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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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  • 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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  • Meze Audio Introduces ALBA in-ears

    “ALBA is the bridge between the current in-ear market and Meze Audio’s best-in-class collection. Priced at US$ 159.”

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  • 5 HiFi Hangouts for the Golden-Eared Montrealer

    Exploring Montreal’s Premier Sound Havens For audiophiles seeking the ultimate auditory experience, Montreal offers a rich tapestry of venues that cater to the golden-eared. From cozy bistros blending gourmet cuisine with vinyl records to vibrant bars with custom sound systems, the city’s sound havens promise a unique and immersive listening experience. Join us as we…

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  • Reviewed: Kamasi Washington’s Fearless Movement

    As an ambitious creator of new musical worlds, visionary saxophonist Kamasi Washington wants to understand and proclaim the power of love. He wants to come to terms with his mortality. He wants to make people dance. And he certainly wants people to stop hating on jazz. Mixing jazz horns with afrofuturist concepts, spiritual transcendence, and…

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  • The King at the Garden: Elvis Presley’s 1972 Triumph

    June 10, 1972, was no ordinary day at Madison Square Garden. The hallowed halls, famous for hosting legendary sports battles and unforgettable music performances, were about to witness another momentous event. Elvis Presley, the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, was back in New York City for the first time since the ’50s. This wasn’t just…

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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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  • Ten Albums to Get You Started on Your Classical Music Journey, Part 2

    “The sound quality is simply mind-blowing. Go to track 10 of the first disc, turn up the volume, and close your eyes…”

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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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  • 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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  • Brico’s Baton: A Woman’s Whisper in the Roar of Men

    Early Crescendos: The Formative Years of Antonia Brico In the rich tapestry of classical music history, Antonia Louisa Brico’s narrative is a compelling saga of tenacity, pioneering spirit, and sublime artistry. Born under the shadow of societal constraints in Rotterdam on June 26, 1902, to an unmarried Dutch Catholic mother, Brico’s journey from an obscure…

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  • MAF 2024: Passion Audio / Shindo, J.Sikora, Wolf von Langa, Wattson, HANA, Luna Cables, Fezz Audio

    Prices listed in CA$. Passion Audio’s demo was fronted by Wolf von Langa’s 12639 SON speakers ($27,000/pr). One can already see a lot of this speaker’s potential strengths on the spec sheet. First, its tweeter section is a dipole design which, in my experience, tends to give you more sense of space in the soundstage.…

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  • From Opening Night to Global Limelight: The Vienna Philharmonic’s Timeless Tale

    On the eve of March 28, 1842, Vienna—a city already buzzing with the whispers of musical innovation and cultural renaissance—was about to witness an event that would carve a new cornerstone into its artistic edifice. The Imperial Opera Theater, a beacon of operatic and symphonic excellence, set the stage for a concert that would mark…

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  • Raising the Bar in Value: A Visit to High-End Turntable Manufacturer Stable 33.33

    I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone quite like company Stable 33.3’s founder and head designer Sylvain Pichette. Or, more specifically—met a mind like his. That may seem a strange thing to say, until you speak with him and realize, as I did when I recently visited him at his new Gatineau, Quebec, workshop, how…

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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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