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10 / 15 / 21
audioXpress' November 2021 Issue
Is Now Available
audioXpress' November 2021 issue features:
Editorial: What's Old Is New Again
SPL Phonitor One D Headphone Amplifier System
A DSP Audio Processor At The Heart
Ultra-Linear: Why It Works And When It Will Not (Part 2)
Cascodes, Folded Cascodes, And Current Mirrors (Part 2)
The History of the American Magnetic Head Industry
Market Update: Digital Signal Processing
DSP Evolution: Audio Processing Powered by AI
Automotive Audio: Interior Car Acoustics and DSP
From Open Office to A/V Recording Complex
And much more!
Within his editorial, J. Martins says
"In this edition of audioXpress, Scott Dorsey offers an interesting historical journey into one of the most critical pieces of technology in the heyday of the audio industry: magnetic recording and playback heads. The people and the numerous companies involved played a vital role in shaping the music industry and popular music as we know it. From recording sessions at Sun Studios to 8-track Ampex recorders introduced in 1955 and explored by Les Paul, magnetic heads raised studio music production to unimaginable artistic heights. Computers and digital recording followed and enabled even more creative possibilities. All along, this interesting story serves to remind us how vital components and technologies pioneered in the audio industry dwarf in comparison to the massive business subsequently generated in other industries, and the formidable dynamics that creates."
See what's within this issue of audioXpress.
10 / 14 / 21
Bayz Audio Courante 2.0
A new and innovative design in speaker technology.
Dr. Matthew Clott
might have to stand on your head for this review because Zoltán Bay turned the
concept of speaker production upside down and inside out when he created the Bay
Radial Speaker (BRS) Tweeter. And when you see the absolutely unique and
creative Bayz Audio Courante 2.0 speaker design ($60,000), you're not going to
be able to figure out how to stand, so just have a seat and enjoy the read.
Maybe have the computer or tablet read it to you while you listen to your
favorite composition in the background.... Be sure to grab your favorite
beverage and have that cute dog (or cat) of yours sit in your lap and snuggle
in; this is gonna be good!
Bayz Audio Courante 2.0 speaker review.
Pass Labs XP-17 Phono Preamp &
Pass Labs X250.8 Power Amplifier Review
Impressive sound quality that we've come to expect from Pass Labs.
Review By Tom Lyle
For quite some time I've been using a Pass Laboratories power
amplifier, phono stage, and headphone amplifier as references in my listening
room. There were times I thought that some might think I was a spokesperson for
this brand of equipment! I could see how some might get that idea, because not
only do I use three Pass Labs components in my system, I also will tell anyone
who will listen that I consider Pass Laboratories' high-end audio components
the best in their respective price classes. Then again, those who have read my
reviews of other brands of audio equipment will be able to tell that I approach
each review with an open mind.
Pass Labs XP-17 phono preamplifier & X250.8 power amplifier
10 / 13 / 21
KEF Celebrates 60 Years Of Pioneering
This just in from KEF: For six decades, KEF has been a proud pioneer of extraordinary sound quality, creating remarkable, award-winning speakers. Over its time its continuous innovation and pursuit of excellence has earned the brand a justifiably devoted following of audiophiles, artists, and creatives. KEF is named after its original site
Kent Engineering and Foundry in Maidstone where it continues to develop its bar-setting products today. Established in 1961 by Raymond Cooke OBE, the BBC engineer was propelled by a love of music and refusal to compromise. Since its inception, KEF has existed to fill rooms with music as it was made to be heard and to move souls with truly authentic soundscapes. Over the years it has never lost sight of its British roots, uncompromising quality, or boundary-pushing innovations.
Always at the cutting edge of audio tech, KEF pioneered the early use of synthetic
materials and was the first company to use computer simulation to measure and develop speaker performance, followed by the creation of its disruptive
Uni-Q, Uni-Core and revolutionary Metamaterial Absorption technologies. The original collection of
high-fidelity speakers, architectural speakers and subwoofers has evolved to include
breakthrough wireless speakers, portable Bluetooth speakers, and headphones. With a
team of talented engineers and in-house designers who work together to maintain the
brand's audio integrity, KEF has also partnered with the likes of Ross Lovegrove, Michael Young, Sir Terence Conran, Eric Chan and Marcel Wanders to bring their unique perspectives to
KEF's product design. Entering this next era, KEF wants to ensure that the future of high-fidelity is personal, giving more people access to an exceptional listening experience.
