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08 / 05 / 20

Florida Audio Expo Announces 2021 Cancellation

Florida Audio Expo Announces 2021 Cancellation
This just in from the Florida Audio Expo:
Given the extraordinary times and continued uncertainty, the founders of the Florida Audio Expo, Bart Andeer, Michael Bovaird, John Chait, and Ammar "AJ" Jadusingh, have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 show.

"We sincerely appreciate the exhibitors, consumers, and media that support us," says Bart Andeer, co-founder and operations manager of the Florida Audio Expo. "This decision isn't the outcome we hoped to announce, but in our estimation, is the best option for our event given the information available at this time. We will always put our customers' well being first. We remain vigilant and hope that 2022 will bring new opportunities to come together and celebrate our love for music."

Florida Audio Expo has refunded all deposits collected towards the 2021 event.

Andeer continues, "We continue to enjoy the wonderful memories from this year's show, and encourage everyone to continue to support each other and stay connected. Let music guide be your guide through these troubling times. On behalf of the entire Florida Audio Expo team, we wish you peace, safety, and good health until we meet again."

 

 

David Chesky Abreu Danzas Feat. Soprano Larisa Martinez

David Chesky Abreu Danzas Feat. Soprano Larisa Martinez
Coming soon to Chesky Records, a meticulously designed, intense, and streetwise, David Chesky's music proposes a variation on an old musical gambit. Classical composers have long drawn from their national folk music for their work. Chesky's source for The Abreu Danzas is the sound and energy of New York City or, to be precise, a Latin New York City. From it, Chesky constructs cathedrals of sound and movement. He sets up layers of brass, woodwinds, and strings playing lines, rhythms, and counter lines. It's a vital busyness that suggests a walk in the neighborhood, music, and the sounds of life pouring out of open windows. The tempos, the muscular groupings, and the dynamics give the pieces an unapologetic, in-your-face attitude — the Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian rhythms give them an emotional underpinning.

"In classical music, we seem to have adopted the idea that slow, cerebral music is the music of today, but it's absurd because the world moves in rhythm," says David Chesky. "Art has to reflect time and culture, and I'm not living up in Finland in the snow, looking at the stars, twinkling at night. Heck, if I were a writer and wanted to capture New York City in one scene, in one line, the character would be on the subway, and the first line would be 'Get out of my face!'," he barks, before breaking into a laugh. "That's the tension of New York City. There's a certain energy here. It's 'Let's go!' 'C'mon! What are you waiting for?'. And I believe classical music has to have these elements, this urgency, this passion. That's what I'm trying to capture in the rhythms, in the energy of these pieces — because that's where I live."

 

 

Guns N' Roses Remastered Greatest Hits Vinyl LP

Guns N' Roses Remastered Greatest Hits Vinyl LP
On September 25, 2020, Guns N' Roses' 2004 multi-platinum best of compilation Greatest Hits on recording label Geffen/UMe will be released on vinyl for the first time. Previously only available digitally and on CD, Greatest Hits will be pressed as a two LP set on 180 gram audiophile black vinyl, a two LP set on silver colored vinyl with red and white splatter, plus a two LP picture disc available exclusively through the band's official store. The vinyl edition of Greatest Hits will also feature the band's single "Shadow of Your Love," which hit No. 5 on the Mainstream Rock chart. Originally recorded in December 1986, "Shadow of Your Love" made its debut on the 2018 box set Appetite For Destruction.

 

08 / 04 / 20

Mundorf HiFi AMT U.Series Tweeters

Mundorf HiFi AMT U.Series Tweeters
Mundorf's new AMT U. Series of tweeters covers virtually all possible applications in home- and studio-audio. The development engineers were tasked to keeping the design as simple, straightforward, and versatile as possible without compromising the central AMT element - the diaphragm - which determines the tweeter's final sound quality. All AMT diaphragms are manufactured in-house by a unique manufacturing process of their own development. The mixture of Mundorf's basic diaphragm material was optimized with focus on its acoustic properties, and so the manufacturing process was tailored to ensure the very best acoustical result possible with every single diaphragm material mix.

Due to its exceptionally high inner damping, this new series of AMT tweeter is characterized by extremely low distortion data. This applies particularly to the odd-numbered harmonic distortions K3 and K5. Embedded in a well thought out, optimized overall concept, this membrane technology can reproduce high SPLs as well as produce fine dynamic nuances with extremely low distortion. The correct interaction of diaphragm and damping of its rear volume was also carefully ascertained. In addition to aesthetic aspects, a simple structure easy to produce serially with utmost precision, and a robust over-all finish were crucial for the final shape of the new AMT U.Series.

 

 

Zylia Showcases Their 360-Degree Audio Capability

Zylia Showcases Their 360-Degree Audio Capability
With the goal of achieving the most human-like sound experience, the technology adopted in Zylia 6DoF VR/AR set allows to record live sounds from multiple 360˚ Ambisonics microphones simultaneously. This allows music creators to capture the whole soundscape during a live event. Then, the sound scene is rendered in a way that you as a participant of such event can choose any possible listening spots around the area. Imagine that you can listen to the real sounds of a symphony orchestra and freely move around within the aural soundscape recorded in a well-known concert halls, or virtually attend a live concert of your favorite band in a navigable way. You get the possibility of moving between musicians on stage or standing in the audience.

