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Chickens, Eggs, Sources, and Outputs

Issue 207Paul's Place

In our world of high-end audio, there's a perennial debate that rivals the age-old question of the chicken and the egg: what's more important, the source or the loudspeaker? This...

AXPONA 2024, Part Two: Audio in Abundance

Issue 207Show Report

As I noted in Part One of my show report (Issue 206), AXPONA 2024 has grown to be a comprehensive, well-attended, sprawling audio gear fest featuring a who’s who of...

One Bob Dylan Song: He's 83; Can You Choose Jus...

Issue 207Wayne's Words

It's Bob Dylan's 83rd birthday [as of May 24]. I'm sure someone on social media is posting 83 favorite Bob Dylan songs in honor of the occasion. It's not hard...

David Sanborn: Remembering a Unique Voice on th...

Issue 207Featured

There are a handful of musicians in the music industry you’d swear have played on everything. Saxophonist David Sanborn was one of those musicians. His distinctive tone and style on...

Octave Records Has Great Music and Sound Covere...

Issue 207Octave Pitch

Octave Records has released Audiophile Masters, Volume X, the latest in its series of reference-quality demonstration recordings. This time the collection features cover versions of songs written by John Lennon,...

Sviatoslav Richter: Legendary Classical Pianist

Issue 207Featured

Copper has an exchange program with AAA (Analogue Audio Association) magazine of Switzerland (and other publications), where we share articles, including this one. The Swiss author Ernst Müller is a...

The 2024 La Jolla Concours d’Elegance: A Stunni...

Issue 207Featured

It was a dark and stormy night, the kind of night that tests men’s souls, the mettle of their courage, and the strength of their convictions. Well, maybe that’s an...

Table of Contents – Issue 207

Issue 207Opening Salvo

“A composer is a guy who goes around forcing his will on unsuspecting air molecules, often with the assistance of unsuspecting musicians.” – Frank Zappa In this issue: What if...

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Back to My Reel-to-Reel Roots, Part Six: Rock O...

Issue 207Copper Classics / Natural Born Kessler

The Beatles represent a key element of the rock-music-on-reel-to-reel saga, and not just because they’re the reason I’m now an open-reel fetishist. Bear with me. Repeatedly, I have noted and bemoaned...

Maybe the Last Copper CES 2024 Show Report?

Issue 207Show Report

So, you’re probably wondering, um, wasn’t CES back in January, and here it is five months later, so what’s with the delay with this article? It’s a reasonable question, but...

Audio Group Denmark Brings Some Lower-Priced Au...

Issue 207From The Listening Chair

It was 2020 when Audio Group Denmark hit the scene as the steward of three then-existing high-end brands. Børresen Acoustics featured speakers, Aavik Acoustics offered electronic components, and Ansuz Acoustics...

PS Audio in the News – Issue 207

Issue 207PS Audio in the News

Positive Feedback published a highly positive, extensive, in-depth review of the aspen FR10 loudspeaker, and interviewed designer Chris Brunhaver. Reviewer Juan C. Ayllon said: “Voices were rich and natural, acoustic...

Chris Berardo Lets it Rock With Wilder all the ...

Issue 207Disciples of Sound

Chances are that if you saw the Doobie Brothers, The Marshall Tucker Band, Dickey Betts & Great Southern, or America in the last 30 years, you saw Chris Berardo open...

Test Records and Demo Discs, Part Three

Issue 207Audio Anthropology

In the days before digital music, the primary medium for sound reproduction was vinyl records. Sure, there were some who preferred reel-to-reel tapes, but they were in the minority. The...

Is Class D Amplification Now Better Than Class ...

Issue 207Featured

  Copper has an exchange program with PMA Magazine (and others), where we share articles, including this one, between publications.   A couple of years ago, a designer of high-end tube equipment...

Catching Up With The Immediate Family (the Band...

