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Noise // Notes

Audio, ETC.

In the introductory days of audio componentry and the search for quality in reproduced music at home, Edward Tatnall Canby wrote a series of columns on the topic for The Saturday Review.  Those columns, along with related commentary by C.G. Burke and Irving Kolodin, appeared in book form in 1952 as The Saturday Review Home Book of Recorded Music and Sound Reproduction. I recently spotted a copy on eBay and placed a winning bid.

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Gear is the stuff you can kick–the metal, plastic, wood, and glass constructions that let us hear recorded music and see stored images at home and on-the-go. 

 
 
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Brill: Better Than Bose?

The noisest regular activity for most people is mowing the lawn.  Muffling the din from that activity is one of the great blessings of noise-reducing headphones.  In fact, the weekly lawn trim is the main purpose I've kept a set of such phones at hand for the past few years.

 
 
Build a great little amp

How would you like a compact, clean, bullet-proof 10 watt per channel power amplifier?  Think of the possible applications.  Use it with a portable CD player and a couple of small speakers for a transportable system that you could take on vacation or on business trips.  Add an FM tuner with a volume control and a couple of larger speakers for a nice bedroom, office, or workshop system.  Or set it up as an auxiliary headphone amp.

 
 
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The Rhythm and Cool of Chet Baker

Chet Baker

Contradictions and conflicting reactions dogged trumpeter Chet Baker throughout his career. An undervalued and overpublicized jazz musician, he was caught between critics who sniffed at his apparent technical limitations and fans who reacted more to his mystique than to his music.

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