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10 / 21 / 16

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Ultrasone Handmade Edition 8 EX And Jubilee 25 Edition Headphones
Ultrasone Handmade Edition 8 EX And Jubilee 25 Edition HeadphonesUltrasone's new handmade newcomers, Edition 8 EX and Jubilee 25 Edition ($2199 and $5999 respectively) are both closed-back deluxe headphones with reduced emissions using the ULE standard (Ultra Low Emission) and S-Logic EX technology. Ultrasone's Jubilee 25 Edition has high-gloss ear cups made of Makassar ebony and finished with piano lacquer. The finely-crafted decorative inlay is of high-gloss polished 925 sterling silver. An engraved logo adorns the matt chrome housing. The ear cushions and the pad of the solid aluminum headband are made of finest dark grey leather from Ethiopian long-haired sheep. The supplied premium case provides protection when storing and safe transportation. Impedance of the Edition 8 EX is 32 Ohms and it has a frequency range from 5Hz to 46kHz. Drivers are 40mm titanium-plated Mylar with NdFeB magnets. Weight without cable is 314 grams and the detachable premium cable has four core wire that is three meters long with LEMO connectors and gold-plated 3.5mm jack, plus a screw-on 6.3mm adapter is included. Ultrasone's Jubile 25 is their top model made in Germany with high-gloss chrome-plated and PVD-coated ear cups. The cups are adorned with polished ceramic inlays and an engraved logo. Finely crafted, matt chrome decorative rings round off the elegant design. Both the ear cups and the cushioning on the solid aluminum headband are furnished with dark grey premium leather from Ethiopian long-haired sheep. The magnetically attached ear cups can be detached. A high-quality aluminum case guarantees safe storage and secure transport. Impedance is 38 Ohms and they have a frequency range from 5Hz to 46kHz via a 40 mm titanium-plated Mylar driver. Weight without cable is 330 grams and the Edition 8 EX comes with a detachable premium four core three meter premium cable with LEMO connectors, a gold-plated 3.5mm jack and screw-on 6.3mm adapter.


10 / 20 / 16

NAD C 388, C 368 And C 338 Have Hybrid Amplification And Bluetooth
NAD C 388, C 368 And C 33NAD Electronics has three new hybrid digital integrated amplifiers that cover a wide range of technologies, power and price points. NAD's C 338 ($649) is a compact stereo amp that produces 150 Watts per channel (350W Dynamic @ 4 Ohms) while the C 368 stereo amp offers 80 Watts per channel (240W Dynamic @ 4 Ohms). Wireless network and streaming audio are fully supported by Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The C 368 ($899) and C 388 ($1599 ) are future proof Hybrid Digital DAC Amplifiers that are as intelligent as they are powerful. A modular design construction ensures these are future ready for feature upgrades. BluOS Wireless Multi-room Audio is one feature that handles Hi-Res Audio option for streaming music. The C 388 and C 368 have inputs including MM Phono, Stereo Line, Optical Digital and Coax Digtal. Their advanced amplifier stages include many cutting-edge technological breakthroughs developed by NAD over decades of creating affordable ultra-high performance audio components. All three models can connect instantly with Bluetooth allowing them to stream music wirelessly from any Bluetooth-enabled device. The high performance aptX codec is fully supported on the top two NAD models. The advanced Bluetooth can also be used to listen to other sources connected to the amp via wireless Bluetooth headphones. There is even a control app that allows smartphones or tablet to control all functions of your NAD amp.


Industry News 15 Years Ago
RIAA Wants Legal Right To Hack Your Computer
RIAA Wants Legal Right To Hack Your ComputerWhile the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has reported seizing 1,257,796 counterfeit/pirated CD-R discs during legal raids in the first half of 2001, more than double of last year's 539,130 during the same period, the RIAA now wants to legally hack computers. Seemingly trying to take advantage of the September 11 events and the fast-paced laws that are being passed, the RIAA was hoping to add their own self-serving legislation to allow them to hack computers they feel are being used to illegally share copyrighted music files. After being thwarted from adding their special interest legislation, RIAA lobbyist Mitch Glazier said in defense of the RIAA's recent actions "It will not be some special exception for copyright owners. It will be a general fix to bring back current law." Glazer also said "We might try and block somebody if we know someone is operating a server, a pirated music facility, we could try to take measures to try and prevent them from uploading or transmitting pirated documents." What disturbs many people is that if the recent RIAA legislation passed, it would limit the RIAA's liability for damages caused by their deliberate hacking. Hacking a computer system can cause both software and hardware problems and could add up to tens of thousands of dollars.


10 / 19 / 16

RMAF 2016 Show Report Part 5 By Steven R. Rochlin
RMAF 2016 Show Report
Part 5 By Steven R. Rochlin


Audio-Technica AT-ART1000 Direct Power Stereo Moving Coil Cartridge
Audio-Technica AT-ART1000 Direct Power Stereo Moving Coil CartridgeAudio-Technica has just introduced their new flagship phono cartridge, the AT-ART1000 Direct Power Stereo Moving Coil Cartridge ($4999). The AT-ART1000 is an innovative design that has been refined over the years to culminate in an exceptional hand crafted high-end cartridge. The ART1000's Direct Power System places its dual moving coils directly on top of the stylus tip, enabling the cartridge to deliver extraordinary fidelity, musical detail and transient response. Each of the ART1000's two moving coils is made of 20 µm diameter PCOCC (Pure Copper by Ohno Continuous Casting) wire, wound eight turns to form two loops only 0.9 mm in diameter. The coils are placed in an extremely small (0.6 mm) gap of a powerful magnetic circuit, enabling them to generate an 0.2 mV (milliVolt) stereo audio signal. The assembly procedure requires extreme precision and must be performed by Audio-Technica's most skilled technicians. The ART1000 employs a high-performance line-contact stylus and solid boron cantilever for superb accuracy in tracking the record groove. The support base for the magnetic circuit, stylus and cantilever is made from lightweight, highly rigid titanium. The base, and the cartridge's aluminum housing and hard plastic cover all operate in conjunction to disperse any internal resonances that would otherwise affect sound quality. Each ART1000 is individually tested and verified to ensure optimum performance and long-time listening satisfaction. According to Audio-Technica, "The total result is a cartridge with exceptional sonic purity, ability to resolve the most subtle musical details and remarkable transient response, combined with a smooth tonal balance with a wide 15 Hz to 30 kHz frequency response. The ART1000 delivers rich, natural full-bodied reproduction of vocals and instruments with precise imaging on an immersive soundstage. It's the ideal complement to the finest turntable setups and analog playback systems."


CTA Says Headphones To Be The Most Popular Gift For Holiday 2016
CTA Says Headphones To Be The Most Popular Gift For Holiday 2016According to the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), more consumers than ever plan to give technology gifts this season. CTA says that 68 percent, or roughly 170 million people – plan to buy technology gifts this holiday season, a six percent increase over last year, according to the latest annual research from the CTA. The 23rd Annual Consumer Technology Holiday Purchase Patterns Study shows emerging technologies including drones, virtual reality and wearables will pervade holiday wish lists this year. According to CTA's holiday retail forecast, spending on tech will increase 3.1 percent to reach $36.05 billion during the 2016 holiday season. The forecast also shows overall retail sales in November and December, excluding gas and restaurant sales, are expected to increase a strong 3.8 percent to $824.8 billion year over year. CTA estimates total online holiday sales will grow by 16.4 percent to $84.2 billion, while online sales through mobile devices like smartphones and tablets will grow by 45.2 percent to $20.1 billion. CTA's study found more than half (57 percent, up two percentage points) of consumers are likely to shop for tech online this year. Physical stores remain the main source of tech gift purchases, with 74 percent of consumers likely to purchase from a brick-and-mortar location – down three percentage points from last year. Once again, CTA expects headphones (40 percent) to be the most popular tech gift given this year, driven in part by tech industry movement toward wireless audio devices. The 23rd Annual Consumer Technology Holiday Purchase Patterns Study was designed and formulated by CTA Market Research. CTA fielded the survey in September 2016 using a telephone sample of 1,005 U.S. adults (18+).


