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Review | Philharmonic Mini – wine speakers on a beer budget

It’s not often that a brand – no matter the industry – declares they’re closing shop only to come back down the road. When it does occur, one of two things have (usually) happened. Either they’re under new management or the public sentiment is so strong that it’s simply inevitable. The latter is exactly what …

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Vinyl ‘n Beer – Rearrange Us by Mt. Joy

Have you ever accidentally stumbled onto a band you liked because of the album artwork? This is a perfect example of that for me – I had never heard of Mt. Joy before crossing paths with their self-titled album back in 2018. After the smashing hit that was their debut album, I found myself wondering …

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Review | MHDT Orchid – TDA1541 for Tube Rollers

It should be no mystery by now that I’m an avid fan of the TDA1541 monolithic D/A Converter. Despite its inability to keep up with the latest and greatest in absolute resolution, it still manages to impress due to (what people describe as) its innate musicality. The manufacturer, MHDT, makes a variety of DAC’s. There’s …

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Vinyl ‘n Beer – Slow Rush by Tame Impala

I think it’s safe to say that Tame Impala has been on a roll this last decade. It’s been an interesting journey watching how Kevin Parker’s signature style has changed over the years. It seems like with every album, he has tried out something new while refining what he already knows. Speaking of change and …

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Review | Arteluthe La Piccola – This isn’t your grandfather’s monitor

In recent years, I’ve found myself becoming more and more a fan of stand-mount monitors. Indeed, there’s something seductive about a well executed two-way. The only problem, as many will be quick to point out, is the need to supplement such speakers with a subwoofer. I won’t disagree – how would one expect something with …

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