The Audio Cynic

In Search of Meaning, Where There Is None

First off, don’t look at the title and image above…

Immaterial Science

Back in Copper #66, I wrote a Cynic column entitled…

Music in the Air

Somewhere over Brazil, 11/10/18: When we write about listening to…

Liminal Messages

I rarely notice ads, other than to be irritated by…

Glossolalia

If you don’t know the meaning of the babbling brook…

Humility and Hubris

As a kid in Minnesota during the early to mid-’60s,…

When Sharing Isn’t Caring

It is probably evident at this stage of our relationship—and…

Welcome to the Machine

Pop music has always had machines: groups of people who…

Nothing New Under the Sun?

Having entered my allegedly-golden years, I have little tolerance for…

What’s In the Box?

There is no mystery in the world today. –That’s not…

“It’s All About the Music”

When I encounter an audiophile or a show-exhibitor with a…

All I Want For Christmas…

…is Peace. And no, I don’t even mean the large-scale,…

Diminishing Returns (Or: The Clock Radio Dilemma)

While at the Munich High End Show last month, I…

David Wilson: RIP

The first 60 issues of Copper have featured 6 Audio…

“The Price is the Product”

Way back in 1999, the late Brian Cheney of VMPS…

A Tale of Two Shows

It was the best of times… Scrap that. I’ve written…

Anti-social Media

Despite appearances—and perhaps despite my self-description as a cynic—I try…

Made By Hand

As a late Boomer (as well as a late bloomer)…

Ergonomics and Other Gooey Messes

In my teen years, my reading was wide-ranging and varied,…

How Do You Know When To Quit?

No, don’t worry—I’m not planning on retiring any time soon.…

This… Is Not That

There’s a term that both guides and haunts any human…

What the Hell is Going On?

Back in my school-days, I found the subject of history…

Is There a Right Size?

Second-guessing is at the heart of online forum behavior, and…

So Long to the Cynic

Over the last 95 issues of Copper, it’s been mentioned…

Getting to the Bottom of Things

I recently had the opportunity to spend an afternoon listening…

Inevitability

I recently had an interesting conversation with a Very Famous…

Back to Basics

I had a minor-league epiphany, courtesy of Waylon Jennings and…

The Long Goodbye

Over the last few years of writing this column, I’ve…

Been Down So Long, It Seems Like Up To Me

As a parent, I’m used to my references being met…

Is Audio Seasonal?

I’ve been a salesman or worked with salespeople most of…

Objective/Subjective: Here We Go Again

“Seeing as ‘objective review’ is an oxymoron, ‘subjective review’ is…

The Madness of Crowds, the Wisdom of T-shirts

It has probably become evident after 85 (!!) of these…

Consolidation

Is there such a thing as economy of scale? If…

In the Land of the Surreal, Is Realism Relevant?

I despise dogma—especially when it comes from me. So when…

Schrödinger’s Show

To an exhibitor at an audio show, the show simultaneously…

A Familiar Story

This story has nothing to do with audio. It does,…

Credit? What’s Next—Money??

Last issue’s Audio Cynic discussed the ongoing battle to gain…

Who Are the Real Cynics?

In the three years I’ve written this column, there have…

Did the Grammys Ever Matter?

Somewhere in the hazy past, I wrote that nostalgia ain’t…

Music is the Space Between the Notes

Depending upon whom you believe, that statement was made by…

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

There are days for haute cuisine, hipster toy food, meals…

No CES For You!

Yes, it’s that time again. Time for Leebs’ annual rant…

2018 Was Really Something

Over more decades in audio than I care to dwell…

Black Friday

I wondered when the term “Black Friday” came to mean…

Bad Sound

…is in the ears of the beholder. I chose the…

Who’s Minding the Store?

Much has been made of the decline in number of…

Murders and Acquisitions

As a callow child waaay back in the early ’60’s,…

Persistence of Memory

Uncle Jim was a chemist who worked for General Mills…

The IoT is Not For Me

I’ve worked in tech fields most of my life: high-performance…

Leaving Las Vegas

Here’s Leebens’ Law of Life: Things Change. Period. THAT’S IT. You…

Ken Furst: RIP

It’s no secret that 2016 sucked. I’ve already written about…

Creation and Recreation

After writing this column for issue #22, which pondered why…

Why Do We Do What We Do?

Aside from the fact that it sounds like the chorus…

“Snakebit”

A few decades ago I went through the rough patch…

Whatever Happened to Tone?

During  the way-too-many years that I’ve been involved with audio,…

Where Will We Go?

Gentrification. Some view it as imperialism incarnate, a way for…

RMAF: Lucky 13

I promise to step away from the topic of audio…

RMAF Past, RMAF Present, RMAF Yet to Come

In years past I looked forward to RMAF as an…

That’s Show Biz!

In Copper #7, I wrote about the passing of Richard…

Wes Phillips: RIP

This has been a terrible year for musicians— we all…

It’s the (Crappy) Music, Stupid

As may be obvious after 13 of these columns, I…

Letting Facts Get in the Way of a Good Story

If the internet is good for nothing else, it’s great…

I am So Over CES

I remember the first time I was called a cynic.…

It’s No Contest

The long-running television show American Idol was often accused of…

Intelligence Inside

Way back in Copper #26 I wrote “The IoT is…

What Will Be New, in the New Year?

It’s been 141 years since Bell’s first call over the…

An Embarrassment of Riches

Leave it to an indy hipster musician with several different…

Charley Hansen: RIP

Ayre Acoustics posted the following on the company Facebook page…

Arnie Nudell: RIP

At the very beginning of 2017, I  wrote about the…

Who Sampled Whom?

Back in Copper #3, I asked the question, “When is…

Geezerpalooza

Back at the dawn of the grunge era in 1991,…

Dangerous Work

If 2016 was Snakebit, in terms of the number of…

Plus Ça Change….

The full expression is of course, plus ça change, plus c’est…

Show on Show on Show

The title is of course an allusion to “In the…

Immersion

You’ve probably already figured this out, but I am innately…

Is It Worth It To You?

During election season, we hear a lot of talk about…

Everything Matters; Nothing Matters

Audio is art and science. It is art. It is…

Is It Worth It?

I want to consider a topic seriously, minus my usual…

Multiple Personality Disorder

A few years ago I spotted a bizarre trend in…

They Have to Hear It to Want It

Following last issue’s column on audio evangelism,  I’ve spent a…

Believing Our Ears

There are times when I regret having named this column…

Shhhh….

What was that movie— where if you fell asleep, you…

Are We Having Fun Yet?

A newbie wandering onto almost any audio website or forum…

Why Do We Even CARE??

After a zillion years in this business, you’d think I’d…

Cynically Yours

I won’t beat around the bush: putting Copper together is…
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