Added to the Archives This Week
Larry Greenhill goes surround sound! For his review of the Bryston 9B-THX five-channel power amplifier, LG explains, "Like other middle-aged American males, I have reinvented myself. I have shed my skin and tried not to look back."
In his controversial "As We See It" essay from last month, The Tragedy of the Commons, John Marks draws a lesson from history to explore the ramifications of some forms of mail-order audio retailing. Free riders beware!
For another spin on audio retailing, we have Hi-Fi Retailing: The Avid Audiophile's Advisory, a guest essay from loudspeaker manufacturer Brian Cheney. "I shall not presume with this article merely to perpetuate a manufacturer's biases; I confess to having owned a hi-fi store at one time, and working years as a salesperson in another."
Finally, the latest installment in our "Recording of the Month" series for the online archives: Recording of December 1998, Emmylou Harris: Spyboy. "Overall, the potential instrumental firepower here is almost frightening," says Robert Baird of the chanteuse's current band. "From Bill Monroe to the Beastie Boys, these guys could play anything well."