April 10, 2021

Archetype: The Ortofon SPU – A Moving Coil Origin Story

Since its introduction in 1959, the Ortofon SPU (stereo pick up) has remained largely unscathed from the ‘newer is better’ mantra that permeates much of society. Robert Gudmandsen’s 62-year-old design is still considered one of the most influential cartridges in high fidelity.
April 16, 2021

The Human Touch: Curated Record Clubs are Here

The new look of record clubs in 2021 is all about human experience, taste and curation, and Los Angeles slow-music club In Sheep’s Clothing is the first to put a face on it. A modern, organic twist on traditional record clubs of the ‘70s and ‘80s, the ISC Record Club offers hand-picked LP deliveries to your door every month.
May 18, 2021

Review: Pure Fidelity Horizon Turntable

The Pure Fidelity Horizon extracted information from the groove in a musical, accurate and resolution-oriented manner in line with its purview of spinning an LP at a sustained speed. But, much like sense, while these achievements may come off as simple, there is nothing common about the accomplishments of the Horizon.
May 23, 2021

Be Still Cody: Coffee & a Mixtape

Coffee, Wes Anderson and mix tapes. Three things coveted by individuals of a certain age bracket. Upon hearing from a friend that Victoria coffee roaster Be Still Cody (named after a line from The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou) included custom mix tapes with their beans, I immediately ordered some.