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How I Kept 60 Minutes Honest and Killed My Shot at TV Stardom

By | December 11th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

It had been a rough 24-hours for Steve Kroft, the 60 Minutes correspondent. His boss had just been fired for sending an eye-popping text to a female reporter at CBS News investigating sexual harassment at the company. In the New York Times the next day, Kroft called the text “threatening and inappropriate. It’s unfortunate, and everything about this situation saddens me.”
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Bass Cows from Hell!

By | December 11th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Well, actually, that title should be Bass Cows from Mars! But in any case, in the long tradition of weird ways to show off your system’s bass response, NASA has kindly obliged us with an especially weird way.
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Nielsen Tallies Americans Love Affair with Streaming

By | December 11th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Take a moment to tally up how much time you spend watching TV every day/week/month. A lot, right? Now consider much of that time is spent watching movies and TV shows on Netflix, Amazon, and other streaming services.
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An Environmentally Friendly Speaker You Can’t Buy

By | December 11th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Stockholm-based Teenage Engineering has teamed up with RISE Research Institutes of Sweden to create an environment-friendly cabinet for its OD-11 wireless speaker, itself a modern update of the innovative “Carlsson Cube” introduced by Swedish speaker designer Stig Carlsson in 1974.
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Joan Baez’s Debut Album Still A Wonder

By | December 11th, 2018|Categories: Analog planet|

Joan Baez recorded this Vanguard debut in 1960 at age 19. With her impossibly high and pure quavering voice and matching pristine finger picking guitar, she and this album created a sensation that helped shift the “folk-revival” back to authenticity from the commerciality into which it had drifted. Though while she sounded like a barefoot waif recently arrived from the Appalachian mountains, she was born on Staten Island. Her Mexico-born father who grew up in Brooklyn, the son of a minister, was a Stanford PhD credited with co-inventing the X-ray microscope.
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Review: Lark Studio LSX – Undisputed

By | December 10th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Lark Studio LSX is a 10BA Driver flagship monitor from Lark Studio. Let’s find out how it performs in the field of flagship monitors with this review.

Disclaimer: The Lark Studio LSX is a demo sample from the company and I shall return it once my work is finished. It goes for 1700$ from Lark Studio’s website. I tested the monitor with the Lotoo Paw Gold, Sony WM1A and the Sony ZX2.


Stereo systems are outstanding, flagship headphones are marvelous, but flagship In Ear Monitors are really something else.… Read the full article

Impressions:  The LAOC Audio Society 25th Anniversary Gala Weekend

By | December 10th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Last weekend I traveled to Buena Park, CA, to attend the 25th Anniversary Gala Weekend for the Los Angeles and Orange County (LAOC) Audio Society. Some background:  The LAOC was founded originally with the help of two of my partners at Positive Feedback, Carol and Dave Clark. They recently told the story of that development earlier this year, right HERE. They themselves are winners of an LAOC Founders Award and a President’s Award, and were named Lifetime Members of the Society very early on.… Read the full article

KEF, Parasound, Straight Wire, The Vinyl Revivers, The Audio Hunters – CAF 2018

By | December 10th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , |

I’m a fan of the KEF Uni-Q driver. I own pair of KEF Q100’s that I keep on hand for road warrior duties. I take them to vinyl parties (the records, not the sex), the occasional record store day event, and sometimes I have even brought them along on a third date. Trust me, the KEF Uni-Q sound is seductive, and thoroughly cooperative with my varied social agendas.

Arriving to the KEF room on Sunday, much later than I expected, I ran into Johan Coorg (KEF’s global brand manager).… Read the full article

January Already?

By | December 10th, 2018|Categories: Stereophile|

Yes, the January 2019 issue of Stereophile is hitting newsstands, mailboxes, and tablets this week. And to celebrate the 25th anniversary of our going from a digest-sized publication to a full-sized one, we have recreated the cover of the January 1994 issue, the “musicality vs accuracy” debate as strong today as it was a quarter-century ago. The 25th anniversary edition of the same Cary tube amplifier is featured on the cover and in this issue’s review section, but instead of the solid-state Krell we had on the 1994 cover, we have the solid-state Cambridge Edge A integrated amplifier which is also reviewed in this issue.… Read the full article

Netflix Previews ‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 (Sort of)

By | December 10th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

In case you missed it, Netflix gave fans of the binge-worthy TV sensation Stranger Things a little something to chew on while they wait for Season 3 to be released next summer.
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