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    Audio FileAudio File: Get the good stuff

    If speakers aren't an option, quality headphones are a must for the desktop
    Last week's column suggested hi-fi desktop audio systems ranged from little eggs with great speaker drivers inside to the imposing yet notepad-thin Mini Maggies from Magnepan. Full Story
    Audio File: Killer desktop sound
    Finding options to build a great desktop sound system is easy in this Internet age. Public interest in better desktop sound has been helped by better audio in video gaming and better sound cards in computers and also boosted by the Beats By Dre revolution. Full Story

    Audio File: Musical Mom
    The name of my column, Audio File, implies a focus on good sound and the science behind the obtaining of it. Full Story

    Audio File: Natural stereo recording techniques have gone out of style in the mainstream
    The sound of natural stereo music has a quality that is intoxicating. The same way our eyes use two slightly different images to produce a 3-D picture, our ears are built to provide a 3-D image to our brains. Full Story

    Audio File: Fly on the wall
    Last week, I mentioned a buddy of mine had recently picked up a new pair of speakers that are known to help create that magic, holographic stereo field I described. Full Story

    Audio File: Stereo is old, but its best execution is just now being realized with modern tech
    Today, I was walking out the door to head to work, and in a sweeping gaze across the living room for things I had forgotten to grab, I saw my little Magnavox 8-track player in its spot on the shelf. Full Story

    Audio File: Speaking of good sound
    Upgrade. Just the word alone conjures a category system, and if you're looking at upgrading anything, you're admitting that what you've got can be better. Full Story

    Audio File: New music — get into it
    OMG. So much to get to today. In recent weeks, I've been going over the many new and upcoming releases from our local music makers, and today I want to get in depth with one spectacular new album in the hopes to get you off your butt and up to the release party Saturday night at the Caribou Room in Nederland. Full Story

    Audio File: New local albums, Vol. 2
    Last week, I ran through five local artists with albums either coming soon or just released. Most of the groups have yet to publish their albums, but Great American Taxi's latest and Gasoline Lollipops' "Resurrection" are both available and ready for a listen. Full Story

    Audio File: New albums from a few favorite local bands
    Ah, spring. Lately, we've been enjoying occasional reminders of what warmth feels like, even if it also leads us to fear that the earth is warming too much. Full Story

    Audio File: Not for the faint of heart
    Music is a tough business. The trials of being a musician — all the training and time spent perfecting a skill, and seeing what's out there and trying to do better — usually happens during hours that can also be applied to making immediate money. Full Story

    Audio File: The tide is turning and streaming services are finally adding Hi-Res music
    'Member the computer program Stuffit? An oldie but a goodie. I remember the early days of the internet when the size of files was just as important as the content within. Full Story

    Audio File: Follow the Gipsies
    Circling back to the topic of music loudness and the use of compression to make music louder, I want to wrap up with an observation I had last week. Full Story

    Audio File: Airpods, improv and the death of the album
    OK, Apple. You got me. At first, I wasn't too sold on the removal of the headphone jack on the new iPhones, but the more I break the traditional wired connections, the more I appreciate Apple's well-made design choices. Full Story

    Audio File: Some like it loud
    The past couple of weeks, I've been carrying on about the quality of recorded, streamed or broadcast music in our lives, and why listening to good recordings matters. Full Story

    Audio File: The loudness wars
    Tell me if this sounds familiar: You're hanging out with friends — say, in the awesome Perry Mansfield cabins in Steamboat Springs — and you're streaming Spotify from your phone to the big Bluetooth speaker that someone brought. Full Story

    Audio File: Start with great ingredients
    I talk a lot about quality differences in stereo equipment and about the many ways we listen to our music in modern times. Full Story

    Audio File: March will be a musical month to remember
    Oo-wee! Have you looked at the Fox Theatre's upcoming schedule lately? The Fox, one of Boulder's largest and most iconic music venues, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this March, and it has pulled out all the stops in booking just about the best musical month I can remember seeing in a long time. Full Story

    Audio File: The human touch vs. algorithms for new music
    I love discovering new music that I like. A couple years ago, when we were recording a different band every week in the Colorado Daily's newsroom studio, Second Story Garage, the new music came to me. Full Story

    Audio File: Love to the locals
    In a fantastic bit of news for local bands and local music in general, Boulder-based Monocle recently successfully ended a Kickstarter campaign to fund the recording and production of their sophomore album. 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

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