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Understanding that Troublesome Decibel

by Daniel Kumin The decibel, “dB” for short, is all over audio like flies on a forgotten Twinkie. Sure, you can ignore it, or sort-of understand it, but if your really want to know who’s who and what’s what in audio, it really ain’t that hard. Work, in the physics...

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The AudioQuest Nighthawk

​It’s been a relatively slow Friday morning here at Gramophone, so I took the opportunity to wander around the show room. While I busied myself initially harassing a few of our Design & Build team and accidentally incorrectly cutting a piece of vinyl flooring, I remembered that we recent...

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The Best Way to Burn a CD in iTunes

By Geoffrey Morrison With storage space on computers and phones at levels that would have seemed absurd just a few years ago, there are fewer and fewer reasons to settle for compressed music. Whether you still buy CDs and import them, or if your CD collection has been collecting dust since you co...

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Joni Mitchell's Blue - An Emotional Masterpiece

It's the season for red, white, and Blue. Joni Mitchell’s Blue can be found on many music and audio critics’ Greatest Recordings lists for its musical brilliance and recording quality. Lifelong audiophile and music historian Ken Swauer tells the intensely personal...

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James Brown Live at the Apollo and the Cuban Missile Crisis

By Ken Swauger In late October of 1962 it really looked like the world was going to change, and not for the better. The cold war was definitely getting hotter and the Soviet Union and the United States were dangerously close to button pushing time. In the middle of all this superpower huffin...

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Why I Owe Mick Taylor an Apology

By Daniel Kumin I was trained as a “serious” musician. Yet across all those years of contemporary-classical composition and theory, and then, later, writing about AV and technology, I’ve always led a double life, playing guitar in one or another blues, blues-rock, folk-rock, or ...

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