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  • Is Class-D Technology About As Good As It’ll Ever Get?

    As an audiophile on a journey of perpetually better sound, I was left slightly disconcerted by class-D trailblazer Bruno Putzeys’s assertion, in my previous class-D article, that, as he put it, well-done class-D amplification was now so good that “the amplifier part is basically a solved problem”. I understood the gist of what Bruno meant…

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  • David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’: A Cosmic Journey Through Sound

    On July 11, 1969, as the world braced for the monumental Apollo 11 moon landing, an emerging David Bowie released “Space Oddity,” a song that would soon become a defining anthem of the space age. Just days before humans first set foot on the moon, Bowie’s cosmic tale of Major Tom captured the imagination of…

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  • The Bone-Chilling Melody of the Aztec Death Whistle

    The Sinister Symphony of the Aztec Death Whistle In the pantheon of historical artifacts that both fascinate and frighten, few can match the eerie allure of the Aztec death whistle. Often misunderstood and underestimated, this small, skull-shaped instrument was a marvel of ancient sound engineering, capable of emitting a scream that could freeze the blood…

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  • Magnat Signature Edelstein Loudspeakers Reviewed

    “Wonderful loudspeakers that deserve to be front and centre of a two-channel system. These are mini speakers with a massive sound and which represent something unusual in audio – genuine value for money.”

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  • Making Speakers Smaller and Better With MEMS Technology: Talking With Moti Margalit of Sonic Edge

    “Sonic Edge’s driver is based on ultrasound, where ultrasound is generated from multiple speakers, each the width of a human hair.”

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  • Rock Chronicles, Part 10 — From Badfinger to Bangladesh

    George Harrison’s Concert for Bangladesh was an unqualified success, and the first-ever pop concert for charity.

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  • The Festival Québec Jazz IN JUNE awaits you from the 20 to 30!

    It is well-known that Quebec has music in its veins, which is probably why it hosts a good hundred annual music festivals, the most famous of which is the Montreal International Jazz Festival, renowned worldwide. The magnificent city of Quebec is recognized for its Summer Festival (FEQ), which is practically sold out every year. However,…

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  • When the King of Pop Defied the Stasi: Michael Jackson’s 1988 Berlin Performance

    Michael Jackson’s Berlin Wall Concert: When Pop Met Politics In the annals of pop culture, Michael Jackson’s legacy is studded with iconic performances and groundbreaking achievements. Yet, one performance stands out not just for its musical brilliance but also for its geopolitical significance. On June 19, 1988, the King of Pop performed in West Berlin,…

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  • Analyzing a Stereo’s Frequency Response and Decay Times

    Many of us use our listening rooms as a place to escape the world and its problems, so that we may decompress and recharge our batteries. One thing I, as an audiophile, discovered is that the better the sound quality in my room, the more I’ve been able to connect emotionally with my music. That…

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  • A Deeper Look Into a Modern Classic: The Dayton Wright Hommage

    From the PMA vault, this article was initially published in August 2022 and is worth revisiting. One of my favourite and most memorable listening experiences this year was of the state-of-the-art Dayton Wright Hommage (French for Homage) loudspeaker, a cutting-edge re-imagining and redesign of the Dayton Wright XG-10 of yore. The Hommage uses nine XG-10…

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  • The Patents of… Amar Bose

    Featured image by Chitose Suzuki | AP When it comes to the titans of audio technology, Amar Bose stands amongst the greats. His pioneering work at Bose Corporation has left an indelible mark on the world of sound. From groundbreaking loudspeaker systems to noise-cancelling headphones, Bose’s patents have reshaped how we experience audio. Here, we…

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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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  • The Bicentennial Anniversary of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9

    As the curtain rises on the bicentennial anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, we find ourselves celebrating a masterpiece that has reverberated through history with the power of a thousand orchestras. This monumental symphony, also known as the “Choral Symphony,” premiered on May 7, 1824, in Vienna, and its legacy is nothing short…

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  • Jazz Kissa and the Rise of Hi-Fi Havens

    Welcome to the inaugural feature of our new column, Hi-Fi Havens, where we’ll explore the world’s most captivating high-fidelity cafés, lounges and listening places. Each edition will take us to a new city, uncovering the local spots where music isn’t just background noise but the main event, played on systems that turn listening into a…

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  • A Piano, A Microphone, and Prince: The Intimate Finale of a Music Icon

    On a balmy evening on April 14, 2016, at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre, an iconic musician approached the piano in what would become his final public performance. Prince, renowned for his electrifying full-band concerts, chose this time to captivate his audience with a stark, powerful setting of just “Piano & A Microphone.” This tour stripped his…

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