Kalman Rubinson  |  Dec 11, 2005  |  0 comments
Back in the 1970s, I used to hang out at an audio store on Northern Boulevard's Miracle Mile. After business hours—and sometimes during them—a group of us audiophiles would put every new product through the wringer. One of the most anticipated was the original B&W 801, which appeared in 1979. The 801 was simply unflappable. Fed enough power, a pair of them played louder and cleaner than anything we had ever heard, including the mammoth, multimodule Fultons that were the pride of that shop. But—and this was a big but—the 801 lacked immediacy and engagement, and I soon fell back to preferring an earlier B&W model, the DM6, which seemed more coherent and to offer the music out to the listener. The 801 was more objective and detached, but boy, could it knock you over with the right source material.
Art Dudley  |  Dec 11, 2005  |  0 comments
The mechanical toys were very superior, and looked down upon every one else; they were full of modern ideas, and pretended they were real.—Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit
Robert Baird  |  Dec 11, 2005  |  0 comments
Geffen B0005345-02 (CD). 2005. Sigur Rós, prods.; Birgir Jon Birgisson, Kenneth Vaughan Thomas, engs. AAD. TT: 65:34
Performance ****½
Sonics ****
Stephen Mejias  |  Dec 09, 2005  |  4 comments
I don't know how this works — I'm guessing it's just some sort of the usual, run-of-the-mill collective (un)conscious pinging internet magic — but if you take a look at the bottom of any one of the pages on the Stereophile website, you'll find a list of "Sponsored Links," seemingly appropriate to the page itself.
Wes Phillips  |  Dec 09, 2005  |  0 comments
Bagheera: "Okay Huck, you strum and I'll fret."
Wes Phillips  |  Dec 09, 2005  |  0 comments
It sends "envoys" ahead to prepare the site.
Wes Phillips  |  Dec 09, 2005  |  0 comments
Something harder than Chinese Algebra. (Not related to preceding post.)
Wes Phillips  |  Dec 09, 2005  |  1 comments
As a guy, I really want to brag—but wouldn't that mean 'fessing up to stupidity?
Wes Phillips  |  Dec 09, 2005  |  0 comments
A ½W tubed guitar head—now with matching 1W hi-fi power amp.
Wes Phillips  |  Dec 09, 2005  |  0 comments
Underwater pictures—and you don't even need to get wet to see 'em.