Ariel Bitran

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Ariel Bitran Posted: Sep 18, 2007 5 comments

Stephen has challenged me to build a system with just $1000.

I need to think fast. My requirements for the system are loudspeakers, preamp/power amp, phono stage, turntable, CD player... Shit. $1000! That's it? I'll use the 2008 Buyer's Guide data and see what I can do...

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Ariel Bitran Posted: Aug 22, 2007 2 comments

Happy Birthday to me
Found some speakers for free
In the trash
Sonic cash
Happy Birthday to me

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Ariel Bitran Posted: Aug 09, 2007 4 comments

As I venture further into the hi-fi universe, I can start to understand what I like and what to listen for in my equipment: natural musical delivery, groove, and clarity. I'm excited.

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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: Jul 17, 2007 0 comments
Invisible airwaves
crackle with life
bright antennae bristle
with the energy
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Ariel Bitran Posted: Jul 13, 2007 0 comments

Madonna wakes me up at 9:30 A.M. Her little paws tap my cheeks. My eyes slowly open. The queen of pop's little furry face smiles down at me, whiskers tickling my cheek.

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Ariel Bitran Posted: Jul 09, 2007 7 comments

So I've been banned from avidlistener.com.

I exceeded the 644-click limit.

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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: Mar 21, 2013 9 comments
Photo by Lalupa, Wikimedia Commons

There sat the hi-fi. Untouched. Unplayed. Unlistenable. Bass resonances continued to torment my sound. Geddy Lee, Paul McCartney, and Sting all produced loose and exaggerated bass energies in unnatural ways. I was constantly perplexed with the unevenness in my bass response. Despite hours of tinkering with speaker placement hindered by random obstructions, namely a queen-size bed, a poorly positioned radiator, and stacks of guitar amps, the bass resonances remained.

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Ariel Bitran Posted: Nov 19, 2012 9 comments
Three weeks ago, I published my top five guitar solos, a subjective list based entirely on the guitarists’ ability to move my soul through their combination of note selection and technical wizardry. These self-imposed standards led to many obvious guitarists being left off the list in favor of some less-spoken for guitar heroes with a penchant for inspiration and resourcefulness. Now I’m putting the power in your hands. Using my original list plus your suggestions in the comments section, I created a collaborative Spotify playlist titled “Stereophile - Greatest Guitar Solos Ever”. You are all invited to add songs to this list and share what you feel are the most important leads of all time. It’s a guitar solo potluck where you can hear what other playlist subscribers have to offer as well as showcase your own tastes. Open the playlist in Spotify via this link or in your web browser here. Drag songs from different artists and albums to the playlist on the left-panel of the Spotify interface to add your choices to the list. Have fun!

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