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02 / 12 / 16

Three New Zydeco Movies By Robert Mugge And Diana Zelman
Three New Zydeco Movies By Robert Mugge And Diana ZelmanThree new films by Robert Mugge and his partner Diana Zelman are now available and include The Kingdom Of Zydeco and Rhythm 'N' Bayous: A Road Map To Louisiana Music (original and 2000) plus The Kingdom Of Zydeco (1994). Beginning in the latter half of 2014, music filmmaker Robert Mugge and his partner Diana Zelman worked with executives Roger LaMay and Bruce Warren of Philadelphia public radio station WXPN and their "World Cafe" host and producer David Dye to document and assist WXPN's exploration of the Creole culture of Southwest Louisiana through its 16-month Zydeco Crossroads project. The film portion of the project documented concerts by zydeco artists C.J. Chenier and Rosie Ledet in the Philadelphia area and followed XPN staff to Lafayette, Louisiana where concerts were staged featuring additional top zydeco artists Buckwheat Zydeco, Nathan Williams, Chubby Carrier, Rockin' Dopsie, Jr., Major Handy, Creole United, Soul Creole, Lil' Nate Williams, Chris Ardoin, and Corey Arceneaux, along with collaborating Mississippi blues artist Vasti Jackson. Also documented were David Dye's interviews with most of the key performing artists and with zydeco club owner Sid Williams, zydeco historian Michael Tisserand, and zydeco deejay Herman Fuselier of Lafayette public radio station KRVS. These interviews examine the history of music created by Southwest Louisiana Creoles, who are generally defined as people of mixed African, French, Spanish, and Native American descent, but especially African and French. Also discussed are the musical families who, generation after generation, play a dominant role in preserving and updating Creole musical traditions; the differences between earlier fiddle-and-accordion-driven 'French' or 'La La' music and later accordion-and-rubboard-driven zydeco; and the influence of Mississippi blues on both traditional Creole music and contemporary zydeco. The project has resulted in an 87-minute film titled Zydeco Crossroads: A Tale Of Two Cities, which also serves as an update of Mugge's 1994 film The Kingdom Of Zydeco. The film's dialogue is English, while the song lyrics are a mix of English and French patois with English summaries provided where necessary. Zydeco Crossroads recently won the Clarksdale Film Festival's 2016 Best Blues & Roots Film Award, and the Clarksdale Press Register' Coop Cooper called the film "a fascinating documentary that not only captures the spirit of zydeco music and its sub-genres, but connects them to blues in a way that proves they were born of the same magic." The three separate video releases also include exciting bonus materials. For instance, the Zydeco Crossroads Blu-ray includes Rosie's in the House Tonight (2015), Mugge's 55-minute portrait of zydeco artist Rosie Ledet, which also was made as part of the Zydeco Crossroads project. Similarly, the Blu-ray of The Kingdom of Zydeco comes with Iguanas in the House (1996), Mugge's 27-minute portrait of roots rock band The Iguanas, as well as two "making of" clips featuring Mugge and music consultant Michael Tisserand. Finally, the Rhythm 'N' Bayous DVD features bonus audio of additional songs recorded for that film and one other.

 

02 / 11 / 16

Enjoy the Music.com's Official Press Center Now Open For AXPONA 2016
Enjoy the Music.com's Official High-End Audio Press Center Now Open For AXPONA 2016Coming right on the heels of Enjoy the Music.com's immensely successful initial launch of high-end audio's official Press Center for CES 2016, we are now setting our sights on AXPONA 2016. AXPONA (Audio Expo North America) will take place at The Westin O'Hare in Chicago from April 15th through 17th. Operated by the professionals at JD Events – a company that delivers highly qualified buying audiences, education-rich content and high-level networking opportunities – AXPONA seeks to redefine high-end consumer audio exhibition within the United States of America. This three day experience features multiple hotel floors packed with listening rooms, exhibit floors, seminars and live musical performances. Whether you're a serious audiophile, new to high-end audio or simply a music lover, you'll find everything you need to immerse yourself within your favorite music.

AXPONA 2016 will feature over 125 high fidelity music listening rooms, which provide guests the enviable opportunity to experience the newest technology in high-end consumer audio products. Attendees are encouraged to go from room to room and sit, listen and compare the various systems. The Marketplace and Ear Gear Expo play host to thousands of products and accessories from cables to headphones to LPs and Hi-Res Audio (HRA) recordings. For the seventh consecutive year Enjoy the Music.com will be reporting on AXPONA plus embarking once again in providing high-end audio's official Press Center. See the complete AXPONA 2016 Press Center release here.

 

02 / 10 / 16

Survey Says: Couples Who Enjoy Music Together Have More Sex
Couples Who Enjoy Music Together Have More SexApple Music and Sonos worked together to see how music affected people. They asked 30,000 people around the world if they thought music out loud would have an effect on their relationships. While over half said it wouldn't, the scientific facts say otherwise. With thousands of survey respondents providing a look at how music affected their lives, they went to the homes of 30 families to see the how music worked in their lives firsthand. "Anecdotally, it appears that as we age, the importance and practice of listening to music out loud both tend to fade. However, an intangible transformation happens in homes with music. With this insight, Sonos set out to better understand the science behind this transformation through this study, a global survey of 30,000 people and in-home experiment in 30 homes." So after polling 30,000 people across the U.S., Canada, U.K., Germany, The Netherlands, France, Sweden and Australia between December 29, 2015 and January 8, 2016... According to this survey, "The big takeaway is that music out loud means more sex – 67% more sex, in fact, for those who listen to music out loud the most versus those who don't at all. On average, this is a global gain of one lovemaking session per week. That's 52 more romps a year, just from having some music on in the home. 66% of people who listen to music out loud the most (around 10.5+ hours per week) also best know the song that turns their partner on. Just 28% of people who don't listen out loud know their partner's get-in-the-mood tune. We also know via biometrics that couples tracked in the study enjoyed 37% more active time in the master bedroom for the period of time music played out loud in the home. You can draw your own conclusions there. Australians are very committed music fans – 46 percent of them enjoy music more than they enjoy sex." Even intuitively, 86% said many moments, romantic and otherwise, are enhanced by the right music. On the other hand music can also ruin the mood as 37% of French respondents said they couldn't date someone with different music tastes.