10 / 12 / 21
MedRhythms Pioneering Prescription Music Platform
MedRhythms, a therapeutics company that uses clinical-grade sensors, software, and music to help medical patients recover, aims to restore function lost to neurologic disease or injury. A first-of-its-kind partnership with Universal Music Group (UMG) will provide MedRhythms with access to UMG's catalog for the purpose of providing prescription music to patients.
MedRhythms' platform is based on cutting-edge neuroscience that demonstrates how music can profoundly impact the human brain, target specific neural circuitry to enhance clinical outcomes and boost neuroplasticity. In addition, UMG's global brands will provide MedRhythms with resources and insights related to data analytics, cultural intelligence, and marketing. Note that
UMG's partnership with MedRhythms began as a collaboration between UMG for Brands and Havas Health.
MedRhythms' digital therapeutics use music content that is curated and screened via the
company's patented process, which carefully selects and customizes interventions to each user. The process initially analyzes the content for the right characteristics to make it therapeutically valuable for the patients and, once this step is complete, it curates clinical interventions for each individual patient. Research supports that preferred music content increases adherence to treatment and improves therapeutic outcomes, which is why providing patients with music they enjoy is a critical component of the system and why the
company's partnership with UMG is meaningful and important.
10 / 11 / 21
HIFICRITIC's Latest Issue Features
Reviews & More
This issue of HIFICRITIC features:
Editorial: Ideas, Discoveries, And Upgrades
Heinz Lichtenegger: High-Value Products That Sound Good
Stan's Safari: Stan Examines How Changes In The Way We Listen
Wilson Audio Chronosonic XVX Speaker Review
Cambridge Audio Evo 150 Review
Linn Karosel Turntable Bearing For The LP12 Review
AURALiC Altair G2.1 Network Player / Preamplifier
Noise Cancelling Investigated
CEC'S Digital Duo CD Transport And DAC
Cyrus i7 XR Amplifier Review
Austrian Audio Headphone Review
Franco Serblin Accordo Standmount Speaker
Denafrips Terminator Plus DAC
Audio Note Pallas II Digital Interconnect
McIntosh MCD85 SACD/CD Player
Townshend Audio Allegri Preamp Revised
Edwards Audio TT4 Turntable System
The Music: The Latest In Classical, Jazz, And More
SoundStage: Having Fun With the Music
...and much more!
Within his editorial, Martin Colloms says "Notwithstanding what is now often referred to as 'the current situation', the HIFICRITIC team has been busy seizing the opportunity to get ideas and discoveries down on paper, including the vital sharing of listening experiences. And it's that sharing Andrew Everard acknowledges in his SoundStage piece at the end of this issue, relating his experience of rediscovering the sheer fun of music in an unlikely situation but then the enjoyment of music, however it occurs, is really what this hobby is all
about. For this issue a long promised update on the Linn LP12 vinyl disc player has been accomplished, which project required certain machinations not least a visit to an acclaimed Sondek-fettler and achieved surprising results."
See what's within this issue of HIFICRITIC at this
10 / 08 / 21
Toronto Audiofest 2021 Free Admission
The Toronto Audiofest 2021 is the Ontario's consumer electronics exhibition to be held from October 22nd through 24th. They plan to bring together over 200 brands of the best audio and video equipment from around the world. You can hear, touch and compare it in over 50 demo rooms ranging from 240 to 2400 sq ft. on four floors. It is the perfect place to come if you're considering acquiring a complete system or only a new piece of equipment. All visitors have a passion for music. While some are pure audiophiles, many others are just curious to discover the benefits of better sound.
According to the Toronto Audiofest, 60% of our visitors are under 55 years of age and 20% are female; we encourage families to discover the show together. You may wonder what is the entrance fee? Well, as they are a non-profit
organization and only at our second year of business, they have chosen to let you decide. If you want to contribute to the show's development, you can buy $10 tickets to our raffles. Your participation is greatly appreciated. The Toronto Audiofest is fully dedicated at servicing their exhibitors as if they were family, and this concern extends to making sure all the fest's visitors have a wonderful experience.
10 / 07 / 21
Legendary Performance Awards 2020
Enjoy the Music.com celebrates our 25th
Anniversary reviewing high-end audio gear.
