Stereo Pravda – Politically Incorrect View On High End Audio

This unique book is dedicated to what has been known since the 70s as the High End Audio industry (and, first and foremost, to the equipment that is at the frontline of humanity’s pursuit of sonic Utopia) and the dramatic story of the search for High End: the glamour and the misery, the gains and the losses, the highs and the lows.

by Misha Kucherenko (Author)

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Many years ago, when Kennerton’s head-honcho Valentin Kazangi met Misha Kucherenko, the founder of StereoPravda, they struck an immediate rapport as both of them always shared the same limitless passion for audio and devoted all their life to unstoppable pursuit of sonic utopia.

Through the following years they’ve been constantly collaborating on many projects, and quite often demonstrated their own products in the same exhibiting space at various audio shows. In that sense, Misha and Valentin became true brothers-in-arms for the no-holds-barred audiophile cause.

Instead of selfishly competing with each other, both of them always selflessly shared their experience and resources with each other, and always provided every kind of loyal support for each other’s own endeavors – and this book is a good example of that.

Soon after St. Petersburg’s Mashina Vremeny publishing house printed the first run of the English edition of Misha Kucherenko’s book “StereoPravda – Politically Incorrect View On High End Audio”, Valentin volunteered to help with its immediate world-wide distribution – that is, via selling it through his www.kennerton.com website.

On top of his knee-jerk reaction to help Misha, having read the book himself, Valentin does honestly believe that every striving audiophile in the world should benefit a lot from reading it.

This introduction to the book’s basic information is not just to announce Valentin’s whole hearted endorsement for it per se, it simply is an explanation of why this book ended up here.

As he truly believes that it would help them to shorten their way to a sonic bliss, Valentin does want the content of the book to be shared among all the visitors to the Kennerton’s website (namely, via applying some general principles thoroughly described in detail in the book – at that, either using high performance home audio systems, or using the appropriately designed and built portable ones; moreover, the book unequivocally supports the advantages of the latter approach over the former one).

As Valentin treats all the visitors to his site as his (potential) friends too, he does really want to help them to achieve all their ultimate sonic goals.

And such a mutual dedication to each other is what all the friends are for, isn’t it?

About the book

Many years ago, when Kennerton’s head-honcho Valentin Kazangi met Misha Kucherenko, the founder of StereoPravda, they struck an immediate rapport as both of them always shared the same limitless passion for audio and devoted all their life to unstoppable pursuit of sonic utopia.

Through the following years they’ve been constantly collaborating on many projects, and quite often demonstrated their own products in the same exhibiting space at various audio shows. In that sense, Misha and Valentin became true brothers-in-arms for the no-holds-barred audiophile cause.

Instead of selfishly competing with each other, both of them always selflessly shared their experience and resources with each other, and always provided every kind of loyal support for each other’s own endeavors – and this book is a good example of that.

Soon after St. Petersburg’s Mashina Vremeny publishing house printed the first run of the English edition of Misha Kucherenko’s book “StereoPravda – Politically Incorrect View On High End Audio”, Valentin volunteered to help with its immediate world-wide distribution – that is, via selling it through his www.kennerton.com website.

On top of his knee-jerk reaction to help Misha, having read the book himself, Valentin does honestly believe that every striving audiophile in the world should benefit a lot from reading it.

This introduction to the book’s basic information is not just to announce Valentin’s whole hearted endorsement for it per se, it simply is an explanation of why this book ended up here.

As he truly believes that it would help them to shorten their way to a sonic bliss, Valentin does want the content of the book to be shared among all the visitors to the Kennerton’s website (namely, via applying some general principles thoroughly described in detail in the book – at that, either using high performance home audio systems, or using the appropriately designed and built portable ones; moreover, the book unequivocally supports the advantages of the latter approach over the former one).

As Valentin treats all the visitors to his site as his (potential) friends too, he does really want to help them to achieve all their ultimate sonic goals.

And such a mutual dedication to each other is what all the friends are for, isn’t it?

In this book Misha Kucherenko has looked at our industry with a depth no one else has attempted.

TERRY DORN
Former president, Audio Research Corporation

My very good friend, “Big Misha” is a perfection-appreciative audiophile and creator of leadingedge performance earphone technologies. Misha’s dedication to advancing and perfecting High End Audio reproduction is to be commended. In this book, Misha shares his knowledge, experience, and passion for the pursuit of audio nirvana. As a friend for many years, we have spent countless hours exploring what it means to present music as an artistic expression and up-lifting experience. He is a truly inspiring and caring person who can teach us much.

— GARY REBER
Editor-in-chief & publisher, Widescreen Review and Custom Home Theatre Design

Working with Misha Kucherenko on our album, Heart On Snow, became one of the most exciting adventures of my life. His taste and expertise in selecting the repertoire and musicians, as well as the most fitting studios and his sonic experience, allowed the album to acquire the best sound possible. During the recording process, we repeatedly returned to the topic of sound quality in our conversations, and I am infinitely grateful to Misha for significantly expanding my horizons in this area.

— MARC ALMOND
Singer

About the author

Misha Kucherenko is a living legend. For more than thirty years he unites in his own completely inimitable way two realms — these of Music and Audio. Manufactures of High-End audio equipment, outstanding engineers and audiophiles meet famous musicians, sound producers and various fields journalists in this book. Everyone is engaged in a meaningful conversation with the author — Leningrad rock star Victor Tsoy and fabled British DJ John Peel, hi-fi pioneer Paul Klipsch and venerable singer-songwriter Boris Grebenshikov, counterculture enfant terrible Artemy Troitsky and Marc Almond, Russian traditional folk music legend Alla Bayanova and Sire Records’ Howie Klein

Having made his mark as a selfless enthusiast of High End Audio, a distributor of the most advanced audio equipment (he was a founder of the legendary Purple Legion audio boutiques in Moscow), an ardent music and audio journalist and even universally acclaimed developer of his own unique Hi-End equipment, Misha is not only one of the first Russia’s classiest professionals who has investigated the very roots of High End Audio but all this time he also was fully participating in the deepest inner movements that constituted the highs and lows of the industry’s dynamic curve.

Misha’s undying passion for music and its best possible reproduction is embodied in his StereoPravda ear monitors manufacturing project and is perfectly expressed by its slogan “Passing the torch of High-End (Home) Audio to the new generation of ‘portable’ audiophiles.”

Misha resides somewhere halfway between Moscow and Saint Petersburg and can always be reached at bigmisha@stereopravda.com