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05 / 04 / 16

Hi-Fi+ May 2016 Issue Is Now Available Online
Hi-Fi+ May 2016Enjoy the Music.com has just posted the April 2016 issue of Hi-Fi+ magazine! This issue features reviews of the Burmester Audio Phase 3 complete system, Naim Audio NAC-N272 and NAP300 / Focal Sopra No. 2, T+A Elektroacoustik PDP3000HV and PA3000HV / Estelon XB, Primare PRE60 / ATC SCM150 ASL, Audio Research GSi75 / Wilson Audio Sabrina, Schiit Audio YGG Drasil / Ragnarok / Mr. Speakers Ether C, Magnum Dynalab MD209, COS D1, REL T/9i, IsoTek EVO3 Initum, HiFiMAN HE400S and more. Within his editorial, Alan Sircom says, "The complete system is a hard concept to get across to high-enders. The notion that all high-end products work with all other high-end products is very strongly dug into the audiophile psyche, at almost all levels. Nevertheless, the fact remains that audiophile systems are best constructed with a mind to the system in its entirety, rather than a motley collection of devices that will magically sound wonderful simply by putting them together. The key aspect to take from the systems assembled here is the thought that went into them. Even those that are a relatively simple amp+speaker system are more bespoke and thought out than anyone might guess from the reading. This essentially puts much of the onus on system building back to the distributors and dealers, because it's simply not possible to run through every combination of components in order to find the one that works best. That's someone else's job!" See what's within this issue of Hi-Fi+ at this link.

 

Futuresource Consulting: Headphones Market @ $11.2b, Up 11% In 2015
Futuresource Consulting: Headphones Market @ $11.2b, Up 11% In 2015Futuresource Consulting, a specialist research and knowledge-based consulting company, says that the worldwide headphones market is worth $11.2 billion as prices accelerated by 11% in 2015. New research from Futuresource Consulting reveals that the worldwide headphones market enjoyed another year of robust volume and price growth in 2015. Shipments grew 7% to reach 331.3 million units, while retail value surged by an impressive 19% to $11.2 billion. The average price paid for a pair of headphones rose by 11% in 2015, to $34. Wireless headphones are also a major growth area, with volumes doubling in 2015 to comprise 14% of the overall market. Other features, such as in-line microphones are becoming standard, whilst noise cancelling is witnessing a revival in 2015 owing to the feature's inclusion in premium wireless headphones. As a result of these additional features, sales of headphones in the $25 to $49 category grew by 55%. Sales in the sub-$25 category meanwhile actually fell by 1%. Brand leaders like Sony, Beats, JVC and Apple all enjoyed a strong 2015. However, competition remains diverse across the price spectrum with Beats and Bose being particularly strong at the premium end, accounting for 40% of overall market revenues. The research shows that demand in the leading markets of North America and Western Europe will slow due to saturation, whilst developing markets of Africa and Asia with a huge base of smartphone owners will fuel growth during the forecast period to 2020. "The rise in the average price of headphones is due mainly to the increased consumer appetite for additional features," commented Rasika D'Souza, Senior Market Analyst at Futuresource Consulting. "For example, more people are using headphones during sports and fitness activities and they are now buying models which are designed with this purpose in mind. This trend is most evident in North America and Western Europe. However, headphones with health tracking features have not yet caught on, with consumers preferring alternative dedicated wearable devices."

 

Industry News 15 Years Ago
Parental Advisory Label On 'Offensive' Music
RIAABecause of last month's critical report from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) report concerning recorded music and the language used with it, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in combination with the National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM) have formed a new Parental Advisory compliance task force to assist the recording industry in implementing guidelines to insure what some consider to be offensive is properly labeled. "We are going to do a better job – in particular in those areas pointed out in the FTC report where the industry's implementation of its own guidelines was lacking," said Hilary Rosen, RIAA President and CEO. "This task force will ensure that the steps we announced late last year to strengthen our popular Parental Advisory Program are being properly implemented. "We have supported the Parental Advisory program since its inception, and we welcome the opportunity to work with RIAA on improving it," said Pam Horovitz, NARM President. "We take our responsibility to parents very seriously. We are committed to supporting the work of the joint task force in ensuring that all aspects of the Parental Advisory program work well, particularly the newest guidelines which relate to the Internet."

 

05 / 03 / 16

Bowers & Wilkins Is Acquired By Internet Company EVA Automation Inc.
Bowers & Wilkins Is Acquired By Internet Company EVA Automation IncBowers & Wilkins, the British audio brand founded in Sussex, England, in 1966, has been acquired by Silicon Valley based EVA Automation Inc, a technology company founded by Gideon Yu. Bowers & Wilkins is the market leading maker of high-end audio equipment, especially loudspeakers including monitors, floorstanders and Bluetooth models. It has forged its position through a relentless commitment to high quality innovative research, development and build. EVA Automation will integrate fully with Bowers &Wilkins' unmatched acoustic engineering prowess by offering innovative A/V technologies and product vision that will enable Bowers & Wilkins to grow faster and further. Joe Atkins, incumbent owner of Bowers & Wilkins, will remain as CEO and will work closely with EVA and Yu to continue to develop Bowers & Wilkins' position as a world class highly integrated AV company. Gideon Yu is well known for helping to build world-class companies including Facebook, YouTube and Square and will act as Executive Chairman for Bowers & Wilkins Gideon Yu commented, "Bowers & Wilkins brings an incredible brand, experienced and well-respected team and commitment to making high-end audio equipment of unmatched quality. We at EVA share their same product vision and passion for home entertainment and look forward to creating fantastic home A/V experiences together as one combined company." Joe Atkins commented, "This is an exciting time for Bowers & Wilkins – a brand of true heritage and quality. In Gideon Yu and EVA Automation we have a true innovator in the technology sector."

 

Merging NADAC Audiophile Server Features Roon Labs Technology
Merging NADAC Audiophile Server Features Roon Labs TechnologyMerging Technologies, a Swiss manufacturer with 25 years of experience in developing groundbreaking professional Audio and Video products for a wide range of entertainment and media industries, is proud to announce that the result of a new partnership with Roon Labs will be on display on stand 3-L10/M07 and in the Special Sound Demonstration in Konferenzraum K1B at the HIGH END 2016 show in Munich. The concept of Roon's ground breaking player program being offered in integrated solutions is not new; there being many existing partners with products available, but this will be the first time that the focus will shift to a complete turnkey and networked solution offering multichannel capability up to DSD256 and DXD. The Merging NADAC was launched at the 2015 HIGH END to much acclaim and has been fortunate to have received several rave reviews for its amazing transparency and for the advantages of the RAVENNA / AES67 networked solution. A variety of player solutions including Merging's own Emotion player can be used with an external computer but this concept is not the first choice for all users. The 'single box' solution with the software and the server combined with a DAC removes the need to have a computer in the living room. The ease with which the whole system can then be controlled by tablet or smart phone enhances the user experience significantly. Integration details such as direct control of the NADAC volume and mute from the Roon user interface also adds to the overall ergonomics by simplifying the control of the entire system from one single page on one single tablet. Roon is well known to provide a superlative user experience with its friendly interface and the most comprehensive database available for the music lover seeking information on all aspects of his favorite track. Marrying Roon to the best sounding and most transparent DAC available and providing multichannel playback would be noteworthy enough but the addition of true networking advantages provides a degree of in-home flexibility that users could only dream about. Merging also announced that this solution can be retrofitted to all Merging NADAC units already in the field and to any units shipping from now on, meaning early adopters can take advantage of the upgrade if they wish. Pricing and options for this solution, as well as cost for the upgrade of existing units and delivery date will be announced at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2016.

