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  • Boombox Bonanza: The History and Evolution of Portable Music Players

    In a world dominated by smartphones and wireless earbuds, it’s easy to forget the trailblazers of portable audio that paved the way. This journey through the history and evolution of portable music players is filled with innovation, cultural shifts, and technological marvels. Let’s dive into the groovy history and evolution of portable music players, a…

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  • Review: Pylon Audio Diamond Monitor 18 mKII

    “Manufacturers of hi-fi equipment like to brag about their flagship products, but in any company’s product lineup, the key role is played by the models that simply sell best.”

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  • Guitar Flames and Fame: Jimi Hendrix’s Explosive Monterey Debut

    On June 18, 1967, the Monterey Pop Festival bore witness to a performance that would become legendary in the annals of rock history. Jimi Hendrix, a relatively unknown guitarist at the time, took the stage and delivered a performance that catapulted him into superstardom and forever changed the landscape of rock music. This electrifying set,…

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  • The Vinyl Beat

    The Vinyl Beat is a new column that will dig up notable vinyl nuggets, past and present.

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  • Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson’s Unreleased 1983 Recording Sessions

    In the pantheon of rock and pop gods, few names resonate as powerfully as Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson. Now imagine, if you will, the sheer cosmic magnitude of these two titans crossing paths, not on a stage, but in the intimate confines of a recording studio. Yes, it happened. Freddie Mercury, the flamboyant frontman…

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  • Symphony of a Great City: 5 Hi-Fi Hangouts in Berlin

    Berlin, a city renowned for its vibrant music scene and cultural diversity, has embraced the audiophile movement with several venues dedicated to high-fidelity sound experiences. Here, we explore five of the city’s premier hi-fi havens: Anima, Bar Neiro, Rhinoçéros, Unkompress, and Bankert Vinyl Café. 1. Anima Location: Friedrichshain (East Side Gallery area)Features: Combines high-quality sound…

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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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  • FiiO launch a transparent portable cassette player

    The eye-catching player goes on sale this week at CA$ 149.49 / US$ 129 / £99. 2024 benefits include USB-C charging, 13-hour battery life and an all analog circuit for a enhanced yet classic sound. Calling all bandcamp fans!

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  • My Morning at the 50th Anniversary WATT/Puppy Launch

    Photos by Robert Schryer except where otherwise indicated. I’d never listened to the WATT/Puppy speaker before, but, of course, as an audiophile, I’d heard of it, although not in the last few years, the reason for which will be revealed in a moment. But I always wanted to hear it, so having been offered the…

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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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  • June 25: 25 Years Apart – The Legacies of Prince and Michael Jackson

    June 25 holds a special place in music history, marking both the release of an iconic album and the passing of a legendary artist. On this date in 1984, Prince released his groundbreaking album “Purple Rain,” a record that would redefine his career and solidify his place in the pantheon of music greats. Little did…

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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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  • Krell Industries Mourns the Passing of Rondi D’Agostino

    Orange, CT, June 22, 2024 – It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Rondi D’Agostino, CEO of Krell Industries, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. As one of the last privately owned and family-operated companies in the high-end audio industry, this loss is deeply personal for the entire Krell family. Rondi D’Agostino…

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  • Heaven 11 Billie MKII Integrated Amplifier Review

    Doug More of The Sound Advocate likes what he hears in the new Heaven 11 Billie MKll class-D / tube integrated amplifier.

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