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06 / 22 / 18

Changes By Grammy-Earning Arianna Neikrug Is Available On Concord Jazz
Changes By Grammy-Earning Arianna Neikrug Is Available On Concord JazzAfter winning the 2015 Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competition then performing at the Montreal International Jazz Festival the following year, 25-year-old singer and songwriter Arianna Neikrug makes her grander introduction to the music world with the August 24, 2018 release of Changes on Concord Jazz. Neikrug says the first release off Changes "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most" is one of my favorite arrangements on this album particularly because the (new) harmonic nature is so encapsulating and reflects the lyric so accurately and so deeply, thus making the track that much more powerful, intriguing, and emotionally striking. Produced by the Grammy-earning pianist and arranger Laurence Hobgood, Changes displays Neikrug's gift for interpreting tunes from the Great American Songbook and more recent pop and R&B classics from the 1970s. The disc also contains two originals that reveal some of Neikrug's journey from her hometown of Los Angeles to New York City, where she argues she truly belongs. Hobgood, who recruited his regular trio mates – drummer Jared Schonig and bassist Matt Clohesy – for Changes, describes Neikrug as "an intellectual and complex person." "I can honestly say that she's the most theoretically informed singer that I've ever worked with – in terms of just knowing music," Hobgood says. "She understands the basic structures of music and how to talk about it. She has a healthy combination of being strong-willed with being totally open-minded to suggestions. Those are attributes of a singer with a long career." Now in hindsight, Neikrug sees that struggling, transitional period as a blessing because it afforded her some of life's big lows and highs, which enabled her to write more convincing life-based songs and interpret emotionally gripping standards. Blending the right amount of reverence for the jazz tradition with a knowing glance to modern pop and R&B classics, sprinkled with two inviting originals, Changes will delight both jazz purists and novices without making any unwise artistic compromises as she superbly negotiates the glories of jazz's past with a wide-eyed optimism that betrays her tender age. "When you're recording your debut album, fresh out of college, you're not exactly sure how you want to present yourself," Neikrug explains. "It was easier figuring that out by discovering who I didn't want to be. I'm just trying to take the jazz tradition and move it in my direction." Below is Arianna Neikrug's "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most".

 

06 / 21 / 18

An Interview With James Guthrie
Enjoy the Music.com's Exclusive Interview With James Guthrie
Perfect 5.1 Sense
Interview By Mike Mettler

 

An Interview With Roger Waters
Enjoy the Music.com's Exclusive Interview With Roger Waters
Beyond The Quad Wall
Interview By Mike Mettler

 

Texas Instruments TAS5825M Chip Features 38 Wpc And 192kHz DSP
Texas Instruments TAS5825M Chip Features 38 Wpc And 192kHz DSPTexas Instruments new TAS5825M chip is a stereo 38 Wpc features inductor-less, digital input, closed-poop Class-D audio amplification and 192kHz DAC. The powerful DSP audio processing core supports several advanced audio process flows. With the 192kHz architecture, the TAS5825M provides excellent processing. Such as 2 x 12 BQs, volume control, audio mixer, Two Band DRC and a Full Band AGL. With 48 or 96 kHz architecture, an integrated SRC (sample rate converter) detects the input sample rate change. Then auto converts to the target sample rate which DSP is running to avoid any audio artifacts. These process flows support: 2 x 15 BQs, 3 band DRC, full-band AGL (Automatic Gain Limiter), Smart Amplifier Algorithm (speaker thermal, excursion protection), bass enhancement, spatializer, and THD manager. Flexible audio I/O supports 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 192 kHz sample rates. Also supported is I2S, LJ, RJ, and TDM plus SDOUT for audio monitoring, sub-channel or echo cancellation. The output amplification stage of the TAS5825M uses a high-side NMOS driver, rather than a PMOS driver. To generate the gate driver voltage for the high-side NMOS, a bootstrap capacitor for each output terminal acts as a floating power supply for the switching cycle. Texas Instrument's TAS5825M requires two power supplies for proper operation. A high-voltage supply calls PVDD is required to power the output stage of the speaker amplifier and its associated circuitry. Additionally, one low voltage power supply which is calls DVDD is required to power the various low-power portions of the device.

 

The Boston Audio Society Will Be Hosting Audio Legend Bob Carver
The Boston Audio Society Will Be Hosting Audio Legend Bob CarverOn Saturday, June 23 @ 2pm the Boston Audio Society will proudly present living legend Bob Carver, President of Carver Audio. Taking place at Boston University's Life Science & Engineering Bldg, 24 Cummington Mall, 1st Floor Conference Room 103, Boston, MA 02215, there will be an open forum on vacuum tube amplifier and loudspeaker design. Robert W. (Bob) Carver is an American designer of audio equipment based in the Pacific Northwest. Educated as a physicist and engineer, he found an interest in audio equipment at a young age. He applied his talent to produce numerous, innovative high fidelity designs since the 1970s. He is known for designing the Phase Linear 700, at 350 W per channel. It was the most powerful, consumer audio amplifier available for a reasonable price in 1972. He went on to found the Carver Corporation in 1979, Sunfire in 1994, and the Bob Carver LLC in 2011, which was sold to Jade Design in June 2013. However, in December 2013, Bob Carver and Jade Design parted ways. Bob's history includes at least 15 patents. He continues to innovate in tube amplifier designs and loudspeakers. The amplifier on display at the meeting will be the Carver Crimson 350. It utilizes the mighty Tung-Sol KT120 output tubes. They are one and a half times as powerful as the ubiquitous 6550 or KT88. Using his own transformer design, the Crimson/Raven 350 delivers 350 Watts (8 Ohms) of sound, regardless of the loudspeaker's impedance vs. frequency. The newest loudspeaker is a line-source, 8-feet tall. It utilizes a combination of ribbons and 3" dynamic drivers stacked. It incorporates different time delays for groups of the drivers in an effort to fulfill the infinite floor to ceiling requirement of a true line source. Questions and answers on all their products will follow the presentation. You can read Enjoy the Music.com's world premiere review of Bob Carver Cherry 180 Tube Monoblock Amplifier at this link.