 

G9 NERO Phono MM Reference Quality Vacuum Tube Phonostage
G9 NERO Phono MM Vacuum Tube PhonostageG9's just announced NERO Phono MM phonostage (€20,000) is a reference quality, two chassis design that provides high-end audio features for vinyl replay. Employing a vacuum tube phono stage with transformer equalization, features include special suspension type tube mounting for zero acoustic feedback, very special transformer RIAA equalization, point-to-point wiring, no coupling capacitors and transformer coupled output. With NERO Phono MM, G9 enters the phonostage market with their own truly innovative solution. They designed an original equalization circuit without any capacitors and resistors, which are lossy and damaging to complex musical signal. Instead we use lossless RIAA-transformer and 'invisible' resistors, G9 engineers chose the internal impedance of a triode tube. Their circuit has tremendous overload margin (30dB) and, contrary to competing products, keeps this margin constant throughout the entire sonic frequency range. Philips SQ tubes are selected for low microphony and exemplary noise and distortion performance. Another G9 know-how are the company's phonostage output transformers. They are wound by hand with a bespoke copper wire on a M4 steel core and all natural electrical insulation materials. All transformers are designed and mounted to offer maximum interference protection and the power transformer is located in a separate chassis. Music lovers may use G9's NERO Phono MM as a 47kOhm load for moving magnet cartridges and moving coil step-up transformers. Vacuum tube compliment includes a 5U4G for rectifier, one EL84 and E188CC per channel. Output voltage is 0.7V while input voltage is 5mV. Input impedance is 47kOhm. RIAA accuracy is maintained to within +/- 0.5dB, and overall frequency response is rated from 8Hz to 24kHz at -1dB.

 

05 / 02 / 16

Feniks Audio's New ESSENCE High-End Computer Speaker On Kickstarter
Feniks Audio's New ESSENCE High-End Computer Speaker On KickstarterPremium computer speaker manufacturer, Feniks Audio based in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, has launched their latest range of high end speakers. Feniks Audio's ESSENCE active sound system now available on the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform is said to offer the ultimate in desktop sound quality in a compact high-end speaker. Made using the highest quality components and featuring a cabinet of special grade die-cast aluminum, the ESSENCE combines style and substance without compromising on sound quality. With a compact and modern design, the speakers are compatible with a full selection of inputs including USB, optical TosLink and analog. In addition, there is an audiophile-quality amplified headphone output. Feniks Audio's new system has an integrated 24-bit/96kHz DAC designed by world-renowned electronics specialist Gordon Rankin (based around the latest ESS Sabre DAC) and a custom-designed 4.5" coaxial driver unit with an extremely light moving mass of just 4.5 grams. Each speaker consists of three aluminum panels with a series of grooves along the joints, locked together under immense forces with stainless steel bolts. This design reduces unwanted resonances to a minimum and results in exceptional clarity of sound. The ESSENCE also has a seamlessly integrated volume wheel with a Teflon washer at the top of the active unit, making changing listening levels an easy task. The Kickstarter campaign runs until May 31, 2016 and ranges from approximately $1250 to $1670 depending on the color and finish option.

 

05 / 01 / 16

Enjoy the Music.com has posted our May 2016 Review Magazine.

HIGH END 2016 Munich Audiophile Show Report
HIGH END 2016 Munich Audiophile Show Report

 

AXPONA 2016 Show Report
AXPONA 2016 Show Report (Audio Expo North America)

 

Montreal Salon Audio // Audio Fest 2016 Show Report
Montréal Salon Audio // Audio Fest 2016 Show Report

 

www.HighEndAudio.com... The future is in your hands.
My Memo To The Industry Part II
www.HighEndAudio.com... The future is in your hands.
Article By Steven R. Rochlin

 

Lifestyle: Roger Skoff has some thoughts about our hobby.
Lifestyle
Roger Skoff has some thoughts about our hobby.
Article By Roger Skoff

 

IIT... IP... Network... AV over IT won't hurt you.
Industry Point Of View
IT... IP... Network... AV over IT won't hurt you.
Article By Rob Ziv, CTS, Almo Professional A/V

 

High-End Audio Is Dead! Or Is It?
<<<Rewind<<<
High-End Audio Is Dead! Or Is It?
Article By Steven R. Rochlin

 

ex & Audio A clear case of discrimination! Article By Peter Mapp, PhD, FASA, FAES
Sex & Audio
A clear case of discrimination!
Article By Peter Mapp, PhD, FASA, FAES

 

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona With Cerachrom Bezel
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona With Cerachrom Bezel
A legendary Swiss mechanical watch manufacturer refines their racing legacy.
Article By Steven R. Rochlin

 

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Pearlmaster 39 Everose With Diamonds
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Pearlmaster 39 Everose With Diamonds
A modern girl's new best friend is Rolex's Everose gold and 713 diamonds.
Article By Steven R. Rochlin

 

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King
It's good to be King!
Article By Steven R. Rochlin

 

Abyss AB-1266 Planar Magnetic Headphones Review
Abyss AB-1266 Planar Magnetic Headphones By JPS Labs
The journey is the destination.
Review By Dave Hanson

 

Tavish Design Minotaur Hybrid Vacuum Tube Amplifier Review
World Premiere!
Tavish Design Minotaur Hybrid Vacuum Tube Amplifier
A marriage made for a discerning music lover.
Review By Ron Nagle

 

Gold Note Meditteranneo Turntable, B5.1 Tonearm, & Tuscany Gold Cartridge Review
World Premiere!
Gold Note Meditteranneo Turntable, B5.1 Tonearm, & Tuscany Gold Cartridge
Italian beauty delivers delightful music.
Review By Tom Lyle

 

Mi Headphones Built By Xiao Mi Review
World Premiere!
Mi Headphones Built By Xiao Mi
An absolute bargain!
Review By Christopher Tan

 

ZMF X Vibro MK II Headphones Review
World Premiere!
ZMF X Vibro MK II Headphones
Bespoke craftsmanship and uncompromising sound.
Review By Dave Hanson

 

