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A Bloody Good Omen

Posted on by Mike Quinn
Zu Omen Loudspeaker in Sangria Maple

Let’s just cut right to the fucking chase (this is what you want anyway): The Zu Omen ($1499/pair; www.zuaudio.com) is an amazing speaker. It reveals the essence and emotion of music in a way too few speakers can. For its … Read More


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Musical Ecstasy: Size Doesn’t Matter

Posted on by Mike Quinn
Closeup of the Fi "X" single-ended amplfier

In bed, late one night, the woman began to react passionately. She sighed. Moved by an ardent sensuality, she whispered, “This is so good. So much more intense and immediate, more sensitive. Even better than when we were in the … Read More


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Perfect Sound Forever at Pitch Perfect Audio, San Francisco

Posted on by Mike Quinn
Pitch Perfect Audio, San Francisco     Photo ©Matt Rotunda

My family and I recently had the good fortune to spend part of an afternoon at San Francisco’s quasi-sub-rosa audio salon, Pitch Perfect Audio (www.pitchperfectaudio.com). To reveal that we all left host and owner Matt Rotunda’s sonic womb with our … Read More


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Maybe You Shouldn’t Be Clueless…

Posted on by Mike Quinn
Sjöfn Hifi's The Clue Loudspeaker

Some years ago I reviewed a pair of diminutive speakers—The Gurus—imported into this country from Sweden. For a number of reasons, the rising value of the Euro and the rising cost of shipping among them, the U.S. importer of these … Read More


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The XX Factor In High Performance Audio

Posted on by Mike Quinn
Lucette Nicoll of Nicoll Public Relations

In the jazz world, one can count the number of major woman instrumentalists on a single set of hands and toes: Shirley Scott, Joanne Brackeen, Regina Carter, Anat Cohen, Geri Allen, Jane Bunnett, Toshiko Akiyoshi are a few examples.  It … Read More


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