Issue 207Disciples of Sound

Since we last Zoomed with them for an interview and article (in Issue 142, July 2021) , The Immediate Family has been busier than ever. A documentary on the band...

Musings About the 45-RPM Single

Issue 207Featured

Delving into the psyche of one collector’s reflection of amassing such an assemblage of records that rarely get played It takes a special crate-digging mood to go through a haphazard...

The Other Folk Singers, Part Two

Issue 207Featured

I belong to a listening group that gets together to socialize and listen to music. We meet in each of our homes on a rotating basis. The host provides the...

Getting to the Point-to-Point

Issue 207Audio Anthropology

  Glass behind glass: here's a guy testing kenotron rectifier tubes the old-fashioned way. From Radio Craft, May 1947.     Now that's what we call point-to-point wiring! Here's a...

Birdsong

Issue 207

    This cartoon originally appeared in Issue 147.

Delightful

Issue 207Parting Shot

Each winter, the Oakland (California) Zoo presents “Glowfari,” a large-scale installation of hundreds of lantern animals and plants that covers most of the grounds. Most of the lanterns are larger...

Octave Records Releases the Newest in The Art o...

Issue 206Octave Pitch

There’s something elemental and captivating about the sound of stringed instruments, and The Art of Hi-Fi Volume 04: Strings from PS Audio’s Octave Records showcases them to spellbinding effect, in...

AXPONA 2024: A Really Big (Audio) Show, Part One

Issue 206Show Report

AXPONA (Audio Expo North America) has become the biggest audio show in the United States. The 2024 show featured more than 200 exhibit rooms with over 600 exhibitors and brands....

One Size Doesn’t Fit All, Part Two: Microphones...

Issue 206Paul's Place

After our brief examination in Issue 205 of the recording chain front end – the microphone – it's good not to forget what follows the microphone. In the same way...

Making Speakers Smaller and Better With MEMS Te...

Issue 206Speaker Builder

Sonic Edge is a company that specializes in MEMS miniature speaker technology. MEMS (for micro-electromechanical systems) speakers employ drivers that are fabricated on silicon chips, which can be made to...

CanJam NYC 2024, Part Two: A Harvest of High-Pe...

Issue 206Show Report

In Part One of our CanJam NYC 2024 report (Issue 205), I noted that the show was vibrant and upbeat, and more diverse than ever both in terms of the...

Little Feat Keeps On Rolling With Their Upcomin...

Issue 206Disciples of Sound

Little Feat has always been a “musicians’ musicians” band. Across a more than 50-year history, they have mixed masterful musicianship with a blend of music that is impossible to define....

Another 2024 AXPONA Report: Shattered Goals and...

Issue 206Show Report

Let’s admit this right up front: AXPONA is a ginormous, mahoosive audio show. Some of us simultaneously look forward to the event as much as we dread it. My weary...

The Music of Multitudes: Some Favorite Performa...

Issue 206Wayne's Words

Part One of this two-part series, "Folk Music Really is International," appeared in Issue 205.   With 162 official showcase performances and 639 different private showcase artists at Folk Alliance Interational...

Remembering Audio Retailing Legend Andrew Singer

Issue 206Frankly Speaking

The audio world has lost a giant with the passing of Andrew Singer at age 73. Andy was the founder of New York retailer Sound by Singer, a larger-than-life figure...

The Other Folk Singers, Part One

Issue 206Featured

I belong to a listening group that gets together to socialize and listen to music. We meet in each of our homes on a rotating basis. The host provides the...

IsoTek’s V5 Elektra Power Conditioner Cleans Up...

Issue 206From The Listening Chair

My current photography subject is IsoTek’s V5 Elektra power cleaning component ($1,995), which is also known as the V5. Despite my many years of auditing audio gear, my experience with...

PS Audio in the News

Issue 206News and Reviews

The PS Audio AXPONA 2024 exhibit was featured in their YouTube coverage, including these behind-the-scenes setup videos: PS Audio at AXPONA 1 PS Audio at AXPONA 2 Here’s a video...

