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10 / 09 / 15

emm labs Reference DA2 DAC Has Fully Discrete 16xDSD/DSD1024
emm labs Reference DA2 DAC Has Fully Discrete 16xDSD/DSD1024emm labs has showcased their new DA2, the successor to the much beloved DAC2X ($25,000), as their next generation flagship DAC. "Re-designed from the ground up, Ed Meitner has once again created a DAC that significantly moves the bar in terms of transparency, accuracy and overall sound quality" says Director of Sales Mr. Shahin Al Rashid. Ed Meitner has improved the analog stages whilst emm labs' MDAC is now the world's first true fully discrete 16xDSD/DSD1024 D/A converter. Completely built in-house at their manufacturing facility in Canada, their MDAT2 DSP technology has also been refined and updated to synergistically work with the new 16xDSD MDAC. The new MDAT2 DSP does real-time transient detection, processing and up-conversion of all incoming audio, PCM and DSD, before sending it to the new 16xDSD MDAC circuitry. Special proprietary hardware includes galvanic isolation for the USB audio interface. Every other system from its proprietary jitter removal MFAST to its super accurate clock, MCLK has been carefully revised for better sound within the new emm labs DA2 DAC. Inputs include XLR AES/EBU, USB, two S/PDIF, and two optical TosLink. Outputs include XLR balanced and unbalanced RCA analog outputs (both can be used at the same time). The DA2 will be shipping in late fall 2015 with a standard finish is as pictured there is also a limited edition TX2 SACD/CD transport ($25,000) that goes with the DA2. Standard finishes are silver with titanium insert and buttons as pictured with black color and black insert / buttons. A very special premium finish with plated inserts/buttons of 24K gold, nickel/silver and custom finish being available on request.


Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless Upsamples To 24-bit/192kHz
Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless Upsamples To 24-bit/192kHzBowers & Wilkins, after many years of success with their original Zeppelin, has now launched their newest generation called the Zeppelin Wireless ($699). Its sweeping contours command aesthetic appreciation while also producing room-filling sound. For the Zeppelin Wireless, Bowers & Wilkins chose to employ carefully calculated special material and shaping of the subwoofer with a larger 6.5" driver and an ultra-long voice coil to allow deep bass to be played at impressive volume levels driven by a 50 watt amplifier. Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless has decoupled double-dome tweeters and FST midrange drivers produce clean, dynamic audio, and each one being driven by a dedicated 25 watt amplifier. A new reinforced cabinet has been redesigned with a front fascia that is 50% thicker than the previous version, while specially designed glass fiber ribs strengthen the cabinet in order to produce high sound quality. With Digital Signal Processing (DSP) twice as powerful as its predecessor, Zeppelin Wireless also has inputs that are upsampled to 24-bit/192kHz resolution. Zeppelin Wireless includes Airplay, Bluetooth aptX and Spotify Connect whilst a Control App has been updated and is available via iOS, Android, Mac and PC.


10 / 08 / 15

Hegel HD30 Reference DAC Employs The Latest AKM4490 Chipset
Hegel HD30 Reference DAC Employs The Latest AKM4490 ChipsetHegel's new HD30 DAC ($4800) uses the newest AKM4490 chips in a dual mono configuration plus the company has gone to great lengths to build special discrete clocks to reduce phase noise to an absolute minimum. Handling both 24-bit/192kHz and DSD 64/128, digital inputs include AES/EBU, BNC, coax RCA and three optical TosLink plus USB. Analog outputs include balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA. Hegel has develop new test routines for their Audio Precision instruments to get to the goal of top-quality digital audio playback. The HD30 is the first full size DAC from Hegel in creating an absolute market reference in terms of low noise, low jitter and lifelike sound. Hegel's H30 includes a further improved Apple AirPlay ability and upnp-streaming. With careful layout, separate power supplies and distancing the transformers, they have achieved a noise floor approaching -150dB according to the company. A reduction of phase noise is done by re-developing their master clock with careful matching of transistors and the clock crystal. Dimensions of the Hegel HD30 are 2.4" x 17" x 12.3" (HxWxD) and it weighs approximately 19 lbs.


Amplifier Technologies, Inc. (ATI) 4000 Series Multi-Channel Amps
Amplifier Technologies, Inc. (ATI) 4000 Series AmplifiersAmplifier Technologies, Inc. has added a new series of amplifiers designed by their president and chief engineer, Morris Kessler. The 4000 series amplifiers, available with 2 to 7 channels, share the design philosophy and circuit sophistication of ATI's award-winning 6000 Series amps with power output reduced to 200W RMS per channel at 8 Ohms and 300 WRMS at 4 Ohms. Furthermore, their “signature series” designation with a facsimile of Kessler’s signature on the main panel attests the special nature of these amplifiers. ATI's 4000 series uses a fully balanced, differential amplifier design with two output stages per channel but with only a single input stage. The advantages of balanced designs are retained and noise is further reduced by 50%. Current feedback, instead of the more common voltage feedback, is employed to achieve a faster slew rate. Another development is that unlike traditional designs where external diodes attached to the heat sink track the amplifiers operating conditions to adjust bias, Thermaltrak devices are used to have the diodes in the same package as the transistors so bias is optimized in real-time. Other design features include dual DC servos per channel to control DC offset and dual toroidal transformers with independent secondary windings. All the amplifiers in the 4000 series are rated at 200 Watts RMS from 20 Hz to 20 kHz with no more that 0.03% THD at 8 Ohms with all channels driven and 300 Watts RMS at 4 Ohms under the same conditions. Signal-to-noise ratio is typically 126dB referenced to full output. All ATI amplifiers are available in standard 17" and rack-mount 19" chassis and are covered by ATI's 7-year transferable warranty. Models within ATI's 4000 series include:

AT4002 Stereo Signature Amplifier $2995
AT4003 3-channel Signature Amplifier $3595
AT4004 4-channel Signature Amplifier $4195
AT4005 5-channel Signature Amplifier $4795
AT4006 6-channel Signature Amplifier $5395
AT4007 7-channel Signature Amplifier $5995


10 / 07 / 15

Enjoy the Music.com Exclusive!
An Interview With Roger Waters
Beyond The Quad Wall
Interview By Mike Mettler


Enjoy the Music.com Exclusive!
An Interview With James Guthrie
Perfect 5.1 Sense
Interview By Mike Mettler


