Stephen Mejias  |  Mar 13, 2006  |  2 comments
Tomorrow, music editor Robert Baird is off to Austin, Texas, for the South By Southwest Music, Film, and Interactive Fest. He attends year after year.
Wes Phillips  |  Mar 13, 2006  |  0 comments
And popular songs and why only "Yesterday" became a "standard in the old fashioned sense."
Wes Phillips  |  Mar 13, 2006  |  1 comments
What a great writer she is—this is like prose crack.
Wes Phillips  |  Mar 13, 2006  |  1 comments
B. S. Prakash muses on what it takes to get into the American labor force. The last line's a kicker.
Wes Phillips  |  Mar 13, 2006  |  0 comments
Cecil Adams says he knows what OK stands for. Now if only somebody would clear up that "whole nine yards" mess.
Wes Phillips  |  Mar 13, 2006  |  2 comments
Cooking up plasma in the kitchen. But remember kids, don't try this at home.
Wes Phillips  |  Mar 11, 2006  |  0 comments
Audica MPS-1: Audica, the Cambridge, UK–based manufacturer founded by Kieron Dunk (formerly of Mission, Denon, Cyrus, Infinity, and Klipsch, to name but a few) is finally shipping its stylish MPS-1 desktop audio system ($400). The MPS-1 consists of two diminutive extruded aluminum loudspeakers and a 25Wpc amplifier/control center with three 3.5mm inputs (one high sensitivity for portables and other low-output sources; the others with lower sensitivity and higher input impedence). The MPS-1 control center also has USB and FireWire connections to facilitate recharging portable players' batteries.
Wes Phillips  |  Mar 11, 2006  |  0 comments
As anyone who reads this website is all too aware, these days legislative matters increasingly encroach upon audiophiles' ability to experience uncompromised high fidelity. Like it or not, political decisions can and do have an impact on what we listen to and how we are able to manipulate our music after we have purchased it.
Michael Fremer  |  Mar 11, 2006  |  0 comments
Wilson Audio Specialties' David Wilson likes to say that you should build a stereo system from the speakers down. Of course he does—he sells speakers. But that doesn't mean he's wrong. So recently, when offered an inexpensive new product for review, I decided it would be a good test of Wilson's theory. I tried driving Wilson's $45,000/pair MAXX2 speakers with Outlaw Audio's RR2150, a $599 stereo receiver.
Paul Bolin  |  Mar 11, 2006  |  1 comments
Lord Acton said, famously, that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. If there ever were an amplifier to test that maxim's applicability to audiophiles, it is surely the Chord SPM 14000 Ultimate Monoblock. Priced no less than $75,000/pair, the SPM 14000 is rated to produce power as do very few other amplifiers on the planet: it is very conservatively rated at 1kW into an 8 ohm load, 2kW into 4 ohms, and "will easily exceed" 2800W (give or take a few watts) into 2 ohms.