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12 / 30 / 21

10 Questions For High-End Audio Manufacturers Featuring Andy Kerr, Director of Product Marketing & Communications at Bowers & Wilkins

10 Questions For High-End Audio Manufacturers
Featuring Andy Kerr, Director Of Product Marketing & Communications At Bowers & Wilkins
During Enjoy the Music.com's very special 25th Anniversary we're asking various high-end audio manufacturers to answer the same ten questions. Their answers may surprise you! This month we're featuring Andy Kerr, Director of Product Marketing & Communications at Bowers & Wilkins. The story of Bowers & Wilkins starts with one man: John Bowers. Even some 30 years after his death, his passion and drive still pulse through the lifeblood of the company he founded. Bowers' dream of producing the perfect loudspeaker has driven the company from its humble beginnings behind an electronics shop in Worthing to becoming a global leader in audio. In 2019 Bowers & Wilkins' Formation was revealed to the world, marking the latest evolution of cable-free listening, first realized by the company's Zeppelin Air in 2011.
---> 10 Questions For Andy Kerr At Bowers & Wilkins.



10 Questions For High-End Audio Manufacturers Featuring Eli Gershman founder, Chief Designer And Co-Owner Of Gershman Acoustics

10 Questions For High-End Audio Manufacturers
Featuring Eli Gershman, Founder And Chief Designer Of Gershman Acoustics
During Enjoy the Music.com's very special 25th Anniversary we're asking various high-end audio manufacturers to answer the same ten questions. Their answers may surprise you! This month we're featuring Eli Gershman founder, Chief Designer And Co-Owner Of Gershman Acoustics. Gershman Acoustics is a designer and manufacturer of high-end audio loudspeakers since 1993. The combination of the world best technology and art for the discriminating audiophiles and music lovers! If you are a music lover and looking for natural sound, the way it was intended to be heard by the artists, then Gershman Acoustics speakers are the only speakers for you. Each speaker is carefully handcrafted in Canada.
---> 10 Questions For Eli Gershman At Gershman Acoustics.



12 / 29 / 21

The Magic World Of TACET Real Surround Sound

The Magic World Of TACET Real Surround Sound
TACET is one of the most dedicated and interesting labels in the world when it comes to multi-channel. The demand for their multi-channel recordings in TACET Real Surround Sound is constantly growing. The company has just announced their new multi-channel download store in addition to the physical recordings. With TACET Real Surround Sound you participate! You take an active part in the game of thoughts and sensations. You find yourself in the heart of the music and witness how the score reveals its hidden beauties. Those who engage in it will be rewarded with an intensity of musical experience that goes far beyond stereo listening. Besides digital downloads for instant musical pleasures, there's also physical sound carriers with the TACET Real Surround Sound SACD, Blu-ray, and of course DVD-Audio discs are also available.

Music and sound are inconceivable without space. Everyone knows that a concert can only develop its full beauty through the acoustics of a concert hall. Sound carriers with stereo technology only simulate the spatial impression as it was predominant at the given recording situation. TACET is now going an important step further. Through the use of modern 5.1 Surround technology, it is possible to exactly reproduce the acoustic spaces or even create them anew, offering the listener so far untold perspectives on a musical work. TACET real surround sound stands for a completely new way to make classical music not only audible, but still more directly tangible.



12 / 27 / 21

AudioCon Los Angeles AudioConLA 2022 Audiophile / High-End Audio Show

AudioConLA 2022 Has Been Postponed
This just in from the show organizers:
For the last fifteen years, Sarah and I have been organizing audio shows, and believe us, we went through many epic situations. Since the pandemic's beginning, we have closely followed the development of Covid-19 and its variants to make sure we make the right decision at the right time. As a result, in the last 22 months, we have canceled three of our four shows as it was unsafe.

When we announced AudioConLA last June, no one could have predicted the situation we are in today. Since last week, the condition has deteriorated rapidly. The CES is seeing its most prominent exhibitors withdraw due to the exponential increase of Omicron cases. The Grammy Awards are postponing their dates, professional leagues are rescheduling games, thousands of flights are canceled every day, many countries are under lockdown, and the CDC is projecting record numbers of cases for the month of January.

