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    Audio FileAudio File: Seek the knowledge of a master

    Like a meandering stream, we've wandered this way and that through the land of tube audio in recent weeks. Full Story
    Audio File: Some of the best-sounding tubes have been stored unused for many years
    Zzzzapp! This week I got shocked pretty good. Looking forward to talking about that. But first, let's wrap up this little tube series we've been on for the last several weeks. Full Story

    Audio File: One benefit of interchangeable tubes is the ability to customize your sound
    "Hamdangler" was the only thing written on the back of the Atlanta Falcons jersey, in a screenshot of the preview photo at the NFL's custom jersey shop online. Full Story

    Audio File: Modern tube audio borrows from history, adds features and ease of use
    My earliest experience with tubes in audio is similar to that of most folks, I think. I started playing guitar at age 11, and in the guitar world, tubes reign supreme. Full Story

    Audio File: Today, it's easy to try tubes with confidence
    Tubes can be darn fun. Last week, I illuminated the charm of using thermionic valves, aka tubes, in audio and also hinted at the built-in maintenance and relatively transient shelf life of these not-so-ancient amplifying devices. Full Story

    Audio File: The magic of tubes wasn't understood until the alternative began to disappoint
    The incandescent light bulb is a wonderful example to help explain "the deal with tubes" in audio — what you gain (pun intended) by using them, why they almost went extinct and why they've come back in a big way. Full Story

    Audio File: California-based audio company is creating products for the real world
    "I'm completely Fulla Schiit" and "This Schiit is bananas" are competing banner ads that immediately greet the eye when you visit the website of the popular, new(ish) audio equipment brand. Full Story

    Audio File: Passion on a budget
    Last week's intro to the current column series, on stepping up from the entry level in audio to something a bit higher-end, finished with a call for you to research a modern speaker designer named Andrew Jones. Full Story

    Audio File: First step to step up your game
    This week, I got a question from a reader asking roughly the same thing that I've noticed from a few of my friends and folks posting on audio forums online. Full Story

    Audio File: No matter how you give or receive music, remember its value
    Music is nothing anymore. I don't mean it's dead. Here's what I mean: No matter the brand of a phone, everyone's got one. Full Story

    Audio File: Fill the stockings and load the tree with amazing local tunes
    I'm actually ready for Christmas this year, which is strange if you know me. I'm one of those folks who lives kind of day to day without a calendar, doing things on memory and clearing responsibilities as they pop up. Full Story

    Audio File: Diving deep in a sensory-based hobby causes your interests to change
    A thought occurred to me last week when I was in Charleston, S.C., while dining downtown at a very special restaurant named R Kitchen. Full Story

    Audio File: The thrill of the hunt for vintage audio gear
    Grandpa smell. Let's talk about it. My grandpa smelled great, and I have no complaints about my kid's grandads, so forgive me for the sweeping statement. Full Story

    Audio File: You can find an awesome set of vintage speakers — just don't do what I did
    I will never forget my first sense of being bamboozled in life, after coming home with the scratched-up old '70s speakers I had bought at a neighbor's garage sale for $10. Full Story

    Audio File: Used but not abused
    If you've been following or casually glancing at this column for a while, you know I'm super DIY-happy when it comes to audio. Full Story

    Audio File: Don't let the bass be erased
    We're cranking on a series about vinyl records, turntables and how all of that works. Last week's rundown of the tonearm got us moving toward understanding how this delicate marvel of engineering reproduces music, and we've got no shortage of tiny things to inspect along the way. Full Story

    Audio File: The tonearm has one of the toughest jobs on a record player
    Throughout our country's music entertainment history, the vinyl record has been the big man on campus. Full Story

    Audio File: Schmutz gets in the way of grooves
    Take a look at your phone. The screen is perfectly clean at this moment, right? No smudges? Yeah, right. Full Story

    Audio File: Better yet, get the vinyl
    I know you've seen this before. A band that you like announces a new album release, and in the promotion push, the band says you can find their album on iTunes or Spotify, "or better yet, pick up a copy on vinyl. Full Story

    Audio File: Smart, local bluegrass group shows us how success is made
    How do you build a bluegrass band to be competitive in the teeming Colorado 'grass scene? You fill it with the most technically proficient players you can find, you whip them into shape and then you get ready to whip all comers in well-established area festival competitions. Full Story

    (Matt York / Associated Press)
    College footballCU football: Buffs reeling from first blowout loss

    Turnovers, sacks allowed pile up in defeats

    After many of Colorado's Pac-12 losses over the years, there was a helpless feeling coming from the Buffaloes.

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    (Matt York / Associated Press)
    College footballCU football: Buffs reeling from first blowout loss

    Turnovers, sacks allowed pile up in defeats

    After many of Colorado's Pac-12 losses over the years, there was a helpless feeling coming from the Buffaloes.

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    (Paul Aiken / Staff Photographer)
    Second Story Garage: Gasoline Lollipops

    The Boulder alt-country band gives its EPs names such as Death and Resurrection, and its songs bear the mark of hard truths and sin. But the punk energy behind the playing, and the sense that it's all in good fun, make it OK to dance to a song like "Death." Full Story