10 / 06 / 15

Pass Labs New INT-250 And INT-60 Integrated Amplifiers
Pass Labs New INT-250 And INT-60 Integrated AmplifiersPass Labs new INT-250 and INT-60 utilize advanced circuitry of the Point 8 amps, including their advanced power supply and output stages ($12,000 and $9000 respectively). Based on the lauded INT-30A, the 60-watt INT-60 Integrated Amplifier provides wattage with all the acclaimed finesse and delicacy surpassing its predecessor. Pass Labs' INT-60 can easily handle difficult loudspeaker loads such as electrostatics or planars and employs the same power supply and output stages, along with the iconic glowing meter, as found on Pass Labs' Point 8 amplifiers. The new model features Direct Access buttons for the four inputs on the faceplate, a digital level display, plus a Volume Control knob and Mute button. On the back are four line-level inputs, a line-level output, and two pairs of Furutech speaker binding posts. Pass Labs new INT-250 produces 250 watts per channel and has been optimized for greater versatility with loudspeaker loads of 86dB/W/m efficiency or less. Like the INT-60, the INT-250 features the same power supply and output stages, along with the iconic glowing meter as found on Pass Labs' Point 8 amplifiers. It too features four line-level inputs, a line-level output, and two pairs of Furutech speaker binding posts. As with the INT-60, there are Direct Access buttons for the four inputs on the faceplate and a digital level display, in addition to a Volume Control knob and a Mute button. 


HiFiBerry Audio DAC+ Light And HiFiBerry DAC+ Pro
HiFiBerry Audio DAC+ Light And HiFiBerry DAC+ ProHiFiBerry Audio expands their Raspberry Pi based product range with two new boards. HiFiBerry DAC+ Light and HiFiBerry DAC+ Pro ($24.90 and $44.90 respectively) use the same physical design as the well-known HiFiBerry DAC+ and with fit into all existing case solutions. Both boards increase the possibilities for setting up Raspberry Pi audio solutions. The DAC+ light uses a different DAC chip (from ESS instead of a Burr-Brown model) that allows the company to offer it at a lower price point, yet still have very good sound and 192kHz/24-bit playback. There is no integrated EPROM and no integrated volume control on the DAC+ Light. Users need to connect the DAC+ Light to an amplifier with integrated volume control or use so-called software volume control. The latter one is supported in many - but not all - applications. HiFiBerry's DAC+ Pro features an integrated dual-domain clock circuit, with two separate clocks for 44.1/88.2/176.4 and 48/96/192kHz sample rates plus on-board ultra-low-jitter clock generator. The board can be modified to allow external power supply for the analog part of the board. Also, you can connect external I2S DACs. These features need soldering on the board though keep in mind this will void warranty, but real hardware hackers have no problems with this.


Industry News 15 Years Ago
DVD-Audio Brings High Resolution 24-bit/96kHz Music
Great news as it seems the Warner Music Group (WMG) is the very first major label to release a true blue DVD-Audio disc. DVD-Audio offers much higher resolution audio reproduction over the Compact Disc (CD) plus multi-channel capabilities and much more! Planned to be released on November 7th WMG will take advantage of DVD-Audio's multi-channel capabilities (also using Advanced Resolution) of Beethoven's Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5, conducted by Daniel Barenboim with the Staatskapelle Berlin. Also scheduled to be released at the same time is Core by Stone Temple Pilots; Tigerlily by Natalie Merchant; Johann Strauss in Berlin, conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt with the Berlin Philharmonic; Brain Salad Surgery by Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Hommage a l'Orchestre Lamoureux: Chabrier's Espana & Ravel's Bolero, with Orchestre Lamoureux conducted by Yutaka Sado; and The Bedroom Mixes by the Jazz At The Movies Band. Of course new music, and reissues as well, will be made available on a monthly basis. "With the concurrent introduction of DVD-Audio and download music releases, WMG is aggressively utilizing new technology working with music retailers to expand the market for our music while offering consumers a wider variety of listening experiences," said David Mount, Chairman and CEO of WEA Inc. "Because our DVD-Audio discs include a Dolby Digital mix able to play in existing DVD-Video players, we're confident that a significant market for these discs will develop very quickly." Not to worry you non-DVD-Audio player owning folks as the albums being released from WMG will also offer the flexibility of playability in three ways: first, in Advanced Resolution surround sound; second, in Advanced Resolution stereo; and third (for those not owning a DVD-Audio player) DVD-Video. The last feature, DVD-Video, will enable the new DVD discs to be enjoyed in the approximately 10 million DVD-Video players currently in U.S. homes. There is more than just better audio my friends as the DVD-Audio discs will provide many additional features such as brief DVD-Video quality music videos and artist commentary while on a DVD-Audio player there will be interactive visual menus with remote navigation (see our Frankfurt Germany 2000 Show report to learn more from the Emmerson, Lake and Powell screenshot) and other goodies such as a photo gallery of still pictures, artist bios, discography and credits or song lyrics (viewable during Advanced Resolution playback). Other artists whose work is already in development for future releases include Barenaked Ladies, Barenboim conducting Beethoven's complete symphonies, Buena Vista Social Club, Tracy Chapman, Alice Cooper, The Corrs, Olu Dara, Miles Davis, Deep Purple, The Doors, Firesign Theatre, Bela Fleck, Fleetwood Mac, Foreigner, Fourplay, Philip Glass, Kronos Quartet, k.d. lang, Zubin Mehta conducting Orff's Carmina Burana, Mehta conducting Mahler's Symphony No. 2, Metallica, Pat Metheny, Luis Miguel, Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, Rod Stewart and Take 6. Warner Music Group (WMG) is home to many leading record companies such as The Atlantic Group, Elektra Entertainment Group, Rhino Entertainment, London-Sire Records and Warner Bros. Records Inc.