Due to the emerging hyper-infectious Omicron variant, it became evident that it would be impossible to hold our event in total safety on the dates we planned it. We feel it would be thoughtless to host a large international gathering amid the rapidly spreading COVID-19 infections. The health and well-being of our participants are our ultimate priority. The event is therefore postponed to a later date.

We are not taking this decision lightly. We have invested one year of our life in developing this project and a considerable amount of money. However, we are confident that this is an investment for the future and not a loss in the present.
---> Read more at our AudioConLA 2022 show report page.



12 / 25 / 21

Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Charity

Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Charity
As the UK's largest music therapy charity, we use music to enrich the lives of people with life-limiting illness, disabilities or feelings of isolation. This year's special online concert, hosted by Nile Rodgers, features performances from Sir Rod Stewart, Shakira, David A. Stewart and special guest Beverley Knight, Lindsey Buckingham, Enrique Iglesias, Nile Rodgers & CHIC, Robbie Williams, Imelda May, Jess Gillam and more! Host Niles Rogers open the video by saying, "I am delighted to welcome you all to The Stars Come out to Sing at Christmas for Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy 2021. I'm so thrilled to be back as your host for this special evening. Last year was the first time we brought Nordoff Robbins famous Christmas Carol service online and it was the most successful public event ever. What a show we have for you tonight. We have Christmas carols for you to sing along to, festive readings, and of course, I have brought along a whole bunch of my music friends to entertain you with exclusive performances. Nordoff Robbins is a charity that believes in the value of music for all people in our society. Their vision is to live in a world where, through music therapy, human potential is recognised regardless of profound disabilities, illness or social exclusion."




"Tonight we want to raise as much money as we can and we will be telling you throughout the programme exactly how to do that. Through our own music making, I know how music can connect with people in a way that nothing else can. So please enjoy the show and donate whatever you can to this incredible cause. Every donation counts and goes directly to the charity. I'd like to thank everyone performing tonight and those who have donated and supported already, especially our partners, Hipgnosis Songs, Open Exchange, the London Stock Exchange and YouTube. Tonight simply would not have been possible without their support. So let's kick it off right now, it's time to sing along, have fun, donate and spread Christmas cheer far and wide." Please share and get involved on social media using #singfornordoffrobbins. You can donate to Nordoff Robbins at their website. We're sure you'll enjoy the video below during this festive, and musical, holiday season. As always, in the end what really matters is that you... enjoy the music!




12 / 24 / 21

HIFICRITIC Volume 15 Number 4 October / November / December 2021

HIFICRITIC's Latest Issue Is Now Available
HIFICRITIC's October / November / December 2021 issue features:
Editorial: What The Audio Industry Can Do....
Andy Whittle Spearheading Reviving Rogers
Stan's Safari Teaches An Old Dog New Tricks
Kuzma's Complete Turntable Recording Player
HiFi Rose RS 250 Network Player
Roon: A Short Story By Martin Colloms
Nucleus+ Core Unit And XLCR Power Supply Review
Bowers & Wilkins 805 D4 Monitor Speaker Review
Townshend Podium Loudspeaker Platforms 
Chord Electronics Anni Desktop Amplifier
FinkTeam Loudspeakers Design Revisited 
Kudos Super 20A Floorstanding Speaker
Qobuz Hi-Res Music At Chez Colloms 
Whatever Happened To Motional Feedback? 
Going To Ground 
iFi Audio Stream 
LFD Minstral 50 Amplifier
Vertere Turntable Does Vinyl 
Apple AirPods 2 In-Ear Monitors
Rotel A14 MkII Amplifier
432 Evo Standard Network Player
...and much more!

Within his editorial, Martin Colloms says "Alan Sircom, editor at HI Fi+ (issue 198, November 2021), prompted by COP26, asks what the audio industry can do to combat climate change. It's an interesting question, but may run contrary to traditional business models for audio, where upscaling and upgrading drives the hi-fi economy. Magazines thrive on a seemingly endless stream of new and improved product and audio technology, while a large proportion of readers continue to prefer paper copies made from trees and finished with inks, laminates and varnishes made from petrochemicals. And then there is the physical transportation. Perhaps we should resist the call for the new, for endless renewal, which is unfortunately a habit encouraged by our industry claiming just a bit more of this and a bit more of that for improved audio reproduction. And we don't help by reviewing and publicising still more new introductions in seemingly endless new product reviews." See what's within this issue of HIFICRITIC at this link.