10 / 18 / 16

RMAF Show Report Part 3  By Steven R. Rochlin
Rocky Mountain International Audio Fest 2016 Show Report
Part 4 By Steven R. Rochlin


Spinal Tap Bassist And Co-Writer Sues Vivendi For $125,000,000
Spinal Tap Bassist And Co-Writer Sues Vivendi For $120,000,000Harry Shearer, bassist for the fabled rock back Spinal Tap has filed a lawsuit within the Central  District Court of California for $125,000,000 claiming Vivendi of "fraudulent accounting for revenues from music copyrights". While it does not take a genius to realize that from 1989 through 2006 that total income from soundtrack music sales for the four creators is worth far more than the $98 in total he was paid, the upcoming jury trial will be quite enlightening about how Vivendi handles their accounting and paying royalties to their clients. Harry Shearer co-created the film This Is Spinal Tap. He also co-wrote the soundtrack and starred as the Spinal Tap band's bassist, Derek Smalls. Hope you are sitting down as there is also a claim he was only paid $81(!) by Vivend and "asserts that the four creators' share of total worldwide merchandising income between 1984 and 2006 was $81". "Shearer is concurrently filing notices of copyright termination for publishing and recording rights in Spinal Tap songs he co-wrote and co-recorded, as well as in the film itself". Vivendi has "failed and refused, and continues to fail and refuse, to provide Plaintiff with proper and accurate accountings reflecting the amount of revenues derived from the distribution and exploitation of the Film and associated music and merchandise rights" says Shearer. Within the legal complaint, it is alleged that Vivendi also "engaged in a pattern of anti-competitive and unfair business practices" and "willfully concealed and manipulated years of accountings to retain monies due and owing to [Shearer]". Harry Shearer says, "Tap's a movie I'm very proud to have had a part in creating," he said in a video released on Twitter. "A lot of people seem to live it and it seems to have made a considerable amount of money in film and music distribution for some corporation – but not for its creators." You can see the lawsuit legal papers in PDF here. "This is a simple issue of artists' rights," added Shearer, who is attempting to turn his lawsuit into a pro-artist campaign with the new Fairness Rocks website.


10 / 17 / 16

RMAF Show Report Part 3  By Steven R. Rochlin
RMAF Show Report Part 3 By Steven R. Rochlin


Wireworld Starlight Category 8 Ethernet And Helicon 16 Speaker Cable
Wireworld Starlight Category 8 Ethernet And Helicon 16 Speaker CableWireworld Cable Technology is pleased to announce the availability of Starlight Category 8 Ethernet cables ($210 for 1 meter length) for high speed media network applications and Helicon 16 loudspeaker cable (Oxygen-Free Copper is $88 and OCC Copper is $210 for 2 meter length pair). Wireworld's Starlight Category 8 Ethernet cables utilize a new conductor geometry developed by Wireworld to support higher transmission speed for "more lifelike reproduction of streamed music and video" says the company. Starlight Ethernet is the first cable to incorporate Wireworld's patent-pending Tite-Shield Technology. This design replaces the conventional twisted conductors with triple-shielded parallel conductors to improve the most critical parameters of digital signal transmission. In addition to improving performance, the flat structure is extremely flexible and thin enough to hide under carpet. The proposed standard for future networks is Category 8 (CAT-8), which extends network speeds to the staggering rate of 40 Gigabits per second. Wireworld Cable Technology's Helicon 16loudspeaker cable is said to "deliver accurate sound reproduction, in a small and easy to use design that overcomes limitations of conventional designs" says the company. Helicon 16's two flat insulated conductors are stacked together then twisted and enclosed within a thin clear jacket. The two flat conductors house 16 parallel copper strands arranged in eight pairs. Wireworld says, "The small gaps between those pairs are essential, because they create an efficient pathway for electromagnetic signal energy, improving audible and measurable fidelity. Helicon 16 is also extremely easy to strip and connect to internal or external speaker terminals. This innovative cable is available with Oxygen-Free copper conductors for the basic configuration and the high-end version offers the best available Ohno Continuous Cast 7N copper conductors."


Industry News 15 Years Ago
DVD Format Is Said To Be The Fastest Selling CE Product

DVD Format Is Said To Be The Fastest Selling CE ProductAccording to the results of a new study by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA, now called the Consumer Technology Association in 2016), DVD players have not only achieved remarkable sales levels in the four years since their introduction, earning the title of " fastest selling consumer electronics product of all time", but may already have penetrated into as much as one-third of all U.S. households. Additionally, the "DVD Ownership and Market Potential" survey finds that interest in owning DVD technology is staggeringly high among current non-owners. Nearly three quarters of those without a DVD player (73 percent) state an interest in purchasing one, and almost half of non-owners (46 percent) say they plan to do so within the next year. The study finds that currently more than two-thirds of owners feel that all or most of some form of DVD technology is present in one-third of all U.S. households. Among the formats included are stand-alone DVD players, DVD-enabled game consoles, and/or PC-based DVD-ROM drives. The largest contributing factor in the rapid adoption of DVD appears to be word-of-mouth recommendations from satisfied current owners. The survey finds that an amazing 94 percent of DVD owners are satisfied with their player and are telling others. In fact, family and friends were second only to product displays in stores as an information resource used when making a DVD purchase decision. Previous research showed that concern over a lack of available software titles was an impediment to adoption of DVD technology but that this appears to no longer be a problem.


10 / 15 / 16

RMAF 2016 Show Report
Part 2 By Steven R. Rochlin


10 / 14 / 16

RMAF 2016 Show Report
Part 1 By Steven R. Rochlin


KEF Celebrates 55 Years With Their LS50 Wireless Speaker System
KEF Celebrates 55 Years With Their LS50 Wireless Speaker SystemIn celebration of its 55th anniversary, KEF proudly presents LS50 Wireless ($2199.99). This complete and fully active music system shares the same winning acoustic features of KEF's renowned LS50. The new LS50 Wireless system enables music lovers to easily enjoy excellent music reproduction. Now celebrating their 55th anniversary, KEF has developed a complete, fully active system that retains all the acoustic features and benefits of the passive LS50 within an active system that has been designed to allow a multitude of connectivity options. The FEA-designed cabinet, Uni-Q driver, constrained layer damping bracing, precision-made curved baffle and elliptical flexible sound port are all part of the LS50 pedigree. New additions include an end-to-end 192kHz/24-bit high-resolution digital signal path, two dedicated DACs per channel, a streaming preamplifier and factory-optimized amplification in a bi-amplification dual-mono configuration (200 + 30 Watts per speaker). Combined with a time-correcting DSP crossover, the incredible award-winning sound of Uni-Q is taken to the next level. To make the LS50 Wireless a total high-performance music system, a comprehensive range of connection options are available, including 2.4GHz/5Ghz dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX codec, Asynchronous USB Type B input, TosLink optical and RCA line-level analog inputs. A dedicated app for LS50 Wireless, available on both iOS and Android, enhances the user experience during network setup, music streaming, playback, and control. The app also includes three user levels of customizable EQ settings for personal music preference.


