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  • Logitech launch new Bluetooth Audio Adapter

    AUDIO SOUND - Yahoo News Search Results
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Today Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) unveiled the Logitech Bluetooth Audio Adapter, which gives you everything you need to turn your favorite speakers into a wireless sound system for your smartphone and tablet. The compact audio adapter features multipoint Bluetooth connectivity and one-touch pairing for up to two devices. "Smartphones are becoming a preferred device for storing and ...
  • Rogue Audio Sphinx Integrated Amplifier

    14 Apr 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Rogue Audio, out of Brodheadsville, Pa., has been building rugged tube components since the 1990s, and as a result, the company enjoys a fiercely loyal customer base. Under the direction of owner and lead designer Mark O’Brien, Rogue makes great-sounding, reliable, and fairly priced gear. Half a dozen Rogue products have come through this listening room, and none have failed to impress on a sonic level, and they all offer unusually good value. Sparing its customer base constant product churn (as well as questionable features and hyperbolic marketing), Rogue offers what it calls “Magnum…
  • DTS Announces DTS-HD Immersive Audio to Be Added to DivX Software

    AUDIO SOUND - Yahoo News Search Results
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:37 am
    CALABASAS, Calif. - DTS, Inc. (Nasdaq: DTSI), a leader in high-definition audio solutions and audio enhancement technologies, today announced that it is partnering with DivX, an innovator of digital video solutions, to integrate DTS-HD® audio encoding and decoding into the upcoming DivX® 10 software release.  This collaboration introduces the first software product that enables the creation and ...
  • Intellegg Releases Moxivo: a Multiroom Audio System

    AUDIO SOUND - Yahoo News Search Results
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:10 am
    Intellegg has begun sales of Moxivo, a multiroom audio system. Making use of a home’s existing phone line wiring, Moxivo delivers quality multiroom sound at a fraction of the price of wireless systems. (PRWeb April 15, 2014) Read the full story at
  • Robert Henke Q&A: Translating Electronic Innovation to Audience Spaces

    Meyer Sound Stories
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:46 am
    Robert Henke is recognized as a world-leading composer, performer, and technical innovator in contemporary electronic music. Henke's recent solo live performances such as Lumière combine his original compositions with computer-programmed laser imagery. Henke was a member of the music faculty at Berlin University of the Arts, and was selected as Mohr Visiting Artist at Stanford University in 2013.
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  • Audio-Technica's SonicFuel(R), SonicSport(R) and QuietPoint(R) Headphones Let Dads and Grads Enjoy Favorite Music ...

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Father's Day and graduations are coming up, and this year, Audio-Technica offers a variety of headphones that make perfect gifts. The company's SonicFuel® ATH-CKX5iS, SonicSport® ATH-CKP200iS and QuietPoint® ...
  • Logitech launch new Bluetooth Audio Adapter

    15 Apr 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Today Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) unveiled the Logitech Bluetooth Audio Adapter, which gives you everything you need to turn your favorite speakers into a wireless sound system for your smartphone and tablet. The compact audio adapter features multipoint Bluetooth connectivity and one-touch pairing for up to two devices. "Smartphones are becoming a preferred device for storing and ...
  • Intellegg Releases Moxivo: a Multiroom Audio System

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:10 am
    Intellegg has begun sales of Moxivo, a multiroom audio system. Making use of a home’s existing phone line wiring, Moxivo delivers quality multiroom sound at a fraction of the price of wireless systems. (PRWeb April 15, 2014) Read the full story at
  • Toshiba's 2014 Satellite Laptops Slim Down, Get Bigger Audio

    15 Apr 2014 | 6:03 am
    Hoping to win over the back-to-school crowd, Toshiba has updated its Satellite series of laptops, boasting slimmer profiles and a new sloped keyboard designed to deliver better feedback. Plus, Toshiba is including branded speakers and audio technology to offer big sound at little cost. For the budget conscious shopper, Toshiba offers the Satellite C Series, a sub-$500 notebook available in 15 ...
  • DTS Announces DTS-HD Immersive Audio to Be Added to DivX Software

