And the elephant said to the naked man, can you really breathe through that thing?

Of caped crusaders and towns. The power of music to connect, entertain and move us in many ways was at the center of the first Cape Town High Fidelity Experience on the 15th of October…

Framed: a new Maxi 150…

Warsaw 2022 pre-show report.

Awards. What they are; or not. In our hifi space they might be five stars, 100/100 across multiple assessor categories, an Editor’s Choice, stand tall in a Year’s End feature, occupy a class like a Hindu caste, be porcine, medieval or lunatic treats; and much more…

From a CNN article: “A Chinese vase expected to fetch €1'500-€2'000 at auction sold for more than €9 million after a bidding war between collectors…

B.thy mono. So the laird said unto us. And so it was. [From the Gospel of Cédric & Sébastien Bermann.] Whilst their 120wpc stereo amp can strap to 300-watt mono, today’s B.audio amp does stereo only in pairs. To deliver its 300 watts into 8Ω and 500 into 4…

How do you decide what to review? ’twas the short form of Raul’s question. My answer isn’t complicated…

From CNN Entertainment, September 9, 2022: “Zac Efron was ripped when he appeared in the 2017 film version of Baywatch but now he’s speaking out about how difficult it was to get into that type of shape. “That ‘Baywatch’ look, I don’t know if that’s really attainable,”…

Quite a few things improve with age. Take a luxe bottle of Barolo; an unhurriedly aged parmigiano reggiano; a slab of dry-aged ribeye. They all get better. So does that sportscar from Zuffenhausen whose three-digit type designator should be familiar worldwide. Even seemingly mundane things like my electrical toothbrush have made improvements over the years which I never foresaw. Another such member in this club is Friedrich Schäfer – or better, the amps he’s been building for over 40 years now…

From Jason Wong of Hapa Audio, “Haiku is the first silica-dioxide-based aerogel RCA cable and most sophisticated instrument developed by us to date…

When checking with a gifted designer on status of a pending product already teased…

Clunk. The sound of one penny dropping. It wasn’t a Zen moment, rather a more ashamed ‘duh’. It’s when things so obviously stare you in the face that you’re too thick to see ’em. Also hard at work had been new-is-shinier mentality…

Have product. Can’t afford to ship it. It’s a song I’ve now heard twice in two weeks, both times about…

Unleash the Kraken. With the recent expansion into a very large factory, Denafrips added a new team with much prior speaker design experience…

Dawid and Goliath. This story is as ancient as it is deeply engrained in our collective psyche. It’s one I’ve repeatedly pondered since…

As a professional voyeur—yes, pervy that—I obviously come across wildly more product sightings than I could ever review, own or even aspire to. Most of it goes in one ear then out the other. In-between some lands in our newsroom. Even though I don’t really need it, occasionally one will cross my path which…

Today’s it’s not Emilio Estevez in Repo Man. Today it’s the Epic range of the rePro Men. That’s short for…

Groovy. If you still say that, you probably grew up during the hippie generation so are well aged. Not cool. ‘Gnarly’ might peg you a SoCal surfer child. ‘Awesome’, ‘mega’, ‘mondo’, ‘phat’ and many others mark their own time. Each young generation coins its own lingo. Unhip outsiders betray themselves by not knowing it. Or they appropriate it only to use it in error. Again they don’t belong. Wrong handshake. This being mid 2022, a new insider word is atomic

PP. Today it’s not the musical notation asking us to play very softly…

NFL. Today it’s not the National Football League but…

After 20 years on the beat, I thought I’d plowed through them all, already. But a while back a proposal occurred which still had me at hello…

What have you done for me, lately? If that asked resonance control, I have an answer: Divine Acoustics Kepler. In the wake of their review…

A talk on buying your first (or second) hifi…

In the wake of High-End Munich 2022, I saw this. “Mytek’s new amps with a tube on top could be of interest to many people who have yet to find efficacy in class D designs. The tube is actually not part of the signal chain…

How reviews get pre-qualified…

Exotic drivers at Munich. Audio Physic showed their new driver with super-thin flat membrane which they already registered for a patent.

Zebra zightings in speakerdom

Jern use graphite-loaded iron, EBTB aluminium alloy. As their names indicate, Concrete Audio and Betonart…

Get a life? With Lifeaudio you can…

It’s been a week since Munich’s MOC and Marriott closed their doors to hifi visitors…

Pre-show reports. An idea whose time has come. From now on, 6moons will no longer produce traditional show reports. Why? Because we have a better solution….

El Dorado. Spanish for the Golden One, one of the myths related to the term pertains to a tribal chieftain of the Muisca people of Colombia’s Altiplano Cundiboycense. He purportedly covered himself in gold dust before…

Fear mongering? This isn’t that. This is simply a reality check heard from many manufacturers. But first, some great news from Denafrips….

Thanks a million. It’s what, I kid you not, many Irish sales clerks reflexively mutter when you pay them without protest. That’s after they told you how much it was followed by a clearly apologetic often sheepish, is that okay?

That looks like vintage Tannoy you say? You wouldn’t get fyned for being wrong, either…

No Munich show report from fairaudio.de this year. darko.audio kept theirs to a minimum. Dawid Grzyb of HifiKnights…

Massimo Costa strikes again? – This time it’s the Albedo Agadia with diamond or ceramic tweeter. Either option combines with…

Germany’s Fink Team acquired the UK’s Epos brand founded in the early 80s. One of their most successful models was the ES14…

I first came across a particular concept of mechanical grounding with Swiss brand Goldmund. When I asked them how a mechanical diode could actually work…

After January’s reveal of their Commander and Apex electronics, reasonable onlookers would have been certain that Gryphon had wholly drained their kitchen sink of novelties for this year. Yet in Munich…

Après. With skiing it comes after the day’s heavy lift-ing is over. Moguls have been rattled, slope bunnies greeted, disasters avoided. Now it’s time to kick back and enjoy the afterglow. Of course every after must have a before. After Lowther’s initial sheen had dulled…

Subwoofers. Looking at pre Munich 2022 show announcements, I spotted a few…

Time is of the esssence. It’s what we say when things are urgent; like a replacement kidney being flown in to make a surgery deadline. Compared to such real emergencies, fretting about hifi is a very low-level urgency. Just so…

Munich 2022. I wasn’t there. But Dawid Grzyb was. He sent…

High End Munich 2022. Vinyl devotees will have two new destinations, neither of which was ever known for turntables before…

From a recent newsroom post: “60-year old kefir?…”

With vinyl, eccentric doesn’t mean we’re off our rocker or just strange. But it likely means we’re off center more often than not…

With a review of Mark Levinson’s first noise-cancelling wireless headphones booked, I had to do a bit of recon…

Here’s an interesting mental exercise for a rainy day. Put on your capitalist consumer cap and scan where some of your household’s favorite or more important things are made or come from…