Dynamic Sounds Associates Amp I Monoblock Produces 125 Watts
Dynamic Sounds Associates Amp I Monoblock Produces 125 WattsDynamic Sounds Associates new Amp I monoblock amplifier ($25,000 per pair) is said to provide a "supremely musical rendering of the original source." Each DSA Amp I produces 125 Watts of pure Class A power and is of solid-state design employing an all-JFET/MOSFET design using DC coupled circuit topology following a source follower input. There are blocking capacitors to provide a constant input impedance and prevent input DC offsets from damaging speakers. The amplifier has no loop feedback to prevent transient intermodulation distortion and to provide a very wide power bandwidth without concern for output phase shifts caused by speaker loading or amplifier time delay. The massive output driver uses eight of the legendary Hitachi power MOSFETs in a push-pull configuration with a bias current of 3 Amps to achieve 125W of Class A power output into an 8 Ohm load. Each unit has separate power transformers, power supplies and voltage regulators for the amplifier, driver, and output stages. With internally mounted, fan cooled, power heat sinks, the small footprint chassis is 17" x 11" x 18" (WxDxH). Separate power transformers, power supplies and voltage regulators for the amplifier, driver, and output stages. DSA's Amp I output stage has 100,000uF of total filter capacitance including 80,000uF following the output stage voltage regulators. The output stage is configured around two internally mounted heat sink “towers” cooled by ultra-low noise fans to provide many years of reliable operation. An ultra-low noise chassis fan provides air circulation to maintain a low internal ambient temperature. The output DC offset voltage, output stage bias current and voltage can be monitored using a built in volt meter behind the front panel hinged door. Frequency response is up to 200kHz (-3dB) and inputs include both balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA.


10 / 13 / 16

CanJam Denver @ RMAF 2016
CanJam Denver @ RMAF 2016 Show Report
Denver CanJam 2016 Report By Dave Hanson


Astell&Kern Firmware Adds TIDAL, Vinyl LP Recording And aptX HD
Astell&Kern Firmware Adds TIDAL, VInyl LP Recording And aptX HDAstell&Kern adds new features for the AK70, AK300, AK320 and AK380 portable high-resolution audio players via a new firmware update. The new features being added to players include one of the most requested features from Astell&Kern users, support for TIDAL will make its debut on Astell&Kern’s full line of portable high-resolution audio players. TIDAL streaming music service is available in more than 52 countries, with more than a 42.5 million song catalog and 140,000 high quality videos. This week's firmware update for the AK70 and AK300 series players will add support for Qualcomm's aptX HD protocol. aptX HD supports streaming of 24-bit/48kHz high-resolution audio over Bluetooth. Astell&Kern is the first portable high-resolution audio player manufacturer to feature support for high-resolution audio streaming via Bluetooth. Also new via firmware is as update for the AK300 series players, as the AK Recorder now features a new LP Recording feature that will separate songs recorded from vinyl into individual tracks and then add full album information and artwork via Gracenote lookup. Now it is even easier for you to take your entire music collection with you, anywhere in the world. Enjoy the Music.com has reviewed the new Astell&Kern AK380 at this link.


10 / 12 / 16

TAVES Consumer Electronic Show Begins October 28th
TAVES Consumer Electronic Show 2016 ReportEnjoy the Music.com's sixth annual TAVES Consumer Electronics Show report celebrates high technology! Starting Friday, October 28 and running through the 30th, TAVES is Toronto's largest consumer electronics show that takes place in the heart of the area's high-technology center. TAVES Consumer Electronics Show is Canada's ultimate technology showcase, connecting trade professionals, media and consumers. This world-class exposition attracts companies from around the globe and showcases cutting edge technology and innovation spanning a broad range of categories, including high-end audio, robotics, wearables, smart devices, video gaming hardware and software, home and personal hi-fi, home theater, 3D printing, drones and much more! TAVES presents an unrivaled opportunity for all companies – from major brands to crowd-funded startups – to launch prototypes, new products and beta software to a wide range of mainstream and specialist media outlets. In 2014, TAVES received remarkable television exposure thanks to news coverage from CBC, CP24, CTV, CityTV and Global TV. Last year's show (TAVES 2015) was also covered by the largest number of specialist media to date. No other Canadian technology trade show can claim this kind of success!


Leema Acoustics Sirius Hi-Res Audio Streaming Music Server
Leema Acoustics Sirius Hi-Res Audio Streaming Music ServerLeema Acoustics has developed their new Sirius (£3955) high-quality streaming music server system for discerning music lovers. The new Sirius is a hi-fi-grade streaming music server system that provides a high-performance solution for the storage and playback of digital music. Developed in partnership with Innuos, Leema's ex-BBC engineers have combined audiophile performance with the convenience of a UPNP/DNLA-compatible music server. Sirius is the latest edition to Leema's flagship Constellation range. It features a raft of audiophile-grade components centred on a powerful server-grade main circuit board with a high-speed quad-core processor with up to 8 GB of system memory. The app-controlled server is available with huge storage reserves in two gigabyte increments up to an impressive eight terabytes. Sirius incorporates a high-performance TEAC optical drive for the one-time bit-perfect transfer of CD data to the hard drive. Its straightforward operation makes digitizing large music libraries simple. Sirius offers backup for CD audio, right up to lossless FLAC files and supports WAV, AIFF, ALAC, OGG Vorbis, AAC and MP3; USB 3.0 is available for audio backups. A key feature of the Sirius is its high-quality DAC. The server benefits from an integrated asynchronous USB DAC based on a high-end ESS Sabre DAC chip and Xmos USB interface. The DAC supports 16, 24 and 32 bit-depths, from 44.1kHz up to 384kHz with DSD 64, 128 and 256 also supported. For consumers already invested in a high-end DAC, the Sirius' ultra-low-noise USB output offers Class 1, Class 2 and DoP external connections. Balanced outputs via XLR and unbalanced outputs via RCA are also offered.


The Recording Academy's GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends
The Recording Academy's GRAMMY Salute To Music LegendsIn collaboration with Great Performances, The Recording Academy presents their GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends, a special all-star concert offering a primetime spotlight for The Academy's 2016 Special Merit Awards recipients. The awards ceremony and tribute concert will feature rare performances by honorees and never-before-seen renditions by those they've inspired. The celebration, recorded at Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, will air Friday, October 14th starting at 9pm on PBS. This year's Lifetime Achievement Award honorees are Ruth Brown, Celia Cruz, Earth, Wind & Fire, Herbie Hancock, Jefferson Airplane, Linda Ronstadt, and Run DMC. John Cage, Fred Foster and Chris Strachwitz are Trustees Award honorees; and EMT and Dr. Harvey Fletcher are Technical GRAMMY Award recipients. Also being honored is Phillip Riggs, this year's recipient of the Music Educator Award. Along with never-before-seen video packages celebrating each of the honorees' contributions to the music industry and our cultural heritage and heartfelt testimonials from presenters, the star-studded event features performances by Patti Austin, Ry Cooder, Lila Downs, Earth, Wind & Fire, David Foster, Andy Garcia And The CineSon All Stars, Herbie Hancock, Jefferson Airplane, J'Nai Bridges, Kris Kristofferson, Lucrecia, Shelby Lynne, Magnolia Sisters, Martina McBride, Naughty By Nature, Anthony Parce, and JD Souther. Other presenters include David Crosby, Foster, Jimmy Jam, LL Cool J, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Don Was. Among numerous highlights, psychedelic rock pioneers Jefferson Airplane take fans back in time as they play some of their most memorable hits that shaped much of the San Francisco scene in the 1960s and earned them international mainstream success. Standing in for legendary frontwoman Grace Slick (who is present to accept her award) is GRAMMY-nominated rock songstress Cathy Richardson.