Enjoy the Music.com's
Legendary Performance Awards 2020 celebrates the incredible achievements by
high-end audio manufacturers since we've been reviewing gear for over the past two
decades. Unlike our annual Blue Note
Awards, Enjoy the Music.com's Legendary Performance Awards is a
once every 25-year event, so you know it is something very special indeed! We
tasked our extensive staff in choosing products they felt earned an
extra-special mention, which in turn shows the greatness of these legendary pieces
of high-end audio equipment.
Enjoy the Music.com's Legendary Performance Awards 2020.
We're All In This Together
A bit of retrospective during Enjoy the
Music.com's 25th Anniversary.
Editorial By Steven R. Rochlin
a doubt the familiar phrase "Hindsight is 2020" almost feels like it
originated as a message from a future time traveler, which we have profoundly
misunderstood (h/t Steve Hoffman). Looking back during the past 25 years, and
~9000(!) web pages ago, this site was originally launched as a way to easily
answer the many questions he was receiving from others online. Back then, as
best I recall, there were less than a single handful of audiophile sites online.
---> Read We're All In This Together.
10 / 06 / 21
UK Audio Show Full Exhibitors This Weekend
After a long wait, music enthusiasts realize it is now show time. With Saturday nearly sold out, those hoping to
attend the popular UK Audio Show should reserve their space ASAP. The show is now full with regards to exhibitors / brands, and what they have planned as attractions too. This show welcomes everyone to enjoy fine hi-fi systems playing a raft of great music. The UK Audio show is scheduled for October 9th through 10 at the De Vere Staverton Estate within Northants. A stylish and contemporary retreat, in the heart of the Northamptonshire countryside, is set to be turned into an audio enthusiasts' Mecca for one weekend in early October.
The transformation at the De Vere Staverton Estate, near Daventry, will see over 160 of the world's best hi-fi brands exhibiting. And, best of all for enthusiasts intending to visit the organizers have decided not to charge for entrance on both days of the show, Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th October. Not only is The UK Audio Show the first major hi-fi event being held in the country since the start of the Covid pandemic last year, but looks like being the only one for music-lovers to enjoy. Note that this week the UK Audio Show might have to restrict Complimentary Passes available on the Saturday, due to the volume of requests. If they have already confirmed your Pass then you need have no concerns; if not then please let the UK Audio Show know.
10 / 05 / 21
Hi-Fi World's November 2021 Reviews & Think Pieces
World's September 2021 issue features the following:
Editorial: What Happened To Ornamental Audio?
News: Words From The World...
Competition: Win £900 Worth Of Black Rhodium Cables
Mail: Six Pages Of Your Views
JBL HDI -1600 Stand-Mount Loudspeakers
HiFiMAN Sundara Planar-Magnetic Headphones
Devialet Gemini Wi-Fi Earbuds
Chord Electronics 2YU Bridge
McIntosh C8 Pre Amp & MC830 Power Amps
Coherent 6D Gen 2 Phono Cables
Tips And tricks For Judging Hi-Fi Products
Sanyo Plus N55 Tape Noise Reduction
Audio Research PH9 Phonostage
...and much more!
Within his editorial, Noel Keywood says "Early hi-fi amplifiers were nothing if not visually arresting. I carefully avoid saying "exciting" because that's not what many people thought of an early Leak valve amplifier at the time I suspect. The elaborate wooden cabinets of valve radios and then radiograms concealed electronics of the day, in an environment where wood and cloth were the norm. Quad's 22 preamplifier tried to change that by adding in a touch of 1950s style, but the accompanying II power amplifiers were not for public display. Wind forward and the stark black box Arcam even made a DAC called Black Box was touted as a stylistically acceptable successor. What happened to ornament, so beloved by Victorians? Something to engage the
eye." See what's within
this issue of Hi-Fi World
at this link.
10 / 04 / 21
Hi-Fi+ October 2021 High-End
Hi-Fi+'s October 2021 issue
features the following:
Editorial: Hi-Fi+ Celebrates Our 200th Issue!