 

06 / 20 / 18

Los Angeles And Orange County Audio Society December 2018 Gala
Los Angeles And Orange County Audio Society December 2018 GalaOn Sunday December 2nd the Los Angeles and Orange County Audio Society (LAOCAS) will be holding their All Star Gala event. As their very special 25th Anniversary All Star Annual Gala, the special award ceremony takes place from 11am through 3:30pm at Holiday Inn and Convention Center in Buena Park's Grand Ballroom. Special guests include, well, basically everyone from the American press and an abundance of special guests. Michael Fremer, Jonathan Scull, John Atkinson, Ray Kimber, Bob Attiyeh, Dr. David Robinson, Paul Seydor, Albert Edmond Lord III, Chuck Bruce, Dr. Mark Katz, Dave and Carol Clark, EveAnna Manley, Harry Weisfeld, Tim de Paravicini, John Grado, Chad Kassem, Bob Carver, Richard Vandersteen and many more! Awards to be given include:

25th Annual Founder's Award to Michael Fremer
25th Annual President's Award TBA
First Annual "Audiophile Recording of the Year Award" (ARIA)

Additionally, for the first time in the Society's history all Past Winners of the Founder's Award will be invited to the Gala as our honored guests. All Founders Award recipients is hosted by Tom D'Agostino, Executive Vice President of Hospitality, Lifetime Member of the Society. All three of the Society's 25th Anniversary Society LPs will be available at the Gala. Also, their new 18-carat gold permanent Society Pin will be available at the Gala. Attendees will enjoy a lavish buffet lunch including NY strip steak, chicken picatta, salads, vegetables, and endless desserts. There are vegetarian selections too. Lastly, Yuko Mabuchi and her extraordinary Trio will perform for the Society in 100% analog!

 

06 / 19 / 18

FiiO Releases Their New FH5 Quad Driver Hybrid In-Ear Monitors
FiiO FH5 In-Ear MonitorWith a single dynamic driver plus three balanced armatures, these four drivers fill FiiO's new FH5 ($259.99). The FH5's mids and treble are effortlessly handled by three balanced armature units, while the bass is taken care of with a 10mm polymer nanocomposite ferromagnetic dynamic driver. These four drivers per ear are brought together with an electronic crossover circuitry and all enclosed in a specially-designed enclosure. All this effort has been put forth to achieve the best sound quality ever in a FiiO earphone. Connectors on the FH5's cable make it as easy as possible to connect to other devices, with its elbow plug; and to easily be changed, with the grippy MMCX connectors colored blue and red to easily identify the left and right channels. A flexible sheath on the outside hides a robust core on the inside 6N monocrystalline silver-plated copper wire. The 6N monocrystalline silver-plated copper wire makes up the FH5's hybrid cable effective minimizes distortion and signal transmission loss for the best sound quality possible. These wires are braided together in an environmentally friendly, transparent TPU sheath that allows you to appreciate the craftsmanship involved in making the cable. To ensure driver units are perfectly in harmony, FiiO's FH5 allocates one sound tube each for the low, mid, and high frequencies. This ensures a smooth transition between the three main regions of sound frequencies. It also maximizes the potential of the four units working together perfectly in harmony to bring you a coherent symphony of music. For easier insertion into your ear, the shell of the FH5 is of aluminum alloy precisely machined with CNC technology. This effort on Fiio's part ensures that it will continue to luster for years to come. The FH5's shell design is also reminiscent of custom in-ears, which not only provides an extremely comfortable fit but also shines as a stylish accessory to wear. Enjoy the Music.com gave you a World Premiere review of the FiiO X7 Portable Music Player And K5 Desktop Amplifier plus we bestowed FiiO's X5 3rd generation Hi-Res Audio digital music player with our Great Audiophile Gift Award for 2017.

 

HiFiMAN Electronics Ananda Planar Magnetic Stereo Headphones
hifiman.comHiFiMAN announced availability of their Ananda ($999) open back planar magnetic stereo headphones. "Ananda is designed for music lovers who want one high-performance, extraordinarily comfortable headphone for all personal listening, whether it's a home system, high-resolution portable player, or an everyday smartphone," said Dr. Fang Bian, Founder and CEO, HiFiMAN. "The word 'Ananda' is derived from the Sanskrit term for 'bliss,' which is what this headphone will bring to anybody who enjoys audiophile-grade performance, no matter the source." HiFiMAN engineers employed lightweight, ultra-fine planar drivers for the high power sensitivity necessary when used with streaming audio devices. Ananda's rating of 103dB guarantees that it will provide consistently low distortion high-fidelity output when used with a smartphone, let alone current and upcoming high-resolution digital audio players and home audio systems. The industrial design of the Ananda headphone represents new standards of comfort and performance for open-back planar models. The ultra-thin diaphragm produces unmatched detail and low distortion, and the window shade grill design reduces sonic reflections, resulting in pure, neutral sonics. A hybrid headband features a weight-dispersing strap for hours of comfort, and the sleek and sumptuous matte black finish is combined with metal construction for maximum durability. Ananda's 3.5mm headphone connector is the company's strongest yet, ensuring years of secure, trouble-free performance. Ananda weighs 14.07 ounces, has a frequency response from 8 Hz to 55 kHz, sensitivity is rated at 103dB, and impedance is 25 Ohm.

 

06 / 18 / 18

Reference Recordings Hi-Res Music John Williams' At The Movies
Reference Recordings Hi-Res Music John Williams' At The MoviesJohn Williams new album At The Movies by Reference Recordings is in Hi-Res Music recording and a wonderful game changer. Recorded July 15th though 17th, 2016 at Meyerson Symphony Center is Dallas, Texas, It was engineered by the legendary Keith O. Johnson. Produced by Donald J. McKinney, with help by Executive Producers Marcia Gordon Martin and Kim Campbel, John Williams' At The Movies [RR-142SACD] is music to inspire the world for generations! Early in his career, John Williams crossed the lines between music that was art and music that was commercial, and he never looked back. He is one of the best known, most awarded and most successful composers in US history, and his name is inextricably connected to outstanding music for films. He has written scores for over 100 films, and his massive list of awards includes 51 Academy Award nominations and five wins, as well as 24 Grammy awards. John Williams At The Movies is Reference Recordings first wind band recording to be released as a hybrid SACD. The disc contains stereo SACD, 5.1 Surround SACD and a stereo compact disc layer encoded with HDCD, and is simultaneously being released as high resolution and standard resolution digital downloads and streams. A two-LP set will be released later in 2018. This is Reference Recordings 18th album with The Dallas Winds, and is a project of which they are extremely proud, that was years in the making. The Dallas Winds is the leading professional civilian wind band in the United States today. In his 25th season as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Dallas Winds, Jerry Junkin is recognized as one of the world's most highly regarded wind conductors. He has also served as Music Director and Conductor of the Hong Kong Wind Philharmonia since 2003, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Senzoku Gakuen College of Music Wind Symphony in Tokyo since 2007. Additionally, 2017-18 marks his 30th year on the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin, where he holds the Vincent R. and Jane D. DiNino Chair for the Director of Bands.