10 / 05 / 15

Arcam FMJ A49 Stereo Integrated Amplifier Review
Arcam FMJ A49 Stereo Integrated Amplifier
Chris Bryant is well surprised by the sparking performance of Arcam's new top-of-the-line amplifier.
Review By Chris Bryant


HIFICRITIC's Latest Issue Is Now Available
HIFICRITIC MagazineEnjoy the Music.com has just posted HIFICRITIC's latest issue featuring reviews of the McIntosh MHA100 headphone amplifier, Triaxiom 12-incher, Naim Statement amplifier, Vertex AQ Aletheia DAC-1.5, Miyajima Madake phono cartridge, HiFiMAN HE1000 & HE400S planar headphones, Arcam FJM A49 stereo integrated amplifier and more. Within his editorial titled The Hi-Fi World Has Become Fragmented, Paul Messenger says "The hi-fi world has become fragmented, and the dividing line seems to be related to the prime music source being used. That in turn seems to vary according to the age of the individual reader and customer. Those born before the mid-1960s will probably have accumulated a fair amount of vinyl before CD became the dominant carrier in the late-1980s. (It might have started in 1983, but took some years to get going.) Barely a decade later, file-sharing began to erode the primacy of CD as the most universal music storage medium, even though the widespread use of MP3-coded material was well short of hi-fi (or for that matter CD) quality. However, MP3 filesharing helped home computers get their foot in the music door, which has had huge implications. The continuing development of both computers and the internet constantly increases the range of possibilities." You can see what's in this issue of HIFICRITIC here


CanJam 2015 @ RMAF Show Report
Rocky Mountain Audio Fest & CanJam 2015

CanJam 2015 @ RMAF Show Report


10 / 04 / 15

RMAF 2015 Show Report
Rocky Mountain Audio Fest & CanJam 2015

RMAF 2015 Show Report Day 2
RMAF 2015 Show Report Day 2


10 / 03 / 15

RMAF 2015 Show Report
Rocky Mountain Audio Fest & CanJam 2015

RMAF 2015 Show Report Day 1
RMAF 2015 Show Report Day 1


10 / 02 / 15

Hi-Fi+'s October Issue Is Now Available Online
Hi-Fi+ Magazine128 October 2015Enjoy the Music.com has just posted Hi-Fi+'s October issue online. This issue has show coverage of the CanJam London 2015 event plus reviews of AURALiC, Gamut, YG Acoustics, Audio Research, Lindemann, ProAc, Electrocompaniet, Nordost and many more! Within his editorial, Alan Sircom says, "We are performing something of an experiment with this issue. Alongside our usual collection of standalone component reviews, we are trying out complete system features. We have selected several complete front-to-back systems, at prices ranging from the (almost) mild to the distinctly (wild), all put together to sound good. One of these systems came from a single distributor. One came from a dealer who pieced together the system with care. One came from balancing out products with very different sonic properties, and one was highlighting the return to the UK of an outstanding loudspeaker brand, and wrapped a highly successful system around that launch. All are pieced together with great care and attention, rather than thrown into the ring by virtue of lowest possible price." You can see what's in this issue of Hi-Fi+ here


Consumer Electronics Luminary Len Schneider's Memorial
Len SchneiderIt deeply saddened us to announce the passing of an expert within our industry, Len Schneider. He was an amazing man and always a mensch in every way. In his early years, Len ran an electronics repair shop and helped a friend launch a company that manufactured subwoofers, electronic crossovers, and amplifiers before joining Sony as National Training Manager for hi-fi products. He did product development stints at Onkyo, Marantz, and Adcom and has a list of award-winning components to his credit. Len Schneider also wrote the training book for Rotel and many of Enjoy the Music.com's hi-fi glossary definitions were written by, or augmented by, Len Schneider. On the editorial side, he's reviewed products for Audio Magazine and authored technical articles for The Perfect Vision, served as senior contributing editor for Play and later for eTown.com. Len Schneider was a lifetime member of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) and, in his own words, "admits to writing four books, some of them even readable". Editor and Creative Director of Enjoy the Music.com Steven R. Rochlin says, "Having known Len Schneider for nearly 20 years, he was warm and welcoming to everyone. His knowledge was shared with others and he helped train many people concerning high-end audio and video. As a close friend, we spoke often over the years and knew he was nearing this moment. Len will always live on within my heart." Len is survived by a wonderful girlfriend and two children. Len's memorial is Saturday, October 3rd at 11:00 am followed by a light lunch at the Rutherford Congregational Church located at 251 Union Avenue (cross street is Prospect) in Rutherford, NJ 07070.


Rocky Mountain Audio Fest And CanJam 2015 In Denver
RMAF 2015 Show Report -- Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2015Enjoy the Music.com is proud to celebrate our 12 years of reporting on the highly popular RMAF event (Rocky Mountain Audio Fest​)! RMAF & CanJam have teamed up once again and will feature high-end, high fidelity audio equipment and portable audio at the Denver Marriott Tech Center Hotel from October 2nd through the 4th. Enjoy the Music.com will deliver to you many special surprises during our show report! The RMAF and CanJam 2015 show will feature an abundance of products sure to resonated with everyone. While two-channel high fidelity audio (audiophile) will take center stage, there is a special CanJam headphone and portable media players (PMP) section for music lovers on the go. Everything from planar magnetic and dynamic driver on and over the ear headphones to in-earn monitors (IEM) can be heard within the CanJam section. See Enjoy the Music.com's RMAF 2015 report here and our CanJam 2015 report here.


Mytek The Brooklyn DAC Includes MQA Decoding Capability
Mytek The Brooklyn DAC Includes MQA Decoding CapabilityMQA (Master Quality Authenticated), a technology created by Bob Stuart that enables adaptive high resolution streaming audio, will have products by Pioneer, Onkyo and Bluesound plus has just been enabled within Mytek Digital's The Brooklyn DAC ($2000). During this weekend's RMAF 2015 will be the world premier of the new Mytek The Brooklyn — a USB2 DAC, preamplifier and headphone amplifier. Mytek's The Brooklyn employs the latest in decoding technology allowing the listener to experience the latest high resolution music offering available, including MQA. The Brooklyn integrates digital and vinyl high-resolution audio playback for both headphones and home audio systems. On September 9th, 20015, Enjoy the Music.com reported that portable audio is heating up like an inferno as Pioneer is offering their XDP-100R digital audio player (£499 including VAT) that handles all major digital audio files types up to DSD 11.2MHz and 384kHz/24-bit and is the world's first portable unit to include MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) support.