Your Views On All Things Audio
Past, Present, And Future
From The Top
Requiem For A Show: RMAF
Kronos Discovery Vinyl LP Turntable
Burmester BC150 Floorstanding Loudspeaker
AURALiC Sirius G2.1 Upsampling Processor
IsoTek V5 Aquarius Power Conditioner
Siltech Classic Legend Cable System
Warwick Acoustics Bravura Electrostatic Headphones
Chord Electronics Anni Desktop Int. Amp.
Hi-Fi+ Innovations Award
Building A Jazz Collection: From 19602000
Super Furry Animals: Psychedelic Welsh Rockers
Contemporary, Classic, And Audiophile Music
Competition: Win! Lateral Audio Stands
Within this month's editorial, Alan Sircom says
"Issue 200 is quite a feat for any magazine. I mean, back when Hi-Fi+ was producing four issues per year, that would have been 50
years' worth of publishing! OK, so we've upped our run rate since then and now publish 12 editions every year, but even at that still represents more than eight
years' worth of magazine publishing. However, if you cast your mind back to when we did publish our 100th issue some eight or so years ago,
what's remarkable is how consistent our team has been. That's pretty rare in any field, although not in audio, it
seems. Absolute Multimedia's UK team Pete Collingwood-Trewin, Tom Hackforth and me were there for issue 100, and many of our extended family of writers, designer, and even our Chairman remain constants in the running of this magazine."
what's within this issue of Hi-Fi+
magazine at this
10 / 01 / 21
Enjoy the Music.com's
October 2021 Review Magazine
This month's Enjoy the Music.com Review Magazine features reviews of a terrific tube amplifier, fantastic $20 fuses, stellar phono stage, and more! We also have DIY knowledge concerning capacitors and inductors, plus a highly technical article detailing amplifier power output ratings!
All this and much more within
Enjoy the Music.com's October Review Magazine.
Are You Part Of The 80 Percent?
Roger Skoff writes about performance measurement.
By Roger Skoff
a few days ago, some guy wrote on one of the social media that he had come
across some thousand dollar speakers that were eighty percent as good as ten
thousand dollar ones. What does that mean? Do you know? Does he? Could it be that the less expensive speakers have only eighty
percent of the frequency range of the more expensive ones? Or that their
frequency response curve is only eighty (80) percent as "flat"? If so, which
twenty (20) percent of the frequency ranges are being shorted? Bass, treble,
mid-range? Can any of those be compromised and still have speakers that sound
good? Maybe the difference is one of relative sensitivity. Maybe the
thousand dollar ones are only 80 percent as loud per watt of input power as the
ten thousand dollar ones.
---> Are you
part of the 80 percent?
Amplifier Power Ratings From The Ground Up, Part 3
The final part of our series offers practical conclusions and key takeaways.
Article By Pat Brown Of SynAudCon
With this article, I
wrap up a three-part series on amplifier power ratings. In Parts 1 and 2, I
presented some relevant theory to understand what amplifier power ratings mean.
In this final installment, I'll present some practical conclusions. A wave editor presents a graphical representation of the
voltage amplitude of a waveform versus time (Figure 1). The voltage waveform
originates from a microphone, recording, electronic musical instrument, PC, etc.
The function of each stage of the signal chain is to modify this waveform. This
might include gain, equalization, delay and a host of other signal processes. By
the time it gets to the power-amplifier input, only one modification remains:
gain. Some of these voltage modifications are to introduce compensations or
corrections to the loudspeaker's response. That's why the amplifier must
preserve the voltage fidelity.
Amplifier power ratings from the ground up, part 3.
Aavik Acoustics RIAA R-180 Phono
Excellent transparency and musicality deliver musical bliss.
Review By Tom Lyle
In July of
2021, I reviewed Aavik Acoustics's
I-180 integrated amplifier, D-180 DAC, and S-180 streamer / network player. In the review, I practically raved about
the sonic quality of all three components, so it was no surprise that Aavik earned
a hard-fought Enjoy
the Music.com 2021 Blue Note Award within
September 2021 issue. The three Aavik components bestowed a 2021 Blue Note award are
not cheap, but neither are they extravagantly priced at $7200 each. That is
certainly reasonable for high-end audio components that I thought were some of
the best I've ever heard within and above their price range. Not only that, but
these three components took a surprisingly noticeable step up in their sonic
performance when used together. I'm willing to admit that their good looks might have
initially contributed to me liking them, especially when the three components
were stacked on top of each other - an Aavik stack.
