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11 / 26 / 21

Great Audiophile Holiday Gift 2021 By Enjoy the Music.com

Enjoy the Music.com's Great Holiday Gift Guide 2021
We want you to support audiophile companies this holiday season.
Article By Steven R. Rochlin
Welcome one and all to Enjoy the Music.com's 16th annual Great Audiophile Gift recommendations! We all love gifts, yet getting that something special for an audiophile can be quite a challenge. This year we're doing something extra special to benefit the industry. Usually, we have our recommendations, with links to Amazon where, yes, we received the typical (low) associate fee. Well, it was time to do something... different.
---> Enjoy the Music.com's Great Holiday Gift Guide 2021.

 

 

11 / 25 / 21

How To Do A Comparative Listening Test Article By Cookie Marenco Of Blue Coast Records And Music

How To Do A Comparative Listening Test
Article By Cookie Marenco Of Blue Coast Records And Music
Setting up a listening test to compare various types of files is not easy. You need a base of equipment and a trusted set of files to start. Set aside several hours and have a few people involved. We rarely do a test with fewer than three people. Here we'll explore some of the basics steps to compare files. Keep in mind, the objective is to determine differences in formats, cables, devices, conversion tools, etc. You don't need to like the music. The question is "do you hear a difference". That difference might be insignificant, but if it repeatedly appears, then there is a difference.
---> How To Do A Comparative Listening Test.

 

 

The Long View: When you audition a component, you're actually judging a complete system. Article By David Schwartz, Member Of Gotham Audio

The Long View
When you audition a component, you're actually judging a complete system.
Article By David Schwartz, Member Of Gotham Audio
I attended my first audio show in 1957, in the days of mono. As a teenager interested in electronics, I discovered High Fidelity just about the time that my disillusionment with ham radio set in. A friend invited me to hear his father's hi-fi system. All I can remember of that day was the sound of that big five foot tall speaker system in the corner of his living room. Never had I heard anything that sounded so real. I was hooked. Over the last sixty some odd years, I have been involved in audio as a consumer, audiophile society president and small retailer. Needless to say, much has changed since those early days. In future columns, I plan to describe these changes, revisit assumptions made as well as evaluate their effect on the audio world of today.
---> The Long View: When you audition a component, you're actually judging a complete system.

 

 

11 / 23 / 21

CAF 2021 Show Report By Dr. Matthew Clott

CAF 2021 Show Report By Dr. Matthew Clott

 

 

 

Chester Group's Show Calendar From 2022 To 2025

Chester Group's Show Calendar From 2022 To 2025
The Chester Group -- Industry Cooperation
This just in from the Chester Group: We are experiencing growing concerns that Organizers do not appear to be working together in the best interest of the industry when choosing dates for their shows each year. Well before COVID-19 decimated our industry, and for various reasons, shows would overlap or in some cases conflict directly with each other. Now in the organizers defense, this can be circumstantial; the availability of Venues that can or will accommodate such shows has diminished; the increase in such shows worldwide, the disruption due to COVID-19 and finally the seasons in each year that are viable.

Our view remains that this industry 'needs' shows but there is real danger that organizers will appear not to be working together in the industries best interests and that can lead to the division of support or even non-attendance. Of course, mistakes can happen as without a collective organization to represent us how dates are arrived at or are ultimately advertised can vary. The Chester Group has always gone out of their way to avoid conflictions with other organizers but even this year we found ourselves choosing the same date as another show after we had to reschedule from 2021; but that was quickly put right.

So, and in order to help we have made the decision to announce the dates for our three existing shows for the next three years.

The New York Audio Show 2022 / 23rd – 24th September
The New York Audio Show 2023 / 22nd – 23rd September
The New York Audio Show 2024 / 20th – 21st September
The UK Audio Show 2022 / 8th – 9th October
The UK Audio Show 2023 / 7th – 8th October
The UK Audio Show 2024 / 5th – 6th October
The Australian Hi-Fi & AV Show 2022 / 21st – 23rd October
The Australian Hi-Fi & AV Show 2023 / 20th – 22nd October
The Australian Hi-Fi & AV Show 2024 / 18th – 20th October

Two of the dates above are the traditional dates for our shows and one is because of a conflicting date. Of course, other Organizers will make their own decisions and we are 'not' in any way trying to gain any advantage here.... We are doing what we have been doing for the last 25 years acting in the best interests of the industry that we represent and ensure our shows aren't compromised. Of course we have plans for new events but before we even consider them further we will take account of the existing calendar and also any competition.