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:37 am
    CALABASAS, Calif. - DTS, Inc. (Nasdaq: DTSI), a leader in high-definition audio solutions and audio enhancement technologies, today announced that it is partnering with DivX, an innovator of digital video solutions, to integrate DTS-HD® audio encoding and decoding into the upcoming DivX® 10 software release.  This collaboration introduces the first software product that enables the creation and ...
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    Computer Audiophile

  • The Sound of Noise

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:29 am
    What Noise LOOKS Like Has anyone seen this before? I found the concept very interesting… Best, John P.S. I see I poorly titled this thread: should be "What Noise LOOKS Like"…I wish I could edit that part of the post! Oh well, please take a look at this short video from NPR.
  • Musical fidelity V90-HPA setup with ATH-M50X's help

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:49 am
    I'm new too this audiophile stuff , i recently bought audio technica ATH-M50X's Musical fidelity V90-HPA Audio engine D1 Belkin Gold series USB A too B I'm selling the D1 because i prefer the MF do USB leads really matter ? i bought a Belkin gold series, i refuse to spend £££ on a lead I've got the thing setup fine, iTunes is my music player (this is not a studio setup or anything i just listen to music whilst browsing eBay lol) i currently have the following enhancements on in speaker properties Virtual surround Bass Boost question about the bass boost i have it set at Freq 600 Hz Boost…
  • What have I missed on CA in the last six months

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:13 am
    I've just returned to civilization after six months off the grid(rural Cambodia). As someone who religiously checked new posts on CA everyday, I now find myself wondering what I have missed. Without scrolling through six months of posts - what have I missed? I'm serious. Thank you in advance.
  • Following threads... a suggestion for forum functionality...

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:09 am
    Chris, not sure if this is something you can implement or not but... I think it would be useful if there was a function which would show all the threads I was subscribed to which had new posts. Like the "New Posts" link, but limited only to subscribed threads. Eloise
  • Can this be done?

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:25 pm
    I am not quite sure what question to ask... I posted this on jriver and have not gotten an answer I am using jriver on caps 1 server. Caps device clocks in at barely alive on the performance scale - 400 or something as I remember. I use jremote. For whatever reason, performance is better but still not spiffy. Setup is NAS storage, the caps server with a usb DAC to nice stereo (sound quality important) and 2 WDTV devices using DLNA to play music to a Bose wave radio and to a little amp going to outdoor loudspeakers. (Sound quality not important as long as no dropouts). All this works fine; can…
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    Meyer Sound Stories

  • Robert Henke Q&A: Translating Electronic Innovation to Audience Spaces

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:46 am
    Robert Henke is recognized as a world-leading composer, performer, and technical innovator in contemporary electronic music. Henke's recent solo live performances such as Lumière combine his original compositions with computer-programmed laser imagery. Henke was a member of the music faculty at Berlin University of the Arts, and was selected as Mohr Visiting Artist at Stanford University in 2013.
  • Soundfirm Installs Australia's First Meyer Sound Cinema System for Dolby Atmos Dubbing Stage

    14 Apr 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Soundfirm, which has received more awards than any other Australian audio post facility, has selected a Meyer Sound cinema loudspeaker system for its Dolby Atmos dubbing stage in its new Melbourne location. The large mixing room is the country's first to feature an all-Meyer Sound screen channel and surround loudspeaker system.
  • Meyer Sound LEO is "Dynamite for Every Show" on Hedley Canadian Tour

    7 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    The multiplatinum-selling pop-rock band Hedley is in the midst of their cross-continent "Wild Live" tour of Canada supported by a Meyer Sound LEO linear large-scale sound reinforcement system. Supplied by Richmond, BC-based KiAN Concert Sound Services, the flexible LEO system adapts to venues of all shapes and sizes, from theatres up to arenas in Montreal and Toronto.
  • Arup and McCune Reinforce Vancouver TED2014 Conference with Meyer Sound M'elodie