Aavik Acoustics RIAA R-180 phono preamplifier review.
World Premiere Review!
Acme Audio Labs Silver Cryo Fuses Review
Is this the best $20 bucks you can spend?
Review By Rick Becker
arrived in a Flat Rate envelope via US Postal Service. It took a while to get
them. Patience is key. The fuse packaging was appropriate for such modestly
priced product and very professional. The plastic and Mylar envelops had a
tear-off top and were re-sealable. The fuses inside were further encapsulated in
clear, snap-top plastic cylinders. A sticker on the Mylar side indicated the
Silver Cryo Fuse inside and the value of each fuse was marked by hand. A list of
Small 5x20, Large 6x32, Slow Blow T, Fast Blow F, and Special CFC Coating each
had a small box that was manually checked off to identify the fuse contained
within. This was an enormous help, not only because I had two sets of fuses to
keep track of (with and without the CFC coating), but because with
the matt-silver caps on these small fuses the engraved lettering was more
difficult to read than on typical shinny end caps.
Acme Audio Labs Silver Cryo Fuses review.
Dan Clark Audio Stealth Planar Magnetic
Redefining a flagship headphone.
Review By Gary Alan Barker
I have related my history with Dan Clark Audio headphones ad nauseam so I will spare you the details this time, but there is a reason why three of my reference headphones are Dan Clark Audio products (MrSpeakers when I acquired them). While the ETHER2 is my preferred daily use headphone due to its comfort and extreme resolution, the ETHER C Flow 1.1 remains my choice for testing tonal balance and sub-bass response, and the AEON open is my budget headphone of choice, and of course, the VOCE remains my all-time favorite headphone period, well, up to today at least. Introducing the Dan Clark Audio Stealth Planar Magnetic Headphone. As I have mentioned many, many times before, with each new Planar Magnetic headphone Dan Clark makes a huge improvement over those that came before, reaching ever closer to that magic ideal personified in the Electrostatic headphone, with greater dynamics and deep bass response to
Dan Clark Audio Stealth headphone review.
know that thing with metal balls hanging from strings? The one where you pull
back a ball on one end, let go, and it hits the others, knocking the one on the
opposite end loose? (It is called a Newton's Cradle if you want to Google up a
picture.) Okay, now imagine slipping a piece of paper between the middle balls.
That's actually a pretty good visualization of a capacitor at work. The paper
represents the insulator between the plates and the balls are electrons. When an
electron enters one side of the capacitor, one leaves the other side. If two
enter on one side, two will leave on the other. After a period of time, the
balls that left return, and an equal number of balls from first side leave. In the real world, the balls in a Newton's Cradle are obeying
Newton's Laws of Motion. An object at rest will remain at rest unless acted upon
by an outside force and all that. In a real world capacitor the motivating force
is electrostatic repulsion.
---> Capacitors and
All Articles, Hi-Fi Gear Reviews, Etc.
We have more wonderful high-end audio equipment
reviews within this month's Enjoy
the Music.com's Review Magazine.
09 / 30 / 21
KLH Kendall Floorstanding
Very dynamic while still providing a graceful harmonic decay.
Review By Dean Cacioppo
are few speaker brands that even non-audiophiles recognize. KLH is one of them.
KLH Research and Development was originally founded in 1957 by Henry Kloss,
Malcolm Low, and Josef Hoffman. Henry Kloss' reputation in the audio industry
goes back to the 1950s and includes audio brands such as Acoustic Research,
Advent, Cambridge Soundworks, and, of course, KLH. Today, the KLH brand has been
reborn by David Kelley (formally of Klipsch) as KLH Audio, focusing on
relatively affordable hi-fi speakers, subwoofers, A/V speakers and headphones.
KLH Kendall floorstanding speakers review.
M2Tech Nash Phono Pre & Van Der Graaf MkII
Capable of producing
both subtle and very dense recordings.
Review By Tom Lyle
Nash phono stage, a component that is part of their Rockstar series, seemed to
me to be the not only a perfect match for the Pro-Ject Esprit SB turntable that
I set up in my second system not long ago, but also for the moving magnet
Ortofon 2M Red phono cartridge that is mounted on the turntable's integral
tonearm. This is probably the least expensive cartridge I would ever consider
using, and conversely, at about $100 my experience leads me to believe that it
is also the most expensive cartridge a non-audiophile might consider purchasing.