 

 

11 / 22 / 21

Capital Audiofest 2021 Show Report By Greg Weaver

Capital Audiofest 2021 Show Report By Greg Weaver

 

 

11 / 19 / 21

Twitch Announces The Collective For Musicians

Twitch Announces The Collective For Musicians
Whether you're a producer, singer/songwriter, or instrumental performer, Twitch lets you take the stage and share your craft with millions of viewers and get paid too. Twitch says they're "powering up creators at the forefront of a new paradigm in music. This one's for the innovators. The musicians who seek out the frontier because it's the frontier. You are who you surround yourself with. Through workshops and hands-on support from our Music team, you'll learn how musicians are building communities and earning money directly from their fans on Twitch." And while some online streaming music services are passive for the music creators, Twitch allows direct one-on-one fun with their fans in real time.

"Musicians of all sizes from across genres and formats are building communities of superfans on Twitch, and earning money doing what they love," says Twitch. "Artists are performing live, building beats and producing tracks with their community, freestyling or improvising with Chat, or just showing fans their creative process up-close. The big difference is that music on Twitch is always live and interactive, and that creates a special kind of bond between musicians and their fans that doesn't exist anywhere else."

 

 

11 / 18 / 21

Digital Amplifier Company MEGAschino MK2 Mono Amplifiers Review

Digital Amplifier Company MEGAschino MK2 Mono Amps Review
Magnificent monoblocks from Tommy O'Brien.
Review By Rick Jensen
I have been a tube guy all my life since I bought and built a Dynaco SCA-35 with money from my paper route at age 14. That said, I've owned some fine solid-state amps and preamps over the years – a Phase Linear 700, the Quatre DG-250 (mine didn't blow up on me, but did when my brother-in-law took it to college), an Aragon 4004, and several lesser lights. But normally, my system has been tube-based; conrad-johnson preamplification and Music Reference amplification for most of the last two decades. I've reviewed and/or had in the home for extended periods some very fine non-tube amps, too, from Linn, Mark Levinson, conrad-johnson, and more.
---> Read our Digital Amplifier Company MEGAschino MK2 Mono amplifier review.

 

 

Fallbrook Audio TR-1 Turntable Review

World Premiere Review!
Fallbrook Audio TR-1 Turntable Review

The affordable Fallbrook TR-1 vinyl spinner made in California.
Review By Ron Nagle
As I write this the TR-1 is selling with an introductory price of $649 that represents a $100 savings over the normal price of $749. Along with that, there is an optional dust cover temporarily priced at $100. I would strongly advise getting that dust cover, it will make your TR-1 table cat-proof. The Fallbrook people tell us the turntable is, "proudly hand-assembled with many locally sourced parts." Now I'm not certain what that involves. Let us step back a bit and take a broad look at the vinyl player market. There are some affordable turntables in the market place. To introduce a new and affordable turntable at this point is most certainly a venture that represents a bold move.
---> Read our Fallbrook Audio TR-1 turntable review.

 

 

11 / 17 / 21

Rick Becker's Holiday Gift Guide 2021  --  Audiophile Presents For Christmas And Hanukkah 2021

Sneak Peek!
Rick Becker's Holiday Gift Guide 2021

The Elite 8
Eight special holiday gifts for audiophiles.
Article By Rick Becker
One of my biggest pleasures of the year is to look back at the products I've reviewed or seen at shows and make suggestions for Holiday Gifts for your beloved audiophile. Unfortunately, some of these require special knowledge or data such as the size and value of fuses, so they won't qualify as surprise gifts but I strongly believe they will be treasured nonetheless.
---> Rick Becker's Holiday Gift Guide 2021.

Note: Enjoy the Music.com's complete holiday gift guide goes live December 1.

 

 

11 / 16 / 21

audioXpress Magazine December 2021

audioXpress' December 2021 Issue Is Now Available
audioXpress' December 2021 issue features:
Editorial: A New Chapter In Audio Development
Dayton Audio DAX88 Eight-Source/Zone Amplifier
Directivity Measurement Of In-Wall Loudspeakers
Improved Loudspeaker Crossover
Thinking About DC Power Supplies (Part 1)
Cascodes, Folded Cascodes, And Current Mirrors (Part 3)
Simple Xtal-Based Motor Control For Turntables
Room Correction And Speaker Calibration Technologies
The Self-Calibrating Loudspeaker
The Arrival Of Spatial Room Correction Technology
Miking the Audience
Subminiature Tubes and Effectrode Pedals
And much more!

Within his editorial, J. Martins says "This December 2021 edition closes an important chapter for this magazine, having concluded another successful publication year under extraordinarily difficult circumstances globally. This was the year when we celebrated our 50 years from the company's origins and 20 full years of audioXpress magazine. I believe we celebrated in the best possible way — by releasing our best editions every month — even under significant challenges." See what's within this issue of audioXpress.

