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AES Conference On Audio Archiving, Preservation & Restoration
The Audio Engineering Society (AES), founded in 1948, is devoted to audio technology. The AES unites audio engineers, creative artists, scientists and students worldwide by promoting advances in audio and disseminating new knowledge and research. Their 2023 conference concerning audio archiving, preservation, and restoration presents a remarkable opportunity to bring researchers and practitioners together for three
days. During the June 1st through 3rd conference at the US Library Of Congress they will discuss critical preservation issues and focus on strategies, that will support and encourage collaboration and interoperability between industry and the preservation, restoration and archiving communities.
Proposals describing work in any area of audio archiving, preservation, and restoration and related sciences will be considered for inclusion in conference
sessions. These include digitization and restoration of historical obsolete disc formats. Optical capture of obsolete media and preservation and digitization of analog and digital
multi-track recordings will also be discussed. Another important factor is the handling and storage of analog audio carriers plus physical/object based preservation , material science, and new trends in material research that help maintain /restore legacy analog and digital audio equipment. One thing we're sure
Enjoy the Music.com readers appreciate is the AES discussing the best practices for metadata creation and capture. This ensures when you are seeking certain
relevant data concerning the music you love, is it easy to find via detailed and
01 / 27 / 23
Fun Music Friday! David Chesky Trio
At Lincoln Center
For this week's Fun Music Friday here on Enjoy the Music.com we're featuring the David Chesky
Trio performing a song from The Great European Songbook. Recorded in December 2022, Jazz at Lincoln Center is a wonderful way to hear talented musicians performing at their very best. With David Chesky on piano, Peter Washington on acoustic bass, and Billy Drummond on drums, we're sure you're going to enjoy the
CEPro Says 2023 Home Audio Market Will Continue To Soar
"It may not be 1976 and the golden era of home audio anymore, but 2023 certainly looks to be a banner year if you love the category," says CEPro's Robert Archer. "Taking a brief look at how the home the market looks, home theater continues to surge with immersive audio driving consumer interest to new heights, while two-channel or stereo remains strong thanks to technologies such as streaming and wireless. Branching out from single-room systems, whole-house audio through the influx of wireless networking technologies, as well as streaming and traditional line level connectivity also remains strong within the residential technology market."
"One other important note about the whole-house audio category, digital technologies from the commercial markets continue to make inroads,"
continues Robert. "Whether its AV over IP solutions, or digital audio platforms such as Dante from Audinate or the Avnu
Alliance"s AVB (Audio Video Bridging) protocol, whole-house audio is in position to grow not only in size to accommodate the largest installations, but it is also ready to transition into a market driven by standards-based digital technologies."
You can read the entire article at this
01 / 24 / 23
The UK Audio Show 2023 At Staverton Hotel
The UK Audio Show 2023 is set to take place on October 7th and 8th at the Staverton Hotel & Conference Centre. As the UK's premier Autumn show, it is open to the public, manufacturers, distributors, and of course dealers. With a very easy to access central location, the UK Audio Show by the Chester Group includes the County
Suite for a big increase in show attractions. There was a record breaking exhibitor count in 2022, and 55% take up already for their 2023 event. They expect excellent press and trade attendance and a superb Hotel team. This all adds up to an expected great show, with glowing compliments from visitors.
The Chester Group will be welcoming everybody back to the UK Audio Show for another great event. According to them, "There are very few consumer shows around the world that provide such pleasure, and uniquely support one specific consumer product such is the attraction of High End Audio & AV reproduction and presentation. The main thing is our Venue will continue to be the Staverton Hotel, as it met so many of our objectives and was fronted by such a friendly and helpful team. With its spacious corridors and two easily accessed levels it proved near perfect for such a busy show. But in addition and due to the
show's popularity we've now increased the amount of individual demonstration rooms and increased trade stands too. Look out for some very special announcements as the UK Audio Show celebrates their UK event in the fall."
01 / 21 / 23
Happy Lunar New Year! Enjoy the Music.com wishes everyone happiness, good fortune, and a prosperous Lunar New Year 2023.
01 / 20 / 23
Warning! Extreme Bass! The Hi-Fi Collective
The Audiophile Society is the brainchild of composer, pianist, and audio pioneer David Chesky. While widely known for his record label Chesky Records, this new label will focus on bringing even more realistic three-dimensional recordings to market with their Mega-Dimensional Sound. That is the Audiophile
Society's name for their unique two-channel 3D audio that can play on all existing two-channel stereo, while showcasing emerging artists working in a multitude of genres. The ultimate goal of The Audiophile Society is to change the way you hear music. The Hi-Fi Collective is a collective of young groove players bringing EDM, DJ, and Chill Electronic Music to a new standard of sound. With the addition of The Audiophile Society's 3D Mega-Dimensional Sound, the music has height and a soundstage that is outside of the speakers.