Thanks to the rendered -degrees-of-freedom (6DoF) sound you can listen to the recording from different points. Also, when you move, the audio will change naturally and smoothly between these points. Zylia provides a new recording and post-processing solution – Zylia 6DoF VR/AR set. The technology of 6DoF live recorded audio gives the user a possibility to navigate through three-dimensional space freely by rotating or translating their position.

 

 

08 / 03 / 20

The Cable Company Summer Against Hunger For CARE

The Cable Company Summer Against Hunger For CARE
This is the 25th year of The Cable Company's Summer fundraiser for CARE. This program has run in the aftermath of recessions, droughts, earthquakes, tsunami's and more - but never something like this. Please take a moment to consider the devastating impact if the virus took hold in the Rohingya camp in Bangladesh, housing close to a million refugees. The good epidemiology news is that most of the poorest areas in the developing world are even more remote than usual due to the global reduction in flights. This isolation has provided CARE's local staff the time needed to pivot ongoing programs to accelerate the focus on hygiene and clean water along with awareness and prevention programs, as well as delivery of sanitation stations and PPE for medical staff and aid workers.

The Summer Against Hunger fundraiser is, as always, no cost to the audiophile. In fact, some of our best "deals" of the year take place in August. Your purchases of new products from our Sponsoring brands will benefit CARE 1:1. In other words 100% of these purchases - the entire purchase amount - goes to CARE. For the rest of the products we sell, even used products, CARE gets 50% of your purchases. Believe me, it adds up.

 

 

NAT Magneto Hybrid 100 Watt Monoblock Amplifier

NAT Magneto Hybrid 100 Watt Monoblock Amplifier
NAT just announced their new Magneto single stage, single-ended hybrid monoblock power amplifier. Pricing is E14,900 per pair, with the SE version that includes silver-OFC Teflon isolated wire for input transformer as well as for the output inductor adds E3900 per pair. NAT's Magneto is based on scientific grade single gold plated FET and single Nuvistor triode tube that operate in pure Class A. Their Magneto is an OTL (output transformer less) and true OCL (output capacitor less) power monoblock amplifier. There are no capacitors on the signal path - only a single input with hand-coiled nano-crystaline core transformer that has a bandwidth of over 1MHz. Magneto is fully compatible with true balanced XLR or unbalanced RCA inputs.

The unit is unique as there is no input, no driver stage, only one single ultra power gold plated FET transistor with one tube (best Nuvistor triode tube type that is said to be immune to external vibration. Together this is a unique device featuring NuFET (Nuvistor-FET) that act as high current 'triode' with very low distortion and excellent behavior. Nuvistor triode tube is connected in special manner between two electrode of the FET act as linearization device to the whole system. Output impedances of 4 and 8 Ohms are supported, with a frequency response from 5Hz to 100kHz. Magneto may drive any load from 2 Ohms to over 16 Ohms as well. 

 

08 / 01 / 20

High-End Audiophile Review Magazine

Special 25th Anniversary August Review Magazine
Enjoy the Music.com's special 25th Anniversary Review Magazine is now online. This month features a variety of fun and educational videos, with a focus on music. We have articles by leading audiophile music labels, a tour of the GRAMMY Museum, think pieces about music from many highly respected journalists, plus high-end audio gear reviews too! We invite you to discover the many great articles and reviews within Enjoy the Music.com's special 25th Anniversary August Review Magazine.

 

Welcome To Enjoy the Music.com's Special 25th Anniversary Edition: Part 1

Welcome To Enjoy the Music.com's
Special 25th Anniversary Edition: Part 1
This month's magazine will be followed by a very special Blue Note Award issue in September.
Editorial By Steven R. Rochlin
Wish there was more time within a day. While that might may sound like a weird way to start off an editorial during this site's 25th Anniversary issue, 25 years is a very short period of time. With each passing day, there are times the many ideas that never came to fruition haunt my mind. There are, literally, hundreds of ideas that have come and gone over the past 25 years. This month's Enjoy the Music.com Review Magazine celebrates the first part of our 25th Anniversary celebration. During September we'll bring in Part 2 with a very special Blue Note Awards magazine.
---> Read Steven's special 25th Anniversary editorial.

 

 

Music History Meets Experiential AV: Updates To The Grammy Museum Immersive sound and interactive experiences.

Music History Meets Experiential AV:
Updates To The Grammy Museum
Immersive sound and interactive experiences.
Article By Dan Daley
Reprinted from Sound & Communications, April 2020
Music changes. And, because it does, so, too, must the GRAMMY Museum, the Recording Academy's 30,000-square-foot combined gallery, repository and salon on the L.A. Live campus in downtown Los Angeles CA. Opened in December 2008, the venue has undergone periodic updates that reflect the relentless and ever-faster cycle of pop music and the other genres it represents. Its most recent renovation, though, costing $2 million, underscores just how much museum AV — and the larger museum experience — has changed as a result of technology. It's not dissimilar to how music production has mutated and evolved in the digital era.
---> Read more about updates to the Grammy Museum.

 

 

Mo-Fi Sounds Great On Your Hi-Fi

Mo-Fi Sounds Great On Your Hi-Fi
Celebrating 35 years of working with many talented engineers, designers, and visionaries.
Article By Shawn R. Britton
Senior Mastering Engineer At Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
Anniversaries are an important thing. Ask the person who forgot their own wedding anniversary. Chances are that they didn't forget it again the following year. Congratulations to Enjoy the Music.com for 25 years of audio enthusiasm! My anniversary at Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab will be this August. I started 35 years ago. "You want to work for a record company?" These two scruffy-looking cats eyed me earnestly. "We need some production guys to make cassettes for us".
---> Read more about Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs.