    7 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    For its 30th anniversary, the TED conference moved from its long-time Long Beach location to a custom-built, 1,200-seat theatre at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Canada. Luminaries participating at the five-day event included Sting, Bill and Melinda Gates, and Tim Berners-Lee, best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web. As was the case in the former location, a Meyer Sound M'elodie line array loudspeaker system was chosen to provide the audio clarity needed for an audience who came to be engaged and inspired.
  • Meyer Sound at InfoComm China 2014: LYON, CAL with AVB, Audio Education and More

    7 Apr 2014 | 9:13 am
    At InfoComm China 2014 in Beijing, visit the Meyer Sound Booth CF5-02 to meet LYON, the latest addition to the Meyer Sound LEO Family of linear sound reinforcement systems as heard at the highest-profile shows worldwide, including the Michael Buble tour, the Nobel Peace Prize Concert, and more. In addition, the InfoComm education programs will feature two sessions from Meyer Sound focusing on room acoustics and AVB audio video bridging networks.
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    Adobe Audition

  • Sneak Peek: Upcoming new features in Adobe Audition CC!

    1 Apr 2014 | 9:03 pm
    The next major update of Adobe Audition CC is almost ready and on its way to a computer near you! I’d like to share what’s new with this release!  Read below, or view the sneak peak video on Adobe TV! One of our primary themes with this release has been improving Multichannel audio workflows and to this extent, we’re excited to unveil native import and export of Dolby Digital and Dolby Digital Plus audio files! No need for expensive plug-ins or additional licensing hoops, these multichannel transfer and delivery formats are as easy as opening an MP3. Dolby Digital (AC-3)…
  • Learn Audition CC by trying your hand at basic noise reduction

    Eric Philpott
    23 Dec 2013 | 10:57 am
    We now have a great intro course for Audition CC that shows you how to fix your audio, easily and efficiently. Free for all CC members, the course includes with downloadable assets. You can can complete the exercises in 30 minutes. The new course arrives at a good time. We’ve been really pleased at the number of downloads of Audition CC since its release last June. Many of those downloaders are  CC members who are already experienced in audio editing – but there are growing numbers of users, especially video editors, who are still new to the art of manipulating sound. We’re…
  • Guide to using 32-bit VST effects with Audition CC via jBridge

    19 Dec 2013 | 11:50 am
    It’s a crisp December morning, and I’m looking out my office window at the little corporate building bunny rabbit that lives in the bushes.  He pretty much keeps to himself nibbling on grass, playing with the robins, and hiding from the corporate stray cat that roams through once in awhile.  But every once in awhile, I can hear him talking to me through his big, soulful eyes.  Usually I can dismiss it as the ramblings of a silly rabbit – I mean, c’mon – but this morning he said something that really struck a chord with me.  He mentioned, in a very…
  • Adobe Inspire magazine profile: Bringing old recordings back to life

    5 Dec 2013 | 1:21 pm
    The December 2013 issue of Adobe Inspire magazine, available on the web or through the Apple app store profiles long-time Audition fan, Al Vertucci, who recently restored and produced 50-year old recordings of his teenage a capella band.  The article is a fun read and Al shares plenty of tips and tactics for cleaning up audio and recording and mixing full songs.  The music is great and we’re proud to have played a small role in bringing these excellent songs back to life!  Congratulations Al and the rest of the band!
  • Demystifying Audio – Adobe Audition for Video Editors – eSeminar on July 25, 2013

    Eric Philpott
    12 Jul 2013 | 11:03 am
    “The best way to improve the quality of your picture is to improve the quality of your sound” On Thursday, July 25h, 2013 |10:00 AM Pacific Time, we will be offering a special Ask a Video Pro session with Larry Jordan: Demystifying Audio – Adobe Audition for Video Editors  You can register free for this eSeminar here. The first question many video editors ask is: “why should I consider using an audio application for my projects?”  Larry  will show you how you can use Adobe Audition to create better videos. Starting with an overview of the application, Larry will…
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    Audio Federation Blog