This release features extreme bass, maximizing the capabilities of your subwoofers and making them come alive. And, since this music was conceived to be heard in one's home, this release was mixed to turn your home speaker system into a virtual club venue. "These recordings are compatible with your home and portable systems and can be played back on anyone's home speaker system or headphones without the need for buying any other audio equipment. Our Mega-Dimensional audio is more than some application. It is a process that is thought out from the ground up on each recording," says David.
"When you hear our new Audiophile Society recordings on speakers, you should feel like you are in the space with the musicians. The sound of our music is not stuck to the speaker grills like a normal recording but should float up before you. You should experience a sense of height and a wider and deeper soundstage. It should be a more enveloping realistic
Luminate 2022 Year-End Music Report
Luminate seeks to be a trusted source for entertainment data in this ever-evolving world. Their 2022 Year-End Music Report seeks to provide an in-depth look at consumption trends and audience research insights. The Consumption Renaissance While streaming continued to grow in 2022, with U.S. on-demand audio streams hitting the trillion mark for the first time ever in a single year in late November, that is only part of the
year's music consumption story. Looking at the landscape over the past year, specifically how different artists across different genres engaged with audiences to launch successful album campaigns,
there's a bigger picture to take into account when it comes to consumption methods. The year saw new albums earn No. 1 positions on the Billboard 200 upon their debuts, but each artist achieved the No.1 spot through a different mix of consumption means. While Bad Bunny did it with 100% digital offerings (streaming and digital albums) for his album
Un Verano Sin Ti, only 55% of the first-week consumption numbers for Beyoncé's
Renaissance were digital and only 38% the first-week consumption numbers for Taylor
Swift's Midnights were digital. Notably, Swift's physical product offerings made up 62% through multiple vinyl and CD offerings for fans, and Midnights sold
575,000 vinyl products in its first week, breaking a record previously set by Harry Styles in May.
Of note is that Generation Z (those born in the late 1990s or the early 21st
century) is becoming more and more powerful, influencing the market with their consumption habits, all eyes were on their behaviors this past year. According to
Luminate's Fall 2022 Music 360 Research Report, Gen Z music listeners in the U.S.A. spend +21% more time weekly with music than listeners from any other generation. Much of that time is spent discovering music on streaming services like Spotify, Apple, and YouTube and on short-form video platforms and apps like TikTok. In fact, Gen Z is more likely to discover music on both sources than the average listener by 13% and 19%, respectively. Gen
Z's consumption behaviors are only just a part of their story. They are also willing to spend money to support their favorite artists, especially when it comes to merchandise
as they expressed a desire for their favorite artists to offer more products as an opportunity to show support by +30% more than the average music listener in the U.S.A. And overall, they spend +18% more money on music monthly than the average U.S.A. music listener, fueling sales for vinyl record-breaking weeks by Harry Styles and Taylor Swift this year.
01 / 17 / 23
Audio Engineering Society Celebrates 75 Years
The Audio Engineering Society (AES) is the only professional society devoted exclusively to audio technology. Founded in the USA in 1948, the AES is now an international organization that unites audio engineers, creative artists, scientists and students worldwide by promoting advances in audio and disseminating new knowledge and research. There are more than 12,000 members affiliated with over 90 AES professional sections and 120 AES student sections around the world that provide members valuable opportunities for professional networking and skill and career
growth. The Society's vast contributions to the art and science of audio engineering are being recognized as the Audio Engineering Society begins its 75th Anniversary year in 2023.
In March of 1948, a group of notable engineers committed to improving audio quality held the first meeting of the Audio Engineering Society in New York City. Now, in its 75th Anniversary year, the AES has grown from a charter membership of 37 to a global community of more than 10,000 members affiliated with hundreds of local sections worldwide. The goal of those pioneering members, to share knowledge and advance the science of audio and its application, has been realized in a thriving organization that facilitates communication and collaboration, and unites audio engineers, researchers, content creators and students. In 2023 the Audio Engineering Society will continue its mission with events planned around the world throughout the year, culminating in the 155th AES International Convention in New York in October.
01 / 16 / 23
audioXpress' February 2023 Issue
Editorial: Where Do We Want To Go Next?
