The Audiophiliac

Ex-movie theater projectionist Steve Guttenberg covers high-end audio news and reviews.

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First there was analog sound, then digital, what's next?

The Audiophiliac ponders the ways we listen to recorded music.

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This ultimate portable music player will make your ears jump for joy

The HiFiMan HM-901 is a game changer: it's easily the best-sounding portable music player on the planet.

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Take a gander at these wild, weird, and wonderful audio designs

The Audiophiliac explores the extreme edges of the audio arts.

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Audio products engineered to excite your eyes and ears (pictures)

Great sound is nice, but the best stuff has to look awesome.

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The outer limits: The Estelon XB speakers

Extreme audio is where the everyday compromises of reproducing the sound of music recede, and you start to see and hear why high-end audio is crazy expensive.

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What's Apple's best product ever?

The Audiophiliac thinks it's the iPod Classic. It's stuck around since 2007, essentially unchanged, so the Classic must be doing something right.

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Sony aims high with new affordable Core Series speakers

The Audiophiliac auditions the Sony SS-CS5 speaker, the least-expensive three-way bookshelf speaker you can buy from a major manufacturer.

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If your headphones sound dull or lifeless, you might need a headphone amplifier

The Audiophiliac plugs in the Cypher Labs AlgoRhythm Picollo amp, and likes what he hears.

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An Audiophiliac reader speaks out

David H.'s "Skin, Grass, and Sky; Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Cassette Deck" is the winning entry from the recent Audiophiliac reader contest.

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This little Sony will pump up the sound of your headphones

The Audiophiliac oohs and aahs over Sony's portable PHA-2 digital converter and headphone amplifier.

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A terrific speaker from the UK and a slender German amplifier make beautiful music together

The Audiophiliac auditions the Spendor SP2/3R2 speakers, mated with a Stein Music Stateline Amp 2, and discovers an awesome combination.

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For the vinyl curious: A complete $380 hi-fi system for LPs & audio files

The Audiophiliac matches the Audio Technica AT LP60 turntable with a pair of Audioengine A2+ speakers -- the combination really clicked!

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