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02 / 21 / 19

How A Vinyl Record Is Made
VIDEO: How A Vinyl Record Is Made
Quality Record Pressings / Acoustic Sounds vinyl LP pressing plant tour.
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.
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02 / 20 / 19

Mytek Brooklyn Bridge
Florida Audio Expo 2019 show in Tampa, Florida.
Mytek brought their new Brooklyn Bridge ($2995) to Florida Audio Expo 2019, which is basically identical to Brooklyn DAC+ in terms of audio circuits and performance. The addition of a built-in Network Streamer brings the unit to modern standards. This also means the AES/EBU digital input was replaced with an Ethernet network connector plus there's a Wi-Fi antenna and a USB port for external music hard drive.
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MBL, United Home Audio, And Wireworld
Florida Audio Expo 2019 show in Tampa, Florida.
MBL North America was at Florida Audio Expo with a complete system i've heard many times in various forms. Nothing much has really changed, as you need massive power to drive these speakers, with powered subwoofers needed for true deep bass production.
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Audioengine A2+ Wireless Bluetooth Computer Speakers
Audioengine's A2+ Wireless Speakers ($269 per pair) were designed for your desktop with Class AB monolithic analog power amplifiers built inside the left speaker. Audioengine home speakers utilize Bluetooth aptX for up to 100 feet of wireless signal transmission without drop-outs. Connect any way you like: Wireless or wired, digital or analog. A2+ works seamlessly with all your favorite audio players and streaming music services via this variety of inputs. Amplification is rated at 60 Watt peak power total (15 Watt RMS / 30W peak per channel). Drivers are a 2.75" aramid fiber midrange/woofer and 0.75" silk dome tweeter to produce a frequency responce from 65Hz to 22kHz (+/-2dB). Inputs include 3.5mm stereo mini-jack, RCA, USB, and Bluetooth 5.0. Wireless setup takes about a minute and no apps to download or wi-fi passwords to enter as this is a simply Bluetooth design. There's a variable RCA line-out to feed subwoofer(s) or other speakers too. Internal digital-to-analog converter is CSR8670 that handles up to only 16 bits at up to 48kHz native. Speaker dimensions are 6" x 4" x 5.25" (HxWxD).

 

 

Cirrus Logic CS35L41 Amplifier For Portable Devices
Listening to music, streaming video and gaming on smartphones just got better with a boost from Cirrus Logic's (NASDAQ: CRUS) latest boosted smart audio amplifier. The Cirrus Logic CS35L41 smart power amplifier is designed to support the growing trend toward stereo audio in smartphones and portable audio devices. It delivers enriched audio clarity and loudness with advanced power management, all in a small package – nearly half the size of other leading DSP smart amps. By tackling the complex engineering challenges inherent in mobile stereo audio design, Cirrus Logic enables OEMs of smartphone and battery-powered portable devices to introduce a markedly improved audio listening experience for both mono and stereo applications, while conserving battery life. Cirrus Logic's CS35L41 11-volt boosted Class D audio amplifier with DSP, complemented with Cirrus Logic's SoundClear Playback software, improves audio quality and increases the loudness of smartphone speaker output while protecting the speaker using both hardware and software techniques. Its advanced battery management system and predictive algorithms adapt to changing audio, speaker and battery conditions to minimize power consumption and battery current, without sacrificing audio performance. This new smart power amplifier also uses 55 nm process technology, the most advanced for this class of amplifiers, resulting in a tiny, 5.64 mm2 space-saving WLCS package. This is important to OEMs who want to include a two-speaker design, as well as pack in as many new features and functions as possible. The core of the Cirrus Logic CS35L41 features a 5.3-Watt digital input, mono Class D amplifier with the lowest noise and idle power consumption in its class. An integrated 11-volt Class H DC-DC converter boosts the supply voltage and maintains higher efficiency than other audio power amplifiers relying on Class G boost regulators. By adaptively tracking the audio level, the Class H boost converter helps improve system efficiency, minimizes power dissipation and preserves battery life.

 

 

02 / 19 / 19

Falcon, Primare, Dr. Feickert, MoFi, Cardas, Qobuz And Solidsteel
Florida Audio Expo 2019 show in Tampa, Florida.
Ravishingly retro are the famous LS3/5 speakers, and here at Florida Audio Expo 2019 this incarnation of Falcon LS3/5a loudspeakers did not disappoint. Perhaps one of, if not the most famous small monitor to come out of the legendary BCC, Falcon's LS3/5a two-way small monitor brings back the original designer / engineer for a modern go at this decades old classic.
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Aqua Audio, Cardas, Doshi, Innus, & Joseph Audio
Florida Audio Expo 2019 show in Tampa, Florida.
Here's another great example of how small speakers can sound far larger than most would expect. Jeff Joseph of Joseph Audio has a way with speakers and crossover designs that bring about excellent sound quality. Their room at the Florida Audio Expo 2019 was very impressive, with front-end being either reel-to-reel or digital audio from show sponsor Qobuz.
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Vanatoo: Loudspeaker Technology Serving Art
Florida Audio Expo 2019 show in Tampa, Florida.
If you're seeking big sound in a small package, or perhaps a modest system for the office, then Vanatooo might be perfect for you. Vanatoo is a lifelong dream for engineers Gary Gesellchen and Rick Kernen, with their love for audio and technology. Their expertise in acoustics and digital electronics, plus product development and manufacturing, is why Vanatoo products are extremely well designed.
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Audio Research Trade Up! Program For USA
Audio Research is proud to announce a special program allowing Audio Research Owners in the USA to participate in the new Trade Up! program. The program offers owners of qualified Audio Research products trade-in values up to 75% of their MSRP when traded-in toward new Audio Research products. Audio Research products are of the highest quality and can retain high value on the secondary market, emphasized as current owners are able to receive up to 75% of their original MSRP buying price. Contact your participating US Audio Research Dealer for more details on the Trade Up! Program, noting this promotional offer is valid until May 31, 2019 and limited to USA-based dealers.

 

 

02 / 18 / 19

Nola Speakers & Sweet Home Audio
Electrocompaniet, Rogue Audio & Wireworld
Florida Audio Expo 2019 show in Tampa, Florida.