 

06 / 14 / 18

Enjoy the Music.com Holiday Week Plus Special Wedding Plans

Enjoy the Music.com will be closed from Wednesday June 14th through June 18th for holiday and a wedding of Creative Director Steven R. Rochlin to his Muse, the lovely Heather Baird.

On a personal note, my Muse Heather and I are getting married on June 14th in Las Vegas. I know, what took me so long to... Be gentle please, Heather will be/is my very first wife. You're cordially invited to our wedding at the Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel on June 14, 2018 at 8 pm within the Main Chapel. Come celebrate with Heather and Steven as we get married with glorious specially-chosen music welcomes the next step in our life together. Music, fun and of course an abundance of champagne will hallmark our official marriage together. If you can't join us in person, relax at home, on the beach, or anywhere there's Internet access as our wedding will be live streamed online! BYOB with your fave online device and celebrate with us virtually! Whether you're with us in Las Vegas or at home, a fun time is assured for all.

Where: The Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel within the Main Chapel.
When: June 14, 2018 at 8 pm
See Live Stream HERE: Thursday June 14th @ 8pm Las Vegas Time
 

Also see our announcement, and let us know if you want to attend, at Facebook events page. As always, in the end what really matters is that you...

  

Enjoy the Music,

Steven R. Rochlin

 


Dan D'Agostino Master Audio Systems Momentum Phono Stage Preamplifier
A championship phono stage from living legend Dan D'Agostino.
Review By Tom Lyle

 

06 / 12 / 18

Deezer Asks: Do You Suffer From Musical Paralysis?
Deezer Asks: Do You Suffer From Musical Paralysis?Popular streaming music service Deezer has a survey where they ask if you're "frozen in time with your music?" According to their finding, "After 'asking' 5000 people in France, the UK, Germany, USA and Brazil how often you listened to new music and over 65% of you told us that you only listen to tracks you already know, with 60% wanting to expand their musical repertoire. This musical paralysis seems to hit right around your 28th birthday, and the usual culprits are a being too busy and feeling overwhelmed by the amount of choice available." One of the major advantages of streaming music services is their deep data-mining and proprietary algorithm(s) to aid in helping you discover new musical artists you may love. IQ magazine goes on to say that "A survey by music streaming service Deezer of 1000 Britons found the age when most people enter the musical wilderness is 30 years and six months, with a lull in music discovery driven by feeling overwhelmed by the mass of choice available (19%), having a demanding job (16%) and caring for young children (11%). Nearly half (47%) of all respondents revealed they wish they could spend more time discovering new music, with two fifths (41%) predicting that in the future they will spend more time seeking out new artists. On average, the age when music discovery peaks is 24 years and five months. At this age, three quarters of respondents (75%) reported listening to ten or more new tracks per week and 64% to seeking out at least five new artists per month."

 

06 / 11 / 18

Nordost Reintroduces Their SuperFlatline Loudspeaker Cable
Nordost Reintroduces Their SuperFLatline Loudspeaker CableNordost is happy to reintroduce a true Nordost classic, the SuperFlatline Speaker Cable (starts at $299.99 for a two-meter pair; additional paired one-meter increments are $100). SuperFlatline was one of the original cable options that put Nordost on the map. Easily distinguishable by its trademark, flat design, SuperFlatline quickly became known throughout the industry as one of the most respected high end speaker cables. According to Nordost, this cable "offers an unmatched performance level at its price point. This highly sought after product offers detail, clarity, and purity throughout the whole frequency spectrum, from subsonic lows to ultrasonic highs." And so due to popular demand, Nordost's SuperFlatline cable is back! Nordost's SuperFlatline Speaker Cable consists of 16, 23 AWG, solid core, flat, rectangular copper conductors. The flat geometry of this cable not only increases signal transfer speed, but also makes it possible to run lengths under carpets for easy and discreet installation. Additionally, SuperFlatline employs an innovative precision FEP extrusion process, which they say "lowers the capacitance and increases the bandwidth of the cable dramatically, enhancing accuracy in signal transfer. Designed and manufactured entirely in the USA, the SuperFlatline Speaker Cable guarantees the precision of craftsmanship required to produce the uncolored, unfiltered accuracy of sound that is synonymous with Nordost."

 

Burson Audio Fun Headphone Amp / Preamp With Microphone Input
Burson Audio Fun Headphone Amp / Preamp With Microphone InputThe new Burson Audio Fun ($299 to $849 depending on configuration) is a dual mono Class A headphone amplifier and preamplifier. Its symmetrical circuitry is powered by four sets of Max Current Power Supply (MCPS) developed by Burson. Their MCPS is claimed to be far superior to traditional transformers by delivering instant, clean, and maximum electric current. At the heart of Burson's Fun is their fully discrete Burson Conductor V2 amplification stage. This same circuitry has been refined since 2008 and famed for its micro details and musicality. There's also a microphone input. Furthermore, Fun has the potential of both the PC sound card and the headphones. Fun may complete your video gaming experience with mesmerizing audio performance. Top quality high-end components are carefully selected and matched for performance. That includes ELNA Aluminum Electrolytic, Vishay Professional MELF resistors with a precision of 1% tolerance and +/-50 ppm/K and an ALPS volume pot for smooth and noiseless control.

