Are Audiophiles Music Lovers?

That’s how I led off a piece for Stereophile a few years back (Vol.11 No.4, p.58). Live, unamplified music–the sine qua non, the benchmark, the mantra, no? Most of us desperately want to believe… More

A Matter of Diffusion

Like many Stereophile readers, I have often sped home from a concert to fire up the audio system and then, to the sore vexation of my wife and guests, spent the rest of the… More

Music and Audio Minimalism

Five or six years ago I wrote a breezy, introductory-type piece on mid-fi “knob-surfing,” winding up with a reprise on the old line that the number of the knobs, lights,… More

Transparency in Audio/Video Design

A few years ago I got a commission to design a Media Room with a difference. The client wanted the room’s purpose—an all-out assault on the state-of-the-art in A/V hardware and… More

Halcyon Days

The word can be traced to the Greek goddess of the sea, Alcyone. In time “halcyon” became synonymous with the kingfisher, fabled to have the power to calm the winds and… More