Here was a fun room hosted by loudspeaker manufacturer Nola, plus Sweet Home Audio located in casual 'n' fun Clearwater, Florida. Critically-acclaimed loudspeaker company Nola makes excellent loudspeakers from large floorstanders to small stand-mounted speakers. Here at Florida Audio Expo 2019 their room sounded 'far bigger' than those small monitors would lead one to believe for such a small size. Will cut to the chase right up front as my notes say, "holy crap they sound big... up to a certain volume level".
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à la carte productions
Billy Bags, Bybee, Creek, DSA, Luminous Audio Technology, Ortofon, Spendor, Stein, Tweek Geek, Vienna Acoustics, And VPI.
Florida Audio Expo 2019 show in Tampa, Florida.
à la carte productions based out of Deland, Florida was being manned by David Sckolnik within their value room. This retail store had two great rooms at Florida Audio Expo 2019. The top-line Dynamic Sounds Associates ( DSA) room came fully prepared with Pre I linestage ($16,500) and large DSA Amp I monoblocks ($25,000 per pair) plus much more!
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Raven Audio Tube Amps & Speakers + Mytek Digital
Florida Audio Expo 2019 show in Tampa, Florida.
Raven Audio, widely known for their excellent vacuum tube amplification and cables, always pleases at shows. Here at Florida Audio Expo 2019 they brought their new line of loudspeakers! The front soundscape was lovely and deeeep, with the system being "overall fun to listen to" says my show report notes. Considering I listen to music over eight hours a day, it's crucial that an audio system not just be accurate, it also needs to be comfortably listenable for hour after hour.
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Abyss Headphones New AB-1266 Phi TC
The good folk at Abyss Headphones have just introduced their new AB-1266 Phi TC (Total Consciousness) stereo headphones. Newly designed 66mm planar magnetic speaker driver per side delivers the absolute highest resolution of any headphone the company has ever made. Proprietary planar magnetic transducer design (Patent Pending) is said to play effortless dynamics and low level details in the bass, mids, and highs with spacious sound outside of your head. Combined with their venerable AB-1266 headphone design, newly minted all aluminum frame and posh ear pads means the best headphones from the company to date. They've also added a few fine details to the aluminum headband to easily distinguish this TC version, as it's intricately machined design adds to the bold aesthetic. The two-tone black polymer ceramic finish along with the latest lambskin ear pads and cable accessories complete what many consider to be the World's finest headphone. Unique foamed aluminum sides are acoustically tuned to ABYSS' planar diaphragm for completely open sound. Magnetically adjustable positioning lets you fine tune acoustics and fit for your music, and you. Padded leather headband with head movement isolation properly distributes weight for hours of comfortable wear. These headphones are designed not to clamp your head, but rather float atop and loosely touch your ears (no problem with eye glasses). A nicely hand-crafted two-tone felt lined wooden box touts the Abyss Headphones logo secures all bits. Integrated resonance control ensures minimal added coloration. Custom colors are available to order. Frequency response is from 5Hz to 30kHz, impedance is 47 ohms nominal, flat phase, and a sensitivity of 88 dB/mW with less than than 1% distortion (less than 0.2% through ears most sensitive range). Abyss Headphones new AB-1266 Phi TC weigh 640 grams.

 

 

Pro-Ject Audio Systems DAC Box E Mobile
Pro-Ject's DAC Box E Mobile (€99) is the company's first endeavor into the portable audio market. It's a compact digital to analog converter (DAC) that elevates the sound performance of your modern portable audio devices. While designed to be used on the go, DAC Box E mobile can also be connected to a personal computer or laptop via the USB C input. It supports high resolution file formats up to 32-bit/192kHz and connects to any common headphones via the 3.5mm stereo headphone output. Pro-Ject's DAC Box E mobile receives power directly from the device it is attached to, so there are no additional battery packs to worry about. Frequency response is from 20Hz to 20kHz with a power output of >27mW (32 Ohm). THD+N is <0.01% @ 10mW 32 Ohm load with a SNR of >110dB.

 

 

02 / 16 / 19

Erbauliche's 324 Page Hardcover Book On Pipe Organs
Erbauliche's new hardcover book about pipe Organs ($150) spans 324 pages and is large format 11" x 14.6" (WxH). Erbauliche is an independent publishing house pursuing its mission of showcasing places, people and snapshots in time that would not be featured in tourist brochures or acknowledged by Hollywood. The pipe organ has been called the King of Instruments and has a long and rich history being used in many parts of the world as in worship services or in private school halls. Aside from their distinctive timbres, these amazing instruments are wonderfully ornate and astounding structures to behold, rising up and towering over congregations. Discover the surprising range of pipe organs in this comprehensive volume and the beautiful places they can found across the globe. This book features many high quality color photos of various pipe organs all across the world, and is printed on high quality paper. This book is a must-have for all classical music lovers and those who appreciate religious services that include the King of Instruments.

 

 

02 / 15 / 19

The Audio Company
Airtight, Clearaudio, Critical Mass, Esoteric, Kronos, Masterbuilt, VAC, And Von Schweikert.
Florida Audio Expo 2019 show in Tampa, Florida.
The Audio Company is a purveyor of hi-end luxury audio equipment, offering a wide range of innovative, high-quality audio equipment including speakers, preamps, turntables and accessories. Their room, located within the second floor, was one of the largest exhibit rooms at the Florida Audio Expo 2019. Having heard the VAC front-end amplification married to Von Schweikert speakers quite a few times at shows, this truly is a properly synergist system time and time again.
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Wrensilva Black Tiger Ltd. Ed. Console Turntable System
Wrensilva's Black Tiger limited edition stereo console ($3599) celebrates the company's special anniversary. This limited edition Loft in ebonized American Oak has special detailing exclusive to this series, with only 100 units being available. Modeled to the technical specifications of their classic Loft console, Black Tiger packs all the power and connectivity of our full size consoles into a much smaller footprint. Upholding Wrensilva values of thoughtful design and American craftsmanship united with high fidelity analog and streaming audio, the Loft record player console is equipped with a 300 Wpc Class D output via IcePower by Bang & Olufsen. Add in the turntable, state-of-the-art Sonos functionality, a 3.5mm audio jack, and RCA inputs ensures a wide variety of uses. Fully decoupled belt driven turntable features Wrensilva 1.178" dual layer wood and acrylic with split plinth construction. An OA2 precision Gimbal tonearm, Hurst 24v AC synchronous motor, 0.75" acrylic platter and Ortofon 2m Blue MM cartridge round out the turntable's design. Hand-selected and ebonized tiger-striped American oak hardwoord plus sculptural console base in naturally patinaed hand-welded steel bring a lovely look and feel. Optional matching speakers feature Wrensilva two-way bass reflex with a 6.5" Nomex cone midrange/woofer and 1" textile dome tweeter. Crossover frequency is 1700Hz and overall frequency response for the speakers are 44 Hz to 20 kHz. Wrensilva's Black Tiger Ltd. Ed. console turntable stereo system is available for purchase as a standalone unit that can be used with even the most demanding speakers on the market or for purchase as a complete package with matching Wrensilva Black Tiger Monitor speakers and speaker stands.

 

 

02 / 14 / 19

Fidelis AV, Harbeth, Luxman, Melco, And Ton Trager
Florida Audio Expo 2019 show in Tampa, Florida.
My listening notes have little here, perhaps the music sounded great and was too busy enjoying the music? Whatever the case, my feeble mind thinks the sound was politely British. Note to self, take better notes when you have to cover 40(!) room in a few days.
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Aurender, EMM Labs, GIK, Merrill Audio, And Muraudio
Florida Audio Expo 2019 show in Tampa, Florida.
Once again there must be something grat about the hotel's exhibit rooms that bring great sound, of course it is aided by great gear and music too. With Aurender and EMM Labs front-end gear combined with Merrill Audio's always-impressive amplification driving Muraudio's innovative speakers, hopes were high for excellent sound. And this room did not disappoint!
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Finally! True Hi-Res Lossless Music Via Qobuz
Qobuz, the world’s first and only certified Hi-Res (24-bit/up to 192kHz) streaming service, publicly launches today in the US. A hybrid streaming service and download store, Qobuz boasts approximately forty million CD-quality (16-bit) and millions of Hi-Res (up to 24-bit/192kHz) tracks, the largest available selection of Hi-Res streaming tracks anywhere. Since its launch in 2007 in Europe, where it is the streaming and download service of choice for true music connoisseurs looking for the highest possible quality, US audiophiles have been eagerly awaiting Qobuz’s arrival stateside. Qobuz is poised to capitalize on the modern developments making high quality audio available to a fast-widening audience looking for a higher-level listening experience. Improvements in bandwidth speed and Internet infrastructure and the introduction of affordable speakers and audio equipment represent an accessibility tipping point in the growing high-end audio market. Qobuz is on all app stores, and a summary of its features include streaming in up to 24-bit/192kHz true Hi-Res FLAC (about 29x the audio quality of MP3) with compatible gear. There's an option to stream and offline download an unlimited amount of music on all devices-including both mobile and desktop. Qobuz also offers a parallel Hi-Res Music download store with files for purchase allowing for options that flow substantial revenues back to creators- premium pricing for Hi-Res masters is a growth area for record labels. Thee are exclusive, curated, and in-depth editorial content. Deep metadata, complete digital booklets, interactive articles, reviews, and playlists in-app on every platform. Library spans all genres, including specialist areas like jazz and classical. A unique dynamic interface allows user-selected genre focus. Qobuz’ experts highlight music of interest based on user choices. Of course Roon version 1.6 integration is also available.

