Hi-Fi

Pete Mignola Reflects on the End of an Era

The Dying Art of the Analog Recording Studio

Analog engineers cut tape recordings with a razor blade to make edits; in the digital realm, it's a simple as clicking a mouse. Why hold out?

Take a Spin

Breaking Down the Art of Beatmatching

Combining songs together into one seamless mix is called beatmatching, and thanks to modern tech, you can start picking it up today.

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Stories from Beyond the Stage

The 20 Best Music Documentaries

Controversy, struggle, success, breakups, reunions and obscurity. All that, and you're still in the opening credits.

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The Musicology of the Record

Does Vinyl Really Sound Better?

Can our ears really appreciate the sound of analog? Or are we just indulging ourselves?

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With Advice from a Hi-Fi Expert

How Audiophiles Shop for Audio Gear

A conversation with Sound & Vision editor Rob Sabin, who explains how audiophiles decide what systems to buy to bring the best sound.

Listening to the Best

Who Pays $80,000 for Speakers?

Meridian's new 25th Anniversary Special Edition DSP8000 loudspeakers cost $80,000. We learned why.

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On the Go, At Home or at Work

6 Perfect Hi-Fi Headphone Setups

You love great music, and there's a good chance you listen to a lot of it. Now it's time to pair your tunes with equally great gear.

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On the Go, At Home or at Work

6 Perfect Hi-Fi Headphone Setups

You love great music, and there's a good chance you listen to a lot of it. Now it's time to pair your tunes with equally great gear. Whether you're on the go, at home or at work, these perfect hi-fi headphone setups will let you get the most out of your daily soundtrack.

Look nice for twice the price

Symbol Audio Tabletop Hi-fi

The Symbol Audio Tabletop Hi-fi ($1,800) speaker is positioned as an attractive and space-saving solution for discerning listeners in search of better home audio. The console includes two 4-inch full-range drivers, which boast titanium cones, paired with a down-firing 1/4-inch sub, and is powered by a 2.1 channel class D amp; this is capable of pushing 8 watts to the stereo drivers and 15.5 to the sub.

Big bass, little package

Sjofn Hi-Fi The Clue Loudspeaker

Home theater buffs and audiophiles alike know that to achieve harmonic balance a quality low range is essential. For those who also seek balance in all things feng and shui, that usually means burying oversized towers under foliage of some sort or trying to stuff a subwoofer under a settee. To quell the dissonance, Seattle-based...

Sonic boom

KEF X300A

Look around at today’s computers and you’ll see exactly where companies are putting their money. Better-than-high-def screens with touch-sensitivity, ThunderBolt this and that, blisteringly fast graphics cards — it’s all about the visuals. And while we’re not ones to complain about amazing picture quality, it does get pretty difficult to enjoy lightning without any thunder,...

Hi-Fi Noon

Rotel 12 Series

Between Spotify and iTunes (Remastered) in the cloud, it’s fast becoming a disconnected world for the hi-fi holdout. So it’s good to see stalwart brands modernizing their wares for the times without forgetting their audio-centric roots. Rotel, if you’re not already familiar with them, has a storied history in disciplined audio, which marries British and...

Good things come in pairs

Talk Shop: In Living Stereo

Ahh, that musty smell of dusty, disorganized vintage record shops. Or how about the high-pressure unapproachability of hi-fi audio retailers? Instant turn-off, right? Not so fast. The crew at In Living Stereo prove that purveying fine audio gear and records can indeed live in harmony. With a recent move from deep in the East Village...

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