Added to the Archives This Week

Wes Phillips slips into his well-worn flame-proof underwear as he bravely introduces audiophiles to the musical merits of the Apple iPod. WP finds he likes living at the edge of audio trendiness, exclaiming, "Holy cow! I'm running with the fashionistas! Can I still be an audiophile, too?"

Starting in 2001, Michael Fremer began listening to the Manley Labs Steelhead phono preamplifier, noting, "The Steelhead is the most flexible, user-friendly phono section I've ever encountered." Both MF and Paul Bolin file Follow-Ups comparing the Steelhead with a variety of competitors.

Lonnie Brownell and Robert Deutsch explain how to get your speaker placement just right with the Checkpoint SA-S P-770 laser alignment tool. As RD explains, "When it comes to positioning loudspeakers in the listening room, you can never have too much accuracy."

Finally, the latest installment in our "Recording of the Month" series for the online archives, Recording of November 1993: Music for Violin & Guitar. Robert Hesson notes, "These are remarkable performances captured in unusually lifelike sonics."