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Audio Files: Can Exotic Accessories Improve Your Sound?

Audio’s most contentious debate began about the time Wynton and Branford Marsalis joined the Jazz Messengers. It’s the argument about whether various accessories can improve the sound of an audio system. Browse a few high-end audio sites and you’ll find loads of these accessories, from fancy cables, to devices that clean up AC power, to … Read More “Audio Files: Can Exotic Accessories Improve Your Sound?”

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Audio Files: Headphone Amps to Kick Your Cans

If you decide to step up from mass-market headphones to serious audiophile cans, one thing’s for sure: You’ll be hit with online ads promoting headphone amps. Most jazz fans, who for years have simply plugged their headphones straight into a smartphone, will wonder why they suddenly “need” a headphone amp—or if someone’s just trying to … Read More “Audio Files: Headphone Amps to Kick Your Cans”

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Audio Files: Are Expensive Headphones Really Worth It?

Many people think of headphones as commodity items that deserve little of your attention or budget. Headphone enthusiasts beg to differ. As manufacturers started inching up their prices after seeing the success Beats had selling $300 models, they found ’phone enthusiasts happy to spend more in search of sonic nirvana. The last two years have … Read More “Audio Files: Are Expensive Headphones Really Worth It?”

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Audio Files: The Revolution Doesn’t Have to Be Televised

Stereo receivers once formed the core of practically every audio system. By combining a power amplifier, preamplifier, and AM/FM tuner in one box, they offered the most convenient and affordable way to start a music system. As music fans shifted their focus to streaming services and smartphones, the trusty old stereo receiver was left behind. … Read More “Audio Files: The Revolution Doesn’t Have to Be Televised”

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