Grimm Audio Adds Three New Products Including Their LS1be Speaker
Grimm Audio Adds Three New Products Including Their LS1be SpeakerGrimm Audio adds three new products to their catalog, expanding their range of integrated music playback systems. The most prominent novelty is the LS1be. This top class loudspeaker features a new Berylium tweeter with a CNC milled aluminum waveguide, jointly developed by Grimm Audio and Seas. The super light and stiff tweeter membrane offers a big improvement in delicacy and precision. To match the high performance of this tweeter, the amplifier and converter electronics of the LS1be received careful tweaking. Grimm Audio selected Hi-Macs for the new cabinets, a modern and very rigid material. Counterweighting the superb quality of the treble performance, a new LS1s-dmf subwoofer was added for the low end. Mechatronics expert Rob Munnig Schmidt developed a Digital Motional Feedback system that, by means of feedback from an accelerometer on the cone, reduces distortion by a staggering 30 times. The linearity of the LS1s-dmf is therefore exceptionally good, which leads to a clean and tight but also natural bass that is the perfect partner for the Berylium tweeter. The full LS1be system brings the listener again closer to an experience of total transparency, which is the company's ultimate goal. To offer the LS1 quality to a broader audience, Grimm Audio introduces the LS1a. This is a more cost effective sibling of the LS1, where the company focused on maintaining all important aspects that make the LS1 sound so special, and compromising only in areas where this was passable. This makes the LS1a to a playback system with a very high price-performance ratio. The original LS1 benefited from the gathered knowledge and received a few updates. It remains to be "the most exciting piece of non-audiophile audiophile gear", as Bogdan Roscic, President of Sony Classical, put it.

 

Dirac Research Technology Chosen For OPPO Sonica Speakers
Dirac Research Technology Chosen For OPPO Sonica SpeakersSwedish audio technology company Dirac Research has just announced that OPPO Digital's new range of Sonica Wi-Fi Speakers (starting at $299) will feature Dirac Room Calibration, a brand new and easy-to-use room correction software tailored for Android and iOS devices. The OPPO Sonica speakers deliver superb sound quality in a compact package and come equipped with Wi-Fi, AirPlay and Bluetooth capabilities. OPPO Sonica speakers with Dirac technology will be available in Q3 2016. The listening environment is often the most challenging aspect of creating an audio system because it introduces unwanted colorations of the sound. Looking for the best solution, OPPO has selected a new technology from Dirac, the world's leading provider of digital room correction software. Dirac Room Calibration for OPPO is an advanced patented technology that analyzes the speakers and room together, automatically making corrections to remove unwanted colorations and deliver optimized sound. "Your listening room is actually one of the most important components of your sound system, which is why digital room correction helps so much in improving the sound quality," said Dr. Mathias Johansson, CEO of Dirac. "We are pleased that OPPO has selected our new Dirac Room Calibration for their next-generation Sonica Wi-Fi Speakers. We saw a great match with OPPO's heritage of providing innovative, high-performance products along with strong value to consumers", Johansson added. Jason Liao, CTO of OPPO Digital, said "Dirac has become the world leader in room correction technology and we are excited to integrate the new Dirac Room Calibration into our Sonica Wi-Fi Speakers. This software comes with high-level room correction capabilities and a user-friendly interface. You can easily measure and fine-tune your speakers from your mobile device with Dirac Room Calibration. We expect that our users will greatly improve their music listening experience with this advanced technology." Dirac Room Calibration software has an intuitive user interface application for both Android and iOS devices. This tailor-made digital signal processing software reduces one of the largest problems in any Hi-Fi sound system – sound quality degradation due to anomalies within the listening room. Using the built-in microphone inside mobile devices to analyze the loudspeaker and the room together, Dirac Room Calibration provides a powerful and tangible sound quality upgrade. Users will experience improved clarity, tighter bass and a more natural overall sound presentation. This sophisticated algorithm brings out the full potential of any entertainment system.

 

04 / 30 / 16

Gold Note DS-1000 DSD Streamer And P-1000 Stereo Preamplifier
Gold Note DS-1000 DSD Streamer And P-1000 Stereo PreamplifierGold Note, an Italian manufacturer of high-end audio electronics, has just introduced their DS-1000 DSD streamer with integrated DSD D/A converter and P-1000 stereo preamplifier. Gold Note's DS-1000 can playback DSD audio files from Ethernet and Wi-Fi or via S/PDIF coax and TosLink optical inputs. The DS1000 also has the ability to have an HDD and USB two USB A ports. Gold Note's proprietary SKC and TFT display allow intuitive full unit control conveniently played by a single knob. The unit may also be controlled through Wi-Fi. Two options integrated preamplifier stages and balanced input provide additional analog inputs. output is via unbalanced RCA and balanced XLR. Gold Note's new P-1000 analog preamplifier is part of their new 1000 modular series of electronics. This Class A stereo preamplifier features six separated ultra-linear Class A gain stages enabling superior audio performance. The unit can play stereo and mono, plus it can invert the left and right channels. A three positions boost power control allows the preamplifier to partner with any kind of power amplifier and loudspeakers. Gold Note's P-1000 preamplifier features an exclusive relays / resistor a 256-step volume control to guarantee the best sound performance whilst also virtually eliminating distortion in the audio signal path. The P1000 features 10 analog inputs, five of which are fully balanced XLR and five unbalanced RCA. The preamplifier also features balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA output and ports for various external accessories connectivity. Enjoy the Music.com just published a World Premiere review of the Gold Note Meditteranneo turntable, B5.1 tonearm, and Tuscany Gold cartridge.

 

04 / 29 / 16

Concord Jazz Release Marquis Hill's The Way We Play
Concord Jazz Release Marquis Hill's The Way We PlayRecording label Concord Jazz is releasing Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition winner Marquis Hill's The Way We Play on June 24. For the past five years, 29-year-old trumpeter Marquis Hill has been invigorating the Chicago jazz scene with his sleek approach to modern jazz, which often incorporates elements of spoken word and hip-hop. On The Way We Play, Hill fronts his regular ensemble of four years, the Blacktet, which consists of alto saxophonist Christopher McBride, vibraphonist Justin Thomas, drummer Makaya McCraven, and bassist Joshua Ramos. It's a smart tactic because it plays to the strengths of Hill as a bandleader and affords the music a vivacious group accord that often comes from years of playing together. Hill, however, flips the scripts on the new disc. Instead of offering entirely original material as he did on his last three discs, he revisits a handful of jazz standards. "I want to pay homage to some of my favorite jazz standards and American songbook classics," Marquis Hill says. "These are some of the songs that I came up playing in various jam sessions; these songs really taught me how to play jazz." The Way We Play is hardly a color-by-numbers jazz standards album. As Hill has done on his previous discs, he revitalizes the material by placing heavier emphasis on the groove, which enables the compositions to resonate more to a 21st-century jazz audience – hence the disc's witty title. "I really want to make it very clear that this is the sound of my band, which is uniquely Chicago. I wanted to put everything on the table – this is the way that we play," Hill explains.

