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  • Is Class-D Amplification Now Better than Class-A/B and Class-A?

    A couple of years ago, a designer of high-end tube equipment said something to me that left such an impact it eventually led me, now that the conditions seem right, to write this article. That mind-bomb was set off when I asked the designer if he’d ever consider making a class-AB amp. Shaking his head,…

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  • Please Tell Me It’s An April Fool’s Day Joke!

    This article presents the author’s personal perspective and does not necessarily reflect the endorsements or viewpoints of the editorial team. To submit your own opinions, please contact our editor-in-chief. A few days ago, I received a press release announcing that the Los Angeles Orange County Audiophile Society (LAOCAS) and the Chester Group from England are…

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  • 오디오에서 제일 중요한 요소는 바로…

    Read the article in English here, et en français ici. 힌트: 답은 스피커가 아님 어렸을 때 이런 놀이를 자주 하곤 했다. 아이들이 한줄로 선다. 그리고 처음 아이가 옆 아이한테 귀속말로 무슨 얘기를 한다. 그러면 그 아이가 다음 아이한테 귓속말로 같은 말을 전한다. 이런 식으로 마지막 아이한테까지 처음 말을 그대로 전달하는 게 놀이의 목적이다. 물론 이건…

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  • How my audio hobby made me a better dad

    When I told my son, Michael, that I was going to write about the role he’s played in my audio hobby, he said: “So you’re going to write about child labor?” Now, before you start imagining things, I want to clarify that I didn’t make Michael work on my audio stuff when he was a…

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  • The most important component in your listening room is…

    Hints: It isn’t your speakers. And it isn’t your source. As a child, you probably played the game “Telephone” or “Chinese Whispers”. It’s a simple game where each kid in a line or circle whispers a message into the next kid’s ear with the goal that the message remain intact all the way to the…

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  • Irreconcilable Differences?

    How did music become science? Or an ugly and personal battle royale over what speaker measurements mean? Or a mud-slinging political brawl over whether some gear writers are on the take? These are questions that I’ve pondered many times over during my years as a music editor in the sometimes blood sport universe of high-end…

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  • When was your audio awakening?

    A recent article by PMA Magazine editor Robert Schryer got me wondering about when I began to think of music and audio — and, specifically, of myself as an audio hobbyist. The answer to “when” can’t be clearly defined by a single moment; it’s scattered across a handful of events that took place over a…

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  • Jazz isn’t noise. It’s special. Here’s why.

    I have a friend who listened only to classical music. One day I had him listen to the music of John Coltrane, a jazz giant. And in honor of the saxophonist’s Giant status, the track I had my friend listen to was “Giant Steps”. As he was listening, I was trying to decide what I…

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  • I am not an audiophile

    I am not an audiophile, or an expert on music. I don’t like being labelled. But I do love most musical genres. I fell in love with music when I was nine. “That’s a young age to fall in love for the first time!” I hear some of you saying. It is. But by nine…

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  • My Audio Revelation

    I’ve always loved listening to music on a sound system, even going as far back as when all I had access to was my parents’ outdated, low-fi stereo system. It was in my college’s music library, where I worked, that I was introduced to quality sound, although at the time I had no idea what…

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  • Music Unites Us

    Of course, music isn’t the kind of language we’ll use, say, to order food at the drive-thru or book a car appointment at the garage (even for a car tune up, hehe). Music transcends words. It operates on an emotional frequency to make us feel. Even in songs with lyrics, it’s the song’s harmonic and…

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  • Music is in my Guts

    I’ve heard the comments from audio enthusiasts trying to put a positive spin on being Corona-confined: “Stuck inside? Hey, it’s like I’ve been preparing for this all along!” I know about music’s health benefits. I’ve read those credibly-sourced studies that prove how listening to music can help reduce depression, anxiety, physical pain, and enhance Alzheimer-,…

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  • Sound Reflections: CD sounds better than you may think. Here’s why.

    When the CD came out, many vinyl record enthusiasts decried the format. “It sounds mechanical!” They’d protest. “It sounds cold!” Digital sucks became their mantra. A format war ensued. And while most of them today will concede that CD playback sounds leagues better than it used to, many still can’t fully warm up to it.…

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  • Audio is Getting Better. Here’s why.

    A musical recording is designed to do one thing especially well, barring which it fails completely: make people want to hear it. To get there, a lot of work and reflection goes into bringing a music release to fruition: the writing, the musicianship, the beat, the compositions, the words, its tone, its catchiness, the mixing…

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