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Table of Contents – Issue 198

Issue 198Opening Salvo

“Wo-oh, what I want to know, where does the time go?” Issue 198 is the 100th issue of Copper I’ve edited. Whoa! I want to thank all the wonderful people...

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Table of Contents – Issue 197

Issue 197Opening Salvo

Feet on the ground Head in the sky It's OK, I know nothing's wrong... nothing – Talking Heads, “This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody)” In this issue: I write...

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Table of Contents – Issue 196

Issue 196Opening Salvo

I could feel at the time There was no way of knowing Fallen leaves in the night Who can say where they're blowing? – Roxy Music, “More Than This” In...

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Table of Contents – Issue 195

Issue 195Opening Salvo

“When you’re not afraid to do it wrong the first time, you’ll eventually get it right.” I hadn’t seen an inspirational fortune cookie in a while, until I came across...

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Table of Contents – Issue 194

Issue 194Opening Salvo

Beginning next issue, your editor is going to take a little bit of a break. We’ll still be publishing every two weeks, but through the rest of the summer and...

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Table of Contents – Issue 193

Issue 193Opening Salvo

R.I.P. Tony Bennett, one of the most legendary figures in popular music. Bennett had such an iconic presence that t's impossible to sum up his 96-year life in a couple...

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Table of Contents – Issue 192

Issue 192Opening Salvo

This just in: Stop Making Sense, the iconic Talking Heads live concert film, will be re-released on August 18 in a restored 4K version courtesy of A24, in tandem with...

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Table of Contents – Issue 191

Issue 191Opening Salvo

“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...

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Table of Contents – Issue 190

Issue 190Opening Salvo

Astrud Gilberto – the voice of an angel, the Girl From Ipanema. Sadly, she left us at 83, but the timeless gift of her music lives on. For sheer musical...

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Table of Contents – Issue 189

Issue 189Opening Salvo

Copper’s Dan Schwartz was a true friend – the kind who told you what you needed to hear, not what you wanted to hear. Sadly, he left us on May...

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Table of Contents – Issue 188

Issue 188Opening Salvo

I’m delighted to say that the ability to add comments to articles is back. Readers really missed this, as did I. However, since Copper is using a new platform, Disqus,...

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Table of Contents – Issue 187

Issue 187Opening Salvo

Audio Expo North America, better known as AXPONA 2023 was a roaring success. The mood was upbeat, the exhibitors (including PS Audio) were plentiful, and from the looks of it,...

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Table of Contents – Issue 186

Issue 186Opening Salvo

As noted in the last issue, Copper’s gone to a new web platform. Though there’s still a bit of a learning curve, we’ve worked out a lot of the kinks...

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Table of Contents – Issue 185

Issue 185Opening Salvo

Copper’s gone to a new web platform, as many of you have undoubtedly noticed. We’ve got new features like a search bar (yay!), and others – but there are also...

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Always Something There to Remind Us

Issue 182Opening Salvo

Burt Bacharach has passed away at 94. This hits especially hard. Bacharach was a hero to me and one of the greatest songwriters ever – along with lyricist Hal David,...

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Issue 184

Issue 184Opening Salvo

Mike Kuller, former writer for The Absolute Sound, has a new book, The Lucky Audiophile. It’s the story of Mike’s lifelong journey through music and audio, and has lots of details about high-end...

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I Can See Clearly Now

Issue 183Opening Salvo

As Copper’s mailing list subscribers know, I recently had cataract surgery on both eyes. I want to thank everyone for the tremendous outpouring of good wishes – I’m truly touched...

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Heaven is a Place

Issue 181Opening Salvo

“The band in Heaven, they play my favorite songPlay it once again, play it all night long.” – Talking Heads, “Heaven” In this issue: John Seetoo talks with Grammy-winning engineers...

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Goodbye to Jeff

Issue 180Opening Salvo

Sadly, we’ve lost a lot of great artists, but this one hit particularly hard for a lot of us: Jeff Beck passed away on January 10, 2023 at the age...

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Issue 179

Issue 179Opening Salvo

Our B. Jan Montana concluded his epic Pilgrimage to Sturgis saga in Issue 178. A number of readers and this editor were sad (and some quite emotional) to see it...

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Sincere Flattery

Issue 178Opening Salvo

As a fortune cookie connoisseur, I may have found the best one yet: “Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery.” Especially when it comes to audio gear!...

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You Made Listening Fun

Issue 177Opening Salvo

We’ve lost another one of the greats with the passing of Christine McVie at 79. As singer, keyboardist and songwriter for the monumentally popular Fleetwood Mac, her voice has been...

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The Long and Short of It

Issue 176Opening Salvo

Seen on a fortune cookie: “A short pencil is usually better than a long memory any day.” Tell me about it! In this issue: Jay Jay French reviews the new...

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Setting the Scene

Issue 175Opening Salvo

You go through changes, it may seem strange Is this what you're put here for? You think you're happy and you are happy That's what you're happy for – Love,...

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Issue 174Opening Salvo

We’d like to take a moment to let readers know that Copper’s Comments sections are moderated. While we encourage thoughtful and spirited discussion, please be civil. The editor and Copper’s editorial staff reserve the...