 

 

Reference Recordings: Since 1976, The Best Seat In The House

Reference Recordings
Since 1976, The Best Seat In The House

Always at the forefront of technical advances!
Article By Marcia Martin, Executive Director Of Reference Recordings
Reference Recordings was founded in 1976. Producer John Tamblyn ("Tam") Henderson combined his love and knowledge of music with his quest for "the sound of real musicians making music in real space," molding Reference Recordings into one of the most innovative and respected independent labels in the music business. His productions for RR are widely praised for their dedication to high quality sound in the service of great music.
---> Read more about Reference Recordings.

 

 

Blue Coast Records Founder Cookie Marenco What makes recording so special for me is the people. Article By Cookie Marenco , Founder of Blue Coast Records

Tuning Systems, Overtones, And The Physics Of Music
What makes recording so special for me is the people.
Article By Cookie Marenco, Founder of Blue Coast Records
My career as a recording engineer started by accident. I had been teaching classical piano and oboe since I was 14 years old. When I entered college, I wanted to study film composing and jazz — neither of those were offered in colleges back when I was in school. So, with 80 piano students, taking tests to pass the first two years of music (which turned me into a ceramics major), and playing in two improvisation ensembles, I dropped out of school to pursue a career in music.
---> Read more about Blue Coast Records.

 

 

Delivering A Glorious Musical Experience A love of music and commitment drives everything we do at Impex. Article By Abey Fonn, Founder Of Impex Records

Delivering A Glorious Musical Experience
A love of music and commitment drives everything we do at Impex.
Article By Abey Fonn, Founder Of Impex Records
In the 200 plus titles that Cisco Music and Impex Records released in the last twenty-five years, I can confidently say all but a dozen-plus were cut using original analog master tapes. Sometimes the recordings are not in great condition, where baking the tapes plus lots of TLC cannot make it usable for mastering. Some reels were not returned to the owner after a re-issue production. Many more were lost to high-profile warehouse fires (a tragedy). The scarcity of original sources is becoming more common in the audiophile industry.
---> Read more about Impex Records.

 

 

Mastered By Bob Ludwig An Exploration Of His Career And Techniques

Mastered By Bob Ludwig
An Exploration Of His Career And Techniques
Bob Ludwig is the owner of Gateway Mastering and a 11-time Grammy award winning mastering engineer. Gateway Mastering Studios goal is to produce the very best sounding masters for their clients – both creatively and technically perfect. Their exceptional team accomplishes this by challenging the edge of audio performance while exceeding our customers' expectations with excellent service. As an 8-year-old child in South Salem, New York, Bob Ludwig was so fascinated with his first tape recorder he used to make recordings of whatever was on the radio.
---> Watch the AES video featuring Bob Ludwig.

 

 

10 Questions For Manufctuers Featuring Edwin Rynveld, Founder And Technical Director Of Siltech And Crystal Cable

10 Questions For High-End Audio Manufacturers
Featuring Edwin Rynveld, Founder And Technical Director Of Siltech And Crystal Cable
During Enjoy the Music.com's very special 25th Anniversary we're asking various high-end audio manufacturers to answer the same ten questions. Their answers may surprise you! This month we're featuring Edwin Rynveld, Founder and Technical Director of Siltech and Crystal Cable. Unrestricted by conventions and norms, Siltech and Crystal Cable have been a pioneer in championing the importance of cables and connectors within overall sound quality. Over the last three decades, they have has redefined expectations for the highest quality cable technology and the audio performance they can deliver.
---> Read more about Edwin Rynveld of Siltech / Crystal Cable.

 

 

10 Questions For High-End Audio Manufacturers Featuring Lukasz Fikus, LampizatOr Owner And Chief Designer

10 Questions For High-End Audio Manufacturers
Featuring Lukasz Fikus, LampizatOr Owner And Chief Designer
During Enjoy the Music.com's very special 25th Anniversary we're asking various high-end audio manufacturers to answer the same ten questions. Their answers may surprise you! This month we're featuring Lukasz Fikus, LampizatOr owner and chief designer. Lukasz Fikus was born in Warszawa, Poland, in 1965. He graduated from Warsaw Polytechnic University - Electrical Engineering; specialty power distribution, and a major in High Voltage Physics.
---> Read more about Lukasz Fikus, LampizatOr Owner And Chief Designer.

 

Music Makes Me Feel Something Why music feels so important during 2020.

Music Makes Me Feel Something
Why music feels so important during 2020.
Article By Rick Jensen
Addressing the question of what music means to me is a daunting task. I would prefer to respond with signifiers of the ineffable – smiles, grunts, whistles, slack jaws, and the like. Yet not long before Enjoy the Music.com's Creative Director Steven R. Rochlin asked us to write about the question, it had occurred to me as well. Like so many other facets of our life since the advent of the pandemic, music has been illuminated in a very different light. Not better or worse, but different: in some ways its "meaning" or its place in my life shines more brightly, and in others it reveals less.
---> Read more about how music makes Tom Lyle feel. 