Channel D Releases Their Pure Music 3 Software
Channel D Releases Their Pure Music 3 SoftwareChannel D, developers of the innovative Pure Vinyl and Pure Music computer audio software for Apple Macintosh computers, has released a major update to its Pure Music software. The new Pure Music 3 software includes nearly 50 new features and performance enhancements. Channel D's Pure Music 3 includes extensive optimizations, user interface and performance enhancements, including noticeably faster start-up and greatly improved smoothness and responsiveness, including improved integration of its Streamthrough feature, seamlessly and automatically transitioning between streamed audio and disk-based audio file playback. "This is the culmination of a year of intensive and painstaking re-examination of the application code, hand in hand with careful ongoing testing, and it shows," says Channel D's Director of Engineering and creator of the product Rob Robinson. "Rather than making this a feature-laden update, we focused on improving performance and usability. This is, by far, the best Pure Music ever."


Noble Audio K10U Universal Fit In-Ear Monitors
Noble Audio K10U Universal Fit In-Ear MonitorsNoble Audio now offers their Kaiser 10U ($1599) universal fit in-ear monitor (IEM) that employs a new aluminum-chassis with 10-drivers inside. Noble's aluminum IEMs have been designed and manufactured in conjunction with experts in California whose clients include Louis Vuitton, Dior, Marc Newson and Holly Hunt. Despite this advanced level of engineering and construction, the new K10U aluminum will not see any price premium over its acrylic predecessor and thus maintain their pricing. With each unit being precision-made in California, it features a top half in stunning gloss-red anodize finish and a bottom half sporting a striking satin-finish that is clear anodized. The K10U aluminum is a ten-armature, low-impedance four-way design. Each IEM has two precision-tuned bass drivers, two mid-frequency drivers, two mid and two mid/high and two super-high frequency drivers. This four-way design has an impedance of <35 Ohms. Other features include a detachable two-pin cable and supplied accessories are a Pelican 1010 case, a black velvet soft pouch, and 12 pairs of ear tips (four types in three sizes), two Noble Audio bands or amp bands, a cleaning tool, plus a Noble cable and an ownership card.


10 / 01 / 15

Enjoy the Music.com's October Review Magazine Is Now Available Online
Review MagazineEnjoy the Music.com's October Review Magazine features world premiere reviews, special articles concerning audiophiles and high resolution audio, plus our upcoming RMAF and CanJam 2015 show reports. The extremely popular Special 20/20 Awards this month showcases high-end audio amplification! See Enjoy the Music.com's October Review Magazine at this link.

This month we have world premiere reviews of the 64 Audio A12 custom in-ear monitors (CIEMs) with their impressive ADEL modules plus legendary electronics designer David Berning licensed technology for the Linear Tube Audio microZOTL 2.0 headphone amplifier. Another legendary amplifier designer focus is Nelson Pass with his Pass Labs' X250.8 solid-state stereo amplifier that brings very high-end sound to your audio system. ifi Audio has done it once again with their very reasonably priced $349 iDAC2 digital to analog converter with headphone amplifier and line output that greatly improves your computer's audio for both personal listening and within your home audio system.

The feedback from you, our loyal readers, has been tremendous towards Enjoy the Music.com's Special 20/20 Awards. We've already highlighted digital audio and cartridges / turntables during past issues, with this month's Review Magazine showcasing positively phenomenal high-end audio amplification! Both solid-state and vacuum tube amplifiers are featured of course. Prices of these award-earning amplifiers range from the being quite reasonable to having no price constraints. As an added bonus, we remove the 20 year limit for two legendary, reaching nearly mythical status, amplifiers that make the grade within our Special 20/20 Awards.

Enjoy the Music.com's staff are at this very moment preparing to travel to Denver for this weekend's wonderful Rocky Mountain Audio Fest (RMAF) and CanJam shows. Each day we'll be posting updates, with our in-depth coverage appearing online shortly after these events. We'll bring you the low-down about the great gear in Denver and what outstanding products deserve special attention. Because you love to seeing special gear in sharp focus, our fantastic photography gives you the opportunity to see many products in full screen (and perhaps more) resolution! Of course we recommend you attend RMAF and CanJam in Denver, yet for those who can't make it there or may have missed some key products, sit back and relax as we give you key info about the many outstanding products being showcased.

Within his Senseless Rambling, Editor and Creative Director Steven R. Rochlin writes about music for the next generation and notes that, "Perceptual (MP3) coding was impressive for its time, yet how are we to not just to prove that there is more audio content within higher than CD resolution FLAC, DSD, etc, but to also find a way to hear the difference and the added benefits. And if we're willing to eschew the science and choose another route, what would it take to get humans to learn and accept a new (to them) digital audio format so that it is taught to the next generation? What benefit does this new skill set offer over the previous one already widely adopted by Third Generation MP3 users?" You can enjoy our October Review Magazine at this link. As always, in the end what really matters is that you...

Enjoy the Music,


Hi-Fi World's November Issue Is Now Available Online
Hi-Fi World November 2015Enjoy the Music.com has just posted Hi-Fi World's latest issue! This issue features reviews of the Tannoy Westminster Royal GR, XTZ Master Series M2, Eclipse TD-M1 wireless speakers, Benchmark AHB2 amplifier And SSM1 loudspeakers, Rogue Audio Pharaoh, Astell&Kern Junior DAP, Atlas Ascent / Mavros Ultra digital cables and many more. Within his editorial, Noel Keywood says, "OK, few of us can afford a pair of Tannoy Westminsters – and perhaps few of us would want to. Their size and styling are not – er – current idiom, shall I say. But what the heck. They're still fabulous devices, almost barking mad in the way they seemingly ignore every sensible modern constraint to deliver a fabulous sound. £28k and 140kgs or not, we had to get them in for review – and you can read the result on p10. I hope it brings a smile to your face!" You can see what's in this issue of Hi-Fi World here.


