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Trade-in value? Check this out

By | November 2nd, 2019|Categories: Audiomatters|

The eager-beavers at PSAudio, not content at moving to direct sales only, are offering perhaps the best trade-in program I can remember from a company. Full retail cost on your old gear (as long as it’s working) in an effort to tempt you into new products. No doubt some will still complain but this seems to me a really attractive option, especially since they will credit you up front and give you 30 days to try their new product. Check out the video explaining the process (apparently despite approvals I can’t embed but you can follow the link)

This is How You Do Trade-In from PS Audio on Vimeo.

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Kickstarter – Michael Weiss analog tape to LP didn’t make but…

By | October 13th, 2019|Categories: Audiomatters|

Update — despite some last min donations, the project fell a little short but don’t give up. Michael is rethinking and might relaunch later. I’ll share any info I get – this one is an example of the lengths living jazz musicians must go to in order to give the small audiophile community what we crave. My pledge remains.

I’ve meant to mention this earlier but life got in the way — it’s not to late to get involved and support this effort — previous experience with Jerome Sabbagh’s work through similar projects has been great, so if you want to support living artists not just another jazz reissue of familiar music, take a look, you won’t regret it.

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Beck delivers live in Austin

By | September 23rd, 2019|Categories: Audiomatters|

Enjoyed a great performance by Jeff Beck and band at the Paramount Saturday evening. He may be getting on years but Jeff still surrounds himself (mostly) with great musicians and delivers a level of original guitar playing that is unique and powerful to witness. I tried watching his right hand but it’s really impossible to capture how he does this mix of stroking, picking, and turning of knobs simultaneously to create that otherworldly soundscape. Superb.

Slight downside for me was the totally unnecessary appearance of Johnny Depp on guitar and vocals for a few songs near the end.

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New Miles biopic, fun but fair?

By | September 19th, 2019|Categories: Audiomatters|

Not sure this is getting wide release but it was here in the wonderful Austin Film Society’s cinema for most of a week and made sure to get there last weekend. For those who know and love Miles’ music, this is a fine way to spend a couple of hours. For those new to him, I am not sure how you’ll feel after watching this.

There’s a school of thought that says a musician’s (or artist’s) output is all you need to experience, anything more is noise, PR or both.

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Biden’s a vinyl guy!

By | September 13th, 2019|Categories: Audiomatters|

Did I just hear Joe tell parents to make sure their record players were on at night? Man, he gets my vote for this alone:

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Vinyl outselling the fading CD?

By | September 9th, 2019|Categories: Audiomatters|

In absolute terms, physical media sales suffer from the rise of streaming services, but few would have predicted the time when the humble LP would make a comeback to the point of outselling CDs. Seems we’re at that point…

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PS Audio going direct to consumers

By | September 2nd, 2019|Categories: Audiomatters|

I’ll admit, I have a soft spot for PS Audio —  I own enough of their gear and have found it mostly excellent over the years (a couple of items were not as great but their digital front end and power amps are my references). Given their consistently excellent customer service, I was not too surprised to hear they are now going entirely direct-to-consumer, by-passing dealerships and using the web as their storefront.  The official notice is below. What this means for the industry and the general admonition to support your dealer and ‘hear for yourself’ (yeah, I know, the usual defense of the old guard in the press but a near-impossibility for most consumers) is anyone’s guess.… Read the full article

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New Coltrane…who knew?

By | August 27th, 2019|Categories: Audiomatters|

I’m growing a bit cynical learning about newly found recordings of the greats and have been burned a couple of times with the reframing of Hendrix material or the less than stellar recordings of live performances from some jazz greats but this has been a hell of year for Coltrane fans (Both Directions At Once apparently has sold over 250,000 copies!). It is getting to be one of those ‘can I ask for anything more than this?’ periods with the news of a yet another Coltrane release.… Read the full article

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Headphones Lab – review site

By | August 25th, 2019|Categories: Audiomatters|

Just a quick shout out to Headphones Lab, a dedicated review site for those of you given to cans. Despite my best efforts, I slowly find myself listening on ‘phones more and more and while nothing beats my regular rig, it does matter that this alternative offers good sound. Anyway, the site is new one to me, but I think it’s likely to be of interest to those of you seeking an alternative or just further phones reading than the otherwise lively HeadFi. 

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KL Audio cleaners meet the end of the road….

By | August 17th, 2019|Categories: Audiomatters|

As an owner, I was saddened to receive the news last night from KL Audio that they were ceasing manufacture of their generally wonderful ultrasonic cleaner. The reason stated was an inability to sell enough to make a profit…basic business really. A reminder, again, of how limited the market can be for some audio products. Over the years I’ve had a couple of products run out of support, it’s quite frustrating. Meanwhile, I’ll keep cleaning and hope to get through a the thousand+  LPs still awaiting a clean on my unit.… Read the full article

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