From the Pulpit

Of Carroll Shelby, phono cartridge loading, and my budget reference system… Firstly, regarding Carroll Shelby: For those that may not know, Mr. Shelby passed away on May 10 (a day I will always remember as it is my birthday). Rather than try to sum up his life in a single page (which would be impossible
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Musiland Monitor 01 US / USB DAC

Budget USB-powered outboard DAC’s seem to be coming all the rage. At a recent meeting with a client at a coffee shop in a rather bohemian-style section of Portland, Oregon I counted four people using such devices. Even before then I would spot one among all the customers using smart phones for personal music. The
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Remixing Britney Spears For 5.1 Surround on DVD-Audio

High Fidelity Review recently got a sneak peek behind the remixing of ‘In The Zone’, the new album by Britney Spears, as it was being prepared for a 5.1-channel release on DVD-Audio. The project came to 5.1 Entertainment through the BMG label, marking their fifth collaboration: the first three being 5.1-channel remixes of albums by
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Vista Audio Phono-1

Some of the best pieces of audio gear at the various price ranges have a tendency to stay almost invisible. The item blends in so well to the system that one easily forgets that it’s even hooked up. For the past several months I’ve had the opportunity to spend time indulging in the stealthy abilities
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Grant Fidelity TubeDAC-11 Review

I admit it I like things that serve more than one purpose. The kitchen chair that serves as a step stool, my Swiss Army knife, 4-door pickups, and of course the smart phone. I even have a bit of a soft spot for vintage stereo receivers. With that declaration in place, I was honestly intrigued
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