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09 / 03  /15

Technics New Turntable And Grand Class G30 Series
Technics New Turntable And Grand Class G30 SeriesTechnics has announced new hi-fi products including their much-anticipated turntable and is a follow-up to their legendary SL-1200. Their turntable will have a direct-drive motor that improves upon the quality of sound in the SL-1200 and is slated to be available in 2016. Technics new turntable design is a complete rebuilding and modernization of the SL1200. "Turntables are a very iconic product for the Technics brand" says Technics director Michiko Ogawa. "It is important to show our sincere dedication [to that]. The turntable market is very small but it is a very important brand product." The newly-developed direct drive motor has a coreless stator design that eliminates cogging and twin rotors that reduce bearing load and minimize tiny rotational fluctuations (wow & flutter) whilst also maintaining high torque. An oil impregnated high-precision bearings will minimize unwanted vibrations during rotation. Technics' redesigned direct drive motor control technology involves a special spindle motor control technology that switches the stator winding drive mode according to operating conditions to provide both high starting torque and high rotational stability. There will also be adaptive rotational control technology that achieves optimized compensation according to precision rotational position detection and load fluctuation factors. Technics also will be offering their Grand Class – G30 Series that consists of two hi-fi audio components designed to deliver a superlative musical experiences. Technics' A Network Audio Amplifier SU-G30 will be joined by the Music Server ST-G30, both available in the Spring of 2016. The SU-G30 inherits the reference-class audio technology concept with their JENO Engine that transmits and processes audio signals in full digital and with minimal jitter from the input stage to the power stage. The GaN-FET Driver performs high-speed switching with minimal loss. The LAPC conducts speaker load adaptive phase calibration to achieve ideal gain and phase characteristics for any type of speaker. The newly developed low-distortion switching power supply realises accurate power supply by suppressing switching frequency fluctuations caused by load shifting. The SU-G30 features a built-in network playback and is built to transmit digital audio data through the shortest possible signal path from the music sources all the way to the power stage with extremely low signal degradation. Supporting a diversity of input sources, such as Spotify, Internet radio, digital audio (DLNA, USB, and Bluetooth) and analog audio (Line and Phone), the SU-G30 digitally processes all types of signal sources and supports the latest high-resolution formats up to 384kHz/32-bit and DSD11.2 MHz. Output power of the SU-G30 is 50 wpc stereo @ 4 Ohms (100 wpc @ 4 Ohms).

 

Australia's OpenLIVE Has CD Quality And Higher Music Downloads
Australia's OpenLIVE Has CD Quality And Higher Music DownloadsOpenLIVE has officially launched Australia’s first CD quality and higher music download store. While the company seems to confuse Hi-Res Audio with lower quality CD on their website and the press release we received, just as Pono offers many tracks yet most of them are at lower quality CD resolution as well, OpenLIVE does offer over 1,500,000 tracks and will be updated regularly during the coming months to reach more than 2,500,000 music tracks. OpenLIVE's extensive catalog of music includes a large range of artists from different genres. OpenLIVE has plans to continue to grow this library to provide music fans with one of the most extensive online downloadable music catalog available within Australia. OpenLIVE says they have also developed some exciting new technology in the live music space that will result in a growing collection of live recordings being made available to fans, yet we're not sure what that technology is other than working with artists like others to get live recordings. "Very soon, any band or artist playing in OpenLIVE enabled venues will have the ability to capture, archive and release their live performances with just a few clicks" says Simon Tait, Chief Technology Officer. "Hi-Res music has benefits across all genres. The depth, feeling and sense of realism can be heard, and felt regardless of the type of music. It's not just for classical and jazz aficionados, it's genre agnostic and this is borne out by the sheer number of artists who make their catalogs available in Hi-Res formats." A note to OpenLIVE's CEO and employees, please stop using the term Hi-Res when you really mean CD quality digital music files. They are different as newer Hi-Res Audio is better than the decades old CD resolution and you may be adding to customer confusion within the marketplace, which i'm sure none of us desire.

 

09 / 02 / 15

Alliance For Open Media Joint Development Foundation
Alliance For Open Media Joint Development FoundationAre you tired of developing content in proprietary, perhaps outdated formats, for audio and video delivery in the modern world we live in today and that of the future? If so, then the newly formed Alliance for Open Media is a Joint Development Foundation project formed to define and develop media codecs, media formats, and related technologies to address marketplace demand for an open standard for video compression and delivery over the web. The Alliance's initial focus is to deliver a next-generation audio and video format that is interoperable and open, optimized for the web and scalable to any modern device at any bandwidth. Designed with a low computational footprint and optimized for hardware, this new alliance of major players within the marketplace promises to deliver the highest-quality, real-time audio and video delivery with flexibility for both commercial and non-commercial content... including user-generated content. With seven leading Internet companies announcing the formation of the Alliance for Open Media, their founding members include such heavy-hitters as Amazon, Cisco, Google, Intel Corporation, Microsoft, Mozilla and Netflix. The new Alliance is committing its collective technology and expertise to meet growing Internet demand for top-quality video, audio, imagery and streaming across devices of all kinds and for users worldwide. "As a founding member of the Alliance for Open Media, Cisco is committed to offering our innovation and resources to the creation of a next-generation video codec," said Jonathan Rosenberg, CTO of Cisco Collaboration Technology Group. "We have been very vocal about our desire to deliver a royalty-free codec and we believe that joining the forces of the designers of the Daala, Thor and VPx codecs in AOMedia will multiply our collective efforts to deliver next-generation media codecs, formats and technologies." Matt Frost, Head of Strategy and Partnerships for Google's Chrome Media says "Google launched the WebM Project in 2010 in the belief that web video innovation was too slow and too closed, and that broad collaboration — in the open — would fix both problems. The Alliance for Open Media is a big leap forward for these core philosophies, and we’re gratified that our AOMedia partners share this vision. Our combined strength, resources and expertise will drive the next generation of web media experiences much further and faster than WebM can do alone." We also have Jonathan Khazam, Intel Vice President and general manager of the Visual & Parallel Computing Group, who said "Intel Corporation is pleased to be a founding member of the Alliance for Open Media. Intel is committed to open standards and leadership in next generation video technologies that are central to new user experiences. The Alliance’s open framework will enable Intel and other alliance members to help usher in the next generation of video-oriented experiences that combine higher quality with lower delivery costs." There are also quotes from industry leaders including Microsoft and Mozilla on the Alliance for Open Media's website. Other members will be announced at a future date.

