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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Spend The “Night” With Holly Cole

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Holly Cole "Night", 2012

Holly Cole is a bit like really good bleu cheese: you either LOVE her, or you can’t stand her. At least that has been my experience. Yet that same experience has shown me that, with time, even those who have … Read More


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Far From Frosty: Kate Bush’s 50 Words For Snow

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Kate Bush dressed for snow

Kate Bush is, for many, a difficult dish to savor. In spite of a generous handful of hits, her music has never been mainstream. Thick, complex, and thoughtful are a few adjectives I’d pluck out of the air. Others might … 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

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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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