Thankfully, it has a relatively neutral sound, and its rather open, dynamic
sound make it more than "good enough" to use in a high-end system, and
especially one that is as good as the system in which I'm auditioning this
M2Tech Nash phono stage.
M2Tech Nash Phono Pre & Van Der Graaf MkII Power review.
09 / 29 / 21
T.H.E. Human Side At Grauman's Chinese Theatre
This just in from T.H.E. Show: Yes! You read that correctly. Our award winning documentary short film,
T.H.E. Human Side is making its theatrical debut at the legendary Grauman's Chinese Theatre (now the TCL Theatre) in Hollywood, CA on Wednesday, October 6th in the 4:00pm block (the MM block) of the Silicon Beach Film Festival!!! We are beyond thrilled that our documentary is resonating with so many people and we hope you will join us in person for this once in a lifetime theatrical debut.
We want to thank each and every one of you for your support of T.H.E. Show and for being part of such a wonderful community. It is our absolute honor to tell your stories and spread the good message of audio and
hi-fi. The documentary feature IS being made, so stay tuned for that, as well as the rollout of T.H.E. Group (all of which are coming soon). We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, October 6 at the TCL Theatre in Hollywood, CA (the corner of Hollywood and Highland Blvds). More information and
tickets can be found
09 / 28 / 21
Musicians Own Masters And Get 100% Of
Could this be the beginning of the end of the way major music labels have financial
dominance over musicians and music creators? Justin Timberlake's Beatclub, along with longtime manager and business partner Gary Marella, will soon be offering Beatclub that (finally) allows musicians and musical artists to fully own 100% of their master 'tapes', publishing rights, and revenue too! According to Beatclub, "Founded by Timbaland, Beatclub is the premier global marketplace that connects the music creator community with record labels, music publishers, film &
tv, brands, content creators and independent artists. Beatclub is also building powerful business tools, creating educational content, and sourcing industry opportunities to empower music creatives at every level. Our passion is music and culture.
Our commitment is to the creative community." While the site is mainly for beats
for the time being, it is not that difficult to make this a full-song project where musicians and
musical artists are able own their masters, control distribution, and yes earn 100% of the revenue too.
09 / 27/ 21
The AV Summit Virtual Show October 25th - 29th
What was once called The HiFi Summit has been expanded to include the growing video market as we welcome their new The AV Summit. The AV Summit is a virtual online event being held from October 25th through 29th and will showcase both high-fidelity audio and the latest in video gear too. Manufacturers and distributors can take advantage of early bird pricing until October 1 to secure their showcasing products during this online event. This event is an interactive experience, not a glorified live stream. Make contacts, connections, and deals via live online chat.
You can speak to an interested and engaged audience, while informative seminars have lasting power and are viewable long after the event has ended. Live video chat allows you to speak with consumers and meet with influencers. Host private business-to-business meetings with distributors, buyers, installers, and retailers.
In addition, contest giveaways are an easy way to gain engaged followers. Let The A/V Summit know what you want to offer, and they'll handle the rest.
09 / 23 / 21
Audio Dithering: What You Need To Know
Article By Mike Levine Of Waves Audio Ltd.
Dither is one of the
least understood topics when it comes to mixing and mastering, but it can
actually come in handy. We've compiled a one-stop shop for understanding when,
why and how to use dither. Dither is one of the least understood words in the
music-production lexicon, but it's an essential ingredient when working with
digital audio, and one that you really should understand if you're involved in
mixing or mastering. So, what is dither? It's a form of low-level noise that is
intentionally added to a digital audio file as it's rendered to a lower bit
depth. The concept of dithering might seem counterintuitive, but it's an
effective process. Dither noise actually masks what's called "quantization
distortion," which causes noise and artifacts in digital audio. Before we go
into the specifics, it's useful to quickly review some basic concepts about
Audio Dithering: What you need to know.
Video: Japan's Hidden Listening Bars
Bridge / Resident Advisor x Asahi Super Dry
Located high above Shibuya's world-famous pedestrian
crossing and equipped with high-quality Rey Audio speakers, Bridge offers a refuge from Tokyo's bustling
streets. It's what the venue's manager, Masaaki Ariizumi, calls a "third place"
somewhere to unwind
between home and work. This video is produced by Resident Advisor in partnership with Asahi
Super Dry Beer. We are exploring Japan's rich culture of listening bars and audiophile venues. It's a culture rooted in the joy
of discovering music, and listening to that music in the best possible environment
that means precision-made loudspeakers, amplifiers, turntables and mixers.
