Note: Two titles, Ricky Martin’s Life and Peter Gallagher’s 7 Days in Memphis were released with a content protection grid on the back of the CD packaging but XCP content protection software was not actually included on the albums.
If you want to uninstall the Malware Sony BMG forced upon you, right now on the Sony BMG site it says:
November 15th, 2005 - We currently are working on a new tool to uninstall First4Internet XCP software. In the meantime, we have temporarily suspended distribution of the existing uninstall tool for this software. We encourage you to return to this site over the next few days. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
More information will be revealed within my December 1 editorial. Enjoy the Music.com®'s official stance is to not play any Sony BMG protected discs. If your computer is infected with the Sony BMG Malware/Spyware, you may want to wait for the solution from Microsoft and use it when available. Please see our mid-November editorial by clicking here.
11 / 17 / 05
Danley Sound Labs has launched their SH-100 ($1,270 passive, $2,270 powered version with DSP) and the SH-50 ($3,925 passive, $5,595 powered version with DSP). The SH-50 is a high-output, fully horn-loaded three-way loudspeaker featuring two unique Danley Sound Labs technologies. Specifically, tapped horn and synergy horn (both patent-pending designs). Said technologies claim to provide exceptional low-frequency pattern control, seamless array ability for those who desire stacking the units, and low-frequency extension. The SH-50 (pictured) measures 28" x 28" x 22.5", has a sensitivity of 100dB/W/m, and generates up to 132dB SPL from 28Hz to 100Hz (-3dB). Utilizing an eight-inch coaxial driver, the SH-100 measures just 20.5" x 20.5" x 9" and offers a sensitivity of 95dB/W/m. generating at most 123dB. Powered versions uses Class D amplification with 1600 watts for the SH-100 and 800 watts for the SH-50 plus they include DSP for further tuning of the sound production.
11 / 16 / 05
We have been quite busy this month with show reports of both Head-Fi's Boston meet and the High Fidelity Belgium show! Add to that our mid-month update to the Enjoy the Music.com®'s Review Magazine where we go into great detail on the recent Spyware, or shall we say malicious code, delivered by Sony to the unsuspecting music loving public. This is a very serious issue where Sony has forced software to users of their protected music discs without any choice nor ability to easily remove it... until they were caught red-handed! Worse still, their software opens a wide door to virus writers! See the Mid-November update of our Review Magazine by clicking here.
11 / 14 / 05
Microsoft has officially placed Sony BMG's protected music disc software as an offender and it shall be eradicated within Microsoft's update of the company's Malicious Software Removal Tool. Windows Update allows users to keep their software current and secure, as such Sony BMG's "Malware," or as some call it "Spyware," shall be removed by the Microsoft update due to the high security risk Sony's product forces onto unsuspecting consumers. See November 11th Industry News release below for more details as to Sony's BMG's apparent abuse of forcing consumers to have highly insecure and offensive software within their machines without the consumer's knowledge or consent.
11 / 10 to 11 / 13
Enjoy the Music.com® will be reporting live from High Fidelity Belgium 2005. This is their largest show to date and will take place on November 12th and 13th with over 50 presentations and 10 static shows. Both stereo hi-fi and home cinema products will be showcased in the over 1,700 m² of demonstration space spread between to hotels. Entrance fee is a mere €3. Venues are the Crowne Plaza Hotel Brussels Airport and four star Courtyardhotel in Evere near Brussels. A free bus will gladly transport show attendees between the two venues. Show organizers audioforum.be are finding great support from distributors, importers and manufacturers from around the world to insure the show is a success. Unlike most other show websites, Belgium has wisely chosen to provide their website in no less than four languages (Dutch, English, French and German), making their show a true international experience. See our show coverage by clicking here.
11 / 09 / 05
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November 20th marks the 2005 Tri-State Gotham Audio Society Audio Flea Market is for those looking to buy and sell books, equipment, digital discs, magazines vinyl records, etc. This is an audio only event for both Northeast societies and individuals. Any member of an established audio society receives a special discount for admission or exhibit space in Manhattan at 202 East 77th Street, on the 2nd floor. For additional information please contact the Gotham Audio Society at (212) 629-1933.
11 / 08 / 05
NAD's new Master Series is the company's statement product line and features their M55 DVD/SACD player ($1,799) with top quality playback for both audio and video. Videophiles will appreciate that DVD-Video can be watched in normal interlaced mode, or in progressive scan mode while HDMI supports HDCP encryption. On th audio side, DVD-Audio and SACD decoding take place on board with bass management availability. DVD-Audio uses high resolution 24 bit PCM signals and MLP 'lossless' compression while SACD (super audio compact disc) uses the DSD (direct stream digital) technique. The list of features include playback of CD, CD-R, CD-RW, SACD SVCD, WMA, HDMI Output for HD video and audio, Faroudja DCDi circuit for 480i (DVD standard), video up-conversion to 420p, 720p or 1080i, 12 bit 54mHz video DAC for analog video, digital audio output via SPDIF (coax) and TosLink (optical), and 24-bit/192kHz DAC.
