McIntosh Labs And LA Audio Show To Offer McMasters Class The
LA Audio Show (LAAS) 2018 and legendary audio manufacturer
McIntosh Labs have announced details for the company's first certificated technical training course for consumers. McIntosh Labs' specially developed McMasters Class is adapted from the two-day course given to McIntosh dealers and the inaugural presentation will be at LAAS 2018 in Orange County. While there's no extra-charge for the course above the show's entry fee, attendance will be strictly limited to a total of 120 registrants. The McMasters classes will be taught by McIntosh experts Ken Zelin and Ron Cornelius, the same trainers who handle McIntosh's dealer and distributor McMasters classes. The course covers insights into McIntosh history, products and technology, audio system diagnostics, theory of audio, and tips from the experts. Classes will be held Friday, June 8th and June 9th. Seating is limited to 30 people per class. RSVP early when you purchase tickets to reserve your spot in the McMasters Class! All four sessions will cover the same material, so attending a single two-hour class earns the McMasters Certificate. Once slots are filled, they are gone! Access LAAS Registration immediately to
reserve your spot at this link.
Industry News 10 Years Ago
IRIAA Caught Once Again In Employing Questionable Tactics
training video called In Trial produced by the Recording Industry Association of America
(RIAA) was leaked to the public and concerns alleged illegal music activates plus makes reference that
defendants may then seek out handguns, are drug users, are hardcore criminals... and may be linked to terrorist organizations(!). The video has been reported to star ex-prosecutor Deborah Robinson and ex-Maryland state
trooper Frank Walters to "assist in the training of U.S. prosecutors responsible for handling music piracy cases." While there is not a
specific date of production mentioned, it appears to be fairly recently made as within the video Frank Walters is seen in the video to be pointing to a CD burner tower according to a website. The video may be frightening in just how far the RIAA is willing to take matters into their own hands, as they will help in "qualifying an RIAA investigator as an expert" who then can be
employed within their legal trials. Can someone say possible major conflict of interest and biased 'expert' witness. As for how this video is now on the Internet for all to understand how far the RIAA is willing to go, the below 'letter' is said to be from the person who acquired
I came into possession of this video through a close friend. He happens to hold a position in the criminal prosecutorial system. He is a prosecutor of felonies, which is what makes this video such a wonderful illustration of just how overboard the media industry has gone in their persecutions of pirates. Should downloading music ever be considered a felony?
My contact knows my views on the current state of intellectual property law in the United States. I tend to be somewhat outspoken on the subject.
Obviously, when I saw the envelope in his office with the attractive and oh-so-professional
RIAA / NDAA letterhead protruding from the top, I could not resist. I begged him to let me have it, and since he tends to sympathize with those of us who hold less respect for IP rights, he consented.
I was expecting the video to be epic. I had no idea, however, that it would compare pirates to terrorists and drug dealers. It was too good to be true.
It was a wonderful find, and a perfect example of how misinformed the legal system is on the issues of piracy.
The RIAA is deluded. They have a warped perception of how media distribution should work in our high-tech world. They refuse to adapt. Instead, they stick to their age-old business model, they cry foul, and they persecute pirates. They recruit friends in high places in the legal system. They have succeeded in painting us as the enemy through their propaganda campaigns.
We are not the enemy. We are the new generation of media consumers.
We should be their allies.
Thanks for hearing me out, and for reporting on it. The video is good for a laugh, no?
This training video is available on many torrent websites and can easily be found using various search
engines as am sure the RIAA legal team is scrambling to shut down as many
sites as possible that have it for download. A clip was on YouTube, but has
since been taken down.
March / April Issue Features CES Coverage And More Enjoy the Music.com has just posted the
March / April 2018 issue of NOVO (was
CANADA HiFi). Articles within this issue
include the very best of CES 2018 report, getting healthy with tech, the journey to higher quality audio with Nordost Leif cables, plus great recorded music to showcase your sound system. Reviewed within this issue of NOVO is Acoustic Solid's Xtended MPX turntable and Bryston's BP-173 Cubed Series preamplifier.
Within his editorial, Suave Kajko says,
"Getting your music system to sound its best goes well beyond just assembling components and speakers that "play" well together. Using stock (OEM) or poor quality cables in your system could be preventing it from reaching its full potential. Check out my advice on upgrading cables in your system (on page 12) and what sonic improvements you can expect to hear when integrating better quality power cords in your system. If you're passionate about music then you likely have a pretty good music system at home and a playlist of favorite albums that you really enjoy listening
to. If you have a keen ear then you know how different one album can sound compared to another- some albums are recorded far better than others. Ever wonder what one of NOVO's contributors has in their favorite playlist? Check out Kevin Rak's article on page 32."
