Peachtree With A Vengeance Apr15

Peachtree With A Vengeance

While Peachtree’s SonaDAC and SonaAMP offer an impressive feature set in two cute little boxes, their combined price tag of $2K (and that’s after the $300 bundle discount) may be too tall of an order for some folks. What if they could combine everything into one box, cut the price, and maybe add a phono input to accommodate us vinyl aficionados? That seems to be just what Peachtree was thinking when they designed their new Nova 150 amplifier, later to be joined by the Nova 300 and Nova 500. If you’re a Peachtree fan, you’ll notice that while the Nova 150 retains the company’s signature curved wooden case from their prior Nova and Decco...

Make Record Store Day Great Again! Apr11

Make Record Store Day Great Again!

Despite my yearly rants on this Hallmark holiday, I’m quite cognizant of the fact that Record Store Day has evolved from a quaint get together of vinyl junkies to an all out worship of commercialism. And yes, I’m also quite aware that many of you who do decide to wake up at the butt crack of dawn this Saturday, only to have to stand in line for a few hours with someone who probably hasn’t showered that morning, will mostly likely walk away empty handed, since it is becoming more and more difficult to buy those ultra rare RSD exclusives as the event’s popularity grows. Case in point, the debacle that was Far Cry 3:...

The Zodiac Sessions Vinyl Follow Up Apr09

The Zodiac Sessions Vinyl Follow Up

I normally try to keep my vinyl follow up articles at least somewhat timely, so you’ll have to forgive me for the extreme tardiness of this one. I’ve been a fan of San Francisco’s retro doom masters Orchid ever since I heard their 2011 full length debut, Capricorn. However, only recently did I discover that Nuclear Blast decided to reissue Capricorn together with the band’s 2009 EP Through The Devil’s Doorway on a CD digipack called The Zodiac Sessions, with new cover art by the band’s vocalist Theo Mindell, and new mastering for both. In addition to the CD, both Capricorn and Devil’s Doorway were also reissued on vinyl as a gatefold...

Audeze LCD-4 Headphones Apr06

Audeze LCD-4 Headphones

Introduction It has been a little over ten years since I listened to Rust In Peace in its entirety through Sennheiser’s much coveted Orpheus system. And since then, I have been spending the better part of the last decade trying to recapture that sound. If you haven’t heard of Sennheiser’s much revered Orpheus system, I’m not surprised. Only 300 were made back in the 90s, and each system cost approximately $16,000 dollars a pop, consisting of a pair of electrostatic headphones and matching tube amplifier. I was fortunate enough to listen to one at a local Head-Fi meet where I was given unfettered access to it for the...

A Good Crosley!? Mar29

A Good Crosley!?

If you’re a regular reader of my vinyl articles and rants, you’ll know that I’m generally not a fan of Crosley. The company as it existed originally produced everything from radios to cars beginning in the 1920s until 1956, when the Crosley brand was eliminated by then owner AVCO. A company called Modern Marketing Concepts rebirthed the Crosley Radio name in 1984, and has been selling radios, jukeboxes, and other electronics with looks inspired by products from the early to mid 20th century since then. Around the year 2000, the company decided to take a stab at vinyl, and introduced a record player loosely based on the Califone portable...

Serene Audio Talisman Computer Speakers Mar22

Serene Audio Talisman Computer Speakers

Introduction You know for the longest time, the Harmon Kardon Soundsticks were my go to computer speakers of choice. To be honest, I don’t even know how I obtained them. I think they were a gift or I had an Apple gift card back in the day that I used to buy them – something like that. All I know is until very recently, they provided all of my near field musical needs. Sad, but true. However, here’s the thing: I never, ever used them to critically listen to music. Ever. Watching Babymetal‘s latest music video on YouTube? Sure. Background music at parties? You betcha. Critically listening to Horrendous or Monolithe for...