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
Greetings, Cherished Readers, I’m finally reemerging from the aftermath of my Dad’s passing and cooking up some new blog posts for you! Here (not necessarily in the final order of their appearance) is a teaser of what’s in store. In Praise Of The Mighty SOTA Sapphire My late 1980’s vintage SOTA Sapphire turntable recently … More Coming Attractions…
Dear Readers, I am so very sorry to share the news that my father, Joe, aged 95, passed away on Wednesday. He lived nearby and we were very close and I helped to take care of him, especially since the passing of my mother in the summer of 2015. As a result, there will be … More Very Sad News, Once Again
Yes, that’s me, packing up my beloved Spatial M4’s. What’s up with that? Well, I’ve owned the M4’s for about a year and a half and loved every minute of it. As a matter of fact, I’ll testify that even several hundred hours into their playing time in my rig, they’re still loosening up and … More Bye-Bye Spatial M4! Hello Spatial M3 Turbo S!
Why I’m Rushing This Review Out The Door I normally spend a good number of hours, spread over many days, writing posts, especially reviews, for this site. I’ve never felt a lot of time pressure to “crank out posts,” as manifested in the generally leisurely pace of new posts on Steve’s Audio Blog. I’m making an … More MINI-REVIEW: The KEF M200 In-Ear Monitor
Milestone This review marks somewhat of a milestone for this blog. While I’ve written a bunch of reviews up to this point, they’ve all been for products that I’ve purchased with my own, hard-earned dollars. Then, a few months ago, I noticed on Head-fi.org that headphone manufacturer Meze Headphones was arranging a North American “tour” of … More REVIEW: The Meze 12 Classics In Ear Monitors
Introduction: Unfamiliar Territory A couple of years ago, I was telling my father-in-law about my audio and music hobby. He asked me if the equipment I had was made by “Pioneer, Sony” or another well known brand. I explained that those were, generally speaking, mass-market brands, and that the equipment favored by hard-core audiophiles these … More Entering The Parallel Audio Universe, Part IV: The iBasso DX80 Digital Audio Player
Greetings, everyone! Today we’re going to delve further into the world of portable, high-end audio gear. But before getting into my experience thus far with specific headphone, earphone and source gear, I wanted to share a few brief reflections on the headphone experience itself for those of you who haven’t ventured into that corner of the … More Entering The Parallel Audiophile Universe: Part III