Arylic Audio Up2Stream Amp V4
On the Subject of Standards
Modern PC Board Design Practices Part 1
Power Transformer Parameters, Selection, And Testing Part 4
The Pre-5: A High-Performance Tube Hybrid Preamp
What Do You Want to Hear?
Unified Coverage Map
Suitability Of Venues For Various Events
And Much More!
Within his editorial, J. Martins says
"Among the biggest technology stories of 2022, it's impossible not to reference OpenAI. This artificial intelligence (AI) research company from San Francisco, CA, founded in December 2015, has focused on artificial general intelligence (AGI) applied to augmenting and outperform human skills. OpenAI cleverly made its efforts accessible to the general public as a way to simultaneously promote AI and improve it with actual human interaction — which in turn helps to reveal boundaries and usage restriction needs.
Among OpenAI's most interesting efforts is a trained model for human interaction through text input called ChatGPT. Its proven uses span from helping us to debug code to answering questions, to writing essays about any topic and in any given suggested style." ---> audioXpress' February 2023
01 / 14 / 23
Enjoy the Music.com Wants To Hear From You Concerning Shows
We are asking the industry for their input, as have been hearing complaints over the years and want to hear your thoughts. We all work together during shows, from the promoter to load-in staff and exhibitors doing their best to provide an exceptional experience for attendees.
Have posted on our social media and LinkedIn page asking about well-established manufacturers who year after year freeload at shows. Please post your comments.
Please feel free to share this with fellow exhibitors
/ show attendees / your friends as would love to have their comments
too. If there are other subjects you feel as an industry that needs to be discussed, I'm all ears (pun intended). Thank you as ALL help is ALWAYS
As always, in the end
what really matters is that you...
Enjoy the Music,
Steven R. Rochlin
01 / 13 / 23
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01 / 12 / 23
World Premiere Review!
Dynamic Sounds Associates Amp I Review Class-A tour de force!
Review By Greg Weaver I've
had the pleasure of writing about Dynamic Sounds Associates gear for over 16
years now, with my first take on the original Phono-ONE phonostage appearing
back in November of 2004! Since that time, I've reviewed, or used as reference,
the superb Phono II phonostage (with the Phono III coming on deck soon!), the
I Linestage, and now, I am privileged to bring you the world premiere review
of the exceptional Amp I monoblocks. The engineering mind behind all
these fresh and exceptional designs is one Dr. Douglas Hurlburt, whom I first
met while living in southern Maryland during the early to mid-nineteen nineties. --->
Dynamic Sounds Associates Amp I review.
Nagra Tube DAC And Classic PSU Power
Supply Review Sonic glory... worth it!
Tom Lyle Nagra
is a Swiss audio equipment manufacturer that has been in business for over 65
years. Their professional portable tape records were an industry standard for
many decades, even appearing as props in many films and television shows. Their
reputation was rock-solid even before they started manufacturing high-end audio
equipment in the 21st Century. Because of this, and because of the fine high-end audio
components they've been designing and manufacturing since 2012, I suppose there
are many audiophiles, and plenty of non-audiophile, who might add the Nagra Tube
DAC and its matching Classic PSU power supply to their systems without an
audition, or without reading reviews on the subject. --->
Nagra Tube DAC and Classic PSU Power Supply.
01 / 11 / 23
AXPONA 2023 Show In Chicago
(Audio Expo North America) 2023 takes place from April 14th through 16th at the The Renaissance Schaumburg Convention
Center. The three-day experience features multiple hotel floors packed with over 190 listening
rooms according to the show promoter. The Expo Hall featuring The Record Fair, The Ear Gear Experience, and seminars. Whether
you're a serious audiophile, a newcomer to high-end audio or simply a music lover,
you'll find everything you need to immerse yourself in your favorite sounds. See and hear the world's top audio brands reveal their latest and greatest gear in
many listening rooms. Experience your music like never
before! Learn more at Enjoy the Music.com's AXPONA
2023 show report page.
Hi-Fi+ January 2023 High-End
Editorial: Hi-Fi+ Welcomes A 2023 System Re-Evaluation
Conrad-Johnson ART88 Line Preamplifier
dCS Vivaldi One APEX CD/SACD Player/Streaming DAC
Hegel P30A/H30A Line Preamplifier And Mono/Stereo Power Amplifier
Soulnote A-2 Integrated Amplifier
Gershman Acoustics Studio II Stand-Mount Loudspeaker
Innuos Statement 'Next Gen' Music Server
Design Build Listen Wand 14.4/Wand Plus Turntable And Tonearm
Moon By Simaudio Voice 22 Stand-Mount Loudspeaker
Focal Bathys Wireless, Noise-Cancelling Headphones
And Much More!