12 / 23 / 21

Wanna Have Some Musical Fun? Roger Skoff writes about another way to enjoy the music.

Wanna Have Some Musical Fun?
Roger Skoff writes about another way to enjoy the music.
Article By Roger Skoff
I have 14 different recorded performances of Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, 23 of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, 11 of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 15, and at least 8 of his Waltz No. 2. I also have multiple live and studio performances of all kinds of rock and pop music, either performed by the same artists at different venues and times or with the same principal performer(s) and different support personnel — ranging all the way from just different backup players or singers to a full symphony orchestra (Deep Purple "In Concert with The London Symphony Orchestra" 1999, for example).
---> Wanna Have Some Musical Fun?



Music And Mindfulness For Stress Reduction Mindfulness is very real and it provides a powerful change in perspective. Article By Gideon Waxman Of Drum Helper

Music And Mindfulness For Stress Reduction
Mindfulness is very real and it provides a powerful change in perspective. 
Article By Gideon Waxman Of Drum Helper
Mindfulness is an incredibly liberating practice; one that has exploded as a recent phenomenon in the western world. Interestingly, us moderns are the last people on the planet to uncover the wealth of treasures it has to offer. Music and mindfulness are indeed complementary practices. Music and sounds make a wonderful object of focus for the mind, with mindful listening proven to boost our overall well-being and reduce stress significantly.
---> Music And Mindfulness For Stress Reduction.



12 / 22 / 21

Statista Says Music Is #1 This Holiday Season

Statista Says Music Is #1 This Holiday Season
According to Statista, "While every family celebrates Christmas a little differently, each with its own sets of customs and traditions, there are things that most celebrants can agree on, things that are considered essential for a Merry Christmas. According to Statista's GCS 2021 Holiday Special, Christmas music is topping the list of holiday must-haves. 49 percent of Americans consider the right tunes an essential part of the holiday season, the question of which Christmas songs are 'the right ones' notwithstanding." As always... enjoy the music!



12 / 21 / 21

Enjoy the Music.com Sponsors AudioCon Los Angeles (AudioConLA) 2022 Exhibitor / Press Party

Enjoy the Music.com Sponsors AudioCon LA 2022 Exhibitor / Press Party
Enjoy the Music.com, high-end audio's celebrated online site for over 26 years and a leader in providing industry news, hardware reviews, and show reports, is pleased to announce that we're sponsoring AudioCon Los Angeles' (AudioConLA) Thursday night Industry Happy Hour! Show exhibitors and members of the press are invited to join us at the hotel lobby bar for drinks, music, and good times.

The Los Angeles and Orange County Audio Society are pleased to welcome you to the premiere of AudioConLA, a world-class international high-end audio show organized under the direction of Sarah Tremblay and Michel Plante, the successful duo behind Montreal Audiofest and Toronto Audiofest. With its many convenient airports and large population — greater Los Angeles is the most populous region in the USA — the Los Angeles area is one of the most thriving fine-audio hubs in America with an expanding network of retailers and manufacturers. In the midst of this, the LA & OC Audio Society has grown to over 2700 members, and has been called the largest audio society within the world!
---> See our complete AudioCon LA 2022 press release here.



12 / 20 / 21

Free Turntable Cartridge Alignment Protractor

Free Turntable Cartridge Alignment Protractor
Enjoy the Music.com wishes you and yours a wonderful holiday season. As a show of thanks, we want to remind our reader about our free turntable cartridge alignment protractor. One is pre-made, the other brings hi-tech to the forefront as you can create your very own protractor using Excel! Like all two-point protractors, the trick is to have the cartridge mounted so that the needle aligns perfectly on both dots without moving the protractor or cartridge. What you may need to do is mount the cartridge a bit loose and slightly move it forward or back and see how it aligns on both points.

