Hi-Fi: Why Do Records Sound Better? | The Ivory Tower

Into The Groove Why do a lot of us audiophiles (and casual listener types) prefer the sound of records over the same music released digitally? Is it something about the inferiority of digital? Are vinyl records, without those sacrilegious anti-aliasing filters and stair-step samples, somehow higher in resolution? Or is it simply the much-heralded warmth… Continue reading Hi-Fi: Why Do Records Sound Better? | The Ivory Tower

High End by Oz, United Home Audio, Vitus Audio, AudioSolutions, Ansuz Acoustics | T.H.E. SHOW 2019

LOS ANGELES (PTA) — High End by Oz and United Home Audio were hosting one of the few rooms with the real organic sound of reel-to-reel tape, and DC power. Along for the ride, AudioSolutions loudspeakers and their extra-rigid paper cone drivers. Vitus Audio and their new integrated provided all the power we could ask for.… Continue reading High End by Oz, United Home Audio, Vitus Audio, AudioSolutions, Ansuz Acoustics | T.H.E. SHOW 2019

AXPONA 2018: Nick Doshi Builds a Time Machine

A few months before AXPONA, Nick Doshi of Doshi Audio showed up at The Audio Company, a superb local hi-fi store in Marietta, Georgia.  The program was to show local audiophiles what tape machines could do with an excellent playback system featuring Nick’s well-regarded tape pre and a J-Corder modified tape deck. Using upper-end Focal… Continue reading AXPONA 2018: Nick Doshi Builds a Time Machine

The Part-Time Audiophile guide to the best hi-fi gear of 2017

Picking the best audio component of the year is kind of like pondering your ultimate list of girls to ask to the high school prom. There are many very attractive choices, but probably a much smaller number actually in your league. That doesn’t stop you from dreaming, though. And the girl who maybe initially wasn’t… Continue reading The Part-Time Audiophile guide to the best hi-fi gear of 2017

RMAF 2017: Best In Show

This year dawned with plenty of questions facing the high-end audio industry. The most pressing were: Would the U.S. economy hold up, allowing manufacturers and retailers to stay afloat? Would vinyl continue its revival, possibly enticing young people into a hobby that’s in danger of aging out? And, would the recent growth in the show… Continue reading RMAF 2017: Best In Show

RMAF 2017: More audiophiles want to roll tape

When I started seeing reel-to-reel tape decks popping up at high-end shows a few years ago, I wrote it off as a novelty. Yes, good old vinyl was booming, but tape? Really? Then I heard Sonny Boy Williamson singing “The Sky Is Crying,” taken from a low-generation master, and reached down to ratchet my jaw… Continue reading RMAF 2017: More audiophiles want to roll tape

High End 2017: The Munich Experience, and Rafe’s best of the Show

I could see his lips moving but I couldn’t hear a word the guy next to me was saying. We were in the Silbatone room at the MOC for High End in Munich, and I had gone the aural equivalent of snow blind while taking in the massive vintage Western Electric horn system that was… Continue reading High End 2017: The Munich Experience, and Rafe’s best of the Show

High End 2017: Vitus comes to life with reels and records

It was early on day 1, we had planned our route and I was ready to experience the High End show.  We entered the Vitus room on the 3rd floor, home to Vitus electronics, the VPI Titan turntable, Gobel High End Epoque Fine speakers, Purist Audio Design cables, a Studer Revox A810 reel to reel… Continue reading High End 2017: Vitus comes to life with reels and records

Newport 2012: United Home Audio presents Von Schweikert, Jolida and a lot of analog tape

One of the joys of the Internets is that all the things you have ever said, anywhere, about anything, are all right there to haunt you. Forever. All my once-favorite, now forgotten, punching bags can come for a visit years later and just sit on comments I no longer remember and, if asked, would probably… Continue reading Newport 2012: United Home Audio presents Von Schweikert, Jolida and a lot of analog tape