 

Sony NW-A25HN / NW-A27HN And Upper Line NW-ZX100HN Walkman
Sony NW-A25HN / NW-A27HN And Upper Line NW-ZX100HN WalkmanFans of the Sony Walkman series of portable digital audio players can look forward to the new NW-A25HN/NW-A27HN and upper line NW-ZX100HN (~€400 and ~€700 respectively). Sony's upcoming NW-ZX100HN Walkman Hi-Res Audio player is said to also have digital noise cancelling function whilst having the capability to enhance lower quality lossy compressed MP3 files using DSEE HX. S-Master HX performs digital processing of the audio signal to everything from MP3 to the new Hi-Res Audio music files. Sony has improved flexibility by incorporating noise reduction to keep out unwanted outside noise from interfering from the music as heard by the listener. There are four independent headphone driver power supplies that feed the positive and negative electrical signals of the left and right channels. Sony's NW-ZX100HN incorporates LDAC, a new audio technology from Sony that allows you to enjoy high quality wireless audio via Bluetooth and has three times the data rate than standard Bluetooth. The advantage of LDAC is in its ability to provide high quality wireless listening. Sony has analyzed every circuit and part, including using tin solder to achieve what the company feels is a more natural frequency balance. The circuit board is filled with copper to produce "a more firm bass and distinct high range and clear vocals". Internal memory is 64GB and there is a microSD card slot. Operation of the NW-ZX100HN is via a 3.0" TFT color QVGA (400 x 240) touchscreen, playback time per charge is 45 hours, the entire unit weighs 145 grams and dimensions are 53.8mm x 119.5mm x 14.8mm (WxHxD). Sony's lower line NW-A25HN / NW-A27HN also has digital noise cancelling and will be available in 16GB for the NW-A25HN and 64GB within the NW-A27HN. The screen is 2.2" TFT color QVGA (320 x 240). Color choices for the units are are silver, black, fuchsia, turquoise, and lemon yellow. Battery life is expected to be around 50 hours of music playback. Dimensions are 43.6mm x 109mm x 8.7mm (WxHxD) and the unit weighs 66 grams. You can read Enjoy the Music.com's world premiere review of the Sony NW-ZX2 Walkman at this link.

 

Hi-Fi World's October 2015 Issue Is Now Available
Hi-Fi World October 2015We just posted Hi-Fi World's October 2015 issue! This edition features reviews of the Castle Avon 5 and the Spendor D1 loudspeakers. Digital gear includes the Lotoo Paw Gold digital audio player, Roksan K3 CD player plus the Chord 2qute DAC. Hi-Fi World also reviews McIntosh's latest entry-level power amplifier, Cambridge Audio CXC CD transport / CXA80 DAC with amplifier and much more. Within his editorial, Noel Keywood says, "These days all loudspeakers have a port, even if it's hidden somewhere, like in the base of the cabinet. This ‘hole in the cabinet' is a peculiar little thing. I suspect few loudspeaker designers really know how it works even now, and in the early days of ports they certainly did not. As a result they have never worked too well and many still do not, bouncing like the acoustic equivalent of a rubber ball. As a result there's complaint about 'reflex bass' – many listeners object to it. There are very sound reasons for this, if you'll pardon the pun, so Peter Comeau – who has written many learned articles about loudspeaker design for Hi-Fi World – has made an alternative loudspeaker cone loading system available in the new Castle Avon 5 I review on p10 of this issue. I know just where he was coming from with this design and it works a treat in real life rooms." You can see what's in this issue of Hi-Fi World here.

 

The September Issue Of Hi-Fi+ Is Now Available
Hi-Fi+ Magazine127 September 2015Hi-Fi+'s September issue is now available online and includes reviews of the Kiso Acoustics HB-X1, Gamut RS3, KEF Reference 1, Sonus Faber Chameleon B, Fostex PX5-HS active and Kaiser Kawero loudspeakers. There's more as they review the Cyrus Audio Stereo 200 stereo power amplifier, Stillpoints Apertures room acoustics treatment, Modwright PH 150 phonostage, Noble Audio 4s custom-fit in-ear monitors and more. Within his editorial, Alas Sicom says "In many modern listening spaces, the high-performance standmount loudspeaker also benefits from not being large floorstanders. With ever smaller buildings at ever-increasing prices, a large tower loudspeaker can be both physically intimidating and prone to overdriving the room itself. Smaller loudspeakers are increasingly at or approaching full-range replay, but tend not to have the same 'earth-moving' bass of an equivalent floorstander, and this has its advantages in the big city." See the September issue of Hi-Fi+ at this link.

 

Astell&Kern AK380 AMP Adds More Power For Headphone Output
Astell&Kern AK380 AMP Adds More Power For Headphone OutputAs Astell&Kern's first released accessory for their award winning AK380 ($3500) is the much anticipated AK380 AMP ($699) headphone amplifier. Their AK380 AMP further extends the use of the AK380 by handling high-impedance headphones and high-gain output while having the goal of remaining faithful to the original sound. An internal 3400 mAh battery within the AK380 AMP helps the unit to produce 8.1 VRMS high-gain balanced output and 4.1 VRMS via the unbalanced output. To protect earphones / headphones during high output, the volume is automatically adjusted when the amp is powered on or the earphones/etc are disconnected. Furthermore, the gain can be easily adjusted via the AK380's settings. When charging the AK380 AMP is also charged the AK380 when connected. When the AK380 AMP is connected, USB DAC and optical out functionalities through the amplifier are disabled. Astell&Kern's AK380 AMP was designed as an extension of the visual light and shadow theme of the AK380. A diamond pattern engraved into the volume wheel of AK380 is repeated on the amplifier's rear light for design continuity. A micro-USB jack provides input for charging and data transfer. Unbalanced stereo headphone output is via industry standard 3.5mm TRS jack and balanced output is via 2.5mm TRRS. Overall dimensions of the Astell&Kern AK380 AMP are 3.17" x 5.01" x 0.40" (WxHxD) and it weighs 5.82 ounces. You can read Enjoy the Music.com's world premiere review of the Astell&Kern AK380 at this link.

 

09 / 01 / 15

September Review Magazine Features Our Best Of 2015 Blue Note Awards
Within this month's Enjoy the Music.com Review Magazine we have a world premiere of the personal audio industry's much-anticipated Questyle QP1R portable music player and a review of the ultra-thin Estron Linum Balanced two-pin 2.5mm TRRS custom IEM cable. Home audio gear is well-represented as Enjoy the Music.com's world premieres include Gershman Acoustics' impressive Grande Avant Garde loudspeakers, the amazingly flexible Parasound Halo Integrated 2.1 channel amplifier with DAC, and the precision DanaCable USB cable. We also have reviews of the very exciting Cary Audio DAC-200ts stereo DAC with preamplifier, Hegel's big hit with their H160 solid-state stereo integrated amplifier with DAC, and Aries Cerat's impressive Incito stereo preamplifier. We round up our equipment reviews with a complete system redo using Nordost's highly-acclaimed precision cables.