 

 

McIntosh Announces RS200 Wireless Loudspeaker System
McIntosh is proud to announce their new RS200 Wireless Loudspeaker System ($3000). Delivering room filling sound, the RS200 Wireless Loudspeaker System is McIntosh's next generation home audio wireless speaker. Designed for a modern streaming lifestyle, it comes packed with virtually everything needed to enjoy music streamed from handheld devices, stored online or a local computer, or played from legacy audio sources. McIntosh's RS200 offers 650 Watts of total power that is delivered to 8 drivers consisting of two 4" x 6" woofers, four 2" midranges and two 0.75" tweeters. In addition, a subwoofer output is included to connect an external powered subwoofer to further enhance low frequencies. As the RS200 can be placed in a variety of locations with unique sonic characteristics, a three-position EQ switch allows the EQ to be set based on the specific room and the user's listening preferences. McIntosh's RS200 comes loaded with several streaming options, including: Apple AirPlay 2; Bluetooth 5.0 with support for AAC, Qualcomm aptX HD for Hi-Res Music playback and Qualcomm aptX Low Latency for improved audio transmission speed to deliver sound in sync with visual media; DTS Play-Fi whole-home wireless audio; and DLNA support. There's also an audio-only HDMI input to connect to TVs that have Audio Return Channel (ARC) capabilities; an optical input to connect TVs without ARC as well as other digital sources; a USB Type-B input to play music from a Macintosh or Windows computer; and a 3.5mm AUX input for connecting analog sources. For enveloping home theater sound, connect a pair of McIntosh Play-Fi compatible RS100 Wireless Speakers (sold separately) to use as surround speakers.

 

 

Auris Audio Euterpe Stereo Headphone Amplifier
Auris Audio has just announced their new Euterpe (€1499) vacuum tube stereo headphone amplifier. Designed in a single-ended configuration, an integrated audiophile asynchronous DAC xMos / ESS Sabre allows you to use digital sources such as PC or mobile devices. Integrated within an artistic chassis, Euterpre is a headphone amplifier, DAC, preamplifier and stand, which gives you everything you've always dreamed of. Auris Audio headphone amplifiers have the original mechanical and electric conception which result in the high end sound quality. Deep sound-stage, great tonality and top level of dynamics are the main features of Auris headphone amplifiers. The unit employs a pair of PL 95 and one ECC 81 vacuum tube to produce 0.9 Watts. Conversion rate for USB digital input is DSD 64, DSD 128, and PCM 32-bit/384kHz. Inputs include USB and stereo unbalanced RCA. Analog outputs include 6.3mm stereo and RCA preamplifier with adjustable volume control.

 

 

McIntosh C2600 Vacuum Tube Stereo Preamplifier With DAC And Phono Stage Review

McIntosh C2600 Vacuum Tube Stereo Preamplifier
With DAC, Phono Stage And Headphone Amplifier

A newfound family heirloom. For a lifetime... and longer.
Review By Tom Lyle
The McIntosh name can bring up all sorts of memories, images, assumptions, and yes, yearning for many audiophiles and non-audiophiles alike. The first thing that comes to my mind when I think about McIntosh components is their history. One of the first pieces of high-end equipment I ever owned was a McIntosh MC-30 monoblock, a pair of which powered speakers in my basement system in the 1970s while I was still in high school.
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02 / 13 / 19

Deja Vu South In Miami, Florida
Western Electric Tube Amps, Otari Reel-To-Reel, Horn Speakers, Isotek, And Audio Note UK.
Florida Audio Expo 2019 show in Tampa, Florida.
If you're seeking esoterica within truly ultra-luxury high-fidelity then look no further than retailer Deja Vu South located in Miami, Florida. Rejoice, as those who know, well then you know when i say all vintage parts including chassis. These are truly hand built in Italy designs by D'Urso Cataldo (Aldo).
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Pro-Ject, Sonus faber, And Sumiko
Florida Audio Expo 2019 show in Tampa, Florida.
The hits just keep coming here at Florida Expo 2019 show as McIntosh Group's room featured Pro-Ject, Sonus faber and Sumiko. As you'd expect the sound was properly airy, smoooooth, and extremely musical. Pro-Ject's 6Perspex turntable had a lovely Sumiko Songbird moving-coil cartridge (only $899 for an MC cartridge!).
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2L Snubbed A Record 26 Times At Grammy Awards
According to the Los Angeles Times, Morten Lindberg has once again lost to other Grammy hopefuls a record-breaking 26 times out of 34 nominations, which is said to be a world record for the most losses from any single Grammy nominee. 2L is "the Nordic sound" as Morten Lindberg has produced 34 American Grammy-nominations with 2L, 26 of these in categories "Best Engineered Album", "Best Surround Sound Album", "Best Immersive Audio Album" and "Producer of the Year". According to the LA Times, "He records his projects with a sophisticated system designed to capture sound as if in three dimensions — to envelop a room like listeners are awash in sound waves.... On Sunday, Lindberg was nominated in the immersive audio category for the contemporary classical song cycle Sommerro: Ujamaa & the Iceberg, and for the Norwegian folk album Folketoner. He lost to Alan Parsons, Dave Donnelly and P.J. Olsson, for their Eye In The Sky - 35th Anniversary Edition. Since his first nomination, Lindberg has been up for a total of 25 Grammys across 11 straight years. Last year was rough: He earned four nods — and lost four times." When asked about all these Grammy loses and if he'd like to win one for a change, Morten Lindberg humbly said, "No, no — the opposite. Getting an award now would actually ruin my record — my track record would be completely blown away." Considering the widespread lack of interest in the Grammy Awards by many musical artists and music lovers of high quality audio, perhaps losing is actually being a winner in mainstream music's Game Of Pop Music Drones.

 

 

02 / 12/ 19


Rebuttal: Lossless Streaming Music
Why whine and cry about lossless audio, because anything is better than MP3.
Editorial By S.R.A.E.
I have some serious qualms with Enjoy the Music.com's Creative Director Steven R. Rochlin's recent editorial Lossless Streaming Music: Welcome To 20 Years Ago. First off Steven, you're certainly not the first person to realize that streaming Hi-Res Music on the Internet was possible decades ago. Who cares if you think you were the first to stream music online without the need for a plug-in, because what did you do with that technology?
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Suncoast Audio
Featuring Magico, Luxman, Lumin, AudioQuest, Critical Mass, Avantgarde Acoustic, Viva, Aurender, AVID, And Shunyata.
Florida Audio Expo 2019 show in Tampa, Florida.
Suncoast Audio is a lovely store located in the heart of Sarasota's ever-growing Lakewood Ranch area. Store owner Michael Bovaird offers a wide variety of gear to this affluent area of Florida, and his exhibit rooms wonderfully reflect that. With two rooms, there was a lot of gear to cover here!
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House Of Stereo / Wolf Audio Systems
Featuring Ayre, VPI, Van Den Hul, Wireworld Cable, Quad, Focal, Bob Carver, Bel Canto, Audience Cables, TAD And KEF.
Florida Audio Expo 2019 show in Tampa, Florida.

