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08 / 16 / 18


Chord Hugo 2 Transportable DAC / Headphone Amplifier
Attempting to turn your ones and zeros into perfect tens.
Review By Dave Hanson

 

Global Home Audio Market Breaks $13 Billion Barrier In 2017
According to a recent press release by Futuresource Consulting, "The global home audio market continues to climb, with hardware shipments increasing by 23% in 2017, according to a comprehensive new report from Futuresource Consulting. The new Futuresource home audio report explores trends in wireless speakers, soundbars, AV receivers, hi-fi systems and dedicated speaker docks across 38 regions and countries, with market projections out to 2022. "It's not just shipments that are performing well," says Rasika D'Souza, Senior Market Analyst at Futuresource Consulting. "Last year's revenues powered through the $13 billion barrier for the first time, finishing 2017 close to the $14 billion mark. And there's plenty more punch left in the home audio hardware category, with our forecasts showing value growth out to 2021 and shipments continuing to grow beyond that." According to Futuresource Consulting, the wireless speaker segment finds that smart speakers are leading the charge. The US still accounts for the lion's share of global demand, though interest in China has been growing rapidly since Q4 2017. Object-oriented sound is becoming increasingly important in soundbars says the press release. Dolby currently leads the market, with over 15 models already available and more to be announced by the end of 2018. "Amazon topped the home audio brand leaderboard for units shipped in 2017, with a market share of 16%. Harman/JBL followed closely behind at 15%, emerging from the competitive fray despite the growing consumer love for smart speakers. Harman/JBL is the only brand other than Amazon and Google that gained share in 2017" says Futuresource Consulting. Bose and Harman/JBL were tied in top spot with each having an impressive 13% share. Against the backdrop of all this home audio action, Futuresource will host its fifth Audio Collaborative conference in London on 8 November. Bringing together Futuresource analysts and industry heavyweights from professional and consumer audio, the conference will explore all the technologies, markets and strategies that are opening up the opportunities for companies in the audio industry.

 

Vinyl record Day

Industry News 15 Years Ago
Vinyl Record Day -- First Time Officially Recognized To Celebrate...
August 12th is the day Thomas Edison invented the phonograph back in 1877. To commemorate this event, Vinyl Record Day to be celebrated on August 16th at Pasadena City College's Flea Market in Pasadena, California. Vinyl Record Day is the brainchild of Gary J. Freiberg, a music enthusiast and patent holder of "The Record Album Frame," an acrylic frame to display album cover art. The frames have decorated the halls of the Smithsonian, the Hard Rock Hotel Orlando; they are the only product of their kind sold at Graceland and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. "The objective of Vinyl Record Day," says Freiberg, "is to remember that, whatever we go through on a personal or national level, life has its goodness. Music is the primary vehicle to our fondest memories, Vinyl Record Day is to celebrate and remember them." This holiday will also be recognized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland in a celebration on August 23rd.

 

08 / 15 / 18

KLIAV Show Report 2018
KL International AV 2018 Show Report
KLIAV 2018 Show Report By Venoth Nair

 

08 / 14 / 18

Genelec Unveils Their New Two-Way S360A Monitor And 7382A Subwoofer
Continuing to reflect its goal of offering monitoring solutions for all room sizes and applications, Genelec announces the global launch of two new high-SPL Smart Active Monitors – the two-way S360A, and the 7382A subwoofer ($4595 and $11,995 respectively). Both models are ideal for any professional application that demands high acoustic power or listening at a distance – from large immersive setups in post-production studios or film mixing stages to play-live monitoring in music production, audiophile playback or premium home theaters. Housed in a compact enclosure featuring high-quality Finnish woodwork and extremely low and controlled diffraction, the S360 also features a further enhanced 10-inch high-efficiency and minimal distortion woofer based on Genelec's Master Series, and a completely integrated extended directivity control waveguide DCW, supporting its 1.7-inch titanium diaphragm compression tweeter. The result combines the neutrality for which Genelec is known, with a short-term SPL capability of 118dB – with peaks even higher – and a long throw capability that can provide reference-quality accuracy even at listening distances of over 33 feet. The S360 offers the benefits of main monitor performance in a condensed form factor, including excellent on-axis characteristics and uncolored 95-degree (h) to 75-degree (v) dispersion. Knowing that the production of good content depends on monitors being correctly positioned, level-aligned, time-aligned and room-compensated, the S360 offers full integration with Genelec's GLM software, allowing the configuration, calibration and monitor control of more than 40 channels without the need for external processing. Genelec feels that the ideal companion for both the S360 and Genelec's other large-format monitors is the 7382 Smart Active Subwoofer – Genelec's most powerful subwoofer to date. Delivering precise, powerful low frequency extension down to 15 Hz, the 7382 houses three custom-designed 15-inch long-throw woofers. Each benefits from the vibration-free environment of a heavily braced fiberboard enclosure, with laminar flow bass reflex porting extending along the entire rear wall to ensure low distortion and compression-free performance, even when the 7382 delivers outputs in excess of 130 dB SPL. Drawing on integrated processing and decades of research, the 7382 also works with GLM software to control bass management and solve issues of subwoofer placement in unpredictable rooms, and even to build entire arrays of Genelec subwoofers.

