“Dust” is the opening track on Melting Hand’s new album Faces Of Earth and it lead me to hit the pre-order button on Bandcamp faster than you can say Can. A seven minute plus psych drone funk feakout, “Dust” is the perfect way to start […]
It’s no exaggeration to say that I’ve been thinking about writing a system review for years. It’s also the case that I’ve wanted to review this particular system for years as well. On one hand, every component review is a system review, on the other […]
[Editor’s Note: “In Brooklyn” is just like “In Barn”, a post featuring gear that’s in for review with pricing, features, and specs, when available, only the person doing the reviewing in Brooklyn is Alex Halberstadt] The totaldac d1-direct DAC (17,450euros excl VAT out of Europe).
I often think about two of music’s categories—beautiful and joyous. When people ask, typically at hifi shows, what kind of music do you want to hear, they’re looking for answers like “Classical” or “Female Vocal” or “Jazz” or “Large-Scale Classical”. My brain does not have […]
The Isaac Mendoza Book Company, situated at 15 Ann Street in NY, NY, first opened its doors in 1894 making it the oldest bookstore in the city before it closed its doors for good on February 28, 1990. I worked downtown from 1986 to 1994, […]
The News: the Music Modernization Act (“MMA”) has passed the Senate and looks like it’s a green light for approval. You can read all about MMA but in brief, the Bill creates a new entity, the Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC), which will be responsible for […]
“…right back where I started from!” It was a cool crisp 2011 fall day when I headed to the airport to attend the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest as Editor of AudioStream for the first time. Next Thursday, on what looks to be a cool crisp […]
Don’t tell anyone, but I follow Don Cherry wherever he goes. I’m like the paparazzi of his records and there are so many great records bearing his name as leader and side man. Just take a look! Some of my favorites, beyond the obvious, are […]
This question necessarily assumes there are bad products that do not get reviewed. I’m going to have to answer a question with a question—who, in their right mind, would design, manufacture, and sell bad hifi? Of course this happens all the time in the pharma, […]
In an effort to provide more efficient support for their network-based products, AURALiC has decided to move to a hybrid sales model, combining direct and dealer-based distribution.
My friend (and one of my favorite writers on all things hifi) Art Dudley voices his views on streaming in this month’s Stereophile. I quote, “Then again, maybe it’s time to heave ourselves up out of our Lay-Z-Boys, find the switch that controls the sodastream […]
We know that technological progress can outpace the law. The music industry is one such poster child where existing copyright law is as old as the hills, with some legislation dating back to 1909. The last major re-visit occurred in 1998, which is still B.S. […]
Tom Waits has been quiet these past few years. Thanks to Marc Ribot, Waits has broken his 2-year song silence by appearing on Songs of Resistance 1948 – 2018, Ribot’s new album of protest songs. “Bella Ciao” is as Italian anti-Fascist folk ballad and Waits […]
Ecce homo, “behold the man”, are the words spoken by Pontius Pilate as he presented a bound and crowned Jesus Christ to the angry masses before the Crucifixion. It has been referenced throughout history by painters, writers, poets, and philosophers. I owned a copy of […]
Last year, I reviewed and compared six streaming integrated amplifiers as Editor of AudioStream. I find value in these types of comparisons both as a doer and as a reader because comparative listening to like-components allows us to readily hear the sonic flavors baked into […]