EXOGAL Abandons MQA Development

EXOGAL Audio announced today that they are ceasing development of MQA for inclusion in EXOGAL products. Said Jeff Haagenstad, CEO of EXOGAL: “We have been evaluating MQA technology and watching the wider MQA ecosystem since early 2016. After much research on the fundamental technology and more importantly on the market demand for MQA, we have…


Synergistic Research – HFTs, Black Box, and Atmosphere XL4

This is a continuum of our Synergistic Research – Full Loom Edition series. This article will be focusing on their room acoustic products. Jim Smith’s Get Better Sound was one of my first reads when I decided to really start building my system.  If you haven’t had a chance to read it, I highly recommend…


Chord Electronics TToby Stereo Power Amplifier – Compact Without Compromise

In order to review more bookshelf speakers for near-field listening, I’ve spent the past few monthsref auditioning amplifiers. For some time now, I’ve been driving my high-sensitivity Omega Compact Alnicos Monitors directly with the full-bandwidth signal of the Chord DAVE. It takes transparency to unimaginable levels but understandably doesn’t always have the dynamic drive and body…


What a God Tier Fingerstyle Guitarist Looks Like – Alexandr Misko

I was chilling to Alexandr Misko’s latest album, Beyond the Box, this past weekend. At first blush, you would think it’s a band of guys just jamming it out. Turns out – it’s just one dude. One very talented dude. Solo performance without compromise. Vocals, bass line, rifts, and every dam nuance – on a…


Aurum Cantus Leisure 2 SV MKⅡ Loudspeaker Review

I’ve always been impressed with the sound of Aurum Cantus at the shows. Fantastic sound and craftsmanship – without the sticker shock. My conversations with Roger DuNaier of Audiophile Direct are always filled with a delightful jest and laughter. If you ever get a chance to meet him at a show, you’ll know what I mean. At AXPONA…


2018 Playboy Jazz Festival – Count Basie, Charles Lloyd, Jazmine Sullivan

Tickets always sell out fast for the annual Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl. Glad I was finally able to make it this year! Another day of great food and live music. Cheese, crackers, fried chicken & waffles, and of course a few bottles of wine. Even from a distance, the recently upgraded sound system…


It’s Here – MQA on Essential Smartphones!

ESSENTIAL ADDS MQA TO SMARTPHONE Latest software update brings MQA music to Essential Phone London, 7 June 2018 – Essential Products, founded by Android co-founder Andy Rubin, has partnered with MQA to deliver MQA studio quality sound to the Essential Phone.  This boost to the handset’s audio capabilities comes as part of Essential’s commitment to…