 

 

Being A Professional Musician Music has a way of perpetually re-inventing itself. Article By Dr. Michael R. Bump

Being A Professional Musician
Music has a way of perpetually re-inventing itself.
Article By Dr. Michael R. Bump
Sure, I love being a professional musician. However, I didn't always see it as a career. In fact in college, I took the long-version undergraduate plan of over six years trying every other degree option that friends and family insisted were more practical (lucrative) paths. It was only after my grandfather had asked me simply, yet most profoundly, during a holiday visit what I'd been up to in college. After my ten-minute animated discourse describing all-things music and not one thing business (I was a "Marketing" major at the time), he slapped me upside my head to say, "Don't wake up at 65 regretting your career choice.
---> Read more about being a professional musician. 

 

 

Emiko: Not Your Typical Audiophile

Emiko: Not Your Typical Audiophile
Emiko shares her love of music and a desire to connect with others.
Article By Emiko
Today is July 4th, 2020 – the day America celebrates her independence. While the cultural traditions of parades, barbeques, and fireworks may be paused at present, two things that are very much in regular rotation right now are music and human connection (albeit connections in specific numbers as deemed healthy by experts). This got me thinking. As a regular participant on audiophile boards and groups (being a long time audiophile myself), more and more posts have been popping up about how music is creating peace, sanity, and even a change of pace within the home.
---> Read more about Emiko not being your typical audiophile.

 

 

Audio Research Reference 160M Monoblock Amplifier Review

Audio Research Reference 160M Amplifier
Another home run from Minnesota!
Review By Rufus Smith
I was reintroduced to Audio Research around two years ago when I had the opportunity to review the outstanding LS28 / VT80 combination for Enjoy the Music.com. In the past, I have found Audio Research's amplifiers to be very analytical but somewhat sterile sounding. The ARC LS28 / VT80 still had all of the traditional ARC sounds, but they now had developed some of the classic euphonic conrad-johnson sounds. For me, this combination was heaven on earth. It was the best of both worlds. I ended up buying the combination and have used it as part of my reference system for the last three years.
---> Read our review of the Audio Research Reference 160M amplifier.

 

 

AGD Andante Preamplifier And Vivace Monoblocks Review

AGD Andante Preamplifier & Vivace Monoblocks
AGD's Andante and Vivace will transport you to the musical venue.
Review By Rick Becker
It is always an honor when a manufacturer asks me to review their product. It is, after all, their 'baby'. They have poured their heart and soul into it. And often times, the smaller the company, the more heart and soul is to be found within. Such was the case with the AGD The Audion monoblocks to which I not only gave a very positive review, but also bought as my new reference. The Gallium Nitride Power MOSFETS in this Class D power amp were not only acoustically outstanding, but the visual design of these diminutive monoblocks also spoke to the tube-lover within me.
---> Read our review of the AGD Andante Preamplifier And Vivace monoblocks.

 

 

PureAudioProject Quintet 10 Open-Baffel Loudspeaker Review

PureAudioProject's Quintet 10 Open-Baffle Loudspeaker
Look ma, no boxes! I spent 100 days and nights with PureAudioProject's Quintet 10 open-baffle speakers — and found that they are sonic shape-shifters of the highest order.
Review By Rogier van Bakel
"Audiophile" and "oenophile" don't just sound similar. The words have this in common too: they describe a world where subjective judgments of quality must rule without a chance of different opinions being resolved. After all, no one can make valid generalizations about what the ideal power amplifier or the perfect pair of speakers sound like — any more than a wine lover can claim with universal authority that a bottle of 1979 La Mission Haut Brion is better than a 1988 Château Léoville Barton, or vice versa.
---> Read our review of the PureAudioProject Quintet 10 speaker.

 

 

Nordost Valhalla 2 USB 2.0 Cable Review Plus a quick test of Nordost's Heimdall 2 Ethernet Review

Nordost Valhalla 2 USB 2.0 Cable Review
Plus a quick test of Nordost's Heimdall 2 Ethernet cable.
Review By Phil Gold
I've had little use of high-end digital cables until quite recently. A long string of CD Players from Denon, Meridian and several from EMM Labs were all one box affairs – put a silver disc in slot A, take analog balanced output at the other end. When I ultimately moved to an outboard DAC, the EMM Labs DV2, I used the proprietary EMM OptiLink glass cable which provides galvanic isolation (electrical independence) from the source, as does its USB input. But I was so impressed with the exaSound Delta Server I reviewed recently that I bought one for myself.
---> Read our review of the Nordost Valhalla 2 USB 2.0 cables.

 

 

High-End Audiophile Review Magazine

Read All Articles, Reviews, And Show Reports
We have many more reviews, think pieces, videos, etc within Enjoy the Music.com's Special 25th Anniversary August Review Magazine.

 

 

07 / 30 / 20

Hi-Fi World September 2020

Hi-Fi World's September Issue's Reviews & Think Pieces
Hi-Fi World's September 2020 issue features your chance to win a superb iBasso DX160 portable player worth £349. Gear reviews within this issue include the Magneplanar lRS loudspeakers, Q Acoustics 3030i loudspeakers, Focal Chora 816 loudspeakers, Pro-Ject CD Box RS2 t and Pre Box RS2, Pro-Ject Stream Box S2 Ultra, Cambridge Audio AXR100d DAB / FM stereo receiver, and Chord Company Clearwayx loudspeaker cables.

Within his editorial, Noel Keywood says, "It's been said many times that loudspeakers are all the same – and going nowhere. Two or three Rice Kellogg drivers in a box that date in concept from 1925. Not a lot has changed in the last 95 years! Yep, it's all been refined and computers have made their contribution but multiple Rice Kellogg drivers in a box is one old idea with lots of weaknesses, most of which are little discussed. Reason being their manufacturers would rather not talk about what's wrong with multiple drivers in a box, or worse they don't even know." See what's within this issue of Hi-Fi World at this link.