 

Industry News 10 Years Ago
Format Wars: SACD, DVD-Audio, HD-DVD And Blu-ray
The battle of HD disc formats is heating up as TDK has begun shipping its first write-once and rewriteable Blu-Ray disc media to retailers in the United States. Also in the news is that Matsushita's Blu-ray support will never merge, nor will the company make a universal player that will support Toshiba's competing HD-DVD format. TDK's blank discs are rated at 2X speeds and priced at $20 each for a 25-Gbyte write-once (BD-R), $25 for a rewriteable (BD-RE) 25-Gbyte disc, and there are plans to offer larger quantity packaging and higher capacity discs. As for the competition between Blu-Ray and HD-DVD, once again the consumer electronics manufacturers can not agree to a single standard, thereby adding confusion in what appears to be a very predatory market. It was reported that "The companies backing competing formats for next-generation DVD technology will never again talk about forming a unified standard," said an executive at Matsushita. "We are not talking and we will not talk," Kazuhiro Tsuga, an executive officer at Matsushita. In the end it appears consumers will decide who is the 'winner' and who is the 'loser.' Unlike DVD-Audio, that was an agreed upon industry standard, while Sony chose to ignore these standards and release their SACD / DSD format and causing confusion, DVD-Audio is an official standard by the group who decides formats for DVD. Now consumers will begin seeing predatory pricing and possibly marketing prose that will only add to making consumers wonder if they should bother investing into either format until a prevailing format is found. The possibility for a super resolution audio format could be in the future for either disc format, yet to date none has been made known as a standard.

 

04 / 27 / 16

Hi-Fi World's June 2016 Issue Is Now Available Online
Hi-Fi World May 2016Enjoy the Music.com has just posted the June 2016 issue of Hi-Fi World magazine! This issue features reviews of the Tannoy Eclipse 3 loudspeaker, Opera Prima 2015 loudspeaker, Riva S Bluetooth loudspeaker, Audiolab M-DAC+, Meridian 808 V6 CD player/DAC, YBA Heritage D100 D/A convertor, Luxman L-590ax MK II amplifier, Onkyo A-9010 stereo amplifier, Roksan Radius 7 turntable & Nima tonearm, Charisma Audio Reference One cartridge, B&W P5 headphones and more. Within his editorial titled MQA, Ambisonics, And Trifield 3D, Noel Keywood says, "The latter part of 2015 was auspicious for hi-fi. Chord Electronics announced their Mojo DAC based on a UK designed DAC chip that leads all others globally and Meridian announced MQA. Both events were held with panache in London's Shard tower too – not a faceless suburban factory. And the glitz was justified. MQA is a digital file that assures the quality of the audio packed within. Whilst Meridian founder and digital expert Bob Stuart outlined it only in general terms at the Shard press conference, we are now told a separate company has been set up to market MQA to the music industry and outside world, headed up by Bob. Meridian the hardware company, as it were, continues selling hi-end audio of course, and developing product. It also has a fair amount of involvement in – and business with – Jaguar / Land Rover, specifying and supplying in-car audio, including a surround-sound encoding scheme called Trifield audio that was another of Bob Stuart's interests way back in the 1970s, alongside Ambisonics, to which it is related. If you buy a Range Rover Sport you get Trifield 3D surround technology, I was told by Richard Hollingshead of Meridian, when he visited us to talk about Meridian and MQA recently. He also explained how large JLR are and the effort they put into installing top quality audio into their vehicles: it sounded daunting. All of which is to get Meridian's new Signature Reference CD player we review on p58 into the broader context of the world from which it comes. It also illustrates UK audio isn't dead yet." See what's within this issue of Hi-Fi World at this link.

 

 

Futuresource Consulting
Music Market Celebrates Strongest Performance in Years

Futuresource Consulting: Music Market Celebrates Strongest Performance in YearsFuturesource Consulting's latest global music market report cites 2015 as the most successful year the music market had seen in 15 years, based on year-on-year performance. Global consumer spend across packaged, subscription and pay-per downloads grew by 5% to reach almost $19 billion, primarily fuelled by the growth in streaming music subscription services, which accounted for one quarter of all music market spend. "Continued growth in the overall music market is expected over the forecast period, with streaming subscriptions set to account for 70% of consumer spend by 2020," commented David Sidebottom, Principal Analyst at Futuresource Consulting. "Many countries including the USA, UK, Germany and Japan, witnessed healthy growth of around 5% in 2015, with only a few key countries reporting a decline. However, all markets remain significantly lower than at their peak in the early 2000's." Whilst most streamed music consumption worldwide is still free, consumer spend from streaming music subscriptions reached almost $5 billion in 2015, growth of almost 70% year-on-year. With over 60 million on-demand streaming music subscribers worldwide, such services are steadily becoming more established. Although the shift to streaming music subscription is a global phenomenon, the variance of this rate of change is significant by country. Approaching 70% of consumer spend on music in the USA is digital and almost 85% in Sweden. However, in other developed markets such as Germany and Japan, packaged music, namely CD, still dominates, accounting for approximately 70% of spend in these countries.

 

04 / 26 / 16

AXPONA 2016 Show Report By Enjoy the Music.com

AXPONA 2016 Show Report
Scaena Iso-Linear Array Large Floorstanding Speakers

Triangle Art, ModWright, Eggleston Works, Skogrand, And Massif Audio Design

 

Furutech Schuko Sockets, DeMag Alpha, Destat III And Alpha Nano Cables
Furutech Schuko Sockets, DeMag Alpha, Destat III And Alpha Nano CablesFurutech's new line of top-end power connectors and Schuko sockets features their NCF sound enhancing material plus they have a new Nanoflux cable series too. Furutech's NCF connector and socket series will be incorporated into select Furutech products. Nano Crystal² Formula is comprised of a special crystalline material that has two "active" properties. First, it generates negative ions that eliminate static and secondly, it converts thermal energy into far-infrared. Furutech then combines this crystalline material with nano-sized ceramic particles and carbon powder for their additional "Piezo Effect" damping properties. The resulting Nano Crystal² Formula is the company's ultimate electrical and mechanical damping material. Also new is Furutech's improved DeMag Alpha that completely demagnetizes LPs and optical disc media such as CD, CD-R, DVD, MD, Game CD, Photo CD, SACD, and DVD Audio with 20% increased demagnetization power than the original DeMag. The new stylish DeMagα also features touch panel technology for ease of use. Furutech's Destat III is incredibly easy to use as it removes dust and static charge from audio/video media in just one 15 second treatment – now with 30% more zapping power. High performance enthusiasts know that static charges on analog and optical media -- LPs, CDs and DVDs – can lead to distracting noise and compromised sound. Simply place your media on the Destat III or hold it over your media of choice and press one button! The powerful fan removes dust while the Destat III's Balanced Ion Flow Generator – releasing just the right balance of positive and negative ions – eliminates static. Lastly, Furutech's Alpha Nano-Au-Ag OCC is one of the company's best conductors that their engineers have found for sound reproduction. The new technology used in the highly specialized manufacturing process of this ultra-high performance Nanoflux-NCF power cable and Nanoflux speaker cable combines Furutech's world renowned Alpha- OCC conductors with extremely effective signal transmission enhancer, Nano Liquid, to create Nano-Au-Ag conductors. Nano Liquid's molecules are so tiny (8 nano-meters in diameter (8/1000000mm) they cover the Alpha-OCC surface and "fill up" any concave-convex sections left on the conductor surface during the production process. This is claimed to increase the electric conduction area and debasing impedance. The very precise mix of gold and silver super-micro particles and amount of dispersing Squalene oil used on the conductor is said to have an influence on the sound reproduction.