House Of Stereo is a longstanding retail store located in Jacksonville, Florida, and they had two glorious rooms at Florida Audio Expo 2019. Bob Carver's 350 amplifiers drove the highly musician KEF Blade 2 floorstanding speakers. Adept Response power filtering joined wolf audio system bits.
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Manley Labs Absolute Headphone Amplifier
The makings of a legend!
Review By Gary Alan Barker Of Headphone.Guru
Back in the late nineteen eighties I ran a small boutique by appointment only high end HiFi shop, and at that time our preamplifier of choice was the MANLEY (their first and only product at the time if my memory serves correctly), which we considered to be the finest audio product in the world.
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EMM Labs DV2 Integrated Converter With Volume Control

EMM Labs DV2 Integrated Converter With Volume Control
The DV2 ($30,000) builds on EMM Labs ground breaking technology used in our multi-award winning flagship DA2 converter. With its redesigned analog and digital systems, integrated high resolution volume control, discrete componentry, and user-friendly operation, the DV2 can be connected directly to the amplification stage in any high fidelity system with ease. EMM Labs DV2 has a newly-developed high resolution volume control system called VControl. VControl was designed and integrated into the DV2's MDAC2 architecture and there is no loss of audio resolution because VControl does not requantize the input signal. This allows VControl to have complete transparency at any volume setting and a very wide attenuation range. EMM Labs' DV2 also features a multitude of inputs including AES/EBU XLR, S/PDIF RCA, TosLink optical, USB, and EMM Optlink for connection to an EMM transport. Analog outputs include both balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA. Internally, there's 16xDSD proprietary discrete dual differential D-to-A converters (MDAC2), the latest generation 16xDSD Meitner Digital Audio Translator (MDAT2) signal processing technology and EMM Lab's latest generation enhanced MFAST technology for instant signal acquisition and jitter-free performance. Next generation MCLK2 proprietary custom clock ensures accuracy. A new USB interface with hardware galvanic isolation seeks to keep the purity of the digital signal transfer. All inputs support 24-bit/192kHz, up to 2xDSD and DXD (352/384kHz) and MQA over USB. Service USB port allows for future software upgrades plus a RS-232 serial port for wired remote control. Dimensions are 438 x 400 x 161mm (WxDxH) and it weighs 17.2 kg.

 

 

02 / 11 / 19

Audio Advisors: Audio Research, VPI & Wilson Audio
Florida Audio Expo 2019 show in Tampa, Florida.
Let me get this out of the way right up front. Have never been a big fan of Wilson Audio speakers from years ago due to augmented upper midrange. Sounded good at first, yet ear fatigue set in within a song or three. Fortunately they have a new ear and Wilson Audio is now sounding extremely impressive!
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Harman's JBL & Mark Levinson Joins Transparent Audio
Florida Audio Expo 2019 show in Tampa, Florida.
My first exhibitor room visit was floor 8 at Florida Audio Expo 2019 where Christopher Trojnar of Harman was showcasing their highly anticipated JBL L100 Classic speakers ($4000 per pair) being driven by Mark Levinson No 5805 ($8500) integrated amplifier, No 519 Media Player ($20,000) and No 515 turntable ($12,500).
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Florida Audio Expo Is A Resounding Success!
Audiophiles enjoy great sounds in comfy 80F climate.
As their inaugural event, the Florida Audio Expo was held on Friday February 8th through Sunday February 10th, 2019 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore. Frankly, was a bit surprised to see so many members of the press in attendance, but then again the 80F and sunny weather in February brought reviewers from all around the USA, those who live in bitter c-c-cold Canada and more!
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Gryphon Audio Designs PS2-S MM/MC Phono Stage Module

Gryphon Audio Designs PS2-S MM/MC Phono Stage Module
Gryphon Audio Designs is proud to introduce their PS2-S MM/MC Phono Stage Module. The PS2-S (S for Superior) is an updated version of their renowned PS2, but offering an extended range of MC-cartridge load impedance options. More than 30 years after the introduction of the compact disc, the LP still represents the largest selection of recorded music on any storage medium in human history. Therefore, the company believes it is essential that Gryphon owners have full access to the artistic vision captured for all time by this high-resolution format. Gryphon Audio Designs has consistently offered unwavering support to the LP format with high performance MC/MM phono-stages as optional modules for installation in preamplifiers and integrated amplifiers at all price points across the company's product range. Based on the legendary Legato Phono Stage, the Gryphon PS2-S MM/MC Phono Stage Module is a true dual-mono design for enhanced channel separation, capable of extracting every musical detail for ultimate realism. A design philosophy that Gryphon Audio Designs has been following since the introduction of the legendary and shiny Gryphon Head Amp back in 1985, which was the very first true dual-mono Class A amplifier introduced to the world of High-End Audio. It is a philosophy that Gryphon is very well-known for and a philosophy that we are proud to stick to, and with the obvious benefits from having absolute separation of the two channels they have decided to continue this design philosophy in the PS2-S MM/MC Phono-Stage Module. Gryphon Audio Designs integrated amplifiers and the Zena preamplifier can be ordered with the PS2-S Phono Stage Module factory-installed. The module can also be added to the Diablo 300, Diablo 120, Diablo, Atilla, Athena or Zena later if needed.

 

 

Munich HIGH END 2019 Show Report

HIGH END 2019 Is Sold Out Of Exhibition Space
The HIGH END 2019 audiophile show in Munich, which is about three months away, is now fully booked. HIGH END opens its doors from May 9 to 12, 2019 and welcomes many international hi-fi brands with more than 500 exhibitors. As always, the demand for exhibition space among companies has been consistently high. Stefan Dreischärf, the Managing Director of the company HIGH END SOCIETY Service GmbH, is delighted about the multitude of registrations received. "The HIGH END is fully booked, all well-known manufacturers will be attending the event and the booking status has again increased by ten percent compared to last year's event at the same time. This year, we will also yet again be able to present new exhibitors who are attending the HIGH END for the first time." A number of well-known brands will also be showcased at the event for the first time in 2019. The entire capacity of the exhibition grounds, which cover an impressive area of 29,000 square meters, is therefore completely filled. At present, all 138 closed rooms with sizes between 49 and 440m2 in the upper atriums and all four exhibition halls of the MOC are reserved. "The immense feedback from the interested companies yet again extremely impressively underlines the status of the HIGH END as the world's leading hi-fi exhibition and innovation platform for the industry", explains Jürgen Timm, the Chairman of the Board of the HIGH END SOCIETY. The entire spectrum of high-quality consumer electronics No other exhibition in the world offers such a comprehensive portfolio of devices, innovations and services for the hi-fi industry as the HIGH END in Munich. In fact, the event presents the entire spectrum of high-quality consumer electronics from A right through to Z. The exhibition, which is held over a period of four days, expects to welcome more than 20,000 visitors, approx. 13,000 of whom are interested consumers. The other more than 7,000 visitors are top-ranking opinion leaders from all over the world who attend the event as trade visitors in order to find out about the latest trends and innovations in the worlds of analog technology, digital technology and electronics, loudspeakers, headphone developments, mobile products, sound recording medium sales and plenty of accessories. As one of the most important events on the globe for experts in the audio industry and a unique world of experience for the general public, this year's HIGH END exhibition in Munich in May is sure to yet again be a Mecca for the hi-fi universe.

