Copper


Ken Furst: RIP

Issue 23THE AUDIO CYNIC

It’s no secret that 2016 sucked. I’ve already written about the number of musicians who have recently passed from this earthly vale of tears. I’ve also written  about the passing of two...

Mesa Verde

Issue 24PARTING SHOT

Even in winter's grip Mesa Verde still displays color and history of the Southwest. Canon 5D

A New Year’s Resolution

Issue 24Opening Salvo

Happy New Year to all, and hope my colleagues are recovering post-CES. I have no desire to go off on a tangent here, so I'll keep it brief: We try...

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Rest of the Best, 2016

Issue 23TOO MUCH TCHAIKOVSKY

As I write this, the Old Year is drawing to a close, so media outlets near and far are posting Best of 2016 lists in many categories. Even classical music...

Revenge of Son of Forgotten Artists Strikes Back!

Issue 23FEATURED

No fear of running out of great musicians who may or may not have slipped below your radar … or never been on it. This bunch brings us up to...

DPT: Three Critical Steps To Maximize Musical ...

Issue 22FEATURED

It was about 7 years ago. I was voicing a system to his room for a Get Better Sound owner. Not sure if I had started calling these sessions RoomPlay yet. Anyway, he had...

Everything You Ever Wanted

Issue 23VINTAGE WHINE

In last issue’s Vintage Whine  I ran through my personal list of the ones that got away—those special pieces of audio gear that I owned in the past and somehow let get...

It's a Lonely World

Issue 22MUSIC AUDIO AND OTHER ILLNESSES

I didn’t set out to be a hired gun, but it occurred to me pretty quickly that this was the likely path to earning a living — either that or...

All I Want For....

Issue 22VINTAGE WHINE

If you could ask for one piece of vintage gear that you once owned and regret getting rid of—get it back again, crisply new and fully functional,  neatly wrapped with...

Cardinal Sinc

Issue 23QUIBBLES AND BITS

PCM encodes audio as a set of samples, each representing as closely as possible the actual amplitude of the audio waveform at some specific instant in time.  Recreating the audio...

Colorado State Flower

Issue 23PARTING SHOT

With winter's white covering our mountainous state it's a distant memory of more verdant days. The summer's warmth sweetens the forest scent, especially in Aspen groves where our state's flower...

Purer, More Perfect Sound

Issue 22QUIBBLES AND BITS

I have spent a lot of time focusing on the Red Book standard of CD Audio, which calls for 16-bit data at a 44.1kHz sample rate.  In doing so, I...

The Sounds of Christmas: Batteries Not Included

Issue 22MUSIC TO MY EARS

I grew up on Ash Drive in suburban Connecticut.  When you hit Thanksgiving you started thinking about Christmas.  Today they’re running Christmas ads starting just after the 4th of July.  In...

Shinola Audio

Issue 22MY TURN

The name Shinola is most familiar as part of a common expression—which I’m sure you know. As often happens over time, the inherent sense of that expression has become lost (as in...

SET in Carolina

Issue 22IN MY ROOM

The speakers are Tidal Contriva Diacera-SE speakers, sitting on Symposium platforms. The amps are Chalice Audio “Grail” SET (Single-Ended Triode)  mono-blocks. The amps are 1 of only 2 pair in...

"CNC" Moving Magnet Cartridge Phono Stage Part 2

Issue 23MAKE IT YOURSELF

In a previous issue, Jim Langley shared his famous DIY CNC phonostage with us, recommending various component modifications and upgrades.  We will soon have CNC PCBs available for purchase directly from PS Audio; this is...

Berlioz for Christmas

Issue 22TOO MUCH TCHAIKOVSKY

And Liszt for the New Year! Here we go. Hector Berlioz (1803–69) was no novice by the time he created L’enfance du Christ. Well past the sensational premiere of the Symphonie fantastique and his...

Creation and Recreation

Issue 24THE AUDIO CYNIC

After writing this column for issue #22, which pondered why any of us get into designing or building  audio gear, I encountered a piece by Michael Lavorgna on AudioStream that gave me pause. That’s not...

Goose Bumps And All

Issue 23IN MY ROOM

Audio reproduction was of great interest to me ever since, as a teenager, I ventured to Lafayette Radio and heard a marching band emanating from a JBL C34 mono loudspeaker...

Waiting for the Black Cadillac

Issue 21MUSIC AUDIO AND OTHER ILLNESSES

Who knows what’s behind our taste? A record that I think persists in its genius (My Life In the Bush of Ghosts) you may find abstract and boring. And that’s...

Issue 23

Issue 23Opening Salvo

Happy New Year, and welcome to Copper #23, and 2017! As I look back at 2016...well, Popeye put it best: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h97kbv4mbsc   Really, what more is there to say? Right up to...

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Why Do We Do ...

Issue 22THE AUDIO CYNIC

Aside from the fact that it sounds like the chorus of an unreleased Sinatra flop,I think the title presents an interesting question. Why bother? What is it that drives people...

Where Did the Year Go?

Issue 21Opening Salvo

Welcome to Copper # 21! It's hard to believe that 2016 is almost over, and that we've been putting Copper together for nine months now. I'm not a Supremes fan by any stretch of...

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Roamin' in the Gloamin': John Hammond

Issue 21MUSIC TO MY EARS

John Hammond was born into wealth in 1910 to John Henry Hammond and Emily Vanderbilt Sloane.   Yeah.  Despite growing up in a five story mansion in New York, early on he...