You've read the hype in all the magazines about loudspeakers designed by Andrew Jones. Now you can learn the story behind this brilliant man within our exclusive article showcasing Andrew's history. As perhaps the hottest loudspeaker designer within the market today, Andrew has time and again produced a wide variety of speaker projects at various price points. Many loudspeaker companies have benefited from his painstaking research and development. Today, ELAC takes the forefront with Andrew at the helm and you, the music lover, will soon hear these designs in stores worldwide... and at very reasonable prices too!

Enjoy the Music.com has completed our California Audio Show report with more than 30 pages of coverage online! No one else offers you more coverage of CAS 2015. Adding to that, we have upped the resolution of our photos and so click on virtually any image and see it in UHR! We'll be posting our Capital Audiofest coverage in the next few days so remember to check back for that report.

Enjoy the Music.com's annual Best Of 2015 Blue Note Awards brings special recognition to products we've reviewed during the past year. We dispense with long lists and give you only the very best in high-end audio gear. This year's Best Of 2015 Blue Note Awards honor a mere 11 products! We also continue our 20th anniversary celebration with the best phono cartridges and turntables in the past 20 years. Be ready for some eye-opening, and perhaps a few bank account deplenishing, surprises within our Special 20/20 Awards! Yes the Linn LP12 made the list, yet you could very well be surprised what other products made our list.

You can enjoy our September Review Magazine at this link. As always, in the end what really matters is that you...

Enjoy the Music,

Steven R. Rochlin
Editor and Creative Director
Enjoy the Music.com

 

08 / 31 / 15

Win An Itzhak Perlman Complete Recordings DG Box Set
Win An Itzhak Perlman Complete Recordings DG Box SetHappy 70th birthday to one of the world's most amazing violinists Itzhak Perlman! You can celebrate his birthday and win a free Deutsche Grammophon Itzhak Perlman box set! Deutsche Grammophon celebrates Itzhak Perlman's 70th birthday with the Complete Recordings box set - with 25 albums in their original jackets. Itzhak Perlman: Complete Recordings on DG is a 25-CD box set and one copy will be drawn at random among all participants. These performances represent Itzhak Perlman's playing at various points during his life. The collection is an excellent representation of "what I had to offer at the time of each recording: me at 25, me at 30, me at 40. I’ve always tried to keep my repertoire fresh and to continue evolving musically as an artist" says Itzhak Perlman. There is no doubt that Itzhak Perlman is a great violinist whose life and art should be widely celebrated on his 70th birthday today.

 

Design Build Listen The Wand 10.3" Tonearm For LP12 And SL1200
Design Build Listen The Wand 10.3" Tonearm For LP12 And SL1200The Wand 10.3" tonearm (£845) version has been explicitly designed to be the longest arm that you can fit on a Linn Sondek LP12 or Technics SL1200 family turntable without having to make major modifications. After a positive response to the 12" version of The Wand unipivot tonearm, this 10.3" version will fit many existing turntables. While 12" tonearms may improve tracing distortion performance by around 30% compared to 'standard' 9" versions, The Wand 10.3" arm achieves close to 20% improvement in a format that is achievable for many users. Designer Simon Brown of Design Build Listen described himself as a 12" arm convert, yet discovered that many people are unable to fit these long tonearms to their treasured turntables. The 10.3" tonearm makes this possible for many users. The Wand 10.3" remains a medium mass arm at 14 grams and thus enables it to be used with a wide range of cartridges. Dedicated mounting kits are available for both Linn LP12 and Technics SL1200 family of turntables.

 

08 / 30 / 15


The Trouble With Reason
Roger Skoff discusses cables, knowledge, and the human condition.
Article By Roget Skoff

 

08 / 29 / 15

Enjoy the Music.com's 20/20 Award Enjoy the Music.com Special 20/20 Award For Phono Cartridges And Turntables
Enjoy the Music.com's Special 20/20 Award – Phono Cartridges And Turntables
As Chosen By Editor & Creative Director Steven R. Rochlin

 

08 / 28 / 15

Andrew Jones: An incredibly brilliant loudspeaker designer does it again... with ELAC!
Enjoy the Music.com Exclusive!
Andrew Jones
An incredibly brilliant loudspeaker designer does it again... with ELAC!
Article By Steven R. Rochlin

 

The Capital Audiofest Is This Weekend In Rockville, MD
Capital Audiofest 2015The 2015 Capital Audiofest (CAF) is scheduled to take place from August 28th through the 30th the Hilton Hotel at Twinbrook Metro in Rockville, MD. This event is the Washington DC metropolitan area's comprehensive quality audio event and will feature high-end audio manufacturers. In total, there will be 38 rooms filled with high-end audio gear from 116 vendors/manufacturers. Attendees will enjoy many new products to see and hear. Enjoy the Music.com will be there reporting on this event as we have in previous years. You can see Enjoy the Music.com's coverage of the Capital Audiofest when it comes online at this link.

When: August 28th through the 30th
Where: Hilton Hotel at Twinbrook Metro
1750 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852

 

Michael Hedges Aerial Boundaries On Limited Edition Hybrid SACD
Michael Hedges Aerial Boundaries On Limited Edition Hybrid SACDMarshall Blonstein's Audio Fidelity will be releasing guitar innovator Michael Hedges critically acclaimed album Aerial Boundaries on a limited edition hybrid SACD. This will be the first time that the celebrated album has been made available on the SACD format. Aerial Boundaries is the record that presented Michael Hedges to the world as one of the world's top acoustic guitar visionaries. He stretched the limits of the instrument to accommodate his uncanny musical ideas. There are moments on the record where it seems impossible that so much music is coming from one man and his guitar. The liner notes inside the SACD booklet assures the listener that the guitar is the origin for every sound heard... attacking his instrument, snapping strings, banging on the fingerboard with his right hand. The songs on Aerial Boundaries are all beautiful and haunting and it is this emphasis on composition over technique that makes this such an important recording. Hedges' tracks feature layer upon layer of musical complexity and every performance expands the dynamic range of the instrument. Stirring, complex compositions like "Rickover's Dream," "Spare Change," and an ingenious instrumental take of Neil Young's "After the Gold Rush" are on full display. Hedges could be seductively quiet and suddenly explosive... slow or fast, timid or thunderous. Aerial Boundaries is also available from Audio Fidelity on a deluxe 180 gram high quality vinyl pressing.

