Home | Audio Reviews |Audiophile Shows | Partner Mags News

Enjoy the Music.com Review Magazine
Reviewer's Bio

Dr. Michael R. Bump
Percussive Arts Society Board of Directors
Professor / Director, Percussion Studies
Truman State University's Department of Music

 

 

  Like you, I'm a consistent fan of Enjoy the Music.com, referencing the reviews/information many times over the years.

I'm also a career professional musician, thus my attraction and addiction to fine audio pieces and synthesis is a result of seeking the right sound in rehearsal and performance. I transfer much of this real-time awareness to my assessment of sound reproduction and those pieces which come closest to an organic, holographic presence of the recorded source. I'm no engineer, have minimal language in these fields, but speak fluent music. I've heard $800,000 systems that can get you there. Have also heard systems for a tiny fraction of this that can come pretty close. As you may agree, its all about synergy.

The audiophile hobby has been truly enjoyable through the years. I've been engaged since my teenage years in the 1970's with a humble Sherwood, Garrard, Teac, and Advent system. My wife (who is also a professional musician and professor of music) and I have crafted a home audio system that serves both downtime as well as critical listening of recording projects, reference study, etc.

 

 

Professional Career
For 34 years, I've served as Professor of Music / Director of Percussion Studies at various universities -- from the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss), Ohio State University, to Truman State University in Missouri. I've also been performing with professional orchestras as timpanist / percussionist for over 40 years, including national summer music festivals and numerous recordings. As an avid steel pan performer/arranger, I have been to Trinidad and Tobago, performing at the Panorama Competition during Carnival.

 

 

I am also an artist / endorser / guest clinician / solo artist for Pearl Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Innovative Percussion, and Evans Drumheads, and a published composer of several works for concert percussion. I also have a long-standing association with the Percussive Arts Society -- an international organization of over 10,000 members -- for which I currently serve on the Board of Advisors.

 

 

In short, I'm a percussionist and drummer... and an audiophile. A deadly combination!

 

 

Review Equipment (Two-Channel/Audio-Only)
Preamp: VAC Signature mkII SE (w/ phono)
Digital Source: Esoteric K-03
Analog Source: VPI Scoutmaster Signature (w/ Dynavector XV-1s cart)
Speakers: Daedalus Athena v.2
Sub: Velodyne DD10+
Cables: JPS Aluminata pc's, interconnects (XLR balanced & RCA unbalanced), JPS SC3 speaker cable
Conditioning: Running Springs Haley
...and a Nitty Gritty 2.5fi vac

 

Listening Space
Dedicated room that is 15' x 19' with 12' high ceiling. Fully carpeted. Speakers off the long wall, 42" / 8' spread. Centered listening point 11' at mid-range level. Have occasionally adjusted to nearfield listening at 5' just for fun. No professional acoustic treatments (as-yet).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     
 

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 2019 Show Report
AXPONA 2019 Show Report
Zagreb AV Show 2019
CanJam Singapore 2019 Show Report
Salon Audio Montreal Audio Fest 2019
Florida Audio Expo 2019 Show Report
Warsaw Audio Show 2018
New York Audio Show 2018 Report
Capital Audiofest 2018 Report
Copenhagen HighEnd 2018 Show Report
Australian Hi-Fi & AV Show 2018
Rocky Mountain Audio Fest RMAF 2018
CanJam 2018 Denver RMAF
KL International AV 2018 Show Report
High End Munich 2018 Show Report
AXPONA 2018 Show Report
CanJam SoCal 2018 Show Report
CanJam NYC 2018 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 & Information
Music Definitions
Hi-Fi Definitions

 


Daily Industry News

High-End Audio News & Information

 

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

 

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

 

Contests & Our Mailing List

Our free newsletter for monthly updates & enter our contests!

 

Social Media & Video
      

 

 

 

       

Home   |   Industry News   |   Equipment Reviews   |   Press Releases   |   About Us   |   Contact Us

 

All contents copyright  1995 - 2019  Enjoy the Music.com
May not be copied or reproduced without permission.  All rights reserved.