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In memoriam: Joe Stromick of JS Audio

By | February 14th, 2018|Categories: Nordost, Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

With great sadness, we regret to inform you that Joe Stromick of JS Audio passed away on February 10th, 2018, at a young age of 62.

Joe touched many of us, supporting the high-end audio industry for 32 years at JS Audio, a world-class dealer in Bethesda, Maryland.  Home of our favorite manufacturers and audio events. A pillar of the high-end in Maryland.

Joe and I met for the first time in 1999, when I wandered into his fine brick and motor store. … Read the full article

Audiophile fairy-tale or the pizza connection

By | December 31st, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , |

I ain’t sure about the title but this is the story of an old Fidelity Research moving coil cartridge, a Sumiko high output Talisman S and an old Sumiko tonearm.

It could also be a small recap of Boulder Amplifiers history, a company that made a transition from professional audio to the echelons of high end, building some of the most cherished, well finished and best sounding pieces of gear in recent years. In fact the company evolved so much over the last 30 years that the old factory was not big enough to host the production and new equipment, they had to move to a new space of some 23.000sqf, always in the premises of Boulder, in Louisville Colorado.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2016: Soundings Dials-in Boulder, Rockport

By | November 13th, 2016|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

dsc_0450I had my glasses down at the end of my nose and my severely myopic eyes were about an inch from the screen of my Nikon D5300 as I attempted a Rafe Arnott-esque extreme close-up on a Boulder 2110 preamp. Suddenly the needle dropped and I was startled by what sounded like a rifle shot fired from just behind the Rockport Cygnus loudspeakers.

I staggered back a few feet as a pulsing accordion joined in, followed by a driving bass that seemed to be singing its own subterranean language.… Read the full article

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