Ariel Bitran

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Ariel Bitran Posted: Aug 19, 2008 5 comments

Silently, unbeknownst to many out there (not that you should know—but the thoughts are on constant repeat in my head—thus I think the world knows):

I've been building a hi-fi system.

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Ariel Bitran Posted: Jan 02, 2014 4 comments
The Ultimate Headphone Guide is now available for purchase in our online store. Over five hundred headphones and headphone amps are listed alongside big, beautiful pictures and essential specifications. Click here for more details!
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Ariel Bitran Posted: May 09, 2012 30 comments
At the 2012 NYC hi-fi show, I was chastised by a random showgoer for using a “dynamic-less” recording as a reference in the Legacy room. Now with the help of the Unofficial Dynamic Range Database, I can find the dynamic range measurements of many of my favorite recordings, including the record ridiculed by one spiteful audiophile. Was he right about its dynamics?

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Ariel Bitran Posted: Jan 26, 2012 6 comments

When we first started posting, the Stereophile team was unsure of what would be the result. Would more people buy Attention Screen CDs? Would we get more members to our forums? Or would we just be totally ignored?

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Ariel Bitran Posted: Oct 24, 2012 2 comments
It’s like that t-shirt you were always jealous of your friend for having. You know the one I’m talking about. It’s the one that said “Famous Guitars”, and it had drawings of Eddie Van Halen’s Frankenstein or Rick Nielsen’s multi-necked Hamer. There was also a “Famous Drumkits” one with Kreutzmann and Hart’s two-man kit or Terry Bozzio’s tom-tom explosion. Gosh, those were cool.

Well now you can be that guy but with the famous hi-fis.

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Ariel Bitran Posted: Mar 06, 2013 25 comments

You should know, I'm an absolute sucker for pop music. You should also know, I'm an absolute sucker for love. Or better put: "love".

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Ariel Bitran Posted: Jan 04, 2013 4 comments

Her voice aches like a memory.

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Ariel Bitran Posted: May 29, 2013 0 comments

Listen, I rarely recommend some hazy, over-saturated indie rock played by a Crayola-hair colored, geometric-patterned-vinyl-jacket wearing, wide-eyed goon drinking a glass of red kool-aid to wash away his reverb and irony soaked introspection, but I think there's something special here. Something magical. Trevor Powers of Youth Lagoon might even be a wizard.

Ariel Bitran Posted: Apr 17, 2013 6 comments

Many attendees at the New York Audio Show 2013 were afraid to admit they were audiophiles, opting for complicated explanations about their passion for music. Yet, what is just so scary about being an audiophile? I walked around asking folks the next day, "What is an audiophile?" in hopes to discover just what it meant.

Thank you to all of those who participated.

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Ariel Bitran Posted: Jun 22, 2007 3 comments

But after careful deliberation, I realized that my dream was actually telling me to get some new speakers.

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Ariel Bitran Posted: Jul 20, 2007 1 comments

Bill: This is Bill.
Ariel: Hi Bill, this is Ariel from Stereophile magazine. How are you?
B: Why are you calling?

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Ariel Bitran Posted: Nov 21, 2013 Published: Dec 31, 1969 4 comments
Starting December 20, 2013, Winamp will no longer be available for download. A warning was posted on the Winamp website yesterday. Winamp served an instrumental role in the proliferation of downloaded music giving music fans an easy way to play music on their computer.
Ariel Bitran Posted: Apr 18, 2013 1 comments
The highly interactive Woo Audio room opened their doors to anyone who could pick up a set of headphones. Here a young audiophile listens to a new Woo headphone amp prototype, the GES MkII. Compared to the original GES, the Mk.II has a “wider voltage swing for greater speed and dynamic range.” It will be available for approximately $3500.

Woo Audio was SM's favorite listening experience at the show. Read more here

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Ariel Bitran Posted: Nov 07, 2012 5 comments
In X-Men in High Fidelity we are introduced to the Beast, an audiophile, and the uncanny X-Men who listen to his hi-fi and get involved in his crazy tweaks and projects. Here Beast gets a hold of Cyclops...
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Ariel Bitran Posted: Feb 14, 2013 4 comments
In the second installation of this series, the Beast invites Wolverine to his listening room.

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