You can download your free issue of NOVO
in PDF at this
02 / 21 / 18
Take The Test: Harvard Gazette's Songs In The Key Of Humanity Harvard's Gazette recently released
a study titled 'Songs in the Key of
Humanity' within their health & medicine section. According to Harvard, "Some musical meaning may transcend cultural boundaries and be universally human." The article also
follows poet and Harvard Professor Henry Wadsworth Longfellow as he famously said, "Music is the universal language of mankind." And yes, it appears this new Harvard study might confirm this. According to Harvard Gazette's article, "The study, a collaboration among psychology research associate Samuel Mehr, human evolutionary biology graduate student Manvir Singh, alumni Luke Glowacki and Hunter York, and Associate Professor of Psychology Max Krasnow, found that people around the globe could identify lullabies, dancing songs, and healing songs — regardless of the songs' cultural origin — after hearing just a 14-second clip. The finding suggests that not only is music deeply rooted in human nature, but that some types of songs transcend cultural boundaries. The study is described in a January 25 paper in Current Biology." Samuel Mehr says, "It seems like all humans make music in some way or another. But there's not great empirical evidence for whether or not the different types of music they make share features across cultures. One way to test that is with this type of naďve listener experiment... and the results suggest that, in some cases, the answer is yes." Please hear for yourself, and
take the 'test' at this
02 / 20 / 18
Dayton Audio B452- / B652-AIR Bookshelf Plus T652-AIR Floorstander Dayton Audio is pleased to announce their new AIR
Series! Models available include B452-AIR and B652-AIR bookshelf speakers, plus the new Dayton AudioT652-AIR floorstanding tower speaker ($69, $78, and $199 each respectively). Originally introduced to the line was Dayton Audio's B652-AIR bookshelf speaker with AMT tweeter that is said to have livened up the top end. The B652-AIT floorstander features a "tight-sounding" 6.5" woofer in an optimally-damped sealed wood composite enclosure. Other features include keyhole hanger bracket, quick-connect terminals, non-marking rubber feet, and a removable fabric grill. Dayton Audio's new B452-AIR bookshelf speaker may be the little brother to the larger B652-AIR, but the company says it "packs a big sonic punch just like the original B452"! Try it on your desk, or as part of a compact, discrete yet impressive surround sound system. With a 4.5" woofer and scaled-down cabinet, the B452-AIR is all about giving you the most performance for your money while offering a little something extra from the fantastic AMT tweeter. Dayton Audio also brings the high-value design formula of the B652-AIR speakers to a tower form factor in the new T652-AIR floor-standing tower speakers. Dual 6.5" woofers and an AMT tweeter deliver sound with power, clarity, and bass punch. The bass reflex tower cabinet provides a firm bass foundation to 45 Hz, for rich, satisfying low end that enhances any type of music or home theater content. The larger tower design of the T652-AIR provides enough output to fill the largest listening spaces, while not overwhelming the décor in more intimate settings.
02 / 19 / 18
Triangle Thetis 380 And Thales
400 Powered Subwoofer Systems French audio brand
Triangle has introduced two new subwoofers, the Thetis 380 and Tales 400 (€1500 and €630 respectively), which benefit greatly from the company's experience of its previous models and hereby expanding its model ranges. Triangle's Thesis 380 subwoofer is their most powerful model with 350 Watts RMS of power (500W peak). Triangle paid particular attention to the depth and punch of the system in order to meet the requirements of the most demanding dedicated listeners. Triangle's engineering team developed a new 12" driver to allow listeners to feel the intensity of the low frequencies from a film or a music track. Their new enclosure has been designed using laser sensors to measure the cabinet distortions in order to avoid unwanted vibrations and sound coloration. The development went further than just the drivers and cabinet. A Class-D amplifier has been designed from the ground up and now offers to produce 350 Watts RMS (500W peak) ensuring a large energy reserve. Triangle's Tales 400 subwoofer features a versatile amplifier and bass reflex configuration, with a driver facing downward for seamless sound dispersion. Tales 400 offers an output of 300 Watts RMS (400W peak) and now includes an LFE input, adding to the standard line input found on previous models. It also features an automatic standby, a frequency roll-off, volume and phase control for an optimal fit of the subwoofer in relation to its placement in the room and the main speakers used. Both
Triangle subwoofers are available in Cherry, Walnut or black finish.
02 / 16 / 18
Nordost Introduces Their Frey 2 USB Cable & Frey 2 USB C Adapter Nordost
is proud to introduce the new Frey 2 USB Cable and Frey 2 USB C Adapter ($599 and $275 respectively). The Frey 2 USB Cable is the first of Nordost's USB offerings to provide both USB C and 3.0 compatibility. The Frey 2 USB C Adapter pairs with cables using Standard-A USB connectors (both 2.0 and 3.0 compatible), allowing them to be used with components that require a USB C termination. Both of these exciting products allow customers to continue to enjoy the benefits of Nordost as they upgrade their components. Nordost's Frey 2 USB Cable and C Adapter are the perfect solutions for hi-fi audio enthusiasts integrating computer audio into their sound systems when using components that require USB C connectors, whether they are interested in a new, upgraded USB cable, or would rather extend the life of a previous investment. The Frey 2 USB Cable uses solid core, silver-plated 99.99999% OFC signal conductors. Implementing a solid core design is essential when working with a cable of this caliber, completely eliminating the negative effects of strand interaction and skin effect. Each conductor is precision wound to correspond accurately with USB's unique, hybrid twisted pair/non-twisted pair geometry. The new Frey 2 cable utilizes Nordost's proprietary FEP Micro Mono-Filament technology, which lowers the capacitance of the cable, both increasing signal speed and bandwidth. The conductors are shielded with a dual layer of braid and foil shielding in order to eliminate EMI and RFI and even comply with 3.0 standards. Finally, before being terminated with C to Standard B (2.0),
Standard B (3.0), or Micro B (3.0) plugs, the Frey 2 USB is cut to mechanically tuned lengths, which reduce internal microphonics and high-frequency impedance resonance. The Frey 2 USB C Adapter utilizes the exact same cable construction as the Frey 2 USB Cable. From conductors to Micro Mono-Filament technology, shielding to mechanically tuned lengths, the Frey 2 USB C Adapter has all the makings of a high
quality USB cable, creating an extension of your existing USB cable to ensure an identical sonic signature and performance level throughout your system. Terminated with a male USB C connector on one end, and a female Standard-A connector (both 2.0 and 3.0 compatible) on the other, the Frey 2 USB C Adapter will extend the life of your current USB cables while maintaining the hi-fidelity performance of your home sound system. Designed, manufactured, and hand-terminated entirely in the USA, both the Frey 2 USB Cable and Frey 2 USB C Adapter guarantee the accurate construction required to produce the best possible performance from computer audio equipment.
Industry News 15 Years Ago
IFPI And RIAA May Employ GRiD To Track Digital Music Sales
In a move to make privacy advocates unhappy and
put their feelings into action, the International Federation of Phonographic Industry (IFPI) and Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) have
announced that they may employ electronic identity tags Global Release Identifier
(GRid) for tracking music sales on the Internet. This will be done, claims the industry, to insure both musicians and song writers are properly paid for their work. Online music websites would be assessed an annual fee of approximately $250 for employing the GRid system to millions of songs. Paul
Jessop, Chief Technology Officer of the IFPI, said "If this is done properly, the artists and authors of music will be paid adequately for the sale of their works online." Gavin Robertson, general manager of
MusicIndie.com, said "The industry is really in need of interoperable identification tags, and this technology appears to really fill a gap."