Video: Japan's hidden listening bars.
09 / 22 / 21
BIG Steely Dan News Just Showcased!
Plus Roger Nichols' Thesis "Stereophonic Sound"
Cimcie, the daughter of Roger "The Immortal" Nichols, posted a new video that was live-streamed moments ago showcasing some absolutely incredible sheet music, various invoices, studio tape / session notes, and far more than we can begin to mention here!
If you love the music and sound quality of Steely Dan recordings, this is without a doubt a must-see
video. So head on over to Enjoy
the Music.com's Facebook page to see it. Be sure to like and
follow us on Facebook.
Qobuz Live & Rhino Present Merci, Miles!
Tomorrow at 2pm EDT (11am PDT) Qobuz' Live weekly live
stream series will feature a panel discussion on the recently released recording of Miles Davis, called
Merci, Miles! Live at Vienne. Celebrating one of the more overlooked chapters of his legendary career,
Merci Miles! Live at Vienne was released this past June from Rhino Records thirty years after its recording to widespread critical acclaim, and is on sale now. The album features Miles still in top form only three months before his death, drawing on pop and funk music of the day (two originals written for him by Prince!) and leading a youthful, high-powered band.
The panel will focus on Miles's stellar career, his relationship with France, and the exciting, vital music he was still delivering in the last year of his life. It will include sidemen from that band (keyboardist Deron Johnson and bassist Richard Patterson), current
bandleader / drummer of Miles Electric Band and Miles' nephew Vince Wilburn Jr., and French music
historians / producers Vincent Bessieres and Florence Joelle. Jazz author Ashley Kahn will moderate. This in-depth conversation will be streamed live across multiple channels, including Facebook Live, YouTube, and LinkedIn, and be available afterward for on-demand viewing.
09 / 21 / 21
CanJam SoCal 2021 Is This Weekend
Head-Fi's CanJam SoCal 2021 takes place at the Irvine Marriott by the John Wayne Airport on Saturday from 10am to 6pm and Sunday 10am to 5pm. Featuring over 100 leading brands in over 25,000 sq ft. of exhibition space, CanJam SoCal will showcase the latest products and innovations in headphones and personal audio electronics in all price ranges from $50 earbuds to the world's finest headphone audio systems at $50,000. Bring the family and have some fun at Disneyland and California Adventure. Single day tickets are $20 and a weekend pass is $30.
09 / 20 / 21
UK Audio Show In Early October Is A Go
UK Audio Show is also a go as "in our view definitely something worthy of being added to your list of things to attend" says show promoter Chester Group.
"It just seems right to open the doors this year and do away with any notion of entrance charges", says
Mr. Bird of Chester Group. "The audio industry, like so many, has suffered enough over the past 18 months as show after show has fallen victim to the Covid restrictions. Now it's time to give a big welcome to everyone to enjoy the fine hi-fi systems that will be on show, playing a raft of great music."
The UK Audio show is scheduled for October 9th through 10 at the De Vere Staverton Estate within Northants. A stylish and contemporary retreat, in the heart of the Northamptonshire countryside, is set to be turned into an audio enthusiasts'
Mecca for one weekend in early October.
The transformation at the De Vere Staverton Estate, near Daventry, will see over 160 of the world's best hi-fi brands exhibiting. And, best of all for enthusiasts intending to visit the
organizers have decided not to charge for entrance on both days of the show, Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th October. Not only is The UK Audio Show the first major hi-fi event being held in the country since the start of the Covid pandemic last year, but looks like being the only one for music-lovers to enjoy.
Organizer Roy Bird has been staging similar events around the globe for decade. His first UK show was back in 1997, since when it's become a must-see for many from far and wide.
Best Of 2021 Blue Note Equipment Awards
Enjoy the Music.com celebrates the best high
fidelity audio gear of 2021!
