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    Audio FileAudio File: Better yet, get the vinyl

    A perspective on music and precious things in our modern hasty culture
    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

    Audio File: Protect yourself from pressure cooker music
    I don't recommend you try this at home, but have you ever touched a speaker when it's playing music? I mean the speaker cone, not the box that it's in. Full Story

    Audio File: We put a bow on our subwoofer project, plus a new album and a show alert
    Well, I've spent most of the summer here talking about DIY audio and leading us through several projects. Full Story

    Audio File: Dialing in the bass is the crucial last step of our DIY subwoofer project
    If you've ever pressed a bass boost button, this column is for you. If you've ever fiddled with the tone controls in the car or bravely attempted the sliders on a 15-band equalizer, this one's for you, too. Full Story

    Audio File: Bass has been manipulated for years, but we're going to do it right
    If you're as ancient as I have become (36, HBD to me), you will remember not only the recent "age of auto-tune," but if you reach way back to the days of compact disc players, you remember a thing called mega bass. Full Story

    Audio File: Being an 'audiophile' means loving music and pampering your sense of hearing
    I was in a local shop the other day thinking about how crappy the sound system was in there, when the owner came by and, almost on cue, struck up a conversation with the guy next to me about how good he thought the music sounded. Full Story

    Audio File: Finding the right place for bass
    I love how noise-cancelling headphones work. Crammed into a narrow airplane seat near the engines, with nowhere to put your elbows and a baby crying one row back, you slip these on and press a button, and everything around you just slips away. Full Story

    Audio File: Subwoofer project continues as we glue box, install drivers
    During a few years of my childhood when Bob Ross' show was on PBS, Saturday mornings offered a bit of that Christmas-morning excitement for me. Full Story

    Audio File: Step 1 of DIY subwoofer project gets easier
    "Man plans, and God laughs." "Measure twice, cut once." One of these popular sayings applies to our awesome DIY subwoofer project, and it's not the one about cutting. Full Story

    Audio File: Love for the sub
    Bass is an old friend of mine. The first speaker I ever made, at age 7, was a subwoofer. I designed it using toilet paper tubes as bass ports, and I'm sure in retrospect it sounded awful. Full Story

    Audio File: Let the party commence
    The biggest and baddest and quite frankly the loudest Bluetooth speaker I've ever seen was a SOUNDBOKS thing being pulled in a gear wagon along the 505 jeep trail above Eldora. Full Story

    Audio File: Part 2 of our DIY Bluetooth boombox project
    Drums can't bang without skins, and our Bluetooth boombox project can't sing without speaker drivers. Full Story

    Audio File: Bring the boom back
    I recently found a guy on Instagram who collects and restores '80s-era boomboxes, or "ghetto blasters," as he calls them. Full Story

    Audio File: Build a set of speaker stands to give your music a solid foundation
    It's hard to think about the violent up-and-down (or whatever) movement of your car's pistons while you're driving. Full Story

    Audio File: Homebrew cables look cool and sound even cooler
    If you took a set of normal speaker cables and ran them over with a steamroller, you'd get something like what we're going to make today. Full Story

    Audio File: A fun glimpse into an audiophile setup when the budget doesn't matter
    The average cost to manufacture something audio related is usually about a quarter of what it eventually costs at the store, sometimes less. Full Story

    Audio File: Tune up the house
    Choosing the right audio system is a personal decision like choosing a car, but with cars, the difference between choices is more subtle. Full Story

    Audio File: Vinyl and the tube
    We're learning by example at the end of this series on audiophile basics, and last week's scenario of a video gamer building a serious audio system on the cheap was a great start. Full Story

    Audio File: Find your purpose
    I've been looking forward to this column because we're finally approaching the crux of the audiophile effort: piecing together a system to deliver profound musical enjoyment. Full Story

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    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