 

 

11 / 15 / 21

T.H.E. Show Adds Denver To Their Annual Events

T.H.E. Show Adds Denver To Their Annual Events
This is from T.H.E. Show: We've got some huge and exciting updates for you all! Firstly, we are thrilled to announce that T.H.E. Show is officially expanding into Denver, CO! We'll be publishing details soon, but for now what we can tell you is this: we have dates for the Autumn of 2022 and this new show will be different to what we are doing in Long Beach. Our aim to be of maximum service to the audio and Hi-Fi communities means part of our role is to keep things exciting. Our new Denver show will definitely do that..... Many of you have seen us go through changes and transformations over the past few years, including getting heavily into expanding to curated Hi-Fi and lifestyle events (more on that below), our award-winning documentary, the live reel-to-reel recordings, and more. So when we promise you this Denver show will be new and exciting, we mean it. And we are excited to share details with you!

We have some live and virtual events and offerings in T.H.E. Group that are going year-round which we hope you'll be equally excited about! And, a membership to T.H.E. Group is a great holiday gift for the consummate audiophile in your family (and definitely drop a hint to your family if it's for you!) as it'll bring entertainment, information, and innovation on a regular basis. Lastly, but certainly not least, our award-winning documentary, T.H.E. Human Side has been accepted into the Culver City Film Festival here in Southern California! The festival runs from December 3-9, 2021 and as soon as we have our theatrical screening dates and ticketing information, we will send that out, so be sure to stay tuned!

 

 

11 / 12 / 21

Capital Audiofest 2021 Part 5 By Rick Becker

Capital Audiofest 2021 Part 5 By Rick Becker

 

 

Zylia 360-Degree Immersive Music And Video

Zylia 360-Degree Immersive Music And Video
As we all begin to plan our move from the 1930's invention of stereo to modern immersive audio, the brilliant folks at Zylia have just given us a sneak peek into the future. While we all know the future possibilities will be far more engaging, Zylia just released a 6DOF navigable audio video with Jordan Rudess, Jerry Marotta, and Steve Horelick like you've never heard them before! These musical genius', thanks to Zylia 6 Degrees of Freedom Navigable Audio solution, you can enjoy musicians' extraordinary performance at the Dreamland Recording Studios in 360° audio/video. You're able to fully immerse yourself in music within the comfort of your home. The single promoting the concert, titled "Meta Morning Mist", has just been published in 8k(!) video.

"Spatial audio offers a whole different perspective, allowing listeners a dynamic sonic experience that is truly 360 degrees. The artists and engineers at Zylia have created a cutting-edge technology that enables us to be truly immersed in the audio world, and experience music as if it's happening all around us, literally because it is," said Jordan Rudess, keyboardist of progressive metal band Dream Theater and progressive metal supergroup Liquid Tension Experiment. We here at Enjoy the Music.com welcome the decades long overdue move from 1930's technology stereo 'phile to modern immersivephileTM music creation and playback. We're sure you'll enjoy the video below, provided you have a setup to fully immersive yourself within the music.

 

 

 

11 / 11 / 21

Capital Audiofest 2021 Show Report Part 4 By Rick Becker

Capital Audiofest 2021 Part 4 By Rick Becker

 

 

Binaural Beats What are they, and how can they help you to feel good? Article By Becky Pell

Binaural Beats
What are they, and how can they help you to feel good?
Article By Becky Pell
We humans have a range of different brain wave states and speeds, each relating to a different state of consciousness, be it waking, sleeping, or somewhere in between. Binaural beats are a phenomenon whereby we can voluntarily create different brain waves using external sound sources, thereby inducing the associated mental state. First, let's take a look at the different states of consciousness which we most commonly experience.
---> Read Becky Pell's Binaural Beats article.

 

 

10 Questions For High-End Audio Manufacturers Featuring Furutech

10 Questions For High-End Audio Manufacturers
Featuring Furutech
This month we're featuring Furutech as they answer a few of our 10 questions. Furutech, founded in 1988, designs and manufactures an extraordinary range of A/V cables made with extremely high purity OCC single-crystal oxygen-free copper. We have several complete lines of analog and digital, power and coaxial cables available in terminated and bulk quantities. They make a wide range of highest quality OEM A/V connectors and other signal transfer parts.
---> Read Our 10 Questions To Furutech.