 

06 / 08 / 18

Apurna Prelude Integrated Stereo Amplifier And Dedicated Amplifier
Apurna Prelude Integrated Stereo Amplifier And Dedicated AmplifierFrench company Apurna has announced their new Prelude Stereo Amplifier and Prelude Integrated Stereo Amplifier. Amplification for both models is 200 Watts per channel, two channels @ 4 Ohms and 100 Watts @ 8 Ohms. Analog inputs include balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA, plus there's a 12V trigger in / out link. For loudspeaker terminals, WBT's top-quality binding posts with 24-carat gold plating are used to ensure a very high-quality signal connection. Apurna's Prelude Stereo Integrated Amplifier includes two stereo balanced inputs via XLR with one in bypass mode. For unbalanced RCA, there's three stereo inputs and one in bypass mode. Apurna's Prelude is available in five colors including Matt, Gloss or Metallic finish. Custom designer finishes are optional.

 

06 / 07 / 18

Merrill Audio Christine Reference Stereo Preamplifier Review
Merrill Audio Christine Reference Stereo Preamplifier
Achieving sound quality competitive with the very best preamps available today!
Review By Tom Lyle

 

Hi-Fi+'s June Magazine Features Many High-End Audio Reviews
Hi-Fi+ Issue 160 June 2018Hi-Fi+ Magazine's June 2018 issue features show coverage of AXPONA 2018, Meet Your Maker with Allan Hendry of MonoPulse, plus Meet Your Dealer featuring Dominic Lye of StudioAV. High-end audio equipment reviews within this isue include Dynaudio Music 5 wireless loudspeaker, Audioengine A5+ Wireless standmount loudspeaker, Riva Festival wireless loudspeaker, PSB M4U 8 noise-cancelling headphones, Sennheiser Ambeo Smart Headset for binaural recordings, iBASSO IT01 universal-fit earphones and iBASSO DX200 digital audio player. Other reviews featured are FiiO F9 PRO universal-fit earphones, FiiO X7 Mk II digital audio player, Bluewave GET Bluetooth headphone adaptor, Burnson Audio Conductor Virtuoso 2+ headphone amplifier / DAC, Quad Artera Solus integrated CD/Bluetooth amplifier, dCS Rossini (MQA Upgrade) CD player / streamer / DAC / clock, Acoustic Energy AE1 Active standmount loudspeaker, IsoTek Evo3 Genesis One & Nova One mains regenerator / filter, and lastly Cardas Clear Cygnus power cord. Within his editorial, Alan Sircom says "This Summertime Audio magazine would not have been possible – or advisable – a few years ago, but a lot has changed, and so has the terminology. We now live in a world of network streamed music, where Spotify is king, where writing about UPnP or DLNA isn't viewed with blank stares, and where talking to your hi-fi system is a very real possibility. Even the conventional shape of a speaker has changed (somewhat) to accommodate the new. What's changed beyond compare, however, is the performance we expect from our devices... up to a point. The snooty audiophile will never be able to see the point of a small, portable party in a box, and many products that cater to that market are simply beyond their experience. Others are more flexible in their approach and look to such systems as the perfect outdoor speaker, the perfect BBQ speaker, and so on." See what's within this issue of Hi-Fi+ Magazine at this link.

 

06 / 06 / 18

Headphone.Guru Partners With Enjoy the Music.com For Reviews & Articles
Headphone.Guru Partners With Enjoy the Music.com For Reviews & Articles
Both magazines will share content to bring informative gear reviews and think pieces.

(June 6, 2018) Enjoy the Music.com, high-end audio's longtime online industry leader in providing hi-fi industry news, reviews, and show reports, is pleased to announce that Headphone.Guru has joined in a special content sharing agreement to benefit both magazines. This marks the eighth magazine to join what has been referred to as the Internet's preeminent website dedicated to the consumer electronics' high-fidelity audio sector.

For well over 20 years, Enjoy the Music.com has been a major resource for information about the high-end audio industry and high resolution / streaming music on the Internet. Headphone.Guru joining Enjoy the Music.com shows the continued growth and strength of personal audio products within the industry. Both magazines will work in concert to provide timely information to their worldwide audience. Our goal is to bring newsworthy information and gear reviews to help our readership better understand audio products and the many new technologies available today. This will enable our audience in making informed buying decisions to further their joys in both music hardware and software. Read the complete press release at this link.

 

06 / 05 / 18

There's An "Inverse Piano" Within Your Head According To A Neuroscientist
Neuroscientist James Hudspeth"Neuroscientist James Hudspeth has basically been living inside the human ear for close to 50 years", says a recent Scientific American article. "In that time Hudspeth, head of the Laboratory of Sensory Neuroscience at The Rockefeller University, has dramatically advanced scientists' understanding of how the ear and brain work together to process sound. Last week his decades of groundbreaking research were recognized by the Norwegian Academy of Science, which awarded him the million-dollar Kavli Prize in Neuroscience. Hudspeth shared the prize with two other hearing researchers: Robert Fettiplace from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and Christine Petit from the Pasteur Institute in Paris. As Hudspeth explored the neural mechanisms of hearing over the years, he developed a special appreciation for the intricate anatomy of the inner ear—an appreciation that transcends the laboratory." Within the article, he says, "I think we as scientists tend to underemphasize the aesthetic aspect of science," he says. "Yes, science is the disinterested investigation into the nature of things. But it is more like art than not. It's something that one does for the beauty of it, and in the hope of understanding what has heretofore been hidden. Here's something incredibly beautiful, like the inner ear, performing a really remarkable function. How can that be? How does it do it?" Read more at this link.

 

Abyss Releases Their AB-1266 Phi CC Planar Magnetic Headphone
Abyss Releases Their AB-1266 Phi CC Planar Magnetic HeadphoneIn their continuous pursuit of the next in musical reproduction, Abyss Headphones gives the AB-1266 Phi Reference Headphone a new suit made of the hardest thin lm coating on Earth. A colored polymer ceramic coating (CC) is factory applied and oven cured. This beautiful two-tone luxury black finish gives the Phi a sophisticated look and is said to enhance the quality of sound by further improving upon the anti-resonant nature of its all aluminum components. It also allows for custom color options, unheard of in the boutique headphone market. ABYSS has also improved upon the ear pads in both appearance and function. The new pads are deep and comfortable, and are said to improve acoustics by providing a larger soundstage with improved micro details. The new pads will be standard issue with the new CC model, and will also be sold separately as an upgrade for any older model AB-1266. Pricing for the new AB-1266 Phi CC is $4995 for the Lite version, $5995 for Deluxe, and $7995 for the Complete.