 

Industry News 15 Years Ago
The Home Entertainment Association

T.H.E. AssociationBringing the world's first true gateway - all purpose website for both specialty audio manufactures and consumers is The Home Entertainment Association (T.H.E. Association). Headed by Mike Maloney, previous owner of Scientific Fidelity loudspeakers and now heads the yearly T.H.E. Show in Las Vegas, manufactures will have the ability for a complete listing and making changes as necessary though Member Login and password, discuss various topics with others within the industry, etc. T.H.E. Association will also offer all users special discounts and rebates from airfare to rental cars and more. A Global database offers business to connect with dealers, distributors, manufacturers, suppliers and much more. An Online Marketplace will assist with everything from hardware to human resource solutions. For a small monthly fee consumers will have the opportunity to seek out detailed information about manufactures including names, address, phone number, website address and much more. Furthermore, a unique customizable search engine will allow consumers to seek out companies who make specific products within a specified range. Industry individuals such as business consultants, clubs, societies, dealers, distributor, expos/shows, association, manufacturers (and their representatives), press, those involved with recording, retail consultant, custom installers and suppliers each have their own sections within The Home Entertainment Association website.

 

04 / 25 / 16

High-End Audio Is Dead! Or Is It?
<<<REWIND<<<
High-End Audio Is Dead! Or Is It?
Article By Steven R. Rochlin

 

AXPONA 2016 Show Report By Enjoy the Music.com

AXPONA 2016 Show Report
ELAC Uni-Fi UB5 Monitor Speakers Designed By Andrew Jones

Audio By Van Alstine, Salk Signature Sound And OPPO

Cavalli Audio, Chad Kassem, Sota, Expressimo, And McIntosh

AURALiC ALTAIR Streaming DAC And Network Audio Player

 

Aries Cerat Diana Forte And Diana Mezzo Vacuum Tube Amplification
Aries Cerat Diana Forte And Diana Mezzo Vacuum Tube AmplificationHigh-end audio company Aries Cerat new Diana Forte and Diana Mezzo adds to this company's line of excellent vacuum tube gear. Their completion in the Diana Series of amplification includes the introduction of two new models consisting of the Diana Forte SET stereo amplifier and the Diana Mezzo Class A preamplifier (€18,000 and €12,000 respectively). The two models share the majority of circuits with Aries Cerat Diana integrated and technically is a two chassis improved version of the integrated. Their Diana Forte stereo power amplifier circuits are based on the Diana Integrated amplifier output and driver stages. The Output stage is scaled up to deliver a true 60 watts of SET magic per channel. The parallel SET output stage is built around the 813 DHT big bottle tube. This, in turn, drives an oversized core OPT constructed using special winding techniques to deliver wide bandwidth at full power. The 814 DHT tube is loaded by a special quality double-C core bifilar winded inter-stage transformer. Output stage PSU is a dual completely separate set of choke-filtered capacitor banks using Aries Cerat's unique SuperCaps with ESL and ESR parameters said to be 100 times lower than any film or electrolytic capacitor. All tubes can be biased and monitored on the fly as well as can be matched using the Diana Forte as a stripped-down tube tester. Aries Cerat's Diana Mezzo is an improved version of the Diana Integrated's preamplifier stage. At its heart, the Diana Mezzo is an SET amplifier boasting an 814 Direct Heated thoriated tungsten DHT. The output transformer is a double-C amorphous core, bifilar winded OPT while signal attenuation is performed by a relay-switched array of resistors in a shunt/ladder hybrid mode. There are a pair of Xenon gas rectifiers that are used as rectifiers of the high voltage PSU. Filament PSUs are quadruple filtered using a cascade of choke/resistor-cap pi filters providing very low noise floor for the sensitive filaments of the DHTs. Signal bandwidth is from 10Hz to 120kHz (-3dB).

 

04 / 24 / 16

Lone Star Audio Fest 2016 In Texas Features Dealers, Manufacturers & DIY
Lone Star Audio Fest 2016 In Texas Features Dealers, Manufacturers & DIYLone Star Audio Fest 2016 is a modest American high-end audio event that will take place April 29th through May 1, 2016 in Dallas, Texas at the Embassy Suites Dallas Park Central hotel. This 12th annual LSAF promises to be a treat for the ears and eyes featuring Hi-Fi systems from established brands, entrepreneurial startups, and advanced DIY/makers. Thanks in part to the southern hospitality of its founder, organizers, and exhibitors, LSAF is an intimate friendly event for audiophiles and music lovers seeking to explore the joyful limits of music reproduction. Stereo systems ranging from personal desktop sized all the way to six-foot tall 200+ pound benchmarks will be demonstrated and admission is free to the public. LSAF invites lingering demonstrations and personal connection between exhibitors and show goers. Manufacturers and dealers showcase some of the industries' most exquisite Hi-Fi sources, amplification, and speakers. A DIYer contingent is on hand to show off their latest achievements including technologies outside the mainstream and enabling components like engineered driver sets, enclosures, and PCBs. Individual enthusiasts and audio clubs host rooms for the simple joys of camaraderie centered on music and fine hi-fi. In total, approximately 11 exhibit rooms have been confirmed to date.

 

04 / 23 / 16

AXPONA Achieves Record Attendance And Exhibitor Participants
AXPONA Achieves Record Attendance And Exhibitor ParticipantsJD Events, dedicated to the creation of targeted and innovative industry-leading events that deliver results, has announced that AXPONA 2016 welcomed 5934 attendees and 400 exhibitors to the Westin O'Hare in Rosemont, IL, April 15th through 17th, 2016. Attendance was up 16% over 2015 with 137 students at the show as part of the new Student Day Program. AXPONA offered music lovers, audiophiles, and musicians three jam-packed days of incredible sounds, technology, seminars, live music and the very latest products in the industry. In addition to a series of special events, live concerts and educational seminars, attendees had the opportunity to experience the very best in sound in 111 listening rooms by top manufacturers in the industry. In all, more than 400 leading manufacturers, retailers and brands gathered at AXPONA, including Paragon Sight & Sound, Legacy Audio, Sennheiser Electronic Corporation, Music Direct, Acoustic Sounds Inc., and Nordost. "Overall, the 2016 show was a huge success with nearly 6000 attendees from around the globe, world class exhibitors, and new show highlights including the highly-anticipated Manufacturer's Showcase," said Steve Davis, AXPONA Founder. "We're excited to announce that rooms and exhibit space are already 75% sold out for 2017 and we look forward to bringing an even bigger and better show to Rosemont next year." AXPONA 2017 returns to the Westin O'Hare on April 21st through 23rd.