Metaxas' Stellavox Analogue Tape Reference Recording Samples
Metaxas' Stellavox Analogue Tape Reference Recording SamplesMetaxas is now offering their Stellavox analogue tape reference recording samples for free! According to their pres release, "From late 2003 after returning from a 4 year stint in London & New York I embarked on a very ambitious project - to create my own library of reference recordings which could be used to create the ultimate playback system. Here are free samples of Hi-Rez wav files of these concerts I'd like to share with you. Many of these tracks are already being used by manufacturer colleagues to help "voice" their equipment. For the 2003/2004 recordings, you will read [as I'm updating the gear] mics were B&K 4033 [1/2" capsules 200V instrumentation mics] - only a pair straight into Stellavox SM8, then I used the faster B&K 4135 1/4" capsule pair. 2003/4 Concerts. For the 2006-2011 recordings, I used either two pairs of modified Neumann TLM50s [ 1 pair in AB - ~4metres apart and 1 pair in XY ~ 30-40cm apart] or 1 pair Neumann TLM50 and 1 pair Neumann M150 tube version. They would go through a Stellavox AMI48 Mixer [modified] then to the SM8 Tape recorder. 2006 concerts with video. Their first and main machine has always been a Stellavox SM8 [128kHz oscillator] which I purchased directly from Stellavox in 1986, my 2nd machine -- Stellavox SU8 [128kHz] and 3/4/5th SM8's were purchased on eBay and refurbished by JP Gurtner in Switzerland before I added my modifications. Some of these recordings were featured on a DVD which accompanied Roland Schellin's book on Stellavox -- Voice of the Stars."


10 / 11 / 16

Audio Engineering Society (AES) 141 Los Angeles Show Report
Audio Engineering Society 141 LA Show Report


 Review: Sony NW-WM1Z Hi-Res Audio Walkman
World Premiere Review!
Hands On Review: Sony NW-WM1Z Hi-Res Audio Walkman
The new King of Sony Walkman will set you back $3199. Is it worth it?
Review By Steven R. Rochlin


The Absolute Sound's Special High-End Audio Buyer's Guide
The Absolute Sound November 2016Enjoy the Music.com has just posted the November 2016 issue of The Absolute Sound! This issue features their very special High-End Audio Buyer's Guide featuring over 650 reviews! Within his editorial, Robert Harley says "Welcome to our annual Buyer's Guide. In this issue you'll find capsule reviews of those products that we recommend most highly, in every category and price range. This year's product listing includes a whopping 650+ components, ranging from $6 accessories to state-of-the-art mega-speakers, and everything in between. Whatever your budget, lifestyle, or level of engagement with quality audio, you'll find exactly the right components for you in this special issue. This year's product recommendations reflect a growing trend in the industry—a price escalation at the very top of the market coupled with the proliferation of outstanding gear at the entry level. Today's budget products offer stunning sound quality and value; technology keeps improving and economies of scale bring prices down. In this guide you'll find more than 65 components that cost less than a thousand dollars each—and that's not including headphones, cables, accessories—all of which are capable of delivering outstanding sound quality and providing immense musical enjoyment." See what's within this issue of The Absolute Sound at this link.


Rocky Mountain International Audio Fest 2016 Show Report
RMAF 2016 Was Incredaliciously Scrumptious When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.
RMAF 2016 Was Incredaliciously Scrumptious
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.


Industry News 10 Years Ago
Furman Sound's Recording Studio-Grade Balanced Power Filtration
Furman Sound IT-ReferenceFurman Sound is entering the power conditioner arena with its new Reference Series of Balanced Power and AC Regulator units. The first product in this line is the Model IT-Reference ($3000) that's claimed to offer more than 24dB of AC-line noise attenuation and 80dB of RF noise rejection with four individually isolated, electrostatically shielded, symmetrical power banks for equipment with low to intermediate power needs. High power components, such as power amplifiers and powered subwoofers, are supplied separately via a high current bank, providing ultra-low impedance, filtered, non-symmetrical AC. Symmetrical (balanced) power operates at +60 and -60 VAC (rather than +120 VAC and neutral) to cancel common-mode line noise. Highest industrial quality "super-spec" isolated-ground outlets used throughout, and all symmetrical power banks are individually ground-fault (GFCI) protected. A power correction circuit provides protection from equipment-damaging spikes and surges via a precision high inrush magnetic circuit breaker. The IT-Reference is claimed to provide in excess of 8 Amps of current "headroom" for the most extreme peak power demands. Current Capacity: Continuous - 12 Amperes, with a peak of  20 Amperes. Dimensions are 5.5" x 16.9" x 15.9" (HxWxD) and the unit weighs 80 lbs. Enjoy the Music.com reviewed the Furman Sound IT-Reference discrete symmetrical / balanced AC power source at this link.


10 / 06 / 16

Hi-Fi+'s October Issue Features Many Reviews And CanJam London
Hi-Fi+ Magazine140  October 2016Enjoy the Music.com has just posted the October 2016 issue of Hi-Fi+ magazine! This issue includes CanJam London 2016 show coverage and focuses on many loudspeakers too. High-end audio gear reviews include the Devialet Gold Phantom networked active loudspeaker, Vivid Audio Giya G4 floorstanding loudspeaker, Vienna Acoustics The Music floorstanding loudspeaker, Linn Products Klimax DS/3 digital network stream player, Focal Sopra No.3 floorstanding loudspeaker, MarkAudio-Sota Viotti One standmount loudspeaker, Revel Concerta 2 F35 floorstanding loudspeaker, Audiovector QR3 floorstanding loudspeaker, Vandersteen Audio TREO CT floorstanding loudspeaker, Origin Live Sovereign / Enterprise turntable and tonearm, 1More E1001 and C1002 capsule-type earphones, and the Quadrasphere X-Reference equipment support system. Within his editorial, Alan Sircom says "Loudspeaker development is at something of an impass. The products, measuring systems, and design programs have become so good that there is a lot of commonality between the bigger brands. A good loudspeaker often sounds like other good loudspeakers. This can be viewed in two ways: either there is convergence because we are getting closer to a notional ideal, or speakers are getting a wee bit bland in their old age! Personally, I think both sides of the argument hold a lot of water. The technology used in the latest loudspeakers is in constant development, but many manufacturers are relying on the same handful of drive unit suppliers for their latest cabinet. If you use the same tests with the same drive units in a similar sized cabinet, you'll get similar results. Not identical, and there are significant variations to be had in terms of cabinet rigidity, chambering, porting, damping, and crossover tweaking, but the breed stock is relatively fixed." See what's within this issue of Hi-Fi+ at this link.


