Gilles


  • From Halfway House to Vinyl Powerhouse: The Full Interview With Chad Kassem

    “My goal is to win. That’s why I recut the Steely Dan record, the first one, seven times. I’m going to make sure ours is better.”

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  • From halfway house to vinyl powerhouse: Interview With Chad Kassem, Part 1

    During my visit to Chicago’s Axpona 2023, I had the privilege of interviewing Chad Kassem, owner and founder of Acoustic Sounds, Analogue Productions, Quality Record Pressings, and Blue Heaven Studios. Chad was very generous with his time and spoke candidly about his life, aspirations, and the numerous challenges he faced while building his thriving enterprise.…

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  • How To Improve Your Sound System With Your Mind, Part 1

    With this technique, you could have the most fabulous listening experiences even if you don’t have the most fabulous audio system.

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  • Michael Fremer bares all in exclusive interview with PMA Magazine, Pt 1/3

    It was early Sunday morning when I met veteran audio critic Michael Fremer, aka Mikey, suitcase in hand, preparing to return home from his visit to the Montreal Audiofest. He’d been invited by the show’s organisers to present his popular turntable setup seminar along with the show’s annual Lifetime Achievement Awards, conferred on those who’ve…

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  • Interview with Trent Suggs, Owner of Audio Research, final part

    “In late 2020, early 2021,” Trent said. “I looked at the high-performance luxury watch and automotive worlds because they’re so successful. I looked at BMW, Mercedes, all of these companies that offered CPO (Certified Pre-Owned) programs. Why should we be any different? […]”

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  • Interview with Trent Suggs, Owner of Audio Research, Part 2/3

    And I thought only the old baby boomers like me were still interested in hi-fi.

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  • Interview with Trent Suggs, Owner of Audio Research

    Audio Research is not only one of the most iconic American brands, it remains vital today and continues to push the limits of what’s possible to achieve in audio technology and sound reproduction.

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  • Interview with an audio trailblazer: Norman Varney, on room acoustics, Pt 1

    “90% of audiophiles are not experiencing 50% of their equipment’s potential.” At High End Munich 2022, I had the opportunity to interview industry veteran Norman Varney of A/V RoomService, Ltd., who debunked many of my theories on how room acoustics influence the sound in our listening rooms. He has modeled, installed, and improved hundreds of…

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  • Gilles goes to High End Munich 2022—an intro

    High End Munich is an extraordinary event unlike any other. Nowhere else can you hear and see such a large display of high-end gear assembled by exhibitors from around the world. I had a chance to attend the 2022 show, which ran from May 19 to 22. Over the course of those three days, I…

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  • Putting an end to the audio cable debate! Part 3

    Blind comparison tests use short-term memory, not long-term memory. Short-term memory can memorize at most seven different pieces of information simultaneously for a maximum duration of 30 seconds. No wonder this is the test of choice of cable deniers!

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  • Diving into Disco, Part 5 — Going to a Go-Go

    While the Supremes, with the support of their writing and producing team of Lamont Dozier and brothers Brian and Eddie Holland, a.k.a. H-D-H, continued their winning streak with “I Hear a Symphony” in October, 1965, and “My World Is Empty Without You” in December of the same year, squeezed in between those two months, in…

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  • “No, I have the best system in the world!” #1: Karim Senoussi’s Second-Hand Symphony

    The point behind our new “No, I have the best system in the world!” series is not to have people brag about their system. Okay, it is, a bit, but it’s a bragging that I think we can all get behind. It’s a brag without braggadocio or pretention or saying that you need to spend…

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  • “I have the best system in the world!” A 50-year Journey in Audiophilia

    It’s often been said that we should avoid discussing politics or religion in polite company. These are touchy subjects on which people have strong ideas and beliefs that may conflict. These conversations can, on a dime, turn into trench wars, polite company notwithstanding. Among audiophiles, one could easily replace politics or religion with best audio brand,…

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  • Gilles Laferrière, saved by the music?

    Watch how Gilles Laferrière started off with a love of music and good audio, lost everything to drugs and alcohol, and came back to own the audio system, listening room, and music collection of his (ever-evolving) dreams. In this short video, Gilles opens up about his life and reveals how his passion for music and…

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