Category Archives: audio

audio: pavement back to the penthouse

Audiophile confession time: for months I’ve been listening to music on a $200 Jambox the size of a wine bottle, because one of my 40 kg VTL Signature 450 tube power amps blew up all my spare fuses for reasons … Continue reading

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music/audio: great recording of great playing

I listen to the NPR news summary on the main NPR page and the web page often features Tiny Desk concerts recorded at a not-so-tiny desk at some NPR office (and promoted by cute hedgehogs). Many are excellent. I grooved … Continue reading

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audio: finding a Jambox replacement

I listen to music throughout the day on a Jawbone Big Jambox. This was one of the original “Bluetooth speakers” and the company is named Jawbone because it made Bluetooth wireless earpieces back when people debated whether using one made … Continue reading

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audio: music reproduction in reverse

TheScraper mused in response to Gizmodo’s post about reconstituting an early recording: I sometimes wonder if current audio recording techniques will ever improve. When we think we’ve hit a brick wall, something else comes around. I remember when I first … Continue reading

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audio: DSD digital nirvana approaches

Four years ago I blogged about wanting “the master tape,” the exact version that the musicians are hearing in the control room. Since then there’s been some progress. 1. High-res digital tracks for download Although Best Buy long ago junked … Continue reading

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audio: sometimes vinyl is way better

Switching between the CD and my original signed LP, the vinyl is decisively better: deeper bass, better piano, way more realistic speaking voice. Continue reading

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audio: a Walkman down cassette land

I was present at the birth of the Walkman and its pre-history. Continue reading

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