10 / 05 / 16

Bowers & Wilkins Top-Line P9 Signature Luxury Headphones
Bowers & Wilkins Top-Line P9 Signature Luxury HeadphonesBowers & Wilkins new P9 Signature headphones are the company's best sounding and most luxurious to date. Conceived to celebrate Bowers & Wilkins 50th anniversary, the P9 Signature headphones deliver a unique and superior audio experience; bespoke technologies provide precision at high frequencies and astonishing bass for the ultimate audio experience. Engineered by the same team responsible for the class-leading 800 D3 loudspeaker, P9 Signature is Bowers & Wilkins' largest over-ear headphone and exemplifies all of the acoustic and design innovation amassed during its 50-year journey. Part of this crystal-clear listening experience is created through the innovative placement of the transducer, which is positioned to provide a more natural listening experience. The company says "The wearer hears sound as if they are listening to a pair of stereo speakers rather than headphones, with a sense of imaging, depth and clarity that is truly breath taking". The headband adds strength, but is cleverly decoupled from each ear cup, thus eliminating unwanted vibration from distorting the sound while also offering the very best in comfort. Every element has been designed by Bowers & Wilkins engineers to work seamlessly together to create the highest-quality listening experience. The headphones are crafted from Italian Saffiano leather, using a 'stamping' technique that gives the material a distinctive cross-hatch finish. Memory foam cushions in the ear pads help isolate noise from the outside world and mould to the shape of the user’s head over time, providing both an acoustic seal and an incredibly comfortable listening experience. P9 Signature's aluminum arms make them ideal for music on the move thanks to their innovative foldable design and material choice, which adds greater durability. An included luxurious case is the perfect partner for the flagship headphone; crafted from Alcantara with its elegant suede-like feel, and Saffiano leather detail, it will protect the headphones while also reflecting their beauty. Bowers & Wilkins P9 Signature headphones come with a variety of high performance cables suitable for use at home and on the go. An additional Lightning cable is in development and will be out from early 2017 free of charge to those that have registered their P9 Signature.


Hi-Fi World's November Issue Is Now Available
Hi-Fi World November 2016Hi-Fi World's November 2016 issue features reviews of the Martin Logan Eelectromotion ESL X, Onkyo TX-8150 receiver, Blue Aura PS40 loudspeaker, Gear4 Black Stream 1 powered network loudspeaker, Prism Callia USB2 DAC, Chord Dave DAC, Icon Audio Stereo 30SE single-ended valve amplifier, Urbanista Seattle Dark Clown headphones, Black Rhodium Quickstep loudspeaker, and the Elusive Audio Acryss Mat / Sorbothane isolation feet. Within his editorial, Noel Keywood says "Funny thing, hi-fi. We all know what is right – and what is right is what we like. Yet in this simple landscape there are some glaring disparities. One of them is why an electrostatic loudspeaker sounds so different to a box loudspeaker, when they do basically the same job, measuring alike. My first electrostatic, Braun's version of the Quad ESL-57, I was in two minds about – until I swopped back to box loudspeakers after getting used to them. Oh! That's when I realised everything experts said about electrostatics was true; they are a league apart. Explaining why Martin Logan's most affordable hybrid electrostatic, the Electromotion, has sold well in Britain. The company now capitalise on this success by adding an uprated version, the new ESL X. See what we found when using it, in our exclusive review on p11." See what's within this issue of H-Fi World at this link.


10 / 04 / 16

Rocky Mountain International Audio Fest 2016 Show Is This Weekend
Rocky Mountain International Audio Fest 2016 Show ReportThe Rocky Mountain International Audio Fest (RMAF) takes place at the Denver Marriott Tech Center Hotel from October 7th through the 9. Enjoy the Music.com is proud to celebrate our 13 years of reporting on the highly popular RMAF show. Rocky Mountain International Audio Fest 2016 and CanJam Denver 2016 have once again teamed up to feature high-end, high fidelity audio equipment and portable audio. The RMAF and CanJam 2015 show will feature an abundance of products sure to resonated with everyone. The 13th Annual Rocky Mountain International Audio Fest (RMAF 2016) is the largest consumer audio and home entertainment show within the Mid-West United States. Denver's own audio wonderland will feature over 160 exhibit spaces representing more than 400 companies from North and South America, Europe, Australia and Asia. "RMAF has a full slate of booked exhibitors for both the two-channel and CanJam features of the show, alongside a host of industry vendors. The show is packed to the gills! We can't thank the audio community enough for coming together to generously support us. We are also grateful to the Marriott DTC for their dedication to housing an exemplary show, despite challenges due to the ongoing renovations. Thanks to the Marriott and our exhibitors, the annual Audio Fest is slated for another enormously successful show October 7th through 9th, 2016."


Hi-Res Audio Promo: Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing
Hi-Res Audio Promo: Recording Academy Producers & Engineers WingThe Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing continues to gain traction with its advocacy and awareness-raising initiatives through 2016. Building on new research that shows many consumers want access to higher quality audio for their music and are willing to pay for it, the P&E Wing is helping to move the industry forward by providing high quality listening opportunities and recommendations for best practices for recording Hi-Res Audio. The Wing has also driven serious progress towards making proper crediting for music creators an integral part of the music business ecosystem by supporting the development of the DDEX (Digital Data Exchange) recording metadata standard RIN (Recording Information Notification), set to be officially published on October 13, 2016. P&E Wing professional events aim to support the recording community overall, providing education and networking across the country, from Studio Summits in Dallas, New Orleans and Seattle, to Up Close & Personal interviews with Diplo in Philadelphia; Butch Walker and Dave Cobb in Atlanta; and listening sessions in Chicago, Memphis, Nashville and San Francisco, to name just a few. This year, propelled by research that provides evidence regarding the large number of teenagers at risk of hearing loss from how loud they've been listening to music over the last 15 years, the P&E Wing has also partnered with The Recording Academy's MusicCares foundation to create a new, educational Grammy Hearing Health initiative. As part of this new effort, MusiCares provided a mobile van with free hearing tests on site at the convention floor of the Los Angeles AES Convention.


Industry News 10 Years Ago
Loudspeaker Driver Manufacturer
Wavcore Starts Offering Products
WavecorWavecor, located in the Southern Guangdong province of China, is a newly established loudspeaker driver company with roots in the Danish speaker industry. The company's two first lines cater to the high-end audio market, where sound quality is first priority, and a line for the car audio market. The WAVE line is specially designed for audiophiles and manufacturers with no-compromise designs suitable for home hi-fi, home theater and multi-media systems. The SOUNDtuning line is aimed at the mobile audio industry. Individual drivers are available for the DIY community for those who choose to design their own system. Wavecor can also provide complete speaker system turnkey solutions for those who desire kits.


