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The Unmeasurable Aspects of High-End Audio

Issue 203Paul's Place

In our world of high-end audio, we often find ourselves tangled in the web of specifications, measurements, and tangible data. As a self-admitted crazy audiophile and a 50-year veteran in...

Top Dog

Issue 203Copper Classics

Man has always competed to be Top Dog. In the days when caves were homes, the guy with the biggest club was Top Dog. As we became more civilized, the man...

PS Audio in the News

Issue 203News and Reviewsweb-2517

The DirectStream DAC MK2 received a 2023 Brutus Award from Dave and Carol Clark at Positive Feedback. In the review Dave noted: “The DirectStream DAC MK2 is a major improvement...

All Dolled Up

Issue 203Audio Anthropology

  What the...? This is a homemade "Sleepy Time Bed Radio" found at a meet sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Antique Radio Club (MAARC) about 20 years ago. He dreams of vacuum...

Handel’s Messiah

Issue 203Music'al Notes

My wife and I have a subscription to the New York Philharmonic. I love the place where they play, now named the David Geffen Hall, because they have finally (after...

VAC’s Statement 452iQ Musicbloc Power Amplifier

Issue 203From The LIstening Chair

I don’t have a photography studio and it likely shows. Still, I don’t like taking what I consider to be serious photos of audio gear in the field. Instead, I...

Born to be Wild

Issue 203Parting Shot

A smiling member of the Leporidae family greets visitors to Gold Ridge Organic Farms in Sebastopol, California.

The girl genius of boygenius

Issue 203Wayne's Words

My interest in boygenius had already been piqued when one of my students came to class one morning with a T-shirt from a concert she had seen over the weekend....

Billy Joel Exhibit Debuts at the Long Island Mu...

Issue 203Frankly Speaking

Billy Joel is one of Long Island’s greatest musical heroes, along with the likes of Louis Armstrong, Barbra Streisand, Carole King, Clive Davis, Perry Como, EPMD, Tony Bennett, and Mariah...

Creating a Musical World With the Slambovian Ci...

Issue 203Frankly Speaking

I first heard about the Slambovian Circus of Dreams, aka the Slambovians, a few years ago, from the guys and gal in the band I’m in. They were raving about...

Table of Contents – Issue 203

Issue 203Opening Salvo

Tony Cordesman was a great friend to those of us at PS Audio and to so many in the industry, and we deeply mourn his passing on January 29 at...

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Magnepan’s Jim Winey: In Memoriam

Issue 203Frankly Speaking

I heard the news on January 16 – Jim Winey, the founder of Magnepan, maker of Magneplanar loudspeakers, had passed away at age 89. As I’m sure so many in...

Jean Sibelius: The Seven Symphonies

Issue 203Sitting In

Copper has an exchange program with AAA (Analogue Audio Association) magazine of Switzerland (and other publications), where we share articles, including this one.   The composer Sibelius (1865 – 1857) has given his...

Terry Adams of NRBQ Reissues Terrible: An Album...

Issue 203Disciples of Sound

It took NRBQ keyboardist and founding member Terry Adams over 30 years to release his first solo album. After completing work on the Robert Altman film Short Cuts, he was...

Folk and Soul Meet Bluegrass: Octave Records Re...

Issue 203Octave Pitch

Octave Records offers something refreshingly different with the release of Sturtz: Live at Roots Music Project, an acoustic quartet that blends folk, soul, bluegrass and Americana into a unique sound...

Octave Records Releases Live at Nocturne II by ...

Issue 203Octave Pitch

Octave Records has released Live at Nocturne II by the Tom Amend Trio, capturing the band in stunning DSD 256 high-resolution audio at the legendary Denver, Colorado jazz club. The...

Vampire Hunting: What Is Running Up Our Energy ...

Issue 203Featured

The cost of energy is something we consider at least once a month when the utility bill arrives. Like most anyone else reading this, I have seen our household electricity...

Another Look at Capital Audiofest 2023

Issue 203Show Report

I was trying to think about the first audio show I attended. I couldn’t remember. Part of the reason for that was that because when I was young, there weren’t...

Table of Contents – Issue 202

Issue 202Opening Salvo

Happy New Year everyone, from all of us! Copper contributor Howard Kneller, founder of The Listening Chair, has launched a new Facebook group. As he notes, “This group is a...

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2023: My Year in Music

Issue 202Featured

Looking back at 2023, I realized it was a fairly good year for me musically. I don’t buy many new recordings, but I caught up on some reissues from the...

Rhino High Fidelity: A Vinyl Series to be Recko...

Issue 202Frankly Speaking

In 2023, record label Rhino launched its Rhino High Fidelity series, dedicated to releasing high-quality vinyl reissues of classic Warner Music album titles. As Rhino notes, all the album lacquers...

A Visit to the Paris Audio Video Show

Issue 202Natural Born Kessler

“We'll always have Paris...” Ken Kessler dons a trench coat and fedora to retrace Bogie’s footsteps with a visit to the Paris Audio Video Show. It’s been six years since...

The Rumble: Keeping the Funk Going, New Orleans...

Issue 202Disciples of Sound

In case you missed it, funk is back and may be poised to be even stronger than it was in the 1970s. Ignited by a connection to the jam band...

The Folk/Rock Artistry of Dan Fogelberg

Issue 202Copper Classics: Off the Charts

There was a time when Dan Fogelberg’s albums sold like crazy, but a lot of people made fun of his sappy sound. The fact is, he churned out a lot...

