October 2011 Archives

We picked the 25 absolute best audiophile speakers over $5,000. See how your speakers stack up, Google +1 and/or Facebook "like" the page while voting for your favorite speakers right in the slide show. Also see the speakers that made the list but not the Top 25. Read more
What is the most difficult piece of gear to choose? Preamps. Most audiophiles have to kiss a lot of frogs to find a preamp that delivers the goods. What are your choices? Steven Stone looks at your options and why you might choose one type over the others. Read more

Vexing Terminations

What is the purpose of a speaker wire terminations? Basically a termination should prevent oxidation of the bare cable wire at the termination point while providing a good connection to the amplifier on one end and the speakers on the other. That's it. Read more
Johnny Cash. Few musicians have had as much influence on country, roots, and acoustic music as Johnny Cash. Unfortunately during his long career Cash recorded and released as many awful albums as good ones. Love, God and Murder has both. Read more
How thoroughly do you read reviews? Do you just read the intro and then jump to the last paragraph? For those of you who are into used and vintage audio gear, Steven Stone shares his method of researching how a component sounds before buying it. Read more

Do Record Labels Matter?

RCA, Epic, RSO, IRS, London, DG, EMI, Motown, Pye...Except for Motown, which has a clear identity, would you buy an album because it was on a particular label? I suspect not. The days of labels as brands that mattered are over... Read more
It's Friday. Time for a review of what Steven Stone considers an essential recording for anyone into Roots, Folk, Blues, Bluegrass, and Americana. The Newport festivals were the models for all the festivals that followed... Read more

My RMAF Music Checklist

Packing for Rocky Mountain Audiofest? Don't forget to bring music. Here's what Steven Stone is bringing to the big show... Read more

The Art of Value

Next week I'll be looking a scads of new products from a multitude of manufacturers at RMAF. Which ones will succeed? The answer depends on many factors including how much more they offer than previous models. But is it possible to offer too much? Read more
Keith Whitley. Unless you're a pretty hardcore country music fan, you may not have heard of him. But without Keith Whitley, Alison Krauss might never have become a country star. His new traditional style influenced a generation of country performers... Read more
Audiophiles regularly discuss whether a 2-channel system can accurately reproduce depth. Steven Stone's answer is an unequivocal, yes! He feels a high-end sound reproduction system by definition is one that reproduces depth accurately. Read more
Every Audio component ever made came in a box. Multiply by the total number of audio components in your system and that can be a lot of boxes. What do you do with all those boxes? Throw 'em away? Put them in the closet? Rent a storage locker? Have a big bonfire once a year? Read more

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