 

06 / 04 / 18

Pangea Audio's Vulcan TTX2 Turntable Stand Handles Over 200 Albums
Pangea Audio's Vulcan TTX2 Turntable StandPangea Audio, developer and manufacturer of high performance, high value audio accessories, is following up the introduction of its popular Vulcan TT turntable with the Pangea Audio Vulcan TTX2 turntable stand, which adds space for an additional 100 albums, bringing the total capacity to 200. As the latest addition to the company's selection of audio furniture, the Pangea Audio Vulcan TTX2 turntable stand, which ranges in price from $169.90 for basic black to $199.90 for Rosenut and Carbon Fiber Vinyl options, brings ample storage space to music lovers with growing and sizable collections, while maintaining the original model's ultra-stable, low-vibration characteristics. The four-shelf Vulcan TTX2 turntable stand features a rigid, 19mm top shelf platform that provides a stable platform for even the most sensitive turntables, with a second component audio shelf for a receiver or other audio gear. Similar to the original Vulcan TT, the TTX2 includes tapered cone feet with carpet piercing spikes , ensuring a bare minimum of vibration that is on a par with stands costing thousands more. The included Mini Sonic Saucers protect wood and tile floor finishes. The modular design makes it easy to swap out the 0.625" scratch-resistant shelves. The new Vulcan TTX2 turntable stand measures 41.25" x 23.75" x 18" (HxWxD). The top turntable platform is rated to support up to 80 lbs., as are the LP storage shelves.

 

Triangle Sensa SN01A And SN03A Powered Monitors With Bluetooth
Triangle Sensa SN01A And SN03A Powered Monitors With BluetoothFrench loudspeaker manufacturer Triangle has announced two new compact Sensa powered loudspeakers, SN01A and SN03A (€349 and €349 respectively). Their Sensa speakers benefit from the research conducted for the active speakers Elara with the aim of democratizing this technology by offering hi-fi speakers at more affordable prices. Triangle's Sensa speakers are equipped with a class D amplifier of 2 x 40 watts for the SN01A and 2 x 50 watts for the SN03A. This amplifier is very versatile and compatible with numerous types of sources. It contains a Bluetooth AptX receiver (16-bit/44.1kHz) for phones and tablets. A phono preamplifier to connect directly your vinyl turntable to your speakers. There's a TosLink optical input to deliver sound from a television, a computer or any compatible digital player. For analog input, a 3.5mm and unbalanced RCA is provided for. Triangle's Sensa also has unbalanced RCA output allowing to connect a subwoofer or to daisy-chain several pairs of speakers simultaneously. Sensa uses a two-way bass reflex configuration, which is a standard for this line of products. Both new models feature a 25mm silk dome tweeter, with a midrange/bass driver of 10cm for the SN01A, and 13cm for SN03A. They provide extended LF response via the use of a bass reflex laminar vent located to the rear of the enclosure. Each model is available in black and white, plus are supplied with an RCA cable, a 3.5mm cable and a remote control that allows you to adjust the volume, sources and the standby mode of the product. It is also possible to adjust the response of the speaker in the low frequencies and the treble. A reset function allows you to reset the initial settings if necessary.

 

06 / 01 / 18

Enjoy the Music.com's June Review Magazine Is Now Available Online
Enjoy the Music.com's June Review Magazine brings a site redesign, our extensive HIGH END 2018 Munich show report, plus of course many gear reviews we know you'll love. You might have noticed something changed a bit on our site. We've redesigned it to (basically) adhere to what seems to be current high-end audio magazine 'layout standards'. As for reviews and articles, our man of wisdom and longtime industry expert Roger Skoff talks about the visual beauty of 'audio jewelry'. Enjoy the Music.com's HIGH END 2018 report has 12 parts plus a special focus on CanJam and showgirls!

As for gear reviews, up first is our North America Premiere Review of Nagra's impressive Classic Preamp. Analog lover rejoice as we've got a World Premiere Review of Gryphon's new Sonett MM / MC phono stage preamplifier. Need amp power and solid reliability? We have you covered with our review of Bryston's BP17³ preamplifier and 7B³ monoblock amps. Since our gear needs power, we're happy to bring back Rufus Smith with his review of Core Power Technologies' Equi=Core 1800 power conditioner. Of course we have personal audio too, and so our newly-formed partnership with Headphone.Guru brings you their assessment of Beyerdynamic's new wireless Aventho on-ear headphones.

 

WARNING: Due to our ongoing growth and to keep this new posting relatively short in length, below are just a sampling of the many articles and reviews within the June issue. You can see everything within this month's edition of Enjoy the Music.com's Review Magazine at this link. As always, in the end what really matters is that you...

Enjoy the Music,

Steven R. Rochlin
Creative Director
Enjoy the Music.com

 

New Site Layout, New Partner Magazine, And New Writers
New Site Layout, New Partner Magazine, And New Writers
New and improved! Now with more of what you want!
Editorial By Steven R. Rochlin

 

Come Admire My Hi-Fi Jewelry
Come Admire My Hi-Fi Jewelry
Roger Skoff writes about what things cost, and why.
Article By Roger Skoff

 


A Billionaire's Guide To HIGH END 2018 In Munich
HIGH END 2018 Audiophile Show Report By Steven R. Rochlin

 

Nagra Classic Preamp Review
North America Premiere Review!
Nagra Classic Preamp
For those who have a system that can appreciate its ultra-luculent and musical sound.
Review By Tom Lyle

 

Beyerdynamic's New Wireless Aventho On-Ear Headphones Review
Beyerdynamic's New Wireless Aventho On-Ear Headphones
Audiophile sound on the go!
Review By Peter Pialis Of Headphone.Guru

 


Bryston BP17³ Preamplifier And Bryston 7B³ Monoblock Amplifier Combo Review
Bryston BP17³ Preamplifier And Bryston 7B³ Monoblock Amplifier Combo
A truly amazing setup!
Review By Dwayne Carter

 

