Brent Butterworth

Brent’s Contributions


October 2010    Audio/Video Files

Bob Belden: A Second Chance for Surround?

Producer/arranger/saxophonist Bob Belden argues that surround sound is ready for another opportunity

June 2010    Audio/Video Files

Out of This World

Brent Butterworth's roundup of the industry’s best boutique audio gear

May 2010    Audio/Video Files

Behold the ’Phones

Thanks to the iPod, headphones have undergone an explosion of innovation. Here’s our guide to new models worth wrapping around your head

March 2010    Audio/Video Files

CES: America’s Audio Playground

The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas isn’t just about hot new TVs and cell phones—it’s packed with great new audio gear, too


January/February 2010    Audio Files

The Ear's Best

Brent Butterworth culls the most outstanding audio gear of 2009

December 2009    Audio/Video Files

’Tis the Season for Sound (and Sensibility)

Some fear that today’s weak economy will be the Grinch that steals the 2009 holiday season. Audiophiles, though, can rest assured of a happy December. While you might not emerge from your front door on Christmas day to discover a Maserati wrapped in a big...

November 2009    Audio/Video Files

From Grooves to Gigabytes

Converting your records to MP3 files is easy, thanks to innovative new hardware and software

October 2009    Audio Files

New Spins on the Old CD

Nearly three decades after their birth, CD players are still evolving.

August/September 2009    Audio Files

Power Trios: Sweet Speakers, A Solid Amp and a Smooth CD Player Are All You Need For Great Stereo Sound

Flip through a few magazines from the 1970s, and you might conclude that men were judged by the size of their stereos. Indeed, a towering rack (or two) of stereo gear once seemed as mission-critical as bushy sideburns and a Qiana shirt. While abundant facial...


May 2009    Audio Files

The Sidemen of the System

Quick—name three jazz artists. Who’d you pick? Bird? Miles? Hub? It’s a pretty safe bet you didn’t pick Jimmy Cobb or Paul Chambers. Great as they are, they’re best known as sidemen. They seldom get the recognition that the hotshot saxophonists and trumpeters...


April 2009    Audio Files

Visual Aids

Some music fans just hate movies. And after perusing a few of Hollywood’s recent tours de force, who among us would blame them? Still, it seems unfair to pamper your ears with Charles Lloyd’s latest while giving your eyes nothing to savor except a few liner...


March 2009    Audio Files

CES Unseen

Practically everybody knows about the Consumer Electronics Show, which occurs every January in Las Vegas. Network news is packed morning and night with segments about the latest gadgets at CES. Celebrities appear by the dozens to check out the latest technologies...


January/February 2009    Audio Files

Following the Heard: The Best New Audio Products Of 2008

The audio business works on a different model than other electronics industries. That’s because unlike, say, the cell phone industry or printer trade, it’s not just a business, it’s a passion. The big North American audio shows—Festival Son & Image in Montreal...


December 2008    Audio Files

Alms for the Audiophile

Picture it: You’re spending a chilly December evening at home, savoring Nat “King” Cole’s The Christmas Song, a cup of eggnog, and the warmth of a wood fire and a favorite blanket. What denizen of the Western world wouldn’t enjoy that? Fortunately, most...

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About Brent Butterworth


Brent Butterworth has been writing about consumer electronics since 1989. Besides writing about audio and video for JazzTimes, he is a contributing technical editor to Sound & Vision magazine, and has worked as an editor for Home Entertainment, Home Theater, Video magazine, and others. He studied jazz at the University of North Texas and at the Drummer's Collective in New York City. His jazz performance experience includes a few years playing the Chapman Stick in saxophonist David Aaron's group Short Memory, plus occasional gigs and sessions on his first love: the ukulele.

Brent Butterworth joined the JazzTimes community on Dec 10, 2008