Enjoy the Music.com

Issue 57   March / April 2008
Editorial By Roy Gregory

 

  One of the great things about sharing a stable with a legendary title like The Absolute Sound is that it gives us access to a whole new roster of writers. So it's an enormous pleasure to welcome our first contribution from Anthony H. Cordesman, one of the most respected and longest standing audio commentators in the USA. With a penchant for leading-edge technology, more than 30-years reviewing equipment, including spells at Stereophile and Audio as well as TAS, has left him with an enviable depth of experience and a uniquely balanced perspective. You can read his views on the EMM Labs CDSA-SE player on page 40.

Meanwhile, a rather lower key demonstration than we normally stage, this at the Bristol Show, produced no less staggering results than we're used to. Aiming to compare the sonic and musical impact of connectors, we employed a mixture of genuine, high-end and high-priced WBT phono plugs and speaker terminals, standard lightweight phono plugs and fake WBT clones from the Far East. The phono plugs were all mounted to Chord Co. Cobra cables, at the same time and by the same person. The speaker terminals were mounted in parallel on the back of a set of Audio Physic Virgo V loudspeakers, as described in my column in this Issue. Ringing the changes we were able to elevate or completely destroy the performance of the demonstration system and not just in terms of hi-fi performance. Using a simple voice and guitar intro with sparse drum and bass backing, in the worst case, the relationship between the instruments, the vocal phrasing and inflexion, the naturalness of the instruments was completely dismantled, rendered tinny, disjointed, grainy and brittle. I'll be writing it up in full for the next issue, but for the moment take this on board: don't under-estimate the influence of even the most prosaic parts of the signal chain. Things are not always as they seem...

 

 

 


 

     
Quick Links


Audiophile Review Magazine
High-End Audio Equipment Reviews

Equipment Review Archives
Turntables, Cartridges, Etc
Digital Source
Do It Yourself (DIY)
Preamplifiers
Amplifiers
Cables, Wires, Etc
Loudspeakers/ Monitors
Headphones, IEMs, Tweaks, Etc

Superior Audio Archives
Ultra High-End Audio Reviews

Videos
Enjoy the Music.TV

Columns
Editorials By Tom Lyle
Viewpoint By Roger Skoff
Viewpoint By Steven R. Rochlin
Various Think Pieces
Manufacturer Articles


Show Reports
High End Munich 2018 Show Report
AXPONA 2018 Show Report
CanJam SoCal 2018 Show Report
CanJam NYC 2018 Show Report
Capital Audiofest (CAF) 2017 CanMania
TAVES 2017 Toronto Show Report
Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2017
CanJam 2017 Denver RMAF
LAAS 2017 Show Report
KL International AV 2017 Show Report
Click here for previous shows.

Other
Audiophile Contests
Cool Free Stuff For You
Tweaks For Your System
Vinyl Logos For LP Lovers
Lust Pages Visual Beauty

Resources And Information
Music Definitions
Hi-Fi Definitions
High-End Audio Manufacture Links

 


Daily Industry News

High-End Audio News & Information

Partner Magazines
The Absolute Sound
Australian Hi-Fi Magazine
NOVO (CANADA HiFi)
hi-fi+ Magazine
HIFICRITIC
HiFi Media
Hi-Fi World
Sound Practices
VALVE Magazine

For The Press & Industry
About Us
Press Releases
Official Site Graphics

Contests & Join Our Mailing List

Our free newsletter for monthly updates & enter our contests!

Our Social Media & Video Channel
      

 

 

       

Home  |  Sitemap  |  Industry News  |  Equipment / Music Reviews  |  Press Releases  |  About Us  |  Contact Us

 

All contents copyright  1995 - 2018  Enjoy the Music.com
May not be copied or reproduced without permission.  All rights reserved.