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  • The ABCs of Audio: Exploring the Hi-Fi Lexicon

    Welcome to “The ABCs of Audio: Hi-Fi Lexicon,” your ultimate guide to understanding the fundamental terms and concepts in high-fidelity audio. Whether you’re a complete beginner or looking to expand your knowledge, this article breaks down complex audio jargon into simple explanations. We use two levels of simplicity: In the following sections, we’ll cover essential…

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  • Luxman introduces Its first network transport: NT-07

    “The NT-07 supports streaming services, USB, and network file playback via connection to outboard D/A converters.”

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  • Streaming vs. Lossless: Understanding Audio Formats

    In the ever-evolving landscape of digital music, the quest for pristine sound quality amidst the convenience of digital formats has led to the creation of an array of lossless audio codecs. These formats serve as a beacon for audiophiles and music enthusiasts alike, offering a sanctuary where the integrity of sound is preserved in its…

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  • Thelonious Monk Brilliant Corners Review

    When a beautiful new Craft Records reissue of Thelonious Monk’s landmark Brilliant Corners album arrived recently, curiosity led me to see how many different pressings of this essential jazz masterpiece existed. Amongst the over 100 versions out since its 1957 release, I noticed a mass of public domain reissue labels had jumped into the fray.…

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  • Cambridge Audio MXN10 & AXN10 Streamers Reviewed

    How good are these Cambridge streamers? You might be surprised.

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  • Adore Your Vinyl And CD Collections With This Brilliant Budget Audiophile System!

    This combo will provide a well-balanced sound with plenty of soundstage, detail, and weight. Musicality is the name of the game, and these components will have you glued to your chair.

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  • Rolling with the Charts: Billboard’s Epic Journey

    Welcome to the backstage of the music industry, where hits are made, careers are launched, and dreams come true — the Billboard charts. They’ve been the measuring stick of musical success since their inception, but how did they evolve to mirror our ever-changing music consumption habits? Grab your backstage pass and let’s dive into the…

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  • Luxman’s new D-07X digital player

    SACD/CD/DAC player supports the most advanced file formats BALLSTON SPA, New York, March 2023 – “This is a transformational period in digital audio, and the new D-07X digital player is at the cutting edge,” said Jeff Sigmund, president of Luxman America. The player supports MQA-CDs, MQA files, 32-bit/768 kHz PCM, 22.4 MHz DSD, conventional USB…

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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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  • Is the CD making a comeback?

    Vinyl LP pressing plants are churning out records at such a clip they’re routinely backed up for six months or more. The once discredited LP has now become one of the few revenue centers for the record business outside of streaming. And now the thunderclap! The format predicted by a tenacious few since the invention…

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  • Why 24-bit doesn’t matter, and does

    I vividly remember the first time I heard a high resolution file. It was a 24/96 download from HDtracks.com of Vivaldi’s Spring played by violinist Anne Akiko Meyers. It sounded amazing. But it got me thinking: was the better sound really due to the hi-res format or, rather, to the quality of the recording itself?…

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  • Music streaming — are we at the beginning of the end?

    The shifting of the Earth’s tectonic plates often causes disturbances or, in worse case scenarios, natural disasters like tsunamis or volcanic eruptions. In my first column, I mentioned that the digital world is changing rapidly, well, until now I didn’t know to what extent. Apple Music, Spotify, and Amazon recently announced their commitment to gradually…

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  • Digitizing our music? “It is useless to resist!”

    As music lovers, we strive for the best possible sound quality.  They say all roads lead to Rome, but we still need to contend with our needs, our path, our budget, and the time available to us to get there. Across my next columns, like a travel guide, I will try to recommend memorable places for…

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