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Upcoming Show Coverage
RMAF 2014 Show Report (Rocky Mountain Audio FestColorado's Rocky Mountain Audio Fest will feature high-end, high fidelity audio equipment at the Denver Marriott Tech Center Hotel from October 11th through the 13th. Attendees will enjoyed 8 floors and over 170 exhibit rooms, totaling many millions of dollars in gear to hear, see, and experience. While two-channel high fidelity audio gear takes center stage, there is a special CanJam headphone/portable media players (PMP) section plus various conferences, seminars and live music entertainment too! Enjoy the Music.com will be live streaming at the upcoming RMAF 2014. We will be visiting a variety of rooms / exhibition spaces and streaming it all live to our worldwide audience. Soon after the RMAF event, we will be providing true 1080 high resolution videos of our live streams. We look forward to reporting on exhibitors in Denver during this event. Companies showcasing their products who want to appear within Enjoy the Music.TV's live stream should contact us. You can see our RMAF / Enjoy the Music.TV press release here.

Blues Masters at the Crossroads at Blue Heaven StudiosChad Kassem of Acoustic Sounds is holding their yearly Blues concert at their Blue Heaven Studios in Salina, Kansas. This incredible event, Blues Masters at the Crossroads, is now in their 16th year and going strong. "It's gonna be a hollerin', shakin' good time at Blue Heaven Studios for the 16th Blues Masters at the Crossroads. Where, in our converted church sanctuary, the gospel to some, the devil's music to others — the blues — has its due. This is your year to experience it all. Your seat is waiting!" says their site. This two night event will be held on Friday, October 17th, and Saturday the 18th ($60 per day). Doors open at 6:45pm and the shows begins at 7:15pm. Enjoy the Music.com and Enjoy the Music.TV will be hi-res streaming this event live online!

TAVES 2014 (Toronto Audio Video Entertainment Show)TAVES 2014 (Toronto Audio Video Entertainment Show) will be held from October 31st through November 2nd at the Sheraton Centre Hotel in Toronto, Canada. High-end home audio/video and CANPAX Headphone Show section will be available for all attendees. The CANPAX Headphone Show, powered by Audio360.org, recognizes the incredible popularity of the headphone category. Enjoy the Music.com will be at TAVES 2014 with hi-res video gear plus cover the show live via daily photos; with hi-res videos soon afterwards being available online. We may also provide live streaming video during TAVES, yet at lower than our industry-leading 1080i resolution due to the complications of bringing a true broadcast-grade TV studio across International boarders. We look forward to seeing everyone in Toronto and, wait for it, there is some very exciting news we will soon be announcing about TAVES in the coming weeks so stay tuned!

 

10 / 02 / 14

Hi-Fi+'s October Issue Is Now Online
Hi-Fi+ MagazineEnjoy the Music.com just posted Hi-Fi+'s October edition filled with many great equipment and music reviews plus think pieces. This issue includes equipment reviews of the Aurender W20 network music server, Arcam irDAC, KEF LS50 speakers, Devialet Ensember integrated amp/loudspeaker system, Triangle Antal Anniversary speaker, HRT Airstreamer, AURALiC Gemini 2000 headphone amplifier/DAC/stand, Aaron Cineast / Millennium preamp & stereo amp, Koetsu Pure Onyx MC cartridge, OPPO PM-1 planar magnetic headphones with revised earpads and much more! In his editorial, Alan Sircom says "It goes by the slightly clunky term 'coopetition' and it's short for ‘cooperative competition'. It means, you view your competition as fellow travellers on the same path... at least, when it suits! It dates back to the time of the Danelaw, when traders used to fight to the teeth before and after their longboat journeys, but were the best of friends when it came to securing the best rates from the longboat captains. If the Vikings could do it, why can't we?" See the October issue of Hi-Fi+ by clicking here.

 

Enjoy the Music.com Posts More New York Audio Show 2014 Coverage
New York Audio Show 2014 Report  NYAS 2014Enjoy the Music.com has just posted more information and photos within our industry leading 2014 New York Audio Show report. Bring an abundance of bandwidth as we have added many new hi-res photos plus part 1 of Rick Becker's extensive NYAS 2014 report.  Editor and Creative Director Steven R. Rochlin posted over 40 more photos that provide incredible product detail. Photojournalist Rick Becker's coverage has just begun and his part 1 spans three pages filled with many photos.

 

10 / 01 / 14

New High Fidelity Audio Reviews Within Our Review Magazine
Enjoy the Music.com's October Review Magazine is packed full with equipment reviews, the New York Audio Show report -- with more coming soon -- a new hi-res video with Mark Waldrep, music reviews... and we have a report on the 57th Annual Newport Jazz Festival too! Remember to friend us on Facebook and enter our October contest for your chance to win a Nordost Blue Heaven Power Cord! See the October Review Magazine by clicking here.

Review Magazine  

Viewpoint

Senseless Rambling
In A Time Of Universal Deceit - Telling The Truth Is A Revolutionary Act.
   – George Orwell
Plus... Is digital really better than analog? Plus there’s a cold war happening and you’re part of it... sort of.
Article By Steven R. Rochlin

Skoffin' Up Food For Thought
Use Your Ears, That's What They're For!
Roger Skoff writes about the best tools of all.
Article By Roger Skoff

HIFICRITIC: Stan's Safari 27
Stan takes a look at amplifier power. Specifically, ratings and clipping.
Article By Stan Curtis of HIFICRITIC


Contest: Win A Nordost Blue Heaven Power Cord!

Show Report

Enjoy the Music.com's sister site Enjoy the Music.TV will be live streaming video
during the upcoming RMAF 2014 high fidelity audio show!

New York Audio Show 2014
Some hi-res pics online now; much more to post in the coming days!
Report By Steven R. Rochlin

Lifestyle & Design
Artonomos Confluence Tea Tray
A playful plateau for your tea.
Article By Steven R. Rochlin

Barisieur By Josh Renouf
Pavlov's dog for coffee connoisseurs.
Article By Steven R. Rochlin

Freddie Paul Beer Tree
Scientific tree bears beer 'fruit'.
Article By Steven R. Rochlin

Enjoy the Music.TV
Mark Waldrep of AIX Records, iTrax, and Real HD-Audio on Enjoy the Music.TV.

Manufacturer Article
What Is, And Is Not, High-Resolution Audio
Article By John Siau Of Benchmark Media Systems

Superior Audio
Transrotor Dark Star Silver Shadow Turntable
Listening to, rather than auditioning, this fine turntable.
Review By Wojciech Pacula

Equipment Reviews
Audio Desk Systeme Vinyl Cleaner
Audio Desk Systeme's vinyl cleaner is the ultimate removal service.
Review By Leonard Norwitz

Flagstone PlanterSpeakers By Madison Fielding
A sound that grows on you.
Review By Steven R. Rochlin

MrSpeakers Alpha Dog Headphones
Having fun while exploring the MrSpeakers Alpha Dog headphones.
Review By Phil Gold

Sonic Satori
NuForce HA-200 Monoblock Headphone Amplifiers
Not your momma's headphone system!
Review By Michael Mercer

World Premiere Review!
LKV Research Line One Preamplifier
The Line One sounds more like music than a piece of audio equipment.
Review By Tom Lyle

PrimaLuna Dialogue Premium Preamplifier
One of the best things PrimaLuna has ever done.
Review By Dick Olsher

DIY Audio Reviews
Hypex NCore 400 Amplifier
Enter a great Class D amplifier from the Netherlands.
Review By Jeff Poth

Music Reviews
Enjoy the Music.com Blue Note Music Awards 2014
Best High-End Audio Equipment Of 2014 Awards

Classical Music
From violinist James Ehnes, fine performances of Shostakovich, Britten and Khachaturian.
Review By Max Westler

Ear-opening "historically informed" live performances of Stravinsky masterpieces.
Review By Max Westler

From Istanbul, an unusual approach to Scheherazade.
Review By Max Westler

Rarely heard cello music by Hans Pfitzner, splendidly performed.
Review By Joe Milicia

Jazz Festival
57th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival Report
Sonic surprises in Monterey!
Festival Report By Joe Kubala

See the October Review Magazine by clicking here.

