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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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  • Chi-Fi: The Harbinger of Doom, or Bringing High-End Sound to the Masses?

    “I’ve grown to appreciate not only how they function as a company, but also how they manage to produce such remarkably beautiful and functional products that are all essentially hand-built.”

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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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  • “No, I have the best system in the world!”: Great Sound From Down Under (No, Not Hell)

    “It’s holographic. I close my eyes and can feel the sound of my system around me, like there’s a soft breeze running through everything. That is the ultimate.”

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  • PS Audio Introduces the Integrated Amplifier / DAC Stellar Strata MK2

    “Combines the benefits of an exceptional analog preamplifier, a full-featured state-of-the-art DAC, a stereo 150-watt per channel power amplifier, and an amazing sounding MC/MM phono stage”

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  • High Fidelity or High Fantasy? 6 of the Snakiest Oils in Audio

    The HiFi world is notorious as an industry rife with superstitions, outlandish claims, and broken promises. It’s a realm where the pursuit of pristine sound often collides with the allure of pseudoscience and the mystical. In this article, we dive into some of the most eyebrow-raising products on the market—from quantum stickers that claim to…

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  • The Vinyl Frontier: A Spin Through Record Store Day

    Click here to jump to the highlights and special releases of the 2024 edition. On April 20th, vinyl enthusiasts and music aficionados around the globe unite for a celebration that spins beyond just a routine shopping spree—it’s Record Store Day, the annual event that’s been putting the needle back on the beloved grooves of vinyl…

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  • Reviewed—Audiophile Analog Collection Vol.2

    “Not only is this double-LP compilation outstanding in sound, it is also excellent musically and performance-wise—surprisingly so, perhaps, given the poor history of audiophile-oriented releases.”

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  • Tuning Into the Future: The Day KMPX-FM Redefined Radio

    In the electric haze of the 1960s, when tie-dye was more than a fashion statement and the air was thick with the promise of revolution, a seismic shift was happening in the heart of San Francisco. This was not just any cultural tremor, but a musical metamorphosis that would change the airwaves forever. On April…

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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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  • 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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  • Vol 01 No 02 of PMA Magazine Has Hit The Digital Shelves!

    We are delighted to present to you the latest edition of PMA Magazine’s flipbook, the result of careful curation and thorough exploration into the realm of hi-fi audio. 1. A Tour of Stable 33.33’s Factory and Exclusive Interview with Its Founder: Step behind the scenes of Stable 33.33’s renowned factory and glean exclusive insights from…

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  • From Halfway House to Vinyl Powerhouse: Interview With Chad Kassem, Part 2

    “COVID caused me problems, caused everybody problems, caused a lot of death. But it also doubled my business overnight.”

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  • The Velvet-Cloaked Maestro: Chronicles of a Sonic Sommelier

    In the heart of a bustling city, tucked away in a cobblestone alley vibrant with the echoes of footsteps past, stands an emporium of auditory delight, presided over by the enigmatic figure known as the Sonic Sommelier. This maestro of melody, a curator of cadences, is not merely a man but a living embodiment of…

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  • Moon Rock Needles: The Final Frontier of Audio

    In the hallowed halls of the most elite audiophile forums, where the mere mention of MP3s is considered blasphemy and vinyl is revered with a religious fervor, a revolutionary new product has sent shockwaves through the community: Moon Rock Record Needles. These aren’t your grandmother’s diamond-tipped needles, oh no. These are painstakingly crafted from genuine…

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