 

02 / 09 / 16

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HIGH END 2016 Munich Show In Germany Features 500 Exhibitors
HIGH END 2016 Munich Show In Germany Features 500 ExhibitorsApproximately 500 exhibitors will be showcasing their products during HIGH END's Munich 2016 event in Germany. Scheduled to be held from May 5th through 8th at the MOC, HIGH END 2016 is without a doubt Europe's most prominent and largest audio show of the year. The first day of the exhibition is exclusively reserved for trade visitors and media from all over the world. There is no other place in Europe where the entire range of audio products is presented as impressively and emotionally as HIGH END. The diversity of services in the industry reflects both the big players as well as the many smaller, more specialized and niche providers. Visitors will be immersed in analog high-precision art as well as in the latest digital audio and visual soundscapes. Exquisite analog equipment blends in harmoniously with the latest multimedia equipment. Perfectly processed loudspeakers, traditional tube amplifiers and cult turntables stand side by side with networked audio systems, audio streaming solutions, digital wireless systems and multimedia stations. Visitors can find everything their music-loving heart's desire, regardless of age and lifestyle. HIGH END will have seminars and lectures from leaders within the high-end audio industry. Live music events are also a highlight as bands travel throughout the venue playing music to a welcoming audience. No other show promotes their event as HIGH END provides. Radio and TV commercials and augmented by posters on buses, within the subway and taxi cabs. HIGH END truly is leading the way when it comes to providing one of the world's largest specially audio shows in the world. Enjoy the Music.com's exclusive, and extensive, HIGH END 2015 coverage can be seen here and we'll be there reporting live at Munich for HIGH END 2016.

 

02 / 08 / 16

CANADA HiFi's Latest Edition Now Available For Free Download
Canada HiFi February / March 2016Enjoy the Music.com has just posted the February/March 2016 issue of CANADA HiFi. This issue features a special focus on digital to analog converters and the origins of the punk music scene. You can also see Enjoy the Music.com's extensive TAVES 2015 show report at this link. Reviews within this issue of CANADA HiFi include the Naim Audio Mu-so wireless music system, Paradigm's premium wireless series, Totem KIN mini loudspeakers and the Yamaha RXA-1050 AV receiver. Within his editorial, Suave Kajko says "I hope that 2016 is cruising along nicely for you so far! It has certainly been a busy beginning of the year for me – luckily in the most exciting of ways. First, I've been working with my partner Simon Au and the growing TAVES team on the details and new elements of the 2016 edition of the TAVES Consumer Electronics Show. We expect to announce the 2016 show dates and some of the new show features before the end of February – so please keep an eye on our website for the news very soon. Secondly, George de Sa, Sarah Ferguson and I have been hard at work on a complete redesign of the magazine that will launch around the middle of 2016. Along with a fresh new design, the magazine will offer additional pages devoted to the same consumer electronics topics that TAVES now covers, such as virtual reality, home automation, robotics, tech toys and more. Don't worry though, the magazine will continue to provide the same amount of content about audio and video that you've become accustomed to over the years - we'll just offer some great additional content. Finally, to reflect the expanded content, we will also give the magazine a shiny new name. I can't tell you just how very excited I am about all of this!" See what's within this issue of CANADA HiFi and you can download the complete magazine for free at this link.

 

Power Modules Announced Their Aria Stereo Integrated Amplifier
Power Modules Announced Their Aria Stereo Integrated AmplifierDavid Belles of Power Modules is proud to announce the new Aria integrated amplifier ($1995). The old adage that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line has application in the realm of high-end audio. When the distance between the various components necessary to reproduce a clean, accurate audio performance is straight and direct, the results can be truly amazing. Power Modules feels tat their new Belles Aria integrated amplifier provides an analog experience and all of its virtues in one simple, physical enclosure. This new stereo integrated amplifier produces 75 watts per channel and provides use for moving magnet phono cartridges, three line inputs, and has a 1/4" headphone amplifier. To change the volume output, a manual and remote controlled Alps volume controlled potentiometer is employed. Power stages are in a straight-line proximity to one another to ensure a short signal path. The one enclosure performing these many functions eliminates the need for an extra chassis for power supply duties and interconnect cables. Power Modules' Belles Aria phono, headphone, and preamplifier stages use Burr-Brown OPA551 amplification, which are known in pro circles for their ultra-low distortion characteristics. The power amplifier is a discrete, fully-complimentary design utilizing MOSFET transistor output stages. This stereo unit is capable of producing 75 watts per channel into 8 Ohms and 125 watts per channel into 4 Ohms. Belles Aria is available in black or silver front panel finishes. All Power Modules equipment are designed and manufactured by David Belles in the USA. Dimensions are 16.5" x 3.125" x 14" (WxHxD), weight is 30 lbs and it comes with a five year warranty.

 

02 / 05 / 16

Telarc's Upcoming Release Hiromi Spark Is A Musical Tour De Force
Telarc's Upcoming Release Hiromi Spark Is A Musical Tour De ForceConcord Music Group's Telarc label is releasing Hiromi's Spark that features extraordinary musicians who combined have many decades in honing their creative craft. All great human passions – whether romantic, creative, inventive, or transformative – begin with a single spark. On her tenth album as a leader, Japanese pianist/composer Hiromi traces the path of the flame ignited by that spark as it consumes and inspires. Over the course of nine expressively charged songs, the listener is carried away on an impassioned spiritual journey that might tell the story of a personal discovery, a love affair, or the creation of the music itself. Set for release April 1st on Telarc, with a limited time offering of personally autographed versions being available, Spark showcases the always thrilling sound of Hiromi's Trio Project with her most narratively sweeping and emotionally overflowing set of music to date. The pianist finds her own spark in her interaction with her triomates of the last five years, contrabass guitarist Anthony Jackson (Paul Simon, Steely Dan, Chick Corea, The O'Jays) and drummer Simon Phillips (The Who, David Gilmour, Judas Priest, Toto, Jack Bruce). Since forming in 2010, The Trio Project has explored the richness of the inner voice on their 2011 debut, Voice; the dynamic, unceasing motion of time on their 2013 follow-up, Move; and captured the feeling of their electrifying live performances on 2014's brilliant Alive. With Spark, the trio again exemplifies why DownBeat magazine has called them "one of the most exciting groups working in any genre today," with the leader's effusive, heartfelt virtuosity supported by Jackson's vigorously fluid basslines and Phillips' ability to be simultaneously propulsive and witty behind the kit.

 

Industry News 10 Years Ago
HEI Educates About Safe Listening Via Portable Audio Players
The House Ear Institute announces (HEI) the official launch of an aggressive consumer awareness campaign aimed at teens and young adults concerning hearing damage due to using devices such as Apple's iPod. The campaign uses the theme "It's How You Listen That Counts" to warn young adults of the potential dangers to hearing posed by listening to loud sound. Due to the soaring popularity of digital portable music players, many people play their music too loud for too long and cause permanent noise-induced hearing loss. HEI's commercials are designed to captivate teens and drive them to the campaign's Web site, EarBud.org for information on safe listening habits. "This campaign is a vital step to discovering what it will take to reach teens and young adults with a message that motivates them to make smart listening choices to preserve their hearing while still appreciating great sound," said Marilee Potthoff, marketing director, House Ear Institute. "Today, baby boomers who are struggling with hearing loss from the loud activities of their youth regret that they didn't know enough when they were young to protect their hearing from permanent damage. Our goal is to deliver the warning message to the next generation before it's too late."

