LATEST ADDITIONS

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Robert Baird Posted: Mar 20, 2017 0 comments
And finally there were the Scottish bands . . .
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Jason Victor Serinus Posted: Mar 20, 2017 1 comments
Beautiful sound was the order of the day at Tone of Music Audio (1303 Castro Street, Suite D, San Francisco, CA 94114), as the small retailer, headquartered in the heart of San Francisco's Noe Valley, held the first of two spring open houses. Judging from what the 30 or so visitors heard at the first open house, on March 18, those who show up for the second listening session on Saturday, April 1, between noon and 5 pm (RSVP to info@toneofmusic.com), are in for a treat.
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Robert Baird Posted: Mar 19, 2017 10 comments
"If you tried to give rock'n'roll another name, you might call it 'Chuck Berry.'"—John Lennon
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Robert Baird Posted: Mar 19, 2017 0 comments
Space Soul Rock in Austin. . .
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Robert Baird Posted: Mar 18, 2017 34 comments
Can high-resolution audio become "The New Cool?"
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Robert Baird Posted: Mar 18, 2017 9 comments
Women are bringing much-needed new energies to music of all kinds
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Robert Baird Posted: Mar 17, 2017 17 comments
"Crafted out of aluminum and coated with nitrocellulose lacquer, this truly fascinating object is the ultimate analog medium."
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Jason Victor Serinus Posted: Mar 16, 2017 15 comments
On March 17, Japanese label Ottava will release the first MQA recording on compact disc, A. Piazzolla by Strings and Oboe. Recorded by the UNAMAS Piazzolla Septet, whose videos you can view online, the short disc was mastered by the Tokyo-based label's CEO, Mick Sawaguchi. The recording is also available for download.
Stereophile Staff Posted: Mar 16, 2017 7 comments
The ratings given components included in this listing are based entirely on performance—ie, accuracy of reproduction—and are biased to an extent by our feeling that things added to reproduced sound (eg, jitter, distortion, colorations of various kinds) are of more concern to the musically oriented listener than are things subtracted from the sound (eg, deep bass or extreme treble). On the other hand, components markedly deficient in one or more respects are downrated to the extent that their deficiencies interfere with the full realization of the program material.
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Jason Victor Serinus Posted: Mar 15, 2017 4 comments
The recently-released Audirvana Plus 3 has become the first desktop music player for MacOS to include an integrated MQA Core decoder. To quote the press release, issued jointly by London-based MQA and Paris-based Audirvana, Audirvana's MQA Core decoder "enables the first origami 'unfold' and also authenticates the file using a blue or green light to confirm that the sound is identical to that of the source material."

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