Some Basic Facts and A Few Opinions About Speaker Break-in

There are two radically opposing schools of thought regarding the need to burn-in, or break-in, new speakers. With some experience and a word directly from KEF's engineers, here's the low-down on what you can expect from your new speakers when you pull them out of the box.

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Audiophile Essentials: Dave Brubeck's Take Five

Serious music fans and audiophiles alike all agree on one thing: Dave Brubeck's Take 5 is an essential part of the American musical conversation.

Here's a quick, and not-very-scholarly look at the quintessential American jazz song.

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Take 5 is an essential part of the American musical conversation.

Here's a quick, and not-very-scholarly look at the quintessential American jazz song.

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How An Analog-To-Digital Convertor Works

Sampling rates. Word length. A-to-D. D-to-A. Herein lies a constant source of confusion and annoyance to music fans without advanced electronic engineering degrees: What the heck do all of those things actually mean, anyway? Grab a cup of coffee and a caffeine supplement, and let's find out.

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Talking Music, Life, and the Spiritual Aspects of Records, With Leland Sklar (Part 2)

This is part two of a fascinating conversation I had last week with bassist Leland Sklar. Today's piece focuses on the art and joy of being a high-demand session player, and the state of the music and recording industry. 

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Talking Music, Life, Shopping for Cheese, and the Dangers of Filming a Video in London Pub, With Leland Sklar (Part 1)

If you’ve listened to any popular music at any time in the past 45 years, you’ve heard Leland Sklar play bass. If you’re not familiar with Sklar’s talent, do yourself a favor and check him out.

While majoring in music at Cal State Northridge, Sklar met James Taylor and the rest is music history...

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