 

04 / 22 / 16

AXPONA 2016 Show Report By Enjoy the Music.com


AXPONA 2016 Show Report

Gershman Acoustics, Lamm, Oracle And Morrow Audio

Nordost, Pass Labs, Sonus Faber, Kubala*Sosna And AMG

Merrill Audio, Reference 3a, EMM Labs, Nordost And Stillpoints

Gershman Acoustics, Lamm, Oracle And Morrow Audio

Nordost, Pass Labs, Sonus Faber, Kubala*Sosna And AMG

Daedalus Audio DiD And ModWright Tryst Vacuum Tube Headphone Amplifier

Technics Grand Class SL-1200GAE Direct Drive Turntable

Well Audio And Danacables

Channel D Pure Music, Pure Vinyl, Seta L, Piccola Mk2, Plus Lynx Hilo And Music Hall MMF 9.3

Wilson Audio Alexia Speakers And Dan D'Agostino Master Audio Systems Progression Monoblock Amplifiers

Emotiva DC-1 DAC, SP-1 Pre, PA-1 Amp And Airmotiv B1 Speakers

KEF Blade Two, Ultimate 1 Bookshelf, And Muo Bluetooth Speaker

GIK Acoustics 4A Alpha Panels And Tri-Trap Corner Bass Traps

Kimber Kable AXIOS High-End Audio Headphone Cables 

Etymotic Research Releases Their ER4XR And ER4SR IEM

Friday Quickies
AXPONA 2016 Friday Show Report

Saturday Quickies
AXPONA 2016 Saturday Show Report

Ear Gear Expo 2016
AXPONA 2016 Ear Gear Expo Show Report
AXPONA 2016 Ear Gear Expo Show Report
Show Report By Dave Hanson

 

04 / 21 / 16

Lindemann audiotechnik Musicbook:DSD Handles Many Format Types
Lindemann audiotechnik Musicbook:DSD Handles Many Format TypesLindemann audiotechnik is known to be a specialist for excellent digital sources. With the upcoming Musicbook:DSD, this German manufacturer is going to launch a new generation of their Musicbook: line at HIGH END 2016 in Munich. For this purpose, both the converters Musicbook:10 and 15 plus streamers Musikbook:20 and 25 were revised in significant respects. Lindemann says these are the world's first high-end devices offer a feature combination that includes re-sampling of all digital source data (e.g. from CD, streamer, USB interface, digital inputs and even Bluetooth plus DSD 256; with subsequent conversion of the DSD signal in the Pure Path mode. Lindemann says that sonic gains of the new converter architecture is dramatic: greater dynamics, more vivid timbres and a new, totally "life-like" atmosphere which closely resembles an analogue reproduction (with far better resolution). The already comprehensive feature set of the Musicbook digital sources is supplemented by Bluetooth aptX and a USB audio port up to 384kHz and DSD 256. The streaming platform can now process DSD files in the .dff and .dsf formats. Moreover, Lindemann has integrated convenient multi-playlists, the TIDAL online catalog and a new radio and podcast provider. The Lindemann apps for Android and iOS were also further optimized. The new Lindemann Musicbook:DSDs will replace the previous Musicbook models.

 

04 / 20 / 16

T.H.E. Show Newport 2016 To Be Held June 3rd Through 5th
T.H.E. Show Newport 2016 Show ReportThe Home Entertainment Show Newport (T.H.E Show) 2016 marks the sixth year of this informative, fun, and relaxing southern California event. T.H.E. Show Newport 2016 will be held at The Hotel Irvine in California from June 3rd through 5th, with a special VIP and Press Day being June 2nd. Visitors to T.H.E. Show Newport can visit the Headphonium exhibitors, the Marketplace, Vinyl, CD, and Accessories vendors all in one location-a giant 15,000 sq. ft. Grand Ballroom within the center of the Hotel Irvine. A very special event in 2016 is a memorial to Richard Beers, who was the President of T.H.E. Show and passed away this year. Attendees of T.H.E. Show Newport 2016 can enjoy gourmet food trucks, a giant high-end auto show, live entertainment day and night, wine tasting, and many more popular educational seminars orchestrated by the Los Angeles and Orange County Audio Society (LAOCAS). T.H.E. Show Newport 2016 is inviting special VIP and members of the press to their Preview Day open by invitation only. You will need to register to secure your free spot to T.H.E. Show Newport! Preview day is Thursday, June 2nd. This is T.H.E. Show's 2nd annual Preview Day, dedicated to Press & VIP attendees. This is a great free opportunity for all those wishing to spend exclusive time with exhibitors before the crowds swarm the rooms on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Over 250+ companies have already signed up! Main event is open to the public June 3rd through 5th, 2016. T.H.E. Show Newport will provide you with a preliminary list of participating exhibitors a couple weeks prior and also with a confirmed list of room #s upon your arrival. Whichever dates you plan to attend between June 2nd and 5th, please be sure to Register for T.H.E. Show Newport as soon as possible. This will secure your pre-registration as a VIP/Press member giving you access to T.H.E. Show Newport exhibit rooms and booths on all four days. You can also check out their Facebook event page at this link. You can enjoy Enjoy the Music.com's T.H.E. Show Newport 2015 coverage here.

 

Industry News 15 Years Ago
Academy Advancing High Performance Audio & Video
The Academy Advancing High Performance Audio & Video (AAHPAV) seems to have been docile for the past few years or so now appear to have completely disappeared. The AAHPAV is known for their "Golden Note Award" where their members consistently look as though they voted for other favored members. Due a variety of situations, the AAHPAV has been suffering over the years. Their website registration expired on February 12, 2001 without a mere $30 or so to renew it and is now completely offline. This may not be a great loss as the website itself, when available earlier this year, apparently suffered from a lack of updating for approximately a year. Furthermore, calling the AAHPAV yesterday has resulted in hearing a recording that the telephone number is disconnected. Three years ago the AAHPAV did offer various seminars at a consumer show, and then continued this program the following year. Sadly, the AAHPAV never became an influential presence within the electronics industry nor a veritable voice representing the high-end to congress or other important public venues as the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is today. This situation leaves no single voice for the high-end, though it could be argued that the AAHPAV might not have ever truly represented the high-end in a meaningful and productive way to help progress the visibility of the industry as a whole. Creative Director of Enjoy the Music.com, Steven R. Rochlin, appears to be the only press member to have attended all the excellent AAHPAV seminars both years and earned a Masters Degree.

