What if? A two-word question that signals an itch for loudspeaker loving audiophiles. The scratch comes in the form of a new amplifier that might, through a combination of luck and judgement, bring forth better sound quality. The optimal amplifier, should it exist, will be different for every loudspeaker. Locating it calls for a series of trial-and-error experiments that can take us beyond the horizon. This amplifier, then that amplifier, then another amplifier. The gear churn is where the money is.… Read the full article
Train, train. The Sunday night ride on rails from Hamburg to Berlin was a time for contemplation, soundtracked by 1more ANC IEMs pulling Nina Kraviz’s 2017 Essential Mix from an iPhone. The 2018 edition of Norddeutsche Hi-fi Tage (translation: North German Hifi Days) had wrapped not an hour before: over 170 rooms of the Holiday Inn converted into high-end audio listening spaces.
By Sunday afternoon, a weekend long snowstorm had slowly filtered the view from the 16th floor to monochrome, no Instagram intervention required.… Read the full article