Which Audiophile Magazine Would You Recommend?

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by Argus1, Apr 12, 2019.

  1. Argus1

    Argus1 Active Member Thread Starter

    Simple question. Stereophile or Absolute Sound? Or add any other magazine you think is relevant.
    I get both.
  2. Tim Irvine

    Tim Irvine Forum Resident

    Austin, Texas
    The New Yorker or The Atlantic Monthly. SHF has more than enough information and opinion relating to stereo or music!

  3. Big Blue

    Big Blue Forum Resident

    Funny, my first reaction reading the first post was to remember that I have been considering a subscription to one or both of them. More than enough information? Maybe, but I’m into it.
  4. Big Blue

    Big Blue Forum Resident

    I actually just subscribed to both, and fell for the impulse offer for Sound & Vision, as well as the New Yorker. I already get the Atlantic. This thread just made some publishers a tiny bit of scratch.
  5. lightbulb

    lightbulb Not the Brightest of the Bunch

    Smogville CA USA
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    When I thought I'd lay myself down to rest
    In a big field of tall grass
    I laid there in the sun and felt it caressing my face
    As I fell asleep and dreamed
    I dreamed I was in a Hollywood movie
    And that I was the star of the movie
    This really blew my mind
    The fact that me an overfed long haired leaping gnome
    Should be the star of a Hollywood movie, hmmm
    But there I was
    Hmm, I was taken to a place
    The hall of the mountain kings
    I stood high by the mountain tops
    Naked to the world
    In front of
    Every kind of girl
    There was long one's, tall ones, short ones, brown ones
    Black ones, round ones, big ones, crazy ones
    Out of the middle, came a lady
    She whispered in my ear
    Something crazy
    She said,

    Spill the wine, take that pearl
    Spill the wine, take that pearl
    Spill the wine, take that pearl
    Spill the wine, take that pearl

    I could feel hot flames of fire roaring at my back
    As she disappeared, but soon she returned
    In her hand was a bottle of wine
    In the other a glass
    She poured some of the wine from the bottle into the glass
    And raised it to her lips
    And just before she drank it, she said

    Take the wine dig that girl
    Spill the wine, dig that girl
    Spill the wine, dig that girl, come on, come on
    Spill the wine, dig that girl

    Take that girl, yeah
    It's on girl, all you gotta do is spill that wine
    Spill that wine, let me feel, let me feel hot, yeah, yeah, ooh
    Spill the wine, spill the wine, spill the wine, spill the wine
    Spill the wine, spill the wine, spill the wine
    Dig that girl
  6. vinylontubes

    vinylontubes Forum Resident

    Katy, TX
    I didn't renew my subscription to The Absolute Sound when HP left. That was in 2012.
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  7. Strat-Mangler

    Strat-Mangler Forum Resident

    Title your threads accurately. Clickbait mysterious ones are frowned upon around here.
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  8. Cyclone Ranger

    Cyclone Ranger New old stock

    Best Coast USA
  9. hodgo

    hodgo Tea Making Gort (Yorkshire Branch) Staff

    East Yorkshire

    Modertor Note:

    In future please put a bit more thought into your thread titles, "Which one...?" is simply not good enough, how on earth is anyone supposed to know what your thread is about. On this occasion I'll change it for you, in future however, it may just end up being closed or deleted.
  10. macster

    macster Forum Resident

    San Diego, Ca. USA
    Tone Audio

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  11. ayrehead

    ayrehead It was like that when I found it...

    Mid South
    As much as I have bashed reviews and reviewers around here I still enjoy reading the magazines but I don't take them very seriously.
  12. eflatminor

    eflatminor Forum Resident

    Positive Feedback
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  13. Doctor Fine

    Doctor Fine Forum Resident

    Lewes, DE
    Neither magazine has much to say about room design and helping the hobbyist set up their kit.
    It is mostly a bunch of hype and advertising masquerading as tests and reviews.
    Herb is a pretty good read at Sfile.
    Sometimes Robert Harley at A.S.
    But I miss Sam Tellig and the old days when it was about the hobby---and you felt a sense of community.
    Haven't subscribed in years and the forums there on line are not too good either.
    Thank goodness for SHF!
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  14. jonwoody

    jonwoody Forum Resident

    Washington DC
    There are many places on the web for audio reviews Daily Audiophile is a great aggregator:

    Daily Audiophile

    I personally like Hifi-advice.com but I tend to read whatever catches my eye from that site Stereophile and Absolute Sound included.
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  15. Stone Turntable

    Stone Turntable Dedicated Listener

    New Mexico USA
    I’ve recently resubscribed to Stereophile after a lapse of several years and I’m enjoying it, although too often with gritted teeth and painful eye rolling. I’m curious what, if anything, the new editor, Jim Austin, is going to do with the magazine and that’s likely to determine whether I re-up. John Atkinson’s measurements and Fremer’s vinyl-gear coverage add real value to the hi-fi conversation, but there continue to be various insanities such as a ridiculous preponderance of incredibly expensive big-iron “reference” components and the maddening log rolling for MQA.

    I subscribed to TAS for a number of years but in the end the fanatical pure subjectivism and luxe porn for the 1%, absent the hypnotic psychodrama of Harry Pearson’s Sea Cliff dispatches, drove me away.
  16. ayrehead

    ayrehead It was like that when I found it...

    Mid South
    I've always subscribed to the notion (at least partly) that the last thing this magazine industry wants is for you to be happy with your gear. It's bad for business.

    To quote a famous movie line- "We're all puppets in the same sick play."
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  17. David Fischer

    David Fischer Forum Resident

    Pittsburgh, PA
    In this day and age, don't think any are necessary - with forums, videos, and online access to most reviews, you can get more broad and robust information than any one single publication can provide. Lots of options online for whatever you need. Also, a lot depends more on the individual reviewer than the publication they are writing for.
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  18. tmsorosk

    tmsorosk MORE MUSIC PLEASE

    Alberta Canada
    I subscribed to both for years and years but they really seem like there both just selling equipment now.
    If your just looking to keep up with whats new, equipment wise, then the'll both do that but otherwise it's just same old jargan.
  19. Billion$Baby

    Billion$Baby Forum Resident

    Sound and Vision is worthless unless you run out of toilet paper.
  20. Joefarrell

    Joefarrell Forum Resident

    Agreed that SHF is cat's meow vs. these magazines. I appreciate their mission and niche and the heart and effort that goes into a magazine. But for me - and many others I think - the features on megabucks stuff that I could never afford were superfluous yet often dominant. The most I have ever spent on a piece of equipment was $1000 for used Yamaha AS-2000. More often I am looking at stuff for a few hundred dollars and most often used. $500 does not get much these days in new turntables, amps, etc. Reviews of stuff up to 1.5 K may be useful for me but not 5k, 10k, 20k, etc. not. To each their own. I did like the record reviews and reasonably priced accessory reviews are helpful.
  21. finn

    finn Forum Resident

    Hifi critic, subscription only, not inexpensive, no ads, just content, cover to cover reading.
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  22. Jacob29

    Jacob29 Forum Resident

    Aspen Colorado
    I just started up with stereophile subscription because you can get it for $12 a year on Amazon now.
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  23. bhazen

    bhazen Fab Fourever

    Newcastle, WA
    !! Thanks for hipping me to this page. Had no idea.

    Stereophile has been my default fave for years.
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2019
  24. Big Blue

    Big Blue Forum Resident

    My full impulse subscription spree mentioned previously altogether cost me less than I have spent on some LPs. I think the print magazine industry may be struggling to keep enough subscribers to actually sell ads? Haha
  25. Chazro

    Chazro Forum Resident

    West Palm Bch, Fl.
    In today's day & age, magazines in general, audio mags in particular, are a dying breed. It would probably be a full-time job to keep up with all the audio sites currently available online. The younger audiophile will never know what it was like back in the pocket-digest sized days of TAS and Sterophile. Especially when CD's 1st hit the market, it was an audiophile explosion the likes of which I don't see happening again. Ever. Between the imported English mags and the American stuff there was quite a few to choose from. In bookstores, the magazine sections would have an 'Audio' section! Those days are surely gone forever.
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