 

04 / 19 / 16

Montreal Salon Audio // Audio Fest 2016 Show Report
Part 3: Montréal Salon Audio // Audio Fest 2016 Show Report
Montreal Audio Fest Show Report By Rick Becker

 

AXPONA 2016 Ear Gear Expo
AXPONA 2016 Ear Gear Expo Show Report
AXPONA 2016 Ear Gear Expo Show Report
Show Report By Dave Hanson

 

04 / 18 / 16

AURALiC ALTAIR Streaming DAC / Network Digital Audio Player
AURALiC ALTAIR Streaming DAC / Network Digital Audio PlayerAURALIC has just introduced their new ALTAIR Streaming DAC (starting at $1800). The ALTAIR can act as an easy-to-use Home Music Center with more than 15 input sources including: Streaming Inputs: Network Shared Folder (NAS), USB drive, Internal music storage (optional), uPnP/DLNA media server, TIDAL and Qobuz streaming, Internet Radio, AirPlay, Bluetooth, Songcast and RoonReady; Digital Inputs: AES/EBU, S/PDIF coaxial, optical TosLink, USB device to computer, 2 USB host for storage and DAC, RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11b/g/n/ac tri-band Wi-Fi. The ALTAIR Streaming DAC utilizes AURALiC's award-winning Lightning technology. Launched in 2014, Lightning is the audio industry's first streaming technology that supports DXD and Quad-Rate DSD playback through a Wi-Fi network. It also offers several new and advanced features such as Gapless Playback, On-Device Playlist and Multiple-Room functions, as part of AURALiC's ongoing program of offering regular upgrades that download in the background. Memory Playback, the latest feature added to to the Lightning streaming technology, allows the ALTAIR to fetch and cache the entire track in its memory or system storage in advance to improve the sound quality, and also play locally without the need of network data transfer. Using Lightning DS, you can also stream TIDAL, Qobuz and listen to Internet Radio at any time. ALTAIR's AirPlay, Songcast and Bluetooth functions provide alternative ways to stream your favorite music from Apple Music, Spotify and other service providers through your smartphone or computer. ALTAIR's streaming function, operated by AURALiC's Lightning DS control App, is available on iOS platforms right now, with Mac and Windows versions in development. It is also compatible with other 3rd party OpenHome or UPnP control software for playback. ALTAIR also works as a RoonReady endpoint to use with Roon software, bringing you a new way to discover and listen to music.

 

04 / 16 / 16

AXPONA 2016 Show Report
AXPONA 2016 Show Report (Audio Expo North America)
Coverage By Enjoy the Music.com

 

04 / 14 / 16

47 Labs 4706 Gaincard And 4700 Power Humptye Review
<<< Rewind <<<
47 Labs 4706 Gaincard And 4700 Power Humptye
Everything you know is wrong... or... I was fooled by mainstream audio gurus.
Review By Steven R. Rochlin

 

Industry News 10 Years Ago
Texas Instruments License Pass Labs SuperSymmetry

Pass LabsPass Labs has announced that Texas Instruments has purchased a non-exclusive license to United States patent 5,376,899. Specifically, the amplifier topology, marketed by Pass under the tradename "SuperSymmetry," which provides a means of achieving high performance with balanced symmetric feedback and minimal gain stages. SuperSymmetry has been the basis for amplifiers marketed by Pass since the 1998 introduction of the X-1000, a 1000 watt power amplifier using only two gain stages - differential input transistors driving complementary power output transistors. Inventor Nelson Pass said, "The beauty of the design lies in the combination of power and simplicity. We believe that the highest quality sound is achieved with a simple gain path, and SuperSymmetry gives us high performance with minimal complexity and negative feedback."

 

04 / 13 / 16

Record Store Day 2016 On April 16th Will Bring Many New Releases
Record Store Day 2016 On April 16 Will Bring Many New ReleasesEnjoy the Music.com proudly supports and now presents to you the special releases planned for Record Store Day 2016. Taking place on April 16th at your local record store are special event and releases on vinyl LP, cassette tape and more! The list of titles being released will be available only at record stores (and later eBay and Amazon via resellers). This year there is a very handy PDF that you can use as a shopping/wish list. The Record Store Day website will be updated as things progress. There are a variety of categories on the Record Store Day list. They include:

RECORD STORE DAY EXCLUSIVE RELEASES. Exclusively available on Record Store Day at Record Store Day participating stores. Will not be available anywhere else in the same format.

RECORD STORE DAY LIMITED RUN/REGIONAL FOCUS RELEASES. Also exclusively available on Record Store Day at Record Store Day participating stores, but may not be distributed nationally, or the quantities of these titles are EXTREMELY limited. 1000 and under and WAY under 1000 in some cases. We felt it was only right to put them on a special sub-list, so that everyone is clear on the odds.

RECORD STORE DAY FIRST RELEASE. These are titles that you can find on Record Store Day at Record Store Day participating stores. So if you're a fan of the artist, you get first listen. At some point in the future, generally four to six weeks, these titles will be available at other retailers.

INTERNATIONAL LISTS. Please understand that the Record Store Days does not control what gets released in which countries. Someday, every release will be available everywhere without issues but that day is not today. Meanwhile, below are PDFs to the list of releases set for April 16th, 2016.

BELGIUM: HERE 
CANADA: HERE
FRANCE: HERE  
GERMANY: HERE 
ITALY: HERE
MEXICO: HERE
NETHERLANDS: HERE
SPAIN: 
HERE
UK: HERE
USA: HERE

 

04 / 12 / 16

IFPI Global Music Report 2016: Online Streaming Overtakes Physical Media
IFPI Global Music Report 2016: Online Streaming Overtakes Physical MediaAccording to the just-released IFPI Global Music Report 2016, global music revenues increase 3.2% as digital revenues overtake physical for the first time. Digital sales contribute 45% of industry revenues; overtake physical's 39% share. Streaming revenues up 45.2%, helping to drive 3.2% global growth. Music consumption is "exploding globally", but the "value gap" is the biggest brake on sustainable revenue growth for artists and record labels. The global music market achieved a key milestone in 2015 when digital became the primary revenue stream for recorded music, overtaking sales of physical formats for the first time. Digital revenues now account for 45% of total revenues, compared to 39% for physical sales. IFPI's Global Music Report 2016 also reported a 10.2% rise in digital revenues to $6.7 billion, with a 45.2% increase in streaming revenue more than offsetting the decline in downloads and physical formats. Total industry revenues grew 3.2% to $15 billion, leading to the industry's first significant year-on-year growth in nearly two decades. Digital revenues now account for more than half the recorded music market in 19 markets. However, there is a fundamental weakness underlying this recovery. Music is being consumed at record levels, but this explosion in consumption is not returning a fair remuneration to artists and record labels. This is because of a market distortion resulting in a "value gap" which is depriving artists and labels of a fair return for their work. "After two decades of almost uninterrupted decline, 2015 witnessed key milestones for recorded music: measurable revenue growth globally; consumption of music exploding everywhere; and digital revenues overtaking income from physical formats for the first time," said IFPI Chief Executive Frances Moore. "They reflect an industry that has adapted to the digital age and emerged stronger and smarter. "This should be great news for music creators, investors and consumers. But there is good reason why the celebrations are muted: it is simply that the revenues, vital in funding future investment, are not being fairly returned to rights holders. The message is clear and it comes from a united music community: the value gap is the biggest constraint to revenue growth for artists, record labels and all music rights holders. Change is needed - and it is to policy makers that the music sector looks to effect change." Since Enjoy the Music.com is high-end audio's official Press Center and the industry's leading provider of information, we want our readers and other magazines to take advantage of this data by reading the entire report in PDF form at this link.

