A completely random, not at all comprehensive, compendium of audio nuggets we’ve seen this week.
John Atkinson, editor and guiding light of Stereophile for over 3 decades is stepping aside and yielding the post to Jim Austin. I admit to not being a heavily measurements-focused person but always appreciated John’s point of view and his superhuman efforts maintaining a high-end audio magazine in an era of disappearing a) high-end audio and b) magazines. Stereophile
Stefano aka TWOGOODEARS listens through a stable of step up transformers including an interesting new offering from Thailand-based Soundaries Audio meant to mimic the legendary Western Electric 618B. Spoiler Alert – it sounds fantastic. TWOGOODEARS
Thomas Mayer unveils a “field coil power supply for purists”. VinylSavor
Not so new, but new to me and a fantastic read: The great Herb Reichert on “Secret Societies of the Audiophile”, a tale of (among other things) his visit to ETF 2018. In my next life I wish to be able to weave a tale like Herb. So good. AudioStream
Audio Esoterica: Abbas Audio. TDA1541A based DACs with tubed(!) word clocks. Brewed in Kiev. There is definitely something afoot in Eastern Europe – lots of great sounding audio, modern designs mixed with vintage roots. We’ll have one for listening in the coming months. Abbas Audio