02 / 15 / 18
McIntosh's New MCT500 SACD And CD Transport
Has Four Outputs McIntosh Labs
is proud to announce the MCT500 SACD/CD Transport ($4500) digital only unit, which features four digital outputs: industry standard balanced, coax and optical outputs plus our exclusive MCT connector. To enjoy CDs, it can be paired with any product that has standard digital inputs and a digital-to-analog
converter (DAC). For SACD playback, the MCT500's proprietary MCT output needs to be connected (via the included cable) to a McIntosh product with an MCT input. This includes select McIntosh preamplifiers and integrated amplifiers. When an MCT connection is made, a secure digital connection is created, allowing for the playback of the high definition audio found on SACDs. Regular CDs can also be played over the MCT connection. All common disc types can be played on the MCT500, including SACD, CD, CD-R/RW and DVD-R. A USB input is conveniently located on the front panel for easy access. In addition to store bought CDs and SACDs, popular file formats such as AAC, AIFF, ALAC, DSD (up to DSD128), FLAC, MP3, WAV (up to 24-bit/192kHz) and WMA can be played from user generated CD or DVD
data discs and USB flash drives. Disc handling is smooth and quiet thanks to an advanced disc transport with a precision die-cast aluminum tray. An advanced digital servo provides fast, quiet and accurate operation. A disc's audio data is read at twice the normal rate insuring better disc tracking and error correction processing. Integration with other McIntosh system components is achieved via the Power Control and data ports. The MCT500 is wrapped in classic McIntosh styling with a polished stainless steel chassis, black glass front panel, illuminated logo and aluminum end caps.
TBT: How A Vinyl Record Is
Made -- We Tour Quality Record Pressings Enjoy the Music.com and
Enjoy the Music.TV presents to you our tour of the Quality Record Pressings (Acoustic Sounds) vinyl LP pressing plant. We join plant manager Gary and owner Chad Kassem as they take us on a step-by-step journey through how a vinyl LP record is produced. Creative Director of
Enjoy the Music.com and Enjoy the Music.TV, Steven R. Rochlin guides you on his Quality Vinyl Pressings factory tour to understand how they produce a vinyl LP. As always, in the end what really matters is that you... Enjoy the
our video from Quality record Pressings at this link.
Hi-Fi+ Magazine Announces Pete Collingwood-Trewin As Publisher
Chris Martens Named Editorial Director Hi-Fi+
magazine, a leading international high-end audio publication, today announced a
major reorganization of its senior staff. Effective immediately, Pete
Collingwood-Trewin, formerly Associate Publisher of Hi-Fi+, has been
promoted to the role of Publisher of the magazine. Collingwood-Trewin is an
industry veteran with 10 years of experience with Hi-Fi+ and has full
familiarity with all operational aspects of the magazine. Of his new position
Collingwood-Trewin has this to say, "I am thrilled and excited to accept the
role as Publisher of Hi-Fi+. I thank Chris Martens for his hard work and
look forward to continue to work with him in the future. Hi-Fi+ has an
excellent core team, and I know that we will continue to grow and to continue to
secure our place as one of the most respected international Hi-Fi magazines. In
addition I am delighted to take on the role of UK & European Publisher of
Ultimate Headphone Guide.
Chris Martens, former Publisher of Hi-Fi+, is taking on two new roles, first as
Editorial Director of Hi-Fi+ and second as Editor-in-Chief of a new
bi-annual publication called Ultimate Headphone Guide, which is a joint venture
between Hi-Fi+ and its sister publication The Absolute Sound
magazine. Looking back, Martens says, "I am proud of the advancements Hi-Fi+
has seen over the past several years, including its shift to become a monthly
publication, the launch of its popular
website, and the development of both product-themed issues and digital
buyers guides. These are changes I have worked on in concert with Pete
Collingwood-Trewin and it is time now to hand the reins over to him."
Looking ahead, Martens adds, "I am thrilled that Pete Collingwood-Trewin is taking over
as Publisher of Hi-Fi+; I think he is ideally qualified for the job and I
look forward to seeing the steps forward he will take with the magazine. At the
same time, I am delighted that my new role in Hi-Fi+ will enable me to
continue my close collaboration with Hi-Fi+ Editor Alan Sircom in setting
the editorial direction for the magazine. I am also keen to take up my new role
as Editor-in-Chief of Ultimate Headphone Guide, which allows me to leverage both
my experience with and sincere passion for all things relating to
high-performance personal audio."
16TH Annual Independent Music Awards Nominees
Are Announced Music Resource Group (MRG) today announced the Nominees in The 16th annual
Independent Music Awards
(The IMAs), the influential honors for independent artists and releases. More than 400 innovative self-released and indie label projects culled from thousands of submissions worldwide, were nominated by fans and industry panelists in 96 Album, Song, EP, Music Producer, Music Video and Design categories. The eclectic mix of established artists and rising stars include: Taylor Grey, Esprit d'Air, Harriet, Fiona Joy, Dan Zanes, Next To None, Rozina Pátkai, Air Traffic Controller, Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike, Jane Siberry and The Bankesters. Fan-nominated artists in the Song and Video categories include: Reeve Carney, Matthew Huff, MADYX, Ganda Boys, Karim Baggili and Amiss O.mega [featuring Snoop Dogg]. Also of note is that Doug MacLeod's album "Break the Chain" has been nominated in the Blues catagory. The winning projects will be selected by judging panels of top recording artists including: Tom Waits, Slayer, Bakithi Kumalo, Michael W. Smith, Sepultura, Amy Lee [Evanescence] among many others; and influential press and talent buyers from the Americas, Europe and Pacific Rim.