Core Power Technologies Equi=Core 1800 Power Conditioner Review
Core Power Technologies Equi=Core 1800 Power Conditioner
Not your average power conditioner.
Review By Rufus Smith

 

Gryphon Sonett MM / MC Phono Stage Preamplifier Review
World Premiere Review!
Gryphon Sonett MM / MC Phono Stage Preamplifier
The many joys of listening to analog music.
Review By Tom Lyle

 

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05 / 31 / 18

VAC Renaissance Preamplifier Mk V With MM/MC Phono Stage Review
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VAC Renaissance Preamplifier Mk V With MM/MC Phono Stage
For serious music lovers living at the cutting edge of what is possible.
Review By Ron Nagle

 

Hi-Fi World's July 2018 Magazine Features Great Articles And Reviews
Hi-Fi World July 2018Hi-Fi World's July 2018 issue features your chance to win a Jamo DS4 Bluetooth wireless loudspeaker worth £200! Equipment reviews include Bowers & Wilkins 686 S2 standmount loudspeakers, Cayin N5 MK2 digital audio player, AURALiC Polaris amplifier/DAC/streamer, Mytek Liberty DAC / headphone amplifier, McIntosh MC611 monoblock amplifiers, Yamaha A-S801 amplifier, Gutwire cables, Titan Audio Styx mains cable, Systemdek turntable, Parasound JC3 JR phonostage, FiiO in-ear monitors, plus Delaney & Bonnie & Friends is this month's music pick from Paul Rigby. Within his editorial Noel Keywood says "We're running a feature this month on bad sound quality. No, as editor I haven't gone mad! It's all the rage these days – and the subject basically revolves around 78s – those shellac ‘LPs' that shatter if you drop them. Which is part of the problem: you could possibly shatter a disc that holds an historic performance – then it will be gone forever. An historic performance is often something you and I may think is worth losing ‘cos there are no electric guitars in there and no dance beat either – so what use does it have? I've been shaken out of such musings by listening to Timestep's Dave Cawley describe the U.S. conferences he attends on archiving, which include vast music collections that occupy whole buildings, left by wealthy individuals in an estate bequeathed to the nation, to be funded by their estate. So think big here; we're talking U.S. multi-millionaires from the entertainment business – films and music – pre-WWII." See what's within this issue of Hi-Fi World and read the complete editorial at this link.

 

05 / 30 / 18

HIGH END 2018 Show Coverage

HIGH END 2018 Show Report Featuring Arcadian Audio, iFi Audio, Virtual Reality, And Black Cat Cable
A Billionaire's Guide To HIGH END 2018 In Munich
Part 12 featuring Arcadian Audio, iFi Audio, Virtual Reality, And Black Cat Cable.

 

M2Tech Nash MC/MM Phono Preamplifier With Four Analog Inputs
M2Tech Nash MC/MM Phono Preamplifier With Four Analog InputM2Tech's new Nash MC/MM phono preamplifier sports four unbalanced RCA analog inputs: phono MC, phono MM, line1 and line2. Each phono input is dedicated to a different kind of phono cartridge type. Phono MC input allows for setting MC step-up gain (3dB to 30dB) and input impedance (10 Ohms to 1 kOhms, continuously). Phono MM input allows for choosing input resistance (15 kOhms or 47 kOhms) and capacitance (0pF, 100pF, 220pF and 470pF, plus any combination of the basic values). Line inputs act as bypass to allow two line level sources (a CD player, a tuner, a reel tape recorder, etc) to take advantage of the same amplifier input the Nash is hooked to. Why have two different inputs for MC and MM? Because this way the first switch on the signal path (indeed a relay) is after the MC step-up, therefore on a higher level than the tiny microVolts delivered by an MC pickup. Moreover, the user can connect two cartridges to the Nash at the same time: one MC and one MM or high output MC, or two MC, one of which through an external step-up. M2Tech's The Nash is designed to deliver 2.5V when driven by a standard 5mV outputs MM pickup with great noise performance. The MM gain can be set to 55dB, 60dB or 65dB, to accommodate pickups with output voltages 1mV to 5mV or more. The MC gain can be set 3dB to 30dB, leading to a total MC gain of 58dB to 95dB! The Nash is a 21th century product, therefore it includes certain features that make using it easier. It has a display showing all current settings, plus an IR remote control too. Moreover, the Nash includes a Bluetooth BLE module that allows the user to control it thanks to the app we provide for free for both Android and iPhone/iPad. The app, not only allows for selecting the source, accessing the configuration menu or toggling standby, it also has a complete pickups database with automatic setting for each one. Even if the Nash settings are partly manual, the app shows how to set switches and knobs for the selected pickup, at the same time automatically setting the parameters in the menu. M2Tech gave this unit a FET-input, with all-discrete components circuits featuring vanishingly low noise. Passive RIAA is implemented with high precision polypropylene capacitors. The Nash noise and sound performance can be further increased by replacing the stock wall adaptor with the Van Der Graaf MkII Low Noise Power Supply.

 

05 / 29 / 18

Wedding: A Special Greetings From Heather Baird & Steven R. Rochlin
Wedding: A Special Greetings From Heather Baird & Steven R. RochlinYou're cordially invited to our wedding at the Viva Las Vegas Weddings on June 14, 2018 at 8 pm within the Main Chapel. Come celebrate with Heather and Enjoy the Music.com's Creative Director Steven as we get married with glorious specially-chosen music welcomes the next step in our life together.

Music, fun and of course an abundance of champagne will hallmark our official marriage together. If you can't join us in person, relax at home, on the beach, or anywhere there's Internet access as our wedding will be live streamed online! BYOB with your fave online device and celebrate with us virtually! Whether you're with us in Las Vegas or at home, a fun time is assured for all. Not to be missed is the special 'show' planned both before and after our wedding nuptials. Those attending in Las Vegas may participate with us during this special entertainment extravaganza too!

Where: Viva Las Vegas Weddings within the Main Chapel.
When: June 14, 2018 at 8 pm

Please RSVP / PM / e-mail if you plan on attending in Las Vegas as seating is limited. A hyperlink to the live stream will be provided within our social media / website on the wedding day. See our Facebook announcement and chime in with your well-wishes at this link.

