December 2017
M T W T F S S
« Nov    
 123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728293031
>> Breadcrumb ://Tone Audio

McIntosh Announces MA252 Integrated…

By | November 2nd, 2017|Categories: Tone Audio|Tags: , , , , |

McIntosh Announces MA252 Integrated…

Today McIntosh announced the release of their new MC252 integrated amplifier, to a wide range of polarizing comments around the world.

With an MSRP of $3,500, this is a pretty kick ass little package. The approximately 12 x 18 inch footprint makes it about the size of a PrimaLuna amplifier, so it’s not going to take up a ton of space wherever you end up placing it, and at only 28 pounds, nearly anyone can lift it into place – pretty cool for McIntosh.

Read the full article

Comments Off on McIntosh Announces MA252 Integrated…

Farewell, Gérard Chrétien

By | October 3rd, 2017|Categories: Tone Audio|Tags: |

Farewell, Gérard Chrétien

I just heard the sad news that Focal’s Gérard Chrétien passed away on Sunday, October 1.

I had the pleasure of meeting him the first time about five years ago when I toured the Focal factory, with my friend John Bevier. Gérard was a wonderful host, giving me quite the tour, making sure I knew everything there was to know about Focal, making sure I fully understood the unique blend of technology, craftsmanship and passion that makes them tick.

Read the full article

Comments Off on Farewell, Gérard Chrétien

With Great Respect…

By | September 18th, 2017|Categories: Tone Audio|Tags: , , |

Jeff Dorgay

With Great Respect…

Cleaning the closets a bit today, I ran across the first issue of The Absolute Sound.

From Sping of 1973. Damn, I’m getting old. I remember reading it at my neighbor, longtime friend, and sometime TONEAudio contributor Todd Sageser’s house. I used to look at the mighty Phase Linear 700 amplifier on the shelf, with its gigantic, glowing, power output meters in the mall at Schaak Electronics and wonder what it would be like to have that much power.

Read the full article

Comments Off on With Great Respect…

Vinyl is better, well…kinda

By | September 2nd, 2017|Categories: Tone Audio|Tags: , , , , , |

Vinyl is better, well…kinda

With all the horror surrounding last months article in The Wall Street Journal, on “the vinyl boom being over,” it appears that records are still being made and records are still being sold.

Certainly, tons of turntables, cartridges and phono preamplifiers are being produced as well. So is the sky falling or is it not?

But what a lot of enthusiasts, hipsters, and industry pundits (especially the ones that are old enough to have been around for the first go of the vinyl trip) seem to always forget is that just because something is imprinted on a slab of vinyl doesn’t mean it’s automatically awesome, it’s automatically better than a digital recording and that “digital sucks,” because it doesn’t.… Read the full article

Comments Off on Vinyl is better, well…kinda

Bummer mix…

By | August 16th, 2017|Categories: Tone Audio|Tags: , , , , |

Bummer mix…

The only thing I love more than cassettes is schmaltzy sci-fi movies, and I think most of you would admit that Guardians of the Galaxy, parts one and two are pretty silly. They had me with the Carfox as badass thing. But this is not a movie review.

TONE contributor Paul DeMara (also a mega cassette enthusiast) and I seemed to have the same epiphany to get our hands on the movie soundtracks practically the same day.

Read the full article

Comments Off on Bummer mix…

R.I.P. Gregg Allman

By | May 27th, 2017|Categories: Tone Audio|Tags: , |

R.I.P. Gregg Allman

It’s sad news today to hear of Gregg Allman’s passing. It seems like only yesterday that I saw Allman put on an incredible performance at Portland’s Rose Garden, and we published Jaan Uhelszki’s intriguing interview. That was December of 2010. It is crazy how the time flies.

So, for those intrigued to view a snapshot, we pay homage both to Ms. Uhelszki and Mr. Allman today…

Gregg Allman never planned on becoming one of America’s most recognizable white blues singers. In fact, in the early days of his career, it was his brother Duane who did the singing in the Allman Joys, one of the rst incarnations of the bands that the brothers put together prior to founding the Allman Brothers Band.… Read the full article

Comments Off on R.I.P. Gregg Allman

Digital vs. Analog = TIRED…

By | May 25th, 2017|Categories: Tone Audio|Tags: , |

Digital vs. Analog = TIRED…

I can’t believe that in 2017 audio critics are still whining and complaining about whether analog sounds better than digital. Really?

It just seems like such a tired argument. Sure, I still remember the disappointment back in 1983 when I brought that first compact disc player home from the hifi store. It was kind of flat and brittle sounding, to be sure. But I bought one anyway, because I figured the brainiacs would make it sound better eventually, and it was a cool format.… Read the full article

Comments Off on Digital vs. Analog = TIRED…

Blast from the past…

By | April 30th, 2017|Categories: Tone Audio|Tags: |

Blast from the past…

Painting listening room three, and playing Tetris in my head as to where everything is going to go, etc., etc., I subconsciously pick John Klemmer’s Touch on TIDAL and wonder where has the time gone? Back in 1979, when I was painting the walls in my first apartment, this was the record I bought on the way home from the hardware store, with a few gallons of bright white paint in the trunk.

The system was different then: A pair of ESS AMT-1 towers, a Phase Linear 400 and a Nakamichi 600 series preamplifier (along with a Technics SL-1200 TT) were my pride and joy.

Read the full article

Comments Off on Blast from the past…

Choosing the Best Subwoofer for Your System – presented by SVS

By | March 8th, 2017|Categories: Tone Audio|Tags: , , , |

Choosing the Best Subwoofer for Your System – presented by SVS

If you’re subwoofer curious, but not sure which way to turn, you’re not alone. We asked the folks at SVS to share some of their tips with us. Here’s their advice on how to choose the best sub for your HT or 2-channel system:

WHAT IS THE BEST SUBWOOFER FOR YOUR HOME AUDIO SYSTEM?

Bass is the sonic foundation of all movies and music, and when you want palpable, room-energizing bass, there’s no substitute for a high performance home subwoofer.… Read the full article

Comments Off on Choosing the Best Subwoofer for Your System – presented by SVS

The new Sonus faber Homage Tradition Collection

By | February 2nd, 2017|Categories: Tone Audio|Tags: , , , |

The new Sonus faber Homage Tradition Collection

The question is often posed, “How do we get more people to engage in the world of high end audio.”

Too often this is followed up by a bunch of grumpy old men, sitting in chairs at a hifi show, somewhere between minor arguments over minutiae and falling into sleepy time.

If you’re a 20 or 30 something person casually observing this, I’m guessing you don’t want to be part of this group. I’m 50 something and I don’t want to be part of this group.

Read the full article

Comments Off on The new Sonus faber Homage Tradition Collection