Voting on The IMA site for the fan selected Music, Video & Design winners runs from February 20th – March 20th at this link.
The year's best self-released and indie label projects will be announced March 31st from Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. The free annual indie music celebration draws artists, fans and influencers from around the globe for awards, performances, discussions and parties. IMA winners will be promoted to millions of music fans via online & broadcast promotions, performance and distribution opportunities.
Details and complete list of Nominees and Judges available
at this link.
02 / 14 / 18
Happy Valentines Day From
Everyone Here @ Enjoy the Music.com Everyone here @ Enjoy the Music.com would
like to take a moment to celebrate Valentine's Day. We wish you and yours a
romantic, and fun, lovely day. As always, in the end what really matters
is that you... enjoy the music!
02 / 13 / 18
Schiit Now Offers Octal LISST Plus New Vacuum Tube Options Founded in June 2010 by longtime audio design experts Jason Stoddard and Mike Moffat,
Schiit Audio is responding to customer needs by making available their new LISST "solid state tube" design in octal form to fit their Saga and Freya preamplifiers. In addition, Schiit has added the option to choose current production Tung-Sol 6SN7 tubes instead of NOS 6N8S. In addition, Schiit added a new tube option for Saga and
Freya — new production Tung-Sol brand 6SN7s. Customers had been asking for a new-production option, says the company, and the Tung-Sol brand tubes tested the best in a comparison of new 6SN7s. The original LISST, used in Vali 2, Lyr 2, and Mjolnir 2, continues in production. "Octal LISST allows our customers to convert Saga and Freya into all solid-state preamplifiers," said Jason Stoddard, Schiit's Co-Founder. "So if you don't want a tube preamp, you don't need to settle for
one — just choose LISST. This is the first time we've recommended a new-production tube as an upgrade from NOS. But we've found that the Tung-sols are quieter, less microphonic, and more consistent than NOS, in this case. And, all Tung-sols are measured and matched here, both in terms of single-tube triode-to-triode balance and tube-to-tube." Octal LISST are available now as an option for Schiit's Saga and Freya at $40 each, or separately for $50. Matched Tung-sol 6SN7s are available now as an upgrade for Saga and Freya at $25 each, or separately for $30.
02 / 12 / 18
HIFIMAN To Debut Sundara Over-Ear Planar Headphone At CanJam NYC HIFIMan's
will debut their Sundara ($499), an over-ear planar headphone that features a new proprietary diaphragm that is 80% thinner than previous planar models. Thanks to the new design,
HIFIMan's Sundara boasts a faster response time, wider frequency response, and a more detailed sonic signature. Sundara is a Sanskrit term meaning "beautiful" and "noble," both of which are accurate descriptions of the new headphone design, inside and out. For maximum comfort, HiFiMAN imbued the Sundara with an all-new headband design for accurate fit and long-lasting comfort. Similarly, the all-aluminum ear enclosure and newly developed diaphragm add up to wider frequency response from 6Hz to 75kHz. There is also an increase in sonic detail that reveals the fine points in well-recorded music. Impedance is 37 Ohms,
sensitivity is 94dB, and weight is 372 grams. You can hear the new HIFIMAN
Sundra headphone at CanJam NYC 2018.
02 / 09 / 18
Mytek Is Now Shipping Their Value-Priced Liberty Hi-Res Audio DAC Mytek
is now shipping the new Liberty DAC ($995) designed for high quality, Hi-Res Music playback and monitoring of all formats including 32-bit/384kHz, MQA, and native DSD256. This USB2 DAC features several digital inputs, digital volume control, unbalanced as well as balanced audio outputs, and a high-performance headphone amplifier. Designed as a little brother of the original Brooklyn DAC around the ES9018 Sabre chipset, the Liberty DAC provides robust performance, ability to
decode 24-bit/192kHz and MQA masters, plus headphone output within a small 1/3 rack package. It's also intended for general music studio use and desktop systems, as well as audio installations. Analog outputs include unbalanced RCA and balance TRS. A TRS to XLR Metropolis cable can be added as option. The headphone amplifier is high current and outputs 3 Watts. The internal firmware is
upgradeable via USB with the Mytek Control Panel app for Mac and PC. Mytek's Liberty Hi-Res Audio DAC weighs 3 lbs and is 5.5 x 8.5 x 1.74 (WxDxH).
Aurender Joins Ravenna Community To Add Network Connection To
Merging+ Merging Technologies has announced that their
Aurender X100 Music Server will directly connected to a
Ravenna AoIP IP-based media network. Aurender will be
among the first to take advantage of the benefits that a Ravenna network can bring to the home. Its flagship devices can now be part of a multi-room or multi-zone system without any of the traditional cable length limitations of USB connectivity. The network supports all file types and formats up to DSD256, although Aurender products do not yet support native DSD playback. The X100 features up to 12TB (depending on model) of internal storage with a 120GB solid-state drive; packing quite a punch for such a neat unit. NAS storage can also be included as part of the installation and the library can be conveniently controlled from a tablet running the Aurender Conductor App. This innovation will be available within Q1 2018 and will be featured on the following Aurender products: A10, N10, N100 (N100C, N100H), X100L (X100S) and W20.
Popular Streaming Music Service Spotify
Removes Connect Feature Streaming music company
Spotify is removing their Connect feature, and thus it has been reported that well over 100 speakers/receivers are now unable to use the service.
