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  • REX Owners…There’s More…

    If you’ve been reading my blog, you know I fell in love with a 1st generation REX preamp by Balanced Audio Technology (BAT).  In addition, my son ...
  • Is the path important… Or just the destination (or both)?

    As an audiophile, I’ve pursued world class sound reproduction for almost my entire adult life.  First, I focused on CDs as my music source.  Then, when I inherited my father’s LP collection, I added LPs to the mix.  My path to facilitate LPs as a music source was pretty simple.  I purchased a Rega Planar 25, with a Super Elys cartridge.  Also, I added a phono card to my Naim Olive system.  As it was my Father’s collection, the LPs constantly brought back memories from childhood…when I spent a significant amount of time with my Father.  In a way, the Planar 25 was a time machine for me.  The destination was good.
  • The REX…That BAT Built

    Okay, I’m an insufferable audiophile. I love listening to my music. I love listening to live music. I love listening to new music. I love listenin...
  • ROON: It broke me.

    I never thought it could happen but Roon broke me. I swore I'd never be drawn into the non-tactile world of digital music. But, the quality wore me down and I've now spent all of my free time converting my shiny silver discs to digital files.
  • Are You Ready for The Audio Dork?

    Early in my career, I drove automobiles made by Toyota, Honda and other quality manufacturers.  Back then, the goal was comfort, reliability and r...
  • Aesthetics: Should they matter to the Audiophile? 

    I have a dedicated two-channel room AND a home theater room.  The two-channel room is invite only, but it still achieves FIDELITY and looks amazingly good!  Everyone, including the world’s snarkiest audiophile, knows the importance of appreciating the beauty of life.  
  • The Audiophile Journey

    In college, like most, I acquired a sound system capable of “winning” the stereo wars in my dorm. Afterall -- this is where loud belongs. The only sound I cared about back then was obnoxiously loud. Post graduation, that transferred to trading in a fifth of my salary for my first, true audiophile system.  

    A mature audiophile with a hint of sarcasm.

  • Avoiding magnetic attraction - the key to superior sound

    Okay, fellow audiophiles, be sure to hold off on purchase decisions until you know what design aspect(s) enable the superior performance we’re all ...
  • Good Sound < Great Design

    If you want to truly forget Good Sound, make sure you’re buying products with GREAT design. 
  • Grab your wallet & forget ‘good’ sound for good.

    You’re in the midst of a pandemic and spending a lot of ‘quality’ time at home (lol), so now is the perfect time to perfect your audio system. I have a four-step plan for building it, so you can avoid wasting time and money on shoddy stuff. 
  • Break-In: A Barrier To Audiophile Gratification

    Why choosing the right hi-fi product COULD provide instant gratification. Break-In is often essential, but also a potentially dangerous part of the Audiophile journey.  Why?  Three reasons...Delayed gratification, Impaired selection, and Diminished performance. 

  • Do No Harm: The seemingly forgotten responsibility of the cable loom.

    An Audiophile’s cable loom (a true system component) has three, very straightforward responsibilities. Supply power to your components, transmit signal between components, and most importantly, Do no harm to the system. Unfortunately, most cable looms, not only poorly execute responsibilities #1 & #2, but consistently harm the performance of audiophile quality systems.  They FAIL!