 

Industry News 15 Years Ago
Napster Aiming Towards Becoming A Monthly Fee Service
NapsterNapster seems to be aiming towards a $5 a month subscription rate according to those close to CEO Hank Barry who also mentioned the $5 fee on October 31st, 2000. Meanwhile Vivendi Universal's vice chairman Edgar Bronfman has said the fee would need to be upwards of $15 a month. EMI and Universal have also predicted a $15 fee. With Napster's approximate 57 million users, this would add up to am impressive $3.4 billion each year at $5. Meanwhile Napster and Bertelsmann will generate revenue together as the new Napster software includes a link to Bertelsmann's CDNow website. Furthermore, all this comes as more and more wireless devices are able to connect to the "wireless web" and download and play .mp3 music files. Music lovers can expect everything from hand phones to PDA devices that will include Internet browsing features and music capabilities in the near future.

 

02 / 04 / 16

Elijah Audio Konvertible Lite USB Cable Removes 5V Problems
Elijah Audio Konvertible Lite USB Cable Removes 5V ProblemsElijah Audio Konvertible Lite ($110 on up including shipping, 160mm version shown) is said to be the first USB audio cable that allows removal of the 5V lead before or after the PC/DAC 'handshake' without requiring two USB ports at the source. A twisted pair of Mundorf Silver/Gold solid core conductors are encased within a Silk sleeving. The fixed ground and detachable 5V leads are Audience Cryo Cu wire for top quality signal transfer. The 5V is carried on the center pin of the 2.1mm barrel plug, thus allowing the barrel to act as a shield. Included with each cable is an insulated 5V blocking plug, which is used when the 5V lead is unplugged to block any 5V emanating from the exposed center pin. Each cable comes with a 60 day money back guarantee.

 

GIK Acoustics Expands Their Alpha Wood Series Acoustic Panels
GIK Acoustics Expands Their Alpha Wood Series Acoustic PanelsLeading acoustic treatment manufacturer GIK Acoustics is proud to announce the expansion of the Alpha Wood Series to include larger panels as well as corner bass traps. GIK first introduced the Alpha Wood Series last fall with the launch of our 4A Alpha Panel. Last month they showcased their Corner CT Alpha Bass Trap, the large 2A Alpha Panel with freestanding supports as well as the 6A Alpha Panel. These products are now available for sale directly worldwide. Changing the face of acoustic panels and bass traps, the Alpha Wood Series beautifully combines absorption with diffusion and enhances any room both aesthetically and acoustically with superior quality, high-performing, and stylish room treatments. There are three ranges of Alpha Panels that inclde GIK Acoustics' 2A Alpha Panel that is 2" thick, the 4A Alpha Panel at 4" thick, and 6A Alpha Panel at 6" thick. All Alpha Panels are available in two standard sizes; 23.75" x 23.75" and 23.75" x 47.75". Alpha Panels are easy to mount with sawtooth hanger (included). No glue or destructive adhesive when mounting. Customers have their choice of orientation as the Alpha Panel can be hung vertically or horizontally or in a combination of patterns. Optional supports make any 23.75" x 47.75" Alpha Panel a freestanding gobo with both an absorption side and a diffusion side. It's movable, reversible, effective, and beautiful. GIK Acoustics' Corner CT Alpha Bass Trap is designed to absorb pesky low-frequencies that build up in corners while diffusing the upper-frequencies leaving the room more lively. At 47.75" tall, the Corner CT Alpha Bass Trap is freestanding and designed to be stacked for floor-to-ceiling coverage. The Corner CT Alpha Bass Trap effectively absorbs at 50 Hz and above resulting in a beautifully balanced room that will suit even the most critical listener. "When we launched the Alpha Wood Series last fall, we knew there would be more products added to the line and the day has come, "said company founder and President Glenn Kuras. "I am thrilled to bring these items to our customers. The Alpha Series is truly a game changer for GIK and for the industry." See Enjoy the Music.com's recent review of the outstanding GIK 4A Alpha Panel Diffusors at this link.

 

02 / 03 / 16

Sneak Peek! Hi-Fi+'s February 2016 Edition Is Now Online
Hi-Fi+ Magazine132 February 2016Enjoy the Music.com has just posted a sneak peek of the February issue of Hi-Fi+ magazine!  This issue features reviews of the Boulder Audio 2110/2160 preamplifier and stereo power amplifier, Luxman C700U/M700U preamplifier and stereo power amplifier, Audio Research GSI75 integrated valve amplifier/DAC, conrad-johnson CA150 integrated 'control' amplifier, Benchmark AHB2 stereo power amplifier, Tron Atlantic integrated valve amplifier, Ayre Acoustics AX-5 Twenty integrated amplifier, Naim Audio NAC-N 272/ATC SCM40A active streaming system, Chord Electronics Mojo DAC/headphone amplifier, Focal Sopra NO. 1 standmount loudspeaker, RHA Audio S500i universal-fit earphones, Russell K Red 150 floorstanding loudspeaker, and Computer Audio Design 1543 MK II digital to analogue converter. Within his editorial titled The Importance Of Music To Us All, Alan Sircom says "In the cabin of the 747, back from Las Vegas after CES, taxiing to the Gatwick gate, everyone's texts went off as we turned on our phones. The reason: it had been announced a few hours before that David Bowie had died. By the time we got to the baggage reclaim carousel, people were already looking stunned, and were sharing stories. Like many, Bowie's music and persona had a profound influence on me, and he will be missed. What Bowie's passing showed me was just how important music is to so many of us, and it's something that isn't really understood at CES any more. Yes, the ‘specialty audio' rooms get it, because they are run by people who got into the business out of a profound love of music. But, even a short walk through the halls of CES shows just how devalued music has become in an increasingly gadget-driven world. It's long been a riot of noise in Las Vegas, but it's telling that many of us used noise cancelling headphones and CIEMs after the event just to clear the aural palette. Thinking back to Bowie again, would he have so significant an impact had he started today, or would his signal been drowned out by the noise?" See what's within this issue of Hi-Fi+ at this link.

 

02 / 02 / 16

Waves Nx Adjustable Home Audio Experience Via Headphones
Waves Nx Adjustable Home Audio Experience Via HeadphonesWaves Nx ($99 yet on sale for $49 right now) is a virtual monitoring plug-in that simulates the ideal acoustics of a high-end mix room and has adjustable width plus head tracking capability for your headphones! Powered by Waves' groundbreaking Nx technology, Waves Nx lets you hear, on headphones, the same natural depth, natural reflections, and panoramic stereo image you would be hearing from speakers in an actual room. Waves Nx turns your headphones into a more reliable mixing and monitoring tool by letting you hear everything with real-world dimension, rather than flat in your head. Insert the plug-in on your master buss, and hear all the elements of your mix accurately laid out in space, just as you would in the sweet spot of a great-sounding professional mix room. Waves Nx finally bridges the gap between monitoring on speakers and monitoring on headphones. By letting you hear the depth and stereo spread you would be hearing on external monitors, Nx gives you an accurate representation of how your headphone mix will translate to loudspeakers. By delivering the natural listening experience of a physical room, Waves Nx also makes the headphone experience more comfortable and ear-friendly over long periods of time. Want to mix for 5.1 or 5.0 surround on your regular stereo headphones? Waves Nx lets you do exactly that – a true revolution in the world of surround mixing. Best of all, Waves Nx does all this without coloring your sound. What you hear is your mix, exactly the way you want it to sound – only now you have a more accurate way to monitor it on headphones. Use Waves Nx with real-time head tracking – taking advantage of your computer's camera or the Nx Head Tracker unit (coming soon) – and enjoy the enhanced realism of being in the Virtual Mix Room, anywhere and everywhere you go. Soon this type of adjustment ability may be included within high-end portable and home music players.