In addition, you'll find an Excel file at the link located on our Free Stuff page. This is a two-page spreadsheet; one page for Löfgren "A" alignment and one page for Löfgren "B" alignment. Professor Erik Löfgren was actually the person who developed modern tonearm alignment geometry back in 1938. Baerwald, Stevenson, and others came along later, and each published alignment geometry equations which have been shown to be identical to those published by Löfgren, and yet they included no recognition that Löfgren had already published the same equations. Baerwald even lists Löfgren's paper in his references. We correct this, and you can get your free turntable cartridge alignment tool / Excel program at this link.



12 / 17 / 21

Pixelynx Musicverse Brings Blockchain And NFT To Music

Pixelynx Musicverse Brings Blockchain And NFT To Music
This news just in: Pixelynx is a new venture that is focused on blurring the lines between music, blockchain and gaming. We are building technology and acquiring equity in a range of startups that will form the foundation of how music is experienced in the metaverse. Pixelynx was founded by veterans and music visionaries including deadmau5, Richie Hawtin, Seven20 and Graphite Media. We are building a global network of artists, visionaries and startups that are passionate about re-imagining how the music industry evolves through Web 3.0 and the metaverse....

We are working to accelerate and amplify this new wave of companies by helping them solve issues that impact musicians, fans and gamers. We believe the music and gaming industries will converge over time in exciting new ways and this presents a unique opportunity to create visionary new companies that push culture and society forward. Pixelynx is building technology that will transform the way music is consumed in virtual worlds whilst also building a network of complementary businesses.



12 / 16 / 21

Winter Tweakfest 2020 Featuring Audio Magic, Captive Power Cord Conversion, Herbie's Audio Lab, Soundeck, Block Audio, And Furutech.

World Premiere Review!
Winter Tweakfest 2020!
Featuring many Great Audio Tweaks Including:
Audio Magic CE Generators (Donuts)
Captive Power Cord Conversion Male AC Plug
Herbie's Audio Lab Way Excellent II Turntable Mat
Soundeck Record Weight
Block Audio C-Lock Duplex Outlet Cable Support 
Furutech NCF Clear Line Mini Power Conditioner
Review By Rick Becker
With the 2020 election behind us, we still face the battle of Covid-19. From what I hear from manufacturers, many audiophiles have turned to music to fill their isolation and the audio industry had not evaporated. In fact, many high-end companies are doing quite well. Those individuals who have maintained their professional careers in one form or another have continued to upgrade their equipment, even in the absence of new product introductions at shows that never materialized in 2020. Those working from home and minimizing social interactions and errands have likely saved thousands of dollars in travel expenses. In my case, we've downsized from two cars to one with little inconvenience.
---> Rick Becker's Winter Tweakfest 2020. 



AGD Productions The Audion Monoblock Amplifier Review

AGD Productions The Audion Monoblock Amplifier Review
New GaN technology that brings Class D amplifiers into the upper echelon of performance.
Review By Michael Zisserson
What's new in audio? Not much in the past 40 years or so. When was the last technological shake-up in audio? Compact Disc, maybe? From there, digital technology has spawned endless formats of claimed resolving power that is rarely capitalized on. What I have had a hankering for is not another format war, rather, HARD technology. Like the birth of the solid-state transistor that knocked vacuum tube amplifiers on their heels. To my surprise, such a technology flashed into existence a couple of years ago, that is truly revolutionary, and I have been oblivious of its existence until now.
---> AGD The Audion Mono Amplifier Review.



Audio Submarine Powered By High End Society

Audio Submarine Powered By High End Society
The High End Society, with over 40 years trade show experience and well connected across the audio industry, have just announced their Audio Submarine venture to connect the industry. According to the High End Audio Society, "We will soon be introducing a 'solution' that will bring audio professionals together outside of exhibition halls in an increasingly digitalized world. Since our last event, we have made good use of our time and charted a new course for you that makes the most of digital possibilities. We are delighted to welcome a new addition to our portfolio and be ready to reveal our new tool for 100% audio business. It's time to look forward to a wide range of virtually unlimited opportunities for a global exchange of news and views. Get ready to explore a new dimension of the audiophile B2B world in which audio professionals will be able to reshape the future for their company."

