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AudioFiles: The Controversy Over MQA

Imagine if someone told you they’d met the best tenor saxophone player who ever lived—better than Hawk, better than Sonny, better even than Trane. Imagine they showed you glowing testimonials from famous musicians raving about the new player’s skills. But when you went to hear this supposedly miraculous artist, he would play only solo versions … Read More “AudioFiles: The Controversy Over MQA”

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Avoiding Audio Mistakes

Simple as stereos might seem, they’ve become complicated in recent years. Not only have new technologies such as high-resolution audio, network-distributed music files and streaming added layers of confusion, but the resurrection of older technologies like vinyl records and vacuum tubes has forced audiophiles onto the web in search of lost knowledge. This increasing complexity … Read More “Avoiding Audio Mistakes”

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Can the CD Survive?

The rise of the Internet has inspired premature proclamations of the death of newspapers, TV, radio … and, of course, the CD. Recently, streaming services such as Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube have reduced the CD to near-insignificance in mainstream music. “In 2000, CD’s best year, 943 million units were shipped. By 2016, that dropped … Read More “Can the CD Survive?”

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AudioFiles: The Best in Bluetooth Guitar Amps

The audio gear we listen to music on has changed radically over the decades. The audio gear we perform music on, not as much. Only a few traditionalist audiophiles still want the kinds of stereo systems commonly in use when Getz/Gilberto debuted in 1964, but most guitar players would be thrilled to own a Fender … Read More “AudioFiles: The Best in Bluetooth Guitar Amps”

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How to Gain Easy Access to Your Digital Music Files

Digital audio technology has become so convenient and so versatile that even the most diehard vinyl-record fan can no longer ignore it. Still, it’s unlikely that fan would be embracing digital if it weren’t for the advent of a relatively new product category: the digital music server. There are many varieties of music servers, but, … Read More “How to Gain Easy Access to Your Digital Music Files”

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Listening to Jazz: The Shape of Sound to Come

Audio technology never stands still, but in the last decade it’s felt like the industry’s been running the 100-yard dash every day. In just a few years we’ve gone from CDs to MP3s to streaming, from larger stereo systems to all-in-one wireless speakers, and from listening at home to listening on the go almost exclusively. … Read More “Listening to Jazz: The Shape of Sound to Come”

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Audio Products Gift Guide for the Holidays

Audio products have always been welcome holiday gifts, but in the last few years they’ve become so much easier to give. The explosion of new brands of headphones, Bluetooth speakers and even traditional products like speakers and amps has brought us new gear at practically any price point. Here are a few of our favorite … Read More “Audio Products Gift Guide for the Holidays”

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Bandcamp Is Bringing Back the Record Rack

With music now coming to us from streaming services, downloads, Internet radio and artist websites in addition to traditional physical media like CDs, many jazz fans may long for the days when we had but a single simple way to discover the latest music: flipping through the racks at the local record store. One website, … Read More “Bandcamp Is Bringing Back the Record Rack”

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AudioFiles: Newvelle Records’ New Model for Vinyl

Even in the best of times, the jazz recording business was, as Duke Ellington termed it, a “money jungle.” Today, when the low royalties paid by streaming services can’t compensate for the sharp reduction in overall sales of physical and digital media, finding money in that jungle may seem impossible. “I haven’t profited from my … Read More “AudioFiles: Newvelle Records’ New Model for Vinyl”

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The Reel-to-Reel Deal

Audiophiles are notorious for embracing dated technologies, but their latest move might leave some wondering if they’ve lost their marbles. Incredibly, the audio world is seeing the resurgence of a product that declined decades ago and practically disappeared from the market around the early 2000s: the reel-to-reel tape deck. Forty years ago, a reel-to-reel deck … Read More “The Reel-to-Reel Deal”

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AudioFiles: How to Record Gigs

Most jazz fans can think of at least a couple dozen shows they wish they could hear again. Thanks to digital recording, it’s practical to document the jazz gigs you attend—but only if you can navigate the complex and conflicting expectations of the performers, the audience and the venue. “Taping” is an established and often … Read More “AudioFiles: How to Record Gigs”

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AudioFiles: The Inner Mounting Flame

Go to any hi-fi show this year and you’ll see rooms illuminated by little more than the warm glow of vacuum tubes—the same technology 1950s jazz fans used for their first listen to Saxophone Colossus. Why do audiophiles still love products powered by vacuum tubes, when solid-state gear is smaller, less expensive, more reliable and … Read More “AudioFiles: The Inner Mounting Flame”

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AudioFiles: Pieces of a Dream

In a time when the hottest thing in audio is digitally tuned, Internet-connected voice-command speakers, it might seem impossible for anyone without an engineering degree to build an audio product. But not only is it possible, it’s even easier than it was in the Kind of Blue era, when building your own gear was more … Read More “AudioFiles: Pieces of a Dream”

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AudioFiles: Playing Vegas

There might be a hundred annual consumer-audio shows, but there’s only one where you can hear everything from speakers that cost more than a Steinway grand to earbuds that cost less than a CD. It’s CES, which stands for Consumer Electronics Show and takes place every January in Las Vegas. As I write this, I … Read More “AudioFiles: Playing Vegas”

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AudioFiles: Gear of the Year

Audio experts may look back on 2016 as a turning point: the year an Internet company passed decades-old, legendary brands to become the biggest seller in audio. That’s right—Amazon is now the number-one speaker brand in the U.S., earning a 26-percent market share just two years after entering that market. Most of Amazon’s success can … Read More “AudioFiles: Gear of the Year”

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