 

Chick Corea And Béla Fleck Double Album Two
Chick Corea And Béla Fleck Double Album TwoConcord Music Group is soon releasing Chick Corea and Béla Fleck in their new album titled Two. This album is four years in the making and is said to be a sound unlike any other two musicians on the planet. "After four years of touring — 57 shows packed with musical brilliance — how do you sort through it all? Well, they listened to every single show and found the best-of-the-best, 'super-magic' takes" says the press release. Chick's admiration for Bella's banjoist bluegrass-meets-bebop band the Flecktones resulted in what Concord Music Group feels is the most compelling performances culled from those years of touring comprise Two. This simply titled, live double-album includes compositions from The Enchantment, which are re-worked with boundary-stretching improvisation. Corea and Fleck classics, as well as choice new music added to the repertoire along the way.

 

08 / 27 / 15


Enjoy the Music.com Final Update To Our CAS 2015 Report

Bergmann Audio And Avantgarde Acoustic

Advanced Transduction

Audioengine At The CAS 2015

 

Music Streaming Rules Nielsen's Mid-Year 2015 Music Report
Music Streaming Rules Nielsen's Mid-Year 2015 Music ReportThe first half of 2015 has seen a trend in music sales and streaming, with streaming now taking a front seat in the billions while album sales are still much less in the millions range. Vinyl album sales are up 38% and now account for approximately 9% of physical album sales. Nielsen Music U.S. mid-year report for the 6-month period of December 29, 2014 through June 28, 2015 highlights the continued growth of Streaming, with over 135,000 million (that's 135 billion) songs streamed on-demand through audio and video platforms. Overall digital consumption (sales and streams) are up 23%, yet sales are down as we'll break it down for you shortly. Total consumption for the year, based on Albums plus Track Equivalent Albums and the all-important Streaming Equivalent Albums, is up 14% over last year. Of note is that Vinyl LPs sales are up 38% to 5.6 million units, yet overall physical album sales are down 7%. So here's the breakdown of it all: On-demand music streaming is up 92.4% to 135.2 billion as compared to 70.3 billion during the same period in 2014. Total album sales are down 4% to 116.1 million in 2015 versus 120.9 million in 2014. Digital music track sales are down 10.4% to 531.6 million as compared to 593.6 in 2014. There are only 7 albums that have sold more than 600,000 units so far this year, while there were only four at this time last year. Yes, it is Taylor Swift’s 1989 as the best-selling and most consumed album of the year. Four digital songs are in the top 25, with each selling over 1,000,000 units. Taylor Swift also has the best-selling CD and best-selling vinyl LP of the year and has the 2nd best-selling digital album of the year, behind Drake. You can see the complete Nielsen report in PDF form by clicking here.

 

Industry News 15 Years Ago
Despite all the crying from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) about Napster and others "stealing" CD sales, sales have been at a record highs. Reportedly up 6% year to date for the United States (U.S.). Recorded CDs shipments to the U.S. during the first six months of 2000 reached 420 million units. CDs claim 86% of the total music purchasing market. While major labels have lost a lawsuit for illegally putting penalties on those dealers who did not follow the Minimum Advertised Price (MAP) as set be them, the dollar value of CDs increased 9.9% from this time last year to approximately $5.7 billion. "Despite the excitement felt by music lovers and record companies alike over the positive potential of the Internet, for the time-being, loyalty to the physical product remains as is evident by these midyear shipment numbers," said Hilary Rosen, President and Chief Executive Officer of the RIAA. "CDs will be around for a long time." Alas, vinyl album sales have been on the decline, losing 400,000 units to shipping only 1,000,000 units with a dollar value of $12,400,000. Please see the chart below for more details.

RIAA Midyear Statistic

 

08 / 26 / 15


Enjoy the Music.com Continues Our CAS 2015 Updates

Elac Loudspeakers Designed By Andrew Jones

Piraeus Audio

Profundo And Syncopation With Viva Audio

Voss Audio And Triangle Arts

 

Aries Cerat Incito Stereo Preamplifier Review
Aries Cerat Incito Stereo Preamplifier
Aries Cerat’s achievement in preamplifier design is awe-inspiring!
Review by Tom Lyle

 

Hegel H160 Solid-State Stereo Integrated Amplifier With DAC Review
Hegel H160 Solid-State Stereo Integrated Amplifier With DAC
Not another boring Bose burger.
Article By A. Colin Flood

 

LampizatOr Generation 5 Level 4 DAC Review
Follow Up: LampizatOr Generation 5 Level 4 DAC
Computer audio to satisfy an analog lover.
Review By Wayne Donnelly

 

08 / 25 / 15

Enjoy the Music.com Blue Note Awards 2015
Enjoy the Music.com Blue Note Awards 2015
Best High-End Audio Equipment Of 2015 Awards
As chosen by the staff at Enjoy the Music.com

 


Enjoy the Music.com Show Report Of CAS 2015

ATC @ CAS 2015

Napa Acoustics

Serene Audio

 

Gryphon Audio Designs Diablo 300 Integrated Amplifier
Gryphon Audio Designs Diablo 300 Integrated AmplifierGryphon Audio Designs, leading Danish brand of high fidelity audio now celebrating their 30th anniversary, is now shipping their Diablo 300 integrated amplifier (12.800 euro). The Diablo 300 employs a fully balanced volume control derived from the company's Pandora preamplifier, which is executed via a microprocessor-controlled 43-step attenuator for extreme precision in setting the desired listening level. Select resistors and relays ensure long life and perfect level matching with no more than two resistors within the signal path at any setting. The extreme wideband frequency response of the Gryphon Audio Designs Diablo 300 extends from 0.5 Hz to 350 kHz and its prodigious 300 Watt (8 Ohms) power output represents a 25% increase over the original highly acclaimed Diablo. The extreme high current capability of the Diablo 300 allows it to double its output to 600 Watts in a 4 Ohm load and a massive 950 Watts into 2 Ohms. To ensure the very best sound quality, there is zero negative feedback within the signal's ultra-short path. Minimal internal wiring is used and the military spec dual-layer and four-layer printed circuit boards have upwards of 105 micron copper traces. Dual mono Holmgren toroidal transformer with vacuum treated core and windings virtually eliminate mechanical noise. Gryphon Audio Designs is using new high-speed discrete single-ended Class A input buffers to achieve what they feel is the very best in sonic performance. Gold-plated Swiss Neutrik XLR sockets for two balanced sources and gold-plated phono sockets with Teflon insulation for three inputs and two outputs. There is a fixed-level AV throughput for integration with surround preamplifiers. Input level matching helps to prevent abrupt level changes between sources. A large vacuum fluorescent display ensures easy legibility and the brightness is adjustable (100%, 75%, 50%, 25%, and Off). An optional MM/MC phonostage module and optional PCM / DSD DAC module with USB, two S/PDIF, AES and optical input are available.

