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April 10, 2019

We’ve been working for months to get ready for one of the country’s largest hi-fi shows, which includes 190 rooms packed with gear from around the world to move your senses. If you’re planning to attend, here is a list of recommended rooms and booths to explore during your visit:

April 9, 2019
April is here, and as warm weather makes its way into the Chicago area, so does the big event for music lovers and obsessed audiophiles: AXPONA, aka Audio Expo North America, returns for its tenth year, now at a new home, the Reniassance Convention Center and Hotel, located in Schaumburg, Illinois.
January 23, 2019
In honor of Blue Note Records’ 80th Anniversary, the legendary jazz label is launching the Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series.
December 7, 2018
While we lost the Queen of Soul earlier this year, mourning didn't feel like the proper way to pay respects. That's because so much of Aretha Franklin's music teems with life.
November 30, 2018
During the late 70s and into the mid-80s, the trio delivered a bevy of instantly recognizable hits. Yet the Police were also quite weird and adventurous.
November 23, 2018
While each year dozens upon dozens of contemporary artists attempt to become part of the holiday music tradition, sometimes nothing beats the tried and true – especially at a time of year that so heavily draws from our own nostalgic memories.
November 16, 2018
The enigmatic Kate Bush possesses a penchant crafting strong-willed songs that feel delicate and of another universe. Her songs can be journeys into twisted fairy tales or imaginative, metaphorical looks at the real world.
November 13, 2018
PS Audio's futureproofing of its award-winning DirectStream DAC continues with its new Snowmass OS firmware update, which leads to even better sound quality and performance.
November 9, 2018
This week brings us a new version of The White Album. Overseen by Giles Martin, the son of Beatles collaborator Sir George Martin, the revamped mix adds more oomph to the bass and drums while sharpening the overall vocal clarity.
November 6, 2018
Music Direct's annual catalog has been a source of joy for countless music lovers and audiophiles for over two decades.
November 2, 2018

Blood on the Tracks, one of Bob Dylan’s most celebrated works, receives the deep-dive treatment this week with the release of More Blood, More Tracks: The Bootleg Series Vol. 14.

October 26, 2018
The melodicism and everyday approachability of the Kinks has shaped modern Britpop. Ray Davies possessed an innate ability to create great drama out of the mundane – an observant attention to detail that finds oddness where others see ordinary.
October 19, 2018
Jason Isbell's works marry the personal with the political, as he looks at a divisive America and isn't afraid to say the uncomfortable. Here, we take a quick snapshot of what makes Isbell such a special writer.
October 11, 2018
Costello returns this week with the lovely and meticulously orchestrated Look Now. The Imposters remain one of Costello's best-known and most-acclaimed backing bands.
October 5, 2018
The newly released Imagine: The Ultimate Mixes includes a slew of outtakes present the songs of Imagine, painstakingly worked on in the studio, in their rawest form.
October 1, 2018
Headed by Billy Woodman, ATC crafts home speakers that mirror the excellence of their pro-audio siblings. Each model possesses a remarkable symbiosis of clarity and accuracy.
September 28, 2018
Led by Joe Strummer and Mick Jones, the Clash lasted just six years during which it recorded an impressive eight LPs worth of material – the music ranging from politically inspired calls to action to work inspired by reggae, jazz, and disco.
September 21, 2018
MC5 claimed a diverse range of influences. Here, we look at five collectives swayed in some way by MC5. And since it's the group's 50th anniversary, we single out one band per decade.
September 14, 2018
Akin to the Tindersticks and Radiohead, Low shows that quiet can often make quite a roar. The trio continues to create a niche for itself by taking songs rooted in folk and finding ways to obliterate or distinguish them.
September 7, 2018
While it'd be easy for Paul McCartney to simply focus on his past and give touring audiences what they want to hear, he keeps challenging himself and fans to push forward – his solo career is practically as storied as that of his tenure with the Fab Four.
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