 

Amazon Leads Vinyl Sales Within The USA
According to Billboard, Amazon is the largest seller of vinyl within the United States of America and has 12.3% market share. Next up is Urban Outfitters with 8.1% followed by Hastings Entertainment with 2.8% and Hot Topic with 2.4%. Trans World Entertainment has 2.2%. If you're an audiophile, you're up next with Audiophile, Acoustic Sounds and Newbury Comics each have market shares between 1.5% and 2%. The largest vinyl LP entity within the USA is wholesaler Alliance Entertainment, who supplies Best Buy, Barnes & Noble, Trans World Entertainment and various chain/indie stores, with a staggering 50% of vinyl LP sales. "Our plan is to build on our vinyl strategy in 2015 to really capitalize on the resurgence of vinyl -- this is definitely an area of music that consumers are telling us they're more and more interested in," says Guitar Center's Vice President of corporate affairs Christopher Bennett. "We're going to be offering a host of different vinyl record players as well in 2015 for the traditional music audiophile, and also for music producers and DJs."

 

Music Sales By The Numbers
NielsenNielsen, the entertainment industry's leading music data information provider, reveals 2014 mid-year United States of America music sales, airplay and streaming data for the six-month period of Dec. 30, 2013 through June 29, 2014. Nielsen SoundScan measures USA point-of-sale of recorded music product. Nielsen BDS captures USA radio airplay and music streams. Both systems power many of the Billboard charts. For the first six months of 2014, sales of albums were down 14.9% versus the first six months of 2013. Vinyl Album Sales and On-Demand streaming continue to show strong gains: Vinyl LP sales were up 40.4% and overall On-Demand streaming was up 42% over last year, with on-demand audio up 50.1% and on-demand video up 35.2%. "With On-Demand streams surpassing 70 billion songs in the first six months of 2014, streaming continues to be an increasingly significant portion of the music industry," said David Bakula, SVP Nielsen Entertainment. "Streaming's 42% year-over-year growth and Vinyl LP's 40% increase over last year's record-setting pace shows interest in buying and consuming music continues to be robust, with two very distinct segments of the industry expanding substantially." As the leading information provider for the high-end audio / high fidelity audio industry, Enjoy the Music.com has the full report in PDF here.

 

09 / 30 / 14

NAHA's Rock Legends Cruise 4
 NAHA's Rock Legends Cruise 4Get ready to set sail as NAHA's Rock Legends Cruise 4 is about to leave port with ticket sales starting October 1. As the fourth installment of this rockin' event, taking place from January 21 – 25 (2016), the Independence of the Seas sets sail from Ft. Lauderdale and will go to Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos with many major rock bands aboard. Rock Legends Cruise not only rocks, it is also a terrific value as per person price includes shipboard accommodations, all meals and snacks (some specialty restaurants are not included) and of course concert admission. Most onboard entertainment such as flowrider, rock climbing, boxing ring, pools, and full-sized volleyball / basketball court are included too. Bands scheduled to play during NAHA's Rock Legends Cruise 4 are as follows: The Doobie Brothers, Alice Cooper, Paul Rodgers, 38 Special, The Marshall Tucker Band, Don Felder, WAR, Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam, Blue Oyster Cult, Uriah Heep, The Outlaws, Molly Hatchet, Rik Emmett, The Edgar Winter Band, Ten Years After, Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown, Pat Travers Band, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Melvin Seals & JGB, The Artimus Pyle Band, Swamp Da Wamp, Steve Rodgers, The Blue Lords, and Citizens Band Radio. For more details see their website.

 

iFi Audio iClub
iFi Audio iClubTaking social to the next level is ifi Audio with their new iCLUB. As many already know, iFi Audio is one of the first companies to use social sites like Head-Fi to get feedback and design desires of their products before the unit is in final production. The company has planned a number of industry 'firsts' including a special concierge team. Club members will also receive the very latest blog updates/developments as they arise. Through iFi Audio's Customer Relationship Management System (CRM), each member will be assigned a personal concierge as the 'iFi contact' for all things iFi / audio related. The company endeavors to look after you. Benefits of being a member also include iCLUB blog with info on iCLUB philosophy, program details, member privileges. Free gifts such as the upcoming DSD EP by David Elias and other downloads by iFi artists. Your concierge will keep in touch with you regarding input in design/development of new products. This stems from the fabulous launch of the micro iDSD which was Crowd-Designed. You may also have the chance to beta/access upcoming products. Special gatherings in major cities where you can meet the iFi network of staff, distributors and retailers. Enjoy the Music.com has reviewed the iFi audio Micro iDSD DAC/headphone amplifier, ifi Audio Micro iPhono MM/MC Phonostage and iFi micro iTube 'Swiss Army Knife'.

 

09 / 29 / 14

HIFICRITIC Magazine
HIFICRITIC MagazineEnjoy the Music.com just posted HIFICRITIC's Volume 8 No. 3, which includes reviews of headphone amps, Antelope Zodiac Platinum DAC, Well Tempered Versalex turntable, Magico S3 speakers, Oppo PM-1 & HA-1, B&W CM6 S2 speakers and many more exciting equipment reviews! Within his editorial The Audio And Music Evolution, Paul Messenger says ""We do indeed live in interesting times, though one might wonder whether the interest is now all about the technology and the delivery of the musical or AV content, rather than the music itself. We've already seen how the rise and rise of MP3 and track-by-track downloading has forced the closure of many record stores, and this latest HIFICRITIC contains an extended feature by Andrew Everard about the latest means of delivering music (and movies) to the home – live streaming over the Internet."

 

David Chesky's Jazz In The New Harmonic Live Stream
Jazz in the New HarmonicMulti-Grammy nominated American composer David Chesky will have his upcoming Lincoln Center performance streamed live online! Best known for a contemporary style that combines elements of jazz and Latin music, with more traditional classical components, David Chesky will be performing with his new group called Jazz In The New Harmonic. The performance is Wednesday, Oct 1 at 7:30pm Eastern Standard Time (GMT -5). With concert tickets sold out, they have decided to stream the concert live online for the world to enjoy. You can stream Jazz in the New Harmonic's live performance from Jazz At Lincoln Center and enter to win a pair of speakers at this link.

 

09 / 26 / 14

Oculus Rift Crescent Bay Prototype Adds 360o Head Tracking Audio
Oculus Rift Crescent Bay Prototype Oculus Rift's new Crescent Bay prototype now includes faster video refresh frame rate and 360o head tracking audio! The company licensed technology from RealSpace3D for their audio technology since it provides for high fidelity VR audio by combining HRTF spatialization and integrated reverberation algorithms. Oculus Rift's CEO, Brendan Iribe, says that their new Crescent Bay "feature prototype" is a big step forward towards virtual world immersion. Their 360-degree head tracking is powered by a camera located on the back of the new Crescent Bay prototype. Head tracking has been used within high fidelity audio products, such as the Smyth Realizer (reviewed here), and provides incredible realism for the listener using headphones. Over 100,000 Rift developer kits have shipped to more than 130 countries worldwide.

