December 2011 Archives

New CD Reviews

It's Friday! Here are some fresh CD reviews. The new Matt Flinner Trio CD, Winter Harvest, on Compass Records, is simply superb. Read more
 
When Steven Stone lived in Boston, parking the car on the street always seemed like the equivalent of putting a pile of money on the curve and hoping it would still be there when you return. Here's some other reasons that high-performance stereos are better than high-performance automobiles Read more
 

Death and Audio Gear

Look around. If you're like most audiophiles, you have a ton of gear. What are your plans for all this stuff when you expire? Do you have your wishes written down? Don't you think it's about time you did? Here are some suggestions for making your loved ones lives easier after you go. Read more
 

Energy Use and Audio

Want to know how much power that big 'ol power amp really draws at idle? Well there's a new white paper from CEA that won't tell you that, but it will fill you in on how much power the computer monitor you're reading this on uses. That's something... Read more
 
William Zane Johnson, founder of Audio Research, passed away last Saturday at age 85. Steven Stone writes about why Johnson was important, and how he forever changed the landscape of high end audio. Read more
 

Generations

Audiophiles, regardless of their positions on other issues, all agree that the best source is the original master recording. But we rarely, if ever, get to hear a master. So what's the next best thing? Read more
 

Animals and Audio

Got any cats? or Dogs? If you do, chances are they've had some interactions with your gear. Steven Stone share a few of his audio and animals horror tales...fortunately, no animals were abused, only gear... Read more
 
Some folks might argue as to whether banjo or guitar are the quintessential American instrument. But no one can argue that Doc Watson isn't one of the most innovative steel-string guitar players to ever hold an instrument. Read more
 

The Audiogon Game

Perhaps Steven Stone watches a bit too much TV. Here's his latest idea for another audiophile game show. And although the logistics would be a bear, it sure would be fun to watch... Read more
 
Rules are made to be broken, right? But when it comes to Steven Stone's "Five Rules For Ebay" breaking them increases the chances you'll get burned. Steven waived one of his own rules recently and paid the price... Read more
 

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First Anniversary Blog

One year ago, on Dec 9th, I posted my first article on Audiophile Review. Since that time I've posted over 150 articles covering a variety of audiophile related subjects. I hope that if you like some of my current articles you'll spend some time looking through Audiophile Review's back catalog of posts. Read more
 
Searching for great music recordings is a hard thing to do, especially if you are looking for those recordings in high definition. Jerry Del Colliano has a cool new source for recordings. But they ain't cheap. Read more
 
Value-conscious audiophiles invariably buy a lot of used gear. But is used gear always a better value than new? Steven Stone explains why used gear isn't always the best way to go. Read more
 

Elvis and His New Boxed Set

When an artist recommends stealing rather than buying their latest deluxe, boxed set, you can bet they're not happy campers. But since Elvis Costello has made a career out of being disgruntled, perhaps we shouldn't be surprised... Read more
 
Most "Tribute" anthologies don't live up to the hype. But This One's For Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark is what a tribute album should be; full of personal interpretations of an artist's work by his contemporaries. Lyle Lovett, Kris Kristofferson, Vince Gill, Jerry Jeff Walker, Emmylou Harris, John Prine, Rosanne Cash, Rodney Crowell, and even Willie Nelson add their own special sauce to many of Clark's best songs. Read more
 
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