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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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Ellington Night at the Roberts House!


Jazz | Music | Vinyl

Jack Roberts

It seems that nowadays every day is national something or some other special day. I wonder if I could use the word day more in one sentence! Anyway, I declared it Duke Ellington Night at my house the other night. I got out the three LPs seen in the picture and sat down to enjoy. […]

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Audio Reference Technology Power Distributor Review


Audio Accessories | Power Conditioners

Ed Momkus

I have reviewed the Audio Reference Technology Super SE cable system and have always come away impressed by their performance, quality and appearance. The product reviewed in this article is no exception.   Power in My Main System When most people talk about “sources” in their audio system, they are referring to a turntable, reel-to-reel, […]

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Arcam FMJ CDS27 universal audio disc player Review


Digital Sources | Disc Media Players

Ray Seda

Arcam is one of those well established mid/high-end companies from the UK that offer more than just a taste of the high-end at very attractive prices. For some reason, they never seem to get much further than whispers of recognition in the US, but perhaps this is about to change. Over the years I have […]

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MY “SHORT AND SWEET” COMPONENT LIST OF 2015


Commentaries | The Columns

Doug Schroeder

This is my short list of sweet components, and trust me, I’ll keep it short. I write plenty in my reviews, and you can find most of my thoughts regarding these products in my reviews. Without further ado, here is the list for 2015! Sweetest Budgetary move: I spent two years seeing how far I […]

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PureAudioProject Trio 15TB speaker Review


Floorstanding Speakers | Speakers

Doug Schroeder

Pure and simple, that is the goal at PureAudioProject, the makers of a speaker that is part DIY and part manufactured. It’s flashy, yet practical. In some respects it’s pure lunacy, and in others it’s pure genius. It goes by the name the PureAudioProject TRIO 15TB Speaker, or the TREO 15 BEYMA 150H, or the […]

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Beatnik’s Pet Peeve #4


Beatnik's Journey | The Columns

Jack Roberts

Pet Peeve #4:        “You Have To Decide With Your Own Ears!” Some form of that statement has to be the most common sentiment on internet forums. I have to plead guilty to having said it many times myself. Why is it so often stated? Most likely, because it seems so obvious. Surely you can’t trust […]

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Lyn Stanley, Santana, The Byrds


Jazz | Music | Various | Vinyl

Jack Roberts

Lyn Stanley – Interludes Numbered Limited Edition 180g 45rpm 2LP Mastered by Bernie Grundman and Pressed at Quality Record Pressings LP1 Side A: How Long Has This Been Going On? Just One Of Those Things Whole Lotta Love Side B: More Than You Know Boulevard of Broken Dreams Nice ‘n Easy Black Velvet LP 2 […]

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Master Music XRCD24: Touching Folklore Music Masterpiece 


Music | Various

Constantine Soo

In 2007, Kazuo Kiuchi, the Director of Combak Corporation, co-founded the new audiophile music label Master Music with Yoshihiko Kannari. Bringing to this record project was Kiuchi’s expertise in equipment and room tuning via his Harmonix line of products, plus the experience of Yoshihiko Kannari from his days of making recordings under the TBM audiophile […]


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