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    Audio FileAudio File: Give your speakers room to breathe

    Pulling that box away from the walls is an age-old audio tweak
    Back in 1968, Bose, then a 4-year-old company named after its MIT-educated founder, went way out on a limb and created a speaker design that looked and acted like nothing that came before it. Full Story
    Audio File: At the deafening show
    So there I was, age 14 or 15 or so, at an outdoor punk rock show featuring Dynamite Boy and Pennywise. Full Story

    Audio File: Don't ignore the pain
    Signal-to-noise ratio is something audio engineers know all about. When they're designing an amp, a preamp, a network streamer or digital-to-analog converter, this measurement figure of the final product tells a lot of the story about what they're trying to accomplish. Full Story

    Audio File: Snap, crackle and pop
    Ever wonder why there's a button called "loudness" on old receivers? Why would a feature that has to do with loudness be a simple button with only one setting? Full Story

    Audio File: Membrane, hairs and goo
    Temptations are all around us. If you're an adult in this country, you're expected to know which things are not good for you and you make personal decisions about those things, for which you will ultimately be accountable. Full Story

    Audio File: Some have ability to hear everything — but it has little to do with their ears
    Ever heard the one about the audiophile with two hearing aids? I'm kidding — there's no joke for that setup. Full Story

    Audio File: New capabilities of electronic music production tech spawning new genres
    This is a difficult column to write. Not for any sad reason, mind you. I've just been trying to name something for a while, and today I want to do it for real. Full Story

    Audio File: All hail Eminence Ensemble
    This week was a perfect opportunity to reflect and reminisce on some of my favorite bands we recorded a few years back in the Colorado Daily newsroom offices for our live music video project Second Story Garage. Full Story

    Audio 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

    (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.

    Full Story
    (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