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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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  • The Wall at the Wall: Roger Waters’ Historic Berlin Concert

    Before the Berlin Wall fell, it wasn’t just a physical barrier; it was a scar running through the heart of a divided city. For nearly three decades, it symbolized the ideological conflict between East and West, splitting families and friends, and casting a shadow over Berlin. Potsdamer Platz, the concert’s location, held heavy symbolism from…

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  • Deciphering a Stereo’s Acoustical Measurements and Taking Corrective Actions

    In my previous article, entitled “Analyzing a Stereo’s Frequency Response and Decay Times”, I suggested measurement tips and the use of important variables to do with frequency response and decay times. This article begins with a measurement baseline of a 2-channel stereo with two subwoofers within a typical domestic living room (25’ x 11.25’ x 8’)…

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  • TAD Labs Upgrades TAD-M1000 Power Amplifier to TAD-M1000TX

    “The TAD-M1000TX incorporates a host of refinements, including a redesigned circuit layout and power transformers.”

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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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  • Historians Baffled: Stonehenge Found to Be World’s First Hi-Fi Setup

    Stonehenge, that iconic ring of monoliths, has baffled historians and archaeologists for centuries. Was it an ancient calendar? A druidic temple? A colossal game of rock-paper-scissors that got out of hand? Turns out, we’ve been overthinking it. Stonehenge was the world’s first hi-fi setup, or as its creators dubbed it, “Soundhenge.” Yep, our ancient ancestors…

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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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  • Pink Float: The Unforgettable Venetian Concert

    On July 15, 1989, the historic and picturesque Venice Lagoon in Italy became the stage for one of the most iconic concerts in rock history. Pink Floyd, the legendary British rock band, performed a free concert that drew an estimated 200,000 people, with countless more tuning in to the live broadcast. This event is etched…

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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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  • 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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  • July 13, 1973: The Day Rock Got a New Monarch

    On July 13, 1973, the tectonic plates of rock music shifted dramatically. On that day, an unassuming yet audacious British band named Queen unleashed their self-titled debut album, “Queen.” This seismic release marked the genesis of a band destined to transcend the boundaries of rock, etching their indomitable legacy into the annals of music history.…

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  • Disco Demolition Night: The Day the Disco Ball Dropped

    July 12, 1979, started like any other summer evening at Comiskey Park in Chicago. The White Sox were set for a doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers. But as night fell, baseball fans, rock aficionados, and disco haters converged in what would become one of the most infamous promotions in sports history—Disco Demolition Night. Orchestrated by…

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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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  • Shazamfest is Back!

    Back for its 19th edition, Canada’s favourite madcap festival is more flamboyant, more freaky and more family-friendly than ever!

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