10 / 03 / 16

AURALIC POLARIS Wireless Hi-Res Audio Streaming Stereo Amplifier
AURALIC POLARISAURALIC is proud to introduce their new POLARIS wireless streaming amplifier (from $3799 on up). POLARIS has seventeen inputs channels comprising streaming, digital and analog sources. The internal DAC, incorporating AURALiC Flexible Filters and Femto Master Clock, supports Quad-Rate DSD and PCM up to 32-bit/384kHz. The powerful internal stereo amplifier module can deliver 120 Watts per channel @ 8 Ohms (180Wpc @ 4 Ohms) continuous power with exceptionally low distortion. POLARIS utilizes AURALiC's award-winning Lightning Streaming Platform. Launched in 2014, Lightning Streaming is industry's first streaming solution that supports Quad-Rate DSD, PCM up to 32-bit/384kHz through Wi-Fi network. Lightning Streaming offers several innovative and unique features such as Gapless Playback, On-Device Playlist, Memory Cache and Bit-Perfect Multi-Room functions. This on-going platform is maintained, and continually developed by AURALiC's in-house software R&D team to ensure customers are regularly updated with new features through the product’s automatic software update system. AURALiC is introducing another innovative technology: Hybrid Volume Control within the POLARIS. The Hybrid Volume Control uses both analog and digital volume control together for optimum audio performance and the best possible sound quality. The analog attenuators reduce the signal level in 12dB steps whilst the DAC's internal digital volume control handles small amounts of volume change within each step. By using this technology, the DAC chip always operates in the best performance range, bringing much lower distortion, better dynamic range and high sound quality at low volume levels. POLARIS is equipped with two pairs of multi-function RCA connectors - these two stereo pairs of analog channels can be configured as a phono stage input, a line stage input or pre-amplifier output through the product settings menu. Digital inputs include AES/EBU XLR, S/PDIF coaxial, TosLink optical, plus a USB connection to a computer working as a standalone USB DAC. When purchasing POLARIS from a dealer or directly from AURALiC, you can specify a 1TB SSD for internal music storage as an option at extra cost, turning POLARIS into a fully functioning music server. Enjoy the Music.com has reviewed the award-winning AURALiC VEGA digital audio processor and MERAK monoblock power amplifier.


Gryphon Audio Designs Diablo 120 Solid-State Stereo Integrated Amplifier
Gryphon Audio Designs Diablo 120 Solid-State Stereo Integrated AmplifierGryphon Audio Designs' new Diablo 120 stereo integrated amplifier produces 120 Watts per channel @ 8 Ohms (440Wpc @ 2 Ohms) and has optional Hi-Res Audio DAC and MM/MC phono stage. As a true dual mono design with zero negative feedback, the microprocessor-controlled 46-step relay volume attenuator provides outstanding sonic performance featuring only (up to) six resistors in series with signal at all levels. The optional MM/MC phono stage provides a variety of adjustments for all modern cartridges. AN optional DAC handles all the latest PCM/DSD up to 384kHz/32-bit and DSD512 (22.5792MHz). Digital inputs include USB, BNC S/PDIF, AES/EBU and optical. Gryphon Audio Designs' Diablo 120 takes advantage of ultra-short signal path with minimal internal wiring. There are two to four-layer printed circuit boards with up to 70µm copper, dual mono Holmgren toroidal transformer and PCB-mounted sockets that eliminate wiring and shorten signal path. There are gold-plated Swiss Neutrik XLR sockets for one balanced analog source and gold-plated phono sockets with Teflon insulation for four analog inputs plus a Tape output. Fixed-level AV throughput provides uncompromising integration with surround preamplification. The front graphical vacuum fluorescent display provides large font type for improved legibility, which is adjustable in intensity (100%, 75%, 50%, 25%, and Off). Industry standard 12VDC link input and output for is also provided. Flash memory upgrades via Key-Fob ensures the unit is easy to update. Power output details start at 120Wpc @ 8 Ohms, with 240W @ 4 Ohms and finally 440W @ 2 Ohms. Output impedance is 0.030W, frequency response is from 0.1Hz to 250kHz and overall power supply capacity is 120,000µF in total. Enjoy the Music.com has reviewed the award-winning Gryphon Audio Designs Kalliope DAC and the Gryphon Atilla integrated amplifier, Scorpio CD player and Mojo loudspeaker system.


10 / 02 / 16

USB-IF Releases Their Much-Anticipated Type-C Audio Specification
USB-IF Type-C Audio SpecificationUSB-IF, the organization that facilitates the development of high-quality compatible USB devices including compliance testing, has announces USB audio device Class 3.0 specifications. USB Audio over USB Type-C offers a standardized solution for all digital audio applications. USB Audio over USB Type-C is expected to be the primary solution for all digital audio applications, including headsets, mobile devices, docking stations, gaming set-ups and VR solutions. Device manufacturers can eliminate the need for multiple ports and efficiently deliver data, power and video over a single connector with USB Type-C and USB Power Delivery. To further support a single-cable solution, USB Audio over USB Type-C provides a standardized approach to deliver compelling user benefits, device interoperability and ease-of-use across all digital audio applications. "USB is the simplest and most pervasive connector available today, making USB Type-C the logical choice for the future of digital audio," said Jeff Ravencraft, USB-IF President and COO. "We encourage companies interested in adopting USB specifications to take advantage of USB-IF resources to reduce time-to-market and deliver reliable USB products." There are special multi-function processing units (MPUs) that handle host and synchronization, digital-to-analog conversion, low-latency active noise cancellation, acoustic echo canceling, equalization, microphone automatic gain control, volume control, etc. Programmable preamplifier and amplifiers are supported as well. USB Type-C ADC 3.0-compatible MPUs will also support USB Audio Type-III and Type-IV formats, yet will retain compatibility with formats supported by ADC 1.0 and 2.0. The USB Audio Device Class 3.0 specification makes it easier to support digital audio over USB, add capabilities to reduce power consumption and add support for new features such as hotword detection. It defines minimum interoperability requirements across analog and digital solutions to minimize user confusion when not all hosts or devices support audio consistently. USB Audio over USB Type-C allows OEMs to remove the 3.5mm analog audio jack, shaving up to a millimeter off product designs and reducing the number of connectors on a device. Fewer connectors will open the door for innovation in countless ways and make it easier to design waterproof or water-resistant devices.


10 / 01 / 16

Enjoy the Music.com's October High-End Audio Review Magazine

Pass Laboratories HPA-1 Headphone Amplifier Review

Enjoy the Music.com's October Review Magazine feature Editor Tom Lyle's review the Pass Labs HPA-1, which excels in every area of what makes being a headphone loving audiophile so attractive in the first place. It places us within the recording, makes us part of the recording, and lets us hear what the artist intended for us to hear.

Questyle Audio Golden Reference System CAS192D, CMA800P, And CMA800R. Review

Dave Hanson excellent review the gorgeous Questyle Golden Reference System includes the CAS192D Golden DAC, CMA800R Golden Amplifier, and their CMA800P Golden Preamp. Then we have Rick Becker who gets invited to a dealer to spend the day listening to the new four tower $266,000(!) YG Acoustics XV loudspeaker system.

Codia Acoustic Design Stage 3000 BAB Audio Rack And AmCan Audio Isolator Footers Review

Rick Becker reports on two great system tweaks, the Codia Acoustic Design Stage 3000 BAB Audio Rack along with the AmCam Audio Isolator Footers, which impresses him enough to purchase the entire lot.

Capital Audiofest (CAF) 2016 Show Report

Within last month's issue we finalized our coverage of the Capital Audio Fest, where Kenneth Holt does an excellent one-man report. Instead of simply mentioning the highlights of the show, he goes room by room with photos and descriptions that is bound to make one feel as if they were at the show with him. If you were lucky enough to attend CAF 2016, you can find the room you've visited and compare your reactions with Kenneth.

