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Cables: RCA Interconnects

Issue 51FEATURED

There is no magic to good cables; it is adherence to strict design rules that also encompass those “magic” tertiary variables. In the three-part series, Cables: Time is of the Essence, ...

QED, Bitches!!

Issue 53FEATURED

Agnostics are often assumed to be wishy-washy—that they dither and um when asked about greater things. But actually, an agnostic has a firm belief: they do not have enough information...

Schwartz Does NAMM

Issue 52FEATURED

I’ve just been to my 41st NAMM show. I’ve only been to a few CESs, about a dozen exclusively Hi-Fi shows, a bunch of AES, but NAMM… I just keep going. For...

CES: A Look Around

Issue 51FEATURED

Our little world is categorized as “High-Performance Audio” (HPA) by the Consumer Technology Association, the group that puts on CES every year, and I think that’s a far better term than...

Cables: Time is of the Essence, Part 2

Issue 49FEATURED

[In the last issue of Copper, we began a series of articles by Belden engineer Galen Gareis on the science involved in the design of audio cables. We continue here with Galen’s explanation...

Cables: Time is of the Essence, Part 3

Issue 50FEATURED

[We began this series of articles by Belden engineer Galen Gareis in Copper #48 , and continued it in Copper #49. We now present the conclusion of  Time is of the Essence, on time-based distortions in audio cable design,—Ed.] 7) Dielectric...

Cables: Time is of the Essence, Part 1

Issue 48FEATURED

[If there’s a name that’s synonymous with wire and cables for electrical connections, it’s that of Belden. Belden is a multi-billion dollar corporation based in St. Louis, founded 115 years...

Southern Italian Wines, Part 3: Of Gods, Monste...

Issue 47FEATURED

The wine history of Sicily, like that of most of Italy, particularly the southernmost regions, is ancient, and colorful, replete with outrageous tales of gods –- both Greek and Roman...

Torque

Issue 47FEATURED

The house just down the hill was having a lawn party with a live blues band in attendance. I was at the back of our own home when I first...

Singles? Or LPs?

Issue 46FEATURED

We often feel that we haven’t fully grasped a musician’s artistic statement unless we’ve listened to a full album by them, thinking that singles are just a vehicle to sell said albums....

Southern Italian Wines: A Walk on the Wild Side...

Issue 46FEATURED

Last time out Part 1 launched our safari through the hinterlands of Southern Italy, specifically through the mostly unfamiliar region of Basilicata — mountainous, poor, almost unapproachably landlocked — and...

“Go Tell Veronica…” – A Brief, Superficial Glim...

Issue 48FEATURED

Adam Sandler, in his impish introduction on Saturday Night Live to the original “Hanukkah Song”, quips, “There’s a lot of Christmas songs out there, but not that many Hanukkah songs. So, I...

So This is Christmas…

Issue 48FEATURED

“So this is Christmas”, sings John Lennon, “And what have you done? Another year over.  And a new one just begun.” In our western society there is no holiday or seasonal...

Southern Italian Wines: A Walk on the Wild Side...

Issue 45FEATURED

It’s a Malbec world out there. Once upon a time, it was a Merlot world—and then came the movie Sideways, based on Rex Pickett’s novel of the same name. Sideways detailed the misadventures of...

The Two Most Important People in the World

Issue 45FEATURED

Let’s call my audio-show buddy Gavin. I first met him in the elevator at the 2017 Los Angeles Audio Show, and we chatted for ages in the foyer. Then I...

The Agony of the Leaves

Issue 43FEATURED

I’d never heard the phrase “the agony of the leaves” until I landed a project for a specialty tea manufacturer (there’s the clue, in case you haven’t heard it either)....

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2017

Issue 44FEATURED

RMAF this year was back to full size, with the memories of tents and blocked-off rooms behind us. The show seemed particularly busy Friday morning, as you can see from...

Confessions of a Beleaguered Music Fan

Issue 44FEATURED

While most Copper readers are fans of different types of audiophile gear, the one love that I would lay odds that is universal for all of us is the love of music. While...

Classic Album Sundays

Issue 43FEATURED

The heart of Classic Album Sundays is built around a deep love for music, involving listening to entire albums on vinyl and on an amazing hi-fi. We feature vinyl for the warmth...

Analogic

Issue 43FEATURED

A wise man once said “the most difficult thing that there is to do in the world, is to separate a man from his suffering”. Had I heard that earlier...

RMAF Preview

Issue 43FEATURED

In a year that’s seen some ups and downs in the show world—a new show in LA, and longtime reliable venue THE Show cancelled, at least for this year—it’s good...

Digital vs. Analog, Ad Nauseum

Issue 44FEATURED

“What If Digital Had Never Happened?” writes Steve Guttenberg in the October 2017 issue of Stereophile. It’s a thoughtful, well-written piece. I just wonder why the audiophile community needs another piece glorifying analog...

Hi-Fis, Cars, and Planes

Issue 45FEATURED

Through the years my idea of listening to a stereo has evolved, to where I’m now at the point where I expect  to be totally transported and blown away by a sound...

CEDIA

Issue 42FEATURED

The Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association — better known as CEDIA — holds an annual show for audio/video installers and custom home integrators.  It’s a great place to learn about custom...

LP Playback: Is It Really Reference-Quality?

Issue 41FEATURED

Is it truly superior if it has not one, but two iterations of eq; an extra gain stage; a signal-to-noise ratio that is definitely not so superior; inner-groove distortion; variable performance; and...

Not Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting

Issue 42FEATURED

The popularity of martial arts has grown exponentially in the US in recent years. The sale of the UFC for $4 billion last summer only demonstrates the huge demand for...

The Beauty of Song Part 2

Issue 42FEATURED

[In the last issue of Copper, Jason Victor Serinus introduced us to the beauty and communicative power of art song. That story paves the way for what follows below.—Ed.] One of the great...

The Beauty of Song Part 1

Issue 41FEATURED

The magic of classical song springs from the fact that it requires a singer and accompanist to construct an entire emotional universe in a very short amount of time. You...

Welcome to the Smoke on the Water Jungle Sweet ...

Issue 41FEATURED

Imagine John Cleese with a red dot on his forehead, wearing a lungi and sitting on stage, playing Indian classical music on an alto saxophone. Carnatic musician Kadri Goplanath looks so much like the...

The Death of High-End Audio?

Issue 40FEATURED

We’ve all seen and heard the discussions concerning the so-called death of high-end audio.  There are many reasons why that topic keeps resurfacing, but here is the one that I...

I Scream, You Scream---For Gelato? Sorbet?

Issue 40FEATURED

The freezer section at the local grocery store is only getting more complicated as food trends ebb and flow. Seasons change, kitchen technology improves, and what results is a seriously...

Out of Control

Issue 40FEATURED

This article was first published in the Dubai-based English daily Gulf News. I’ve written a personal essay for their op-ed page twice a month since 2005. I often write about music and...

Spiking Your Speakers: What’s the Point?

Issue 39FEATURED

Before we get started, a big IMO should go in front of the next sentence.… Spikes are NOT loudspeaker isolation devices.  They are tuning devices. They will always “lean out” the sound.  True isolation devices will...

High-End Audio: In Need of Higher Fidelity to I...

Issue 38FEATURED

Musings from a long-time listener upon entering the hi-fi industry I remember the exact moment the switch flipped. I was in my early twenties when I hit “play” and was...