I don’t consume audio, do you?

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. It isn’t about finding anything. It’s about creating yourself” -(Bob Dylan) I’ve been thinking about experiencing music, not only in anticipation of enhancing, also in reflecting on, my own music experiences. I’ve also been looking at some of the burgeoning work in the field of ‘music experience’ research. I saw […]

Two channels – pure and simple

Here at HiFi Auditions, I am focused on sound quality and the experience of music. No automated multi-zone gadgetry here, just authentic recorded music playback of the highest quality. Stereo equipment, including computer-based sources, and careful matching and setup of components in systems, appropriate for the room. That’s the way to euphonic rendition of music. […]

Make up your mind by auditioning

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and sound in the ear of the listener. And there is no scientific assurance of “good sound”, only the subjective test of your ears. Auditioning hifi equipment requires tapping into your emotional response to the music. Some music lovers haven’t yet learned to trust their ears, and so seek […]

Some home truths about home audio

Peter Aczel is a long-time audiophile and highly reputed scientist. This is a summary of his conclusions from decades of home audio experience. For upgrade value, speakers are the first point of attention. Then setup and room treatment. For system extension, components must be well matched.  

High-end audio or hifi?

High-end audio is currently defined on Wikipedia as: “a class of consumer home audio equipment marketed to audiophiles on the basis of high price or quality, and esoteric or novel sound reproduction technologies. The term can refer simply to the price, to the build quality of the components, or to the subjective or objective quality […]

Are reviews and reviewers necessary?

Outspoken audiophile writer Roger Skoff asked this question in a recent The Stereophile column. I say yes, if working for the user – providing a buffering link to otherwise difficult to access products, bringing their experience and knowledge to finding equipment by cutting through the “Disney dust” of sales promotion. If working for the vendor […]