Hifi

CanJam NYC 2019

March 11, 2019 by

You know what CanJam and the personal audio community needs? Other than a weekend in NYC in the middle of winter, we need a fixed-disc front end for our systems. A CD player, my friends! That’s right, step right up, it’s just down there in the “Things You Didn’t Know You Wanted” aisle. You know […]

CANJAM RMAF Part 2 — Denver or Bust!

November 9, 2018 by

This is my second visit to a CANJAM, and I couldn’t be happier that I returned. Earlier this year I attended SoCal 2018 with very little understanding of what CANJAM had to offer, but walked away knowing that I wanted to come back for more. Chris and I were both able to attend; it was […]

CANJAM RMAF 2018 — The Quest for Gain

October 25, 2018 by

There was a great positive vibe at this gathering in Denver’s fairly remote Tech Center neighborhood. I’ve been attending hifi and audio shows for over 20 years and this was the best experience I’ve ever had. I met a lot of great people who were gracious, patient and generous with their time and knowledge. There’s […]

CANJAM SoCal 2018

April 30, 2018 by

  High-end audio tends to over-promise and under-deliver, in my experience. This was my first CANJAM, and initially the SoCal 2018 event appeared to be more of the same. The ballroom at the JW Marriott in downtown LA reminded me more of a local comic-con than “the world’s premier headphone audio show.” But this intimate […]

CES 2018 Report — DragonFly by Audioquest

January 22, 2018 by

CES 2018 in Las Vegas was short on high-end audio. There was essentially one floor of the Venetian hotel dedicated to products that audiophiles would consider “hifi.” This year there were more companies exhibiting that are not traditionally associated with tech, such as appliance manufacturers and auto makers. For my part, I was interested to investigate […]

Jack White’s Got a Brand New Bag

March 20, 2017 by

Detroit’s favorite ex-patriate son, Jack White, has added a full-scale vinyl press facility to his Third Man Records operation on Canfield Street in the Cass Corridor district of Detroit. My good friend Leo and I were on hand to check out the grand opening of the presses on 25 February 2017. Just a couple of […]

Sugarcube by SweetVinyl

February 5, 2017 by

It appears that the vinyl “fad” is officially a trend. Everyone from cash-strapped millennials to well-to-do audiophiles is embracing or rediscovering the glories of the long-playing phonograph album (and 45s too). Of course, we know that vinyl never went away in hifi; it has always been a reference standard for audiophiles. As such, the hifi […]

Detroit Booze Rock

July 20, 2016 by

I’m a child of the 70s from Detroit, so drinking Stroh’s and getting down with good-time rock-and-roll on the FM radio were rights of passage for me and my crew. Guitar, bass and drums is what it was all about – the kick drum thumped us in the solar plexus and the bass guitar rattled our […]

New Hi-Rez Format for Apple Music

December 23, 2015 by

As 2015 draws to a close, it is estimated that Apple’s streaming music service, Apple Music, will reach approximately eight million paid subscribers. This places Apple Music comfortably in second place behind its chief rival, Spotify, which claims 75 million active users and 20 million paid subscribers. MIDiA Research, a media and technology analysis organization, […]

Apple Music Update

August 27, 2015 by

Since Apple Music launched on June 30, over 11 million iOS device users have opted into the free 90-day trial. That’s not bad, considering the amount of heavy lifting required to bring music-streaming into the mainstream. I mused last month about the impact Apple Music could have on jukebox, and considered the possibility of a […]