 

FiiO μBTR And BTR3 Hi-Fi Bluetooth Receiver With aptX, AAC, SBC, Etc.
FiiO's new μBTR ($27.99) Bluetooth receiver supports aptX/AAC/SBC, NFC pairing, Siri activation and has modern USB C port. Charge for 1 hour, listen for 9 hours via USB Type-C symmetrical connector. Listen with the μBTR continuously for a long 9 hours with its 120mAh battery. High quality wireless audio is made possible with the Qualcomm CSR8645. FiiO's μBTR brings the premium Qualcomm CSR8645 Bluetooth chip to the affordable device segment for the first time ever! A built-in high-performance TI TPA6132A2 amplifier provides high-quality headphone amplification. This allows the μBTR to bring out the best of your headphones and provide a higher-quality wireless experience too. FiiO's μBTR can be paired up to two Bluetooth devices so that you can waste less time switching back-and-forth between your favorite gadgets. An independent local volume control, built-in microphone for voice calls, NFC (near-field communication) functionality, plus easy access to voice assistants including Siri. There's also a simple dual color indicator light too. Weight is a mere 0.48 ounces and product dimensions are 0.8 x 2.2 x 0.6 inches. FiiO's BTR3 ($69.99) employs a CSR8675 Bluetooth chip + high performance AK4376A DAC. It is said to be the world's first Bluetooth amplifier to support all wireless sound formats including AAC, SBC, aptX, aptX Low Latency, aptX HD, LDAC, and LHDC. A unique Bluetooth audio codec indicator light let's you know which format is being used. Supported Bluetooth profiles are A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, and HSP. There's a new Type-C connector with USB DAC functionality and verysimple one-touch NFC pairing. An independent volume control on the FiiO BTR3 provides good output for virtually all heaphones and in-ear monitors. Battery power lasts 11 hour of continuous pleasure at a full charge and FiiO's BTR3 does support call up for Siri in iOS.

 

08 / 13 / 18

Audius Brings Modernized Benefits For Music Creators And Listeners
Using Audius, music creators can generate immutable and timestamped records for your creative works and register your assets to the Audius network. Because the network is decentralized and secured by blockchain technology, the metadata attribution remains safe, verifiable and immutable. Providing a transparent network in a space traditionally controlled by third parties, Audius builds a bridge between creators and consumers. Discover new content or verify authenticity, authorized through a truly transparent system of attribution. Audius uses blockchain technology to ensure that artists get paid safely & instantly as consumers listen to content. Choose from preexisting license terms or create your own and automate the payments, transfers and issuance of licenses. The benefit for creators includes painless audio publication, plus a Creator Dashboard where musicians sign into their account to view important info like listens, popular geo regions, etc. Get paid royalties on your content in real-time as users listen too. The Audius community can recognize new content that samples from musician's uploads, and then grants you a cut of those sample's royalties too. For music enthusiasts, you may listen immediately to popular content without needing to download additional software plus feel good knowing that all proceeds are going directly to help support your favorite creators. Audius already has many content creators who have agreed to publish their content exclusively to the Audius platform. According to Techrunch, "Audius plans to launch its open-sourced product in beta later this year. But it's already found some powerful investors that see SoundCloud as vulnerable to the cryptocurrency revolution. Audius has raised a $5.5 million Series A led by General Catalyst and Lightspeed, with participation from Kleiner Perkins, Pantera Capital, 122West and Ascolta Ventures. They're betting that Audius' token will grow in value, making the stockpile it keeps worth a fortune. It could then sell chunks of its tokens to earn revenue instead of charging artists directly." According to Audius CEO Ranidu Lankage, "The biggest problem in the music industry is that streaming is taking off and artists aren't necessarily earning a lot of money. And it can take three months, or up to 18 months for unsigned artists, to get paid for streams. That’s what crypto really solves. You can pay artists in near real-time and make it fully transparent."

 

