Best blogs of the audio underground


This high-efficiency pursuit isn't exactly mainstream: even the biggest audio forums are either woefully short of information or chock-full of misinformation, dutifully repeated ad nauseum by the faithful brainwashed drones of the audiophile hive.

Yeah, I'm getting jaded. :-/

So what's the audiophile misfit to do? Tune in to the audio underground, of course! Put on your tinfoil hats and fire up your soldering iron, the interwebs are full of weirdos just like you (and me)!

Here's a collection of some of my favorite blogspots and websites for your reading pleasure and inspiration. What you'll find once you dig into a few is that they're all rather incestuously interlinked to one another but that's okay - it's a good kind of cult to be in!

Oh, and feel free to add your own!

note: *I'll come back to this and update with short descriptions and embedded links - as soon as I figure out how I figure out how to do that...

JE Labs
Joseph Esmilla's blog with content from the original JE Labs website. Joseph has been doing this stuff for a long time, and I'm amazed at how often I find myself back at his page.

Thomas Mayer builds gorgeous high end tube amplifiers. Tube technology meets cutting edge design. Check out his "Tube of the month" highlights.

Stefano Bertoncello, passionate audiophile extraordinaire. Love this guy and am proud to call him a friend.

hifi heroin
Jeffrey Jackson and Dave Slagle are cookin' up some crazy addictive stuff.

retro vintage modern hi-fi
Iain's museum of awesome vintage scans

Magic Moment
Beautiful photography meets classic restoration projects in this Thai blog

(new adventures in) ultra-fi

Holger Barske
Love this guy's photography! Check out the ETF coverage.

Dark Lantern
Owen doesn't post all that often but he's got great taste.

Glow in the Dark Audio
Some really great audio projects, here.

Jimmy's Junkyard

Sure wish I could read Japanese!

I'd forgotten about this one for a while... It's well worth the visit!

Thanks to Bill for reminding me about this one!


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Thank you for this. I've been burnt out on audio for about 2 years now. I'll start reading some of the above...the nature of what's popular in audio now, or what's usually talked about in vintage, has left me just shrugging my shoulders and wanting to do pretty much anything else besides this hobby.


I think you'll find some good stuff in there, John. These guys are pioneers, poets, experimenters and archivists. And many of them really know their way around a camera!


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I've seen some of these before but this is good stuff Nate! I've got some reading to do.

Thanks for posting.


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Uh oh, you've gotten me sucked into the modification of a Sony TTS-2500 on Magic thing you know I'll be buying one of those TTS-3000s I've been eying on ebay and following along...


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If this isn't sticky material, than I don't know what is. Thank you so much for sharing this Nate, I'll be busy for a while. :)


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What a cool film! I don't know what to think about the products but I get the sense we are seeing true artists at work here - would LOVE to hear this stuff.


Yeah, these guys "get it." Sometimes I think about selling everything I own* to fund an all out, soup-to-nuts Jackson and Slagle system. I do think it would be a worthwhile endeavor.


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I heard Jeffrey Jackson's system at VSAC 2008 (probably the last one). It sounded good with what they were playing, then the guy demoing the system changed the source material and it was awe inspiring. I walked all around it, peered into the amplifier (5' tall) and marveled at the first time aligned horn speaker system I had ever seen.

Oh, I wholeheartedly agree, Jeffery gets it. Sadly for me, I don't know Slagle.