Where have I been, anyway?

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 for the past six months has been gobbled up preparing a review of the Pass Labs INT-250 for the my friend Scot Hull over at Part Time Audiophile. The INT-250 is an absolute beast of an integrated amp, and putting it through its paces (and then describing that experience) took much longer than I’d expected. (Right now I have no idea when that review will go live, but when it does, you’ll be among the first to know.)

That said, Scot finally has the review draft in hand, which means two things:

  • My handsome and beautiful sounding Vinnie Rossi LIO integrated amp is finally plugged back into my rig, and,
  • I finally have time to update this blog. Hurrah!

A Problem and an Experimental Fix: Introducing the “Quick Take”

I’ve been listening to a lot of cool new gear lately (much of it portable audio related) that I’m plotzing (Yiddish for “about to explode” 😉) to share with you. But if experience is any guide, waiting until I have the time to write a New Yorker-esque long-form review means it’ll take forever to push those posts out the door. Therefore, I’m going to pen a series of Quick Takes — short essays — on these pieces of gear. That way you get the word in a timely fashion, or at least before the product has been discontinued by the manufacturer. 🙄🤔

As soon as I hit the “Publish” button on this post, I’m going to get cracking on our first Quick Take, so be on the lookout for that.

Here’s to a more regular posting schedule!

Happy New Year (and New Decade, by the way).

A final thought:

Does Music make you happy? Of course it does.

Maybe consider channeling that happiness by spreading it around. You know how: by being kind to others. Donate to a good cause. Take a genuine interest in the stranger who makes your coffee for you and ask them how they’re doing. Listen more deeply to friends and loved ones. Show some love for the planet. You get the idea.

Be well!

Steve


2 thoughts on “Where have I been, anyway?

    1. Thanks for your comment, Will! You know, some of this depends upon what you need. It also depends on your budget, since the original LIO is no longer sold, and you would have to buy the considerably more expensive LIO L2. I liked the Luxman a lot, especially that beautiful, beautiful phono stage. But I really love the way the LIO sounds, and I also am very happy having most of my electronics in a single box. Vinnie is also an absolute pleasure to deal with. I don’t think you can go far wrong either way. Let me add that the DAC in the LIO, even the entry-level one, sounds great. If I were you I think I might keep checking the used market… Hope this helps!

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