 

09 / 25 / 14

Merrill Audio Advanced Technology Labs Jens Phono MC Preamplifier
Merrill Audio Advanced Technology LabsMerrill Audio Advanced Technology Labs just sent us word on their Jens Phono preamplifier ($15,449) with 70 dB of gain for low output moving coil (MC) cartridges for vinyl LP turntables. This world class phone preamplifier offers "precise wide sound staging, a dead quiet background, high gain, lightning fast transients and superb musicality" says the company. Built specifically for low output moving coil cartridges, the Jens Phono preamplifier allows for load setting from 25 Ohms to 5 kOhms, with 70dB of gain with better than 0.1dB RIAA equalization. Their Jens Phono was in development for seven years, including three years of listening tests with veteran vinyl experts. Using expert technology and hand-built within the USA, the Jens Phono build features include external power supply, steel chassis for maximum EMI/RFI shielding, Stillpoints Ultramini riser footers for isolation, Furutech pure copper Rhodium plated RCA, double fused AC lines, silver plated Teflon sleeved pure copper wires, hand-matched high tolerance components, hand routed circuit board designs, multi-stage power supply filtering, and proprietary circuits. Those attending the New York Audio Show 2014 can see and hear this new unit from Merrill Audio.

 

Futuresource Consulting Global Headphones Market Report
Futuresource ConsultingAccording to Futuresource Consulting, global headphone markets have expanded by nearly 10% in volume last year to reach 286 million units shipped, triggering 16% growth in retail value and revenues of $8.4 billion. "We're seeing nothing short of a headphones renaissance, with consumers making product choices across a wide price band," says Rasika Iyer, Market Analyst at Futuresource Consulting. "With prices ranging from less than $5 to more than $200 and a gamut of features, consumers have now started to purchase different sets of headphones for different applications, including commuting, sport and in-home listening. In Europe and North America, we're seeing headphone ownership reaching three to four pairs on average, though this includes headphones bundled with smartphones." In-ear headphones dominate global shipments, accounting for 61% of volumes, and with the average retail price on the rise due to incorporation of new features such as microphones for mobile use and water proofing for sports use. Almost every major vendor has introduced a pair of sports headphones onto the market, offering innovative designs, inclusion of microphones and/or Bluetooth and other features. The sports headphones segment accounted for 4% of global shipments, and Futuresource forecasts show this will grow to 8% by 2018. Many companies are also developing smart headphones, to exploit the growing trend for health and fitness monitoring. LG and a number of other companies already compete in this market, while Futuresource expects a groundswell of activity in this space in 2015. Amid all the activity, the leading headphone brands in 2013 were Sony, Philips, Sennheiser, Skullcandy and JVC, accounting for 45% of total unit shipments. In value terms, Futuresource Consulting says that Beats remained the market leader. "Moving forward, the global headphones market will be worth $9.9 billion by the end of 2014, peaking at $11.3 billion in 2017 and with volumes continuing to build out to 2018 and beyond."

 

Win A Wyred 4 Sound Remedy Reclocker
Enjoy the Music.com High-End Audio Contests

Wyred 4 Sound Remedy Reclocker  Enjoy the Music.com and Wyred 4 Sound are giving away one of their Remedy reclockers ($399). Stemming from the company's highly successful Sonos Connect modifications, they are pleased to introduce a uniquely revolutionary product, the Remedy reclocker. This highly advanced digital reclocking device removes digital errors and drastically improves jitter utilizing an incredible Femto-grade clock. Pair the Remedy with the DAC of your choice and transform your favorite consumer digital source into a truly audiophile-worthy component! You can learn more and enter the contest at this link. Enjoy the Music.com has reviewed the Wyred 4 Sound DAC-2 DSDse DAC.

 

Contest Winner Chimes In!
Kimber Kable KS2416 Contest
Hi Steven and Kimber Kable,

Kimber Kable COntestI love this cable. I've been listening to it for a few weeks now, occasionally changing it out for a very generic HP cable (which serves as my reality check) or for my past reference, the Black Cat Silver Star cable. The thing is, I really don't want to change out the KS2416 ($495) cable once it's in the system. I asked my wife to listen, and she agreed that there seemed to be an ever-so-slightly longer decay and a bit more air to the music with the Kimber Kable in place. We use Moby's "The Sky is Broken" as our test track for this sort of listening. So thank you for this!

William Hubbard

 

09 / 24 / 14

Soundsmith Helios, Mezzo, Nautilus, Sotto Voce & Norma Vinyl LP Phono Cartridges
SoundsmithSoundsmith Corporation is going to be at the New York Audio Show 2014 with five new cartridge models that are designed to fulfill the needs of vinyl LP loving audiophiles. These new phono cartridge models have been engineered for moderate gain phonostage preamplifiers "to perform flawlessly in preamps that utilize a 48dB to 54dB gain structure" says company owner Peter Ledermann. He continues by saying, "No longer is there any fear of overloading with a high output MM cartridge or having to ramp up the volume with a low output MC type." Based on Peter Ledermann's classic Moving Iron vinyl LP cartridge designs – Hyperion, Sussurro, Paua, The Voice and Aida – these moderate output models are said to give the same level of performance as their high and low output siblings, yet without any tradeoffs. The new models are as follows:

Helios: The Sun-Goddess daughter of Hyperion featuring the unique "cactus spine" cantilever and OC-CL stylus ($7500).
Mezzo: Italian for middle or medium (output, not performance, that is). Based on the Sussurro ($4800).
Nautilus: This is a moderate output version of the very popular Pauau with natural seashell detail ($3800).
Sotto Voce: Literally "soft voice", is based on the company's The Voice ($2800).
Norma: The sister cartridge to the Aida featuring the same "sweet" midrange ($1800).

 

09 / 23 / 14

Enjoy the Music.com's New York Audio Show 2014 Coverage
Chester Group's 2014 New York Audio Show ReportEnjoy the Music.com's 2014 New York Audio Show report will have our very own Editor and Creative Director Steven R. Rochlin plus our longstanding in-depth photojournalist Rick Becker covering this exhibition. The New York Audio Show 2014 will be held at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge from September 26th through 28th. This show will feature millions of dollars in high fidelity audio (high-end audio) equipment and state-of-the-art hi-res music. Attendees can compare hundreds of audio brands before they buy in one show location, ranging from high quality headphones to the latest in loudspeaker technology. You can also learn about modern in-home audio technology plus find out how to best stream music around your home. As with all events we attend, Enjoy the Music.com’s extensive virtually live show coverage will appear online during the New York Audio Show 2014. We will also be recording hi-res video, free of charge to exhibitors, which will be available within our sister site Enjoy the Music.TV. We look forward to reporting on this event and hope to see you there! Remember to tell the world you'll be there for all the fun in Brooklyn and Facebook members can join the Chester Group's New York Audio Show 2014 event here.