 

 

11 / 10 / 21

Capital Audiofest 2021 Part 3 By Rick Becker

Capital Audiofest 2021 Part 3 By Rick Becker

 

 

New York Audio Show New March 2022 Dates

New York Audio Show New March 2022 Dates
This just in from the Chester Group: In an effort to accommodate all of our exhibitors, attendees and other fellow audiophiles, we have decided to adjust our dates for the New York Audio Show from this December 2021 to March 2022. With significant input from all of the above plus market trends, we feel that this would be the safest course of action in order to provide the very best show for everyone's benefit. Although we have retained great loyalty and quality for this New York City show there remains enough concern that moving dates is most prudent.

We look forward to seeing you all on March 25th and 26th (2022) at the American Management Association Conference Center on 48th Street and Broadway in midtown Manhattan. All existing exhibitor bookings and rates will remain the same, and all previous attendees have been advised of the changes. In addition and in order to avoid the congestion of shows in the fall, March is likely to be our date going forward.

 

11 / 09 / 21

Capital Audiofest 2021 Part 2 By Rick Becker

Capital Audiofest (CAF) 2021 Show Report
Part 2
Capital Audiofest 2021 Part 2 By Rick Becker
CAF 2021 Part 2 By Rick Becker

 

 

T.H.E. Show Documentary Earns Best Director At Film Festival

T.H.E. Show Documentary Earns Best Director At Film Festival
This in from.... "T.H.E. Show is utterly delighted to announce that T.H.E. Human Side Directors Emiko Carlin and Nathan Crumrine took home Best Director for Documentary Short Film at the Silver State Film Festival on Sunday night in Las Vegas, NV! With that, we bring you a message from our President, Maurice Jung: "Sunday night was another great milestone for T.H.E. Show, our audio community and definitely, our Director of Marketing, Emiko Carlin who was awarded Best Director for 'T.H.E. Human Side' by the Silver State Film Festival in Las Vegas, NV. She shares this award with her Co-Director, Nathan Crumrine."

"Emiko and Nathan showed the unique talent that they have, not only for understanding this industry and being able to relay its message but many others. Emiko's talents and forward-thinking have been instrumental in creating many wins for T.H.E. Show, our documentary, and the audio community at large. I thank our wonderful team at T.H.E. Show for all their hard work and thank you, the audio community and industry for continuously bringing your very best to T.H.E. Show." Please watch T.H.E. Human Side - A Short Documentary about audio, hi-fi, music, and the human connection, which we've embedded below.

 

 

 

11 / 08 / 21

Capital Audiofest (CAF) 2021 Show Report

Capital Audiofest (CAF) 2021 Show Report
Part 1
CAF 2021 Show Report By Rick Becker
The exciting anticipation leading up to Capital Audiofest 2021 was palpable. Without a doubt we're all eager to regain our freedom and enjoy shows once again. Rick Becker's show spans many pages, and there's much more to post in the coming days, so check back often for updates!
---> CAF 2021 Part 1 By Rick Becker

 

 

eCoustics Video: Hearing What's In Our Heads
Last night our friends over at eCoustics explored what audiophiles listen for and some of the components, songs, and audio systems that have transformed our lives. The ecoustics team was live on YouTube to record their very first broadcast. This episode examines what each us aims to experience through the power of music. Moderated by longstanding audiophile and Editor in Chief for eCoustics Ian White, he was joined by Founder Brian Mitchell, and editors Lauren Halliday, Eric Pye, Jeremy Sikora, Mitch Anderson, and Emiko (who also waxes lyrically for Enjoy the Music.com). The topics include:

What are you listening for sonically?
Was there a musical experience that changed your perception of quality music?
What hi-fi components have impacted you most?
Gifts suggestions for audiophiles.

 

 

 

11 / 05 / 21

Hi-Fi+ Issue November 2021

Hi-Fi+ November 2021 High-End Audio Magazine
Hi-Fi+'s November 2021 issue features the following:
Editorial: Our Shared Audio Experience
Incoming! Your views on all things audio
Meet The Dealer Cameron Jenkins of Stranger High Fidelity
Gear Reviews
Ideon Absolute Digital Converter
Sanders Sound Systems Magtech Amplifier
PrimaLuna Evo 400 Int. Tube Amplifier
B.Audio B.DAC Ex Digital Converter
Rockna Wavedream NET/DAC CD/Music Server
Thales TTT-SLIM II Turntable
Simplicity II Tonearm
X-Quisite CA MC Cartridge
Devialet Phantom I 108dB Active Loudspeaker
HiFi Rose RS150B Audio/Video Server
Meze Audio Elite Planar-Magnetic Headphones
Franc Audio Ceramic Disc Isolation Feet
Better Cables Blue Truth Ultra XLR
Better Cables Blue Truth USB
True Signal Audio Silver Cables
Building A Jazz Collection Part III
Matt Berry -- The Musical Dreamweaver
Contemporary, Classical, And Audiophile Music