Within this month's editorial, Alan Sircom says
"It's 2023 at last and most of us are glad to see the back of 2022, and perhaps a little trepidatious about what the New Year will bring. In the UK at least, as we haven't had a new Prime Minister in several weeks (at least, at the time of writing), we are looking forward to a year of hopefully fewer bumps in the
road. The start of a year traditionally comes with New Year's Resolutions, that everyone is almost guaranteed to break sometime in early January. Even when I decided to game the system in my 20s and said my resolution was to drink more whisky, I quickly lost interest... and a couple of weeks. Fortunately, I'm no longer that guy."
what's within this issue of Hi-Fi+
magazine at this
01 / 06 / 23
Salon Audio Montreal Audiofest 2023
The Salon Audio Montreal Audiofest 2023, scheduled from March 24th through 26th, brings in more than 5000 visitors who want to hear, see and touch over 300 brands of audio products under one roof.
It's the biggest get-together of audio/video industry manufacturers, distributors and retailers in Canada. Exhibitors are eager to share their passion for music with you by demonstrating some of the
world's best sound systems from $1000 to $1,000,000.
Montréal Audiofest presents their 34th edition of its popular annual meeting at the Bonaventure Hotel in Montreal. Located in the heart of downtown Quebec, the recently renovated hotel will once again be transformed into a multitude of listening rooms to accommodate thousands of music lovers and nearly 100 exhibitors, representing more than 300 brands of products from the world of high-fidelity audio. Learn more
at Enjoy the Music.com's
Salon Audio Montreal Audiofest
2023 show report page.
HIFICRITIC's Latest Issue
Is Now Available HIFICRITIC's October / November/ December 2022
Magico A5 Loudspeaker Review
Vertere DG-1S Entry-Level Record Player Review
Mission 770 Loudspeaker Review
FiiO K9 Pro ESS Desktop DAC / Headphone Amp Review
Neat Petite Classic Review
Cyrus Classic Amp Review
Musical Fidelity MX-Stream Review Focal Utopia Headphones Third Edition Review
Grimm Audio M1 Review
Acoustic Energy AE500 Compact Monitor Review
Melody AN300B Max Valve Integrated Amplifier Review
Zorloo Zophia Headphone Review
...And Much More! ---> See what's within this issue of HIFICRITIC.
01 / 03 / 23
USA Royalty Rates For Musical Works
The Copyright Royalty Judges published final regulations that set rates and terms for the compulsory license for the use of musical works in the making and distributing of phonorecords. These rates will apply during the period from January 1, 2023, through December 31, 2027. The rates for a physical phonorecord or permanent download have increased to 12 cents per track or 2.31 cents per minute of playing time or fraction thereof, for 2023, and include inflation-based adjustments for subsequent years of the rate period.
The headline royalty rate for most other digital phonorecords, including interactive streams, will be set at 15.1 to 15.35 percent of revenue, over the five-year term. Other significant components of the rate formulae for digital phonorecords, which serve as alternatives to the percent of revenue rates, also increased, including the per-subscriber minimums and the percentage of
"Total Content Cost (TCC)" calculations referencing amounts that music service licensees pay to record labels. The final regulations were the result of a series of negotiated settlements arrived upon amongst the vast majority of participants in the rate proceeding conducted by the Copyright Royalty Judges.
01 / 02 / 23
Sony Claims The First Real-Time
360-Degree Spatial Sound
According to Sony's press release: For the first time in the world, Sony Electronics Inc. has created real-time live distribution technology with full object-based spatial sound. Additionally, Sony has expanded the range of support for its 360 Reality Audio, a musical experience that allows users to immerse themselves in a three-dimensional sound field. While
lives streaming is valued for its ease of use and lack of restrictions on location and movement, achieving a sense of realism has been a challenge. Sony has evolved its proprietary 360 Spatial Sound technology, enabling real-time distribution of three-dimensional sound and video with 360 Reality Audio, so users can experience the reality of enjoying a live performance or concert at the same time without being there.
The first live event that will be distributed in real time with 360 Reality Audio is the online event '40
Dai-Wa-Iroiro' by the artist Hikaru Utada, scheduled to be held around the world on January 19,
2023. This event will be free for the first 10,000 attendees. Encoder development for real-time distribution of 360 Reality Audio for artists and sound engineers. 360 Reality Audio has improved the production environment and developed a real-time encoder that provides both real-time performance and sound quality for artists and sound engineers. In order to create a spatial music experience, sound engineers first assign position information to each sound source such as vocals, guitars, and drums, and arrange them in a spherical space. Sony has developed a new
360 Reality Audio production tool for real-time distribution to improve the production environment for sound engineers. With this tool, engineers can place sound sources freely and instantly, and create sound with a three-dimensional effect as intended.