"Our unique B2B solution perfectly complements our exhibitions and will help audio companies achieve successful business growth all year round," says the High End Society. "We've got something here that is sure to tick all your boxes! We are excited to share the news with you. Stay tuned and also check out our LinkedIn profile! We'll give you a hint: Our main focus on trade shows and exhibitions is still as strong as ever, and now we aim to add value by offering you a channel with a digital focus."



12 / 15 / 21

T.H.E. Show's T.H.E. Group Curated Audio & Lifestyle Ecosystem

T.H.E. Show's T.H.E. Group Curated Audio & Lifestyle Ecosystem
T.H.E. Show just announced the launch of their brand new specially curated initiative, T.H.E. Group. Born in the cauldron of the unprecedented Covid pandemic when audio shows were forced to shutter, T.H.E. Show's President, Maurice Jung and Director of Marketing, Emiko Carlin hatched a plan to create a way to make the hi-fi, high end audio, and music community experiences available year round even if the whole world was stuck at home. From this initial dialogue grew T.H.E. Group, a new community that offers its members highly curated VIP events (a la T.H.E. Show's "X Marks the Spot" event at the legendary Capitol Studios in Hollywood CA) in chosen cities across North America, a brand new Audio University, an exciting music spotlight series called "T.H.E. Artist of T.H.E. Month," and Platinum Group Members will also receive a complimentary 90 day trial to Qobuz, T.H.E. Show's high resolution music streaming service of choice. David Solomon of Qobuz says, " We love the unique and diverse engagement that this new initiative brings to the table. Qobuz is proud to be a part of this exciting new venture."

"Our aim with T.H.E. Group is to change the narrative of hifi and audio, thus immediately reaching the next generation of music lovers and audiophiles," says Director of Marketing Emiko Carlin. "We are thrilled that so many people around the world have been supporting T.H.E. Show and through the pandemic, we received so many messages and calls asking when we would be back. While we were the first show to re-open in the US in these Covid times, we know that our community wants so much more in addition to the wonderful audio shows that are held across the country and the world. That's where T.H.E. Group comes in." Show President Maurice Jung remarked, "This is a critical time for our industry and T.H.E. Show is here to stay. But we can't just stay put. We have to grow, to progress, and educate and encourage young people, and new folks to get into this hobby. T.H.E. Group is the perfect way to do that." Memberships to T.H.E. Group are available for $89 and $169 respectively and come with various perks that are listed on T.H.E. Group's website.



12 / 14 / 21

audioXpress Magazine January 2022

audioXpress' January 2022 Issue Is Now Available
audioXpress' January 2022 issue features:
Editorial: Audio Industry In 2022
Constantly Evolving Technology
Properly Equalized
Dan Alexander Audio
Olive Pro Hearing And Bluetooth Earbuds
Designed For Growth
Thinking About DC Power Supplies (Part 2)
An Experience With Premium Vinyl Records
What Did They Say?
And much more!

Within his editorial, J. Martins says "We have wrapped this edition of audioXpress with full expectations for CES 2022, hoping to reengage with the people from the many technology companies we regularly write about — including in this edition. However, we don't know at this stage if that will happen. We are sincerely wishing it will and it's important to state that in print for this first edition of 2022. Precisely the one that we are supposed to be handing out at CES. And given the circumstances we are all going through globally — it is becoming clear that we will continue to be strongly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic throughout 2022, even with all the positive effects of vaccines — I want to use this space to write directly for those companies. About important strategies that I wrote earlier in 2020, and remain particularly relevant two years later."
---> audioXpress' January 2022 issue.



12 / 13 / 21

MusiCares Charity Relief Auction January 2022

MusiCares Charity Relief Auction January 2022
The 64th Annual Grammy week will feature a painting of Jimmie Hendrix by Joni Mitchell, a signed guitar by Keith Richard, and another guitar signed by Paul McCartney. Julien's Auctions announced additional marquee celebrity items to be sold at MusiCares Charity Relief Auction taking place live in Beverly Hills and online on January 30, 2022. The latest additions include exclusive memorabilia from Paul McCartney, BTS, Keith Richards, Harry Styles, Joni Mitchell, and many more. Proceeds will benefit MusiCares, which provides the music community a support system of health and human services across a spectrum of needs, including physical and mental health, addiction recovery, unforeseen personal emergencies, and disaster relief.

