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Stereophile Jan 2023

Stereophile-January-2023

2nd Edition

Records 2 Live 4 2023
Once each year, since 1991, we've asked our writers, both hi-fi and music, to name two of their favorite albums of all time--albums that are, to them, "to die for." It has long been one of our most popular features.

The Dire Straits Money For Nothing Sweepstakes
Register to win a Dire Straits Money For Nothing Vinyl LP (Total value $37.49 ea) we are giving away.

MoFi Electronics SourcePoint 10 loudspeaker
"A 10" two-way?!?!" I couldn't help gasping in surprise when I unboxed the MoFi Electronics SourcePoint 10 standmounted loudspeakers, which cost $3699/pair.

Recording of February 2023: The Wheel
Prolific composer, vocalist, and violinist Caroline Shaw, who turned 40 just last year, possesses a unique gift--one that earned her the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Music. Shaw has translated the old performer edict "Don't let them see you sweat" into her compositional craft and mastered the art of expressing complex thoughts economically through the simplest of means.

Room Acoustics Writ Large
Since writing about Manhattan's renovated Geffen Hall in this space in our January issue, I've attended two concerts there. I thought I'd report back.

Pathos InPol Remix MkII integrated amplifier
Sometimes when the world shouts too loudly, I immerse myself in other sounds: in music. I escape the cacophony by diving into my stash of vinyl records (not literally, although that's a fun image) and reveling in the soundwaves they release.

1st Edition

Pathos InPol Remix MkII integrated amplifier
Sometimes when the world shouts too loudly, I immerse myself in other sounds: in music. I escape the cacophony by diving into my stash of vinyl records (not literally, although that's a fun image) and reveling in the soundwaves they release.

SVS Prime Pro wireless active loudspeaker
Patches was the first to exit the car, sporting a nose like an overripe tomato. Amid the sawdust-and-tiger-dung smell that wafted through the bigtop, he nimbly extracted himself from the multicolored Mini Cooper, face beaming with vows of slapstick and mischief.

Revinylization #37: Little Feat, Still Willin'
One of my favorite comments by an actual participant in rock history is from Bonnie Raitt: "I miss Little Feat like I miss being eight years old." That remark was included in the liner notes for the Feat's 1981 album Hoy-Hoy (Warner Bros. 2BSK 3538), which was released two years after front man Lowell George's passing in 1979.

Re-Tales #28: A hi-fi market health check
How healthy is the hi-fi market? One widely reported silver lining of the pandemic was increased sales of anything to do with home entertainment, including hi-fi. Recently, though, inflation has broken out and the stock market tanked.

Some funky strains from Craft Recordings & Vinyl Me, Please
It's time to address a snarky rumor, a persistent urban legend surrounding music fans who care about listening in the highest quality sound possible. It's been posited from time to time that quality gear and heavy, quiet LP pressings go better with a certain intoxicant--that you have to get high to truly have the fullest possible listening experience.

Topping DM7 8-channel D/A processor
The Topping DM7 DAC ($599.99) is a high-resolution, eight-channel DAC that supports PCM and DSD sources but will not handle any of the common Dolby/DTS codecs. It employs the highly capable and respected ES-9038PRO DAC chip, ESS's flagship. I

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