 

HIGH END 2018 Show Coverage

HIGH END 2018 Show Report Featuring Audio Research, Sonus Faber, Fonica International, Kronos, And Göbel High End
A Billionaire's Guide To HIGH END 2018 In Munich
Part 11 featuring Audio Research, Sonus Faber, Fonica International, Kronos, And Göbel High End.

 

David Wilson, Founder Of Wilson Audio Specialties Inc., Has Passed Away
David Wilson Founder Of Wilson Audio Specialties Inc. Has Passed AwayIt deeply saddens us to report that longtime family man, music lover, and loudspeaker designer David A. Wilson II, 73, after a long battle with cancer has passed away peacefully at home on Saturday May 26th, in Provo, Utah. David was surrounded by his beautiful wife and family. David Wilson initially became interested in Hi-Fi on Christmas of 1959. His hunger lead him to find out more about it. The book Sound Reproduction by Gilbert Briggs is filled with great wisdom and humor according to David. Because of the wonderful communication skill of Gilbert, it brought about an even higher interest in music reproduction within David. Early on in his young life, he became interested in audio and music reproduction — specifically the science of loudspeaker design. Dave designed and built several loudspeakers, testing ideas, and experimenting with various parts and construction strategies. During his years at Brigham Young University starting in 1964, he obtained a bachelor's degree in zoology and chemistry. It was at BYU he would meet his future wife Sheryl Lee Jamison, who, at the time, needed Dave's help with a recording project. They were married in 1966 and for over 50 years they were loving partners in all things.

During the first few years of college, David Wilson built kits like those from Dyna, Heathkit and Eico. In fact the first kit David built was a Heathkit SA12. An Eico HF-89 was built by David Wilson back in 1963 or so. The loudspeaker system he was using at that time was tri-amplified. David Wilson is best known for his principal leadership role at Wilson Audio Specialties, a high-end loudspeaker manufacturer he and Sheryl Lee co-founded in 1974. At first, Wilson Audio was an extension of David's hobby, but eventually Sheryl Lee encouraged Dave to pursue his love and passion full-time. In the early days, the business was located in their home in Novato, Marin County, California, and expanded to commercial spaces as the business grew. In the early nineties, Dave and Sheryl Lee made the choice to relocate their business and their home to the town where they first met, Provo, Utah. Despite his unique talent and his enormous achievements, Dave was a deeply humble man. He was quick to point out that the achievements of his company were the product of a great team of people and professionals. David immensely valued the concept and process of teamwork and often gave generous credit to that team for his own successes. He was quick to praise those around him and redirected his own accolades to include his friends and fellow professionals. A viewing will be held on Friday, June 8th from 6:00pm-8:00pm at the Berg Mortuary (185 East Center Street in Provo, Utah). The funeral service will take place Saturday, June 9th at 11:00am at the Oak Hills 5th Ward, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1960 North 1500 East, Provo Utah 84604). In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The David A. Wilson & Sheryl Lee Wilson Divine Kinship Foundation. Enjoy the Music.com proudly presents a brief history of David Wilson as he received our Lifetime Achievement Award for his work with Wilson Audio Specialties Inc.

 

05 / 28 / 18

HIGH END 2018 Show Coverage

CanJam 2018 Munich Featuring Campfire Audio, Headphone Company, MrSpeakers, Headsound Audio, Modenaudio, Carat One, 1More And Audeze.
A Billionaire's Guide To HIGH END 2018
CanJam 2018 Munich Featuring Campfire Audio, Headphone Company, MrSpeakers, Headsound Audio, Modenaudio, Carat One, 1More And Audeze.

 

T.H.E. Show 2018 In Southern California From June 1st Through 3rd
T.H.E. Show 2018 In Southern California From June 1st Through 3rdTaking place this weekend, from June 1st through 3rd at Marriott's Irvine Spectrum in Southern California, is T.H.E. Show. Designed to connect music, entertainment, tech aficionados, trade professionals and media from around the world in an integrated state-of-the-art exhibit showcasing, T.H.E. Show 2018 will feature the latest products and innovations from industry-leading brands. Experience a variety of sounds ranging from $500 headphones to the $500,000 stereo setup. A weekend of fun, education and entertainment for consumer electronics and music enthusiasts alike. As Southern California's largest consumer electronics show, attendees have an opportunity to see and hear the latest in loudspeakers, audio components, home theater, video, HDTV, digital music, vinyl recordings, headphones, virtual reality, and more. Show attendees ranging from dedicated gear heads to first time buyers can preview and demonstrate millions of dollars worth of components from brands from all over the world. Tickets to the event include access to exhibits, educational seminars with industry luminaries, exotic car show, wine tasting, and live music all day into the evening, and more! Orange County's premier food trucks will be on-site serving delicious eats. T.H.E. Show's second Gala will feature Concert Couture, plus a concert by Mick Adams and the Stones. You can also see 12.5 million dollars in 2019 automotive inventory includes vehicles made by Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari, McLaren, Jaguar, Land Rover and more.

 

05 / 25 / 18

HIGH END 2018 Show Coverage

HIGH END 2018 Show Report Featuring Volya, Divaldi, Stromtank, And Singer / Songwriter Kari Bremnes
A Billionaire's Guide To HIGH END 2018 In Munich
Part 10 featuring Volya, Divaldi, Stromtank, And Singer / Songwriter Kari Bremnes.

 

Cambridge Audio Celebrates 50th Anniversary With Edge Series
Cambridge Audio Celebrates 50th Anniversary With Edge SeriesCambridge Audio is celebrating their 50th Anniversary and have announced their Edge series. Featuring the Edge A the integrated amplifier, Edge NQ preamplifier and network player, plus Edge W power amplifier ($5000, $4000, and $3000 respectively), these models will be available to select dealers in June. Cambridge Audio's Edge series from this UK's hi-fi brand represents a culmination of 50 years in audio engineering expertise and sets a new standard for design and performance for the company. Every component has been selected for its sonic merit through blind auditions – not price, specs, nor measurement. Cambridge Audio pushed engineering boundaries to keep the signal path short across the series. Only 14 components feature in the signal path of the Edge W power amplifier with capacitors removed altogether. Cambridge Audio's Edge series is a completely new design that has taken over three years for the dedicated, nine-person, in-house engineering team to complete. Unique Class XA amplification technology shifts the crossover point out of audible range, offering the sound quality of Class A but with more efficient performance. Cambridge's proprietary streaming platform, StreamMagic, has been updated to offer improved compatibility, meaning customers will be able to stream audio from a host of sources including AirPlay, Spotify Connect, and Chromecast built-in, which allows streaming from a wealth of apps, including TIDAL. Additionally, Edge supports Bluetooth aptX HD. Their Edge W solid-state amplifier produces 100W RMS into 8 Ohms (200W RMS into 4 Ohms) with a frequency response from 3Hz to 80kHz. Edge A inputs include balanced XLR, S/PDIF coax, optical TosLink, USB, RCA unbalanced, Bluetooth, and Audio Return Channel (ARC). The USB Class 2.0 input supports up to 32-bit/384kHz PCM, or up to DSD256.

