The Sound Advocate is now debuting!
“Another audiophile review site, you might ask?” Well, yes and no.
Yes, The Sound Advocate will be subjectively analyzing and commenting on the newest and most eclectic hi fi components available to the music lover today, be it at ANY price point! We also take great pride re-visiting and evaluating ‘vintage’ audio components from the early advent of high-end audio. There are a plethora of products that are available to audio enthusiasts as used equipment- including a few that are still considered benchmarks for which some of today’s best components can still be judged. I hope readers will truly enjoy this area of our site!
Our staff will also be presenting prolific articles and commentary on sound reproduction, digestible technical essays and the eminent music this hobby brings forth to us. Although classical music and its artists are predominant here, the sound advocate will also be featuring some of the best acoustically recorded pop music offerings, both past and present. We hope to reveal recordings of exemplary ‘CLASSIC’ style techniques in both digital and analogue formats.
On the other hand, we are, what I would describe in today’s world of the audio aficionados, “constitutionalists’ if you will. This being in the way we look at sound reproduction; particularly as compared to the abundance of journalists online and in print media who seem to believe that “sound accuracy” is relative and not of much importance in this day and age.
As opposed to almost every other Audiophile site, we adamantly still believe that high definition audio reproduction should always come as close as possible to an individual’s subjective remembrance of the sound of live music and acoustic instruments set in a “concert hall” venue.
The Objective measurements of well-designed audio components are the ideal fundamental starting points. To what extent the designer subsequently takes the components parts, how the unit interacts with the system in full and his (hopefully!) trained, musical ears will ultimately determine the subjective differences audio enthusiasts hear in the finest high definition systems. The listener and/ or reviewer will then evaluate the final presentation in his home listening environment which gives us the icing on the cake!
As editor and founder of this site I can proudly say that being an amateur pianist, I am a lover of classical (Mozart, Beethoven) and “oldies” pop music. I have had the hi-fi ‘bug’ since the mid -1970’s; this in and around the exact time that the surge of high-quality audio equipment and subjective publications truly came into its own.
As the 1980’s emerged, I started working with the N.Y.C importer of the Chartwell version of the BBC ls3/5a; this still being of reference quality for many with its highly accurate mid range reproduction.
In a true sense, I am returning to the audio publishing arena after editing my mail subscription magazine called “Sound News” from the late 1980’s. For me, music is the all-encompassing aspect of this hobby and indeed, along with my perfect pitch, music is in my head almost half my waking hours! (They say Schubert went mad because of this—thankfully, for me, it kept me sane!!)
Although a native New Yorker for all my life, I am currently a contributor to my local Wine and Food publication, ‘The Napa Spotlight’ in the Napa Valley where my wife and I have recently moved. You would think that being an Audiophile would be enough in itself—-but no, I am an oenophile as well!
The first time I saw and heard Marantz and McIntosh tubed gear, a Thorens turntable and some early Walsh and Presage speakers at a local hi-fi store, I was smitten.
As the trumpet was my instrument of choice, I was playing at Oakland University with a fabulous collection of musicians under the exceptional tutelage of Sam Rivers, Marvin “Doc” Holladay and Marcus Belgrave in a jazz band called the Afram Jazz Ensemble.
I began reviewing audio equipment in 2000 writing for Ultimate Audio, a Myles Astor hard copy magazine. From there, over the next nine years, I also wrote reviews part-time for Stereo Times (where I was also a Senior Editor), Sound Stage and Ultra Audio. I took a sabbatical from reviewing in 2009 due to the demands of my legal career.
Real music will always be my reference even if we may never attain that objective. That said, equipment reviews are a tool and a resource – not the ultimate authority on what equipment is right for you — as only your own ears and individual preferences can effectively help you make that decision
I embraced classical music in 1954 when I punched the wrong button on my car radio and first heard Heifetz play the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto. That inspired me to jump on the new “hi-fi” DIY bandwagon. In 1957 I joined one of the pioneer transistor manufacturers and spent the next 32 years in the semiconductor industry.
Home audio DIY projects remained a passion until ’89 when we decided to start our own photography equipment company. My renewed interest 2 channel stereo emerged in 2012 when we downsized our life and found that “high definition” mini-monitors + paired subwoofers were a great way to mate fine music with the space constraints of condo living.
Having written for the online publication “Stereomojo”my forte is jazz, classical music, pop and female vocals. I am a passionate believer in discovering great sounding, “bang for the buck’ equipment that the average music lover can afford. Having said that, you’ll find that some of my reference gear is inevitably quite expensive. I have found with this hobby, most of the time , you get what you pay for!
Based in Chicago, I’m a practicing attorney, failed musician and lifelong music fanatic and record collector. I’ve frequently contributed to such review sites as Headfi and Asian Provocative Ear. While somewhat sheepishly succumbing to current trends in home theater and portable audio, my continuing passion remains two-channel, state of the art sound reproduction and vintage gear. As per the overall ‘theme’ of The Sound Advocate, I adamantly believe equipment should serve the music and that good sound is attainable at any budget level!