 

Industry News 15 Years Ago
DSP8000Meridian has announced many new products which include a Meridian Lossless Packing (MLP) Encoder and DSP8000 Digital Loudspeaker. The MLP Encoder is a device that allows audio to be coded into the MLP format which Meridian claims offers "the highest possible sound quality and integrity in delivery or storage of high-quality audio." MLP, unlike the proprietary Sony SACD, has been adopted as the mandatory coding system to deliver the highest quality sound on DVD-Audio and other formats. The DSP8000 Reference Loudspeaker ($45,000 pr.) represents the more than 25 years of continuous development of loudspeakers as musical instruments. Using top-quality digital technology, this four-way DSP active loudspeaker can be used as a stereo pair or within a multi-channel system of up to seven channels. It can also be mixed with other Meridian DSP, Active, or other manufacture's loudspeakers for a complete surround sound system. This four-way active loudspeaker has crossovers at 80Hz, 200Hz and 2.6kHz and uses four 24-bit D/A converters. There are three 150 Watt and two 100 Watt power amplifiers per speaker. All processing is performed upsampled in twin 100MHz digital signal processors (DSPs). Meridian's DSP8000 uses the company's memory-based de-jittering system. For surround sound users, it is interesting to note that Dolby TrueHD employs MLP, but compared with DVD-Audio adds higher bit rates, eight full-range channels, extensive metadata, and custom speaker placements (as specified by SMPTE).

 

08 / 24 / 15


Enjoy the Music.com Adds More Show Coverage From CAS 2015

Burwell & Sons, Bottlehead And The Tape Project

Audio Skies With GamuT, Larsen And Audience

Integrity High Fidelity Solutions With Margules Audio And Altas Cables

Steven Lester Co. With Linn

 

Supreme Sound Lycan Preamplifier With Headphone Amplifier
Supreme Sound Lycan Preamplifier With Headphone AmplifierBurson Audio's Supreme Sound Audio site for DIY and OEM products now has the SS Lycan (headphone amplifier, preamplifier and Op-Amp Test Bench 3 in 1 project ($199 on up). The Lycan has roughly the same footprint as a smartphone and it comes fully assembled and ready to play. Despite its small size, it is built to the same standards as all Supreme Sound and Burson Audio products. Pure Class A, fully discrete, and outputting 2.2 Watts per channel into 16 Ohm, the Lycan's headphone amplifier powers virtually any headphone and IEM with ease. The preamplifier section is suitable for feeding to an external powered amplifier or active speakers. The 60W power supply has a filter stage with 8800uf of power reserve caps and 94dB ripple rejection. This ensures the 2.2 watt output is fully supported within stress or strain to the power supply. The standard $249 version has a single Op-Amp, with an option for dual single NE5532 IC Op-Amp for $299 and a dual-configured Op-Amp version for $299.

 

08 / 21 / 15


Enjoy the Music.com Posts More Coverage From CAS 2015

Pass Labs And YG Acoustics

MIT Cables And Magico

ACA With XLO Cables And Melody Electronics

AAudio Imports With Lansche, Thales And Ypsilon

Grant Fidelity With PureAudioProject And Mundorf Speakers

Audio Note UK

 

Futuresource Consulting The Audio Renaissance Event In London
Futuresource Consulting The Audio Renaissance Event In LondonFuturesource Consulting, a longtime company that delivers specialist research and consulting services plus knowledge with experience and accuracy to support decision-making processes, is holding a special event called The Audio Renaissance in London on October 20th, 2015. Topics for this event include premium audio, subscription music services, the relevance of radio, connecting the audio experience (personal, home and automotive) and more. Speakers for this event include Matt Rennie of The Box Plus Network, Christian Harris of Deezer, Spencer Chrislu who is Director (Content Services) for Meridian's MQA, Paul Evans who is Senior Manager for Imagination Technologies and Bert Van Daele who is CTO for Auro Technologies. Matt Rennie of The Box Plus Network represents the UK's most watched music video network that reaches audiences across multiple platforms will present on the future of music videos in terms of innovation and future business models. Christian Harris is with Deezer, a company that represents the world's second largest streaming service and he will discuss how music and mobile companies can work closely together to help lead a revolution in content delivery. Spencer Chrislu is with Meridian's of MQA, a technology that captures high resolution audio including original studio performance in a format that's small enough to stream or download given today's Internet bandwidth limitations. Spencer's background as a recording and mastering engineer, with artists such as Frank Zapper and Tom Jones, will join the premium audio panel to discuss how the industry can migrate consumers to higher quality music formats. Paul Evans of Imagination Technologies, a company that is a global technology leader in multimedia, processors and communication technologies, will join the connecting the audio experience panel to discuss the technology enablers that will create a seamless and convenient ecosystem for consumers to be able to listen and access their favorite music in the home, car and on the move. Lastly, Bert Van Daele of Auro Technologies is a company that crated the Auro 3D concept and formats to discuss the latest developments in 3D audio for home theater, cinema and headphones. The cost to attend this event is £79 per person excluding VAT.

 

iFi Audio And Sound Liaison Offer Free High Resolution Music
iFi Audio And Sound Liaison Offer Free High Resolution MusicHigh-end audio company iFi Audio and the Sound Liaison are now offering a free Special iFi Music Sampler DSD album. To celebrate the launch of the iFi Audio iDAC2, Sound Liaison has prepared a special sample album titled iFi micro-iDAC2 Music Sampler for all music lovers. You can find three specially selected tracks in three formats; PCM, FLAC and DSD at this link. The song "Impromptu" was recorded live directly to DSD using the Tascam DA-3000 DSD recorder and simultaneously to PCM with the RME UFX. Some of the equipment used also includes two Neumann TLM 170 microphones for the piano, two Sonodore RCM-402 mics for the room and the Neve 4081 Quad pre-amplifier. Other free tracks being offered are "Oblivion" and "Thousand Shades of Blue" as performed live within the studio in multi-track PCM 96kHz. The DSD conversion was done via an analog signal chain using state-of-the-art professional equipment to the Tascam DA-3000 DSD recorder. "The musicians were placed in front of a stereo pair of microphones with additional spot microphones on each instrument," says the press release. "The musicians were playing without headphones, creating a natural and musical balance easily captured by the main stereo pair of microphones. Because of the natural and musical balance the need for compression to control levels was not necessary, and with the musicians playing simultaneously in the same room, the boxed sound, which is so common in many modern recordings, is absent."

 

Enjoy the Music.com Show Report Schedule
Enjoy the Music.com And Enjoy the Music.TV 2015 Show Report Schedule
Seen below is a listing of Enjoy the Music.com's planned 2015 show coverage for the remainder of 2015. We have already reported on CES 2015 in Las Vegas, AXPONA in Chicago, HIGH END in Munich, T.H.E. Show Newport, CE Week 2015, and CAS 2015 in San Francisco. Whilst we may be adding more shows during 2015, we feel the below is a good basic starting point. Enjoy the Music.com is the Internet's largest site for audiophile show coverage, as we have over 190 shows high-end audio and event reports online at this link.