 

 

02 / 07 / 19

Sony / UMG Facing Major Lawsuits Including Class Action
According to Music Business Worldwide, "Five musicians brought proposed class actions against Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York today (February 5). The legal action is based on the refusal of those two labels to 'permit recording artists to terminate grants of copyright interests 35 years after the initial release' of the artists' albums." Plaintiffs are seeking both damages for copyright infringement and declaratory relief. The Copyright Act's Section 203 (a.k.a. 35 year law) states that "Upon the effective date of termination, all rights under this title that were covered by the terminated grants revert to the author, authors, and other persons owning termination interests..." Sony is allegedly ignoring the law by not transferring the rights back to the music creator as requested via Notices of Termination. Music attorney Evan S. Cohen sent such notification to Sony and Universal, "Our copyright law provides recording artists and songwriters with a valuable, once-in-a-lifetime chance to terminate old deals and regain their creative works after 35 years. This 'second chance' has always been a part of our copyright law. Sony and UMG have refused to acknowledge the validity of any of the Notices, and have completely disregarded the artists' ownership rights by continuing to exploit those recordings and infringing upon our clients’ copyrights. This behavior must stop. The legal issues in these class action suits have never been decided by a court, and are of paramount importance to the music industry." In other music news, Kanye West is also suing Sony and UMG to buy back rights to his music. Kanye West said last year, "I went to go buy my publishing from Sony/ATV, and they said it was $8 million, $9 million. And when I went to buy it, they told me no, I couldn’t buy my publishing… I have the money to buy my publishing, and they told me that I couldn’t buy my publishing." Kanye West has filed multiple lawsuits within the Los Angeles Superior Court. While it is not clear if Kanye has legal right under the same Copyright Act's Section 203, let this be a reminder for musicians to always own their master tapes, etc, or provide a short timeline to allow major music label specific, and revocable, rights to your work.

 

 

Audio-Technia AT-LPW40WN Turntable With Phono Stage

Audio-Technia AT-LPW40WN Turntable With Phono Stage
Audio-Technia's new AT-LPW40WN turntable ($299) is a fully manual belt-drive turntable designed to give you optimal high-fidelity audio reproduction from vinyl at a reasonable price. It features an aesthetically pleasing anti-resonance MDF plinth with simulated walnut wood veneer to limit low-frequency acoustical feedback and a sensor-monitored motor to ensure accurate platter rotation speeds at 33.3 and 45 rpm. Audio-Technia's AT-LPW40WN includes a straight carbon-fiber tonearm with adjustable tracking force and an AT-HS4 universal 0.5"-mount headshell with an AT-VM95E Dual moving magnet (MM) phono cartridge. The AT-VM95E cartridge features a 0.3 x 0.7 mil elliptical stylus, yet can be replaced with any VM95 Series replacement stylus. Tonearm is a balanced straight design with an effective arm length of 223.6mm, overhang of 18.6mm, tracking error angle of <2 degrees, and applicable cartridge weight is from 12 to 17 grams. The AT-LPW40WN is equipped with a built-in selectable phono preamp and a detachable dual RCA output cable to enable direct connection to components with or without a dedicated phono input. The motor features a speed-sensor system to maintain accurate platter rotation speed. This turntable includes RCA cable, 45 rpm adapter, rubber mat, and removable hinged dust cover. Wow and flutter is rated at 0.15% with a signal-to-noise ratio of >60dB. Phono pre-amplifier gain is 35dB. Overall dimensions are 17.13" x 13.90" x 5.04" (WxDxH) and it weighs 10.4 lbs.

 

 

Falcon LS3/5A Classic Small Two-Way Monitor Reborn

Falcon LS3/5A Classic Small Two-Way Monitor Reborn
Resurrecting the old classic BBC LS3/5A that lives up against the older classics.
Review By Joseph Ki Cheong Ming

It is no secret that Malcolm Jones did most of the design and development of the legendary KEF drive units such as the B139, B200, B110, T15, and T27. He left KEF in 1974 having just completed the famous Reference Series 104 system and thus began work on an active professional monitor plus his new company Falcon Acoustics Ltd.
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Stromtank S2500 Battery Power Supply

Stromtank S2500 Battery Power Supply
The joys of a pure sine wave with battery power.
Review By Tom Lyle
I've been stricken with something I like to call an "audiophile illusion of grandeur" for quite some time. It started long ago, when I first discovered that the AC power supplied to my stereo system was less than adequate. This wasn't too difficult to figure out, because in the daytime my system sounded lousy, at least compared to how it sounded at night.
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02 / 06 / 19

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

 

 

10,000,000 Attend Fortnite Concert Feat. Marshmello
While not audiophile (at this time in human existence), the concept of virtual concerts is an interesting one with amazing possibilities! EDM artist Marshmello gave a concert on Fortnite, where a reported 10 million concurrent players were in attendance. With so many attendees, this audience far eclipses any concert ever held within the 'real world' (IRL). There's also special merch offered that can be purchased for those who desire a concert tee. According to an article in Forbes, "And on top of all that, this wasn't just a 'stop by if you want' kind of thing. Epic literally disabled every other mode in the game to force people to attend the ten minute long concert at Pleasant Park. I'm not exactly sure how many players were logged into Fortnite at the time, but last we heard in November the game peaked at 8.3 million concurrent players. Granted, it's not the 100 million players that will watch the Super Bowl halftime show tomorrow, but I mean, it's not nothing, especially when you compare it to any other live venue in the country where the largest stadium in the US barely tops 100,000 seats, with most venues, especially for an EDM show, far, far lower than that. And Marshmello just had a captive audience of several million at once." Sammy Andrews, founder of Deviate Digital, notes that while virtual gigs are not new. Sammy also admires the scale of Marshmello's audience. "This idea has had its tires kicked plenty over the last 20 years, but what's new here is the sheer level of integration, and the scale of exposure and engagement to a far larger and more receptive audience". Dare we say 'old-school' live streaming concerts, both flat 1080 and 360-degree, has been around for many years, yet virtual concerts inside popular video games is quite interesting. With 10,000,000 attending Marshmello's Fortnite concert breaking records, it has to at least make concert promoters sit up and take notice. One day will we have virtual classical and jazz concerts, perhaps bring back Miles Davis, Billie Holiday and others. Years ago Creative Director of Enjoy the Music.com Steven R. Rochlin suggested full 360-degree scans of all major musical artists. With Intel's mega-multi-camera capturing capability, we could one day enjoy immersive Hi-Res Audio / Video holographic concerts within our living rooms, plus you can choose to watch from any seat within the concert venue!

 

 

02 / 05 / 20

Sonus faber Launches Their Palladio Collection Loudspeakers
Sonus faber is excited to announce their new Palladio line of speakers. This is a special collection of custom installation speakers for both In-Wall and In-Ceiling use that stays true to the Sonus faber's legendary heritage. Paying homage to the company's Italian roots, Vicenza's artistic heritage is why Sonos faber's new collection bears the name of the Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio. He is considered to be one of the most influential figures in the Western architecture history, a master whose work is still said to be an unsurpassed reference for the definition of classical proportions rules. The Sonus faber Palladio Collection features two lines: Level 5 and Level 6, ideal complement of Sonetto and Olympica collections respectively with 13 models in total. Level 5 offers two In-Wall and four In-Ceiling speakers and the Level 6 includes two In-Wall and five In-Ceiling speakers. Additionally, both lines boast the option to add a versatile passive subwoofer (PS-G101). Silk dome tweeters are characterized by DAD (Damped Apex Dome) technology and mid-ranges and woofers are equipped with natural fiber and cellulose pulp diaphragms. These two elements give life to the recognizable and iconic "Voice of Sonus faber". The Crossover network is designed for better definition and purity of sound featuring the Paracross Topology circuitry. Each line has two angled models (PC-562P and PC-563P for Level 5, PC-662P and PC-664P for Level 6) that increase the versatility of the collection allowing users to easily complete any home theater or stereo system, in any environment, even those difficult to access. Whenever front speakers cannot be placed on walls, these models can be mounted in the ceiling. Drivers have been positioned at an optimal angle to aim the sound towards the listening position, guaranteeing the same performance of a front firing speaker. Thanks to the swing out dogs fixing system, all Palladio speakers can be secured quickly and effectively to plasterboard. All Palladio series models are equipped with a magnetic metal grille, designed to make each model as discreet as possible and ready to be painted. For Level 6, however, an extra option is offered: For those who do not want to relinquish the Sonus faber style, PL-664 and PW-662 models can be upgraded with classic elastic grilles masks, iconic design element and a tribute to stringed musical instruments that have guided the fortune of our brand. Sonus faber Palladio products will be available in the third quarter of 2019.

