A POINT OF VIEW: Audiophile marketing – is this a contradiction in terms?

Neil, is there such a things as honest audiophile marketing, or is that a contradiction in terms? Thanks. Bryan Paul McGowan wrote on the topic: Bad storytelling. Marketing a product is all about telling a story.  The story tells the customer what the product’s about, why he might need it and how it relates to […]

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A POINT OF VIEW: So accuracy or emotionally inspiring? Heck of a choice.

Gentlemen. Should I choose emotion over accuracy or vice-versa? I am no longer convinced I can achieve both in one system Here’s what Paul McGowan (PS Audio) says: My friend Art Tedeschi from the Colorado Audiophile Society sent me an interesting observation which I think is rather relevant and relates to our thoughts. “I think […]

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Afro-Peruvian music

Afro-Peruvian music has its roots in the communities of black slaves brought to work in the mines along the Peruvian coast. As such, it’s a fair way from the Andes, culturally and geographically. However, as it developed, particularly in this century, it drew on Andean and Spanish, as well as African traditions, while its modern […]

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PS AUDIO: P600 Power Plant With MultiWave Patterns test review

Brian Bloom writes ….. I am a firm believer in comparison testing. It is easy to say a product is good or bad, but without taking into account similar items (especially in the same price bracket) it is much less meaningful. Not only does it help in eliminating careless subjective opinions (hopefully), but it also […]

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A POINT OF VIEW: Every once in a while I am transported somewhere else when I listen to music – even if I know it isn’t real

Paul McGowan writes: In Stereophile Magazine  John Atkinson opines about the goals and challenges of reviewing audio equipment: a challenging task to do it as well and as thoroughly as does John.  I have always admired his measurements plus listening approach to high-end audio as being really down to earth and informative. At one point […]

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HEADPHONES: 18 Brands Ranked from Worst to First

Ben Taylor (Time Magazine) writes:  Full-time rapper and part-time headphone brand Dr. Dre likes to say that “people aren’t hearing all the music.” A more accurate assessment: people aren’t buying the right headphones. Today, the audio industry is saturated with marketing. Clueless consumers snap up name-brands at $300+ price points while merrily scrolling past better, […]

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SUBJECTIVE AUDIO: The great sounds; Radford, Spectral, Lecson, Infinity, SoundLabs, JBL Century, Beveridge, Beard and more

Neil McCauley asks Howard Popeck: What were the best reproduced sounds you ever heard in the early days? Not easy to answer. Depends on one’s definition of best. If you take just listenability i.e. the customer’s sound is so good right now that I’m not going to unpack my demo gear, then it would have […]

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SPICA: The TC-50 speakers test review

Howard Popeck writes: As it my policy re these mini-reviews, I only write as a consequence of direct personal experience of the product.I sold these during my time at Subjective Audio in the 1980s. The demonstrations followed a fairly predictable pattern. Initially the potential customer would say that (a) the cabinets looked odd and/or unusual […]

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From the archives: There’s a major disconnect between the audiophile magazines and their readers – says Howard Popeck

  Well, hello again – and thank you to the thousands of you who each month follow my daily column here. Now then … Overview There is in my view a major disconnect between the audiophile magazines and their readers. It’s an understandable one but in my view an important one – and it’s the […]

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FOCAL PROFESSIONAL: The CMS Sub active subwoofer – description and specifications

They tell us ….. The 11″ Polyglass® cone woofer used in the CMS SUB is both very light and extremely rigid for a neutral and distortion-free response. This incredible weight-to-rigidity ratio is obtained by applying a thin layer of hollow glass spheres on top of a cellulose-based cone. The high excursion capabilities of the CMS […]

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A POINT OF VIEW: When technology changes an industry, the first reaction by the industry is to protect itself by whatever means possible.

Paul McGowan writes: My son Scott handed me a new book he just finished reading and suggested I read it.  I am reading it and enjoying it.  Others send me music to listen to. Sharing books and music has been a part of our culture for many, many years.  I suspect it will continue to […]

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What do you think future hi-fi will look like? Rory Buszka Product Manager – Dayton Audio at Parts Express

“The stereo receiver was dead to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that; dead as a doornail. This must be distinctly understood, or nothing can come of the story I am about to relate.” So might begin a chapter in a modern history of hi-fi. The stereo receiver is a dinosaur, with its […]

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CLONES AUDIO: AP2 pre amp – what the makers say

They say …. AP2 preamplifier offers a significant step forward in capturing the subtleties, nuances, and emotions of music. All aspects of the signal flow are enhanced with lower noise and distortion figures, offering a rich and vibrant audio experience. Continues HERE Please click HERE for everything we have on Clones Audio

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