 

02 / 01 / 16

February High-End Audio Review Magazine Is Now Available Online
Enjoy the Music.com's outstanding new homepage is only a hint at what we're planning during 2016! Within our February Review Magazine we have our CES 2016 show coverage, many world premiere equipment reviews, think pieces, a Talking Heads concert video plus we've added interviews with legendary musicians including Terry Bozzio and David Chesky!

Enjoy the Music.com Review Magazine
Our new Musician Series focuses on legendary talents from around the world. Within this month's Review Magazine we feature composer, pianist and producer David Chesky. While we're sure you're familiar with David's work, you need to hear our discussion about emerging technologies and where David feels audio is hearing towards. Terry Bozzio is a enormously talented drummer and percussionist who has performed with many well-known jazz and rock musicians. Terry has just released his life's work within a new multi-disc box set that is filled to the brim with great music and his incredible artwork too!

We know you love high quality audio gear and Enjoy the Music.com's February Review Magazine will bring a smile to your face as we have four world premiere reviews! World premieres include the Aurender N100H caching network streamer mated to their X725 USB DAC, D Sonic M3-3000S dual mono amplifier, FiiO X7 portable music player with their just-released K5 desktop amplifier, and Tavish Design Adagio vacuum tube phono stage. You want more? How about a review of the new ELAC F5 floorstanding speakers? We have a special spotlight article on ELAC's chief designer Andrew Jones too!

Editor Tom Lyle takes a look at this month's issue and waxes on about the progress Enjoy the Music.com is making within the high-end audio industry. Roger Scoff writes about how music makes you feel and what it is all about. On the industry side of things, Creative Director Steven R. Rochlin talks about the Apple watch, Beats headphones, and why advertise to audiophiles. He ponders why you don't need to offer the best product for top sales(?!?).

As part of our newly enhanced content, we have industry leaders talking about how to improve high-end audio's reach into the marketplace. We are all thankful that industry luminary Gary Yacoubian, CEO of SVS, gives us all advice about the 'lost generation' of music lovers and we as an industry can improve. We also have legendary and longstanding loudspeaker designer Sandy Gross sharing his thought about where high-end audio missed the high-end lifestyle bus.

See Enjoy the Music.com's February Review Magazine at this link.

 


Remember to check out our CES 2016 on-demand videos and high-end audio's official Press Center. We have 25 information-packed videos showcasing some of the very best gear exhibited at CES. In addition, our Press Center has over 60 press release jam packed with key data on the high-end audio equipment you love!  Our CES 2016 videos and high-end audio's official Press Center can be seen by clicking here. As always, in the end what really matters is that you...

 

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01 / 30 / 16

Last Days To Save On AXPONA 2016 Tickets
AXPONA 2016 High-End Audio Show Coverage By Enjoy the Music.comAXPONA (Audio Expo North America) returns to the Westin O'Hare in Rosemont, IL, for their 2016 event being held from April 15th through 17th. Early bird discount ticket pricing ends this weekend so hurry and buy yours today! Enjoy the Music.com's AXPONA 2016 show report will offer music lovers, audiophiles, and musicians details from this three day jam-packed event filled with incredible sounds, technology, presentations, design, and the very latest products within the industry. AXPONA seeks to define the high-end consumer audio shows within the United States of America and Enjoy the Music.com will once again bring you our exclusive AXPONA 2016 show report. Now in its seventh year, AXPONA offers something for everyone – from the novice music lover to the seasoned audio expert looking to enhance their sound with the latest technology. In addition to a series of special events, live performances and educational presentations, music lovers will have the opportunity to experience the very best in sound in more than 125 listening rooms. We live streamed during AXPONA 2015 and AXPONA 2014 and look forward to bringing you our AXPONA 2016 show report. We deliver you the latest information from AXPONA and will be offering high-end audio's official Press Center for AXPONA 2016! Of course to fully experience all the great gear at AXPONA 2016, and hear your music though millions of dollars of high-end audio equipment, you needed to be there in person. Learn more about AXPONA 2016 at this link.

 

01 / 29 / 16

iHeartRadio Surpasses 80,000,000 Registered Users
iHeartRadio Surpasses 80,000,000 Registered UsersWhile online streaming music services fight it out for dominance, terrestrial radio giant Clear Channel has racked up over 80 million registered users within their iHeartRadio streaming audio service. iHeartRadio continues to reach user milestones at a rate faster than Facebook or any other radio or digital music service. The number of registered users do not account for the millions of listeners who tune in to iHeartRadio's live radio radio stations, which does not require registration. iHeartRadio has been downloaded a staggering 850 million times, has 80 million social media followers and is now available on more than 80 unique device platforms spanning in-home entertainment, wearables, gaming, mobile and automobile. Launched in 2011, iHeartRadio is a free all-in-one service that offers listeners access to thousands of Clear Channel (and we presume other) live radio stations from across the country, custom stations from a catalog of more than 24 million songs and 830,000 artists, on-demand podcasts and its newest feature "My Favorites Radio" which combines all of a listener's favorite artists and thumbed up songs in one station just for them. In addition, last fall iHeartMedia introduced iHeartRadio Family, iHeartRadio's first multi-app brand extension: a standalone app designed specifically for families with kids ages 4-11. "In just five years, we've seen continued powerful growth in our registered user base - a testament to the power of radio and listening," said Darren Davis, President of iHeartRadio. "Our listeners have many new ways to enjoy our stations and programming, and we want to continue to deepen their listening experience and ensure we're available everywhere they expect us to be." 

 

Just Posted: Hi-Fi World's March 2016 Edition Is Now Online
Hi-Fi World March 2016Enjoy the Music.com has just posted the latest issue of Hi-Fi World that is packed with great reviews and articles. This issue features Audio Research Reference 75 SE tube amplifier, Quadral Chromium Style 8 loudspeakers, Tannoy Revolution XT 6F loudspeakers, Riva Turbo Box speaker, Chord Hugo TT DAC, FiiO X1 portable music player, Furutech ADL Stratos preamplifier, Naim NAP 200 DR power amplifier, Gear4 Soundwave Bluetooth speaker / Xqisit XQ S20, and the vintage Sanyo micro cassette deck. Within his editorial, Noel Keywood says "With its huge market and great wealth, the USA produces products that the UK could never support – and we see only half of it. Many US companies don't even bother to export – it isn't worth the effort. Overseas sales are minuscule compared to their own – and that includes the UK. Perhaps sometime the UK economy will forge ahead, when we at last re-embrace manufacturing on the sort of scale Japan and Germany manage to achieve, but in the meantime we can at least enjoy some of what the USA produces, even if it is often pricey. I'm thinking of Martin Logan, McIntosh and Audio Research in particular. They all produce hi-fi of unusual style and quality and that's why I review the new Reference 75 SE power amplifier from Audio Research this month – see p10. What a beast it was! Of enormous size and solid build, with a slick but at the same time restrained and authentic professional style, the Reference 75 SE was a lovely piece of Americana. I hope you find it interesting: just remember, you may win the Lottery tomorrow!" See what's within this issue of Hi-Fi World at this link.