Affected brands include Bang & Olufsen, Denon, Dynaudio, Logitech, Marantz, NAD, Onkyo, Philips, Pioneer, Teufel, and Yamaha to name a few. Spotify Connect was designed into many consumer electronic products over the years and with Spotify removing this feature, many products will no longer be able to stream Spotify unless the manufacturer updated their devices. Is Spofity soon going to be offering Hi-Res Music, or is the company simply changing the way third parties can
implement 'hooking in' to their service. Whatever the reason, Spotify is now unusable with hundreds of products. For example Spotify custom integration will be completely removed from the B&O BeoSound 5 speaker, Dynaudio Connect speaker. NAD D 7050 / MT1 / MT 2, and iTeufel Air Blue. You can see a list of products affected, and if there's a possible solution
02 / 07 / 18
McIntosh Announces MC611 Quad Balanced Power Monoblock Amplifier McIntosh
Labs is proud to announce their new MC611 Quad Balanced Power Amplifier ($7500), which produces an outstanding 600 Watts of power! This massive amount of output can easily drive nearly any loudspeaker to very high volume levels. A pair of MC611 monoblocks can easily drive an impressive home stereo system, or add additional units to power each speaker within a home theater setup. Utilizing McIntosh Labs' unique output Autoformer technology, the full 600 Watts will be delivered to the speaker regardless if it has 2, 4 or 8 Ohm impedance. The MC611 has received numerous updates and improvements compared to the previous MC601 model. Chief among them is that filter capacity has been doubled which has resulted in a dramatic 55% increase in dynamic headroom from 1.8dB to 2.8dB. This twofold increase in filter capacity also helps improve the performance of low end bass frequencies. McIntosh's new front panel for the MC611 features direct LED backlighting for improved appearance and color accuracy. On top, the audio Autoformer and power transformer are now contained within a new glass topped enclosures. Behind them are two of the company's Monogrammed Heatsinks, which connect to advanced high current output transistors that help eliminate thermal equilibrium lag time. On the back, there continues to be three sets of our Solid Cinch speaker binding posts (one set for each speaker impedance), but space has been added between each set to allow for easier speaker cable connectivity. Other enhancements include heavier gauge internal wiring, upgraded circuit components and the addition of our eco-friendly power management system. In addition to all these improvements, the MC611 remains full of other exclusive McIntosh technologies including Power Guard, Sentry Monitor, a Quad Balanced design and Power Control. Both a balanced and unbalanced output are included to make
bi- or tri-amping speakers easier; they can also be used to send the audio signal to a secondary system or to connect a powered subwoofer. The MC611 monoblock amplifier features a beautifully polished stainless steel chassis and timeless McIntosh aesthetic of a black glass front panel, illuminated logo, control knobs, aluminum handles and a large 8" fast responding blue Watt meter.
2018 Issue Features Great Articles And Reviews Hi-Fi
World's March 2018 issue features reviews of the Acoustic Energy AE109 loudspeaker, Sonus Faber Olympica I speaker, Luxman D-380 CD player, Chord Poly DAC / headphone amplifier, Roberts Stream 94i Radio, Novafidelity X35, ATC HDA DP10 portable music player, HIDiamond I RCA signal cables, and Psion Waverider computer based radio.
Keywood's editorial he says, "What was it that made me think of the radiogram when working on this issue? It wasn't that such a device gets a mention anywhere, so much as the current drive toward all-in-one solutions is similar in intent – the new Novafidelity X35 we review on p39 is a good example. This product is impressive in what it can do, using Class D amplifiers to achieve that magic 100 Watt output power figure people expect nowadays, from a compact box. Reviewer Jon Myles is our expert at dealing with the Ethernet, Bluetooth and
Wi-Fi connections that are an essential part of such products, as well as the apps – all of which the radiogram lacked of course. But at least you could stand a vase on top!
Reviewer Martin Pipe didn't review a radiogram either, instead he reviews a Roberts Radio on p23 reminiscent of the old transistor radios that were so popular in the same era, or shortly after as transistors took over from valves. But this traditionally styled portable has an Ethernet connection and USB also. How radios have changed!"
See what's within this issue of Hi-Fi World and read the complete editorial at this link.
02 / 06 / 18
Voyager Golden Record Three Vinyl LP Box
Set Includes 96 Page Book Predicted to survive over 1 billion years in space, the original NASA Voyager Golden Record features both diagrams and audio in hopes of it reaching other life forms in the galaxy. With the original Golden Records aboard both Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 probes in 1977, the recent resurgence of vinyl also brings us a 'reissue' of sorts with this new three vinyl LP box set. Voyager Golden Record box set ($98) set to ship in a few weeks has been years in the making. Three translucent gold 140 gram vinyl LPs are stored within poly-lined paper sleeves. Each of the three heavyweight jackets are adorned with gold ink on black background. Also included is a color 96 page softcover book containing all images included on the original Voyager Interstellar Record, gallery of images transmitted back from the Voyager probes, and a new essay by Timothy Ferris, producer of the original golden record. As an added bonus, a 12" x 12" gold foil print of Voyager Golden Record cover diagram on archival paper
is included. And to make this package that much more
desirable, a Voyager trajectories turntable slipmat featuring gold ink on black
felt is in the box too! For those in the digital age, full-color plastic digital download card for all audio of the Voyager Golden Record (MP3 or FLAC formats) is part of this package deal. For those curious about the whereabouts of the two original Golden Records, Voyager 1 is ~13.16 billion miles from Earth and Voyager 2 is ~10.91 billion miles away. "The contents of the record were selected for NASA by a committee chaired by Carl Sagan," said NASA's JPL. "Sagan and his associates assembled 115 images and a variety of natural sounds, such as those made by surf, wind and thunder, birds, whales, and other animals. To this they added musical selections from different cultures and eras, and spoken greetings from Earth-people in fifty-five languages, and printed messages from President Carter and U.N. Secretary General
Waldheim." You can order the NASA
Golden Record Box set at this link.
Hi-Fi+'s February Magazine
Features Many High-End Audio Reviews Hi-Fi+
Magazine's February 2018 issue features reviews of the AURALiC VEGA G2, Innuos Zenith SE MKII, Chord Electronics Mojo + Poly, Rotel RCD-1572, Moon NEO MiND, Cary DMS-500, iFi Audio Nano iDSD Black Label, MartinLogan Impression ESL 11A, Focal Elear, Conrad-Johnson ET7, Hegel H190, Mobile Fidelity Studiodeck, Rega Aphelion, and Ansuz Acoustics D2.