09 / 29 / 15

Sonos Play:5 And New Trueplay Room Calibration Capability
Sonos Play:5 And New Trueplay Room Calibration CapabilitySonos just introduced their new loudspeaker-tuning software called Trueplay and an all-new flagship Sonos Play:5 ($499) smart speaker. With Trueplay, millions of listeners can easily tune their existing Sonos speakers to optimize the sound no matter where the speaker is placed. The new Sonos Play:5 has a built-in amplifier and six custom-designed synchronized drivers including three mid-woofers and three tweeters. Sonos' Trueplay stems from the insight that few homes are acoustically perfect. The placement of the speaker within the room impacts the way music sounds. With Trueplay, anyone can tune speakers with the press of a button. Using the Sonos app, the microphone on an iPhone or iPad plus a special tone emitted by the Sonos speaker provides system analysis on how sound reflects off walls, furnishings, glass and other surfaces in any given room. Sonos' Play:5 is their new flagship smart speaker with six synchronized drivers. This array produces a soundstage that has a stereo image audibly wider than expected. For the first time in the company's history, the drivers have three carefully calculated orientations. This flexibility, combined with Trueplay tuning, enables placement in any room to achieve an audibly wider soundscape. In addition to horizontal orientation as a standalone speaker, two Sonos Play:5 self-powered speakers may be paired together vertically deliver a focused sweet spot. Paired horizontally, they create a larger stereo image for an immersive, room-filling listening experience. New touch controls offer an intuitive, easy way to play, pause, adjust volume and change the track. Smart sensors make these touch controls responsive to all orientations, so the volume-up is always facing upward. Sonos provides control within every room of your home with one easy-to-use app that brings together your favorite music services such as Deezer, Pandora, Spotify, TIDAL, Google Play Music, and Groove. Enjoy the Music.com reviewed the Sonos wireless multi-room music listening system at this link.


Industry News 15 Years Ago
MP3.comAs news of the ''Music Owners' Listening Rights Act of 2000" hit the streets yesterday, mp3.com was fast to react to this favorable news by kicking off a ''million e-mail march.'' This bill could save MP3.com many millions of dollars while also legitimizing their previous practices of offering copyrighted music on demand when consumers showed they already owned the music. A link on MP3.com's home page will read ''hands off my music!' and this will allow people to directly e-mail their Congressional representatives by zip code. In July of this year MP3.com asked users to write Senators Orrin Hatch and Patrick Leahy to pass legislation that would overturn the copyright-infringement judgment against MP3.com in April. It seemed to work as Leahy was bombarded with over 17,000 e-mails. This was, in fact, more than he received concerning President Clinton's impeachment! Due to receiving so many e-mails, Lehey had to temporarily shut down his e-mail system due to the overflow. ''People buying CDs are the lifeblood of the music industry and they should be permitted to use new technologies that give them exciting ways to access their music,'' said mp3.com's Chairman and CEO Michael Robertson. ''We applaud and support elected officials and those seeking office who are working to give consumers access to the music they have purchased, anywhere and anytime.''


09 / 28 / 15

Casual Reactions Who made me? Everybody's talking... I think it is art. Article By Herb Reichert
Casual Reactions
Who made me? Everybody's talking... I think it is art.
Article By Herb Reichert


Mike Oldfield's The Space Movie Original Soundtrack
Mike Oldfield's The Space Movie Original SoundtrackMike Oldfield's The Space Movie original soundtrack (£9.99) will be released for the first time on CD by GONZO Multimedia. The newly restored and complete edition of Mike Oldfield and Tony Palmer's "The Space Movie" soundtrack features all the talk-back between the astronauts and ground control, as well as orchestral versions of music by Mike Oldfield. This classic film was originally commissioned by London Weekend Television and Virgin Films in 1979 to mark the 10th Anniversary of the first landing on the moon. A recent discovery of a print in mint condition has enabled them to issue the film in its complete edition. "The invitation to make the film came out of the clear blue sky from NASA in January 1978," said Producer Tony Palmer. "I was invited to Washington and shown the mountain of film NASA had collected from the very beginnings with John Glenn, the first astronaut to orbit the earth in February 1962, until Apollo 17 December 1972. Use whatever I wanted, I was told, plus all the talk-back between ground control in Houston and the various space missions. NASA's extraordinary and spectacular images made me realize I had access to a treasure house beyond imagination. From the beginning, I wanted Mike Oldfield to write the music, and the soundtrack which emerged – a combination of hitherto unreleased recordings including the orchestral versions of Oldfield's early masterpieces, Tubular Bells and Hergest Ridge – is remarkable, perfect in every way; evocative, powerful, an inspiring match for the images. And I'm sure it is that, plus of course the astonishing NASA footage and the sound of the astronauts chatting away in space. Virgin Films may have long gone, but together these elements made and make the film what it is – something rather special." This version comes complete with Director's Cut Bonus DVD of the movie.


09 / 27 / 15

Enjoy the Music.com's Special 20/20 Award Enjoy the Music.com's Special 20/20 Award -- Amplification
Enjoy the Music.com's Special 20/20 Award -- High-End Audio Amplification
As Chosen By Editor & Creative Director Steven R. Rochlin


09 / 25 / 15

Reference Recordings Upcoming Blues Release Fiona Boyes Box & Dice
Reference Recordings Upcoming Blues Release Fiona Boyes Box & DiceReference Recordings upcoming blues release Fiona Boyes Box & Dice! will be available worldwide October 9, 2015. The cigar box with the green dice knobs (hence the title Box & Dice) as well as the four-string guitar are one-of-a-kind instruments made for Fiona. The baritone National Reso-lectric is quite rare. The six-string blond guitar is custom-made for Fiona by Maton of Australia. Fiona Boyes plays deep Blues, influenced by a myriad of traditional regional styles. She has carved an international reputation as a blues guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, and American reviewers have described her as a "musical anomaly" and "Bonnie Raitt's evil twin"! Equally at home on acoustic or electric guitars, her mostly original repertoire is like a Blues travelogue. Listen to her play and you'll hear pre-war Delta slide, single chord Mississippi Hills grooves, intricate country blues finger picking along with material drawn from the classic blues sounds of New Orleans, Chicago and Memphis. Fiona continues to joyfully explore the music she loves with recent acquisitions such as cigarbox guitar and a rare National Reso-Lectric Baritone adding new textures to her live shows and recordings. Reference Recordings is excited to announce the worldwide release of her brand new album - Box & Dice! - her first recording with her long-time Australian rhythm section, drummer Mark Grunden and Dean Addision, double bass. As always, enjoy the music!