08 / 10 / 18

Florida Audio Expo Scheduled For February 8th To 10th At Embassy Suites
The Florida Audio Expo is excited to announce its inaugural show for 2019! This show will be held on Friday February 8th through Sunday February 10th, 2019 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore. The new southeast show seeks to give music lovers the chance to personally audition some of the industry's finest offerings, all taking place in sunny Florida. The show is free to the public. The exhibitor list grows daily, and currently features such prominent brands as Gryphon Audio, LampizatOr, Legacy Audio, Luxman, Magico Loudspeakers, MBL North America, VAC, and many more. "Florida hasn't had an audio show in a good number of years. We look forward to bringing our speakers and electronics to this culture-rich area of music enthusiasts," said Bill Dudleston, founder of Legacy Audio. "Our mission for creating the Florida Audio Expo was to bring a strong offering to the Southeast market with a fun atmosphere for enjoying music—we want to celebrate our lifestyle and support the industry in this region," said Bart Andeer, founder of Resolution Acoustics and manager of the Expo's daily operations. "We have been working this idea for a few years, but wanted to find the right venue available at the right time of year, and we believe we have achieved both for the 2019 show. We strongly encourage regional dealers and manufacturers from all over the US who are looking for a new option." The Florida Audio Expo will provide access to incredible sounds, as well as loads of area attractions to do and see. Only a five-minute drive from the Tampa International Airport, the Embassy Suites are close to such local attractions as Busch Gardens, and just an hour's drive from Walt Disney World. Additional benefits for attendees and exhibitors staying at the Embassy Suites include free airport shuttle, free breakfast, and free happy hour. The Embassy Suites, originally built as condominiums, offer a luxury feel and the living suites are acoustically isolated—one of the key reasons this venue was selected. The audio rooms, Marketplace, and headphone/personal audio demo suites will all feature display areas that include a separate bedroom and kitchen, offering exhibitors the added benefit of a multi-purpose room as an interesting and affordable space.

 

08 / 09 / 18


The Venerable Dynaco Stereo 70
Article / Project By Dan Schmalle

 

Core Sound PDAudio-CF

Industry News 15 Years Ago
Hi-Res Audio 24-bit/192kHz Portable Computer Audio Card For Only $199
Core Sound brings 24-bit/192kHz portable digital recording capability to the masses at the low price of $199 for your portable computer! Core Sound's recording system for PDA, laptop and desktop is centered around their PDAudio-CF (Type I) Compact Flash card with S/PDIF interface and TosLink optical inputs. PDAudio-CF can be mounted in PDA hosts that run Windows CE / Pocket PC 2002, Linux, or used with laptop and desktop computers running Linux, Windows 2000 or Windows XP. By using Core Sound's PDAudio-CF, your computer will be able to record in both single channel and dual channel modes in 16, 18, 20, or 24 bit mode. Data rates include 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192kHz. PDAudio-CF can also accept DTS, AC-3 and MP3 data streams.

 

08 / 08 / 18

Qubuz Is Official Hi-Res Music Streaming Partner During RMAF 2018
Qobuz (pronounced CO-buz), a Paris-based online music streaming and download service for music lovers, has been named the Official High-Resolution Streaming Service for the upcoming 15th Annual Rocky Mountain International Audio Fest (RMAF), the largest fall season high-end consumer audio show within North America. With the company making its official American launch in October, RMAF is the perfect venue for thousands of high-end audio enthusiasts to experience Qobuz quality. RMAF will be held in Denver at the Denver Marriott Tech Center from Friday, October 5 through Sunday, October 7. Qobuz is the highest resolution music streaming service in the world, providing users with the most in-depth and interactive music experience possible. Qobuz works on Mac iOS, Android, and Windows operating systems, and is already integrated with many of the most prestigious Hi-Fi brands. Subscribers also have access to the company's digital magazine, which is loaded with fascinating articles, music reviews, videos, and exclusive interviews. Thousands of digital booklets and exclusive news, all with expert curation, are always changing, and never dull. "Qobuz is a perfect fit for RMAF," stated Marjorie Baumert, Rocky Mountain International Audio Fest director. "They understand high-resolution streaming like no one else, and they know what music lovers want from such a service. Qobuz is absolutely the go-to site for music lovers to experience high-res audio the way it was meant to be heard. It is changing the online music game! We are thrilled to have them as part of the RMAF family." David Solomon, Qobuz chief Hi-Res Music evangelist, said "We are thrilled to be chosen as the official high-resolution streaming service for this year's edition of RMAF. It's a great opportunity for us to introduce ourselves to the American high-end audio community. We pledge our full support to this market, and appreciate its dedication to and fervor for this format. We welcome all – no matter their genre preference – who desire a phenomenal audio experience." Qobuz will be providing exhibitors with access to demo accounts to utilize, which will highlight the audio capabilities of their hardware. Attendees and other music lovers, will have access to free trial accounts so that they can experience the Qobuz difference.

 

