Hey, Folks! I wanted to let you know that my latest review for Part Time Audiophile went live a couple of days ago. The Pass Labs INT-250 is a beast: weighing in at 102 pounds (!!) unboxed, this massively overbuilt amplifier pumps 250 W into an 8 Ohm speaker load and 500 W (holy cow!) … More I’ve got a new review on Part Time Audiophile: The Pass Labs INT-250 Integrated Amp
Paying it Forward Although much of what I post here concerns specific pieces of audio gear, from time to time I do like to call your attention to audio retailers who I feel offer standards of customer service that are above and beyond the norm, as when I discovered Vintage Tube Services several years ago … More Music in Bloom (Audio)
Every time I power up my tiny Radsone ES100, I am astonished: Astonished that it turns nearly any wired pair of earphones into wireless Bluetooth earphones, and does so with vastly improved (rather than degraded) sound quality, at least as compared to your smartphone Astonished that it retails for only US $99 (but you can … More QUICK TAKE: Small Wonder! – the amazing Radsone ES100 EarStudio Bluetooth Receiver
Almost exactly 4 years ago to the day, I posted a mini-review (not all that “mini,” to be honest) of the KEF M200 in-ear monitor. I recommend you take a moment to pause and read that post to make sense of what follows. The KEF M200 was a perennial “recommended” item on Head-fi.org’s annual equipment … More QUICK TAKE: KEF’s M200 IEM Redux
Hey, Everybody! Yet again, it’s been (as my much younger millennial friends like to say) “a minute” since my last post. This is super-frustrating, since I dearly love writing this blog, but in addition to the usual “blah blah blah” of excuses (family and work responsibilities) pretty much all of my limited audio writing time … More Where have I been, anyway?
Okay, so let’s get this out of the way first: Apple’s AirPods Bluetooth earbuds have been around for quite awhile, making this review rather “late to the party” (to put it kindly). Given that there are already plenty of AirPods reviews all over the Internet, why bother posting yet another? My answer (or “excuse”) is … More The Steve’s Audio Blog Apple AirPods Review (AKA, “Better Late Than Never”)
Hey, Folks! I’m thrilled to let you know that my second equipment review for Part-Time Audiophile is now live. Here’s the link to my take on the Vinnie Rossi LIO integrated amp. The review is as beast at around 5000 words, but I hope (if you have the patience!) you’ll find it a fun and … More My New Vinnie Rossi LIO Integrated Amp Review on Part-Time Audiophile
Hi, Friends, It’s been a long time since my last Steve’s Audio Blog post – nearly nine months to the day, far longer a lag than I’d ever anticipated! What can I say: work, life, family… it all takes time and energy. In my last post, a review of the Spatial Hologram M3 Turbo S open-baffle … More New Review: The Luxman L-550 AX Mk. II Integrated Amplifier – Now Live on Part Time Audiophile!
As those of you who follow this blog may remember, a few months ago I boxed up my Spatial Audio M4’s and shipped them back to Spatial in Utah in partial credit for an upgrade to the big sibling of the M4, the M3 Turbo S. I have been writing this review for several months … More Enlightened Engineering, Musical Magic: The Spatial M3 Turbo S Open Baffle Speaker System
Some History I bought my first serious stereo rig about 6 months into my first job fresh out of grad school, which would place that purchase somewhere around the summer of 1986. I dragged well worn LP copies of James Taylor’s That’s Why I’m Here and Michael Franks’ Objects of Desire (which in retrospect is a terrible … More In Praise Of A Very Well Made Thing: Reviving my SOTA Sapphire Turntable