 

09 / 22 / 14

16th Annual Blues Masters At The Crossroads
Blues Masters at the Crossroads at Blue Heaven StudiosChad Kassem of Acoustic Sounds is holding their yearly Blues concert at their Blue Heaven Studios in Salina, Kansas. This incredible event, Blues Masters at the Crossroads, is now in their 16th year and going strong. "It's gonna be a hollerin', shakin' good time at Blue Heaven Studios for the 16th Blues Masters at the Crossroads. Where, in our converted church sanctuary, the gospel to some, the devil's music to others — the blues — has its due. This is your year to experience it all. Your seat is waiting!" says their site. This two night event will be held on Friday, October 17th, and Saturday the 18th ($60 per day). Doors open at 6:45pm and the shows begins at 7:15pm. Enjoy the Music.com and Enjoy the Music.TV will be streaming this event live online! Scheduled to perform includes:

Joe Beard
Rip Lee Pryor
Lazy Lester
Mighty Sam McClain
Moreland & Arbuckle
Kim Wilson
Big George Brock
Sonny Green
Bernard Allison
Marquise Knox
Kim Wilson with Billy Flynn

 

Mola Mola Phonostage Is APP Controlled
Mola Mola Preamplifier With PhonostageHigh-end audio finally wakes up to the modern world of APPs, as Bruno Putzey's Mola-Mola hits another milestone! The optional Mola Mola phonostage ($2500 as an optional add-on to the Makua preamplifier $13,450) allows you to make adjustments via an Android tablet from the comfort of your listening chair. These adjustments are implemented using relays, keeping the fragile phono signal in the analog domain. According to the company, it also "preserves the soul, warmth and musicality of your music". As many may remember, the use of APPs was repeatedly harped upon by Editor and Creative Director of Enjoy the Music.com Steven R. Rochlin two years ago at RMAF 2012, since high-end audio was already years behind the curve at the time. The APP allows you to adjusting the EQ and you will be able to hear what those adjustments sound like immediately for ease of comparison without the need to constantly leave the sweet spot. The phonostage provides the ability to hook up to five turntables and adjust each cartridge independently. Specifications are below:

Performance
• Input noise (MC): 0.35 nV/rtHz
• Input noise (MM): 5 fA/rtHz
• Sensitivity: Variable from 30 uV to 5 mV
• THD, IMD: Not measurable
• RIAA Conformance: +/-0.1 dB

Available Time Constants
• T1: 200, 250, 318, 400, and 450 us
• T2: 50, 64, 75, and 100 us
• Bass Shelf: 14, 18, and 20 dB

 

09 / 19 / 14

Mark Waldrep of AIX Records, iTrax , and Real HD Audio on Enjoy the Music.TV
NEW: Enjoy the Music.TV's interview with Mark Waldrep
of AIX Records, iTrax, and Real HD-Audio discusses his impressive engineering background, in providing top quality hi-res music, and today's circumstances concerning the ongoing situation with the DEG and music downloads as offered by various companies. We also learn from Mark that "Pono should focus on being straightforward, transparent, and honest about what's being offered to customers of Pono. They have a great piece of hardware and I’m confident that the website will be wonderful. However, I felt let down when I discovered that virtually ALL of the tracks on the Ponomusic website will be ripped CDs at 44.1kHz/16-bit FLAC. That’s not what I expected from Neil and his organization. It runs counter to his pronouncements and evangelizing all these years. He was all about 192kHz/24-bit FLAC as the minimum standard for 'rediscovering the soul of music'."

 

Milano hi-fidelity 2014
Milano hi-fidelity 2014Milano hi-fidelity 2014 show autumn 2014 show will take place on the 4th and 5th of October 2014 at the prestigious four star AtaHotel Quark in Milan city. This two channel (stereo) only high-end audio event enjoyed over 4000 visitors during their 2013 event and they expect this year's event to be bigger. "If your heart beats loud for two-channel hi-fi systems, you can't miss the one and only solely-audio (no video or home theater) show in Italy" says the event promoter. The Milano Hi-Fidelity organizers are proud to announce this 16th edition of their hi-fi only show. As an established tradition, the organizers have paid attention to the quality of the sound into the rooms. They are using room acoustic correction devices so exhibitors can achieve the best results out of their high fidelity audio systems.

 

TACET Johann Sebastian Bach Six Brandenburg Concertos BWV 1046-1051 Blu-ray
TACET's Johann Sebastian Bach Six Brandenburg Concertos BWV 1046-1051 Blu-rayTACET's Johann Sebastian Bach Six Brandenburg Concertos BWV 1046-1051 Blu-ray audio disc features the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra in TACET's Real Surround Sound and stereo. This multi-channel recording in TACET Real Surround Sound was recorded in the year 2000. Shortly prior to the construction of the microphones, the idea arose of selecting a special arrangement for each one of the six Brandenburg Concertos in accordance with the respective score. This principle became the cornerstone of Real Surround Sound. The primitive 8-track card (from today's perspective) in the PC forced TACET to acoustically realize the six different, novel mixes with a stereo mixing console right when the recording was made. Today, however, a recording can easily captured and carefully processed afterwards. Thus began TACET's exciting journey of discovery into a new, so far unknown world. The recording was immediately convincing. The music is said to be fantastic, and features Benjamin Hudson and the solos by Reinhold Friedrich (trumpet). Alongside SACD and DVD audio, TACET has offered this recording in stereo CD and LP. This recording is now also available on Blu-ray disc with both multi-channel and stereo tracks."

 

Zesto Audio Andros 1.2 Phonostage
Zesto Audio Andros 1.2 PhonostageZesto Audio's newly updated to Andros 1.2 phonostage ($4700, or $1500 to update units over one year old) has the same classic look as when it was first launched in 2011, yet now features many enhancements. The new Andros 1.2 phonostage upgrade includes a 10 position MC load, from 20 to 1000 Ohm and more positions in the 'sweet zone' between 200 to 1000 Ohms. There is a two position MM loading of 47 kOhm and 15 kOhm to accommodate a wider range of cartridges and the unit now provides a total of 67dB of gain. Improvements have been made to the circuitry design and component value upgrades including an enhanced grounding scheme and the unit's binding post have been moved to accommodate shorter ground wires. Zesto Audio is also offering upgrades to any current Andros owner and it comes with a new 2 year warranty, completely new back panel assembly with new components and new front logo with Andros 1.2.

 

Marantz HD-DAC1 Headphone Amplifier
Marantz HD-DAC1 Headphone AmplifierMarantz's HD-DAC1 ($799) is the company's first headphone amplifier featuring an integrated DAC. This high quality dedicated headphone amplifier employs technologies from Marantz's high-end Premium 11 series. The HD-DAC1 can drive high-impedance headphones of up to 600 Ohm and has a three-level gain control, Marantz HDAM-SA2 high current modules and a high quality audiophile DAC (CS4398). Both fixed and variable RCA outputs also provided for so that users can also directly connect it to their high fidelity integrated amplifier, to a pair of active speakers, or power amps. Two TosLink optical and a S/PDIF coaxial digital input as well as a USB-B port enable users to stream music directly from a PC or MAC. iDevices can also be connected via the USB port on the front. For even more connectivity, there is an analog input. The USB-B works in asynchronous mode to support 192kHz/24-bit hi-res audio and DSD 2.8MHz / 5.6MHz. To safeguard quality when connected to a computer, Marantz built extended isolation around the USB-B input to eliminate the chance of high frequency noise generated by the computer entering the HD-DAC1. They included a jitter remover and Dual Clock for extreme accuracy. Information on volume, input, resolution, etc. is shown on the stylish Marantz Porthole Display. The solid aluminum front is supported by a double layer bottom plate and side panels with a retro-style wooden look.