  • Pursuing the ultimate sound for a single song…

    11 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    … or band… or genre. Or, for many people, a set of test tracks that they use over and over. Whenever I get to catch the Grateful Dead Hour on the car radio, I think we should just make sure our system does great Grateful Dead. There are 1000s of live shows and a steadily growing catalog of official releases, so quite a body of work. The Dead, 24×7x365.25. Neli actually did this in an earlier life and on a budget. Klipsh speakers and Adcom electronics. You can imagine how it does kind of approach concert like dynamics and volume. And when you are young [excepting this latest…
  • Acapella Atlas speakers on a snowy morning

    3 Apr 2014 | 1:07 pm
    We finally bit the bullet and moved our rack back between the front speakers. It has been over 10 (12?) years since we have done this [usually the rack is over on the side of the room. Better soundstaging, typically, and more convenient.] This allows us to experiment with short cables again [before, with the Coltrane Supreme speakers, we could swap out the meter or meter and a half cables between the crossover and the amp[s]. We’ve always found that the best way to hear what a cable is doing is [usually, some small signal cables notwithstanding] to put the cable between the amp and…
  • Hagerman’s Cornet 3 phono preamp on Kickstarter

    25 Mar 2014 | 10:00 am
    [Hagerman has been at just about every show we ever covered. Not ultra high-end but has seemed like decent gear for a decent price.] What’s cool about this, for us, is that you can order the unassembled version for quite a bit less money and solder it together yourself. SOMEDAY we want to do this. Seems like a gentle way for us EE-types, and just gentle folk in general, to start learning real world electronics [I know what a transformer looks like, etc., but I can’t recognize basic designs just by looking at them. We both would *love* to be able to do this!] Hagerman’s…
  • 8th annual Vintage Voltage Expo - March 30, 2014

    23 Mar 2014 | 11:29 am
    The 8th annual Vintage Voltage Expo is JUST ONE WEEK AWAY — March 30, 2014! The show is now officially SOLD OUT - over 100 tables! Vendors from 6 states! Visit Our Website! Sunday March 30, 2014 Ramada Plaza Convention Center I-25 at 120th Ave, Northglenn/Denver 11:00 am - 3:00 pm (Early Bird admission: 10:00 am) Winner: Westword’s BEST OF DENVER: BEST VINTAGE ELECTRONICS Loads of Vendors from Around the Region Selling: vintage electronics - old school audio gear - tube amps - antique radios - transistor radios - speakers - turntables - vintage LPs & 45s - hi-fi -…
  • PonoMusic launches Kickstarter campaign

    11 Mar 2014 | 11:41 am
    [Some of the Kickstarter options will quickly sell out. So if you are interested, check out their Kickstarter page now] NEIL YOUNG LAUNCHES KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN FOR PONOMUSIC WE ARE NOW LIVE ON KICKSTARTER! DIRECT LINK: Long-Awaited Product Features Full Ecosystem, Major Label Agreements, and Access to Studio Masters To Deliver Transformative Listening Experience March 11, 2014 – (Santa Monica, CA.) – PonoMusic, a revolutionary movement conceived and founded by Neil Young with a mission to restore the soul of music, announced today that it is officially moving out of…
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  • PRG at CRAS 2014!

    Jess Repanshek
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    CRAS grads Adam Parrish and Jesika Graf brought some great gear out last week to the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences. The Production Resource Group is the largest live sound re-enforcement provider in the world. PRG’s Operations Manager, Adam Parrish and his assistant Jesika Graf partnered together with our AES student chapter to create an unforgettable experience for the Conservatory students. They rolled in with over one million dollars worth of audio, video and lighting equipment. They were there to oversee volunteers from our current student body load in all this gear,…
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    2 Apr 2014 | 8:15 pm
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  • 2014 CRAS PRG Visit!