Autonomic Control MMS-2A / MMS-5A Now Meet Hi-Res Audio Standards
Autonomic Control MMS-2A / MMS-5A Now Meet Hi-Res Audio StandardsAutonomic Control's Mirage Media Server MMS-2A and MMS-5A ($1995 and $4250 pictured) are amongst the first to announced that the Japan Audio Society has certified their network storage and music streaming units to meet the Hi-Res Audio logo'ed standard, which is for the DAC and not for the ability in Internet streaming or storage capability. The Mirage Media Server handles many digital music file formats including 24-bit/192kHz. The Mirage Media Server MMS-2A and MMS-5A blends high-resolution playback with the luxury and convenience of whole-house music controlled by Apple or Android devices and/or from the Mirage Media Controller app on any computer. The MMS-2A comes wit a 128 GB SSD hard drive, has external storage expandable storage via USB and can handle other network shared storage devices. MMS-2A also has one stereo set of RCA analog preamplification output, S/PDIF RCA coax output and HDMI output. Automic Control's MMS-5A comes with a 1 TB hard drive, has four sets of RCA analog output, S/PDIF RCA coax, and HDMI out. With up to three or six available streams (depending on model), separate programming can be enjoyed by different family members at any time and in any room throughout the home. Mirage's Media Server provides users with playback of all popular streaming services such as Pandora internet radio, Rhapsody, TuneIn Radio, SiriusXM Internet Radio, Slacker, Napster, TIDAL, Murfie, Deezer and Spotify. "Autonomic has been delivering the finest high resolution whole home audio streaming devices since 2009," said CEO Michael de Nigris. "We are very pleased to see the increased emphasis on high quality audio output by both the industry and consumers, and are honored to be included in the roster of prestigious companies recognized by the Japan Audio Society for excellence in audio reproduction."


09 / 24 / 15

TAS' Illustrated History of High-End Audio Volume Two: Electronics
TAS' Illustrated History of High-End Audio Volume Two: ElectronicsThe Absolute Sound has announced their Illustrated History of High-End Audio Volume Two: Electronics ($129.95). As a follow-up to their critically acclaimed Volume One: Loudspeakers, this beautifully illustrated 336-page large-format handcover book celebrates high-end audio's legendary electronics manufacturers. Within the book are profiles of 97 electronics manufacturers from all around the world. Both solid-state and vacuum tube amplification devices are represented with extremely high quality photography and detailed descriptions by the industry's leading experts. Everything from advancements to the latest state-of-the-art is represented. There are interviews with the founding fathers, with is presented within this richly illustrated and timelines book. You can visit The Absolute Sound's store website to see examples of what in within this incredible book. As an added bonus, the first2500 limited edition copies will be signed and numbered. Enjoy the Music.com has a very special video featuring The Absolute Sound's Editor Robert Harley as he showcases their Illustrated History of High-End Audio Volume 1: Loudspeakers as seen below.


Blumenhofer Acoustics Genuin FS3 MK2 Loudspeaker
Blumenhofer Acoustics Genuin FS3 MK2 LoudspeakerBlumenhofer Acoustics Genuin FS3 MK2 (€9750 per pair) is an overhauling of their previous model that has been available for the past decade. The Genuin FS3 MK2 has larger components than its predecessor and more modern components. Blumenhofer Acoustics Genuin FS3 MK2 loudspeaker combines a horn-loaded tweeter with cone driver. This high-ish efficiency two-way loudspeaker has a sensitivity of 92dB/W/m @ 8 Ohms via a specially tuned 18mm thick composite wood cabinet that has a bass-reflex port. Resonance and flow has been optimized for the bass reflex tunnel. Drivers include a 1" compression unit with Titan membrane and a 10" paper woofer. Loudspeaker wire posts are gold plated tellurium copper and the Genuin FS3 MK2 can be bi-wired / bi-amplified. Switchable impedance linearization for the crossover frequency and a flat 8 Ohm impedance curve make the Genuin FS3 MK2 very easy to drive for both solid-state and vacuum tube amplification. The top tweeter horn driver is time-aligned to ensure accurate sound matching with the 10" woofer. Overall frequency response is 40Hz to 20kHz (+/-2dB), cabinet dimensions are 39" x 11.75" x 14" (HxWxD) and it weighs 66 lbs.


09 / 23 / 15

Classé Sigma Series Brings High-End Sound At Affordable Pricing
Classé's New Sigma Series Bring High-End Sound At Affordable PricingClassé has just announced their new series of components called Sigma, featuring the SSP 7.1 channel surround sound preamp/processor and two amplifiers, the AMP2 and AMP5 rated at 2 x 200W and 5 x 200W into 8 Ohms respectively ($5000, $5000 and $3500). Classé's Sigma SSP has been optimized as a high-performance stereo preamp/processor with video switching, multi-channel processing and bass management. Connections for USB and Ethernet streaming augment the HDMI, S/PDIF coax and TosLink optical digital inputs. Balanced and single-ended analog inputs, including an optional phono stage, make the Sigma SSP a truly versatile preamp/processor. Classé's new Sigma amplifier models are derived from their Delta series CA-D200 with Class D topology that addresses the problem of dead-band-time – the time when both halves of the amplifier are off. The Classé solution achieves a low three nanosecond dead-band-time, thus dramatically lowering distortion and enabling numerous other design advantages. "High-end [audio/video] is about passion, discovery, experience and technical exploration. It's not just who can make the most expensive things." said Dave Nauber, President of Classé. "Making more affordable products that are truly high-end is a greater challenge, which is why there is a gap in the market between offerings from the mass-market CE companies and the high-end brands. We chose to exploit our cost advantage as part of the B&W Group to fill this void with some exceptional new products. Our goals in designing the Sigma series were to deliver true, high performance for the audiophile, offer versatile connectivity to accommodate a wide range of sources, bundle it with a host of performance-oriented features and package it in a compact and affordable chassis. We have done all that and more. With their efficient use of power, the Sigma series designs generate less heat and are more eco-friendly than other conventional designs."


Zesto Audio EROS 300 Monoblock Vacuum Tube Amplifier
Zesto Audio EROS 300 Monoblock Vacuum Tube AmplifierZesto Audio is proud to announce the launch of their newest product, the EROS 300 Monoblock amplifiers ($19,900 per pair). In development for more than three years and over 79 circuit revisions later, the Eros 300 is ready for Prime Time. Zesto Audio's Eros 300 uses a matched sextet of KT88 and two 12AU7 vacuum tubes to produce 150 Watts per monoblock in pure Class A power. A push-pull and ultra-linear circuit topology combined with a more robust choke based power supply incorporating a custom toroidal power transformer are some of the design highlights. The Eros 300 has Auto-Bias, so it is easy to use with no adjustments or tweaking. Zesto Audio's EROS 300 has two options for your speaker cables, the three-way binding posts or the Speak-on connector. There are both 4 and 8 Ohm taps provide an efficient transfer of power to loudspeakers. All fuses are easily accessible and the balanced XLR input connector has its own ground lift switch to eliminate hum. Frequency response is from 20Hz to 50kHz, dimensions are 17" X 20" X 10" (WxDxH) and each monoblock weighs 64 lbs.