 

August 28th to 30th, 2015
Capitol Audiofest Show 2015 Report
Hilton Hotel at Twinbrook Metro
Rockville, MD 20852
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October 2nd to 4th, 2015
Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2015 (RMAF 2015 Show Report)
Marriott Tech Center Hotel
Denver, Colorado
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October 30th to November 1st, 2015
TAVES 2015 Show Report
Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel & Suites
Toronto, Canada
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Industry News 10 Years Ago
Reference Recordings Has Been Saved!
This just in as Reference Recordings has been saved! Reference Recordings is pleased to announce that, after a long and costly legal battle, they have won their lawsuit and are now separated completely from The Dorian Group. All assets and rights to the label and catalog have been returned to Reference Recordings. Plans are under way to re-establish RR in the music marketplace by early October 2005. RR has just signed an exclusive distribution agreement for the United States and Canada with Allegro Corporation and Allegro Entertainment Canada Ltd., of Portland, Oregon. Allegro distributed RR prior to the failed merger with The Dorian Group. RR is now reconnecting with its network of international distributors in more than 25 countries, and looks forward to resuming these excellent business relationships. Export sales will begin in October. RR's most recent releases (below) will be re-promoted in an ambitious program by Allegro in the Fall, and review copies will be available to all publications by request. New releases will begin in January, 2006, starting with Five O'Clock Foxtrot, a collection of orchestral music by Maurice Ravel, with Eiji Oue and the Minnesota Orchestra. 2006 will mark the 30th Anniversary year of Reference Recordings. Our multi-Grammy awarded and nominated label remains completely dedicated to the highest standards of recording art and technology

 

08 / 20 / 15

CANADA HiFi August / September Issue Available Online For Free
CANADA HiFi August / September 2015Enjoy the Music.com has just posted CANADA HiFi's latest issue! This issue features origins of harder rock part 2, a special digital music payer shopping guide, and outfitting an audio system with Nordost Norse 2 Tyr 2 cables and QBASE power distribution. Other equipment reviews include YG Acoustics Carmel2 loudspeakers, Burmester 101 Integrated amplifier and B10 loudspeakers, and Kudos Audio X3 loudspeakers. Within his editorial, Suave Kajko says, "The summer is in full swing and I have certainly been doing my best to enjoy it to the fullest. From long dog walks to socializing with family and friends on patios around the city, to fiddling with the classic car in my garage - I've already spent plenty of time outdoors. I've also managed to catch lots of live music this summer, much of it outdoors as well, which included great festivals like NXNE, Edgefest and the Way Home festival. I don't know if it's just me but it seems like Toronto has more live music to offer this summer than ever before. It appears that we've become quite a musical city!" You can download this issue of CANADA HiFi free of charge in PDF format here.

 

More CAS 2015 Exhibitor & Room Reports
Audio Skies With GamuT And Pear Audio Blue

AudioVision San Francisco With Dynaudio And YG Acoustics

Blue Coast Records UFO-DSD DAC

Zu Audio And Whammerdyne

The Audio Nerd With Lambert's Play It By Ear

 

Questyle QP1R Portable Music Player Review
World Premiere!
Questyle QP1R Portable Music Player
Questyle's killin' it with resolution and power.
Review By Steven R. Rochlin

 

Mundorf Special Anniversary MA30 Two-Way Loudspeaker Kit
Mundorf Special Anniversary MA30 Two-Way Loudspeaker KitThe launch of Mundorf's MA30 custom made Speaker kit ($1550 per pair) during this past weekend's CAS 2015 event celebrates the company's 30th anniversary. You can choose the MA30 is lower priced kit or pre-built form, yet truly is a very easy kit as the crossover network and cabinet and completely finished and simply need to be installed within the cabinet with the normal driver installation. Mundorf's MA30 is the first step of a one-off Mundorf project: A two-way bookshelf speaker kit that carries a Mundorf AMT tweeter of the latest development. Furthermore, a sophisticated Mundorf crossover and an 6.5" Accuton midrange/woofer driver rounds out the design All that is needed to assemble are the various bits into the cabinet via supplied screws. As for the X-over, customers can choose from entry-level components up to Mundorf's very best ones. In order to enable buyers to compare differently equipped crossovers, all crossovers come on equally sized, spacious circuit boards. They fit easily into the cabinets which provide convenient inserted nuts for easy but solid installation. Users can easily exchange single crossover components (e.g. capacitors), be it for an upgrade anytime later, or for an A to B comparison of building parts of both different quality or different brands. The crossover is made with single or bi-wire ability. The AMT tweeter has low harmonic distortion and has been highly praised within reviews.

 

08 / 19 / 15

Gershman Acoustics Grande Avant Garde Loudspeakers Review
World Premiere!
Gershman Acoustics Grande Avant Garde Loudspeakers
Love at first sound.
Review By Rick Jensen

 

California Audio Show 2015 Report

Friday Teaser!
Just posted a few teasers from Friday's CAS 2015 event.

Chillin' With My Peeps
California Audio Show 2015 -- People

The Closer I Get To You...
California Audio Show 2015 -- Close-Ups

CAS 2015 Exhibitor & Room Reports
Audio Reference Technology, Pass Labs And Tannoy

Bob's Devices And Phoenix Engineering

Comply IEM / CIEM Accessories And The Pono Music Player

Elite Audio Systems In San Francisco

 

Nordost QLINE Ground Wire Seeks To Ensure A Clean Grounding
Nordost QLINE Ground Wire Seeks To Ensure A Clean GroundingNordost
has introduced the newest addition to the QRT range of power products: the QLINE Ground Wire. The QLINE is constructed with a 231 strands of wire for a total of 10 AWG plated conductor and uses Nordost's patented Micro Mono-Filament technology. Also part of this design is their extruded FEP insulation. The QRT Ground Wire serves as grounding from device to device or connecting the QBASE ground post to a designated external ground rod or grounding box. Nordost's QRT power products seek to alleviate the impact of poor quality AC power on your sensitive electronics. By limiting RFI and timing errors associated with the AC line, Nordost seeks to "bring AC power closer to the desired 'distortion-less condition'". Nordost's QRT Ground Wire is available in multiple lengths with air-tight, waterproof terminations in order to accommodate your specific needs.