    Jess Repanshek
    25 Mar 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This year we are welcoming our grads Adam Parrish and Jesika Graf back. They decided to load up a couple of moving trucks and bring us tons of gear for the students to check out! They packed up over $1 million dollars worth of audio, video and lighting gear, hauled it across the desert and last night had a grip of our students unload it all. Even with the copious amount of space we have in the Live Sound room at our Gilbert campus, the room does seem a little crowded now! Last night was just the unloading of the truck, and we have many more events to come this week, including tonight’s…
  • CRAS at the Tempe Guitar Show

    Jess Repanshek
    24 Mar 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This weekend we had the pleasure of hanging out at the Tempe Guitar Show. This year marked the fifth annual occurrence of the Show, which was sponsored by Jensen Musical Instrument Speakers and was held in downtown Tempe. This is just one great example of all of the amazing different arts festivals and shows that the Tempe area has to offer, and we were glad that we could be part of it! This year we were able to snag a booth to proudly show off some of the work that our grads have done, exhibiting some flashy flair with various gold and platinum records, including Jeremy Underwood’s…
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  • Converse Chuck Taylor Premium Collection

    Darren Griffin
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:44 am
    While you can wear a Converse sneaker at any time of year, nothing quite resonates with Spring/Summer like Chuck Taylor’s. Today, the brand debuts a look at their premium collection for the season at hand. The Chuck Taylor has seen many iterations of the past few decades. Some lux, others sporty and everything in between, […]
  • Aerial Photos Show Off Beauty From Up Above | Photos

    Tamika Frye
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:37 am
    There are plenty of images on the earth that are beautiful. Looking at them from above is even better. Sitting on an airplane displays this quality well. As people fly over various landmarks and places, they have an awesome view of the earth below from their window seat. Photographer Alex MacLean knows this first hand. […]
  • Jay Z & Beyonce To Embark On Stadium Tour This Summer? | News

    Jesse James
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:18 am
    The Carter’s are back in the newsfeed again today. Jay Z and Beyonce are reportedly set to launch a stadium tour together this summer. While nothing official has been stated from either camp, Page Six, Beyoncé and Jay Z plan to announce a 20-stadium U.S. tour that will kick off in late June and include […]
  • Black Scale x Gourmet Summer 2014 Footwear Collection | Video

    Darren Griffin
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:16 am
    As they have done to perfection in past seasons, San Francisco streetwear mainstay Black Scale again teams up with footwear brand Gourmet for a collaborative sneaker release. For Summer 2014, they unveil their footwear stop which highlights two new styles with the first being the Gourmet 35 Lite LX, and its counterpart is the Quattro Skate 2. […]
  • The Dark Side of the Covers: Classic Album Covers From A Different Perspective

    Tamika Frye
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:14 am
    There are quite a few iconic album covers that leave a lot to the imagination. There are some covers that appear to have a whole other scenario once it walks off the album. Flickr user Harvezt decided to explore the option of creating a visual of what’s on the other side of the album cover. […]
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  • Don't miss out on Thursday's Deal!!!

    10 Apr 2014 | 11:22 am
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    4 Apr 2014 | 2:07 pm
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  • NEW ARRIVALS! Kenwood Excelon XR-1800P (XR-1800P)

    28 Mar 2014 | 12:42 pm
    In our continuing effort to bring you the best products at competitive prices; ONLINECARSTEREO.COM is proud to introduce  Kenwood Excelon XR-1800P (XR-1800P) 7" 330W 2-Way Excelon XR-Series Component Car Speakers       General Features: 330 Watts Peak 110 Watts RMS Advanced hybrid pulp cone Rubber surround Frequency Response: 57-20k Hz 13/16" Silk Dome Soft Tweeters   Check it out
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  • Toshiba 32D3454DB Review

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:20 am
    In these increasingly complicated TV times, there’s something refreshingly straightforward about Toshiba’s 32D3454DB. For rather than trying to push the envelope on new technologies like curved screens, Ultra HD resolutions and OLED, instead it just wants to give normal households a highly affordable and thoughtfully featured TV option for use in second rooms – […]
  • Intel Grows IoT Business, Still Struggling in Mobile