 

09 / 18 / 14


NEW: World Premiere Review!
LKV Research Line One Preamplifier
The Line One sounds more like music than a piece of audio equipment.
Review By Tom Lyle

 


NEW: PrimaLuna Dialogue Premium Preamplifier
One of the best things PrimaLuna has ever done.
Review By Dick Olsher

 

Reference Recordings Organ Polychrome: The French SchoolReference Recordings' new Organ Polychrome: The French School features organist Jan Kraybill and the Julia Irene Kauffman Organ. On this recordings they play for us Casavant Frères, Op. 3875. This is the premier solo recording of this new instrument and it should have very strong appeal for organ aficionados and audiophiles! This program of French masterworks was designed to showcase all the colors and nuances of this outstanding new instrument. It includes the world premiere recording of an important piece by beloved composer Florent Schmitt: Prière (Prelude in G minor), Op.11 (1899). Reference Recordings is proud to offer these brilliant performances by the organist who knows this instrument best, Jan Kraybill. She regularly plays and oversees the care of the three largest pipe organs in the Kansas City metro area: the Community of Christ Auditorium’s 113-rank Aeolian-Skinner (installed in 1959) and Temple’s 102-rank Casavant (1993), and the 102-rank Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant (2011) at the Kauffman Center's Helzberg Hall. Organ Polychrome: The French School is available on the hybrid surround sound SACD format, which is playable on SAD and CD players. This disc contains both 5.1 surround and stereo SACD layers, as well as a stereo compact disc layer made with the HDCD process for higher fidelity.

 

09 / 17 / 14

Opera Loudspeakers Callas and Grand Callas Speakers
Opera Loudspeakers CallasOpera Loudspeakers has just introduced their newest version of the Callas monitor and Grand Callas floorstanding speakers ($5495 and $11,995 respectively). The company's design team decided to update their legendary Callas and Grand Callas speakers year ago, and thus began work in achieving their lofty goals to produce the best speakers they knew how. "Known for their warm, deep and hypnotic sound, these lovely Italian transducers were initially targeted for a modest facelift after many years of success. The design team took it a step further by completely reworking the design from top to bottom, resulting in a Callas line that sets new standards when it comes to lifelike reproduction of your favorite music," says the press release. Opera Loudspeakers newest version of their Callas and Grand Callas feature a much sexier yet angled shaped cabinet, which is enhanced by a unique reflective top plate. The ensure a rigid cabinet and improved internal bracing structure, the Grand Callas itself has gone from 110 pounds to 165 pounds. A new rear radiation system on the Grand Callas uses two tweeters acting as a natural dipole. The Callas monitor eschews the rear-firing tweeters altogether and uses a simple two-way design. The Grand Callas has a total of three 1" soft dome ScanSpeak 9700 tweeters sans ferrofluid, a 7" SEAS woven polypropylene cone midrange and two 8" long-throw woofers, whereas the Callas has one each 1" tweeter and 7" midrange/woofer driver. Both speakers are rated at 89dB/W/m and present a 4 Ohms load. Frequency response for the Grand Callas is from 32 Hz to 25 kHz and for the Callas it is from 40 Hz to 25 kHz.

 

09 / 16 / 14

Enjoy the Music.com's Mid-September Review Magazine Update


NEW: Enjoy the Music.com Blue Note Music Awards 2014
Best High-End Audio Equipment Of 2014 Awards

 

NEW: What Is, And Is Not, High-Resolution Audio
Article By John Siau Of Benchmark Media Systems

 

Industry News 10 Years Ago
Milan Italy Top Audio & Video ShowEnjoy the Music.com's world premiere virtually live coverage of Milan's Top Audio & Video Show will showcase new, state-of-the-art, and craftsmen high-end equipment. Our previous five Milan show reports give testimony to the amazing creations offered by Italy-based manufacturers plus other companies based all around the world. See our 2004 Milan Italy Top Audio & Video show coverage by clicking here. Exotic automobile enthusiasts may also enjoy Editor and Creative Director Steven R. Rochlin's exclusive visit to the Ferrari facility plus a Pininfarina factory tour! Fast forward to 2014 and it saddens us to report within this update that the Top Audio & Video Show is no longer in operation for the time being.

 

09 / 15 / 14

Chord Electronics' Luxurious Leather Case For Their Hugo PMP
Chord Electronics' Luxurious Leather CaseChord Electronics now offers a luxurious leather case (£99) for their Hugo portable digital music player. The leather case offers both protection and provision for partnering digital audio players and cell phones. Chord Electronics' Hugo is a high quality DAC/headphone amplifier for both home and mobile use. Following a lengthy consultation process with Hugo owners, retailers and distributors, the final design was carefully finessed over many months at Chord Electronics' headquarters in Kent, England. Available in an exquisite black leather or natural tan color, the Hugo Leather Case is a wonderful accessory for any Hugo owner and offers protection both in the home and on the move. The Hugo Leather Case is made from very high-quality durable leather and has been designed to allow full access to Hugo's controls, inputs/outputs and LED indicators. A quad system of durable elasticized webbing straps with tough Velcro terminations to securely hold phones and digital audio players to the case. The clever design allows direct access to the touchscreen and controls, and offers several fastening options. This gives users real flexibility over how partnering equipment is secured. A tough thumb-loop at the top of the case provides a secondary element of security when the Hugo is handheld, and Velcro-tipped leather latches at each end of the case provide both protection and (at the input end), a useful cavity to store small connection leads.

 

HDtracks Is Now Available In Germany And The United Kingdom
HDtracksHDtracks has launched their Germany and United Kingdom (UK) online stores. With this announcement, German and UK music fans who want to experience music the way it was meant to be heard will now be able to enjoy the most extensive catalog of their favorite music in hi-res audio quality. HDtracks' audio downloads provide listeners with sonic precision, clarity and depth that far exceeds lossy MP3 music files. To celebrate the launch of HDtracks in both Germany and the UK, the company plans to offer media outlets and their readers' special discount and promotional codes, in addition to offering contests and other promotions to stimulate consumer interest. "The tremendous success of HDtracks since our launch in 2007 and continued growth is a real indication that consumers all over the world are hungry for better quality music sound," said HDtracks Co-Founder David Chesky. "As pioneers in the fast-growing new category of high-resolution music downloads, we're very excited to expand our business into the German market, where consumers have long demonstrated their strong interest in the best possible quality audio performance."

 

09 / 12 / 14

Tortuga Audio LDRx Passive Preamplifier
Tortuga Audio LDRx Passive PreamplifierTortuga Audio's LDRx passive preamplifier ($1495 unbalanced, $2395 balanced) features software driven digitally controlled passive resistive analog attenuation. The attenuation control utilizes audio grade light dependent resistors (LDRs) in a series/shunt topology. The LDRx offers the simplicity of passive attenuation for signal purity. The LDRx utilizes Tortuga Audio's 3rd generation LDR technology that includes an input impedance floor and fully self-contained auto-calibration of the analog LDRs over the full 60 dB attenuation range. The LDRx accommodates three single-ended inputs and two outputs via rhodium over silver plated copper Cardas jacks, with optional Neotech 26AWG UP-OCC solid silver point-to-point wiring ($100 upcharge) in the signal path. Input switching is done via LDRs with no relays in the signal path. Control power utilizes two-stage 12 and 5 Volt switch mode DC-DC regulators operating from a linear front-end with toroidal transformer and EMI/RFI filtering on the AC mains. Control is from the elegant and simple Apple Remote as well as an multi-function encoder on the front panel. The front panel has status information displayed in dual numerical readout. The internal software can be updated at the Tortuga Audio LDRx's USB port on the rear panel. The LDRx is housed in a robust black anodized aluminum enclosure with distinctive bamboo side panels. Each LDRx is handmade in the USA by Tortuga Audio. Attenuation range is from -60 to 0 dB in 70 steps. The unit is said by the manufacturer to works best with tube or solid-state amplifiers having an input impedance of 20kOhms or higher. Nominal input impedance is 20kOhms and the LDRx's control system is software based and uses an 8-bit digital microcontroller driving the 12-bit digital-to-analog volume control. Auto calibration ensures the LDRs will correct due to drift and aging.