 

David Chesky's Joy & Sorrow Is Available In High Resolution Audio
David Chesky's Joy & Sorrow Is Available In High Resolution AudioDavid Chesky's Joy & Sorrow is now available at HDtracks.com, iTunes, Amazon and other fine outlets. Featuring soloists Artur Kaganovskiy, violin; Ethan Herschenfeld, bass; Moran Katz, clarinet; and Kristina Reiko Cooper, cello, this album is recorded in true high fidelity sound quality. While attending the Polish premiere of his opera The Mice War at Krakow Opera, David Chesky and conductor Yaniv Segal took a life changing trip to the extermination camps at Auschwitz and Birkenau. Emotionally shaken by the experience, David wanted to create works not only depicting the trauma and sorrows of the death camps, but also the joy and celebrations that encompass all aspects of Jewish life. The music is at times full of angst while constantly pulsating with life and raw rhythmic energy that reflect the rich cultural history and musical tradition of Jews. Using the language and Klezmer style of Eastern Europe as raw material, David feels he has redefined what Jewish music for orchestra sounds like.

 

Leema Acoustics Xen 2 Small Two-Way Minimonitor
Leema Acoustics Xen 2 Small Two-Way MinimonitorLeema Acoustics new Xen 2 (£1295) is a small five-liter micro-monitor. Founded and run by two ex-BBC sound engineers, the company has launched the Xen 2 loudspeaker as the result of a research project to squeeze a BBC-graded monitor speaker into a five liter cabinet. Leema Acoustics' Xen 2 has a frequency response extending down to 57 Hz and all the way up to 25 kHz. It is a low efficient design at 85dB/W/m, so amplification should be between 60 and 150 watts. The Xen 2's cabinet construction is made from folded and welded 1.5mm thick steel. The steel is lined with a bitumastic layer, a technique also employed in the automotive industry, and the cavity is then stuffed with real German sheep wool. The back panel is steel with bitumen on the inside and the crossover board is attached to the terminals directly. The crossover uses Bennic parts and air core inductors where possible, to avoid saturation and compression in the crossover. The cabinet also benefits from a 12mm-thick steel bar across the center to prevent flex and the front panel is machined from an impressively rigid high-grade MDF to provide the drive units with the optimum operating environment. The baffle is then finished in either a luxurious wood veneer or a conventional black paint. The Xen 2 benefits from two bass reflex ports, which extend into the cabinet then fold down behind the bass driver, with each measuring 260mm. According to Leema Acoustics, "Twin ports are used to ensure that the speed of the air moving in the port is below 0.1x the speed of sound (Mach). This important design factor is often overlooked: the column of air in bass ports can generate too much friction at high Mach, which leads to unwanted port compression effects. In addition, the column of air reacts with the air in the room as if it were a solid, resulting in port-hammer." The tweeter is a 25mm soft-dome unit and midrange/bass driver is a 100mm custom-spec design.

 

Industry News 15 Years Ago
Streaming Music Is The Key To Online Music
As we here at Enjoy the Music.com have been predicting for quite a while, it seems that Internet music subscriptions will soon be King for gathering revenue for legally streaming/downloading music from the Internet. RealNetworks now joins MP3.com and others who have recently decided to go with a subscription business plan. This new service is called RealPlayer GoldPass and for only $9.95 a month which gives subscribers access to various rock concerts from the House of Blues, other music events as well as video events such as the popular Sports Illustrated swimsuit video and much more. This new service also comes at the same time RealNetwork's final release of RealPlayer 8, RealJukebox 2 and RealDownload 4. "This is a logical next step for RealNetworks and an important next step for the industry," said Rob Glaser, Chief Executive Officer of the company.

 

08 / 14   Through  08 / 16

California Audio Show In San Francisco This Weekend
California Audio Show 2015The California Audio Show, held from August 14th through 16th and now in their sixth year, celebrates music, life and audio at the iconic San Francisco Bay Area's Westin Hotel. Naturally Enjoy the Music.com will be there reporting on the many great pieces of gear (see our extensive CAS 2014 report). With San Francisco being home to the ever-present major venture capitalists, app code monkeys and of course major social media players, they all can come to experience the vibrant energy put forth by avid and enthusiastic music lovers who demand the very best. While the event is located within San Francisco, California's legendary Wine Country is a short drive away. It is said that the San Francisco Bay Area audiophiles are among the most intelligent and sophisticated too! Attendees can enjoy top quality home audio products at the California Audio Show 2015. Many attendees can bring their fave tunes to audition with the many products available. A variety of informative, and entertaining, seminars will be conducted during the event. You can learn more about this event at CAS's website.and Enjoy the Music.com's California Audio Show 2015 report is at is page.

 

08 / 11 / 15

Astell&Kern AKT1 All-In-One Compact High-Resolution Audio System
Astell&Kern AKT1 All-In-One Compact High-Resolution Audio SystemAstell&Kern's new AKT1 ($3700) all-in-one high-resolution audio sound system includes loudspeakers, amplification and high-resolution digital audio decoding in one unit. The Astell&Kern AKT1 lifestyle product easily fits within city living, an office or anywhere that space is at a premium. With the AKT1, you can enjoy audiophile-quality high-resolution audio without the need for multiple components or wondering where to place large loudspeakers. Astell&Kern's AKT1 contains six speakers in a three-way configuration with two each 0.75" tweeter, 2" midrange and two 6.5" woofers. The speakers are driven with a hybrid amplifier system to take advantage of the benefits of both analog and digital amplification. The AKT1 tweeters are driven by an analog amplifier, with a digital amplifier driving the midrange and woofer drivers. Astell&Kern'sAKT5 supports playback of 24-bit/192kHz PCM and native playback of DSD 64/128) via a pair of Cirrus Logic 4398 DAC chipsets. This provides true dual-mono to produce excellent channel separation with a wider soundscape. Playback sources include microSD, TosLink optical and auxiliary analog inputs. The AKT1 includes wired Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0 with aptX plus DLNA networking support. Also included is support for a variety of streaming services and Internet radio stations. With the AK Connect app for iOS and Android-based smartphones and tablets, you can control playback on the device and stream music located on your device directly to the AKT1. Overall frequency response for the system is from 48 Hz to 22kHz, dimensions are 27.6" x 39.3" x 15.9" (WxHxD) and it weighs 44 lbs. You can read Enjoy the Music.com's exclusive world premiere review of Astell&Kern's AK380 portable audio player at this link.

