Franz Schubert—Trout Quintet (Speakers Corner 180g vinyl reissue)

Franz Schubert—Trout Quintet (Speakers Corner 180g vinyl reissue)

I wrote a review of a new Trout Quintet CD recording a couple of weeks ago. In my research for that disappointing release, I searched Audiophilia for my review of a Decca LP reissue of the Trout.  I thought I reviewed it last year. Nothing there, which leads me to this very pleasant task—reviewing a classic performance and reissue recording of one of Schubert's most endearing works. 

Schubert usually wrote chamber music with specific musical friends in mind, which may be the reason for the quintet's odd instrumentation; piano, violin, viola, cello and double bass. No matter, because typical of Schubert, his genius for exquisite melody and concomitant harmony is in full swing here. It's called the Trout because the 4th movement is a set of variations on his song Die Forelle (The Trout). 

Apple AirPods

Apple AirPods

You may be asking yourself why are the Apple AirPods, postgenitus of the Apple Earbuds, the subject of a review in an audiophile magazine targeted 'for the serious audiophile'? Good question. This huge Apple fanboy has done his fair share of hating on the Earbuds, and on earphones/headphones in general. Wireless? Even more so. As such, think of it as a post-Christmas public service announcement for audiophiles. 

While you're grinning happily at the goofy look of the AirPods and non-audiophile sound (whatever that means in headphone/audiophile terms?), think of this—the AirPods are most always sold out, make up 85% of the wireless headphone market, and have sold 25 million pairs. Now, quantity usually never means quality—hello, jazz and classical sales in comparison with Bieber and Rihanna—but I thought the numbers and the immaculate technology deserved at least a cursory look. And listen.