Sublime Moments

Issue 202Copper Classics: Featured

I was cutting into a mango last night – it was a small variety known as Champagne, one that I have been smitten by for years. Its curvy shape can...

Capital Audiofest 2023: A Show Grows in Maryland

Issue 202Show Report

The most recent Capital Audiofest took place where it has for the past few years, at the Hilton Rockville in Rockville, Maryland. It’s grown from a casual affair in 2010...

The waVox Museum – A Monument to Willi Studer a...

Issue 202Featured

Copper has an exchange program with AAA (Analogue Audio Association) magazine of Switzerland (and other publications), where we share articles, including this one.     Willi Studer.   Willi Studer's life's work...

Stenheim Unveils a New Speaker at New York’s Fa...

Issue 202Frankly Speaking

I first became aware of Switzerland’s Stenheim loudspeakers at the 2019 New York Audio Show, where their Alumine Three loudspeakers impressed me, as much for their understated elegance and obvious...

Analogue Productions Reissues Genesis: Selling ...

Issue 202Frankly Speaking

In 1973 I was a freshman at the State University of New York at Albany. One night I was lying in bed in our dorm room, drifting off, when my...

Chapell the Band: Making Music Through a Legal ...

Issue 202The Copper Interview

A clichéd admonishment that practically every musician has heard during their developmental years is “don’t give up your day job.” The odds for most aspiring musicians to be able to...

The Impact of Music Streaming Services on Sound...

Issue 202Paul's Place

The story of music streaming is a tale of both technological evolution and cultural shifts. It all kind of kicked off in the late 1990s with the advent of MP3...

Treasures from the Vinyl Vault, Part Two

Issue 202Featured

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...

The Road Not Taken

Issue 202Parting Shot

Few tourists take a photo from this point in Zion National Park because the road is narrow and there is no pullout at this location. But on a motorcycle, one can...

Wilco's Jeff Tweedy: Author! Auteur!

Issue 202Wayne's Words

Wilco's front man has a new album and book almost all the time   Let's Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir of Recording and Discording With Wilco, Etc., (2018)...

The Audio Video Show 2023 from Warsaw, Poland

Issue 202Show Report

Copper has an exchange program with FIDELITY magazine (and others), where we share articles, including this one, between publications.   The Right Kind of DifferentFounded 27 years ago, the Audio Video Show in...

On the Air Tonight

Issue 202Audio Anthropology

    It might be low in cost, but we bet it sounds good. From Electronics World, September 1959, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/public domain.     How can something as utilitarian...

PS Audio in the News

Issue 202News and Reviews

TheaterByte.com offers a review of the AirLens music streamer. Lawrence D. Devoe, MD noted, “BlueCoast’s DSD256 recording of Australian pianist Fiona Joy Hawkins and violinist Rebecca Daniel treated my ears...

Table of Contents – Issue 201

Issue 201Opening Salvo

All of us at Copper wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday season and new year, and peace on Earth in these difficult times. Beginning with this issue you’ll see...

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Long Island’s Audio Den Opens a New Listening Room

Issue 201Featured

The Audio Den has been one of the New York Metro area’s top dealers since 1976. Like so many other retailers, they expanded into home theater and custom installation in...

High-End Audio Luminary Michael Fremer Produces...

Issue 201Frankly Speaking

Michael Fremer needs little introduction to Copper readers. He’s been a stalwart of the high-end audio industry for decades, and is currently the editor of The Tracking Angle and editor...

On the Scene at AES New York 2023

Issue 201Show Reportweb-2517

As Frank Doris and John Seetoo noted elsewhere in this issue, AES New York 2023 was a rousing success. The conference always has something for everyone; it’s a trade show...

Deko Entertainment: Keeping Current With Legacy...

Issue 201The Copper Interview

Our original intention was to revise and update the article and interview Ray Chelstowski did previously, to make it current for Deko’s activities in 2023. That updated article appeared in...

Octave Records Welcomes the Holidays with Guita...

Issue 201Octave Pitch

Octave Records celebrates the holidays with The Spirit of Christmas by internationally-renowned guitarist Alfredo Muro, who brings a heartfelt intimacy and virtuoso performances to a wide range of seasonal favorites....

Charlie Brown Goes to The Nutcracker With theRo...

Issue 201Octave Pitch

Octave Records warmly invites everyone to celebrate the holiday spirit with Charlie Brown Goes to The Nutcracker by the Ron LeGault quintet. The band puts a jazz spin on the...

The Kinks: The Journey – Part 2: Wrapping Up a ...

Issue 201Frankly Speaking

I’ve never made a secret of the fact that I’m a Kinks fan. I’m in good company – they’re one of the most beloved and important bands to come out...

More Coverage from the AES 2023 Convention

Issue 201Show Report

Immersive audio was the unequivocally hottest topic at AES New York, and both long-established companies and newly-formed ones were all touting their latest offerings to appeal to immersive sound aficionados....

Winter Wonderland

Issue 201Parting Shot

This photo was made in the foothills of the Patagonia Mountains of Southern Arizona. The Patagonias are the northernmost terminus of the Sierra Madre Occidental range, which runs all the...

AES New York 2023: The Audio Engineering Societ...

Issue 201Show Report

Because of COVID, I was unable to attend the Audio Engineering Society’s (AES) annual convention in 2022, so I was particularly stoked to go to AES New York 2023, held...