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Club 19

Issue 173Opening Salvo

We are saddened by the loss of Loretta Lynn (90), one of the most iconic and groundbreaking country music artists of all time. Immortalized in the movie Coal Miner’s Daughter,...

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Redemption Song

Issue 172Opening Salvo

Sir Rastus Bear who’d ever believe You’d be by a song Redeemed – Blue Öyster Cult, “Redeemed” Copper’s Tom Gibbs is going to be absent from the next few issues....

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The Meanings of Life

Issue 171Opening Salvo

For though your ship be sturdy No mercy has the sea Will you survive on the ocean of being? – Genesis, “Watcher of the Skies” As long as I gaze...

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Digital in an Analog World

Issue 170Opening Salvo

We are greatly saddened to report the passing of Chris Sommovigo on August 15, 2022, from a cardiac event. He was most recently associated with Black Cat Cables, and had...

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Issue 169

Issue 169Opening Salvo

Through good times and bad, we always have the memories. Until we forget them. I hope I haven’t used that one before. In this issue: Ray Chelstowski interviews the spellbinding...

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Under the Same Sky

Issue 168Opening Salvo

As a fortune cookie connoisseur, this one caught my eye: “We all live under the same sky, but we don’t see the same light.” Quite a profundity from the usually...

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Sitting Down and Listening

Issue 167Opening Salvo

We are pleased to say that audio reviewer and photographer Howard Kneller has launched a YouTube channel called “The Listening Chair.” Howard is a regular contributor to Copper and his work has...

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Seeking Enlightenment

Issue 166Opening Salvo

I’ve noted before that I’m a connoisseur of silly fortune cookie sayings. I read one that said, “To truly find yourself, you should play hide and seek alone.” Maybe finding...

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Here Comes the Sun

Issue 165Opening Salvo

As a bandmate likes to say, a day without the Beatles is like a day without sunshine. Saturday, June 25 is Global Beatles Day (yes, it’s a thing) and was founded in...

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The Space Between the Notes

Issue 164Opening Salvo

Sometimes, music is good. Other times, silence is good. It is with sadness that we report that Mr. Atsushi Miura, the founder of high-end tube electronics company AIR TIGHT, has passed away...

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We All Belong...

Issue 163Opening Salvo

Thanks, mom. For everything. “La, la la la, la la la, la la la,Sing a simple song,We all belong,Only to Time…” – Jim Dawson, “City Song/Simple Song" (click below to...

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Issue 162Opening Salvo

As you might have seen or heard, AXPONA 2022, Audio Expo North America, was a big success. Literally, with more than 7,500 attendees visiting more than 150 rooms. It felt good to...

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On With the Show

Issue 161Opening Salvo

AXPONA, Audio Expo North America, is happening as you are reading this and we’ll be reporting on it in upcoming issues. A drug that reverses hearing loss? I haven’t dug deeply...

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Two is Better Than One

Issue 160Opening Salvo

According to a recent article in The Hearing Review, acoustics researchers at Aalto University in Espoo, Finland have come up with an improved method for measuring room acoustics. The new method, called the...

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Time Passages

Issue 159Opening Salvo

It is with deep sadness that we report the passing of WL “Woody” Woodward, one of Copper’s most beloved writers, and director of operations at PS Audio. His singular writing style and...

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Springtime Solace

Issue 158Opening Salvo

For me, music always has been, is, and will be, solace. Even during, and perhaps because of, the toughest times. In this issue: Wayne Robins sometimes sits and listens to Courtney...

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Issue 157

Issue 157Opening Salvo

Sometimes I forget that people actually read this magazine. Just kidding! Copper’s circulation has been rising since its inception and we thank you for reading, commenting, complimenting, criticizing, prodding, participating, and for...

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Issue 156

Issue 156Opening Salvo

The English rock band Everything Everything announced that their upcoming album Raw Data Feel was written with the assistance of artificial intelligence software. You can hear the results in the first single, “Bad...

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Never to be Forgotten

Issue 155Opening Salvo

It is with great sadness that we report the loss of two of the industry’s most knowledgeable and most well-loved people. Robert Heiblim (69) was an expert in product development...

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Issue 154

Issue 154Opening Salvo

The audio world has lost another legend with the passing of Max Townshend at 78. Born in Perth, Australia, he was the head of UK-based Townshend Audio and designer of a wide...

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Issue 153

Issue 153Opening Salvo

Happy New Year! I have a perhaps selfish New Year’s wish – that 2022 will be an easier year. The Grammy Awards are coming up on January 31, 2022. But if it wasn't for...

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Issue 152

Issue 152Opening Salvo

All of us at Copper once again wish all of you happy holidays. The past two years have been tougher than anyone could have imagined, but this is a season of hope...

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Issue 151

Issue 151Opening Salvo

Happy holidays, everyone. We at Copper wish all of you the very best. The past couple of seasons have obviously been tough on everyone, but we also have plenty to be thankful...

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Issue 150Opening Salvo

This is the 150th issue of Copper! We are thrilled to have reached this milestone. It would not have been possible without our exceptional staff. I am honored and more than a little...

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Issue 149

Issue 149Opening Salvo

“Sail away, away/Ripples never come back.” – Genesis, “Ripples” Remember the past, live in the present, welcome the future. In this issue: Anne E. Johnson has someone to talk about: rock...

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