 

Industry News 15 Years Ago
World Economic Forum In Davos Discusses Napster's Business Model

NapsterThe big question: Can you sell what millions of people once enjoyed for free? After all, why buy the cow if the milk can be enjoyed for free? While the "oldest profession in the world" seems to be strong on sales, will music be able to also succeed as well? Peer to peer music website Napster will be asking for a fee to use their service by June of this year. Their new subscription model will also bring with it the legal downloading of music which websites like mp3.com enjoys today. Addressing the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Bertelsmann CEO Thomas Middelhoff said, "I'm convinced we can introduce in June or July of this year a subscription model, with a real working digital rights management system."

 

01 / 28 / 16

Wolf Ear Audio KITOKI Class A 1.5 Watt Stereo Amplifier
Wolf Ear Audio KITOKI Class A 1.5 Watt Stereo AmplifierWolf Ear Audio, a small Aboriginal business located in Canada that designs, builds and sells high value tube stereo amplifiers and accessories, is now offering their KITOKI low power S.E.T. vacuum tube stereo amplifier ($1599.99). Wolf Ear Audio's KITOKI is a true Class A stereo amplifier made to compliment high efficiency speakers (93dB/W/m). The company says it is a very honest and accurate sounding amplifier with minimal parts in the signal path and no feedback is used within the circuit. All of their amplifiers are made with care and point-to-point wired and do not use any PC boards in their assembly. This is a no nonsense amplifier and in order to keep the price down, it does not contain any unnecessary parts or add-ons such as current meters. They choose to focus on the amplifier itself in order to bring you the best possible sound for your dollar. Wolf Ear Audio's KITOKI uses a single tube for its power rectification, the EZ81 rectifier tube. All the capacitors within the power supply are high quality film type. There are no electrolytic capacitors here! Unlike electrolytic capacitors, film type capacitors never dry out and perform significantly better than even the very best electrolytic capacitors. The KITOKI's quality choke filtered power supply helps give a very quiet and steady power signal throughout the amplifier, filtering out noise and improving performance. Both the driver and output stage are a constant current design, so that they draw the same amount of current at all points of their operation, to provide an easy load for the power supply, which results in very consistent and reliable behavior from the amplifier. This also means you will never have to change or adjust the tube bias, ever. This amp is designed to use the excellent and affordable 6N1P-EV, which utilizes one section for the voltage gain and the other section to drive the output tube. This section is tube rollable with 6DJ8 and 6922 type driver tubes, though the 6N1P-EV will provide the most linear performance. The output tube is a constant current output stage which operates in its most linear region and uses the 6P15P-EV, which is also roll-able with other 6P14P-EV and EL84 types. Coupling capacitors used between the driver and output stage are a very high quality film capacitors known for their high sound quality and reliability. The output transformers used in this amplifier are the best possible custom output transformers available and have an exceptionally wide frequency response. Power output is 1.5 Watts RMS and the KITOKI has loudspeaker taps for both 4 and 8 Ohm speakers. Overall frequency response is from 20Hz to 100kHz (+/-1dB) with less than 2% distortion at full output. Dimensions are 320mm x 220mm x 80mm (WxLxH) and it weighs 7.8 kg.

 

Audience Releases Their Top-Of-The-Line Au24 SX Cables
Audience Top-Of-The-Line Au24 SX Line Of CablesAudience, founded nearly two decades ago by John McDonald and Richard Smith as a design and production company focused on building the best possible audio and video equipment, has announced their new top-of-the-line Au24 SX interconnects, loudspeaker, phono and digital cables. Their goal is to achieve extraordinary audio performance and musical accuracy to complement the finest audio systems. Audience's Au24 SX substantially exceeds the performance of the company's long-standing and acclaimed Au24 cable lines by the use of improved XLPE (cross-linked polyethylene) dielectric material, higher-purity six nines copper, and by improvements to the cable geometry. The Au24 SX loudspeaker cables are of a heavier gauge than previous Au24 lines. In comparison to the previous versions, the new SX cables are more relaxed yet more dynamic sonically and have a richer tonal palette. The RCA connectors are a new proprietary solder free design. The XLR interconnect is an entirely new true dedicated differential cable designed from the ground up solely for use in balanced circuits. Audience Au24 SX cables, like all previous Au24 cables, are low mass and low eddy current resistance designs using minimal jacketing materials. They retain music's natural timing and timbre. "Anyone who has been a fan of our previous Au24, Au24e or Au24 SE cables should be thrilled when they hear the new Au24 SX," said John McDonald, President of Audience. "The new cables deliver even greater transparency, improved focus, higher resolution of micro-detail, a richer tonality and a more pristine soundstage." The new Audience Au24 SX cables begin at one-meter pair of Au24 SX cables with RCA terminations has a suggested retail price of $1800 per pair.

 

ESS Technology ES9038PRO: Is Your DAC Now Old And Outdated?
ESS Technology ES9038PRO: Your DAC Is Now Old And OutdatedESS Technology SABRE ES9038PRO is the world's highest performance 32-Bit DAC featuring 140dB DNR. Widely recognized as the gold standard in Audio Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) technology, ESS Technology introduces its professional series flagship – the ES9038PRO SABRE DAC. This first member of the ESS PRO series of SABRE DACs offers industry-leading performance in a 32-bit, 8-channel DAC and features the industry's highest dynamic range (DNR) of 140dB. The ES9038PRO SABRE DAC sets a new standard for a truly immersive, Hi-Res Audio (HRA) experience. As high resolution content proliferates through new, high-end music download services, users are looking for equipment that fulfills the promise of a sound experience matching the artist's original performance. The ES9038PRO SABRE DAC delivers on that promise enabling the highest quality sound possible, regardless of file format or device. The ES9038PRO SABRE DAC was designed for premium audio and home theater equipment including Blu-ray players, preamplifiers, all-in-one A/V receivers, network streamers and may be used within portable audio players. For serious audiophiles, the new ESS Technology SABRE ES9038PRO provides the most immersive listening experience – bringing music to life. Recording studio environments can leverage the ES9038PRO SABRE DAC's industry-leading performance for professional audio workstations and other equipment. The PRO series also enables studio professionals to recreate popular signature sound styles, using third party DSP and specialized software packages, while remaining true to the artists' musical vision. The ES9038PRO SABRE DAC features ESS' patented 32-bit HyperStream DAC technology with up to 140 dB DNR in mono mode and –122 dB (0.00008%) total harmonic distortion plus noise (THD+N). The HyperStream architecture is responsible for both the outstanding sound quality of ESS SABRE DACs and the extremely low THD+N. A typical competitive, 32-Bit 8-Channel DAC using a delta-sigma architecture features –107 dB THD+N (0.0004%), which when subjected to listening tests does not equal the clarity and sound stage of the ES9038PRO. A first in the industry, the ES9038PRO also enables audio gain calibration across multiple DACs for high channel count systems. It also has 500 mW power consumption at 192kHz sampling and 100 MHz MCLK. Advanced power management features enable a low-power idle mode the audio signal is absent. New hardware features include:

• Full-scale manual/auto-gain calibration reduces device-to-device gain error
• Programmable volume control ramp-rate with +18 dB option
• DoP to DSD decoder minimizes external processing
• Total of eight preset filters for maximum design flexibility
Programmable functions:
• Customizable output configuration: Mono, stereo, 8-channel output in current-mode or voltage-mode based on performance criterion
• Customizable filter characteristics: User-programmable filter allowing custom roll-off response
• Programmable THD compensation to minimize THD caused by external components.