08 / 07 / 18

23rd Annual Summer Against Hunger By The Cable Company
What if your audio purchase could also make a positive change in the world? During the month of August up to 100% of very dollar you spend at The Cable Company will be donated to CARE. They have run this program every August for the last 23 years, generating close to $5,000,000 in donations. You might be understandably skeptical, how can ALL the money spent with us be donated, not just a percentage? Put simply, matching grants: The Cable Company's contribution is matched by sponsoring vendors. Combined contribution is then matched by an anonymous donor, and the total is then further matched by an institutional donor. Long story short, 100% of your purchase from any one of our over 70 Sponsoring Brands benefits CARE. For brands not sponsoring, or in the case of used products, CARE will receive at least 50% of the purchase price. Here's a list of the 100% sponsors: Abyss Headphones • Acoustic Signature • Acrolink • Alpha Design Labs • Analysis Plus • Aperture Acoustics • Audeze • Audience • Audio Desk Systeme • Audio Magic • Audio Plus Services • AudioQuest • Aural Symphonics • Backert Labs • Bluebird Music • Bybee Technologies • Cardas Audio • Chang Lightspeed • Chord Cables • Chord Electronics • Clearaudio • Crystal Cables • DH Labs • DS Audio • Fidelis AV • Focal Headphones • FoQ • Gingko Audio • Gutwire • Hana Cartridges • Harbeth Speakers • HRS Harmonic Res Sys • Harmonic Technology • Herbie's Audio Lab • HiFi-Tuning • High Fidelity Cables • IsoAcoustics • JPS Labs • Kimber Kable • KR Audio Tubes • Lotus Group • Marigo Audio • Michael Green/Roomtune • MIT Cables • MrSpeakers • Musical Surroundings • Mytek • Oyaide • Pranawire • PS Audio • Purist Audio Design • Quadraspire Racks • Rega • REL Acoustic Subs • Rogers High Fidelity • Shun Mook Audio • Shunyata Research • Siltech Cables • Sonoma Acoustics • Sound Organisation • SteinMusic • Stillpoints • Straightwire • Sutherland Engineering • Symposium Acoustics • Synergistic Research • van den Hul • Voodoo Cable • Wattgate • WBT • Wireworld • Wolf Audio Systems • Wywires • XLO Electric • ZL Technologies.

 

08 / 06 / 18

Hi-Fi+ Issue 161 July 2018

Hi-Fi+'s August Magazine Features Many High-End Audio Reviews
Hi-Fi+ Magazine's August 2018 issue features coverage of the North-West Audio Show plus an interview with Xuanqian Wang of AURALiC. Reviews within this issue include Triangle Esprit Australe EZ floorstanding loudspeaker, Kii Three sandmount active loudspeaker, Sonus faber Amati Homage Tradition, Vivid Kaya 45, Falcon Acoustics LS3/5a, Chartwell Sub3 subwoofer, Totem Acoustic Sky Tower, Monitor Audio Studio, Kuzma CAR-60 MC cartridge, Cleer Next headphones, Simaudio Moon 600i V2 Evolution Series integrated amplifier, Campfire Audio Comet universal-fit earphones, and Shunyata Research Denali D6000/T power conditioning system. Within his editorial Alan Sircom says "The loudspeaker, perhaps more than any other part of the audio chain, is the device that has undergone perhaps the biggest changes in recent years. The improvements in the technologies and the materials science in cabinet and driver design, plus the sophistication of the measuring tools available to the designer, have all helped to make the loudspeaker – at all price points – arguably better than it has ever been." See what's within this issue of Hi-Fi+ Magazine at this link.

 

Hi-Fi World September 2018

Hi-Fi World's September 2018 Issue Features Great Articles And Reviews
Hi-Fi World's September 2018 issue features a contest for your chance to win a Yamaha A-S801 integrated amplifier worth ฃ799.95! Reviews within this issue include Martin Logan Impression ESL 11a loudspeakers, Cowon Plenue V portable digital player, Quad Artera Solus all-in-one system, Audiozen Alchemy Reference hybrid integrated amplifier / Audiozen Alchemy PSU, Power Inspired AG1500s AC regenerator, FiiO BTR1 adaptor / Isoacoustics Orea Indigo isolation feet, JVC JA-S11 amplifier, Blue Aura PH1 phono stage, and Paul Rigby reviews an encyclopedia of Motown history. Within his editorial Noel Keywood says "What is it about mains supply purity that catches everyone's concerns and imagination? You plug into the wall socket and everything works! Seems perfect. But I guess mains power is the background life blood of modern living that, if it fails, brings a lot to lose. The power into our homes – hospitals especially – and big business servers (think British Airways and their recent failure) is a source of subliminal angst. This puts the worries of audiophiles into perspective – but we have the worries all the same! Or so it seems from all our mail on the subject and the coverage mains conditioning gets on the 'net." See what's within this issue of Hi-Fi World and read the complete editorial at this link.

 

08 / 01 / 18

August's Review Magazine Features Dynaco & VPI World Premiere Reviews
Enjoy the Music.com's August Review Magazine features three world premiere gear reviews, an abundance of think pieces about how to, or what to listen to, and of course more reviews. Before we get into this issue, please allow us to mention that this issue marks Enjoy the Music.com's Review Magazine 19th year online, and 23rd for the site in general. We're all truly overcome with gratitude for the wonderful outpouring of efforts from the high-end audio and music industry!

Many industry experts and critics have brought our worldwide readers a variety of educational articles within this edition of our Review Magazine. We first have Bobby Owsinski's wisdom as he shares his thoughts on How To Listen Through A Song. Next up is Frederick J. Ampel of Technology Visions Analytics with his article The Art Of Listening and the emotional power of sound. A very special partner magazine article by Douglas Brown of NOVO HIGH END brings us Sonic Qualities That Audiophiles & Audio Critics Look For In High-End Audio Two-Channel / Stereo Systems. We also bring back an old fave Are You On The Road To... Audio Hell by Leonard Norwitz and Peter Qvortrup. Lastly, our very own Roger Skoff aptly titled article The Music Goes 'Round And 'Round... And It Comes Out Here" talks about the ever-changing music formats.