Objective? Subjective? Who Cares? Part 2

Issue 22FEATURED

Part 2: Testing 1, 2, 3. Forget the stories and debates about “objective testing,” or its failings, that you read about in consumer magazines or hear about on audio internet...

Japanese Garden

Issue 22PARTING SHOT

While visiting HiFi shops in Japan we took a day off to enjoy the magnificent gardens high in the misty mountains. iPhone 6

Nashville Boots

Issue 21PARTING SHOT

Nashville's known for its music and colorful country attire too. iPhone 7

Subwoofery: The Finale

Issue 20FEATURED

Electronic Adjustments  Ok, now that we’ve accomplished the bassic (pun intended, sorry!) steps, we are on the home stretch.  These final steps require personal choice/taste as well as some technical adjustments. In...

Leon

AND OTHER ILLNESSESAUDIOIssue 20MUSIC

2016 has been a helluva year. You know: the list of musicians and music-related people who have passed, in any one year, would be too much; David Bowie, Paul Kantner, George Martin, Prince, all of...

Understanding the Analog Obsession

Issue 21FEATURED

“I don’t need no bike that don’t need me!” Harley Mike proclaimed. He was responding to a question asking why anyone would choose to ride a motorcycle that was so...

Do You Even DIY, Bro?

Issue 20FEATURED

Darren Myers’ Make It Yourself articles, run in Copper issues 15, 16, and 17, are among the most popular articles we’ve ever run. Unfortunately, projects take time to develop: plotting, postulating, obtaining parts, documenting the project, building...

Sacred Ground

Issue 20IN MY ROOM

This room is our masterpiece. A two-channel haven for playback of what we record at Sacred Grounds Studios in North Hollywood, California. Resolution was the main design parameter in our...

"Snakebit"

Issue 21THE AUDIO CYNIC

A few decades ago I went through the rough patch to top all rough patches. Injury? Chronic illness? Death in the family? Economic stress? Check, check, check, and check. They...

Growin' Up Together: Stevie Wonder

Issue 20MUSIC TO MY EARS

I remember vividly the first time I heard ‘Sir Duke’ from Songs in the Key of Life.  It was the fall of 1976 and I was driving across the bridge between...

Starter Kit

Issue 21TOO MUCH TCHAIKOVSKY

This column began as a Gift Guide kind of thing. You know: “here’s what to buy your classically oriented audiophile friend.” That got me thinking about my Aunt Frances. Beginning...

Weathers, Part 2

Issue 21VINTAGE WHINE

In the last issue , we discussed the initial appearance of the Weathers FM phono pickup. In an era of record-chewing cartridges that tracked at 6 grams or more, the...

Bad Manners

Issue 20TOO MUCH TCHAIKOVSKY

We were just sitting there, listening to music. My friend Bernard the Cellist had come to town and I couldn’t help showing off my system. Someone suggested we hear some...

Weathers

Issue 20VINTAGE WHINE

There are some brands whose influence extends far beyond their ownership base. When it comes to cars, I think of Alfa Romeo: nearly everyone has some sort of emotional connection...

Black Friday

Issue 20THE AUDIO CYNIC

I wondered when the term “Black Friday” came to mean the launch of the Christmas/Hanukkah selling season on the day after Thanksgiving. In my mind, “Black Friday” referred to the...

That Listening Thing

Issue 19FEATURED

I’ve been thinking lately about close listening, and the way it tends to be categorized as an “audiophile thing.” It conjures up images of someone in a darkened room, sitting...

Fretting About Fretboards

AND OTHER ILLNESSESAUDIOIssue 19MUSIC

CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, has made a large impact on a lot of industries, and it’s meant to. For one...

DeVore Fidelity

Issue 19MY TURN

Like many other audio companies, DeVore Fidelity began as a hobby. Designer/owner John DeVore graduated from RISD (the Rhode Island School of Design, in Providence—alumni include Seth McFarlane, Marin Mull, Dale Chihuly, Nicole Miller...

Subwoofery: The Basics

Issue 19FEATURED

In Copper #18, we addressed the critical importance of getting the smoothest bass from our main (full-range speakers).  This step is foundational for properly integrating our subs to the main speakers....

Bluegrass In the Dark: Doc Watson

Issue 19MUSIC TO MY EARS

I have to tell you, blind musicians fascinate me.  Not because they obviously can play without looking.  I have been doing scales up and down various necks as long as...

Mass, Massive, Massless

Issue 19VINTAGE WHINE

I’m fascinated by materials, which I ascribe to a childhood obsession with spider webs: how could something that’s barely there, be so strong? In college I focused on materials science...

Vøringsfossen

Issue 20PARTING SHOT

Vøringsfossen is located at the top of Mårbødalen on the western slopes of Norway's Hardangervidda National Park. A blend of two exposures. "After having shot the base exposure I lifted...

Where Will We Go?

Issue 19THE AUDIO CYNIC

Gentrification. Some view it as imperialism incarnate, a way for big companies to force out long-established, historically-important businesses and create yet another outlet for their overpriced, overhyped goods. Cynics and...

…and the Hits Just Keep On Comin’…

Issue 20Opening Salvo

Welcome to Copper #20! I think this is a particularly interesting issue, and I'm happy to tell you that we have some surprises and new contributors lined up in the next few issues. The title above...

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