 

01 / 27 / 16

JBL SpeakerAngle And SpeakerPro iOS Apps
JBL SpeakerAngle And SpeakerPro iOS AppsAudioApps, a company that specializes in audio guiding systems for smartphones, has partnered with JBL for two new iOS apps JBL SpeakerAngle and JBL SpeakerPro. These apps allow users to get the most from their stereo and home theater systems. Developed in conjunction with JBL, the world's leading manufacturer of loudspeakers and professional studio monitors, these two new apps ensure precise speaker placement. JBL SpeakerAngle, which is completely free of charge, is the first-ever digital tool which allows users to correctly set and match the toe-in angling of their speakers for maximum audio fidelity. JBL SpeakerPro, priced at just $ 1.99, adds the ability to optimize setup by measuring distances from speaker to listening position and speaker to speaker directly from the iOS device. The resultant data can be stored, shared, and printed, and is used by the app to make intelligent toe-in recommendations based upon the specific listening environment. JBL SpeakerAngle and JBL SpeakerPro can be used with any stereo or surround sound system (up to 7.1), and with any make and model of speaker. They are compatible with all iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch models running iOS 7.0 or later. "We're thrilled to have worked with JBL on the development of these two groundbreaking apps," said Howard Massey, founder of AudioApps. "I'm convinced that both products will be of tremendous benefit to anyone who loves great-sounding audio, from audiophiles and home theater aficionados to owners of home studios and staff at professional recording studios."

 

01 / 26 / 16

CANADA HiFi's Latest Edition Now Available For Free Download
December 2015 / January 2016 CANADA HiFiEnjoy the Music.com has just posted the latest issue of CANADA HiFi. This issue features a very special shopping guide for portable high-resolution digital music players and smart TVs. You can also see Enjoy the Music.com's extensive TAVES 2015 show report at this link. Reviews within this issue of CANADA HiFi include the Alpha Design Labs 24-bit/192kHz GT40 Alpha USB DAC/ADC with phono stage, Acoustic Signature WOW XL turntable with TA-1000 tonearm, VIZIO M-Series 65" 4K Ultra HD TV. Within his editorial, Suave Kajko says "Hello and welcome to the holiday edition of the CANADA HiFi magazine! Our annual gift guide makes this the funnest issue of the year for George de Sa and I to work on - and we hope that enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed putting it together. You'll find a great spread of hi-fi and home theatre items on our list, ranging from a device that can turn any TV into a "smart TV" all the way up to fantastic amplifiers, speakers and more. The guide is sure to put you in the holiday spirit! We are equally as excited to feature CANADA HiFi's first portable music player shopping guide in this issue, written by Frank Labonte. This guide will not only teach you how to select a portable music player, it also contains a great number of players that would make a fantastic holiday gift for the music lover on your list. Think of it as "part 2" of our holiday gift guide." See what's within this issue of CANADA HiFi and you can download the complete magazine for free at this link.

 

01 / 25 / 16

Selling Audio To The "Lost Generation"
Selling Audio To The "Lost Generation"
Article By Gary Yacoubian, CEO of SVS

 

RBH Sound BT-100 24/192 DAC With 50 WPC Amp And Headphone Out
RBH Sound BT-100 24/192 DAC With 50 WPC Amp And Headphone OutHigh performance audio products manufacturer RBH Sound (RBH) has introduced their RBH BT-100 stereo amplifier with 24/192kHz DAC and Bluetooth capability ($329). The BT-100 amplifier features a built-in Bluetooth 4.0 radio, and is capable of delivering a hearty 50 Watts per channel of high fidelity, Class D power into a pair of 4 Ohm speakers. RBH Sound also incorporated the aptX codec into the BT-100, giving the compact amplifier improved sound quality and increased streaming efficiency with enhanced overall dynamic range. Virtually any Bluetooth enabled device, such as a smart phone, easily pairs with the BT-100, allowing the user to wirelessly stream a playlist through their favorite speakers, making it the most convenient amplifier RBH has produced in its 40-year history. RBH also added three additional inputs: a 1/8" (3.5mm) analog stereo headphone jack auxiliary input, a set of unbalanced RCA analog input jacks and an industry-standard S/PDIF TosLink optical digital input that gives the BT-100's built-in digital-to-analog converter the ability to decode and play up to 24-bit/192kHz high resolution audio formats. Also found on the rear panel of the amplifier is a single RCA-style volume tracking subwoofer pre-out that allows listeners to add a powered subwoofer to the system for added bass support. Switching between the amplifier's inputs and adjusting the volume is easy and convenient with the included slender infrared remote control or via the multi-touch rotator knob on the front panel of the BT-100. RBH Sound's BT-100 measures 7.5" x 5.5 x 2" (WxDxH) and weighs just under 3 lbs. "Any speakers lying around the house can, with our new BT-100, become Bluetooth enabled and be listened to within a few minutes," said Daren Egan, RBH's Marketing Director. "Most people want ease and convenience when listening to their music. If it's not easy or if it's not convenient, most people will either forego listening to their music altogether or they'll find an easier way to do it. That easier way, unfortunately, may be to simply listen to their phone's speaker, the quality of which is poor at best. When it comes to first setting up the BT-100, most people can have their music streaming from their phone in less than five minutes, start to finish. Simply connect the BT-100 to a pair of speakers, plug it in, turn it on, pair your Bluetooth enabled device, and you're ready to go. And, you'll get much better sound quality than you'll ever get with a portable Bluetooth speaker."

 

Industry News 10 Years Ago
IFPI: Online Music Sales Are Achieving Impressive Results
International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI)Online music sales have reached amazing figures as the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), the organization that promotes the interests of the international recording industry worldwide with membership comprising of over 1450 major and independent companies in more than 75 countries, reports that digital music in 2006 grew to over 2 million songs online with sales reaching impressive results. Mobile music revenues earned $400 million, with $1.1 billion for record companies, this is up from $380 million in 2004. How big is the worldwide sales of music you ask? Like online audiophile magazines where music lovers worldwide benefit, music fans worldwide downloaded 420 million single tracks and accounts for a multiple of twenty times more than only two years earlier. According to the IFPI, digitally downloaded music now "accounts for 6 percent of record companies' revenues, up from practically zero two years ago." IFPI Chairman and CEO, John Kennedy, said "Two years ago, few could have predicted the extraordinary developments we are seeing in the digital music business today. And there will be further significant growth in 2006 as the digital music market continues to take shape. Already in the UK and Germany - two of the biggest digital markets worldwide - legal buyers from sites like iTunes, Musicload and MSN actually exceed illegal file-swappers." If we fast-forward to 2016, online music sales and music streaming services are generating more revenue for recording labels than CD / LP formats.

