Publication: Stereophile

First reported 15 hours ago - Updated 15 hours ago - 1 reports

Sutherland Engineering Insight phono preamplifier

Veteran phono-preamplifier designer Ron Sutherland has been partial, of late, to battery power. Getting off the grid can produce superb results, as demonstrated by his Hubble phono preamp ($3800), powered by 16 alkaline batteries.I favorably reviewed ... [Published Stereophile - 15 hours ago]
First reported 16 hours ago - Updated 16 hours ago - 1 reports

Mark Levinson HQD loudspeaker system

The name "Mark Levinson" has for some years been equated with absolute, no-compromise perfectionism in audio design. Mark Levinson 's equipment is highly esteemed by many audiophiles and audio-oriented musicians (most musicians just don't care about reproduced ... [Published Stereophile - 16 hours ago]
First reported Sep 12 2014 - Updated Sep 12 2014 - 1 reports

My Stardust Melody

For the musically literate it’s an old story but one that I never tire of telling. It was the scruffy, outlaw country singer warbling Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington and the Gershwins? He wasn’t singer enough to carry it, they all said. And even if by some ... [Published Stereophile - Sep 12 2014]
First reported Sep 12 2014 - Updated Sep 12 2014 - 1 reports

Acoustat Spectra 1100 loudspeaker

Acoustat Model Twos have been my reference loudspeakers for almost five years. I remember, on first hearing them in a high-end store in Illinois, how they let the music through in a way new and important to me. I knew I must own them! They seemed, despite ... [Published Stereophile - Sep 12 2014]
First reported Sep 12 2014 - Updated Sep 12 2014 - 1 reports

SME Series V tonearm

Once upon a time, SME made " the best tonearm in the world ." That claim may have been justifiable through the 1960s and early '70s, but then something happenedSME failed to keep pace with their competition in coping with the increasing popularity of ... [Published Stereophile - Sep 12 2014]
First reported Sep 10 2014 - Updated Sep 10 2014 - 1 reports

Wilson Audio Modular Monitor (WAMM) loudpeaker system

No, we made no typos in the specifications sidebar. The weight of the Wilson Audio Modular Monitor (WAMM) speaker system is enough to make you consult a structural engineer before dropping it on your living room floorfragile, 300-year old New England ... [Published Stereophile - Sep 10 2014]
First reported Sep 05 2014 - Updated Sep 05 2014 - 1 reports

Let's Make A Record!

And then there was Pono! Or not. Despite prompt denials by the folks at Pono, it now seems likely that the still mythical, high resolution music player will not be delivered to customers, who to date have kicked in $13 million via Crowdfunder and Kickstarter, ... [Published Stereophile - Sep 05 2014]
First reported Sep 05 2014 - Updated Sep 05 2014 - 1 reports

Audio Streams #2

". . . seizing and incorporating . . . There is nothing about us which is more strongly primitive."Elias Canetti, Crowds and PowerI am a collector. Books, records, art, music, knickknacks, old blurry anonymous photos, and morehanging, sitting, standing, ... [Published Stereophile - Sep 05 2014]
First reported Sep 04 2014 - Updated Sep 04 2014 - 1 reports

Beatles in Mono Listening Party

Record business freebies are almost a thing of the past, but every once in a while, the formerly titanic enterprise still throws a fandango for music fans, none more exciting lately than the announcement that Universal Music is gonna throw a listening ... [Published Stereophile - Sep 04 2014]
First reported Sep 04 2014 - Updated Sep 04 2014 - 1 reports

Music in the Round #68

Rotel RMB-1585 five-channel power amplifierPower amplifiers are unglamorous but essential. In theory, they have only one task. But, according to audio sage Yogi Berra, "in theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they are not." Amplifiers ... [Published Stereophile - Sep 04 2014]
First reported Sep 03 2014 - Updated Sep 03 2014 - 1 reports

Louis Armstrong: A Man and His Horn

He was a victim of his own success. From 1925 to 1929, when he was in his mid-20s, Louis Armstrong changed the world of jazz music forever with his Hot Five and Hot Seven recordings, and his solos in tunes like "Cornet Chop Suey," "Potato Head Blues," ... [Published Stereophile - Sep 03 2014]
First reported Sep 03 2014 - Updated Sep 03 2014 - 1 reports

Recording of January 1984: Debussy: Three Nocturnes; Jeux

Debussy: Three Nocturnes ; JeuxConcertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Bernard Haitink conducting.Philips ACD 400-023-2 (CD).This is the first classical CD I have heard that was originally mastered on analog tape, and the sound is quite different from what ... [Published Stereophile - Sep 03 2014]

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We could just imagine how our writeup would read: "This irresponsible publication attacks dedicated, perfectionist manufacturers, one of which is a musician (And who can better judge musical sound than a musician?), and reports on products that it has auditioned in stores on the basis of a 30-minute listen to unfamiliar program material."
...99/month.) According to a Qobuz press release from February 2014, "Qobuz is currently preparing its launch in America, which will take place at the end of 2014." Here I talk about my experiences with a fully working trial version of this service (footnote 1)
"Manufactured for the world at Optimal Media in Germany, The Beatles’ albums are presented in their original glory, both sonically and in their packaging. The boxed collection’s exclusive 12-inch by 12-inch hardbound book features new essays and a detailed history of the mastering process by award-winning radio producer and author Kevin Howlett. The book is illustrated with many rare studio photos of The Beatles, fascinating archive documents, and articles and advertisements sourced from 1960s publications."
In my March 2014 column , I said, "In general, I don't find power amps to be an exciting prospect for review; as far as I can tell, a competent amp well matched to the application and other equipment will make only a small difference in a system's sound." My experience with the Rotel RMB-1585 confirms this...

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Sutherland Engineering Insight phono preamplifier [Published Stereophile - 15 hours ago]
Mark Levinson HQD loudspeaker system [Published Stereophile - 16 hours ago]
SME Series V tonearm [Published Stereophile - Sep 12 2014]
Acoustat Spectra 1100 loudspeaker [Published Stereophile - Sep 12 2014]
My Stardust Melody [Published Stereophile - Sep 12 2014]
Wilson Audio Modular Monitor (WAMM) loudpeaker ... [Published Stereophile - Sep 10 2014]
Audio Streams #2 [Published Stereophile - Sep 05 2014]
Let's Make A Record! [Published Stereophile - Sep 05 2014]
Beatles in Mono Listening Party [Published Stereophile - Sep 04 2014]
Music in the Round #68 [Published Stereophile - Sep 04 2014]
Louis Armstrong: A Man and His Horn [Published Stereophile - Sep 03 2014]
Recording of January 1984: Debussy: Three Noctu... [Published Stereophile - Sep 03 2014]
Toronto: Angie's Audio Corner Opens an Annex [Published Stereophile - Aug 31 2014]
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KEF R700 loudspeaker [Published Stereophile - Aug 28 2014]
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