 

 

Hi-Fi World March 2019

Hi-Fi World March Features Reviews & Think Pieces
Hi-Fi World's March 2019 issue features reviews of the Sonus faber Sonetto III loudspeakers, Micromega M-One 150 amp / streamer, Melco N100 & D100, Icon Audio ST300 MKII valve amplifier, Mitchell & Johnson S800 pre amplifier & S815 power amplifier, Icon Audio KT150D triode amplifier, Pioneer QX4000 quadraphonic receiver, and Hanna MH / ML phono cartridges. Within his editorial, Noel Keywood says, "Whilst the LP is returning with a vengeance – just read our News this month (p7-9) – that other technology of the past, the valve amplifier, seems less assured in its progress. Britain, Germany, the USA and Japan have all returned to valve amplifier manufacture and China too, where they still make valves. But modern valve amplifiers come with curiously different design philosophies, Audio Research (USA) conceptually inhabiting Mars whilst Audio Note (UK) are on Venus – or something like that!" See what's within this issue of Hi-Fi World at this link.

 

 

02 / 04 / 19

Qobuz Official Streaming Service Of Florida Audio Expo
The Florida Audio Expo is thrilled to announce that Qobuz, the world's first certified Hi-Res streaming and download service, will be the official streaming service for its inaugural show. Qobuz, a company that truly loves proper lossless Hi-Res Music, will launch on Valentine's day 2019 (February 14th). Their recently open beta testing of its USA service has been a resounding success, giving music aficionados looking for a premium lossless Hi-Res Music audiophile experience a preview of the service in anticipation of the public launch. Showgoers will be eligible to enter daily raffles to win Qobuz subscriptions, and while at the Expo can experience the service through some of the audio industry's finest products. "Our mission was to create a show that offers music lovers the opportunity to explore new ways to enjoy their music, and Qobuz fits that structure perfectly — we're thrilled to have them as part of the Expo," said Bart Andeer, founder of Resolution Acoustics and manager of the daily operations for the Florida Audio Expo.

 

02 / 01 / 19

High-End Audiophile Review Magazine

Special Retro-Futuristic Edition!
Enjoy the Music.com's February Review Magazine features think pieces including Come To The Party where Roger Skoff writes about spreading the fun and saving money in the process too! Music industry professional Bobby Owsinski helps show you The Three Building Blocks Of Acoustic Treatment (time for a refresher).

 

We Look Back
Lossless Streaming Music: Welcome To 20 Years Ago by Steven R. Rochlin makes a good argument as today we're 10 years behind the curve, and here's why.... We also revisit DRM Wars during the early days of online music and how it very much concerns you! Continuing this issue's retro feel, we explore the early days of  Internet with our Interactive Music Xpo 1999 show report, plus Streaming Media East 2000 event coverage.

 

We Look Forward
Where Do We Go From Here as Steven R. Rochlin writes about Classic Audiophiles Versus Modern Music Lovers. The question is asked, will 360-degree audio change the face of old-school stereo 'philes? We also look forward to seeing many of you at the inaugural Florida Audio Expo in Tampa from Friday February 8th through Sunday February 10th.

 

We Review
Gear assessments include Tom Lyle's World Premiere Review of Triangle Art's TA-200M Class A monoblock power amplifiers, Scott Lombardo's critical evaluation of MrSpeakers Ether 2 over-the-ear headphones, and vinyl LP lovers on a budget rejoice as Paul Schumann takes a listen to Sumiko's $149 Rainier moving magnet (MM) phono cartridge.

Read this month's edition of Enjoy the Music.com's Review Magazine at this link.

 

As always, in the end what really matters is that you...

 

Enjoy the Music,

Steven R. Rochlin
Creative Director
Enjoy the Music.com

 

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01 / 31 / 19

Crystal Cable Celebrates 15th Anniversary With Fundraiser
Crystal Cable is celebrating their 15th anniversary this year and is offering new cables with a very special fundraising initiative. Looking back with pride, yet also looking forward to the future, Crystal Cable has a dream; to make music tangible for children and give something back during this special year. As a musician, founder of Crystal Cable Gabi Rijnveld has learned the overwhelming power of music at a very young age. Music enriches your life, music comforts, music heals, music unifies. Music is as essential as breathing. "At Crystal Cable, we strongly believe that everybody should have the opportunity to experience what it's like to play a musical instrument," says Gabi Rijnveld. "Together with the Dutch charity Leerorkest (Learning Orchestra), we set up Future Dream Fund-Raising, a charity fund which will provide music lessons and music instruments on loan for underprivileged children. Because, like Leerorkest, Crystal Cable believes that every child should be given the opportunity to discover the pleasures and magic involved ion learning to play an instrument and making music with others!" Crystal Cable will donate a set amount of each sold Future Dream cable to this fund throughout their 15th anniversary year.

 

 

Dan D'Agostino Master Audio Systems Momentum Lifestyle
Dan D'Agostino Master Audio Systems Momentum Lifestyle Integrated Amplifier With DAC And Audio Streaming
Only for music lovers, because that is the MLife's raison d'être – to enable the listener to revel in one's love of music.
Review By Tom Lyle
Many audiophiles are familiar with the name Dan D'Agostino, by virtue of him being the founder, CEO, and chief engineer at Krell which he founded in 1980. The products made by Krell, which included everything from power amplifiers to SACD players and speakers, were some of the best high-end components available.
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01 / 30 / 19

New Tech Uses Lasers For Directing Sound Into Ears
Within Optics Letters Volume 44 Issue 3, it says, "Photoacoustic communications: delivering audible signals via absorption of light by atmospheric H2O. We describe a means of communication in which a user with no external receiver hears an audible audio message directed only at him/her. A laser transmits the message, which is encoded upon a modulated laser beam and sent directly to the receiver's ear via the photoacoustic effect. A 1.9 μm thulium laser matched to an atmospheric water vapor absorption line is chosen to maximize sound pressure while maintaining eye-safe power densities. We examine the photoacoustic transfer function describing this generation of audible sound and the important operational parameters, such as laser spot size, and their impact on a working system. The ability to communicate with a specific subject at a prescribed location who lacks any communication equipment opens up many intriguing possibilities. Communication across noisy rooms, hail and warn applications, and localized communication directed at only the intended recipient are a few possibilities." You can learn more at this link.

 

01 / 29 / 19

Hi-Fi+ Issue 168 February 2019

Hi-Fi+ February 2019 Features High-End Audio Reviews
Hi-Fi+ magazine's February 2019 issue features Tokyo International Audio Show 2018 coverage plus reviews of the AURALiC Vaga G1 Network Streaming DAC, Innuos Statement Music Server, Focal Maestro Utopia Evo Floorstanding Loudspeakers, Audio Research Reference 10 Hybrid line Preamplifier, Boulder Amplifiers 508 Phono Preamplifier, Chord Electronics Étude Solid-State Stereo Power Amplifier, Revel Performa M126Be Stand-Mount Loudspeakers, Marantz SA-KI Ruby CD/SACD Player And DAC, Gold Note Valore 425 Plus Turntable And Tonearm combination. This month's Hi-Fi+ Ultimate Headphone Guide includes HiFiMAN Shangri-La Jr. Electrostatic Headphone System, Final E5000 Universal-Fit Earphones, Westone WX1 Universal-Fit Earphones With Bluetooth Dongle, Acoustic Research AR-M20 Digital Audio Player, and Brainwavz B400 Universal-Fit Earphones. Within his editorial Alan Sircom says "We are at an 'interesting' time in musical replay. 2018 saw continued declines in CD sales and a concomitant rise in streamed music in many countries. Even those who have hitherto eschewed online media in favor of discs (such as Japan) have seen the CD finally eclipsed. As this is a continued move to streaming individual tracks instead, don't be surprised if you hear the phrase, 'What's an album?' soon. The good news in this is vinyl sales still continue to increase year-on-year according to the British Phonographic Industry report at the start of 2019. The Arctic Monkeys album Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino was the fastest-selling LP in a quarter of a century and sales of new vinyl hit 4.2m. While LP's growth has slowed markedly, it is still growing, and presently one out of every 10 physical media sales are made on vinyl." See what's within this issue of Hi-Fi+ Magazine at this link.