 

01 / 22 / 16

Musician Series Featuring David Chesky
Musician Series Featuring David Chesky
Enjoy the Music.com's Musician Series focuses on legendary talents from around the world.
Interview By Steven R. Rochlin

 

Nagra Classic DAC Handles 32-bit/384kHz And 2x DSD Hi-Res Audio
Nagra Classic DAC Handles 32-bit/384kHz And 2x DSD Hi-Res AudioNagra's new CLASSIC DAC handles 24-bit/384kHz and 2x DSD digital audio files. Their CLASSIC DAC features using the DSD 2x version of the format that operates at a level 128 times superior to that of traditional CD and twice that of SACD. The sampling frequency reaches 5.6 MHz and the internal calculations use 72 bit precision. The USB input is Nagra's own proprietary design and can handle signals up to DXD (384kHz/32-bits) and DSD 2x. It is compatible with PC and MAC computers. On the analog side, the signal-to-noise ratio of the output stage boasts an impressive 145dB! A number rarely reached by any competitive product at any price level. The output section is based on a Class A discrete transistor topology. It includes no less than nine matched transistors, of military and high-end origins, per channel. The Nagra CLASSIC DAC features a built-in mains power supply that offers excellent performance, but can be further improved by the use of the Nagra MPS full-chassis power supply, though a 12 V DC Lemo connector. The power supply has also been carefully designed and includes no less than 25 dedicated internal power supplies. In typical Nagra way, each stage is carefully decoupled to ensure the best performance. Digital inputs include two S/PDIF (RCA and BNC), AES/EBU, optical TosLink, USB and I2S. Analog outputs are both unbalanced RCA and balanced XLR. The Nagra CLASSIC DAC will be available in April 2016.

 

01 / 21 / 16

Press Release: High-End VIPs Praise Enjoy the Music.com's CES 2016 Show CoveragePress Release: High-End VIPs Praise Enjoy the Music.com's CES 2016 Show Coverage
High-End VIPs Praise Enjoy the Music.com's CES 2016 Show Coverage

 

01 / 20 / 16

AVA Motorcycle By Bandit9
AVA Motorcycle By Bandit9
A rolling, and functional, work of art.
Article By Steven R. Rochlin

 

Nike Air Pressure Sneaker
Nike Air Pressure Sneaker
Nike goes back to the 1980's.
Article By Steven R. Rochlin

 


Skull Armchair And Iconic Stool: Arnold
Paris once again bestows upon us great objects of art.
Article By Steven R. Rochlin

 

 

Industry News 15 Years Ago
Chesky Records Delivers High Resolution DVD-Audio Disc
Chesky DVD-Audio DiscAudiophile recording label Chesky Records has officially been chosen by Japanese electronic manufacture Pioneer to supply a free DVD-Audio disc with selected Pioneer DVD-Audio players. This compilation DVD-Audio disc includes high resolution naturally recorded multi-channel music by artists such as Chuck Mangione, Paquito D'Rivera, The Conga Kings, Jon Faddis, The Coryells, Dave's True Story, Christy Baron, Carla Lother, Allison Brewster Franzetti, and David Chesky. As a special for Enjoy the Music.com Mailing List members, an upcoming contest planned for February 2001 includes giving away one of these not for sale discs to five lucky Mailing List members.

 

01 / 19 / 16

Where High-End Audio Missed the High-End Lifestyle Bus
Where High-End Audio Missed the High-End Lifestyle Bus
Article By Sandy Gross, GoldenEar Technology

 

Everything But Тhe Box Announces Their BoXXeR HM 0.4 Speaker
Everything But ?he Box Announces Their BoXXeR HM 0.4 SpeakerEverything But Тhe Box announced their BoXXeR HM 0.4 (~€1500 each) as the first loudspeaker of the company's new BoXXeR series. EBTB applied a very different aesthetic approach and style for those who may enjoy a more vintage design. They carefully selected each part and material plus spent many hours in the anechoic chamber to produce the best loudspeaker. Both woofer and tweeter are top of the line products of Seas and Vifa, with the crossover using high quality Mundorf components. For midrange and woofer duties the 4.5" Seas Excel magnesium cone woofer is used. For tweeter duties EBTB chose the 25 mm Vifa silk dome tweeter with central waveguide and neodymium magnet. EBTB's BoXXeR HM 0.4 front and back plate are CNC cut from 10mm solid aluminum alloy sheet. They are covered with invisible lacquer to protect the surface, thus giving it a very natural feeling when touched. The shell is made from 11 plies of Birch plywood as EBTB feels this is the most musical wooden product. The shell is covered with the highest quality vegetable tanned full grain leather from Tuscany, Italy. On the rear of the unit are a pair of gold plated loudspeaker binding posts. Sensitivity is 85dB/W/m, power handling is 70 Watts and overall frequency response is from 60 Hz to 40 kHz.

 

01 / 18 / 15

Cary Audio Is Now Shipping Their DMS-500 Digital Music Streamer
Cary Audio Is Now Shipping Their DMS-500 Digital Music StreamerCary Audio's new DMS-500 Digital Music Streamer is now shipping ($4995). As a groundbreaking design that not only meets the high-fidelity demands of today, but also the future, the DMS-500 streams native PCM up to 32-bit/384kHz and DSD 64 to 512. Connecting the DMS-500 to your wired or wireless home network opens up a new world of musical enjoyment like never before. Easily stream any files from any MAC or PC computer, NAS drives, and Internet Music Services. To go one step further, directly connecting USB hard drives, thumb drives, or SD Cards allows for "computer-less" playback of digital music. Whether network or computer-less, the DMS-500 will transform your digital files effortlessly into beautiful analog rich music at a level you've come to expect from Cary Audio's long history of renowned digital products. Used in your reference Hi-Fi system, or as a hub within a digital only system paired with a set of powered speakers, the DMS-500 will not only please your ears but the 5" full color HD display is also easy on the eyes. Additional features include built in Tidal, Spotify, aptX lossless fi Bluetooth, plus legacy inputs including two S/PDIF coaxial, TosLink optical, AES/EBU. Outputs are S/PDIF coaxial and TosLink optical, analog RCA and XLR fully balanced outputs, OSO Re-clocking, and a full 3 Volt variable volume control. Dimensions of the Cary Audio DMS-500 are 3.75" x 17.25" x 16.25" (HxWxD) and weight is 23.5 lbs.