 

Industry News 10 Years Ago
Enjoy the Music.com Internet Website BrowserBrought to you from one of the most longstanding Internet websites for audiophiles, Enjoy the Music.com has once again updated the world's only Internet website browser specifically customized for audiophiles! The Enjoy the Music.com browser includes links to online reviews of both equipment and music, many highly respected magazines, worldwide manufacturers of high performance electronics, discussion groups, and to keep it fun, "other cool stuff." With every link personally approved by Editor and Creative Director Steven R. Rochlin, you can be assured each one will be filled with vital information ever audiophile should know. "As the world's only Internet browser specifically tailored for audiophile's needs, ease of installation and variety of information is key," said Enjoy the Music.com's Editor and Creative Director Steven R. Rochlin. "The Enjoy the Music.com Internet website browser is a customization of Microsoft's popular Internet Explorer. With so many websites available on the Internet, it is hard to know which ones offer accurate and high quality content. It brings me joy that we are the able to bring our browser to audiophiles worldwide."

 

09 / 11 / 14

CEDIA EXPO 2014 Report
Enjoy the Music.com's CEDIA EXPO 2014 Show ReportEnjoy the Music.com's CEDIA EXPO 2014 show report has begun, with daily updates throughout this Denver event. The CEDIA EXPO features manufacturers, home technology professionals, media, industry partners, and more. it is being held at the Hyatt Regency from September 10th through 13th in Denver, Colorado. Attendees have access to new buyers, consumer and trade media, new product launches, manufacturer product training plus of course CEDIA's Electronic Lifestyles Awards Competition with Best New Product, Best Sustainable Product Innovation, and Product Hall of Fame. CEDIA was founded in 1989 and is an international trade association of companies which specialize in designing and installing electronic systems for the home—typically media rooms, single or multi-room entertainment systems, home automation and communication systems, home networking and integrated whole-house subsystems. Therefore this is not a pure high-end only audio show, yet there are many new innovations that do concern audio within the home so we gladly inform our readers about all the cutting-edge technology reaching other consumer electronic sectors.

 

Erzetich Audio Deimos Dual Mono Class A Headphone Amplifier
Erzetich Audio Deimos Dual Mono Class A Headphone AmplifierErzetich Audio will soon be taking pre-orders for the Deimos dual mono Class A headphone amplifier (€4000, with a 25% discount until December 31st), with delivery expected in early 2015. The designers of this hand-crafted headphone amplifier desired doing something artistic and unique as compared to what is within the marketplace today. Features include three separate power supplies (two for analog, one for digital), 43000 uF of smoothing capacitors per channel and a special digitally controlled 64-steps relay-based volume attenuator. There is a gain boost switch to ensure proper output levels power the headphones / IEM of your choosing. Inputs include both unbalanced RCA and balanced XLR, both being of very high quality and gold plated. The very artistic chassis is crafted from a combination of materials including steel, aluminum, wood and acrylic. "We wanted to go beyond and make something that really stands out from the point of electronics, sound, design and prestige," says the company. "This project has been developed under the name POS (Perfidus on Steroids). The analogue core part is based on Perfidus' design with plenty of improvements, tweaks and pimps. Plus it has been added a digital volume control and linear display. Some new strategies in the development have been taken. The most important was the one related to space – we wanted to have a bit more 'air' inside the box for various technical reasons. The design had to be catchy and different to emphasize what's hiding inside. Merging the digital and analogue parts together was more tricky than we had thought, but it worked out fine at the end. And of course what can be more evil than Perfidus? Of course, Deimos." The Erzetich Audio Deimos can handle headphones from 8 to 600 Ohms and has a frequency response from 4 Hz to 40 kHz. Dimensions are 320 mm x 125 mm x 330 mm (W x H x D) and it weighs 6400 grams.

 

WiMp TIDAL And Sonos Deezer Elite 16-bit/44.1kHz Streaming Music
DeezerWiMP's TIDAL has been reported by others to be the first lossless, CD quality music service that is finally coming to the USA... or is it? Sonos just announced that Deezer Elite, a new high definition audio streaming service, will be available on Sonos via their Beta program. With a shared passion for high quality sound and a mission to make listening to the music you love easy, Sonos and Deezer have joined forces to give you access to millions of tracks in CD quality (16-bit/44.1kHz). Sonos users today can instantly stream their your favorite music, custom radio stations based on your favorite artists, and new music discovery features so you're always hearing new music that’s perfect for you. The launch of Deezer Elite marks the streaming service's debut in the United States, joining more than 50 music and audio services available on Sonos worldwide. Sonos customers within the United States can try Deezer Elite in beta beginning September 15th with a 30-day free trial.

 

Gibson's Les Paul Reference Series Speakers
Gobson Les Paul LP4, LP6 and LP8 SpeakerGibson has just announced their new Les Paul Reference Series speakers to be available later this year! The three different models in this series includes the Les Paul LP4 and Les Paul LP6 ($599 and $799 respectively), which both feature a 1" dome tweeter, yet having a 4" or 6" midrange woofer respectively. The series top model is the Les Paul LP8 that sports an 8" woofer ($999). All models have an internal Class D amplifier power the speakers and high, mid and low EQ knobs. Inputs include both balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA inputs. All models in the Gibson Les Paul series are finished with a stunning wood veneer front, which is modeled from the famous sunburst styling that has been Les Paul's signature look for many decades. Preproduction models were just showcased at the IFA 2014 event.

 

Hegel Music Systems HD12 DAC
Hegel Music Systems HD12 DACHegel Music Systems HD12 DAC ($1400) is a true DSD64 and 192kHz/24-bit DAC with an on-board digital preamplifier and high quality headphone amplifier. Key features of their new DAC are an exceptionally low noise floor of -145dB and equally low jitter levels. In these respects, it represents Hegel Music Systems' best DAC they have developed to date. On the input side, the HD12 has a USB, two TosLink optical and one S/PDIF RCA input. There are both unbalanced RCA and true XLR balanced analog outputs, which can be used together to enable it to also drive a subwoofer for example. A remote control is included and it handles all functions of the DAC as well as other Hegel Music Systems' components. Specifications include an output level of 2.5V RMS, frequency response from 0 Hz to 50 kHz and linear phase analog filter. Distortion is typically less than 0.0005% and the power supply features toroidal transformer and 20,000uF capacitors. Dimensions are 2.35" x 8.3" x 10.24" (HxWxD) and the unit weighs 6.6 lbs.

 

Philips Fidelio M2L Headphone With Apple Lightening ConnectorPhilips Fidelio M2L Headphone With Apple Lightening Connector
And so it has begun... Philips is the first manufacturer to announce a headphone with an Apple Lightening connector and internal 24-bit DAC and amplifier. This over-the-ear-style headphone has breathable leather and memory foam ear pads, 40mm neodymium magnetic and are said to produce dynamic bass output. "We're excited to launch the Philips Fidelio M2L (€250), our first headphone that has a direct digital connection to your iOS device," proclaims Pascal van Laer, headphones business leader at Gibson's WOOX Innovations division. "This means we can deliver an incredible audio experience today, and also opens up exciting opportunities for innovation for the future." We here at Enjoy the Music.com expect to see many more headphones with 24-bit DAC and internal amplifier with Apple's Lightening connector coming into the marketplace over the next few months.