 

05 / 24 / 18

HIGH END 2018 Show Coverage

HIGH END 2018 Show Report Featuring Abyss Headphones, Pro-Ject Audio Systems, Astell&Kern, And Clearaudio
A Billionaire's Guide To HIGH END 2018 In Munich
Part 8 featuring Abyss Headphones, Pro-Ject Audio Systems, Astell&Kern, And Clearaudio

 

EMM Labs Pre2 Preamplifier Review
World Premiere Review!
EMM Labs Pre2 Preamplifier
A truly high-end solid-state reference preamplifier.
Review By Phil Gold

 

Emm Labs New Pre Stereo And DV2 Stereo DAC With Volume Control
Emm Labs Announce New Pre Stereo And DV2 Stereo DAC With Volume ControlEmm Labs' Pre Stereo and DV2 Stereo DV2 stereo DAC with volume control ($25,000 and $30,000 respectively) will be available in Q4 2018. The DV2 will incorporate new functions and features such as MQA support. Ed Meitner's latest design, the reference Pre, embodies this drive for perfection and culminates in his most significant statement in the preamplifier category to date. They say this new unit provides "Stunning transparency is achieved via fully discrete dual-balanced signal paths, sophisticated contactless switching solutions and precision software-driven analog volume control. Using custom, aerospace-grade, composite laminate circuit boards in the Pre provides several advantages over conventional boards." These advantages include microscopically smooth copper traces resulting in a reduction in skin effect issues, superior strength and vibration resistance, and lower dielectric losses and superior heat conduction ensuring uniform temperature distribution, thus increasing stability. There are six sets of stereo analog inputs and three sets of stereo analog outputs. Emm Labs' Pre allows the option of bi-amplification and tri-amplification setups. Three sets of user programmable volume pre-sets per input allows the user to easily recall their favorite volume settings for different types of music. Emm Lab's new DV2 Stereo DAC with Volume Control builds on Ed Meitner's ground breaking technology used within their flagship DA2 converter. By integrating our new proprietary hybrid volume system, the DV2 can transparently and directly connect to the power amplification stage in any high fidelity system. The DV2 will incorporate new functions and features such as MQA support. With an array of digital inputs, the company's best in class sonic performance plus meticulous craftsmanship - the DV2 could very well be the perfect reference solution for the digital enthusiast. Key features of the DV2 include MDAC2 - the world's first fully discrete DSD1024 / 16xDSD D/A converter built in-house at our manufacturing facility in Canada, MDAT2 multi-award winning DSP refined and updated to synergistically work with the new 16xDSD MDAC2, plus of course MFAST proprietary jitter removal and MCLK2 advanced clocking system. Emm Labs employs proprietary hardware galvanic isolation for the USB audio interface. Available finished include Silver or Black with Titanium or Black insert and buttons. Premium plated options available.

 

05 / 23 / 18

HIGH END 2018 Show Coverage

HIGH END 2018 Show Report Featuring Audio-Technica, Vision Ears, KirmussAudio, And Sonitus Acoustics
A Billionaire's Guide To HIGH END 2018 In Munich
Part 8 featuring Audio-Technica, Vision Ears, KirmussAudio, And Sonitus Acoustics.

 

Los Angeles And Orange County Audio Society All Star Gala
Los Angeles And Orange County Audio Society All Star GalaThe Los Angeles and Orange County Audio Society's All Star Gala is to take place December 2 from 11 am to 3:30 pm at the Holiday Inn, Buena Park, Grand Ballroom. Awards given include 25th Annual Founder's Award for Michael Fremer, 25th Annual President's Award, and their First Annual Audiophile Recording of the Year Award (Aria). All Past Winners of the Founder's Award will be invited to the Gala, as our honored guests. Confirmed to attend includes Dave and Carol Clark, Dr. David Robinson, EveAnna Manley, Tim de Paravicini, Ray Kimber, John Grado, Chad Kassem, Bob Carver, Richard Vandersteen, Michael Fremer, John Atkinson, Paul Seydor, Jonathan Scull, Bob Attiyeh, Steven R. Rochlin, and Roger Skoff. All three of LAOCAS 25th Anniversary Society LPs will be available at the Gala. Also, their new 18 carat gold permanent Society Pin will be available at the Gala. There will be special gifts for our Lifetime Members. Formal invitations to be sent at a later date. Once Members and their guests are accommodated, visitors will be most welcome. Also attending is Yuko Mabuchi and her extraordinary Trio who will perform in 100% analog! Her exclusive audiophile LP in 45rpm produced for the Society by Yarlung Records will be autographed just for you! Eastwind Import will be there with all Society LPs and more!

 

HIGH END 2018 Show In Munich Exhibitor And Attendee Report
HIGH END 2018 Show In Munich Exhibitor And Attendee ReportHIGH END 2018 in Munich has released their final report. There were 530 exhibitors from 41 countries (-2% as compared to 2017), with 19,889 visitors in total (-7%). Trade visitors reached 7557 from 78 countries (-6%). According to HIGH END Society, the show was rated at high satisfaction among all participants. After four successful exhibition days, the 37th HIGH END in Munich ended on May 13. While these figures represented a slight decline in visitor numbers compared to the previous
year, it is quite possibly due to almost mid-summer weather throughout all four days of the exhibition. For the trade experts, says the Society, it was one of the world's most significant events in the audio industry. See Enjoy the Music.com's HIGH END 2018 show coverage at this link.

 


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