Headed to the auction is an ebony Gibson ES-335, the cornerstone of the Gibson ES line-up, signed by Keith Richards along with a one-of-a-kind video authenticating his signature. Another highlight hitting the auction stage comes from music icon Paul McCartney. The Beatles legend is offering a signed sunburst Hofner brand B-Bass Hi Series violin bass guitar. BTS kicked off the initiative with the auction announcement of their custom-made ensembles from their unforgettable "Dynamite" performance. Joni Mitchell's work will also be showcased in the auction with her offering of the artist proof print of her original oil painting of music icon, Jimi Hendrix. The proof will be signed and framed by Mitchell. Other items available include a colorful skull painting by Gene Simmons, knee-length black leather coat signed by Ozzy Osbourne, and Chris Stapleton's handwritten lyrics on white guitar.



12 / 10 / 21

Florida Audio Expo 2022 Show Report

Florida Audio Expo 2022 Show In Tampa
The Florida Audio Expo (FAE) 2022 will take place February 18th through 20th at the newly refurbished Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore hotel. Tickets are now on sale to give attendees the opportunity to experience 12 floors' worth of products from the world's leading audio brands. New for 2022, the show will partner with Bill Nimz and the team from Barbaric Nightmare Productions for daily live streams from the show floor. Their live feeds will feature sights and sounds during this event, including interviews with industry experts throughout the weekend on the FAE's YouTube channel. The Florida Audio Expo is expanding its regional marketing activity, working closely with such local music venues as Bilheimer Capitol Theatre and Ruth Eckerd Hall to reach their music-loving members. Qobuz is once again the FAE's official lossless music streaming service. Exhibit space and more show information is now available at FAE's website.

Attendees have the opportunity to experience the world's finest high-performance audio equipment in Florida's famous sunny weather. This includes luxurious audio electronics, legendary loudspeakers, terrific turntables, and must-hear headphones from the industry's most coveted brands. The Florida Audio Expo 2022 will host the industry's finest brands in more than 70 exhibit rooms, as well as within a new Marketplace area.
---> See Enjoy the Music.com's Florida Audio Expo 2022 Show Report.



12 / 09 / 21

Kimber Kable Naked Interconnects Review

Kimber Kable Naked Interconnects Review
Let's go skinny dipping... with an impressive leap in cabling technology!
Review By Paul L. Schumann
Ok, we've all done it. We've swum in the water in our birthday suits. It may have been in a swimming pool, maybe in a lake or stream, maybe even in the ocean. I don't want to know your details, and I'm sure you don't want to know mine. But one way or another, we got naked outside and took the plunge.  And no matter the outcome, it was a memorable experience. Such as with the Kimber Kable Naked Interconnects. My familiarity with Kimber Kable goes back further than I like to admit. Back then I was still a novice to the world of high-end interconnects. It was 1997 and I just upgraded my CD player.
---> Kimber Kable Naked Interconnects Review.



Pass Laboratories INT-25 Solid-State Stereo Integrated Amplifier Review

Pass Laboratories INT-25 Solid-State Integrated Amplifier Review
A fantastic sounding Class A stereo amplifier!
Review By Tom Lyle
Lest one think that this review is simply not only more evidence that I have somehow formed an untoward relationship with Pass Laboratories, I'd build my defense around the fact that every time I reviewed one of their high-end audio components, I was "assigned" the task. Sure, the fact that I use not only the power and preamplifier but also the headphone amplifier I use as references, must not help my case. The next thing I know I'm asked to review their INT-25 integrated amplifier. It's tough work, but someone has to do it. Yes, I'm grateful for my problems.
---> Pass Laboratories INT-25 Int. Amp. Review.



12 / 08 / 21

Hi-Fi World January 2022

Hi-Fi World's January 2022 Reviews & Think Pieces
Hi-Fi World's January 2022 issue features the following:
Editorial: Hi-Fi World's Annual Award Issue
News: Words From The World
Mail: Six Pages Of Your Views
PrimaLuna EVO300 Hybrid Amplifier Review
Chord Anni Desktop Amplifier Review
Philips N4520 Open-Reel Tape Recorder Review
Braun LE01 Speaker Review
Martin Logan Motion 15i Review
Hi-Fi World Awards 2021
Award Reviews: Reviews Of Our 2021 Best Products
Christmas Wish List
Christmas Crossword
Ortofon Verismo Cartridge Review
Three Audiophile Book Reviews
Dan Clark Stealth Headphones Review
Paul Rigby Reviews Audiophile Vinyl Releases
Classic Cuts: The Doors L.A. Woman
...and much more!

