March 2010 Audio/Video Files By Brent Butterworth
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 By Brent Butterworth
Brent Butterworth culls the most outstanding audio gear of 2009
December 2009 Audio/Video Files By Brent Butterworth
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 By Brent Butterworth
Converting your records to MP3 files is easy, thanks to innovative new hardware and software
October 2009 Audio Files By Brent Butterworth
Nearly three decades after their birth, CD players are still evolving.
August/September 2009 Audio Files By Brent Butterworth
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 By Brent Butterworth
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 By Brent Butterworth
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 By Brent Butterworth
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 By Brent Butterworth
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...