Within his editorial, Hi-Fi+'s Alan
Sircom says "Any line-up of source components in the early months of a year gives one chance to see just what changes are taking place in the wider audio world. More than any other aspect of the audio chain, the front end – digital and analogue – reflect the ways we listen to and acquire our music. It allows you to see trends in the buying habits of audiophiles, and see just how those habits reach out to the wider music loving world.
We have long since stopped being surprised by the vinyl revival and how the format that was supposed to have been supplanted by CD back in the 1990s has come back with some considerable force. Reports of the death of CD are greatly exaggerated, however, and even though every day sees yet more people discover the joys of home and online networked audio, there is still life in the old digital dog yet."
See what's within this issue of Hi-Fi+ Magazine at this
02 / 01 / 18
Enjoy the Music.com's
February Review Magazine Is Now Online Enjoy the
Music.com's February Review
Magazine features two think pieces, a manufacturer article
plus review of the Stromtank S2500 battery power supply. Within Steven R.
Rochlin's editorial Hacking Hi-Res Audio he says, "Why use already known-good encoding / decoding that is widely available for free (FLAC) when you can invent a complicated, perhaps proprietary, or rebirth defunct tech, and make it your own so you can siphon off a bit of cream (money) off the top. Do we really need yet another audio format, lossy or lossless? Netflix is streaming 1080 video with surround sound audio every day to millions of people. Dare we mention that far higher bandwidth 4k is also available on Netflix?"
Longtime industry expert Roger
Skoff writes about Making Music and says "I was talking about this with John Curl the other day. John, along with just a very few others, is one of the truly great audio electronics designers, ever, and has designed or contributed to the design of some of the very best solid-state Hi-Fi gear ever built. He agrees with me and with the great majority of the audiophile community that the job of the audio designer is not to make gear that "sounds good", but to make gear that, except to perform the barest minimum task for which it was specifically designed, does nothing at all and, even then, has no "sound" of its own at all"
Tom Lyle basks in battery power
via the Stromtank S2500 and falls in love. He says, "There are a few words when describing the sonic results of using the Stromtank to power my system: astounding, awe-inspiring, awesome, amazing, astonishing, excellent, fantastic, glorious, magnificent, sensational, spectacular, splendid, terrific, and wonderful. As I said earlier, before the Stromtank arrived, only at nighttime could my system could reach its potential. But with the Stromtank my system reached its full potential regardless of the time of day."
Later this month Dave Hanson
will be at CanJam NYC to see, hear, and report on the many great new
personal audio music players, headamps, headphones, etc that made a
showing in the Big Apple. See
what's 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...
Special Sony 20 CD Box Set Featuring
Legendary Conductor John Williams John Williams Conducts is a new 20-CD box set that features all of his definitive recordings for Sony Classical including The Star Wars Trilogy, The Spielberg/Williams Collaboration, Yo-Yo Ma Plays the Music of John Williams, American Journey, Summon the Heroes and more plus a 40 page perfect-bound book. This new box set celebrates an essential American composer from a fresh perspective – his parallel career as an essential American maestro. Featuring Williams at the helm of the Boston Pops, London Symphony and other renowned orchestras – with soloists that include Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman and Joshua Bell – John Williams Conductor explores the breadth of Williams's art and craft as a conductor, as well as celebrating a diverse variety of American music, from film to pop and from Broadway to classical, in the twentieth century and beyond. John Williams Conductor is available February 2, 2018. In his ongoing career, now in its sixth decade, John Williams is best known as the dean of American film composers. He has won five Academy Awards, seven BAFTA (British Film Academy) awards, four Golden Globes, and 23 Grammy Awards for his film scores. In December 2017, he received his 67th Grammy nomination, and his 25th nomination for a Golden Globe. His 50 Academy Award nominations, as of 2015, are a record among composers, and he is second only to Walt Disney in holding the most Academy Award nominations by an individual artist. Williams developed his craft as a composer and conductor on the soundstages of Hollywood. In 1980, he stepped into a very public spotlight as Principal Conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra, succeeding the legendary Arthur Fiedler. What followed was a rich, fourteen-season partnership with the orchestra, documented by a series of recordings for Sony Classical that forms the basis of John Williams Conductor. "It has been a continuing joy and privilege to perform concerts and make recordings with so many of our country's magnificent orchestras," said John Williams.
"These great ensembles not only are arts organizations of the highest caliber... they're also national treasures in which we all can take great
pride." The new Sony John Williams 20
CD box set is available to order on Amazon.