Within this month's editorial, Alan Sircom says "It's strange how these things pan out. When I started writing about audio back in the early 1990s, every black cab ride, every casual conversation with someone outside my personal circle of friends was a bit like 'the doctor is in!' I would be asked questions about someone's audio system; often more to boost confidence and reduce buyer's remorse. It was surprising, however, just how many people would rattle off a list of extremely good equipment... this was coming toward the last days of the Linn/Naim 'flat earth' hegemony and many systems reflected that." See what's within this issue of Hi-Fi+ magazine at this link.

 

 

11 / 04 / 21

10 Questions For High-End Audio Manufacturers Featuring Matthieu Latour, Audio Division Director Of Nagra Audio

10 Questions For High-End Audio Manufacturers
Featuring Matthieu Latour, Audio Division Director Of Nagra Audio
This month we're featuring Matthieu Latour, Audio Division Director Of Nagra Audio. In 1951, Stefan Kudelski, a gifted 22-year-old engineer, developed an extremely high quality, miniature, self-contained audio recorder which he named simply the "Nagra I". Nagra is a Polish word meaning "will record". The interest in his invention was immediate. The Nagra II and III followed in the mid to late 1950s revolutionizing the world of radio broadcasting, cinema and music.
---> Read our 10 questions to Matthieu Latour.

 

 

10 Questions For High-End Audio Manufacturers Featuring Chris Sommovigo, Designer And Engineer At Stereolab  10 Questions For High-End Audio Manufacturers Featuring Chris Sommovigo, Designer And Engineer At Stereolab

10 Questions For High-End Audio Manufacturers
Featuring Chris Sommovigo, Designer And Engineer At Stereolab
This month we're featuring Chris Sommovigo, Designer And Engineer At Stereolab. In 1992 Chris Sommovigo introduced to the world the first truly precision-made 75 Ohm digital coaxial cable under the brand name ILLUMINATI, and has since designed more than a dozen other digital cables for the market – either for the Illuminati brand, for Stereovox, or for other brands (such as Kimber Kable and i2Digital). His digital cable designs remain among the most sought after and popular designs in the world.
---> Read our 10 questions to Chris Sommovigo.

 

 

11 / 03 / 21

Capital Audiofest (CAF) 2021 Show Report

Capital Audiofest (CAF) 2021 Is This Weekend!
Capital Audiofest (CAF) started out in 2010 as a very casual show and has evolved into a well-organized and well-attended event. CAF is recognized as a fun, friendly, and family-oriented show where you often see families strolling from room to room listening to music and auditioning gear. You can also browse the multiple bins of vinyl LP records, CDs, and hi-fi accessories in the Atrium Marketplace. During the evenings CAF provides wonderful live music within the bar plus special live performers in the Theater. In addition, there's local distillers offering tastings. Capital Audiofest 2021 is set for November 5th through 7th at the Twinbrook Hilton in Rockville Maryland.
---> See Enjoy the Music.com's Capital Audiofest 2021 show report.

 

 

Capital Audiofest 2021 Sneak Peek Special!

AGD "TEMPO" GaN MOSFET Reference Stereo Amplifier

AGD "TEMPO" GaN MOSFET Reference Stereo Amplifier @ CAF
AGD Productions will be the Capital Audiofest 2021 showcasing their AGD "TEMPO" ($5499 on up depending on finish), its first reference stereo amplifier. Rated at 100 Watts per channel stereo @ 8 Ohms (200 @ 4 Ohms), it is based on AGD's new proprietary modular platform that employs Gallium Nitride MOSFETs. The AGD TEMPO is upgradeable to enable future improvement of the technology, maintaining and preserving the value of the product over time. Inputs include RCA and XLR, a remote trigger, and can operate in bridge-mode to deliver twice the nominal single-channel output power. To achieve these performances in such compact CNC machined cabinet, AGD designed a new GaN based output power stage and a new mother board. The Gallium Nitride power MOSFET, as used in the GaN-Power module, can efficiently switch at much higher frequency and slew rates than any of its silicon-based counterparts, plus can deliver the most sublime sound according to the company. With their ideal "by the book" oscillations-free switching capabilities, these new advanced components are the key to the power capabilities and the reference musical performance of all the AGD amplifier designs. Standard finish is anodized black or silver, with a slight upcharge for the AGD "TEMPO" SE polished finishing for $6299 (SE version on custom order).