 

 

07 / 29 / 20

JBL 4349 Two-Way Floorstanding Studio Monitor

JBL 4349 Two-Way Floorstanding Studio Monitor 
The JBL 4349 Studio Monitor ($7500 per pair) is a high-performance loudspeaker built around the patented JBL D2415K dual-1.5" compression driver mated to a large format horn, paired with a 12" cast-frame pure-pulp cone woofer. Their patented High-Definition Imaging (HDI) horn is precision-molded in Sonoglass, while the 12" woofer features a 3" voice coil. JBL's 4349 studio monitor is available in premium finishes including satin Walnut wood veneer with blue grille or satin Black Walnut wood veneer with black grille.

JBL's High-Definition Imaging horn geometry is the result of intense research into the nuances of horn design. In search of exceptional high-frequency detail and uniform directivity for smooth in-room response, JBL engineers pioneered a design that delivers neutral frequency response both on- and off-axis and provides a seamless transition between the high and low frequency drivers. Located on the front/center of the cabinet are High-Frequency and Ultra High-Frequency tonal adjusters. These allow the sound to be tailored to the specific environment and listener preference. They work in conjunction with an advanced crossover network design that features air-core inductors, cast wire-wound resistors and low-ESR metallized film capacitors in a multi-cap configuration to optimize the performance of 4349 drive components. Dual sets of gold-plated binding posts provide a secure connection and offer a choice of single-ended or bi-wire / bi-amplified connections.

 

 

07 / 28 / 20

CES 2021 Physical Gone, Now Goes All-Digital

CES 2021 Physical Gone, Now Goes All-Digital
This just in from CES:

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA)® is reimagining how to connect exhibitors, customers, thought leaders and media from around the world while prioritizing health and safety. We are excited to share that CES® 2021 will be an all-digital experience.

For more than 50 years, CES has been the global stage for innovation. And CES 2021 will continue to be a platform to launch products, engage with global brands and define the future of the tech industry.

With the growing global health concerns about the spread of COVID-19, it is not possible to safely convene tens of thousands of people in Las Vegas in early January 2021 to meet and do business in person.

An all-digital CES 2021 will allow the entire tech community to safely share ideas and introduce the products that will shape our future. You'll be able to participate in all the awe-inspiring moments of CES wherever you are in the world. We are designing a unique experience for the tech industry.

CES 2021 will offer a highly personalized experience:

Keynotes and conferences. Now you'll have a front-row seat for groundbreaking announcements and insights from the world's tech leaders completely online.

Product showcase. With this digital evolution of the CES show floor, you'll be able to explore products and services, based on your interests and business, through dynamic product showcases or live demos.

Meetings and networking. You'll be able to engage with the brands, thought leaders and business connections you care about with live interactions, meetups or roundtable discussions.

Technology has helped us all work, learn and connect during the coronavirus pandemic, and it has presented real solutions to help solve complex global challenges. We recognize that, particularly in these uncertain times, it is the partnerships of some of the most creative minds that bring the best solutions to life.

We're looking forward to welcoming the global tech industry, from international brands to budding startups, to kick off the year with the world's most influential digital technology event.

Mark your calendars for the first week in January and be on the lookout for more exciting news about CES 2021. We plan to return to Las Vegas for CES 2022, combining the best elements of a physical and digital show.

Thank you for your continued support. Please stay healthy and safe.

 

As an Enjoy the Music.com side note, while CES is not relevant for many high-end audio manufacturers, it still does offer quite a few brands excellent exposure. When CES was more popular, we provided virtual / digital live streaming during CES 2017, 2016, and 2015. It also begs the question, if many brands can create their own professional / live streaming videos, do they need CES and any fees that may be involved?

 

 

Fraunhofer MPEG-H Interactive / Immersive Audio System

Fraunhofer MPEG-H Interactive / Immersive Audio System
Fraunhofer's new MPEG-H's object coding provides interactive and immersive audio for TV broadcasting and streaming. Users may adjust the sound mix to their preferences, boosting hard-to-understand dialogue or creating a "home team"-mix of sports broadcasts. This feature may also be used to efficiently add objects for dialogue in additional languages or VI descriptions to a broadcast, spending only 20 to 40 kbit/s for each language. Immersive sound offers cinema-like realism. The system may transmit immersive sound with additional front and rear height speaker channels or the Higher-Order Ambisonics sound field technology, improving today's surround sound broadcasts and streams to provide a truly realistic and immersive audio experience on par with the latest cinema sound systems.

Since the system uses the new MPEG-H Audio codec based on the evolution of the AAC family as well as new technologies, the additional channels or objects needed for 3D sound can be transmitted at bit rates similar to those used today for 5.1 surround broadcasts. The MPEG-H Audio based system offers DASH support for stutter-free streaming and audio I-frames for easy DASH bit stream switching and easy splicing for ad insertion. It includes multi-platform loudness control to provide a tailored experience for a viewer's device and listening environment.

 

 

07 / 27 / 20

SoundExchange Designated As USA Source Of ISRC Data

SoundExchange Designated As USA Source Of ISRC Data
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) today designated SoundExchange as the authoritative source of International Standard Recording Code (ISRC) data in the United States of America. RIAA is making this designation to ensure a trusted and authoritative source of ISRC data for the U.S. marketplace, particularly as the implementation of the Music Modernization Act and the transition to streaming make accurate identification of sound recordings even more critical. This designation builds on a prior agreement by SoundExchange with IFPI to provide a publicly accessible ISRC lookup service.