01 / 01 / 23
Enjoy the Music.com's
Review Magazine This month we thank you for helping us celebrate our 28th Anniversary! We have many editorials, gear reviews, interviews.... During the past month, we've also added to our extensive Capital Audiofest 2022 show coverage. All that and more within our
January Review Magazine.
As always, in the end what really matters is that you... enjoy the music.
The Premium Audio Experience Is 'Fire' As We Enter 2023 More luxury events, more equipment, and most important more music lovers. Editorial By Steven R. Rochlin As
we wish the challenging past few years farewell, I predict 2023 is the year of
increased growth and maturity within the luxury audio sector. With more
manufacturers and new product launches than ever within the history of high-end
audio, this great expanse provides music lovers with an amazing array of choices
to satisfy their aural desires. During 2022, luxury hi-fi shows were in full
swing all around the world. Furthermore, the great strength of our industry
shines brightly as used gear prices have been on the increase too. Like luxury
cars, timepieces, etc, the proof is always showcased within the used marketplace
as new developments take the forefront in technical and artistic prowess. We all know the past few years have brought many
challenges from supply chain and parts availability plus slow shipping and other
undesirable disruptions. ---> The Premium Audio Experience Is 'Fire' As We Enter 2023.
On the Road Again: Featuring Greg Weaver's Home Audio System The New Apartment Lounge's Maurice Jeffries visits the Audio Analyst at home for the third time.
Report By Maurice Jeffries What
would we do without the much beloved road trip? The promise of exploring parts
known, and better yet completely unknown, especially in the wake of the Covid
Pandemic, strikes many like as perfect balm to months of virus-driven isolation.
So, when my dear friend and fellow audio miscreant, Greg Weaver (known to many
of you as the audio analyst, famous for his scrupulously detailed show reports
and recent highly informative and entertaining foray into the fractious world of
YouTube audio reporting), teased with the promise to hear a tantalizing array of
new gear, to tussle with a new puppy (a 100 lbs. Great Dane named Stella), and
most importantly, to reconnect face-to-face, I leapt into action. --->
Featuring Greg Weaver's Home Audio System.
Focal Utopia Headphones Third Edition Review After six years on sale, Focal's flagship headphone receives a comprehensive
revision, drawing on the company's speaker expertise to stay competitive. Review By Ed Shelly 2016 was
the point when Focal's commitment to the headphone category stepped up a gear.
Up to then, the company had been content to produce relatively affordable
models, contesting the newly created 'nomad' category of headphones that could
be used both at home and on the move, but the release of three considerably more
expensive models marked a shift upmarket and much of the credibility that
underpinned this was supplied by the flagship. As well as making use of the
Utopia name for the first time on a headphone, Focal also employed beryllium for
a driver material. --->
Focal Utopia Headphones Third Edition Review.
FiiO FH7S In-Ear Monitor Review Great dynamics, impact, timbre, tonal balance, soundstage, and resolution.
Review By Gary Alan Barker FiiO
seems to improve their art with each new offering, and the new FiiO FH7S is no
exception. Despite being one step down from the top of their hybrid line of
IEMs, the FH7S features the introduction of their new HS18 eartips which are
only 0.4mm thick which I discovered in my video review below provided an
excellent seal and added comfort. The FH7S is a five-driver hybrid IEM featuring one 13.6mm
dynamic driver employing a diamond-like carbon diaphragm and four custom Knowles
balanced armature drivers including DFK midrange drivers, which consist of two
BAs joined together in a resonance canceling configuration. ---> FiiO FH7S In-Ear Monitor Review.
Vintage Audio Series, Episode 1 Amplifiers: Get bang for your buck, not a banged up amp.
Video By eCoustics eCoustics' seven-part podcast series on vintage audio begins with a look at amplifiers, preamplifiers and receivers. This episode is hosted by our vintage hi-fi experts Eric Pye and Jeremy
Sikora; moderated by Mitch Anderson of Black Circle Radio. Does the concept of investing in a vintage tube or solid state amplifier or receiver sound like a solid path forward? Before you take that blind leap down the rabbit hole, the eCoustics Vintage Audio team explains everything you need to know about brands, features, power ratings, repairs, sound quality, and the long-term viability of your purchase. Don't make mistakes and find yourself in repair limbo -- get the most bang for your buck and don't end up with a banged up
Video: Vintage Audio Series, Episode 1.