 

 

VAC After Hours Listening Party With Greg Weaver

VAC After Hours Listening Party With Greg Weaver
VAC / Valve Amplification Company will be at CAF 2021 with The Audio Company and Von Schweikert Audio to host Friday and Saturday Night After Hour's LP Listening Sessions with renowned audiophile and Enjoy the Music.com journalist Greg Weaver in The Potomac Room. On Friday Night @ 10pm Greg Weaver will lead listeners through the magic that is Supertramp's 1974 Prog Rock masterpiece Crime of the Century. After sharing why he feels the third studio album from this then still struggling, recently restructured band represents the most significant, influential, and meaningful release of their entire repertoire, he will spin his 1981 Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs UHQR release, which he feels is the quietest, most dynamic, most extended, and spacious sounding copy of this LP he has heard in the 47 years since its release. Saturday Night is going to be an evening of exceptional music playback presented by Greg Weaver starting at 8pm until midnight - or whenever! Greg Weaver has written for The Absolute Sound, Positive Feedback, and Enjoy the Music.com, to name a few, and now produces reviews and video content at his the audio analyst YouTube channel and website.

 

 

Daedalus Audio ZEUS v.3 Statement Speaker @ CAF 2021

Daedalus Audio ZEUS v.3 Statement Speaker @ CAF 2021
Daedalus Audio wil be at CAF 2021 with the company's brand new ZEUS v.3 statement speaker that features a new 6.5" midrange, completely redesigned crossover, and enclosure the ZEUS v.3 takes a fine speaker to a completely new level! According to the company, this is essentially a new model. The new midrange driver is twice the cone area of its predecessor and handles a full octave more with extreme accuracy and phase coherency while the new cabinet design produces linear, punchy bass with phenomenal dynamics. Incredibly smooth and effortless with a life-size stage, you don't just listen to a recording you feel a connection with the artist. Daedalus will be introducing the ZEUS v.3 in the Randolph Room at CAF along with statement products from Lampizator, WyWires, and VAC!

 

 

Acora Acoustics Presents Pianist & Singer Anne Bisson

Acora Acoustics Presents Pianist & Singer Anne Bisson
Acora Acoustics will feature very special appearances by jazz pianist and singer Anne Bisson within the Eisenhower room on Friday and Saturday @ 12pm and 3pm. Anne's path as an artist has taken many turns, none of them mundane. She's been a singer / songwriter and pianist since childhood, and she now heads her own record company. Her albums have been steadily selling in more than 25 countries around the world plus she has many years on television as actress and host of her own show have given her the poise and confidence she has been displaying on stage for many years. Her ebullient personality and charisma, along with the unsurpassed high fidelity quality of her recordings, have captivated an ever-growing public. So much so, that in 2018, her album Blue Mind won Best Female Vocal Album at the AV Fair in Guangzhou, China. Anne accompanies herself on the piano with remarkable grace and elegance, while singing melodies that are both touching and true to heart. It's a stirring fusion of poetry and jazz, with a warm voice that thrills and enchants from the very first note. For a very special show treat, visit Acora Acoustics in the Eisenhower room on Friday and Saturday at 12pm and 3pm for live, in-person, unmic'ed performances by Anne Bisson. She will be joined by her recorded accompaniment playing via our system featuring the Acora Acoustics SRC-2. Seating will be limited so arrive early to grab your seat. She will also be offering signed copies of her music, including her new release Keys To My Heart as well as additional releases throughout the show in our Eisenhower showroom. In addition, Acora Acoustics will have An evening with Grammy Award winning Mastering Engineer and Part-Time Audiophile Senior Contributor Dave McNair at the same Eisenhower room both Friday and Saturday evening from 6:30pm to 8pm.

 

 

LKV Research Presents Five New Products @ CAF 2021

LKV Research Presents Five New Products @ CAF 2021
LKV Research wil be within Room 508 @ CAF 2021 with presenting five new high-end audio products! You can preview their newest phono pre-amplifier, the Veros VNL. Not only does it offer better performance than the now-discontinued Veros One, company owner Bill Hutchins also has plans for a retrofittable, current-mode module option. Its VNL PWR linear power supply will stun you. Downstream of the Veros VNL will be the LKV Line One Control Amp and both the Veros PWR+ and the new PWR 3 amp driving Joseph Audio Pulsar2 Graphene speakers, but not at the same time! Upstream, Basis Audio will introduce to the world its new Bravo turntable with Vector tonearm. Finley Audio will provide speaker cable and interconnects, including the world premiere of its Cirrus speaker cable. Finley will be hosting a two-winner raffle for its Cirrus and Stratus power cords. The Cirrus has a price of over $1000.

