After many years pairing high-powered amps with low-efficiency loudspeakers I decided to go in the opposite direction. Why? Mainly curiosity. I've never had the opportunity to hear high-efficiency single-driver loudspeakers in my system and thought it was time. And tubes. I find tubes fascinating, single-ended triode in particular. Cost of these amps was always somewhat … Continue reading A new direction
I'm not so much a fan of Jazz orchestras but this most recent album from Stacey Kent is gorgeous. I love Ms. Kent's voice and she doesn't disappoint. A nice departure for her and as usual, the sound quality is wonderful.
Mr. Jamal's latest is simply brilliant .. 'nough said.
Recently, the music streaming giant re-branded it's CD-quality (flac) tier and is now available on Bluesound's platform. The announcement is most welcome as I've been patiently waiting for a Tidal HiFi alternative. After signing up for their 30-day trial, I listened to a number of very familiar favorites and so far I'm impressed with the … Continue reading Deezer HiFi
After years of playing in Apple's sandbox, this past Spring I began looking in earnest for non-Apple replacements for my aging gadgets (iPhone 6 & iPad Air). In a nutshell, Acer's Chromebook R11 convertible replaced my iPad and Google's Pixel 2 became my 1st ever Android phone. Late to the party Google's Cast technology has … Continue reading Chromecast Audio
The latest release (February 2017) from these Brits is one fine album. I first heard the band on Radio Paradise (a favorite of mine) and quickly became a fan.
Now that the weather has changed it's time to swap out the amps. In goes the APPJ PA0901A miniature tube marvel and out goes the Fleawatt. You can read more about the amps in this blog post.
After much research prior to my 1st Android phone purchase, I settled on Google's Pixel 2. Despite being extremely happy with the phone I was, admittedly, a bit disappointed with the Bluetooth specs Google had published for their latest greatest .. Bluetooth 5.0 + LE. That's it. No aptX (never mind aptX HD). I wondered … Continue reading Bluetooth Revisited