Home  Hi-Fi Audio Reviews  Audiophile Shows Partner Mags  News       

 

Enjoy the Music.com
Hi-Fi World
June 2019
Vinyl LP, CD, MP3 And Meta Data
Editorial By Noel Keywood

 

Hi-Fi World June 2019

 

  The LP and the CD after it assembled music tracks onto a disc in pre-packaged form. You might only end up wanting or enjoying half of the content but too bad. You paid for the lot. It all seemed logical at the time, since the alternative to the LP was the bulky single and changing these every five minutes to hear tracks rather than albums would have been an evening's marathon.

Prepackaged music went out of the window when MP3 players arrived, epitomized by Apple's once-dominant iPod. Now, we had individual tracks rather than albums and track listings. The difficulty here is sorting and accessing thousands of tracks. We could all remember album names like Hotel California, Abbey Road and such like, since albums not only carried songs but also an underlying message of the time: a story, a view, their own rhetoric even. They were easy to remember. But individual tracks? It's like remembering the names of ants.

Enter meta-data, that list of info appended to digital files with Artist, Title, Date, Genre and what have you. Even more data and to use it you must be able to read it, necessitating a screen. But small screens on a piece of hi-fi equipment are illegible at a distance, so that's a bad idea. The obvious solution is a screen in the hand and what more obvious a choice than a mobile 'phone. It's already been paid for, so doesn't add to equipment cost.

 

Hi-Fi World June 2019

 

In effect when a manufacturer uses a control app on a 'phone or iPad he is relieved of that cost elsewhere, on the product itself or as a remote control possibly. No wonder then that now, as we listen to tracks stored on Flash Drives, computers or on the 'net by a music provider such as Spotify, Tidal or iTunes, the use of an app on 'phone or tablet is becoming ever more popular. And Leema's Elements Streamer we review on p41 exemplifies this approach. Blindingly simple in construction just a case with a light it acts as a do-it-all digital player. Don't miss our review where you can read about the trials and tribulations of such a source, but also the benefits.

At the other end of the scale comes SME's new Synergy turntable. A fabulous construction in typical no-compromise style, this source offers a fabulous if expensive way to hear what lies in the latest vinyl. Our in-depth review on p83 peers into the issues behind disc spinning at the highest quality levels possible.

I hope you enjoy our breadth of coverage in this latest great issue, with informed views on all the latest in high quality audio.

 

--- Noel Keywood, editor.

 

 

 


Subscribe!
Click here to subscribe to Hi-Fi World.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     
 

Quick Links


Premium Audio Review Magazine
High-End Audiophile Equipment Reviews

 

Equipment Review Archives
Turntables, Cartridges, Etc
Digital Source
Do It Yourself (DIY)
Preamplifiers
Amplifiers
Cables, Wires, Etc
Loudspeakers/ Monitors
Headphones, IEMs, Tweaks, Etc
Superior Audio Gear Reviews

 

 


Show Reports
HIGH END Munich 2024
AXPONA 2024 Show Report
Montreal Audiofest 2024 Report

Southwest Audio Fest 2024
Florida Intl. Audio Expo 2024
Capital Audiofest 2023 Report
Toronto Audiofest 2023 Report
UK Audio Show 2023 Report
Pacific Audio Fest 2023 Report
T.H.E. Show 2023 Report
Australian Hi-Fi Show 2023 Report
...More Show Reports

 

Videos
Our Featured Videos

 


Industry & Music News

High-Performance Audio & Music News

 

Partner Print Magazines
audioXpress
Australian Hi-Fi Magazine
hi-fi+ Magazine
Sound Practices
VALVE Magazine

 

For The Press & Industry
About Us
Press Releases
Official Site Graphics

 

 

 

     

Home   |   Hi-Fi Audio Reviews   |   News   |   Press Releases   |   About Us   |   Contact Us

 

All contents copyright  1995 - 2024  Enjoy the Music.com
May not be copied or reproduced without permission.  All rights reserved.