 

 

Borresen 05 Silver Supreme Edition World Premiere

Borresen 05 Silver Supreme Edition World Premiere
Borresen will be proudly playing their new 05 Silver Supreme Edition flagship loudspeaker within the Twinbrook Room @ CAF 2021. In the company's unwavering quest to strive for the ultimate authenticity, BØRRESEN Acoustics has broken new ground using unconventional materials. Designing new components, in combination with application of state-of-the-art processes in manufacturing, allowes them to achieve their goals. Based on this approach, BØRRESEN now present their new premium models of loudspeakers that complete their O- series. According to the company, "The sound quality of these premium models evokes new superlatives for authenticity, clarity and refinement of musical performance." The patented BØRRESEN magnet motor has been further refined as silver has turned out to have the highest specific electrical conductivity of all metals. As such, they replaced the copper pole rings with hand-crafted silver rings. This details only hints at the many features of their new Silver Supreme O-series.

 

 

11 / 02 / 21

Hi-Fi World December 2021

Hi-Fi World's December 2021 Reviews & Think Pieces
Editorial: What's Within This Issue Of Hi-Fi World
News: Words from the world...
Competition: Win a World Design PRE4 And PSU3 Worth £1295.
Gear Reviews...
JBL HDI-3600 Loudspeakers
Cambridge Audio SX-60 Loudspeakers
Creek Voyage CD Player
Cyrus I9-XR Amplifier And CDI-XR CD Player
QED Reference 40 Interconnects
Chord Clearway Streaming & Chord Clearway USB Cable
Crosley Cruiser Record Player
Three MM Budget Cartridges: Ortofon 2m Red & Silver plus Pro-Ject Pick It S2
Classic Cuts: Emerson, Lake, And Palmer
Audiophile Books: Led Zeppelin And Punkzines
HiFiMAN HE400se Headphones
Classic Cuts: Nilsson Schmilsson
...and much more!

Within his editorial, Noel Keywood says "How to design an attractive loudspeaker? Give it lots of bass. That's what we all expect from a capable hi-fi system – including me – and that will sell a loudspeaker. Deliver physical power to the human body, provide a moving experience. JBL's HDI-3600 loudspeakers reviewed on p10 did just that. By simple method: they directed bass through all three bass/midrange units. JBL have long history in loudspeakers, they know a thing or two as our review reveals. Here's a loudspeaker for anyone wanting to be moved – literally." See what's within this issue of Hi-Fi World at this link.

 

 

11 / 01 / 21

High-End Audiophile / Immersivephile Hi-Fi Gear Review Magazine

Enjoy the Music.com's November 2021 Review Magazine
This month's Enjoy the Music.com Review Magazine features a few world premiere gear reviews, an excellent North American premiere, plus videos too! We also have DIY knowledge concerning using a top-shelf measuring microphone, plus we visit the edge of science with Kondo-san. All this and much more within Enjoy the Music.com's November Review Magazine.

 

 

The Hidden Effect Of Hi-Fi  How hi-fi re-kindled my love of listening to music!

The Hidden Effect Of Hi-Fi
How hi-fi re-kindled my love of listening to music!
Article By Emiko
Today For a long time, silence was my thing. Actually, no. Let me rephrase that. For a long time, non-musical sound was my thing. And that may seem weird for me to admit, considering I'm a recording artist, composer, and performer. But that's just it. That's exactly why silence and the non-musical sound was "my thing" for so long. I grew up in recording studios. From two-inch tape to ADAT, to DAT, to CDs to the advent of ProTools and everything else (I was using Digital Performer when it was just "Performer" and goodness, I remember when the VST in Cubase didn't exist), I was either tracking it or being tracked on it. And that meant countless hours of takes, more emotion, less emotion, more flourish, and having various producers saying things to me like....
---> The Hidden Effect Of Hi-Fi.

 

 

Kronos Discovery Turntable Review Drive-by reviewing at Long Valley.

North America Premiere Review!
Kronos Discovery Turntable

Drive-by reviewing at Long Valley.
Rick Becker Investigates A Treasured Turntable.
It was supposed to be a nearly five-hour trip but my wife missed a turn on the shortcut and took the Shooting Brake through an all-terrain parking lot to buy lunch at Subway. Then there were accidents on I-80 to slow us down. Nevertheless, Bill Parish was all smiles, as usual, when we pulled into GTT Audio to get a listen to Louis Desjardins' latest masterpiece, the Kronos Discovery turntable. Bill had sent me his GTT video newsletter with a pow-wow after David W. Robinson, Editor in Chief and Senior Writer Maurice Jeffries of Positive Feedback had spent an afternoon listening to the new turntable. Emails flew and Louis sent me a copy of Alan Sircom's review in HiFi+ magazine. I emailed Louis and told him I thought it was a very good review. He replied that he thought it was an Excellent!
---> Kronos Discovery Turntable Review.

