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Roger Skoff Writes About Building a New System:  Where to Start

By | January 3rd, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

WARNING: This may very well be the most controversial article on High-End audio you’ll ever read.

Roger Skoff at the LAOC Audio Society Gala, 2018

Are you going to put together a new High-End audio system? Start with the cables! Read on to find out why this can give you better sound and save you thousands of dollars, now and in the future.

My name is Roger Skoff. I am a cable designer, and, after selling my former company, XLO, some years ago, I have a new company (named RSX Technologies) that I am in the process of founding, and our products are already being referred to as “The New Best in the World.” Before you immediately leap to conclusions though, and assume that what follows must just be an attempt to sell you something, let me tell you that, at least initially, RSX will have only a very limited line of products, NOT including either interconnects or speaker cables—the cables a person building a new system would most likely to need to buy.… Read the full article

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R+C+L, Part 2:  Roger Skoff Writes More About Cables and What Really Matters

By | November 20th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

Roger Skoff at the LA Audio Show, 2017:  a portrait by David W. Robinson

In Part 1 of this two-part article, I pointed out that we audiophiles are the only fan group I know of who argue, not just about which stuff is better, but about whether, for some products, there’s any difference at all!

We do this, I said, about any number things (amplifiers, various tweaks and treatments, and so forth) but most of all, we argue about cables.… Read the full article

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R+C+L, Part 1

By | November 13th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

Roger Skoff writes about the ongoing war over cables and what really matters

Roger Skoff at the LA Audio Show, 2017:  a portrait by David W. Robinson

I’ve said it before, and you’ve seen it before:  We audiophiles, unlike any other group of fans or hobbyists that I know of, are always at war with ourselves—in person, in the paper press, and on the internet—over even the most basic aspects of our hobby. Car Crazies, Camera Crazies, Sports fans, and other groups certainly do argue about which cars, which players, or which things are better, but nowhere other than among audiophiles (“Hi-Fi Crazies,” as I and my friends prefer to call ourselves) will you ever find people arguing about whether or not things are different.Read the full article

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What's Going On Here?

By | March 2nd, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

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Roger Skoff writes about a basic split in our hobby

I admit it; I don’t own a smartphone. And for driving instructions, I have to go to my home computer. I’ve also never owned an Amazon “Kindle” or any other such device, and I don’t intend to. Does that make me a Luddite? Maybe, but I don’t think so.

Being at least theoretically retired (but still working seven days a week for consulting clients or on my own business projects) I’m home a lot, so I have my desktop computer and land-line phone right at hand whenever I need to make or receive a call, send or receive a message, or write articles like this one for the various publications I write for.… Read the full article

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The Greatest Tail-Chaser of Them All

By | November 4th, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Roger Skoff Comments on the State of Music and Our Hobby

Most of us will never sit on the stage at a concert of any kind. Neither will we ever have the opportunity to actually see—either by our physical presence or even through pictures—our favorite music of whatever kind being performed or recorded. Even so, if you ask practically any hard-core audiophile whether the music he’s listening to on virtually any playback system—of any kind at all; of any quality at all—is a good representation of what that music really sounded like in live performance, it’s almost certain that he’ll give you his detailed judgment of just exactly how closely it hews (or doesn’t) to the “real thing”.… Read the full article

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Raising Hi-Fi Consciousness

By | June 29th, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , |

Roger Skoff writes about bringing new people into our Audiophile hobby

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There will be a total of three Hi-Fi shows just in California this year. The first of them, the Los Angeles Audio Show (“LAAS”) has already happened and I loved it. I saw a great many of my friends; had the wonderful honor of being appointed Chairman of the Panel of Judges for the Show’s first-time-ever “Alfie” audiophile awards (for the best, most enjoyable, and most innovative new audio products to be introduced in 2017), and got to see and hear some truly remarkable new equipment and to renew my acquaintance with some favorites from the past.… Read the full article

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Beauty, Audio, and Money

By | May 5th, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , |

Beauty, Audio, and Money:

Roger Skoff writes about how our eyes, ears, and wallets may all be tied together

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The traffic on Pacific Coast Highway (“PCH”) in Newport Beach, California is slow and awful, jammed most of the time with tourists, beach bums and bunnies, locals doing whatever they do, and others, from Orange County and elsewhere, on their way to or from work, or simply “profiling” or watching others profile. Among the cars making-up the moving mess are Ferraris, Maseratis, Rolls-Royces, and Bentleys, a seemingly near-infinite number of Mercedes, and every other kind of ordinary and exotic automobile you can imagine.… Read the full article

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Why aren't we…?

By | January 1st, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , |

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Roger Skoff writes about the state of our hobby and the industry that supports it.

One of the politicians in the recent U.S. Presidential election asked, with apparently real surprise, “Why am I not fifty points ahead?” Frankly, I’m no expert on politics, so it doesn’t surprise me at all that I could not think of a good answer to her question. I do fancy myself at least somewhat knowledgeable about Hi-Fi, though, over a good many years, and yet something happened to me just a short while ago that has me asking—and being unable to answer—that same sort of “Why aren’t we…?” kind of question:

On Saturday, October 29, 2016, I arrived in Canada to attend the TAVES Show (Toronto Audio-Video Entertainment Show) in Richmond Hill, Ontario, one of Toronto’s suburbs.… Read the full article

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The Plastic Business

By | November 1st, 2016|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

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Roger Skoff writes about Hi-Fi and the Music Business

Many a long year ago, when I was still in school (Frankly, I don’t remember whether it was high school or college) somebody (again, I don’t remember who) told me that if I wanted to get rich, I should go into business and sell either water or paper.

If I chose water, my unremembered mentor told me, it must, of course, have some flavoring in it or possibly some cleaning agent or something else to make people want to buy it.… Read the full article

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The Legend of Dr. Tezukuri

By | May 5th, 2016|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

The Legend of Dr. Tezukuri

Although XLO Electric, the high-end audio cable company that I founded, will just be celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2016, I’ve actually been building hi-fi cables since I was a kid. As I’ve said in print many times before, I became a Hi-fi Crazy at just twelve years old, when my father and I went with one of my father’s friends to Emmons Audio in Studio City, California, one night in 1964 to help him pick out a new “component hi-fi set” (which was what such things were called in those days.) That was the first time I ever actually …… Read the full article

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