Rick Schmidt

Astell & Kern L1000 Headphone Amplifier Preview

One look at the L1000 from Astell & Kern and you would know immediately why I requested one for review. This company, known for some of the best high end sound available in portables as well as beautiful designs must have had an itch to apply those skills to something a little larger.

Telluride 2017

Telluride 2017

Telluride attendance is still going strong, even in the ultra-expensive “Patron-Pass” category. However, even with a swell in the numbers of Patrons, who enter the theaters ahead of all others, we had little trouble getting into the movies we wanted to see.

Telluride 2016

In the intro for the 2015 Telluride Film Festival I wrote about how Aretha Franklin was suing to stop the presentation of the performance-documentary “Amazing Grace”. I’m happy to cut and paste that information into this year’s intro. We were shocked to see that it was on the schedule...

Telluride Film Festival 2015

Telluride Film Festival 2015

There was a great lineup of films at this year’s Telluride. Among them were two music documentaries that were filmed in the 1970’s but have barely seen the light of day in the forty-some years since. One of them vanished back into the darkness on opening day however. At the press conference at 1:00 pm on the Friday...