 

 

01 / 28 / 19

JBL Professional One Series 104 Powered Reference Monitor

JBL Professional One Series 104 Powered Reference Monitor
JBL Professional One Series 104 powered monitor ($149) is an innovative new speakers designed for recording musicians, podcasters, music and video producers who desire a highly compact package at a very reasonable price. JBL's new One Series 104 powered monitor draws from seven decades of engineering to deliver an innovative new speaker, which has been designed from the ground up. With the JBL 104 reference monitors, JBL started with the mission to give content creators the ability to hear audible details to achieve excellent results while mixing and editing. JBL One Series 104 monitors achieve this via a very compact side using newly engineered JBL 4.5" coaxial driver with 0.75-inch soft dome HF driver provide near full range performance. This new coaxial driver has been specially contoured using the same research that led to the revolutionary waveguide found in JBL Professional's M2, 7-Series, and 3-Series monitors, and like these monitors, One Series also provide listeners with a wide, immersive sweet spot and accuracy. According to JLB Professional, "JBL 104 Reference monitors offer this high level of performance, even at loud playback levels. This is accomplished through clean, integrated 60-watt Class D amplification that can drive One Series speakers to 104dB SPL (peak), without the distortion found in other monitors in their class.... Smart features like a front-panel volume control allows convenient level adjustments without straying from the sweet spot, the front-panel headphone jack automatically mutes the speakers, providing isolation in one simple step, and dual 1/4-inch balanced and single 1/8-inch unbalanced TRS inputs accommodate a wide range of sources." Sensitivity is 87dB/W/m, frequency response is from 60Hz to 20kHz, and dimensions are 9.72 x 6.02 x 4.88 (HxWxD).

 

 

01 / 26 / 19

MIDI 2.0 Prototyping To Bring Many Benefits For Music
The MIDI Manufacturers Association (MMA) and AMEI (the Japanese MIDI association) have finalized the core features and name for the next generation MIDI protocol: MIDI 2.0. The MIDI 2.0 initiative updates MIDI with auto-configuration, new DAW/web integrations, extended resolution, increased expressiveness, and tighter timing — all while maintaining a high priority on backward compatibility. This major update of MIDI paves the way for a new generation of advanced interconnected MIDI devices, while still preserving interoperability with the millions of existing MIDI 1.0 devices. Member companies are currently working together to develop prototypes based on a jointly developed, feature-complete, draft specification. A members-only plugfest to test compatibility between some early MIDI 2.0 prototypes is planned for Winter NAMM 2019. Participating companies include Ableton / Cycling '74, Art+Logic, Bome Software, Google, imitone, Native Instruments, Roland, ROLI, Steinberg, TouchKeys, and Yamaha.

 

 

01 / 25 / 19

Blue Note Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series

Blue Note Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series
In honor of Blue Note Records' 80th Anniversary, the legendary Jazz label is launching their Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series. This audiophile vinyl series was produced using all-analog gear and mastered from the original master tape. The vinyl is 180 grams and features deluxe gatefold packaging. Mastering is by Kevin Gray and vinyl is being manufactured at Record Technology Incorporated (RTI). The titles were handpicked by Harley and cover lesser-known Blue Note classics, modern era standouts, and albums from other labels under the Blue Note catalog. Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series includes:

Wayne Shorter – Etcetera (Blue Note, 1965)
Chick Corea – Now He Sings, Now He Sobs (Solid State, 1968)
Sam Rivers – Contours (Blue Note, 1965)
Cassandra Wilson – Glamoured (Blue Note, 2003)
Gil Evans – New Bottle Old Wine (World Pacific, 1958)
oe Henderson – The State of the Tenor: Live at the Village Vanguard Vol 2 (Blue Note, 1985)
Lou Donaldson – Mr. Shing-A-Ling (Blue Note, 1967)
Lee Morgan – Cornbread (Blue Note, 1965)
Baby Face Willette – Face To Face (Blue Note, 1961)
Dexter Gordon – Clubhouse (Blue Note, 1965)
Kenny Burrell – Introducing Kenny Burrell (Blue Note, 1956)
Andrew Hill – Black Fire (Blue Note, 1963)
Donald Byrd – Chant (Blue Note, 1961)
Stanley Turrentine – Hustlin' (Blue Note, 1964)
Grant Green – Born to Be Blue (Blue Note, 1962)
Tina Brooks – Minor Move (Blue Note, 1958)
Hank Mobley – Poppin' (Blue Note, 1957)
Stanley Turrentine – Comin' Your Way (Blue Note, 1961)

 

 

Tacet Earns Early Music Award For "Ensemble Peregrina"

Tacet Earns Early Music Award For "Ensemble Peregrina"
Tacet's audiophile-quality recording of "Ensemble Peregrina" earns an International Classical Music Award (ICMA) award. The ICMA is presented once a year by 16 international, highly regarded, specialist magazines and radio stations. In the category 'Early Music', the vote went to "Ensemble Peregrina" for its production Mare Balticum Vol. I, Music In Medieval Denmark [TACET 243]. According to Tacet, "The project Mare Balticum aims to present the medieval musical heritage of the Baltic Sea region in the 12th-15th centuries. It consists of four musical programs, prepared in great detail, and employing the newest musicological, philological, historical and organological research. Each of these programs presents the local character of a different coastal region of Balticum, its specific historical and cultural situation, its most important saints and rulers, and the Christian roots of the relevant country. They provide an insight into the local literature and musical repertories of medieval Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Germany, and Poland; both Latin and the vernacular are represented, as well as the diversity of historical musical instruments used in those regions at the time. The project as a whole, however, aims to show something of the strong political and cultural connections between those medieval countries, their development over time, and the similarities between them, all of which are essential to our understanding of the common identity and history of Balticum, as is reflected to us through its centuries of music." The award ceremony will take place on May 10th in Lucerne.

 

 

01 / 24 / 19

McIntosh MTI100 Integrated Turntable Tube Amp / DAC / Etc.