 

09 / 10 / 14

Audience Conductor In-Wall Power Cable
Audience Conductor In-Wall Power CableAudience's Conductor in-wall power cable ($20 per foot) is designed to provide the highest level of AC power delivery in custom-installation home theater, multi-room audio, architectural and other in-wall applications. The Conductor cable features three 10 AWG multi-conductor wires plus a ground wire and can be used in 120-Volt and 220-Volt applications. The wire is cryogenically treated, which relieves built-in stresses and re-forms the microstructure in the copper for improved conductivity. The insulation is made from XLPE cross-linked polyethylene insulation, which provides extreme durability and long-term use yet is flexible and easy to work with. XLPE is used in plumbing and radiant heat applications and even in human artificial joint replacement. Conductor is UL-approved, is OSHA-acceptable and meets ICEA S-95-658/NEMA WC 70, IEEE 383, IEEE 1202 and other standards. "Our new Conductor power cable combines optimized AC power delivery with exceptional durability and ease of installation," said John McDonald, president of Audience. "Conductor enables in-wall systems to perform at their best. Why build a custom-installation home entertainment system and wire it up with run-of-the mill power cable?"

 

Hart of Gold HD Sound & Vision System
Hart of Gold HD Sound & Vision SystemWe here at Enjoy the Music.com have received some over-the-top press releases over the past two decades, yet this one from Hart Audio ranks amongst the most embarrassing to date! We're going to publish their press release unedited for you to see. And it goes a little something like this... "FROM THE MAKERS OF THE WORLDS MOST EXPENSIVE LOUDSPEAKER COMES THE FIRST ALL IN ONE HIGH END HD ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM" [all caps theirs]. It goes on to say "Make a move to Hart of Gold's HD Sound & Vision System (WiFi), the most successful stand alone high-end entertainment system in the world, the most critically acclaimed, long awaited, and thanks to its unique bass technology, the finest measured performance. Watch and Listen to HD wirelessly. The entire high end system is built into the speakers. Anything on the net or your computer up on your HDTV. Listen in Lossless HD or compressed files, anything! Hook up wirelessly with your mobile, tablet, laptop or computer in an instant and play. Be there, festival, concert and stadium volumes in your home. Super clear and the finest realism. Total sound emersion. Movies have never sounded better! 4 or 6x 20cm x 25cm x 40cm cabinets in any RAL colour. A revolution in High End HiFi and home entertainment." If we may, first, whilst your most expensive speaker is due to the enclosure being made from 24 karat gold, might we suggest investing a bit into your website design and the photos? Since Hart Audio's D&W AP monitors are 24 karat gold and priced at £5,000,000 ($8,059,575 at today's exchange rate), we should hope some of that money will one day find its way into your website's design. As for wireless, WiSA already has a hi-res wireless audio solution that is not just for stereo, it now can handle multi-channel surround sound too. Is your system £9995 or £4995, as you have both prices listed. Also, in the future you may want to list what digital resolution your system can handle via Wi-Fi, the system's frequency response, maximum output SPL, amplifier power, etc. You claim to have measured this system, thus we'd love to see the graphs / results on your web page and tell us what laboratory you used. Did you accomplish this via an included DSP / room analyzer within your system? Am sure your company may provide excellent products, yet please properly present them on the world wide 'stage' since you do indeed seem to sell "the most expensive loudspeaker" on planet Earth. Oh, and please use a proper professional lighting system when taking studio photos as surely your company can afford them. Thank you.

 

09 / 09 / 14

Chick Corea Trilogy
Chick Corea TrilogyToday the Concord Music Group is releasing Trilogy, which is said to be a recording to rank with the landmarks of Chick Corea's career. Trilogy is a triple-CD set recorded live around the world with his spectacularly virtuosic trio featuring bassist Christian McBride and drummer Brian Blade. The legendary Chick Corea being joined by both of these other star leaders in their own right also played with him as the rhythmic backbone in Corea's Five Peace Band. Chick Corea is an NEA Jazz Master and winner of 20 Grammy Awards. He has been a prime mover in jazz ever since the late 1960s, when the keyboardist was a youngblood in the electrifying jazz-rock ensembles of Miles Davis. Track listings are CD1: You're My Everything; Recorda Me; The Song is You; Work; My Foolish Heart; Fingerprints; Spain. CD2: This is Now; Alice in Wonderland; It Could Happen to You; Blue Monk; Armando's Rhumba; Op. 11, no. 9; How Deep is the Ocean?. CD3: Homage; Piano Sonata: The Moon; Someday My Prince Will Come. Musicians on this album include Chick Corea piano, Christian McBride bass, Brian Blade drums, Jorge Pardo flute, Niño Josele guitar and Gayle Moran vocals.

 

Bryston BDP-1USB Digital Music Player
Bryston BDP-1USB Digital Music PlayerBryston's BDP-1USB digital music player ($1795) is the company's most affordable high-performance music player designed specifically for those customers using a USB external DAC. The BDP-1USB can easily manage large music libraries of up to 30,000 tracks, ranging from low quality MP3 to high resolution FLAC files stored on external USB or NAS drives. The BDP-1USB joins Bryston's flagship BDP-2 in the company's music player lineup. Because the BDP-1USB does not require a premium-grade internal sound card, as featured in the Bryston BDP-2, the BDP-1USB is available at an affordable price. Bryston's BDP-1USB is powered by a noiseless linear power supply that is carefully isolated from the digital audio path and AC power circuits. A vast array of features such as UPnP compatibility, Squeezebox emulation, DoP (DSD over PCM), gapless playback, and more are all built in to Bryston's intuitive and attractive firmware that is easily accessible from most web browsers. Users can also control the BDP-1USB using Apple or Android phones and tablets using Bryston's built-in interface or a selection of several third-party apps. There are four USB inputs/outputs to ensure users can use a wide variety of devices. Bryston's BDP-1USB is compatible with Asynchronous USB DAC handles DSD over PCM (DoP) playback with compatible DACs. There is a 100Mbps Ethernet port to connectivity to a network. An intuitive GUI (Graphical User Interface) provides ease of access by virtually all web browsers including on mobile devices. There is support for FLAC, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV, MP3, and a huge variety of other audio formats. The Bryston BDP-1USB comes with a five year parts and labor warranty.

 

09 / 08 / 14

Australian Hi-Fi Magazine
Australian Hi-Fi MagazineEnjoy the Music.com just posted Australian Hi-Fi's September / October magazine that includes many exciting equipment reviews and an editorial that concerns trying to improve MP3 music files. This issue's equipment reviews include the Whatmough Progeny Signature loudspeakers, NAD D3020 integrated solid-state stereo amplifier, Q Acoustics Concept 20 loudspeakers, and the REL Series S/5 subwoofer. A special esoterica section has Edgar Kramer visiting an audiophile whose close circle of audio acquaintances has had a profound influence on his hi-fi journey. In his editorial, Greg Borrowman says, "If there's one thing in audio that enrages me more than any other, it would have to be the so-called 'Compressed Music Enhancers' that manufacturers are building into their products. The first reason it enrages me is because when MP3 was introduced, virtually every press function I attended at the time turned nasty whenever the presenter claimed that MP3 was 'CD-quality' because I'd be forced to put my hand up and state the obvious: namely that what the presenter was claiming was not true. This would naturally upset the presenter, not least because it alerted the other journalists present (many of whom lacked even a rudimentary knowledge of audio signal processing) that perhaps there was something wrong with MP3 and that whatever it was, there could be a story in it. Then, after each of these events, I would find myself in an argument with the presenter, and/or the product manager about MP3 vs. CD. Such arguments were always a total waste of time, because there was no way any of them would ever concede that MP3 was inferior to CD. About the only concession I ever got was that it was (and I quote!)... 'so close to CD that it's OK to call it CD-quality.'"