09 / 22 / 15

Nielsen Music 360 Report Says 91% Of Americans Listen To Tunes
Nielsen Music 360 Report Says 91% Of Americans Listen To TunesAccording to a recent survey by Nielsen, a company that studies consumers in more than 100 countries to provide a complete view of trends and habits, music remains an important part of American's lives. Nielsen has recently reported within their Music 360 2015 report that 91% of America's population listens to music, racking up over 24 hours each week. This figure is about the same as their 2014 survey. A total of 75% of Americans listen to music online in a typical week, which is up nearly 12% from 2014. "While Americans streamed more than 164 billion on-demand tracks across audio and video platforms in 2014, they streamed 135 billion in the first half of 2015 alone – up more than 90% from the same period last year" says Nielsen's press release. Furthermore, 44% of Americans are using their portable devices (smartphones, etc) to listen to music in a typical week, which is an increase of 7% over 2014. Nielsen says that desktop computer listening is waning. As for just what is being listened to, surprisingly it is terrestrial radio that continues to be the leader with 61% of respondents discovering new music via legacy AM/FM or satellite radio (a 7% increase over 2014). Teens rely more on social media and their friends and the report claims that "65% say they discover new music through family and friends, well above the average of 45%". Live events are also playing their role as 12% claim that live events are a source for new music discovery, which is up over 70% from 2014, and a total of 50% of those who responded have been to a live event during the past year. Another trend is that "When the festival is out of reach, either financially or by distance, savvy fans are nevertheless following along online, presenting brand sponsors with an opportunity to reach 'virtual attendees' and extend their activations beyond the field!" says Nielsen. The music industry does have a major problem as those "Very/Somewhat Likely" to pay for an online streaming music service in the next six months is only 9%. Only 13% are "Neither Likely Nor Unlikely" to pay, and a staggering 78% are "Somewhat/Very Unlikely".


Music And Audio: A User Guide To Better Sound
Music And Audio: A User Guide To Better SoundMark "Dr. AIX" Waldrep, Ph.D., the founder of AIX Records / iTrax and daily blogger at RealHD-Audio, has announced his new comprehensive book on music and audio on Kickstarter. Music and Audio: A User Guide To Better Sound provides practical information about music production and audio systems, with a special focus on how to inexpensively and dramatically improve your listening experience. The User Guide includes a Blu-ray (or downloadable) with demo tracks, test tones, and a unique set of tracks for comparing different formats. Do you think you can hear the difference between CD's 16-bit/44.1kHz digitized audio from a native Hi-Res Music file? On the Blu-ray disc is a total of twelve high bit and sampling rate music tracks presented in stereo and surround sound, mixing, format and mastering comparisons, plus a complete set of test tones. Imagine being able to instantly switch between a 256 kbps MP3 and a 96kHz/24-bit source or a heavily mastered versus unmastered track to hear the difference within your home or portable audio system. Dr. Waldrep has been a professional audio engineer and media producer for over 35 years and worked on hundreds of projects including discs for The Rolling Stones, Kiss, Tool, 311, The San Francisco Symphony, and Mark Chesnutt. He has been a member of The Recording Academy, Audio Engineering Society, and Consumer Electronics Association for many years and given numerous presentations, keynote addresses, and seminars on high-end audio recording and reproduction around the world. The book will also contain interviews with Robert Stuart of Meridian and inventor of MQA, Robert Margoule (Stevie Wonder), Dave O'Donnell (James Taylor), and Ken Caillat (Fleetwood Mac).


09 / 21 / 15

Primacoustic Paintable London 8 And London 10 Room Kits
Primacoustic Paintable London 8 And London 10 Room KitsPrimacoustic, a division of Radial Engineering Ltd., has announced their Paintables versions of the company's popular London 8 and London 10 room kits ($229.99 and $499.99 respectively). These easy-to-use kits include everything you need to turn any room into a great sounding studio or home theater. Designed to address acoustical concerns that are common to all rooms, London kits help control primary reflections, flutter echo and excessive bass. Panels are mounted using Impalers that eliminate the use of wall-damaging glue. The London room kits include all the necessary hardware including wall anchors, screws and even a drill bit, for a quick and easy installation. Each acoustic panel is made from high density six pound glass wool for even absorption and the panels are edge-treated with resin and then fully encapsulated with micromesh to prevent dusting. Originally available in a choice of grey, beige and black fabric coating, the new Paintables are now available in pre-painted Absolute White. Unique is the ability to lightly spray paint the panels without disturbing the acoustic properties. As with all Primacoustic panels, the Paintables have been independently tested for acoustic performance and to achieve stringent Class-A fire ratings, making them safe for use in all types of installations in all jurisdictions around the world. According to Primacoustic's Jay Porter, "The London series of room kits make it super simple to effectively treat many spaces and with this new paintable line, you can eliminate any concern about how the panels will integrate with existing decor. The kits are an ideal solution for home theaters, two-channel audiophile listening rooms, project studios, video post-production suites, theater projection booths, video conferencing rooms, voice-over booths, broadcast suites and podcast studios."


Enjoy the Music.com Show Report Schedule
Enjoy the Music.com And Enjoy the Music.TV 2015 Show Report Schedule
Seen below is a listing of Enjoy the Music.com's planned 2015 show coverage for the remainder of the year. We have already reported on CES 2015 in Las Vegas, AXPONA in Chicago, HIGH END in Munich, T.H.E. Show Newport, CE Week 2015, CAS 2015 in San Francisco and Capital Audiofest in Washington DC. Whilst we may be adding more shows during 2015, we feel these events are a good basic starting point. Enjoy the Music.com is the Internet's largest site for audiophile show coverage, as we have over 190 high-end audio reports online at this link.