Within his editorial, Noel Keywood says "Welcome to our annual Awards issue where we select the best products of 2021 – those we all feel are special. Many are affordable, some esoteric with a price tag to match, making for an interesting mixture from across the price spectrum. With vinyl sales still rising, no surprise there are two affordable products in this category – the beautifully finished Teac TN-5BB turntable and Pro-Ject Phono Box RS2 phono stage. A link between them is that both cater for balanced cartridge connection through XLR cables, in order to eliminate hum and some forms of noise, improving sound quality. Teac's turntable was a delight to use and sounded good too. Pro-Ject's phono stage was superb all-round, with excellent facilities and balanced connection for MM as well as MC cartridges." See what's within this issue of Hi-Fi World at this link.



12 / 07 / 21

AudioCon Los Angeles AudioConLA 2022 Audiophile / High-End Audio Show

AudioCon Los Angeles 2022
A.K.A. AudioConLA 2022
A new Southern California show, AudioCon Los Angeles (AudioConLA), will celebrate their inaugural event in January. Operated by the same company as the Toronto Audiofest and Salon Audio Montreal Audiofest, the new AudioConLA show wants to bring the excitement of audiophile music and high-end audio to the LA area. AudioConLA is also supported by the LA & OC Audio Society in America. Live music events by Anne Bisson on Friday, and Charlotte Cardin on Saturday, are planned. AudioConLA 2022 takes place at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach from January 14th  through 16th.
---> See Enjoy the Music.com's AudioConLA 2022 Show Report.



12 / 06 / 21

Hi-Fi+ Issue December 2021

Hi-Fi+ December 2021 High-End Audio Magazine
Hi-Fi+'s December 2021 issue features the following:
Editorial: Hi-Fi+ Annual Awards Celebration
Your views on all things audio.
UK Audio Show 2021 Report
The 2021 Hi-Fi+ Awards In Detail
Enleum AMP-23R Integrated Amplifier Review
Totem Metal V2 Floorstander Review
Melco M50-S38 Music Server Review
Contemporary, Classical, & Audiophile Music
Find out what's happening next time!
Win! Meze Audio Elite Headphones
...And More!

Within this month's editorial, Alan Sircom says "As is tradition when looking at an annual awards celebration, it's time to look back at changes in the audio world and then apply a little bit of crystal ball gazing skills to try to work out precisely what shape the business is in and where it's going. Except it doesn't work like that this year. Looking back on 2021 is impossible without taking one or two things into account; not so much talking about 'elephants in the room' more 'what are we doing in the elephant house?'. Instead, let's look to the positive things we need to do to rebuild and restart; and one of the first is perhaps counter-intuitive for a magazine about staying at home and listening to music; get out more!" See what's within this issue of Hi-Fi+ magazine at this link.



12 / 01 / 21

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

Enjoy the Music.com's December 2021 Review Magazine
This month's Review Magazine features a world premiere, videos, plus many of our partner publications, and our friends at StereoNET chime in too! Without a doubt 2021 has been a prosperous year for many of you. With sales of audio gear at all-time highs, we're bypassing Amazon to bring you special deals from leading audiophile retailers! Join us as our December issue celebrates the many pleasures of enjoying music, and is our largest and most comprehensive magazine issue to date. All this and much more within Enjoy the Music.com's December Review Magazine.



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.



