Jim Austin  |  Jul 19, 2022  |  24 comments
'm writing this column on the long flight back to New York City following High End Munich, the big hi-fi show that in regular times takes place each May. Because these are not regular times, this was the first Munich show since 2019. This show was smaller than other recent Munich shows: COVID in the Far East limited involvement by people and companies from East Asia, and German government–mandated attendance caps limited the number of people who could enter at any one time. Even so, it was a big show, with some interesting product introductions and prototypes.
Jason Victor Serinus, Stephen Francis Vasta  |  Jul 15, 2022  |  0 comments
Trío Arriaga: "Elegie", Patricia Kopatchinskaja: Le Monde Selon George Antheil, R. Strauss: Macbeth, Don Juan, Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks and Schubert: 21 Songs.
Thomas Conrad  |  Jul 15, 2022  |  0 comments
Tigran Hamasyan: StandArt, Rebecca Martin/Larry Grenadier/Orquestra Jazz De Matosinhos: After Midnight and Walter Smith III & Matthew Stevens: In Common III.
Larry Birnbaum, Anne E. Johnson, Tony Scherman  |  Jul 15, 2022  |  0 comments
Camp Cope: Running with the Hurricane, Oumou Sangaré: Timbuktu, Old Crow Medicine Show: Paint This Town and Spiritualized: Everything Was Beautiful.
Robert Harley  |  Jul 14, 2022  |  First Published: Dec 01, 1991  |  1 comments
A review of the Monitor Audio Studio 20 loudspeaker is a study in contrasts. Compared with most other loudspeakers in the $4500/pair range, this 6.5" two-way from England is a mere pup. Perhaps this observation was sparked by the fact that I'd just finished reviewing the similarly priced Snell Type B, a huge, six-driver, four-way system. The two loudspeakers couldn't be more different, both in physical characteristics and sound.
Corey Greenberg  |  Jul 13, 2022  |  First Published: Dec 01, 1991  |  3 comments



Michael Fremer  |  Jul 12, 2022  |  First Published: Nov 01, 2017  |  0 comments
The Reed 3P tonearm, which I reviewed in my April 2016 column, was an impressive piece of imaginative engineering and manufacturing prowess. I asked Reed's importer, Axiss Audio, if I could hold on to the 3P—I was already planning to review Reed's Muse 3C turntable. I'm glad I did—the 3P ($5000) and 3C ($15,000) make an outstanding combination. (When the only complaint you have about a turntable is that the cable from its power jack to the power supply isn't long enough to reach the floor, you can be sure you're going to write a very positive review.)
Jason Victor Serinus  |  Jul 08, 2022  |  74 comments
The Kingdom of Audiophiledom rests on a paradox. Inanimate audio systems and rooms aim to deliver music that animates our senses and touches our souls. The inherently lifeless exists to bring music to life.

This holistic reality—that systems and rooms function as living organisms where every part is interconnected and interrelated—came home to me when, during one of the first AXPONAs in Chicago, I entered a long, cavernous basement room with several spongy "conference room" walls. "There is no way that any setup can deliver good sound in this room," self said to self. Yet, the system sounded unbelievably good.

Rogier van Bakel  |  Jul 07, 2022  |  124 comments
Gullibility is a disadvantage in any business, but it's a cardinal sin in journalism. During my J-school years, I acquired the occupational deformity that afflicts most reporters: a degree of skepticism bordering on the cynical. In my professional circles, an adage holds that "if your mother says she loves you, check it out."
Rogier van Bakel  |  Jul 06, 2022  |  3 comments
2022 is turning out to be a good year for Lyle Lovett, not least because he is, to use a cowboy metaphor, back in the saddle.

"I've been out of work for two years," he says archly. Normally, Lovett performs more than 100 concerts a year, regardless of whether he's released new work. But the pandemic pinned him down at home in Houston, with his wife and their now–four-year-old twins, in the house his grandfather built in 1911. Domesticity suits Lovett. "There was plenty to do every minute of every day. Absolutely no boredom!" He sounds like he means it; unselfconscious mentions of paternal tenderness bubbled up in our conversation from time to time.