Aaron Clinton

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  1. LIVE: Friday, May 21, 2021 - 12:00PM ET Join Bill Voss, Technics Business Development Manager in the US and Frank Balzuweit, Business Development Manager for Technics in Europe in celebration of Technics 55th anniversary introduction of the new Reference Class SU-R1000 Digital Integrated Amplifier as they present a live webinar discussion with demos of the key features and technology in this incredible new model. Fri, 05/14/2021 View the full article
  2. The first image that pops into my mind when I think of Focal is of the iconic Grande Utopias and how at one Montreal audio show I couldn't believe that the gentlest, sweetest music I'd heard all day was coming out of those massive speakers. I saw it as a paradox of sorts. Founded in the City of Lights, Focal has been around since 1979, the year Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now received the Palme d'Or at Cannes and when the average annual income in America was $17,500. Focal started as a twinkle in the eye of engineer and technology journalist Jacques Mahul, who believed he'd built a speaker that would appeal to hi-fi enthusiasts: the DB13. Fast-forward half a century, and Focal, designated "entreprise du patrimoine vivant" (living heritage company) by the French government, employs some 230 people at its large, stylish, multilevel digs. Fri, 05/14/2021 View the full article
  3. Jukeboxes were probably the first music servers to take a form we would recognize: a music-playing device that allows you to choose from several, or many, songs. The first commercial jukebox, Wikipedia says, was introduced in 1927 by the Automatic Musical Instrument Company, which came to be known as AMI. Thu, 05/13/2021 View the full article
  4. Once upon a time, in the early days of class-D amplification, the very notion that the ELAC (ELectroACoustic) Alchemy DPA-2 Stereo/Mono Power Amplifier ($1495 each) uses a class-D output stage would cause some readers to turn the page (footnote 1). But as class-D amplifiers established their pedigree as bona fide hi-fi components, audiophiles have begun to embrace the notion of a lightweight, cool-running amplifier that will not dramatically increase the electric bill and that, when properly executed, can be quite musical. Wed, 05/12/2021 View the full article
  5. Damon Locks & Black Monument Ensemble: NOW International Anthem Recording Company IARC0039 (LP, download). 2021. Damon Locks and Black Monument Ensemble, prods.; Alex Inglizian, eng. Performance ***** Sonics **** In its sixth year, International Anthem seriously stepped up production. 2020 saw the Chicago label releasing a fast succession of rewarding albums, including a standout disc by Tortoise guitarist Jeff Parker and adventurous jazz by Rob Mazurek and the collective Irreversible Entanglements. Tue, 05/11/2021 View the full article
  6. With remote work more common now, tax apps that track your location have become relevant for professionals who want to work wherever they want to live. View the full article
  7. Register to win a London Maroon Cartridge (Value $950.00 ea) and a StylusTimer (value $19.95) we are giving away. According to the company: "The legendary London (Decca) cartridge is known for its extraordinary and unmatched musicality, delivered by its unique transducer design. With a StylusTimer (2021 Stereophile Recommended Component) you can track cartridge break in-time, total stylus time, and the time you spend enjoying music, while preserving your system’s sound quality and protecting your records from damage from a worn stylus." All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post. Click on the picture above for details on how to enter. Fri, 05/07/2021 View the full article
  8. Beethoven: Symphony No.9, Hilary Hahn: Paris, Lavena: in your hands and Trio Karénine: La nuit transfigurée. Fri, 05/07/2021 View the full article
  9. Sarah Vaughan: Sarah Vaughan, Ocelot: Ocelot and Jim Snidero: Live at the Deer Head Inn. Fri, 05/07/2021 View the full article
  10. Jon Batiste: We Are, Various Artists: Nuggets, Original Artyfacts From the First Psychedelic Era, 1965–1968, Arlo Parks: Collapsed in Sunbeams and XIXA: Genesis. Fri, 05/07/2021 View the full article
  11. With the furor over the launch of DAT (digital audio tape), it is worth remembering that commercial digital recorders have been with us for some time now: it is now nearly a decade since studio PCM converters were first successfully used for audio recording in conjunction with a VCR (which uses a helical spiral recording via a spinning drum to achieve the high writing speed). Sat, 08/01/1987 View the full article
  12. The free task-reminder app on your phone can keep you and your projects on track. View the full article
  13. Don’t let its familiar look fool you. Apple’s new tracking accessory is a precursor to better wireless gadgets to come. View the full article
  14. With Apple’s latest mobile software update, we can decide whether apps monitor and share our activities with others. Here’s what to know. View the full article
  15. Even as vaccines make it safer to travel, planning a trip is becoming increasingly complicated. View the full article
  16. A virtual assistant is just one tool that lets you use your voice to share your thoughts, capture a moment or just get things done. View the full article
  17. It took luxury brands years to get used to the internet — but just months to start talking on the audio chat site. Are they a fit? View the full article
  18. A new crop of internet browsers from Brave, DuckDuckGo and others offer stronger privacy protections than what you might be used to. View the full article
  19. In this techno-satire, a woman tagged with a chip by her mogul husband tries to break the (block)chains of love. View the full article
  20. We can survive a world of ever-changing tech if we remember these principles. View the full article
  21. Back in 2013, I took the train to Stamford to give a presentation to the Connecticut Audio Society to help celebrate their 30th anniversary. On March 6 I returned to the CAS, but this time via Zoom. I talked about a subject close to my heart: measurements and their connections with accuracy and/or musical enjoyment. The video is now posted to the CAS YouTube channel—it runs for 2+ hours but I think Stereophile readers will find what I had to say stimulating, perhaps even sometimes controversial. My presentation takes up the first 21 minutes and is followed by a Q&A with the CAS members. (Great questions, guys!) At 1:18:00 I give a tour of my listening room, where two of my cats decide to make a cameo appearance. Sat, 03/13/2021 View the full article
  22. Dame Ethyl Smyth: The Prison, Tristan Perich: Drift Multiply, David Greilsammer: Labyrinth and Violins of Hope: Live at Kohl Mansion. Fri, 03/12/2021 View the full article
  23. Michael Feinberg: From Where We Came, J. Peter Schwalm/Arve Henriksen: Neuzeit, Andrew Hill: Passing Ships and Sonny Rollins: Rollins in Holland. Fri, 03/12/2021 View the full article
  24. David Bowie: ChangesNowBowie, Alaska Reid: Big Bunny and John Hurlbut & Jorma Kaukonen: The River Flows. Fri, 03/12/2021 View the full article
  25. Full Disclosure: All jazz writers fantasize about owning a jazz label. These fantasies persist even in our post-CD, download era, when the record industry as we knew it has been laid to waste. It is reasonable to speculate that, as a reader of this magazine and therefore a music junkie, you may have had an entrepreneurial record label fantasy or two of your own. For us, it should be interesting to hear from Mark Feldman, because he actually did it. In fact, he did it twice. Thu, 03/11/2021 View the full article