Raidho TD 3.8 Floorstanding Loudspeaker Review

Raidho TD 3.8 Floorstanding Loudspeaker Review
Wonderfully cohesive and engaging.
Review By Dr. Matthew Clott
The art of weaving pros allows us to convey description, imagery, opinion, impression, and emotion. Yet Raidho's TD 3.8 floorstanding loudspeaker, as reviewed here, lends itself to the elegance of the solitary word; my notes are awash with them.... "Behold, Shimmer, Brilliant, Wow, Delicious, Holographic, Cohesive, Decompressive." I think I made up the last one, but I'll explain later.... Raidho, as a company, has gone through some changes. The Raidho of old has matured, retaining much of the DNA of its' previous incarnation while looking to the future with a redefined path. This metamorphosis has resulted in some voicing changes and a slightly different design philosophy yet retained the passion for physical beauty and all-out audiophile performance without restrictions.
---> Raidho TD 3.8 Floorstanding Loudspeaker Review.



High Five For Hi-Fi An introduction to hi-fi for people who love music. Video By Emiko

High Five For Hi-Fi!
An introduction to hi-fi for people who love music.
Video By Emiko

Emiko, a.k.a. ThatHiFiGirl and eCoustics (one of Enjoy the Music.com's online partners) have joined together on a new video series aiming to connect with the next generation of music lovers, audiophiles and hi-fi enthusiasts. Our goal is to inform, entertain and attract an entirely new audience that appreciates music, but is not quite sure how to begin its journey. In our inaugural episode, Emiko covers the basics of what it means to be an audiophile and what "hi-fi" actually means. Future episodes will cover the building blocks of putting together a high-end system and how new listeners can actually have fun on their journey. That is allowed. Fun.
---> High Five For Hi-Fi!



AGD Tempo di GaN Stereo Amplifier Review

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AGD Tempo di GaN Stereo Amplifier Review
Worthy of the highest recommendation.
Review By Rick Becker
Alberto Guerra took a dive into high-end audio using his background in the development of GaNFET transistors as his springboard to success. In bold strokes he premiered his Avant-Garde style Vivace monoblock putting out 100 Watts into 8 Ohms, 200 Watts into 4, and the Art Deco-like simulated tube design of The Audion, another monoblock putting out 85 Watts into 8 Ohms and 170 Watts into 4 Ohms. The clever ploy of inserting the power modules into the glass of vacuum tubes and featuring them prominently in his designs, allowed for easy user upgradeability when new power circuits were developed. And indeed, one was developed two years later. Pull out the old tube; plug in the new one. Suddenly you have a new, improved amplifier at a relatively small cost with a boost of power and an increase in sound quality.
---> AGD Tempo di GaN Stereo Amplifier Review.



Aavik R-180 Phono Preamplifier Review

Aavik R-180 Phono Preamplifier Review
Born To Invent: It seems as if Michael Borresen was born with a special passion for tinkering and inventing. With his smallest phono preamplifier Aavik R-180, he impressively demonstrates this once again.
Review By Michael Lang

Finally, something different! That was my first impression when taking a look at the new devices from Danish manufacturer Aavik. They are more compact than what we are used to from hi-fi and high-end and have only three buttons, but feature numerous curves and a housing that is not bursting with aluminum. The value of a device is not measured by its looks and its weight at Aavik. Instead, the design is Scandinavian in its straightforwardness and simplicity – not wholly without a reason, though, as we will discover later. In addition, a large display with red letters, which of course can be dimmed or switched off, is to be found. It even allows older listeners to recognize the selected settings from a distance. By the way, the two larger models R-280 and R-580 are characterized by the same simplicity.
---> Aavik R-180 Phono Preamplifier Review.



Lindemann Limetree Network II Music Streamer Review

North America Premiere Review!
Lindemann Limetree Network II Music Streamer

An island in the stream.
Review By Paul Schumann
Streaming is the last frontier of high-end audio, or so I've been told. This is critically important, and so here we're reviewing Lindemann's Limetree Network II music streamer. As reported within Enjoy the Music.com, streaming has already conquered mainstream audio with an 84% revenue share. But we audiophiles are a picky bunch. I have dipped my big toe in the audio stream a couple of times, with disappointing results. Both times, I used my laptop connected to my beloved ifi micro iDSD. The first time I used Spotify, the second time I used Tidal. Both times I found the sound lacking in sparkle and involvement. Based on those experiences, I concluded that, while I might use a streaming service to casually listen to music using my phone, I would probably never use it for serious music listening.
---> Lindemann Limetree Network II Music Streamer Review.



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