 

Piega Classic 80.2, Classic 60.2 and Classic 40.2 Speakers
Piega Classic 80.2, Classic 60.2 and Classic 40.2 SpeakersPiega's Classic Series is a homage to this Swiss company's roots in loudspeaker manufacturing. It was nearly 30 years ago that the first Piega loudspeakers came into existence at Horgen on the shores of Lake Zurich. The new Piega loudspeaker family forges a link to the company's beginnings. Three differently sized floorstanding speakers, Classic 80.2, Classic 60.2 and Classic 40.2, refer in style and materials to its history and allow lovers of music to hear the unique Piega ribbon technology. The distinguishing features of the new loudspeaker trio are the refined wooden cabinets which can be selected in piano white, black or high-gloss, and polished Makassar veneer. The elegantly rounded bodies facing toward the back are pressed in a C-shape. The baffle and the forward-leaning top section are covered with Napalette, which gives the Classic models a very unique visual note. Piega's top-line 80.2 comes with the large C1 coaxial ribbon system in which the tweeter and midrange are on exactly the same plane and have exactly the same center on the X, Y and Z axes. For bass, there are two 26cm cone drivers. Recommended amplifier output is 20 to 250 watts with bi-wire capability and the speaker has a sensitivity of 93 dB/W/m at 4 Ohms. Frequency response is from 22 Hz to 50 kHz, dimensions are 142 x 39 x 51 (HxWxD in cm) and it weighs 158 lbs. The Piega Classic 60.2 comes with two 22cm bass drivers and the C2 coaxial ribbon. The small floorstander Piega Classic 40.2 has two 18 cm cone woofers and LDR 2642 MKII ribbon.

 

Industry News 15 Years Ago
In an all new venture, BootlegTV.com is being launched by Discipline Global, Inc (DGI). DGI is home to such great bands as King Crimson, California Guitar trio, and Bill Bruford's Earthworks. To help launch this new venture you can hear King Crimson's concert as it was recorded during live concerts held in Mexico City from August 2nd through the 4th in 1996. This includes the band members Robert Fripp, Bill Bruford, Adrian Belew, Tony Levin, Trey Gunn and Pat Mastelotto. As an Enjoy the Music.com added feature, we have preview audio clips and even the entire concert for you! BootlegTV.com will have many concerts from bands such as King Crimson available for streaming within 24 hours of the actual live event! The concerts will be available for a fee. Various fees will be available for a viewing the music for a specific time period of viewing or unlimited viewing. Enjoy the Music.com proudly gives you a free song from King Crimson's 1996 tour too!

 

09 / 05 / 14

KEF R50 Dolby Atmos Speakers
KEF R50 Dolby Atmos Speakers
Since CEDIA is just around the corner and the new Dolby Atmos systems are going to be all the rage... the new KEF R50 speaker is designed to sit above freestanding or wall-mounted home theater satellite speakers. The new KEF R50 adds the Dolby Atmos all-important vertical sound dimension that allows you to enjoy at home the realistic 3D sound image that Dolby Atmos creates in cinemas. It is built around KEF's latest, and most sophisticated, 'sit anywhere' Uni-Q driver array. The driver features a 1" vented aluminum tweeter at the center of a wide-band 5.25" midrange/bass driver. The speaker will sit atop a speaker and beams the sound upwards to "envelope you in a breathtakingly precise multi-dimensional soundscape where each sound source moves as it does in real life". KEF's R50 has a frequency range from 96 Hz to 19.5 kHz (-6dB) with a crossover frequency at 2.5kHz for the drivers. Amplifier requirements are from 25 to 100 watts and sensitivity is 85dB/W/m. KEF's R50 achieves a maximum output of 106dB, presents an 8 Ohm impedance, and weighs 9.9 lbs. Overall dimensions are 6.9" x 7.1" x 10.2" (HxWxD).

 

Sennheiser Urbanita & Urbanite XL Headphones
Sennheiser Urbanite and Urbanite XL HeadphonesSennheiser's Urbanite on-ear and Urbanite XL over-ear headphones ($250) are the company's new "sound of urban style", bringing the bass for an intense club experience on the move. The Urbanite XL "delivers massive bass but with Sennheiser's uncompromising audio expertise ensuring excellent clarity throughout the entire frequency range" says the press release. Sennheiser's Urbanite range is designed for staying connected on the move, with integrated in line remote control and microphone for taking calls and controlling music on smartphones and tablets. There are dedicated versions of the headphones for either Apple iOS devices, Windows, and Android. A range of color choices includes black and denim across all models (both Apple and Samsung), with the iOS Urbanite additionally available in sand, nation and plum. iOS Urbanite XL are available in sand, nation and olive. The stainless-steel hinges add a rugged urban style, with color-coordinated fabric-wrapped headband. The durable sliders and hinges also work with the soft ear pads to ensure that the listener is insulated from external noise plus ensures great comfort for extended listening sessions. Sennheiser's Urbanite headphones are supplied with a soft pouch for safe storage and come with a two-year international warranty.

 

LH Lab's Offers Free Music From 2L
2L MagnificayLH Labs is now offering a free hi-res music download provided by 2L. This download is being offered a full month before the album's official release. LH Labs is a high fidelity audio manufacturer specializing in digital audio products. The album Magnificay was recorded by 2L, which is a 17-time Grammy Award-nominated record label. The free track comes from Kim André Arnesen's Magnificat, which is a traditional canticle that is sung or spoken in many Christian church services. It was recorded direct to DXD in Norway's historic Nidaros Cathedral and can be downloaded in four different formats including DXD 24-bit/352.8 kHz FLAC, which is the original format of the recording. You can also download it in DSD 64 (2.822 MHz), DSD 128 (5.644 MHz), and DSD 256 (11.288 MHz). Users will need to register on LH Labs' website to download this song. "As a company whose passion is to make the best high-resolution audio playback devices in the world, we want more people to experience what high resolution audio sounds like," said Larry Ho, Founder and President of Light Harmonic. "We're grateful to Morten and 2L for helping us accomplish our goal."

 

Sonos 5.1 Software
SonosThrough new, frees downloadable software, users of the popular Sonos homewide multi-room sound system are now able to do away with the Ethernet connection and go completely Internet wireless via your home's Wi-Fi. Sonos' 5.1 software is a major update that allows you to set up and run Sonos on your existing Wi-Fi network and thus there is no longer a need for hardwired Ethernet connection or using the Sonos Bridge unit. With Sonos, you can stream music to any room within your home without dropouts, echoes, or delays. The Sonos system handles stereo, 3.1 and 5.1 home theater setups. For those with extremely large home or challenging wireless signal environments, Sonos is working on their Sonos Boost ($99) that outperforms their currently available Bridge unit. The Boost applies over a decade of Sonos' learning about the varying needs of our customers and offers enterprise-grade wireless capabilities to serve even the most challenging home Wi-Fi environments.

 

 

 
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