 

01 / 17 / 15

Ferguson Hill FH007 Version 2 Features Elegant Clear Acrylic Horns
Ferguson Hill FH007 Version 2 Features Elegant Clear Acrylic HornsFerguson Hill has just launched their new and improved FH007 speakers to now reach Version 2.0 status (ฃ595 including V.A.T.). The FH007 desktop speaker system is a five piece system consisting of two stand mounted clear acrylic horn speakers, two bass spheres and an integrated Class A/B amplifier. The system has been designed to work fantastically around a desktop computer but can be used with any sound source. The original FHOO7 was critically-acclaimed by many magazines since going on sale to the public years ago and has established a reputation across Europe as the "most stylish speakers in existence". Ferguson Hill's FH007 Version 2 features virtually unbreakable polycarbonate horns and upgraded drive units in both horns and bass spheres for improved frequency response. The FHOO7 Version 2 is easy to plug and play with any device with an audio out line. Simply use the mini-jack leads and phono lead provided to connect to your iPod, PC/Mac, TV, or traditional Hi-fi systems. The FHOO7 is not just an I-pod speaker but also a speaker system for all your sound systems. A Bluetooth receiver is included so that you can can stream music wirelessly straight from your computer, tablet or phone. Dimension of the two main horns are 43 x 27 x 18cm (HxWxD) and the two bass spheres are 20cm in diameter each. The included Class A/B integrated amplifier is 14cm cubed, and produces 64 Watts with two dedicated stereo amplifiers and an active crossover.

 

Industry News 15 Years Ago
Legally Download Dave Matthews Band's "I Did It" On Napster
Dave Matthews BandLegal copyrighted music downloading on Napster? You bet! Napster, with the blessing music label owner Bertelsmann, is making the very first music single from the upcoming Dave Matthews Band album available for download. While the Dave Matthews Band much-anticipated fourth studio album titled Everyday will be released on February 27th, members of Napster can download and listen to the song "I Did It" right now.

 

01 / 15 / 16

Enjoy the Music.com Launches Our Special Musician Series Videos
Enjoy the Music.com Launches Our Special Musician Series VideosEnjoy the Music.com's special first video within our Musician Series, hosted by Creative Director Steven R. Rochlin, features artist, inventor and musician Terry Bozzio. Our interview with Terry Bozzio discusses his early career, his many creative talents with inventing drum hardware, plus as a longtime legendary drummer with Frank Zappa and many others. Terry is a critically acclaimed percussionist and visual artist too! Legendary and award winning melodic drummer Terry Bozzio is releasing worldwide what he calls a "Life's Work" project of Art & Music on the Japanese label Ward Records. Please check out Terry Bozzio's latest album, Composer Series, which features Hi-Res Audio recordings showcasing Terry's many musical talents. You can see our interview with Terry Bozzio at this link.

 

01 / 14 / 16

AXPONA 2016 High-End Audio Show Coverage By Enjoy the Music.com
AXPONA 2016 High-End Audio Show Coverage By Enjoy the Music.comAXPONA (Audio Expo North America) returns to the Westin O'Hare in Rosemont, IL, for their 2016 event being held from April 15th through 17th. Enjoy the Music.com's AXPONA 2016 show report will offer music lovers, audiophiles, and musicians details from this three day jam-packed event filled with incredible sounds, technology, presentations, design, and the very latest products within the industry. AXPONA seeks to define the high-end consumer audio shows within the United States of America and Enjoy the Music.com will once again bring you our exclusive AXPONA 2016 show report. Now in its seventh year, AXPONA offers something for everyone – from the novice music lover to the seasoned audio expert looking to enhance their sound with the latest technology. In addition to a series of special events, live performances and educational presentations, music lovers will have the opportunity to experience the very best in sound in more than 125 listening rooms. AXPONA attendees may sit and enjoy comparing superbly designed, high performance systems and components from some of the world's most prestigious manufacturers. In all, more than 400 manufacturers, retailers and brands will gather at AXPONA 2016. Enjoy the Music.com, will be celebrating our seventh consecutive year bringing you our exclusive AXPONA show coverage! We live streamed during AXPONA 2015 and AXPONA 2014 and look forward to bringing you our AXPONA 2016 show report. We deliver you the latest information from AXPONA and will be offering high-end audio's official Press Center for AXPONA 2016! Of course to fully experience all the great gear at AXPONA 2016, and hear your music though millions of dollars of high-end audio equipment, you needed to be there in person. Learn more about AXPONA 2016 at this link.

 

01 / 13 / 16

High-End Audio's Official CES 2016 Press Center By Enjoy the Music.comHigh-End Audio's Official CES 2016 Press Center By Enjoy the Music.com
Updated! High-End Audio's Official CES 2016 Press Center

We've added more press releases @ high-end audio's official CES 2016 Press Center!

 

aptX HD Provides Music Enjoyment At 24-bit Hi-Res Audio Via Bluetooth
aptX HD Provides Music Enjoyment At 24-bit Hi-Res Audio Via BluetoothQualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), a world leader in 3G, 4G and next-gen wireless technologies, has introduced their Hi-Res Audio wireless Bluetooth technology called aptX HD. Over the last two years there has been a move towards Hi-Rez Audio, and Qualcomm is meeting these desires with aptX HD Bluetooth technology that can wirelessly stream 24-bit/48kHz. Qualcomm's aptX HD audio codec platform supports better than CD quality audio over a wireless connection. As well as accepting a 24-bit audio input, 24-bit audio resolution is maintained by using an extra two bits in each of the four sub-bands of processing. This results in lower signal-to-noise ratio (the signal strength signal strength relative to background noise) through the encode/decode cycle and less distortion, making aptX HD ideal for use as part of a high-resolution audio solution. aptX HD is immediately available as part of the CSR8675 Bluetooth audio system-on-chip (SoC) platform which supports 24-bit audio end-to-end. The CSR8675 provides increased digital signal processing (DSP) performance and more capable I/O subsystems than any of its predecessors. It's designed to be a superior vehicle to bring aptX HD to the Bluetooth headset and speaker space. Qualcomm's aptX HD source is initially launching for Android devices such as tablets, personal media players, and smartphones, but during the course of the next year or so it will be deployed more widely. "aptX transformed the Bluetooth stereo audio ecosystem, providing near CD-quality audio without the need for wires, and consumers now seek out the quality the aptX brand has come to represent," said Anthony Murray, Senior Vice President and General Manager for IoE at Qualcomm Technologies International. "Today consumers enjoy the benefits and freedom of wireless audio on the wide variety of aptX enabled devices available but demand for higher resolution audio is growing to fulfill the desire for the most premium listening experience possible. With aptX HD, we are helping device manufacturers to reduce development time and quickly meet demand." aptX audio technology has a long history in the pro-audio and broadcast ecosystems. The technology is used to deliver high quality audio in over 30,000 radio stations and 20,000 cinemas across the world. In 2009, aptX was introduced to consumer electronics to provide quality wireless audio – and today, has been adopted by over 320 leading audio brands making it available in millions of headphones, speakers, soundbars, automotive and other Bluetooth audio products worldwide. It's also widely enabled in mobile devices and is now available in flagship Android smartphones and tablets from Samsung, Sony, HTC, Motorola and LG, as well as in other operating systems including Windows 10, MAC OS X and Blackberry.

 

 

 
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