“I know what I like, and I like what I know” – Genesis, “I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)”
Well, there’s comfort in the tried and true, but as an audiophile we can’t stop seeking new listening experiences. I'd forgotten how much of a rush it can be to upgrade your audio system, in this case with my recent acquisition of a new CD transport. I had written off the medium as an also-ran to high-res streaming audio, but now I look forward to rediscovering my CD collection anew. How cool is that? My records aren’t going anywhere, though.
In this issue: Ken Kessler has an exclusive on a revival of a legendary Lowther loudspeaker. Anne E. Johnson listens to Living Colour break rock music stereotypes. The Cable Doctor, Ken Sander, calls on Miloš Forman. Adrian Wu brings us more coverage of the Munich HIGH END 2023 show. The Mindful Melophile Don Kaplan presents a Playbill for an imaginary musical. Ray Chelstowski dials in with New York rockers The Midnight Callers. Howard Kneller takes The Listening Chair for a session with Matrix Audio’s X-SABRE 3 DAC. J.I. Agnew restores vintage SME tonearms.
I cover Octave Records’ latest release, Thom LaFond’s Lawless – a musical love story between a human and an alien, and encounter an unusual chat about audio writing. Andrew Daly talks with Barb Hendrickson and Allan Vest of indie duo doubleVee. B. Jan Montana covers T.H.E Show 2023, an audio show that’s growing in importance – and fun factor. Rudy Radelic covers the music of Michael Franks, “some old jazz guy.” We conclude the issue with solitary listening, reel life, a surrealistic audio zone, and Trixie the Ticket Taker.
J.I. Agnew, Ray Chelstowski, Andrew Daly, Harris Fogel, Jay Jay French, Tom Gibbs, Roy Hall, Rich Isaacs, Anne E. Johnson, Don Kaplan, Ken Kessler, Don Lindich, Stuart Marvin, Tom Methans, B. Jan Montana, Rudy Radelic, Tim Riley, Wayne Robins, Alón Sagee, Ken Sander, John Seetoo, Dan Schwartz, Russ Welton, Adrian Wu
Ivan Berger, Steven Bryan Bieler, Steve Kindig, Ed Kwok, Ted Shafran, David Snyder, Bob Wood
“Cartoon Bob” D’Amico
James Whitworth, Peter Xeni
James Schrimpf, B. Jan Montana, Rich Isaacs (and others)
Audio Anthropology Photos:
Howard Kneller, Steve Rowell
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