 

Astell&Kern Debuts AKT1 Hi-Res Music System At Williams McCall Gallery
Astell&Kern Debuts AKT1 At Williams McCall GalleryAstell&Kern is debuting their Hi-Res Music for the home at Williams McCall Gallery in Miami Beach on April 16th. This is part of Williams McCall Gallery's opening reception for Expanse 3.0, An Exploration Of The Uncharted Urban. Williams McCall Gallery is featuring the Astell&Kern AKT1 All In One Hi-Res Sound System which contains everything a person needs to listen to high resolution audio in a single, sleek modern unit that saves space and looks great anywhere. The AKT1 includes speakers, amplifier, and high resolution audio decoding in one unit so you can have audiophile quality high resolution audio playback without the need for multiple components and large speakers. "We are delighted to provide the exhibit space for such a great innovation in music," said Gail Williams, owner of Williams McCall Gallery. "Our gallery has always been known for the introduction of cutting edge works, so we felt the blend of the newest in music technology was a natural. People who love art, love the best in quality music." Owen Kwon, President of Astell&Kern, said "We deeply appreciate the partnership with such a prestigious gallery as Williams McCall Gallery. The excitement of their exhibits express the passion we bring to the music world. This marriage of art and music is all about providing the public with the best of what life has to offer." The Expanse 3.0 exhibit includes the following participating artists - Emil Bodourov, Debbie Carfagno, Rolande Ciciurel, Alfredo Garcia, Clare Kowalewski, Roxanne Layton, Maitejosune, Nicole Martin, David McCauley, Amy Musto, and Beatricia Sagar.

 

Classé Audio 2200i Powerful 200 Watt Integrated Amplifier
Classé Audio 2200i Powerful 200 Watt Integrated AmplifierClassé Audio has announced their Sigma 2200i, which is a new 200 watt stereo integrated amplifier ($5500). By connecting the output of the 2200i's preamp section DSP directly to the input of the amplifier DSP, Classé eliminates DAC and ADC conversion losses and their associated analog circuitry's noise and distortion. That's said to be the secret to the powerful performance / price ratio delivered by the exciting new Sigma 2200i stereo integrated amplifier. By keeping digital signals digital all the way to the amplifier output filter, Classé Audio shortens the signal path, avoids losses and eliminates digital-to-analog converters (DAC) and analog-to-digital converters (ADC) as well as their associated analog circuits. The front-end consists of the stereo portion of a Sigma SSP, including inputs for USB types A and B, Ethernet for streaming AirPlay and DLNA, S/PDIF coax, TosLink optical, analog inputs for balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA and an optional phonostage (as in the CP-800 and Sigma SSP). Classé has also included four HDMI inputs, adding convenience for users with AV sources like set top boxes, Blu-ray players, etc. A touchscreen control provides familiar features like digital domain Tone Control, 9-band PEQ per channel and flexible bass management. The Subwoofer output is derived from the only DAC onboard. IP control includes Android and iOS apps.

 

CANADA HiFi April Issue Is Available Online For Free
CANADA HiFi April / May 2016Enjoy the Music.com has just posted the latest issue of CANADA HiFi magazine! This issue features special articles including Twenty Innovative Technology Products and Tech Toys, Ten Tips For Tuning Your Turntable For the Spring plus The Origins and History of Punk Music Part 2. Reviews is this issue include Zavfino 1877 Phono ZV-5 turntable + Aeshna tonearm, Epson Powerlite Pro Cinema LS10000 3LCD projector, MOON by Simaudio Neo 2800 streaming DSD DAC with MiND, and Skogrand SCI Tchaikovsky interconnect cables. Within his editorial titled CANADA HiFi Exciting Evolutionary Step Forward, Suave Kajko says "Spring is in the air and I'm ecstatic to announce that CANADA HiFi is about to make a very exciting evolutionary step forward - something that has been a vision for the last couple of years. This fall, our publication will begin to offer an expanded amount of technology content in every issue, while improving the delivery of existing HiFi and home theater topics. To celebrate this new direction, the magazine will receive a fresh new look and a shiny new name. I hope that you will be pleasantly surprised and entertained by what you'll see!" You can see what's within this issue of CANADA HiFi and download your FREE copy at this link.

 

04 / 10 / 16

ex & Audio A clear case of discrimination! Article By Peter Mapp, PhD, FASA, FAES
Sex & Audio
A clear case of discrimination!
Article By Peter Mapp, PhD, FASA, FAES

 

04 / 08 / 16

High-End Audio's Official AXPONA Press Center: Now Live w/Daily Updates
AXPONA 2016 Show Report Press Releases by Enjoy the Music.comEnjoy the Music.com is high-end audio's official press center for AXPONA 2016. We bring both our readers and journalists worldwide important information they crave. We're offering press releases from high-end audio and Hi-Res Audio manufacturers taking part at AXPONA 2016. We proudly offer audiophiles and music lovers AXPONA 2016 press releases and images to learn more about all the great advancements within consumer electronics technology showcased at AXPONA 2016 that can bring many hours of joyous music that fits your personal lifestyle. AXPONA 2016 will be held from April 15th through 17th in Rosemont, IL, and the below press releases focus on high resolution music and high-end audio consumer electronics gear. Enjoy the Music.com is the industry's leader in providing you the tools and information needed to get the very best in musical enjoyment within your home, car, and portable / mobile devices. See Enjoy the Music.com's extensive AXPONA 2016 Press Center and show coverage at this link.

 

04 / 07 / 16

Merrill Audio Cara Stereo Preamplifier Provides High-End Balanced Inputs
Merrill Audio Cara Stereo Preamplifier Provides High-End Balanced InputsMerrill Audio Advanced Technology Labs new wide bandwidth, high performance Cara stereo preamplifier ($3500) is now available. Said to provide a new level of control and performance for a preamplifier price point, the Cara has a frequency response from 8 Hz to 200kHz within 0.1dB. The Cara preamplifier employs a circuit design with the goal of delivering exceptional detail and astonishing realism with excellent control. Using transformer-like circuits that achieve CMRR of a balance transformer with the gain, drive and bandwidth of active circuitry, Merrill Audio's Cara seeks to bring a new level of input line noise rejection and output line noise reduction. Employing an active gain control circuit design for the volume control, the Cara preamplifier achieves a very wide range of attenuation and gain, ranging from -99 to + 15 dB allowing for volume control of high output DACs and low output phonostages, all in 0.5dB steps. Offering dual independently set outputs, the Cara is excellent for bi-amplifying and monitoring with each output capable of having a difference of up to 115 dB from the other. Each of the four balanced XLR inputs have independent preset gain settings that allow normalizing of the different inputs. Each input pre-set allows a +/- 12dB setting and in combination allows input variations of up to 48dB to be normalized. A large LED display allows easy viewing of channel volume and information. The display brightness can be set with 9 brightness level and Off, plus has delayed dimming and turn of. Further control on your system is provided with a Max Volume setting, Min Volume Setting, Remote Trigger for on/off of other components. All setting is saved in permanent memory and full configurable with the remote. Using an external power supply, the Cara preamplifiers seems like a Passive Volume controls and its high current output drives long cables with ease. Input impedance is at 100k Ohms are a very easy load to any source component. Signal to noise ration is 110dB with a total harmonic distortion of 0.002%. 

 

 

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