Schiit Audio Loki – Purists vs Pragmatists

Everything old is new again. Tone controls of various types were standard on everything in my youth. Somewhere in the 80’s(?) the “purity” of the signal chain became a mantra and those controls disappeared from most audio gear. You lived with the shortcomings of the recorded source material in the name of accuracy and truth…


Music in Movies: City of Lies

Born and raised in the heart of Los Angeles, I’ll live and die here. The only thing I’m not proud of is the traffic…and the high-profile murder of one of the greatest Hip-Hop artists of all time.


PS Audio Sprout100 Integrated – The $599 Overachiever

I first witnessed the PS Audio Sprout100 at AXPONA 2018. Guarding the tiny device was the great Bill Leebens (PS Audio’s Director of Marketing). He explained it was a new design being released in May 2018. Come to think of it, I haven’t reviewed a piece of PS Audio gear since the impressive LANRover. The…


Proof We All Hear Differently: Yanny or Laurel?

First, listen to the clip here.   I initially heard “Yanny” and now consistently hear “Laurel.” I thought it was a silly, viral hoax…until I heard the clip with a few friends in the room. They all heard “Yanny” and I heard “Laurel.” What makes it even more confusing is that my Google Assistant displayed…


Music in Movies: Bohemian Rhapsody

A visual insight into those Queen test tracks you love. Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their…


The New FinkTeam Borg Loudspeakers – A $28,000 WM-4 Domestic Alternative

Borg is two-way floor standing design featuring a 10.25 inch high-power mid/bass driver and an Air Motion Transformer (AMT) tweeter that will be available for sale in July at a cost of €24,000 a pair in standard finishes. Borg is a significant design exercise, as knitting a 10.25 inch mid/bass, albeit an extremely fine one,…


High Fidelity Cables MC-1 Pro vs. MC-0.5 Power Conditioners

I positively reviewed the High Fidelity Cables MC-0.5 and had a chance to hear a few other plug conditioners. At first blush, the upcoming MC-1 Pro ($1,599) looks like three MC-0.5s joined together. Turns out, there’s more than meets the eye. What’s the difference between the MC-1 Pro and the MC-0.5? Here’s what Rick Schultz, High…