ISRC is the internationally recognized identification tool for sound recordings and music videos implemented by IFPI. It serves as a fundamental component of data associated with recordings. ISRC is used throughout the music industry with applications across supply chains, reporting, music discovery, archiving and rights management. It is also a key data element used to link recordings to musical compositions and their identifier, International Standard Musical Work Code (ISWC). Additional information about the designation for ISRC users is available at this link.

 

 

07 / 24 / 20

Tokyo International Audio Show 2020 Cancelled
The Japan International Audio Council has decided to cancel the Tokyo International Audio Show 2020, which is scheduled to be held at the Tokyo International Forum on November 21-23, as a result of putting the health and safety of visitors as a top priority, given the fact that the status of the future infection of the new coronavirus cannot be seen.

Tokyo International Audio Show is a show where you can enjoy the music and charm of more than 200 outstanding brands both overseas and in Japan to your heart's content in the relaxed atmosphere of the Tokyo International Forum. However, we have come to the conclusion that it is very difficult for our customers to enjoy the show while adequately taking measures to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus infection.

We are very sorry to everyone who is looking forward to this show every year, but we will abandon the event. Thank you for your understanding.

The Japan International Audio Council has been moving toward next year's show immediately after it has decided to cancel this year's show. We look forward to seeing you at the venue next year. I wish you all the best in your health and happiness.

Hideaki Nishikawa,
Chairman, Japan International Audio Council

 

 

07 / 23 / 20

Siltech Classic Anniversary Cables Review

Siltech Classic Anniversary Cables
Neutrality is the hallmark of a well-designed product.
Review By Paul Schumann
One of my favorite parts of "The Grinch" is when Mr. Grinch complains about Christmas and all the "noise, noise, noise". We live in a noisy world. Even in the middle of the night I can go out and hear the sound of distant highway traffic. Have you ever tried to listen to music when someone is watching TV in the next room or a noisy dishwasher is going? Impossible! Our audio systems are noisy too. There are always the obvious demons of 60 Hz hum and high frequency hiss.
---> Read our Siltech Classic Anniversary cables review.

 

 

07 / 22 / 20

Avantone Pro Planar Open-Back Stereo Headphones

Avantone Pro Planar Open-Back Stereo Headphones
Avantone Pro's new Planar open-back headphones ($399) is the culmination of the company's experience in creating reference-grade monitoring products. Featuring 70 x 95 mm planar drivers, they are said to offer an incredible set of advantages over traditional moving coil drivers. These advantages include "amazing accuracy, high-end detail, clarity, natural bass and response time" says Avantone Pro. Planar drivers utilize a technology that mixes principles between dynamic and electrostatic drivers — they are constructed by a precise array of magnets that are evenly spaced across both sides of a thin, electrically-active diaphragm.

Avantone's Planar headphones also employ an open-back design, with a tuned chamber that results in a very flat-frequency environment, without the typical pressure build-up, acoustic resonance, and frequency curve of closed back headphones. The result is an audiophile listening experience that can even be enjoyed portably! Avantone Pro's Planars headphones also include a high-grade, removable 3.5mm cable that can be plugged into either side! Frequency response is from 30Hz to 30kHz, impedance is 32 Ohms, sensitivity is 104 dB/1mW, and they weight one pound.

 

 

07 / 21 / 20

NAD M33 Stereo Integrated Amplifier With DAC, MM/MC Phono Stage, HeadAmp, and Ampliier

NAD's Swiss Knife M33 Stereo Integrated Amplifier
NAD Electronics is now shipping their M33, a BluOS enabled 32-bit/384kHz ESS Sabre DAC, streamer, MM/MC phono stage, preamplifier, headphone amplifier (plus Bluetooth AptX-HD), and loudspeaker amplifier ($4999). The unit can be combined with other NAD players in a BluOS ecosystem of wirelessly networked music players throughout the home. With NAD's new Purifi Eigentakt (self-clocking) Hybrid Digital amplifier technology, the M33 produces a minimum of 200 Watts per channel stereo. The 7" touchscreen color display makes it ease to use the new NAD M33. BluOS supports Hi-Res Music streaming including over 20 free and paid subscription services as well as supporting locally stored music libraries.

Dirac Room Correction adjusts for frequency response and optimizes the impulse response. By optimizing the speaker/room interface, music sounds more natural and lifelike. Dirac comes as standard on the M33 with corrections possible up to 500Hz, and an upgrade to the full bandwidth is available for an additional fee. Supplied with the M33 is a precision microphone to measure the room at and around the listening position so your system can be precisely calibrated for optimum performance. NAD's M33 comes with two MDC slots that allow for further expansion. NAD introduced the MDC platform well over a decade ago and allowed updating products with new technologies, which didn't even exist at time of introduction.

 

 

07 / 18 / 20

Hong Kong High-End A/V Show 2020 Has Been Postponed

Hong Kong High-End A/V Show 2020 Has Been Postponed
The Hong Kong High-End Audio Visual Exhibition, originally scheduled for August 7th through 9th, has been postponed. According to the show organizer Audiotechnique, "In view of the deteriorating situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, Hong Kong High-End Audio Visual Show will be officially rescheduled to avoid crowding in response to the epidemic prevention measures taken by the Hong Kong SAR Government. The details of the revised schedule will be available in the official website and Facebook in due course. Sorry for any inconvenience caused."