 

 

Meitner Audio MA3 Integrated Hi-Res DAC Review

Meitner Audio MA3 Integrated Hi-Res DAC Review
Outstanding performance and value!
Review By Phil Gold
The industry is converging around integrated digital front ends – something to access streaming services such as Tidal, Qobuz, Spotify, Internet Radio as well as your own digital library and some offer a volume control. You may get analog inputs, maybe even a phono section for turntable fans, while some include a power amp stage. Today we are looking at a very special sample of this breed. First of all, who or what is Meitner Audio? Meitner Audio is the junior sibling of the reference class EMM Labs, based in Calgary, Canada. EMM Labs. It is named after Ed Meitner, as is EMM Labs (Ed's initials are EMM). For a DAC with variable output, the DV2, EMM Labs carries a list price of $30,000, and they also offer a streamer, the NS1, which lists for $4500. So that makes a total of $34,500 for a two box streaming DAC with volume control. What if I told you the MA3 Integrated D/A Converter was the exact equivalent of these two boxes for a total of $9500. Well, I'd be lying of course, or at the very least exaggerating. But I wouldn't be that far off the mark.
---> Meitner Audio MA3 Integrated Hi-Res DAC Review.

 

 

Synergistic Research Ethernet Switch UEF, Foundation Ethernet Cable, Active Ground Block SE, And Purple Fuses Review

World Premiere Review!
Synergistic Research Ethernet Switch UEF, Foundation Ethernet Cable, Active Ground Block SE, And Purple Fuses Review
Speed dating into the world of streaming and beyond....
Review By Rick Becker
Andy Wiederspahn at Synergistic Research knows I'm Old School but offered to send me one of their new Ethernet Switch UEF and Foundation Ethernet cables. He knows I'm a fanboy of Synergistic, but also a fairboy when it comes to reviewing. I assured him I could lean on my good audio buddy, Tom Lathrop, to help me out with breaking it all in and providing an evening of critical listening. This wasn't going to be a long critical review spanning dozens of musical genres from various music providers. Nope, it was going to be the reviewing equivalent of speed dating. Tom was educated as an electrical engineer, so he was skeptical that an Ethernet switch could make a huge difference. But he is also an audiophile with a dedicated room and a pretty good system.
---> Synergistic Research Ethernet Switch UEF, Foundation Ethernet Cable, Active Ground Block SE, And Purple Fuses Review.

 

 

Audeze LCD-5 Flagship Headphones Review

Audeze LCD-5 Flagship Headphones Review
As good as it gets!
Review By Gary Alan Barker
I have been a big fan of Audeze's headphones throughout the years. Since their initial release of the venerable LCD-2 over a decade ago, Audeze has become a world leader in planar magnetic technology and has produced some of the very best headphones on the planet. Well, never to let the grass grow under their feet, the engineers at Audeze have certainly been quite busy this past year with three significant new releases: LCD-R (ribbon-based headphones, and CRBN Electrostatic (their first foray into electro-static headphones), the LCD-5's round out this amazing trifecta of great new products. The original LCD-2's wowed the world of personal audio with truly some of the best performing headphones ever released a decade ago. Their relaxed and natural tone was a stark contrast to the many brighter sounding headphones previously released like the AKG K701, Beyerdynamic T1 and Sennheiser HD800.
---> Audeze LCD-5 flagship headphones review.

 

 

Dayton Audio OmniMic V2 Precision Measurement System

Dayton Audio OmniMic V2 Precision Measurement System
Speaker measurement made easy.
Article By Jeff Poth
As a speaker designer, getting high resolution measurements has always been an issue for me. I have done a variety of measurements and evaluation methods, ranging from listening only to utilization of RTA based measurement (I used a Behringer 8024 and the 2496 equalizer to perform RTA functions with pink noise), impedance testing, and a variety of others as appropriate, but I never got over the hump of getting proper software, calibrated microphone, microphone preamplifier and having measurements that could be published. I could get a very solid idea of how a device was performing, but only publish graphically if I plotted points manually, and was limited when it came to what resolution I could measure at (which allows for much finer tuning of a device). Given my role as a DIY audio writer here at Enjoy the Music.com, this had to change; enter the Dayton Audio OmniMic V2 Precision Measurement System ($399.99) – an all-in-one software and calibrated USB microphone package.
---> Dayton Audio OmniMic V2 Precision Measurement System.

 

 

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