Carlo Lo Raso

A Conversation with Mark Waldrep

During my preparations for the review of Mark Waldrep’s book, Music and Audio: A User Guide to Better Sound (link), I was able to interview Mark by phone from his home on the California coast. We discussed the new book and touched on various aspects of his career in music and on the state of high-resolution audio in general.

Music and Audio: A User Guide To Better Sound – Book Review

Many of our Secrets readers are, undoubtedly, already familiar with Mark Waldrep. His AIX Records audiophile label has been producing high-resolution music in stereo and multi-channel surround sound for almost twenty years. Mark recently decided to draw upon his 40 years of combined audio engineering, production and teaching experience to put together what amounts to a reference book about high-resolution audio. It neatly covers practically every link in the chain, from studio production to home playback.

Bryston BDA-3 DAC

Bryston BDA-3 DAC Review

Bryston tempts our sonic sensibilities with a DAC that not only possesses enviable decoding performance but also has every conceivable connection type, including four HDMI inputs!

MartinLogan Crescendo X Networked Speaker Review

The MartinLogan Crescendo X is a stylish looking and great sounding networked speaker that can bring you your music from a variety of sources, whether they be wired or wireless. It incorperates the latest Blutooth functionality, is AirPlay certified and can be controlled in depth through the DTS: Play-Fi app on either Android or iOS devices.

HiFiMAN RE2000 In-Ear Monitor Preview

HiFiMAN RE2000 In-Ear Monitor Preview

As a rule, I personally tend to prefer wearing headphones over earphones. I find them, on the whole, to be more comfortable, less fiddly to deal with and I seem to enjoy the sound more while either at home or on the go. Consequently, I’ve been fortunate enough to sample a number of headphone models from HiFiMAN over the years...

ELAC Uni-Fi Slim 5.1 Speaker System Review

The ELAC Uni-Fi Slim 5.1 Speaker System is a stylish and well-designed speaker line whose components can deliver resounding performance when used either individually or as a complete system. Designed by acclaimed speaker engineer Andrew Jones, ELAC’s Uni-Fi line is available in two versions. We are reviewing the “Slim” versions, which were originally designed for the European market and have narrower front baffles with deeper overall cabinets and two satin paint finishes. The “Standard” versions have wider front baffles, are not quite as deep and have a different brushed vinyl finish. Both versions are said to sound identical although the “Slims” command a higher price due to the aesthetics. Be assured though, the price-to-performance ratio of either version is quite exceptional. Thank you ELAC. It’s good to have options!