There are quite a few audiophile writers that have graced the pages of Stereophile, websites and YouTube channels over the years, but perhaps none so welcoming as Steve Guttenberg and Herb Reichert. Both influencers have chosen a path that tackles high end as well as budget systems, allowing for more people to join the fold of audiophillia thanks to their approachable formats.
Since Steve’s days at Stereophile, he has really taking up the mantle as a YouTube creator. His channel has grown to over 230k subscribers and his work ethic was simply amazing with a video-a-day output over the last few years. Steve has since “reduced” the channel to now two videos a week, but ask a comparison to others, the density of his creations is still perhaps one of the most consistent in the arena of video advisors.
Herb is a longtime Stereophile writer, who instead of merely sticking with the top end of the price categories, continues to produce relevant content for the masses (not just the highend) with his budget 2 channel and headphone reviews. His welcoming writing is a breath of fresh air when it comes to the sometimes stuffy world of $100k+ systems and room filling speakers.
The Occasional Podcast is launching into their 9th season with this episode interviewing Steve Guttenberg and Herb Reichert, but previous episodes include 5 things to consider when buying a tube amplifier, coverage of the Florida Audio Expo, interviews with Sean Casey of Zu Audio, how to’s and more from audio’s greatest talents, including Michael Fremer and Pacific Audio Fest 2022 Best of Show, another interesting conversation about the History Of The BBC’s LS3/5a Loudspeaker, A Beginner’s Guide To Tube Amplifiers and A View From The Booth: Reference Systems, Accuracy & Why Audiophiles Love Jazz So Much: including rare interview with the late audio legend engineer Al Schmitt. The finale from season 5 includes the yearly “best of awards” and you can also find episodes covering British HiFi, Subwoofers/Setup/Tips, and the how to: Budgeting From Entry Level To High End. Season 4 highlights include Joseph Audio, Pro-Ject Turntables, and Rob Watts. One can still download this season’s educational show with TOP’s Beginners Primer To High Fidelity Digital Audio alongside the latest on Two-Way Speaker Design. Fan favorite What Is Mastering? What Happens When An Album Is Remastered? is also still available as well. If you are interested in further exploring the analog realm, the Guide To Buying A Turntable (and records) might point you in the right direction.
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