Entire Beatles' Digitally Re-Mastered Complete Catalog Includes All…

I've been waiting for this for a very long time, and at last it is here: The entire Beatles catalog digitally remastered, including all the original mono albums. I. Am. Happy. » 8/18/09 5:40pm 8/18/09 5:40pm

Thriller: My First Album

Reposted in MJ's Memory: At first I thought my first was a cassette single of Bel Biv Devoe's Poison I bought from the Bergen Mall, but then I realized I had a record of Michael Jackson's Thriller at 5. » 6/25/09 6:12pm 6/25/09 6:12pm

How To: Calibrate Your Turntable For the Best Possible Sound

Did our Listening Test week light up the fire inside to dust off some old records and whip a turntable back into shape to start enjoying them again? It's really easy, and cheap. Here's how. » 4/18/09 12:00pm 4/18/09 12:00pm

How Tech Changed the Way We Listen to Music

Technology always helped bring the listener closer to the music. Progressing from wax tubes, to records, to cassettes, to CDs, each jump has benefited the music fan. But maybe it's gone a bit too far. » 4/17/09 9:30pm 4/17/09 9:30pm

Kraftwerk, as Reimagined Through the 90s Lens of Tim and Eric


There are few groups more influential to electronic music than Kraftwerk. Spacevoyaging from Dusseldorf since the 60s, these 4 Germans are the essence of cool. Now, Tim and Eric imagine them as 1990s computer nerds. » 4/17/09 6:59pm 4/17/09 6:59pm

My First Album

I stared at the cover a lot. And I gawked at the inside album art even longer, wondering what the hell they were all wearing, vaguely aware that they were badass and I was not. » 4/17/09 5:20pm 4/17/09 5:20pm

Do You Listen To Music While You Work?

Personally, I can't concentrate with a lot of ambient noise—but many people prefer to have some music playing in the background while they work. Which category do you fall into? » 4/17/09 5:00pm 4/17/09 5:00pm

Kenwood's Glass Speakers Are Perfect for an Audiophile's Seppuku

When it's my time to go, I'm going to plug in these Kenwood SP0001 glass speakers into a badass receiver. Then I'm going to crank the volume and disintegrate in the resulting shrapnel. » 4/17/09 4:40pm 4/17/09 4:40pm

Engadget's Monster Cable Endorsement: "Monster Cable Sucks"

If you spotted this ad for Monster's Dr. Dre Beats headphones—which strips an out-of-context blurb from a news post—you'd think Engadget gave Monster Cable an awkward-sounding endorsement. But the mutilated sentence was lifted and applied without Engadget's permission. » 4/17/09 4:39pm 4/17/09 4:39pm

10 "Instruments" That Have No Business Playing Music

As part of our week long tribute to music tech, it's fitting that we honor artists that challenge our definition of musical instruments. Here are ten examples that shatter our perceptions (and eardrums). » 4/17/09 4:00pm 4/17/09 4:00pm

How We Listen: A Timeline of Audio Formats

Humans have been writing music for at least as long as we've been recording history. It was storing it that took a little more time. Here are all the ways we've done it to date: » 4/17/09 3:20pm 4/17/09 3:20pm

130 Audio Setups That Will Make You Very, Very Jealous

Man, my home theater setup really sucks. At least compared to most of these that you guys submitted, which are almost universally amazing. » 4/17/09 2:40pm 4/17/09 2:40pm

Audiophile Test: Speaker Wire, AC Power Cable, Record Demagnetizer

As promised, here are more details on the unscientific audiophile gear comparisons I did in Michael Fremer's audiocave. They range from the mildly crazy to the borderline batshit—and they were all fun as hell. » 4/17/09 1:20pm 4/17/09 1:20pm

Why Did Bose Never Manufacture These Bluetooth Speakers?

Say what you will about Bose, but more than once, we've found their low-end docking products to be alright. And besides, this concept is perfect for a company focused on ease of use. » 4/17/09 11:00am 4/17/09 11:00am

Sorry Stereo, But Beatles in Mono Rocks a Lot More

Beatles' record producer and arranger George Martin—the Fifth Beatle—once said: "You've never really heard Sgt Pepper until you've heard it in mono." As it turned out after hours of listening tests, it's completely true. » 4/17/09 10:00am 4/17/09 10:00am

Generic $25 Stereo Beats $1,100 Sound Systems

Proving that more expensive is not always better, a $25 "value" stereo system has obliterated $1,000 equipment from Sony and JVC in a British customer choice award as voted on by 500,000 people. » 4/17/09 8:30am 4/17/09 8:30am