11 / 07 / 05
Gemme Audio's new Concerti 108 ($4,700 with chrome feet being a $300 option) marks the company's first venture in their True Horn series. With a single full range Fostex FE108EZ driver, the Concerti 108 does not require a crossover and offers high sensitivity for ease of driving with low wattage amplification. The True Horn construction with the aid of CNC machining provides a horn section that follows a continuously smooth expanding curve topology instead of a succession of expanding square cavities. It is said to ensure a constant expansion while minimizing turbulences in the pathway, resulting in a superior reproduction of mid to low frequencies. The 1-inch thick MDF cabinet is coated by acrylic and offered in a high gloss mirror finish outside and inside, with rocklike density. Frequency response is from 42Hz to 23kHz (-6dB) with a 93dB/W/m sensitivity at 8 ohms.
11 / 04 / 05
The genius behind Simply Physics , Rick Roberts, has launched a new Web site and new products. Longtime audiophile know of Simply Physics with their ToneCones, Isodrive CD clamp, DarkStar turntables, linear tracking air bearing tonearm, exotic equipment stands, etc. Many Simply Physics products were standard issue on various high-end audio products from Apogee, Eggleston, Sound Anchor, etc. The company's latest offering includes a highly advanced LP record clamping system called the Differential Fusion 2 (DF-2 for short, $495). When placed over the spindle of a turntable, the DF-2 insured positive vinyl contact to the platter. A special collet system is actuated by turning the upper section clockwise, thereby locking the unit to the spindle. Once secured, it then increments the outer edge of the lower clamp downward against the record label surface. An added benefit is the lowering of resonances, thereby lowering the chance of signal contamination as the needle reads the vinyl record's groove.
11 / 03 / 05
Will you be suffering a computer virus due to Sony BMG's choice of using copy-protection technology? Sony BMG has partnered with security company First 4 Internet in hopes that their music discs could not be copied. The problem is that with Sony BMG using such technology they have opened up the proverbial 'Pandora's Box' as the same code to protect the music discs can be adapted for virus writers to hide malicious software on hard drives of computers that have played one of Sony BMG's discs. Furthermore, the code is such that antivirus programs do not recognize the code as a virus. First 4 Internet says they will be sending a patch to antivirus companies that will eliminate the copy-protection software's ability to hide. "We want to make sure we allay any unnecessary concerns," said Mathew Gilliat-Smith, CEO of First 4 Internet. "We think this is a pro-active step and common sense." Longstanding antivirus and security company F-Secure had this to say: "For now it is theoretical, or academic, but it is concerning," said Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer. "There's no risk right now that we know of, but I wouldn't keep this on my machine." To add to the Sony BMG trouble, the patch distributed through the company's site will not be able to remove the code. It will simply expose it, thereby still allowing virus writers the opportunity to infect machines that have played one of Sony BMG music discs. Over two million music discs with the First4Internet protection have been sold since March 2005 within the United States. Mark Russinovich, the person who originally discovered and publicized this virus problem with Sony BMG discs, said "While I believe in the media industry's right to use copy protection mechanisms to prevent illegal copying, I don't think that we've found the right balance of fair use and copy protection, yet. This is a clear case of Sony taking DRM too far."
11 / 02 / 05
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the trade group representing members who create, manufacture and/or distribute approximately 90 percent of all legitimate sound recordings produced and sold in the United States, are hoping to see the beginning of efforts to curb pirating of recordings in China. It is widely reported that China harbors the world's highest rate of criminal activity in this regard as a Special 301 Report believes that "China's inadequate IPR enforcement is resulting in infringement levels of approximately 90 percent or above for virtually every form of intellectual property" according to the United States Government. The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced that it has forwarded a number of questions to the Chinese government in an attempt to better understand China's response to its piracy crisis. The RIAA is now reporting, "Without question, the Chinese market remains the most closed market in the world. This is a direct result of official policies restricting our market access and a failure by the Chinese government to successfully address piracy. Without a meaningful commercial presence, we simply cannot serve as an effective force against the theft of our products. While Chinese laws have recently been modified and improved, the enforcement of criminal law remains virtually nonexistent. The result: a complete lack of deterrence." Pirated materials easily purchased in China include not only music titles, but also movies and computer software.
11 / 01 / 05
November marks Enjoy the Music.com®'s Best Of 2005 Blue Note Equipment Awards! Our staff has carefully chosen the very best products reviewed during 2005 and decided on a very interesting mix of gear. New issues of both our Review Magazine and Superior Audio are now online with the Review Magazine covering Art Audio Carissa amplifier, Shure E4c versus Ultimate Ears Super.fi 5pro earphones, Stereovox Studio cables & Manley Labs Skipjack, and Wavelength Audio Brick USB DAC. Superior Audio now features a review of Lamm Industries' Model L2 preamplifier plus the WAVAC MD-805m monoblocks and deHavilland's Mercury 2 preamplifier. See the November issue of our Review Magazine by clicking here and Superior Audio by clicking here.
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