 

Leema Acoustics Libra Fully Balanced Stereo DAC/Preamplifier
Leema Acoustics Libra Fully Balanced Stereo DAC/PreamplifierLeema Acoustics is now shipping their Libra stereo DAC/preamplifier (£5995). Designed and built by Lee Taylor and Mallory Nicholls, the Libra high-resolution DAC with preamplifier will play DSD 64/128, DXD and up to 384kHz PCM. Bluetooth phones, tablets, and laptops can send music to the Leema Acoustics Libra as well. Future-proofing allows for upgradeability via replaceable DAC modules. Leema Acoustics' fully balanced Quattro Infinity dual-mono DAC modules provide true balanced output to your amplifier. The advanced Quattro Infinity modules also feature user-selectable output filters, so you can tailor the sound to your own preference. There are two I2S inputs via RJ45 connectors, with fully programmable pin-allocation on one of these inputs via software. Source components with professional standard AES/EBU XLR outputs can also be connected. Leema's Libra M1 asynchronous USB module provides a connection for computer audio replay from Windows, Macintosh and Linux machines. Galvanic isolation using "spinning-electron technology" ensures that music delivered over USB is as good as current technology will allow. As a preamplifier, the Leema Acoustics Libra has three separate analog inputs, each of which can be individually configured as unbalanced, via RCA Cinch connectors, or fully balanced via XLR connectors. The entire signal path, both digital and analogue, is fully balanced from the digital data stream, to the balanced analog outputs. The Libra is able to operate either as a conventional audio component with fixed output level or as a high-end preamplifier with analog volume control. Outputs are provided via unbalanced RCA/Cinch connectors and balanced XLR connectors.

 

Tape Project @ This Weekend's California Audio Show With Jacqui Naylor
Tape Project Jacqui Naylor Plus  Jerry Garcia and David GrismanAt this weekend's California Audio Show will be the Tape Project's to release of two very exciting albums. A rare in-person appearance of artist Jacqui Naylor and full-playback of new Jerry Garcia & David Grisman release will highlight this event, with the live event taking place August 15th from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at the Westin SFO Hotel. The Tape Project will be playing tracks from Jacqui Naylor's exclusive Tape Project release, The Number White, and discussing the technical challenges in the making of this pioneering effort in the 21st century rebirth of audiophile tape listening. During this event they will also be a full-playback of a new Tape Project release from the incomparable Jerry Garcia and David Grisman. The special event will be hosted by Burwell and Sons Loudspeakers, and Bottlehead Corp. Jacqui Naylor's album was recorded entirely on analog tape, from tracking on 16-track 2" tape in the legendary Bill Putnam built Coast Recorders studio in San Francisco. The title was further mixed to 1" two-track tape by Grammy nominee Michael Romanowski and mastered by Grammy winner Paul Stubblebine. The finished album was then duplicated in real time on 1/4" tape at the Tape Project's notorious Tape Shed. Jacqui will have her other albums available at the event as well, and you will be able to buy autographed copies and have a chat too. Enjoy the Music.com will be reporting on the California Audio Show with our coverage available here.

 

Industry News 15 Years Ago
Rethinking "Work For Hire" Clause For Musicians And Performers
In a turn of events that brought big smiles on the face of many musicians, the new lobbying group for musicians, founded by Don Henley and Sheryl Crow, have successfully convinced the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) to rethink their "work for hire" agreement. The RIAA, who represents major labels and not musicians, were able to sneak in a "work for hire" clause in a November 1999 Congressional amendment to the nation's Copyright Act. Adding those simple three words make the difference between musician's copyright to songs, which earn musicians royalties, to revert back to the artists after 35 years or stay with the record company for 95 years. The work for hire clause gave complete copyright ownership to the labels for the full 95 years. Of course there is also another legal matter of the major labels abusing their copyrights through their Minimum Advertised Pricing (MAP) structure (see our August 8 news article below). The RIAA has agreed to help the musicians petition congress to remove the work for hire clause. This action shows that the RIAA has, for the moment, some concern for musician's rights. "We agreed on language to get us back to the way it was before Nov. 29, 1999," said Jay Cooper who is an attorney at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips that represent artists. Jay also said "We're very comfortable with it." Of course there is still the matter of actually changing the law through congress which is not an easy matter. "While we're happy, we can't lose sight that it's not a victory until Congress passes it," said Barry Bergman, founder of the Music Managers Forum. Hilary Rosen, president of the RIAA, said "...from the beginning, we did not intend to change the law. The book needs to be closed on this issue so we can get back to a united industry on so many important challenges of the day." Meanwhile the CEO of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) Michael Greene said "Few issues as the work-for-hire amendment have so profoundly affected the creative community's soul and in turn galvanized our resolve.''

 

08 / 10 / 15

HUM Pristine Custom Fit In-Ear Monitor Uses Two Special Drivers
HUM Pristine Custom Fit In-Ear Monitor Uses Two Special DriversHUM, a Hong Kong based audio manufacturer that specialized in designing, manufacturing and producing high fidelity audio gear, now offers their new flagship Pristine CIEM ($1299). HUM seeks to break the stereotype of squeezing as many drivers as possible into a ear shell and return to the basics. The HUM Pristine CIEM employs two drivers to deliver full-range sound. Many audiophiles believe that only single full-range drivers produce the most natural sound. However, the frequency response range of a single driver has its limitations and so HUM seeking to capture the minimalist design for custom in-ear monitor uses two very special drivers. No expense was spared in obtaining the highest quality components to make this aim a reality. Parts include a very special film and electrolytic capacitor, Vishay MELF 1% resistor, Ternary Eutectic solder alloys, 99.99% pure copper Litz 0.1mm x 15 wire, and Amphenol high quality MMCX connector are joined together to push the performance of HUM Pristine to deliver the highest of sound quality. Frequency response is from 10 Hz to 20 kHz with a sensitivity of 120 dB @ 1 kHz, 1mW. Noise isolation of the HUM Pristine CIEM is -26dB and the special two-pin connecting cable is terminated with a stereo 3.5mm plug.

 

Beyerdynamic AK T8iE Universal Fit In-Ear Monitor
Beyerdynamic AK T8iE Universal Fit In-Ear MonitorBeyerdynamic is working with Astell & Kern to offer their new AK T8iE ($999) universal fit in-ear monitors. Designed, developed and assembled by hand at the Beyerdynamic headquarters in Germany, the AK T8iE is said to provide all the advantages of the exclusive Tesla technology, yet within a "minimal space to reproduce the entire acoustic range neutrally and precisely" sys the company. The AK T8iE is specifically optimized for players from Astell&Kern for high-resolution audio playback. Each AK T8iE includes a special connection cable with four-pin jack plug (2.5 mm) for balanced audio, which benefits the listener by delivering symmetrical signal transmission. They will also work with normal 3.mm stereo jack via an adapter. A detachable Kevlar-reinforced cable handles 40,000 bending cycles and has a skin-friendly chrome alloy. Beyerdynamic measured a variety of ear canals and developed special eartips for the AK T8iE. The silicone eartips come in five sizes and include the oval form that allows them to twist themselves into the ear canal. The goal is to have them fit comfortably without any pressure, and are held in place by the cables that go up over the ears. Of course users who still prefer the popular Comply Foam Tips with a memory effect won't be disappointed as three pairs are also included in sizes S, M and L. Beyerdynamics' AK T8iE also comes with a leather case with magnetic closure.

 

 

 
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