McIntosh MTI100 Integrated Turntable Tube Amp / DAC / Etc.
According to their press release, "A modern home audio system for modern lifestyles." The new McIntosh MTI100 integrated turntable ($6500) includes a built-in vacuum tube preamplifier, phono pre, both analog and digital inputs, Bluetooth, loudspeaker outputs, subwoofer output, and headphone jack all with the company's legendary engineering prowess. Just add music and speakers and you're good to go! As a "one-of-a-kind product, it is designed for those who want maximum flexibility in their home audio system but don't want – or don't have the space for – a large audio system. With all the built-in connectivity the MTI100 offers, it can become the center piece of a modern home audio system for modern lifestyles." Included is an unbalanced auxiliary input, digital audio S/PDIF coaxial and TosLink optical inputs. The 7 lbs machined aluminum platter and the matching machined aluminum tonearm with anti-skate sit atop a 3/8" thick piece of glass, which is the same glass as found on the front panels of McIntosh's larger amplifiers. A custom 1/4"-thick metal plate adds stability. McIntosh's MTI100 integrated turntable employs a belt drive platter with manual speed change for 33.3 and 45 rpm, which is driven by an industrial grade permanent magnet AC synchronous motor with a two-speed pulley. The MTI100 comes with a Sumiko Olympia moving magnet (MM) cartridge, whose upgraded stylus and cantilever assembly "allow for more dynamic punch and improved frequency response" says McIntosh. For amplifier duties a Class D 80 Watts per channel @ 4 Ohms (50 Watts @ 8 Ohms) is used to drive a pair of speakers. Two 12AX7 vacuum tubes power the main preamplifier section, while a separate dedicated phono preamplifier is housed within a custom shielding box that prevents unwanted electronic interference. High Definition Bluetooth 4.2 input ensures the MTI100 brings modern use for those who choose wireless connectivity. Power, volume and input selection can be controlled by either the included remote or via two knobs on the unit.

 

 


Streaming Media East 2000 Show Report
Coverage By Steven R. Rochlin
Welcome to the only audiophile online magazine covering the future of Internet technology. Our Streaming Media East 2000 show report follows up on our previous coverage of last years Interactive Music Expo (IMX). This show embraces major broadband media and is being held in the heart of New York City.
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01 / 23 / 19

MIT Research: Why Ears Have "Exquisite" Sensitivity

MIT Research: Why Ears Have "Exquisite" Sensitivity
According to new research released by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), "A critical gel-like structure in the inner ear moves according to a sound's frequency, researchers find." Furthermore, MIT researches say that, "The human ear, like those of other mammals, is so extraordinarily sensitive that it can detect sound-wave-induced vibrations of the eardrum that move by less than the width of an atom. Now, researchers at MIT have discovered important new details of how the ear achieves this amazing ability to pick up faint sounds. The new findings help explain how our ears can detect vibrations a million times less intense than those we can detect through the sense of touch, for example. The results appear in the journal Physical Review Letters, in a paper by visiting scientist and lead author Jonathan Sellon, professor of electrical engineering and senior author Dennis Freeman, visiting scientist Roozbeh Ghaffari, and members of the Grodzinsky group at MIT. Both the ear's sensitivity and its selectivity — its ability to distinguish different frequencies of sound — depend crucially on the behavior of a minuscule gelatinous structure in the inner ear called the tectorial membrane, which Freeman and his students have been studying for more than a decade." You can read more in-depth details about this new discovery at MIT.

 

 

01 / 22 / 19

Roon 1.6 Adds Qobuz Lossless Streaming And More

Roon 1.6 Adds Qobuz Lossless Streaming And More
As the company's biggest update, Roon version 1.6 introduces the brand new Roon Radio, integration with the Qobuz lossless streaming music service, and an improved user experience across several areas of the application. According to the company, "We've completely reimagined how Roon creates your personalized radio experience. Designed from the ground up with new machine learning technology, Roon Radio can play a mix of your favorites along with music from beyond your library, using the vast catalog of music from TIDAL and Qobuz... Roon Radio makes recommendations based on not only your own music preferences but also those of other Roon subscribers with similar tastes in music. Use the thumbs up and down buttons to craft a personal, one-of-a-kind radio experience. As you listen to and interact with Roon Radio over time, it learns more about what you like and helps you discover new music by curating great recommendations." Furthermore, Roon now supports many streaming and lossless audio services. "We're committed to giving Roon subscribers more choices, which is why we're excited to announce that we've teamed up with Qobuz to integrate their streaming offering in Roon!," says their press release. They have also redesigning several key areas in Roon 1.6 including new Now Playing, Search, and DSP screens. Roon's metadata takes the spotlight on Now Playing, displaying a high resolution artist image, Real-Time Lyrics, credits, review, bio, and streaming resolution. Roon's DSP engine has been simplified for ease of use, with simple preset system that works across all devices including your phone or tablet.

 

 

High-End Audio Show Reports

Interactive Music Xpo 1999 Show Report
Interactive Music Xpo 1999
With many of us watching Nat Geo's "Valley of the Boom" series, we've been busy reworking the world's only computer media high-end audio reports from this time period. As the industry's only photojournalist to fully grasp the future of Internet technology and the possibilities it could deliver.
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TestHiFi App Rates Your HiFi System's Capability
TestHiFi is said to be the first app that helps everyone to quickly test the sound quality an audio system. It lets you know if the system is capable of playing back what it analyzes is 'HiFi'. Using iOS (Android coming soon) connectivity and the built-in cell phone microphone for HiFi analysis. TestHiFi is so simple that everyone can use it. It was built to help younger and older generations to understand HiFi and to judge sound quality. Eventually educating that quality of sound matters, by differentiating good from bad audio systems. Audiophiles can make usage of the quick, detailed and "professional" test results. The app tests the HiFi capability of an audio system and rates it simply red, amber, or green. It measures and rates relevant "standard industry criteria" and delivers detailed test results. According to the app developer, "There is no one standard or a label for good sound or HiFi available. The audio industry has been discussing over decades how to create a sound quality standard. Vinyl, FLAC, High-Res Audio, MQA and others have impact on sound quality but do not validate what we are listening to. There are two groups in audio, those who don't care and the audiophiles. Audiophiles always argued, testing HiFi is impossible and the others do not want to spend their time on understanding HiFi technology. We wanted to bridge them and make it easy for everybody to choose and listen to fair, trustful, good audio, i.e. HiFi. So we came up with TestHiFi to simply check an audio system, of course totally independent from any brand or advertising. TestHiFi provides reliable results – more transparent and straightforward than many reviews in magazines. Imagine, there is a TestHiFi rating available for everybody. This could set a new HiFi standard and become widely known and accepted like a 'full HD' sticker on TVs." TestHiFi app relies on a cell phone's low quality microphone and does not employ a professional measurement microphone, so it will be interesting how this app develops over time, and the results thereof. Test results are mono, so avoids any notion of stereo separation, soundscape, etc. Of note is that well over a decade ago in April, Audio magazine's Lirpa Labs used a professional dummy head and was said to have developed a program that could judge and rate an audio system, which could replace human reviewers. So this idea is far from new, yet could be interesting, with results that are relatively reliable, once proper calibration microphones are employed as is done with true professional measurement gear, which has been available for decades.

 

 

01 / 21 / 19

Jensen Jet Full Range Digital 'D' Loudspeaker Drivers
Jensen Loudspeakers is excited to announce their upcoming Jensen Digital 'D' Series with full-range tone for the digital guitarists and DIY experimenters. The C12D with ceramic magnet and the N12D featuring Jensen's exclusive neodymium magnet design are 12" speakers dedicated to amplify the "quasi full-range" output signal of the digital, modeling, profiling and IR-based guitar and acoustic instruments amplifiers. Both models retain the core elements of the traditional speakers with lightweight cellulose cone membranes and integrated paper surrounds. Additionally, both drivers feature a specially developed horn-like loading in front of the voice coil that grants a frequency response extended well beyond 12kHz. According to the company, "This ensures a clear, transparent rendition of the reverbs, delays, and all other time-based effects, as well as of the rich harmonic spread of a high-gain lead sound". Headroom and dynamics are delivered by the 2" voice coils, for a power handling of 150 Watt AES (300 Watt continuous). The organic, full range tone of the Jensen D Series speakers does not rely on complex, expensive two-way systems and crossovers, but rather on a finely tuned acoustic design and directivity pattern. The Jensen Ds are easy to use and install and as convenient as a traditional guitar speaker. They ensure a familiar feel and response, while providing excellent tone for the next generation of players and DIY speaker experimentation.

 


 

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