October 2nd to 4th, 2015
Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2015 (RMAF 2015 Show Report)
Marriott Tech Center Hotel
Denver, Colorado
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October 2nd to 4th, 2015
CanJam @ Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2015
Marriott Tech Center Hotel
Denver, Colorado
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October 30th to November 1st, 2015
TAVES 2015 Show Report
Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel & Suites
Toronto, Canada
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09 / 19 / 15

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest And CanJam 2015 In Denver
RMAF 2015 Show Report -- Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2015Enjoy the Music.com is proud to celebrate our 12 years of reporting on the highly popular RMAF event (Rocky Mountain Audio Fest​)! RMAF & CanJam have teamed up once again and will feature high-end, high fidelity audio equipment and portable audio at the Denver Marriott Tech Center Hotel from October 2nd through the 4th. Enjoy the Music.com will deliver to you many special surprises during our show report! The RMAF and CanJam 2015 show will feature an abundance of products sure to resonated with everyone. While two-channel high fidelity audio (audiophile) will take center stage, there is a special CanJam headphone and portable media players (PMP) section for music lovers on the go. Everything from planar magnetic and dynamic driver on and over the ear headphones to in-earn monitors (IEM) can be heard within the CanJam section. See Enjoy the Music.com's RMAF 2015 report here and our CanJam 2015 report here. 


09 / 18 / 15

HDtracks Offers Great New Music At High Resolution Sound Quality
HDtracks Offers Great New Music At High Resolution Sound QualityHDtracks, the pioneer and leading high resolution digital download company in the world founded by three-time Grammy nominee and musicians David Chesky, are heating up this summer with new high resolution music releases. Surf’s up for The Beach Boys' 1964 masterpiece All Summer Long, along with the latest albums from modern artists like Muse, Atlas Genius, Steep Canyon Rangers and others, plus opera Star Joyce DiDonato, electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre and many more are available for digital download. These new additions are all available via DRM-free CD and DVD-Audio quality downloads at the highest possible bit/sampling rates. In 1964, a California band called The Beach Boys took to the surf and came up with an enduring masterpiece of rocking beach music and surf culture. The Beach Boys' All Summer Long was an all-American masterpiece to rival the pop tsunami and includes the title track plus iconic hits such as "I Get Around," "Wendy," "Drive-In," and "Don’t Back Down." Steep Canyon Rangers is a hugely popular Rounder Records' string-and-sing band that has been collaborating with comedian/banjo player Steve Martin. Also now available is Essential Recollection, a new compilation from Jean-Michel Jarre. He helped to pioneered electronic, ambient, and new age genres since the 1970s. Jean Michel personally selected all the tracks, and mixed them together with an artistic purpose – the result is a true sonic adventure through this creative genius work. HDtracks has access to best-selling contemporary and legendary artists like Daft Punk, Miles Davis, Katy Perry, Beyoncé, Rush, Justin Timberlake, Green Day, Metallica, Paul McCartney, Led Zeppelin, The Weekend, Willie Nelson, the Grateful Dead and many more are now available to download.


Bowers & Wilkins New 800 Series Diamond Loudspeakers
Bowers & Wilkins New 800 Series Diamond LoudspeakersBowers & Wilkins' new 800 Series Diamond elevates the company's loudspeaker performance as a product of research and development that spans 40 years. The new 800 Series Diamond is the result of an intensive seven-year project to make their best even better. This fundamental evolution of the range is such that almost all of the component parts are different from the outgoing 800 Series Diamond. Changes involve a vast number of technological, engineering and acoustic innovations that combine to create "a sublime listening experience" says the company. The transformation of the midrange drive units with a new Continuum cone was developed in-house and replaces the Kevlar cones that have long been a major factor of the 800 Series performance. The Continuum cone takes the best acoustic aspects of the company's Kevlar further, providing a level of clarity that has now "been dramatically improved by the introduction of the Aerofoil cone, which considerably reduces distortion thanks to a new variable profile cone geometry more advanced sandwich construction". These innovations, when teamed with improved cabinets, a more robust Matrix bracing system, plus a new solid body tweeter assembly with vastly improved Turbine head midrange enclosure means undesirable cabinet-induced distortion has been reduced. A slender, more modern industrial design remains true to Bowers & Wilkins long tradition. With distinctive aluminum pods on all models securing and decoupling drivers from the enclosure, and the Turbine head constructed from a single piece of aluminum sitting on a sleek reverse-wrap cabinet on the 'headed' models, the luminously finished cabinets are crafted from layers of wood, curved into shape under intense pressure. "This is not an update," says Bowers & Wilkins Head of Research Martial Rousseau. "This is a completely re-imagined design. One of the few remaining elements is the Diamond tweeter. We found it impossible to improve on the performance offered by diamond, although behind the diamond dome, the motor system was improved considerably." New models from Bowers & Wilkins include the following:

802 D3 $22,000 per pair
803 D3 $17,000 per pair
804 D3 $9000 per pair
805 D3 $6000 per pair
HTM1 D3 $6000 each
HTM2 D3 $4000 each

Floor Stands
FS-805 D3 $500 each
FS-HTM D3 $600 each


Industry News 15 Years Ago
The Interactive Internet-Aware Home Has Arrived
Cisco Systems, Inc.Looking for a way to fully monitor and control the home environment, while also having complete internet implementation, leading internet technology leader Cisco Systems, Inc., has unveiled its "Internet Home". Their 1700 square foot Internet Home demonstrates the benefits of having a high-speed always-on Internet connection. Joined by developer Playa Vista, this technology is being developed for use in not just homes, but also for the commercial community development. Other developers such as Digital Interiors, The Great Indoors, Hewlett-Packard Company, Sears, Roebuck and Co, and Whirlpool helped to demonstrates the power of the Internet in enhancing daily living for consumers and business'. Since the Internet offers everything from shopping for groceries to listening to music or sending family photos to grandparents, it makes since that one day we will have fully web enabled homes. "The Internet Home drives home the message that always on, high speed Internet connections are available in today's home, whether it's an older home or brand-new development. It also demonstrates how an always on, high-speed Internet connection is as easy to use as turning on a light or a water faucet," said Mike Moone, Group Vice President and General Manager, Cisco's Consumer Line of Business. "We are pleased to be working with leading consumer companies and community developers to help make Internet Homes a reality for consumers."



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