Has something gone wrong @ Stereophile?

My subscription ran out.  Their renewal option on the website was broken, and now there isn’t one. I tried to start a “new” subscription, but it won't accept it unless automatic renewal is selected.  Sorry, I don’t authorize auto-renew if I can possibly avoid it, as a matter if policy - it can be a nightmare canceling those things. 

they’re asleep at the wheel, compared to the renewal bombardment reminders  from The Smithstonian.  I consider Stereophile quite entertaining.  Miss AD, won’t miss MF.  Wondering  if something has happened to them…?


Not to shift gears, but what do you all do with accumulated back issues.  I have complete issues going back several years of both TAS and Stereophile.  I would be happy to give them away if anyone wants them. PM me if interested.

a little further explanation about "positive reviews" . . . 


I have six reviews and twelve column per year.  Why would I waste precious words  telling readers about a less than wonderful product? 

If you read me regularly you can guess what pleases – and displeases – me without a review 

It is that simple



Hi Herb,

I have always had a high regard for your reviews and colorful, engaging narratives. Thank you for your contributions to the audio world.  Keep up the good work.

Hi Herb, I recall you foreshadowed a review of Micromega’s great-looking integrated amp. Did something go wrong with logistics? Or did it arrive and and you end up not liking it? Blink once for yes, twice for no. 🙂

Fyi I did buy one (M100) really liked the build quality, design and features, but never gelled with the sonics. At least with my speakers (Audio Physic Sitara at that stage) and in my room the stereo image was rather constrained and bass timbre was a bit tight (in a not-so-good way). With and without Sonarworks EQ. No idea why really, but it wasn’t the DAC/pre part ... running the XLR pre-out to a (modest KAV-series) Krell power amp fixed those things entirely.

You can read Stereophile, as well as Sound and Vision, if you have an apple news subscription.