World premiere reviews in this issue includes our assessment of the much-anticipated Dynaco ST-70 Series 3 stereo vacuum tube amplifier. This 60+ year design once again fulfills David Hafler's promise. We also have a world premiere of VPI Industries' Voyager MM / MC phono stage amplifier and Grail's T5 loudspeakers. To keep this e-mail short, other reviews include EMM Labs' DA2 DAC, ATC CDA2 Mk II CD player, external DAC, headphone amplifier and preamplifier all-in-one, HeadAmp's Gilmore Lite Mk2 Class A headphone amplifier, and we revisit VPI with a review of their Prime Scout turntable thanks to partner magazine Headphone.Guru.

WARNING: Due to our ongoing growth and to keep this industry news posting relatively short in length, below are just a sampling of the many articles and reviews within the August 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...

 

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What To Listen For? How To Listen?
This issue offers educational articles plus reviews of great gear.
Editorial By Steven R. Rochlin

 


How To Listen Through A Song
A few pointers on what to listen for.
Article By Bobby Owsinski

 


The Music Goes 'Round And 'Round... And It Comes Out Here
Roger Skoff writes about changing formats.
Article By Roger Skoff

  


The EMT 927 And EMT 930 Turntables
Plus a variety of tonearms and other bits.
Article By Heiner Jakobi

 


Sonus Faber Seminar
Celebrating Italian manufacturer Sonus faber's 35th Anniversary.
Report By Phil Gold

 


EMM Labs DA2 Digital-To-Analog Converter (DAC)
Producing an extremely clear sonic picture of your music.
Review By Tom Lyle

 


World Premiere Review!
Dynaco ST-70 Series 3 Stereo Tube Amplifier
David Hafler's promise is fulfilled, again.
Review By Jeremy R. Kipnis At Kipnis Studios (KSS)

 


World Premiere Review!
VPI Industries Voyager MM / MC Phono Stage Amplifier
VPI's new MM / MC phono stage delivers a spatially refined, detailed, and realistic musical performance.
Review By Ron Nagle

 


World Premiere Review!
Grail T5 Loudspeakers
A tale of the Dark Towers.
Review By Paul L. Schumann

 


HeadAmp Gilmore Lite Mk2 Class A Headphone Amplifier
HeadAmp's entry-level desktop makes us rethink what a $500 amplifier can sound like.
Review By Dave Hanson

  

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07 / 27 / 18

Furutech Select Series ASB-1 Antistatic Brush For LPs And Optical Discs
Japanese high-end audio company Furutech now offers their ASB-1 ($155) is a static eliminating brush created for audio and video applications. Featuring 'COREBRID B' composite core fibers, a unique highly conductive material developed by Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, this new brush works by lightly brushing the surface LPs and optical discs. The ASB-1 will remove static charge and at the same time remove any dust from the grooves of LPs. This revolutionary product solves in one simple sweep the problem of electro static noise and deteriorating sound and image quality. Use of revolutionary COREBRID B (core and sheath) hybrid fibers with their antistatic properties and durability has allowed Furutech to deliver the ASB-1, one of the most versatile and effective audio video antistatic accessories available. COREBRID B is a core-sheath composite conductive acrylic hybrid fiber. The core of the fiber is formed of high-density carbon-based super conductive particles that conduct the static charge away to ground. Conventional antistatic brushes attract static charge to cling to the fibers of the brush where they can easily be discharged back onto media surfaces. With the ASB-1, static charge is conducted away through the core of the fibers rather than on the surface for a more effective result – static is trapped and forced to ground. The surface of the COREBRID fibers is a tough abrasion resistant outer 30um sheath, making them extremely durable. This allows the ASB-1 fibers to be used time and again without wear or damage to the special conductive core. And the special enlarged ends of the hybrid fibers offer increased generation of corona discharge and the company's most effective static elimination results seen in an antistatic brush.

 

07 / 26 / 18



Audio Research Vacuum Tube LS28 Line Stage And VT80 Power Amplifier
Far more than a foundation for a highly musical sound system.
Review By Rufus Smith

 

07 / 25 / 18

Revolv Supreme Clean Vinyl LP Record Cleaning Solution
VANA, Ltd. introduces their Revolv Supreme Clean Record Cleaning Solution ($12 on up). The Revolv brand of analog audio accessory products was developed to fill the need for high-quality accessories geared toward the analog music enthusiast. Supreme Clean's alcohol-free formula is safe for all records and is sold in a ready-to-use formulation requiring no additional ingredients or messy dilution like many competitive cleaners. Supreme Clean is ideal for use with a vacuum or ultrasonic record cleaning machine. Revolv Supreme Clean is based upon a proprietary formula developed and tested by their in-house engineering team of experts with a goal to formulate a record cleaning fluid that specifically targets the causes of most vinyl LP record dirt and dust without causing any degradation to the vinyl even after extended exposure. Using laboratory-grade pure water and prepared under the strictest of industry standards, Supreme Clean Record is available in 4oz, 16oz, and 32oz containers ($12, $20, and $32 respectively). Supreme Clean pairs wonderfully with a Revolv Goat's Hair Record Cleaning Brush and your favorite record, with both products being available through select VANA, Ltd. dealers.

