Promates: The World's First DXD Download Store

The world's first download site devoted exclusively to ultra hi-resolution DXD downloads, Promates Music Store, has launched from Copenhagen. The brainchild of Peter Scheelke, who in 2003 helped found Digital Audio Denmark (DAD), creator of the world's first commercial DXD converter, the site currently offers 26 native DXD recordings (352.8kHz sampling rate and 24-bit bit depth) from labels Dacapo and OUR Recordings.
Wed, 12/10/2014
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Masterpieces by Ellington, Finally, on Vinyl

For five years in this blog space, I've been urging, begging, audiophile record labels to reissue Masterpieces by Ellington, to my mind Duke Ellington's finest (and finest-sounding) album, on vinyl. Now Chad Kassem of Analogue Sounds has done it, and his QRP pressing is the jaw-dropper of the year...
Wed, 12/10/2014
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Music Hall Ikura LP player & Ortofon 2M Blue phono cartridge Associated Equipment

Mon, 12/08/2014
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Music Hall Ikura LP player & Ortofon 2M Blue phono cartridge Specifications

Mon, 12/08/2014
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Music Hall Ikura LP player & Ortofon 2M Blue phono cartridge

The call I received from Music Hall's Leland Leard surprised me: "Hey, Bob, I think you'd be the perfect guy to review our new Ikura turntable!"

Hmm. It had been four years since I'd reviewed a record player: Pro-Ject's Debut III, in the February 2010 issue. And with the surging popularity of vinyl—hell, Rough Trade NYC's enormous new record store, in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, even sells turntables—the thought of a plug-and-play turntable-tonearm-cartridge combination for $1200 intrigued me. Sure, Leland—send it on.

Mon, 12/08/2014
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The Fifth Element #88 Page 2

Sat, 12/06/2014
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The Fifth Element #88

It's time for another holiday gift list!
Sat, 12/06/2014
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Brothers And Sisters

“Jessica,” played by sideman Led Dudek, has launched a thousand air guitar solos.
Fri, 12/05/2014
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And What's Christmas Without a Catalog?

Let someone else mind your credit cards and PayPal password whilst you browse.
Fri, 12/05/2014
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Listening #144 Page 2

Fri, 12/05/2014
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