Enlightened Engineering, Musical Magic: The Spatial M3 Turbo S Open Baffle Speaker System

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

In Praise Of A Very Well Made Thing: Reviving my SOTA Sapphire Turntable

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

Coming Attractions…

  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…

REVIEW: The Meze 12 Classics In Ear Monitors

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

Entering The Parallel Audio Universe, Part IV: The iBasso DX80 Digital Audio Player

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

Entering The Parallel Audiophile Universe: Part III

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

Entering The Parallel Audiophile Universe, Part II

Decisions, Decisions… As I mentioned in Part I of this series on high-end portable audio, I had to make a decision early on in my headphone journey whether my hi-res rig would consist of a standalone DAP (Digital Audio Player) or a “stack,” pairing my smartphone with a portable DAC/headphone amp. In the event that my … More Entering The Parallel Audiophile Universe, Part II