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Daniel Kumin Posted: Apr 22, 2015 3 comments
How high is high-resolution? How stereo is stereo? How many bits are really dancing around inside your DAC?
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Daniel Kumin Posted: Aug 31, 2016 7 comments
What’s the Number One question demanded of self-styled audio experts like me? “How much power do I need?”
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Daniel Kumin Posted: Jul 22, 2002 0 comments
Surely there are few more subjective tasks than evaluating speakers solely by listening. One audiophile's meat is another one's poison, after all.
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Daniel Kumin Posted: Feb 08, 2011 0 comments

Where do you start when converting a music collection to data files for home (and portable) playback? In the January 2011 issue, we defined key terms and explored the pros and cons of both lossy (data-compressed) and lossless (uncompressed) music-file formats. Now we'll put that knowledge to use. With space at a premium in these columns, instead of debating all the options I'll just tell you what I do and why, and hope that you can work out your best strategy from there.

Formal Fit

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Daniel Kumin Posted: Dec 08, 2015 2 comments
A pair of musical deaths you may have missed.
Daniel Kumin Posted: Jul 26, 2004 0 comments

Back in hi-fi's golden age, there used to be hot debates over "East Coast" vs. "West Coast" sound - no doubt a tame forerunner of the hip-hop wars of the '90s. East Coast speakers were thought to be smooth and mellow, with "concert-hall" sound best suited to classical music and jazz.

Daniel Kumin Posted: Sep 02, 2006 0 comments

If Gumby were shopping for speakers, the new Infinity Cascades are what he'd choose. Their shapes quickly call to mind the green, bendable character - at least for boomers or SNL addicts who recall Eddie Murphy's classic routine ("I'm Gumby, dammit!").

Daniel Kumin Posted: Aug 24, 2008 0 comments
The Short Form
$4,094 (as tested) / INFINITYSYTEMS.COM / 516-674-4463
Daniel Kumin Posted: Jul 08, 2008 0 comments
The Short Form
$2,400 / INTEGRAHOMETHEATER.COM / 705-742-5325
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Daniel Kumin Posted: Apr 03, 2006 0 comments
What We Think
It's not cheap, but Inteset's luxury-class Windows Media Center server does it all, and does it well.
After years of false starts, the age of convergence app