 

07 / 24 / 18

NOVO Magazine July / August 2018

NOVO's July / August Issue Features High-End Audio, VR, And More
Enjoy the Music.com has just posted the July / August 2018 issue of NOVO (was CANADA HiFi). Articles within this issue include searching for the ultimate social VR experience, how to build a great sounding stereo system for $5000, plus a special journey to higher quality audio with Nordost Leif Cables. Other articles and reviews include shifting cultural acceptance of privacy invasion, adventures in sound with Totem Tribe Tower speakers, Gold Note P-1000 solid-state amplifier, Roksan Audio K3 integrated amplifier, and lastly Audeze LCD2 classic headphones. Within his editorial, Suave Kajko says, "Summer is here in full swing and it's been so hot that I've been avoiding walking my dogs Shelby and Josie in direct sun fearing that they might spontaneously combust. This is the first time I recall breaking a sweat writing the letter from the editor, as I'm sitting on the patio of a coffee shop in the beautiful Junction neighborhood of Toronto. It feels like it's about 40 degrees and I'm hiding under the shade of an umbrella. But I'm not complaining, I love the summer in Toronto and try to enjoy myself outside as much as possible -- whether it's sitting on coffee shop and bar patios, taking my dogs for hikes in different parks, or shopping on Queen Street West. Summers are of course the perfect time to catch live music outdoors and I've already managed to take in a few great shows. Perhaps you're reading this copy of NOVO on a patio - if you are, good on you!" You can see what's within this issue, read the editorial and download your free issue of NOVO in PDF at this link.

 

07 / 23 / 18

Thomas Dolby Live In Roland Cloud

Historic First-Ever Concert: Thomas Dolby Live In Roland Cloud
Roland is pleased to announce "Thomas Dolby Live in Roland Cloud," a historic first-ever concert streamed live in Roland Cloud. Free and open to all, the performance by electronic music icon and Roland Lifetime Achievement Award winner Thomas Dolby will take place on Thursday, July 26 @ 4 pm PDT within Roland Cloud. During the 1980s, electronic music innovator Thomas Dolby became renowned for his technical prowess and a new sound that blended his love for technology and passion for music — a sound that launched his career and helped him rise to international fame during the heyday of MTV. Dolby can also lay claim to being a music technology and software maven, a published author and filmmaker, and a Professor of the Arts at Johns Hopkins University. Featuring just a few keyboards, a drum pad, and a MacBook running synthesizers from Roland Cloud, Dolby's rig for this live event is simple, but the output will be projected onscreen during the performance to give the audience a unique "under the hood" perspective. As part of an enhanced experience, all online audience members will have the opportunity to try the same synthesizers and sounds used by Thomas Dolby in concert by signing up for a 30-day Free Trial to Roland Cloud. This performance is also part of a rare summer tour for Dolby, which starts with a sold-out Hollywood, CA show on July 25 and wraps up in Baltimore, MD, on August 8. To pre-register for "Thomas Dolby Live in Roland Cloud," please RSVP to the event on Roland's Facebook page.

 

Audio Collaborative 2018: Uniting The Converging Worlds Of Pro & Consumer Audio
Futuresource Consulting Ltd. are delighted to announce Amazon's Theunis Scheepers, UK Country Manager - Alexa Voice Services, as this year's keynote speaker on November 8th. Joining Amazon so far will be Microsoft, AI Music and Lewis Silkin, more speakers to be announced over the coming weeks. As the professional audio industry continues to evolve and the consumer audio industry continues to search for new opportunities, we are now beginning to see a convergence of two once divided markets. On this, the 5th anniversary of the Audio Collaborative event, Futuresource is delighted to bring together industry heavyweights from the two colliding worlds of professional and consumer audio for the first time, to discuss the technology and market drivers that are blurring the lines between these sectors. The doors are now open for event sponsors who wish to promote their brand to the most recognized companies and future leaders across professional audio and consumer audio. Hosted at the stylish Ham Yard Hotel, attendees will see first class presentations and panels from industry titans and Futuresource experts on the growth and the crossover of business opportunities for the entire audio ecosystem.