Hong Kong Audio Visual Show 2016 Report

The Hong Kong show report covered by Cheung Roger is a sight to behold. Talk about envy! The Hong Kong Audio Visual Expo/Show is held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (in Wan Chai, Hong Kong) and spans three floors totaling 80,000 square feet of display area. Cheung Roger does an amazing job covering this show, and of course, he provides lots of great photos!

RMAF 2016 Show Report -- Rocky Mountain International Audio Fest 2016

Make sure you stand by for our report on the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest (RMAF) and the show-in-a-show CanJam Denver 2016, which covers headphones and associated gear starting October 7th when the show opens. There will be plenty of rooms covered and am sure oodles of high quality photos too!

Emotiva BasX A-300 Stereo Amplifier Review

Getting back to gear reviews, Ron Nagle gives you his World Premiere review of the outstanding Emotiva BasX A-300 solid-state stereo amplifier plus we have think pieces by audio guru Roger Skoff and Enjoy the Music.com's Creative Director Steven R. Rochlin. See all our show reports, articles, and gear reviews within the October 2016 edition of Enjoy the Music.com's Review Magazine now available online.


09 / 30 / 16

My Way "Kick Ass Girl Rockumentary" Is Now Available On DVD
Multi-award earning movie My Way is a "kick ass girl rockumentary" that comes to DVD on November 4th. After winning five top awards on the film festival circuit and receiving a theatrical release in New York City and Los Angeles, My Way features Rebekah Starr, who is a small-town girl stuck in a mid-western corporate life. Yearning to break free, she ditches her briefcase for a Les Paul guitar and hits the highway. Destination? Los Angeles' famed rock 'n' roll Sunset Strip. Although Rebekah's marriage is failing, this is not some alternate fantasy life she's escaping to -- it's her burning passion for music that can no longer be suppressed. On her journey, she serendipitously meets and befriends rock legends Steven Adler (Guns N' Roses) and Rikki Rockett (Poison). A witness to the power of passion and aspiration, My Way chronicles the hugely entertaining path one woman takes to pursue her seemingly impossible dream. Bonus features on the DVD include an exclusive interview with Rikki Rockett (Poison), interview with Steven Adler (Guns n' Roses), The Rebekah Starr Band's 'Irrational Boy' music video featuring Ron Jeremy, The Rebekah Starr Band's 'My Way' video, the rockumentary's theatrical trailer and much more. The DVD is available at Amazon.


09 / 29 / 16

Last Days To Enter For Your Chance To Win $700 In Kimber Kables!
Contest! Your Chance To Win Over $700 In Kimber Kable Products!Enjoy the Music.com is honored to join with Kimber Kable for our September contest. Their very first products were the braided 8 wire and 16 wire speaker cables. Recently Kimber Kable has warmly embraced bringing great sound to the headphone community with their new AXIOS series of cables. Kimber Kable employs very pure copper and silver wire in hand assembling each cable in Utah, USA. This month's contest gives away over $700 in hand-crafted products especially designed for the avid music lover within us all. The winner of Enjoy the Music.com's Kimber Kable contest will receive a Timbre 1-meter pair with Ultraplate connectors, 8VS 8' pair with SBANs connectors and PK10 Base 6' cable with WattGate evo connectors! To learn more and enter for your chance to win click here.


Industry News 15 Years Ago
Wavelength Audio Studio Series Guitar Amplifier / Speaker Combo
Wavelength Audio Studio Series Guitar Amplifier / Speaker ComboGordon Rankin of Wavelength Audio has been an audio designer for over twenty years. During the past eight months he has been busy with the company's newest product... a guitar amplifier/speaker combo! The Studio Series ($5000 in solid wood finish, seen right) employs a 12AX7A for the pre-amplifier stage and a 6550 for the output power. The power supply is tube rectified by a 5AR4/GZ34. This amplifier is capable of producing 15 watts of power and is used with a Celestion Blue Alnico 12" speaker. Other model include a Lesson Series (6V6/EL84, vibrato, 12" combo, parallel feed output, like a Vox AC4/Fender Vibro Champ on steroids. Bass, Treble, Volume, Drive, Vibrato Speed, Depth) and the Custom Series (either 2x10 or 2x12 combo, output optional tube: 300B, 6L6GC, 6550, KT88, KT90, vibrato and reverb 10-15 watts). Lastly, Wavelength Audio is also now offering their Stereo Head unit that is a dual 15 watt 6L6GC amps that can be used with stereo outputs or bridged 4 Ohm output.


09 / 28 / 16

OPPO HA-2SE Headphone Amp, 384kHz/32-bit DAC & Phone Charger
OPPO HA-2SE Headphone Amp, 384kHz/32-bit DAC & Phone ChargerContinuing the pursuit of innovation and value for customers, OPPO Digital has just introduced an updated version of the award-winning HA-2 portable headphone amplifier and DAC, HA-2SE. Aesthetically, the HA-2SE continues the HA-2's elegant style and design - genuine leather casing with contrast stitching and beveled aluminum edges. Inside, the digital-to-analog converter (DAC) chip is upgraded to the ES9028Q2M, the top-of-the-line from ESS Technology's SABRE32 Reference series for portable designs. The headphone amplifier is further optimized for very sensitive In-Ear Monitors, with a lower noise floor and higher signal-to-noise ratio over the HA-2. OPPO's HA-2SE headphone amplifier and DAC is engineered to enhance music playback from mobile phones and portable music players. Featuring hybrid Class AB amplification and a USB DAC, the HA-2SE offers high performance digital-to-analog conversion for Apple's iPhone/iPod products, a wide range of Android devices, PC and Mac computers. Equipped with a 3000mAh internal battery and OPPO's patented safe rapid charging technology, the HA-2SE may be conveniently used to charge mobile devices on-the-go and can itself be efficiently charged in 30 minutes. High-Res Audio is easily handled at PCM audio up to 384kHz/32-bit and DSD audio up to 12MHz (DSD256 or DSD4x). No Camera Connection Kit required for high-resolution playback from iOS devices. Those of you with the new Apple iPhone can rejoice as this unit is an ideal companion and provides improved sound quality over the adapter that comes with the iPhone 7, and its ability to charge the phone while you listen to music resolves the issues arising from Apple's removal of the 3.5 mm headphone jack. Enjoy the Music.com has reviewed the OPPO PM-3 planar magnetic headphones and HA-2 amp/DAC at this link.


09 / 27 / 16

Zesto Audio Andros Téssera Phonostage Has Four Phono Inputs
Zesto Audio Andros Téssera Phonostage Has Four Phono InputsZesto Audio's new Andros Téssera Phonostage ($12,000 ) is aptly named as it is designed to work with up to four different tonearms or turntables. The Andros Téssera is built with a passion for analog, designed with 100% tube circuitry and no solid-state devices anywhere in the signal path, as well as all switching is done with reed relays. New features include true transformer balance outputs driven by dedicated output tubes. The Andros Téssera has a new circuit design that is partnered with significantly upgraded for Zesto Audio larger MC step-up transformers to capture the most delicate signals in the vinyl LP's grooves. The Téssera is designed with two completely independent dual mono channels that can accommodate one MM and one MC per channel. It is easily adjustable "on the fly" 12 position MC load per channel without clicks or pops, so you can hear the changes, as well as save the settings when you switch between tonearms. One of the unique features is the four MC ground switches which helps to eliminate those noisy ground loops. The dual chassis design includes linear regulated power supplies with an extra-long three meter umbilical cable incorporating special RFI suppression for lower black levels.