Singer/Songwriter Mat Kearney: Everything Left ...

Issue 206Disciples of Sound

18 years ago, the world was introduced to Mat Kearney through his breakthrough single “Nothing Left To Lose.” It was a song so perfectly written and performed that it almost...

Treasures from the Vinyl Vault, Part Four

Issue 206Featured

Copper has an exchange program with selected magazines, where we share articles, including this one, between publications. This one's from PMA Magazine: the Power of Music and Audio.   Welcome to my series Treasures from the Vinyl...

Understanding the Analog Obsession

Issue 206Copper Classics / Featured

“I don’t need no machine that don’t need me!” Harley Mike proclaimed. He was responding to a question asking why he prefers a motorcycle that is so problem-prone and maintenance-intensive....

Test Records and Demo Discs, Part Two

Issue 206Audio Anthropology

In the days before digital music, the primary medium for sound reproduction was vinyl records. Sure, there were some who preferred reel-to-reel tapes, but they were in the minority. The...

A Visit to Italy's Gold Note Factory

Issue 206Featured

Copper has an exchange program with FIDELITY magazine (and others), where we share articles, including this one, between publications. Based in the Florence area, Gold Note is generally perceived as a young company....

Making the Grade

Issue 206Audio Anthropology

  We thought it was a tube tester at first...but no, it's an electronic egg grader!     The ventilation grille alone is enough to make us want this 1960s Fisher...

Remember the Dreaming

Issue 206Parting Shot

Maybe instead of always forging ahead, some of us should step back into our childhood mindset once in a while. That was the time when relaxation and play came naturally,...

One Size Doesn’t Fit All: Paul McGowan’s Favori...

Issue 205Paul's Place

When it comes to high-end audio, we can all agree that there's a huge obsession with which pieces of gear sound the way we hope for. Some of us prefer the...

Impex Reissues the Bossa Nova Jazz Classic Getz...

Issue 205Frankly Speaking

Getz/Gilberto is one of the most well-known and well-loved jazz records of all time. Rightfully so: the 1964 Verve release by Stan Getz and João Gilberto is one of the...

Behind the Scenes at Florida International Audi...

Issue 205Frankly Speaking

How do you cover a show that you weren’t able to go to? There are a few options: contact the manufacturers who were there and find out what they were...

Jazz Trumpeter Gabriel Mervine Releases Two New...

Issue 205Octave Pitch

Jazz trumpet virtuoso Gabriel Mervine has released two new albums for Octave Records: See Somethin’ and I Wish You Love, both recorded using Octave’s Pure DSD 256 recording system. See...

CanJam 2024, Part One: Diversity in All Things ...

Issue 205Show Report

CanJam is an audio show dedicated to headphones and their associated components: headphone amps, DACs, cables and accessories. It’s the premier show of its kind, with events in New York,...

Table of Contents – Issue 205

Issue 205Opening Salvo

“I kicked off my shoes and felt the good earth under my feet/I loosened my tie and felt what it feels like to breathe” – the Association, “Time for Livin’”...

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A Visit to Loudspeaker Maker Pure Emotion Audio...

Issue 205Featured

Copper has an exchange program with FIDELITY magazine (and others), where we share articles, including this one, between publications. Curiously enough, SPL is rarely considered a criterion when defining what characterizes an exquisite,...

Folk Alliance Really Is International

Issue 205Wayne's Words

Five Days and Nights of Intimate Global Music, Part One One afternoon last weekend during the Folk Alliance International (FAI) 36th annual conference in Kansas City, Missouri, one of the...

A Magnificent WAVAC Audio Lab Amplifier, and Vi...

Issue 205From The Listening Chair

I have noted before that I do not have the benefit of having a photography studio to work from. Still, I almost always prefer to photograph gear in my home...