 

07 / 20 / 18

Australian Hi-Fi Magazine July / August 2018

Australian Hi-Fi Magazine's July / August Issue Features Gear Reviews
This issue of Australian Hi-Fi features an very special David Wilson remembrance as he was the first person to build a 'high-end' loudspeaker, paving the way for a whole new category in loudspeaker design. Jason Kennedy manage the madness of reporting on the world's biggest high-end hi-fi event in Munich. Reviews within this issue include Sennheiser HD 660 S headphones, Rega Planar 6 turntable, Dynaudio Sub 3 subwoofer, Revel F-208 loudspeakers, Nagra Classic Preamp & Classic Amp, and Yamaha HPH-W200 headphones. Within his editorial Greg Borrowman says "'Trust your ears' is a popular catchphrase in audio, particularly amongst subjectivists, who don't think that frequency response, power output, signal-to-noise ratios and other scientific measurements can tell them anything they need to know about sound quality. However, even objectivist audiophiles — those who do think that power output, signal-to-noise ratios and other electronic measurements — can tell them things they need to know about sound quality also say 'trust your ears' because they know that measurements can't tell them everything they need to know. But can you really trust your ears? I'm sorry, but the answer is no. You can't trust your ears. You can't even trust your eyes." See what's within this issue of Australian Hi-Fi at this link.

 

Audirvana Plus For Windows 10 Now Comes To PC Users
Audirvana, high-end music library management and Hi-Res Music playback software, announces the release of the highly anticipated Windows 10 version. This new version features a totally redesigned user interface to change the way PC users enjoy and organize their music. Created by Damien Plisson and acclaimed by users and audio specialists around the world, Audirvana Plus has quickly been recognized as the reference player, enabling music lovers who have a Mac to replace iTunes and dramatically improve the sound quality of their music library. How does Audirvana Plus improve sound quality? Audirvana Plus acts on two levels to turn the computer into a high-end hi-fi player. It significantly shortens the audio signal path, and removes all noise and other electromagnetic interferences to deliver pure sound. Also, by employing very high-quality algorithms far superior to those used in digital-to-analog converter (DAC) chips, it performs the necessary digital processing before conversion to analog, to deliver perfect audio fidelity. Features of Audirvana Plus for Windows 10 provides the same benefits as Audirvana Plus 3.2 for Mac, while offering PC users a new, and wonderfully intuitive and fluid interface. A special 15-day free trial version is now available and is $74 to purchase.

 

07 / 19 / 18

conrad-johnson Classic 120SE Review
World Premiere Review!
conrad-johnson Classic 120SE Vacuum Tube Stereo Amplifier
conrad-johnson's CL120SE is a truly spectacular and emotionally engaging amplifier.
Review By Rick LaFaver

 

China's Tencent Seeks To Separate Their Music Entertainment Group
Tencent (NASDAQOTH: TCEHY), a $500 billion publicly traded leading provider of Internet value added services in China, is seeking to spin-off their Tencent Music Entertainment (TME) business. This new action could raise upwards of $1 billion in new funding (for a ~$30 billion music service valuation). TME wholly owns China's top three music streaming platforms including QQ Music, Kugou, and Kuwo. This is an outstanding 78% of the music industry's market revenues in 2017 and accounts for 700 million monthly active users (15 million paying). For comparison, Spotify has 170 million users, 75 million of which are paying for subscription. According to Tencent's press release, "This announcement is made pursuant to Practice Note 15 ("PN15") to the Rules Governing the Listing of Securities on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (the "Listing Rules"). The board of directors (the "Board") of Tencent Holdings Limited (the "Company") is pleased to announce that the Company has submitted a proposal to The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (the "Stock Exchange") pursuant to PN15 in relation to the proposed spin-off by way of a separate listing of its online music entertainment business operated by its majority-owned subsidiary, Tencent Music Entertainment Group ("Tencent Music"), a leading online music entertainment platform in China, on a recognized stock exchange in the United States through a registered public offering (the "Proposed Spin-off"), and that the Stock Exchange has confirmed that the Company may proceed with the Proposed Spin-off. The terms of the Proposed Spin-off, including offering size, price range and assured entitlement of Tencent Music securities for shareholders of the Company, have not yet been finalized. Further announcement(s) will be made by the Company in relation to the Proposed Spin-off as and when appropriate. The Proposed Spin-off is subject to, among other things, the obtaining of approval(s) from the relevant authorities in respect of the listing of, and permission to deal in, securities of Tencent Music, and the final decisions of the Board of the Company and the board of directors of Tencent Music. Shareholders and potential investors of the Company should be aware that there is no assurance that the Proposed Spin-off will take place or as to when it may take place. Shareholders and potential investors of the Company should therefore exercise caution when dealing in or investing in the securities of the Company. By Order of the Board... Ma Huateng, Chairman"

 