09 / 26 / 16

Dealer Visit: YG Acoustics XV Loudspeaker
Review & Dealer Visit: YG Acoustics $266,000 XV Loudspeaker
Cutting-edge loudspeakers for the very wealthy music lover.
Review By Rick Becker


John Foxx's Cathedral Oceans Limited Edition Vinyl LP Box Set
John Foxx's Cathedral Oceans Limited Edition Vinyl LP Box SetJohn Foxx, the original frontman of Ultravox and subsequently as a feted solo artist, is said to be one of the most eminent exponents of electronic and ambient music. His new release titled Cathedral Oceans is his epic trilogy, released as a deluxe five vinyl LP box set. This very special deluxe 12 X 12 book set is to be released on September 30th and marks the first time this trilogy of Cathedral Oceans (1997), Cathedral Oceans II (2003) and Cathedral Oceans III (2005) are offered together on vinyl. The music is spread over five 12" LPs and is accompanied by 12" x 12" art print and a book containing Foxx's stunning images and passages from his novel The Quiet Man, all of which is encased in a deluxe hardback book set. Every copy of this limited edition run of 750 is hand numbered. Aphex Twin, Gary Numan, Juan Atkins, The Orb, Junior Boys, Vincent Gallo, Simple Minds, Clint Mansell, Duran Duran, LoneLady and Gazelle Twin have all cited Foxx as a big influence. The avant-garde pianist Harold Budd attended a performance of Cathedral Oceans several years ago and was so moved by it that he collaborated with Foxx on two albums (Translucence and Drift Music). Cathedral Oceans is a project whose recording began in 1983, but the gestation period was even longer. "Cathedral Oceans started when I was kid, when I sang in a choir briefly," said John Foxx. "During that time I became very interested in the way that sound worked in big spaces, churches particularly. I learned a lot of things there but I didn't understand a lot of what I'd actually learned until later. And when I started recording I'd almost forgotten about all that until I started using echoes and reverberations, and then I realized that I could use some of that to simulate things that happened when I was singing in churches back then, and use that old knowledge of how a single voice in a massive space behaves. It really inspired the juxtaposition of old style church music with modern technology and synthesizers creating notional space, rather than real space." You can reserve your copy of John Foxx's Cathedral Oceans limited edition vinyl LP set via Amazon at this link.


09 / 23 / 16

Is Facebook Going To Offer Hi-Res Music Streaming?
Is Facebook Going To Offer Hi-Res Music Streaming?Popular social media website Facebook may be ready to enter the online music sector as they are seeking to hire a Director of Global Music Licensing Partnerships. With over 1,700,000,000 monthly active users to date, Facebook was built to help people connect and share. To date Facebook has already licensed Warner Music's Slideshow that adds soundtracked photo albums and videos with music. Facebook has already acquired other entities including music video app Eyegroove. Since no major mainstream player has offered high-resolution streaming music, could Facebook be the first to bring music lovers from decades old lossy MP3 streaming into a subscription based modern Hi-Res Audio consumer? To quote the job listing, "...over the last decade our tools have played a critical part in changing how people around the world communicate with one another. With over a billion people using the service and more than fifty offices around the globe, a career at Facebook offers countless ways to make an impact in a fast growing organization. Facebook is seeking a Director of Global Music Licensing who is passionate about the changing music ecosystem, technology and supporting our goal of connecting people through social media, the mobile eco-system and business strategy. This role will lead Facebook's strategy and negotiations with music labels and publishing / performing rights organizations, as well as collaborate with our product and media partnerships teams to ensure a coordinated and best-in-class licensing structure. The position is full-time and based in our main office in Menlo Park. Lead music licensing strategy and negotiations with rights holders throughout the world Work with Facebook product and partnerships teams to ensure a comprehensive music strategy that supports our efforts to make the world more connected on Facebook Represent Facebook in meetings with music industry executives from other companies globally Be a source of deep insights about the music ecosystem and partners to our executives Execute in an intense, fast-paced, and highly iterative environment."


09 / 22 / 16

Linn Klimax DS Upgrade Is Their Best DAC Architecture To Date
Linn Klimax DS UpgradeLinn has just introduced their fourth generation DAC architecture to deliver the company's best performance to date. The all-new Klimax DS substantially enhances the performance of Linn's previous offerings with this new in-house digital-to-analogue conversion technology: Katalyst DAC Architecture. According to Linn, "Katalyst takes an unprecedented level of control over the critical elements that lie at the heart of the analogue signal's creation, to deliver the most accurate reproduction ever from a digital source." Five key aspects have been improved utilizing Linn's deep understanding of the entire digital-to-analog process and these include that this architecture is completely isolated from noise to produce a high-stability input Reference Level that generates the signal's amplitude without variation. Independent power supplies are isolated and tailored for each process, so feedback from one process cannot influence the performance of another. This is said to produce far lower distortion. A data optimization stage prepares the digital signal for conversion with greater accuracy than previous Linn offerings, thus minimizing errors right at the start of the process. A single master clock with high precision plus its own independent power supply ensures greater timing accuracy throughout. Linn's new ultra-low distortion analog output driver prepares the delicate analog signal for transmission out of the device, making it less susceptible to noise and degradation. Also of note is that all Linn DSMs from the Majik, Akurate and Klimax ranges, including Exakt DSMs, will now ship with the latest HDMI 2.0 support. This enables UHD 4K and HDR video pass-through, as well as compatibility with HDCP 2.2 encryption, ARC (audio return channel) and CEC (consumer electronics control). HDMI 2.0 is also available as an upgrade for existing owners. Linn's new Klimax DS and Klimax DSM featuring Katalyst DAC Architecture are available today in silver or black anodized finishes, with upgrades available for current owners. Pricing is as follows: Klimax DS $23,375, Klimax DSM $27,500, Klimax DS upgrade $5720, and Klimax DSM upgrade $6160.


M2Tech Evo PhonoDAC Two Includes ADC, DAC And Preamplifier
M2Tech Evo PhonoDAC Two M2Tech's new Evo PhonoDAC Two (€1525) makes the analog and digital audio worlds meet. The Evo PhonoDAC Two is extremely versatile and can be used as a phono stage, DAC, ADC, and preamplifier. It's analog stereo input driver is via a high-performance ES9102S analog-to-digital converter through a front-end which can be set for gain and input impedance. The digital signal obtained by digitizing the analog input may be equalized, after user's needs, and then sent to a computer by means of the Evo PhonoDAC Two's USB port (ripping), as well as to the internal ES9018K2M DAC that drives the M2Tech Evo PhonoDAC Two's analog output. The DAC can also be driver by the computer, again by the USB port, and by another digital source such as a CD player via the provided S/PDIF coaxial input. The same coaxial input can also be used as external clock input to maximize performance. A remote control allows for operating DAC volume, balance and mute, as well as input selection analog, USB, and coax. It also allows for accessing the menu to set various parameters (e.g. the front-end gain and the equalization curve). Thanks to its versatility, the M2Tech Evo PhonoDAC Two may also be used as preamplifier, connecting the computer, a digital source and an analog one, to drive a power amplifier or a pair of powered speakers. ADC sampling frequencies are from 44.1 to 384 kHz @ 16 to 32 bits whilst the DAC sampling frequencies are from 44.1 to 384 kHz @ 16 to 32 bit, DSD64, DSD128, and DSD256. Input gain is from 0 to 63 dB.


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