01 / 30 / 18
Velvet Underground 50th Anniversary Six Vinyl LP Album Box Set To celebrate the Velvet Underground's 50th anniversary, Verve Records/UMe is releasing The Velvet Underground, a limited-edition career-spanning box ($179.98) that collects all four of the pioneering band's studio albums, Velvets collaborator Nico's debut LP, Chelsea Girl, and a reconstruction of the fabled "lost" 1969 album, making it available on vinyl for the first time. The six albums housed in a special black slipcase will be pressed on 180-gram black vinyl and feature stereo mixes and meticulously reproduced original cover art. The box will also include an exclusive 48-page booklet, featuring vintage photos, lyrics and a new foreword penned by founding member Maureen "Moe" Tucker. Assembled by Grammy-winning reissue producer Bill Levenson, The Velvet Underground incorporates six classic records from the band's vintage heyday including 1967's The Velvet Underground and Nico, their landmark debut, produced by the band's mentor Andy Warhol and includes such Velvets classics as "Sunday Morning," "I'm Waiting for the Man," "Venus in Furs" and "Heroin;" Nico's 1967 full-length solo debut Chelsea Girl, featuring songwriting and instrumental contributions from Velvets members Reed, Cale and Morrison as well as a young Jackson Browne; 1968's explosive White Light/White Heat, the group's final album with co-founder Cale; 1969's relatively restrained, introspective The Velvet Underground; and 1970's Loaded, which was the band's commercial breakthrough as well as its final studio album, with such beloved Reed anthems as "Sweet Jane" and "Rock & Roll." To honor the band's half a century legacy, Levenson has loving recreated the Velvet Underground's much-mythologized "lost" album, 1969, specially for this set. Nearly 50 years later, much remains unclear about these mysterious recordings. The Velvets' revolutionary body of work stands as a one of rock's most distinctive catalogs and today their influence looms larger than ever. Limited to 1000 copies worldwide, the box set, which will be released February 23, is available for pre-order now exclusively at
01 / 29 / 18
Gryphon Audio Designs Sonett Dual Mono MM And MC
Phono Stage Gryphon Audio Designs
of Denmark continues to maintain their consistent commitment to vinyl reproduction, which stared in 1985, and now continues with the launch of the Gryphon Sonett Phonostage
(€5990). In the words of founder Flemming E. Rasmussen, "The LP holds a very special place in our hearts here at Gryphon, having been the inspiration for our very first product, the now legendary Gryphon Head Amp. For many people, the LP remains the finest high fidelity medium ever offered for home use with a catalogue of titles that will never be rivaled by the compact disc, let alone download music." In a concerted effort to bring the performance of the reference level Gryphon Legato Legacy
phono stage to more affordable price points, Gryphon designed the Phonostage Module for straightforward installation in the Gryphon Diablo 300 and Diablo 120 integrated amplifiers. This proven phono module is significantly improved with its own cabinet and dedicated dual mono power supply. This new stand-alone version of the
phono stage that would make the fruits of Gryphon's explorations into the latest circuit topologies, low-noise component breakthroughs, and power supply innovations more widely accessible. This new true dual mono zero negative feedback
phono stage handles both Moving Coil (MC) and Moving Magnet (MM) cartridges. Moving Coil load impedance can be set externally with left/right switches on the back panel, while internal switching between MC and MM is provided for. Polypropylene capacitors are used within RIAA correction stages, discrete components for analog stages, and a DC-coupled topology from input to output stage. Two-layer printed circuit board has thick 70mμ copper on both sides, while PCB-mounted sockets eliminate wiring and shorten signal path. Gold-plated phono sockets with Teflon insulation for left/right input and output. Like every Gryphon product, Gryphon Sonett is designed by Gryphon founder and CEO Flemming E. Rasmussen and manufactured in Denmark.
01 / 26 / 18
Leema Acoustics Classic Hydra II Power Amp Anniversary Edition Leema Acoustics, the Welsh high-performance audio specialist founded by two ex-BBC sound engineers, has launched a special Anniversary Edition of its Hydra II power amplifier (Ł4,795), celebrating 10 years since its classic powerhouse amplifier made its debut. The new Hydra II Anniversary Edition is a significantly upgraded version of the popular original. The enhanced amplifier has been sympathetically improved and updated by Leema Acoustics' co-founder Lee Taylor, who has returned to the original design and refined it for even greater sonic performance. In addition to multiple internal upgrades, the Anniversary Edition also benefits from a number of aesthetic enhancements to include a new front panel with a machined and chrome-plated solid billet Leema Delta logo, and an 'Anniversary Edition' badge. Leema Acoustics' Hydra II Anniversary Edition produces 148 Watt rms at 8 Ohms (292 Watt rms @ 4 Ohms). Its dual-mono design uses two massive toroidal power transformers, one for each channel, together with a separate transformer for the control circuitry. The highly refined output stage benefits from very low output impedance. This, coupled with a high current capability, ensures vice-like grip and precise control of loudspeakers, even at very high levels. Full
LIPS implementation (Leema's proprietary communication system) allows for flexible integration with other Leema Acoustics products. Internally, the amplifier features upgraded printed circuit boards with twice the amount of copper to further reduce the resistance of PCB traces and improve power delivery. All relevant capacitors have been upgraded to Nichicon's high-quality audio-grade MUSE Series and the PCB-to-speaker-terminal wiring is Leema's Reference 2 cable which features 16 woven cores plus multi-strand high-purity copper with individual strand silver-plate. All transistors are hand-selected and precision-matched in amplifier sets for optimal performance and the lowest distortion. The power amplifier transformers are Noratel 'xtra quiet' units, ensuring perfect power delivery without undesirable hum or excessive heat-generation. There are three unbalanced RCA stereo inputs, one set of balanced XLR inputs, plus stereo pre-out. As an Anniversary Edition, each amplifier will be supplied with a passport-style system of documentation integrated into the manual, where three key stages of production are signed off by the engineer responsible along with the inclusion of the unit's measured results.
01 / 25 / 18
CanJam NYC 2018 In Times
Square On February 17th / 18th CanJam NYC 2018 is set to feature well over 100 of the world's most innovative headphone and personal/portable audio brands. CanJam Global, one of the world's premier headphone audio show, returns to New York City from February 17th through 18th at the New York Marriott Marquis. This is in the heart of the world famous Times Square!
Featuring over 100 of the headphone audio industry's leading brands in over 30,000 sq ft. of exhibition space, CanJam NYC 2018 will showcase the latest products and innovations in headphones and personal/portable audio and is the biggest headphone audio show in the United States. Open to the public, the event allows visitors to listen to their favorite music on the world's best headphone audio systems at prices ranging from $49 all the way to $55,000.
Experience the latest product innovations from manufacturers all around the world. The headphone audio industry, one of the hottest trends today in Consumer Electronics, is expected to grow over 60% to reach USD $18 billion by 2023.
See last year's CanJam 2017 NYC report at this
Intelligent Audio Products To Produce Rosewood Bases For VPI Turntables Intelligent Audio Products, makers of branded and OEM indoor / outdoor speakers and audio furniture has taken on a new project for turntable manufacturer
VPI Industries of New Jersey. This new partnership will bring beautiful rosewood bases for VPI's high-end Prime Signature turntables ($6799). The Prime Signature is the latest in VPI's Prime line, which features an upgraded JMW 3D-10 Reference arm in a metallic black gloss finish with Nordost Reference wire. The chassis consists of an aluminum plate sandwiched between faux rosewood veneer composite plinths for improved dampening. "We wanted to get back to our roots and focus on our existing audience with a table that offers quality hi-end sound at an affordable price," said a representative of VPI Industries. Intelligent Audio Products President Art Powers said, "Our family-owned business producing these Rosewood bases in our U.S. factory for another family-owned high-end U.S. audio manufacturer just feels right, and adds another dimension to the ultra-premium Prime Signature turntable. This is a perfect project for IAP, and the kind of assignment we're now taking on."