07 / 18 / 18

Linear Tube Audio Launches Their MicroZOTL Vacuum Tube Preamplifier
Linear Tube Audio (LTA) is excited to launch the new MicroZOTL Preamplifier ($3850) this week and today is the last day for pre-sale. LTA's fully realized MicroZOTL Preamplifier has been upgraded from 64 volume steps to 100 steps – with the smallest step 1/4 the size to ensure precise control at low levels. Additionally, the company has upgraded the volume control to ceramic printed circuit boards and are now using OHNO wire to the output to further improve the sonics. According to Linear Tube Audio, "After three years of developing the MicroZOTL circuit in our MZ2 and identifying the most significant points for performance upgrades, we've consolidated this knowledge in the MicroZOTL Preamplifier. Fulfilling the needs of any reference two-channel speaker system, the MicroZOTL Preamplifier also brings its abilities as a headphone amplifier to a new level. Improved soundstage, improved clarity, blacker background and smoother dynamics characterize the sonic improvements. Elimination of turn on and turn off thumps, more inputs, and a new case designed by design firm Fern & Roby, featuring brass touch buttons, LED array volume display, input LEDs, and front and back plates machined from slabs of aluminum, are combined with the improved sonics into a full size preamplifier package." New features include four single-ended RCA inputs using Cardas connectors plus an XLR input pair using Neutrik connectors. The volume is controlled by stepped attenuator with Dale precision resistors and remote control (now with ceramic PCB). There are two preamplifier outputs, a headphone output, tape in/out and tape monitor. An improved power supply features 4X storage, choke isolated Belleson regulator, and super low ESR poly-organic capacitors. Balance control uses software to control channel volume level - audio doesn't go through additional balance pot while a remote control with Apple remote for volume and menus. Read Enjoy the Music.com's recent review of the Linear Tube Audio ZOTL10 MK II stereo vacuum tube amplifier at this link.

 

07 / 17 / 18

CAS 2018

California Audio Show In Oakland From July 27th Through 29th
Produced by Dagogo, the California Audio Show is entering its eighth year serving the high-end audio and headphone community. Response of the 2017 CAS from exhibitors and attendees have been overwhelmingly positive. Exhibitors reported unprecedented attendance in each room and attendees reported extended listening time in exhibits. According to Dagogog, "It is now apparent what only small shows like the CAS can contribute to the health of the audio industry." California Audio Show dates are from July 27th through 29th, 2018 at the Hilton Oakland Airport located at 1 Hegenberger, Oakland, CA 94621. This year's event will feature over 70 brands of hi-fi and personal audio gear from many leading manufacturers. There's a Headmasters section for personal audio plus a Viva Vinyl section for analog enthusiasts.

 

International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), "Global sales of pirate CDs have more than doubled in the last three years and now generate an illegal international business more than US$4.5 billion.

Industry News 15 Years Ago
Pirate Music CDs Have More Than Doubled During The Past Three Years

According to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), "Global sales of pirate CDs have more than doubled in the last three years and now generate an illegal international business more than $4.5 billion..." While they claim sales of pirate CDs are estimated to have risen by 14 percent (exceeding 1 billion units), the total value of the pirate music market including cassettes is estimated at $4.6 billion. This would be an increase of approximately 7 percent over the previous year. A report has been released by the IFPI called Commercial Music Piracy 2003 offers details concerning global piracy and lists the top ten offending countries. According to the IFPI, "The priority countries are: Brazil, China, Mexico, Paraguay, Poland, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand and Ukraine. Top of the list in terms of its piracy rate is China, where more than 90 percent of all recordings are pirate, worth over $530 million, despite the country's accession to the World Trade Organization." IFPI Chairman and CEO Jay Berman said "Commercial piracy proliferated in many countries in 2002, and we have named ten priority countries where action is most needed. Our industry invests substantial resources in fighting piracy, but our self-help strategies critically depend on help from Governments. First, we need modern copyright laws and proper enforcement; second, the huge overcapacity of CD plants needs to be reined in by Optical Disc plant regulations; and third, we need deterrence -- music piracy is serious organized crime that can only be tackled when courts deliver serious deterrent penalties".

 

07 / 16 / 18

Records Collecting Dust II Film

Records Collecting Dust II Film About East Coast Music Scene
Records Collecting Dust II focuses on the East Coast cities of Boston, New York and Washington DC. This film includes in depth interviews with twenty eight highly influential people from the 1980s hardcore punk, post-punk, and other music scenes. This film features Ian MacKaye of Minor Threat, John Joseph of Cro-Mags, Dave Smalley of DYS, Roger Miret of Agnostic Front and Clif Croce of The Freeze. This film also features Enjoy the Music.com's very own Editor Tom Lyle who played with the popular band Government Issue. Each musician discusses the music, the bands, and the records that forever changed their lives. The film is produced, written and directed by San Diego based musician and filmmaker Jason Blackmore. Records Collecting Dust II is the follow-up to Creator and Director Jason Blackmore's 2015 debut film, which was his documentary about the West coast music and record scene. Records Collecting Dust (original film) played at over 50 theaters and venues throughout the United States, as well as two film festivals in Ireland and Berlin. Now available online and on DVD, the first film focused on the West Coast cities of San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, and featured interviews with iconic people who have played a pivotal roll in the underground music scene. This list of musical icons includes Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys), Keith Morris (Black Flag / Circle Jerks), Lisa Fancher (Frontier Records), Mike Watt (Minutemen), Chuck Dukowski (Black Flag / SST Records), and John Reis (Drive Like Jehu / Rocket From the Crypt). The plan was to find out what bands, records, and songs made them who they are today.

 


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