 

 

07 / 17 / 20

MIDI 2.0 Brings Modern Features To Protocol Specs

MIDI 2.0 Brings Modern Features To Protocol Specs
According to the MIDI Manufacturers Association (MMA), "Back in 1983, musical instrument companies that competed fiercely against one another nonetheless banded together to create a visionary specification — MIDI 1.0, the first universal Musical Instrument Digital Interface. Nearly four decades on, it's clear that MIDI was crafted so well that it has remained viable and relevant. Its ability to join computers, music, and the arts has become an essential part of live performance, recording, smartphones, and even stage lighting. Now, MIDI 2.0 takes the specification even further, while retaining backward compatibility with the MIDI 1.0 gear and software already in use. Here's why MIDI 2.0 is the biggest advance in music technology in decades."

"MIDI 1.0 messages went in one direction: from a transmitter to a receiver. MIDI 2.0 is bi-directional and changes MIDI from a monologue to a dialog. For example, with the new MIDI-CI (Capability Inquiry) messages, MIDI 2.0 devices can talk to each other, and auto-configure themselves to work together. They can also exchange information on functionality, which is key to backward compatibility — MIDI 2.0 gear can find out if a device doesn't support MIDI 2.0, and then simply communicate using MIDI 1.0." Learn more about MIDI 2.0 at this link.

 

07 / 16 / 20

Lindemann Audio Limetree Digital Network Player Review

Lindemann Audio Limetree Network DAP / Headamp
Good things do come in small packages.
Review By Rufus Smith

Do good things really come in small packages and at ridiculously low price points? I have always though diminutive audio products always had too many compromises in their design to be used in anything but a portable playback system. I have also found that when a product is designed to a low price point, the sound usually suffers. When Enjoy the Music.com was offered the opportunity to review the Limetree Digital Network player from German audio manufacturer, Lindemann Audiotechnik, I jumped at the opportunity....
---> Read our Lindemann Audio Limetree Network DAP / Headamp review.

 

 

Audience Hidden Treasure Cat7 10 Gbps Ethernet Cable

Audience Hidden Treasure Cat7 10 Gbps Ethernet Cable
Audience announced their Hidden Treasure Cat7 Ethernet Cable (starting at $700 for a 0.5 meter), which is designed to deliver the ultimate in sound quality and performance in streaming, networked, and professional audio applications. The new Hidden Treasure Cat7 cable is engineered and built to the highest standards and is ideal for the most demanding requirements. Audience's Hidden Treasure Cat7 cable facilitates a 10 Gbps transmission rate, ensuring reliable, uninterrupted streaming with no data loss or dropped connections. The cable features four twisted pairs of 23 AWG solid copper wiring and an outer wire shield for maximum rejection of EMI (electromagnetic interference), RF (radio frequency interference), system noise and crosstalk.

The Hidden Treasure Cat7 cable utilizes a superior-quality RJ45 connector, which provides an extremely secure, heavy-duty locking connection to ensure maximum signal transfer. The cable features a braided outer jacket that is flexible and extremely durable. Audience's new Hidden Treasure SATA cable is said to provide better audio quality by lowering the noise floor, reducing jitter and using superior internal wiring and connectors. The result can be notably improved sound for streaming and networked audio when used with music servers, D/A converters, preamps, integrated amplifiers, professional audio products and other components with Ethernet connectivity.

 

 

Enjoy Reading Your Fave Hi-Fi Magazines Online

Enjoy Reading Your Fave Hi-Fi Magazines Online
Everyone here at Enjoy the Music.com sympathizes with those affected by the recent health issue. Our hobby is one that can be enjoyed within the privacy, and security, of your home. We'd like to take a moment to remind our readers that many of our partner magazines offer online subscriptions. As always, in the end what really matters is that you... enjoy the music.

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07 / 15 / 20

Aries Cerat Ianus Series Geminae And Essentia

Aries Cerat Ianus Series Geminae And Essentia
Aries Cerat Ianus Series amplifiers is a showcase of the company's unique TriodeFet technology. After years of developing and refining their technologies, they are proud to introduce the TriodeFet technology, and a Series of amplifiers that implements this truly innovative technology. This technology is neither a hybrid topology (in the usual sense of a tube-driving solid-state stage type), nor a solid-state driving tube kind of stage. TriodeFet is a new way of using hollow and solid-state devices. The concept is to have a low voltage / high current active device, which had the linearity of a triode, and at same time would be able to source enough current to drive low impedance loads directly.

The TriodeFet, can be seen as a three terminal active element, just like a MOSFET or a triode. The company's breakthrough is that its transfer curves are identical of a true high quality triode, with the only differentiator from a true triode is that, the Y-axis (current) is in scaled in Amperes and not mA. What this means, is that you can design circuits that were never before possible either by using tubes or transistors. This new active element can be used to develop simple, very linear circuits, which are stable down to very low impedances, while the TriodeFet's inherent linearity is making the use of the problematic negative feedback redundant. New models within the Ianus Series include the Geminae (€110,000) Class A amplifier that produces 130 Watts @ 8 Ohm. Aries Cerat's Essentia (€39,000) is the little brother that produces 40 Watts @ 8 Ohms.