01 / 23 / 18
Bryston Model T, Middle T & Mini T Active
Series w/BAX-1 Active Crossover Bryston has announced the introduction of their Active Loudspeaker lineup, featuring three speaker models of different sizes (Model T Active, Middle T Active and Mini T Active) mated to a sophisticated DSP-enabled active crossover (BAX-1) and Cubed Series Bryston amplifiers. Bryston's Model T Active system, comprised of the BAX-1, a pair of 21B3 amplifiers and a pair of Model T Active loudspeakers is $33,770 and will be available Q1, 2018. The Bryston Middle T Active system, including the BAX-1, a 24B3 amplifier and a pair of Middle T Active loudspeakers is $20,230 and will be available Q2, 2018. Lastly, Bryston's Mini T Active system, featuring the BAX-1, a 24B3 amplifier and a pair of Mini T Active loudspeakers
is $17,690 and will also become available Q2, 2018. With two new amplifier models, the three-channel 21B3 and six-channel 24B3 have been created especially for the Bryston Active systems. The Bryston Active Loudspeaker System leverages decades of research into the science of acoustics and the fine art of audio component design in order to recreate each recording with stunning realism. Each system has been optimized using an anechoic chamber, generating over 300 measurements that reside within the system's software. Bryston Active represents a highly refined audiophile listening experience unlike anything available on the market today. At the heart of every Bryston Active system is the BAX-1 crossover. The Bryston BAX-1 is a state-of-the-art digital crossover containing proprietary software for each active loudspeaker model. The BAX-1 receives a full-range analog audio signal from the preamplifier and performs the three-way crossover functionality and driver correction for each channel, also applying any user-selected filters for tailoring the bass response of the loudspeakers. The signal is then sent to each amplifier channel. Like all Bryston digital components, the BAX-1 is backed by a five-year warranty. Most active speakers utilize an amplifier built into the speaker enclosure, however the Bryston Active solution utilizes full-size, zero-compromise outboard amplifiers engineered to deliver best performance. Two 21B3 amplifiers are required to drive a pair of Bryston Active Loudspeakers. The Bryston 24B3 is a single chassis solution offering six-channels of amplification, yet delivering less total system power than two 21B3s. All Bryston Active Loudspeakers are available in rich veneers such as Black Ash, Natural Cherry and Boston Cherry. Custom veneers are available with an upcharge. The Model T Active is a 52.5-inch tall floor-standing three-way loudspeaker featuring three high-excursion 8-inch woofers, two 5.25-inch midranges and two 1-inch tweeters. The Middle T Active is a 39.5-inch floor-standing three-way loudspeaker featuring two high-excursion 8-inch woofers, a 5.25-inch midrange and a 1-inch tweeter. The Mini T Active is a large 22.5-inch bookshelf speaker that also works wonderfully on a speaker stand. The Mini T Active features a high-excursion 8-inch woofer, a 5.25-inch midrange and a 1-inch tweeter. All Bryston loudspeakers are backed by a 20-year warranty.
01 / 22 / 18
SoZo Silver Mica Capacitors For
Classic Sound Of Yesteryear Consumer
Electronics Distribution and SoZo Capacitors are pleased to announce the immediate release of their new SoZo Silver Mica capacitors. This new capacitor line is claimed to offer superior musicality and
linearity over classic designs, plus they are modeled after well sought out vintage picofarad
(pF) capacitors of yesteryear. "These custom designed capacitors have the same electrical characteristics and sound of the ones from the past" says the company. "The characteristics of SoZo silver micas are clear, smooth, vocal, clean and linear top end. SoZo caps are smooth without forward treble, i.e., the top end voicing does not add the treble harshness like standard silver mica caps tend to do. Also, standard silver mica caps often have excess energy and ringing in the out-of-band audio frequencies which creates a disconnected strident metallic high end in any amplifier circuit. The SoZo design eliminates this excess energy and ringing in the out-of-band audio frequencies; therefore, with the SoZo caps, the treble does not detach from the fundamental note and does not create sibilance like modern components do. In every audition performed, the new SoZo silver mica capacitors were the preferred
high frequency component in every audio application."
01 / 19 / 18
AXPONA 2018: New Larger Location,
Concerts, Seminars, And More AXPONA 2018 is set for April 13th through 15th at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center and will be our eighth annual coverage by Enjoy the Music.com. All audiophiles, music lovers, vinyl collectors, audio engineers and musicians can attend three jam-packed days of incredible sounds, technology, presentations, design, and the very latest products in the industry. Now in its ninth year, AXPONA is one of the defining high-end audio show within the United States. This event caters to dealers, distributors and manufacturers, as well as music lovers and audiophiles.
AXPONA's new state-of-the-art venue will feature an expanded Exhibit Hall plus a new Record Shop and Master Class Theater. AXPONA will once again offer something for everyone – from the novice music lover to the seasoned audio expert looking to enhance their sound with the latest technology.
As their largest show to date, AXPONA Seeks to meet the increasing demand from attendees looking for the very best brands within the music world under one roof. The expanded Exhibit Hall, which is home to the Marketplace and Ear Gear Expo, is an outstanding 30,000 square feet and will showcase a vast array of turntables, cables, accessories, racks and stands, tonearms, cartridges and the latest headphones and associated equipment in the growing world of mobile and high-end personal
the Music.com's AXPONA 2018 show coverage will begin the first day of the
event. To learn more, plus read our previous reports, see our special AXPONA
2018 show report page at this link.