ROKSAN: Kandy K2 BT integrated amplifier test review

Stereophile write:  It was spring. I was planting kale and cabbage, wearing bib overalls, and listening to Pigboy Crabshaw (aka Elvin Bishop) on my iPhone. My girlfriend, "bb," came out, and just stood there laughing. "What's this? American Gigolo: The Alabama Years?"

Now, please, don't start worrying about your newest Stereophile reviewer. I've owned my share of Julie London and Jennifer Warnes records, but these days I'm more into Hazel Dickens and Maybelle Carter. It's summertime, fish are jumpin', and that dirt-road American music is getting me high.

But wait! Before I go fishing and napping, I have an important question. Can hillbilly-trucker gospel recordings be useful for evaluating sophisticated audiophile equipment? Steve Guttenberg and I have this discussion all the time. Steve maintains that any reviewer who wants to accurately assess imaging, ambience, and realistic instrumental timbre must employ purely acoustic, simply miked recordings made by master recordists like David Chesky, Kavichandran Alexander, Todd Garfinkle, or my esteemed editor. I completely agree. "But Steve!" I always argue, "I do use high-pedigree acoustic recordings to evaluate those qualities. But you know I can't think and listen to music at the same time!"

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