Enjoy the Music.com's
Best Of 2021 Blue Note Awards celebrates the many great achievements
by audiophile manufacturers within the high-end audio and Hi-Res Audio industry. Our
Blue Note Awards is a culmination of more than two decades of reviewing and carefully
choosing what products have earned special recognition for our annual awards. Our Best Of
2021 Blue Note Award celebrates the finest products we have reviewed during the
previous 12 months. Recipients have
been carefully chosen after much debate and consideration by our staff of
reviewers. With each passing
year our industry has experienced great advancements in technology including analog
circuitry, vinyl LP and analog tape playback, digital-to-analog
converters (DACs), headphones, loudspeaker design, plus of course portable media
players, computer software and streaming media.
the Music.com's Best Of 2021 Blue Note Awards.
09 / 17 / 21
The Pacific Audio Fest 2022 Is ON!
This just in from the Pacific Audio Fest (PAF): In April of this year we had to make the tough decision to postpone our 2021 show. We have since signed a new contract with the venue, and it is now time to start booking rooms for the show! General registration opens Oct 15, 2021.
1) The Early-Bird rates will end December 15, 2021.
2) Exhibitors who had selected a room and registered for 2021 are given first preference for their room and are able to pre-register.
3) We are limiting the number of rooms to about 80 and we are about half sold out from 2021, so please
don't wait to book your space. We anticipate that the show will sell out!
4) Tickets will go on sale Oct 15, 2021.
Call or e-mail for 2022 room rates. We look forward to working with you to make this a great show, and we hope to see you at Capital Audio Fest in November 2021! Visit the
PAF's website to learn more.
09 / 16 / 21
Noble Audio's Mighty Khan In-Ear
A rare instrument that make listening to music as good as it gets.
Review By Frank Iacone Of Headphone.Guru
The Wiz has been busy creating new universal and custom
designs using hybrid technology. Dr. John Moulton is well known in the personal
audio community for creating outstanding designs with artful flair; John is
an audiologist by trade and spends most of his time working with his
brother Jim Moulton, an attorney by trade, who is the marketing arm and
partner for Noble Audio. Jim is based in Texas and has been doing all the
personal audio shows showing the new designs that the Wiz has been creating.
Audio Khan in-ear monitors review.
World Premiere Review!
Wells Audio Commander Level II Tube Line
I found myself often thinking of Van
Morrison's "Cleaning Windows".
Dr. Jules L. Coleman
For much of
my life I tried my hand at playing guitar with little, if any, success.
Truth be told, early and often friends and family several of whom are
professional musicians encouraged me to abandon my efforts. Ultimately, fear
of being friendless and homeless carried the day, and my nascent, if not
burgeoning, career came to a screeching halt. This tragedy, notwithstanding, my love of music has continued
to grow unabated. Like the majority of you, I love listening to music, engaging
it, getting to know and appreciate it for its artistry as well the narrative
content of the music and where present the lyrics.
Wells Audio Commander Level II tube linestage review.
09 / 15 / 21
audioXpress' October 2021 Issue
Is Now Available
audioXpress' October 2021 issue features:
From The Editor's Desk: Home Theater And Home Entertainment
USound Megaclite 4.0 UH-R2040 MEMS Earphones
The Complete Linear Audio Library On USB
Ultra-Linear: Why It Works And When It Will Not (Part 1)
Cascodes, Folded Cascodes, And Current Mirrors (Part 1)
Refurbishing Altec Lansing Vintage Speakers
The Tetrahedral Test Chamber Story (Part 2)
Raising The Bar On Residential Entertainment
A Tale Of Speakers In A Room
Hollow-State Electronics: Effects Of Negative Feedback
And much more!
Within his editorial, J. Martins says "This edition of
audioXpress offers a balanced mix of content addressing audio electronics knowledge, technology reviews, speaker building and measurement, and our latest market update report focused on home theater, and associated residential
technologies. I always find curious that some audio-centric publications choose to label themselves "two-channel" focused and refuse to address anything that falls outside that artificially created sweet spot. I understand the reason for that self-imposed restriction originates from the (limited) perception that home-theater speaker audio designs and integrated AV receivers that are dominant in the space not to mention the dreaded home-theater-in-a-box products compromise high-fidelity by design. I believe that perception to be misguided. Many great audio companies and many more installation professionals have already proven that's not the case. And we should not underestimate the fact that audio systems surrounding a living room TV was always part of valued home entertainment experiences for many families."
See what's within this issue of audioXpress.
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