) – Jeni Fleming Acoustic Trio 4. Your Song (Elton John) – Emi Fujita 5. A Whiter Shade Of Pale (G. Brooker/K. Reid/M. Fisher) – Halie Loren feat. Matt […]

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Aaudio Imports: December 2015


Spotlight | System Profiles

Constantine Soo

Audio is a hobby in which a world of companies come together to create elegant electronics and speakers for music listening at home. Engineers, financiers and businessmen look at our industry and introduce new, more progressive designs when they believe they can carve out a market share in this hotly competitive arena by introducing higher […]

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Beatnik’s Pet Peeve #5: “Why is so much of the High-End equipment so extremely expensive?”


Beatnik's Journey | The Columns
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Red Dragon S500 stereo amplifier Review


Amplification | Digital

Doug Schroeder

A goodly number of those hoity-toity, big gun amp makers have a serious problem, it’s class D, and its name is Red Dragon Audio, the maker of the S500 amp. No, the company’s products are not made in China, but rather in Utah. The S500 looks fairly nondescript, with a brushed, bright aluminum case and […]

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Linda Ronstadt, Dave Brubeck, Steve Martin


Music | Vinyl

Jack Roberts

Classic Linda Ronstadt – Just One Look LP 1 Side A: 1. Different Drum 2. Love Has No Pride 3. Desperado 4. Willing 5. I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still In Love With You) Side B: 1. You’re No Good 2. Tracks of My Tears 3. Heat Wave 4. Someone To Lay Down Beside […]

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Audio Blast: Silnote Audio Orion M-1 Master Reference & Epirus Master Reference USB cables


Cables | Digital Cables
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Margules Audio Magenta FZ47DB Phono Amplifier Review


Amplification | Phono

Jack Roberts

I should start this review with an apology for taking so long to get the review turned in. I had planned to do it when I reviewed the Margules Audio U280-SC 25th Anniversary tube amp and SF220.15 20th Anniversary tube line stage, but somehow got distracted. When I did the article about my three big […]


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