 

07 / 14 / 20

Chick Corea Plays Features Various Composers

Chick Corea Plays Features Various Composers
Chick Corea's new album Plays, due out August 28 (2020) via Concord Jazz, showcases Chick's ability to engage audiences with surprising pairings of his favorite influences as well as spontaneous improvisations. This album also includes his own sterling compositions on an intimate, and captivating, live performances. "Solo piano is lonely," says Chick Corea, though the legendary pianist is in good company throughout the solo performances captured on this captivating new double album. While Corea's solo explorations are as exploratory and inventive as ever, the tone on Plays is decidedly communal. That comes from the jazz great's warm and witty dialogues with his audience, but also from the way he makes connections with the iconic composers whose work he celebrates.

The composers featured on Plays represent the wide spectrum of Corea's keyboard influences. He delves far back into the classical repertoire for pieces by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Domenico Scarlatti, Alexander Scriabin and Frédéric Chopin that alone represent 300 years of musical history. His formative jazz influences include Bill Evans and, of course, Thelonious Monk, with the bossa nova beauty of Antônio Carlos Jobim adding the always-important Latin tinges that have long accented Corea's music. Chick Corea's Plays is available in physical format on two CDs / three vinyl LPs. Limited edition hand signed versions are available at this link.

 

 

07 / 13 / 20

audioXpress August 2020

audioXpress' August Issue Is Now Available
audioXpress' August 2020 issue features Taking A Listen To Sound by Gary Galo, NAD M10 Masters Series Streaming Amplifier by Stuart Yaniger, The Internal Life of Vacuum Tubes by Jan Didden, and The APR-17 Aperiodic Loudspeaker (Part 1) by George Ntanavaras. Acoustics Special Features highlights Acoustic Solutions Round-Up 2020 From Acoustic Comfort to Productivity by J. Martins, and The Elephant in the Lab by Jim DeGrandis. Special columns highlights sound control Testing Acoustical Systems by Richard Honeycutt. Hollow-State Electronics with The Early Development of Hollow-State Mixers by Richard Honeycutt.

Within his editorial,  says, "This edition of audioXpress focuses on acoustics and once again we compiled a series of suggestions of products and solutions to help improve any acoustical environment — which under the current circumstances of a global pandemic, starts with our own households. To reinforce that perspective, in our traditional Acoustic Solutions Round-Up feature, we've added a few suggestions about basic solutions for everyone to use at home or in a personal workspace." See what's within this issue of audioXpress at this link.

 

 

07 / 10 / 20

iFi Audio Zen DAC And Zen Blue Review

The New iFi Audio Zen DAC And Zen Blue
A killer one (and super affordable) – two punch!
Review By Peter Pialis Of HiFiAudio.Guru
iFii Audio has been in the business of creating some of the best products available in personal audio. They will not cost you your left kidney and will offer you incredible value and transparency. I previously reviewed their iFi Nano iDSD portable unit here. I absolutely loved this little wonder and considering the $199 price tag, it was an absolute steal to any potential owner!
---> Read the iFi Audio Zen DAC and Zen Blue review.

 

 

Clarus Duet Line Conditioner Review

Clarus Duet Line Conditioner
A journey though high-current line conditioning.
Review By Michael Zisserson Of Positive Feedback
"If the power supply of an amplifier is designed correctly, there is no need for a power conditioner." The quote is a paraphrase, of a paraphrase, of something that has been said since the first power conditioning devices for audio equipment crawled out of the ocean and began to breathe air. While the quote may be correct in theory, in practice, it is far from the reality of my listening experiences. No less: the canard that line conditioners do not add to the enjoyment of music through a competent audio system needs to be bedded down.
---> Read the Clarus Duet Line Conditioner review.

 

 

07 / 09 / 20

McIntosh MC611 Solid-State Monoblock Amplifier Review

McIntosh MC611 Quad Balanced Solid-State Monoblock Amplifier
McIntosh delivers 600 Watts of beauty and transparency.
Review By Tom Lyle
Yes, the McIntosh MC611 reviewed here is the same pair of power amplifiers of which Enjoy the Music.com's Creative Director Steven R. Rochlin wrote a fun-filled review of McIntosh's MC611 in April. No, the MC611s I'm writing about here aren't the same review pair as Mr. Rochlin reviewed, because he purchased his sight unseen, and so they are in his home to stay. The purchase and subsequent review of these amplifiers was a surprise to me, and since I'd already agreed to review the same model of McIntosh amplifiers, I resisted, and did not read his review.
---> Read our McIntosh MC611 monoblock amplifier review.

 

 

RHA Technologies TrueConnect 2 IEMs

RHA Technologies TrueConnect 2 IEMs
RHA Technologies has just announced their new second generation TrueConnect wireless earbuds, the TrueConnect 2 ($149.95). They've improved the battery life to 44 hours plus refined the sound signature too for higher sound quality. There's touch controls for ease of use so these dust, sweat, and splash proof (IP55) to keep your fave tunes playing in challenging environments. Being built to modern standards, RHA's TrueConnect 2 in-ear monitors are fully compatible with Apple's Siri, Google Assistant, and Samsung's Bixby.

Using Bluetooth 5 tech, the TrueConnect 2 simply stays connected. Immerse yourself in your playlists, or catch up with your friends without fear of dropouts or interruptions. The TrueConnect 2 also uses noise-reducing mics on both earbuds to remove background sounds, ensuring that outgoing audio is clear. The 6mm driver is contained within these 6 gram each earbuds, which have a sensitivity of 97dB, THD of less then 1%, and they come with a three year international warranty.

 


 

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