    PC Magazine
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:53 pm
    Intel on Tuesday reported first-quarter revenue of $12.8 billion, down 8 percent from the final three months of 2013, and net income of $1.9 billion, down 26 percent from the fourth quarter. The chip giant had operating income of $2.5 billion and returned earnings per share (EPS) of $0.38 to investors. Slumping a bit sequentially […]
  • Amazon Discounts Kindle Fire HD, HDX Tablets

    PC Magazine
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Mother’s Day isn’t until May 11, but you might want to get your shopping done early this year if you’re thinking of surprising mom with a new Kindle Fire tablet. Amazon is currently running a limited-time promotion on its Kindle Fire tablets, selling them today for as low as $119. For that price you can […]
  • Google Glass: Everything You Need to Know

    PC Magazine
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Few products have been talked about recently as much as Google Glass. Google unveiled Project Glass in April 2012, saying it started as a project in the company’s not-so-secret Google X research lab. Two years later—and especially since it’s going on sale today without an invite for one day only—it’s a good time to round up […]
  • Get 23 Percent Off HP Pavilion 23tm Touch Monitor

    PC Magazine
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:18 pm
    Through April 19, get an HP Pavilion 23tm monitor for $269.99 direct from HP. The monitor is currently reduced by $70 on-site from $349.99 to $279.99. Use extra coupon code SV3819 for an extra $10 off, for a total $80 discount and 23 percent off. The 23-inch monitor model has shifted in price on Amazon […]
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    Sound & Vision

  • Spring Cleaning: Give your system some spit and polish

    John Sciacca
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:57 am
    A few weeks ago I got an email notification from my Kaleidescape movie server saying temperatures has exceeded safe operating range and the server would be shutting itself down if temps didn’t soon return to normal. “What the hell?!” I wondered. Nothing had changed in my rack, I hadn’t added any new gear or changed anything with the ventilation and the server was exactly where it had always been sitting and working fine for the past few years. Of course, I immediately blamed my 7 year old daughter, accusing her of all manner of destructive behavior, but when she assured me she was (in…
  • Do You Have a Wireless Music System at Home?

    Bob Ankosko
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:25 am
    Wireless music systems are all the rage these days with new entrants and options coming along every few weeks. And it’s no surprise: What’s more convenient than being able to enjoy music in and around the house without having to worry about running wires all over the place? Take a few moments to tell us what kind of wireless system you have and, as always, feel free to leave a comment and tell us about your setup. Do You Have a Wireless Music System at Home? Choices Yes, I have an Apple AirPlay-based system and I love it. Yes, I have an Apple AirPlay-based system and it’s okay. Yes, I…
  • Will Beats Music Measure Up?

    Ken C. Pohlmann
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:23 am
    Beats Music is a new subscription music service that is an offshoot of the wildly popular hardware company (mainly headphones) founded by Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre. Beats Music is a logical extension: if people love the headphones so much, maybe they’ll extend the affection upstream and into content selection. Recently launched (January 21), the early numbers for Beats Music are in....
  • Panasonic Announces Entry-Level Smart TV Pricing

    Bob Ankosko
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:44 am
    Panasonic has announced pricing and availability of its entry-level Life+Screen AS530 Series of 1080p smart TVs, featuring 39-, 50-, 55-, and 60-inch screen sizes.
  • Review: BlueAnt PUMP HD Wireless Waterproof Sportbud

    Leslie Shapiro
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:32 am
    As someone whose life seems to revolve around the outdoors, I’m all ears whenever I hear about a new “active” piece of electronics gear. The new BlueAnt PUMP HD wireless waterproof sportbud promised to deliver audiophile-grade performance in a rugged, IP67-waterproof rated Bluetooth-compatible package.As soon as it arrived, I charged it up and hit my favorite bike trail.
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  • Studio Projects C1 (797)

    14 Apr 2014 | 1:12 pm
    The original Studio Projects C1 microphone is a transformerless FET condenser with a large-diaphragm K67-style capsule and switchable pad and filter. The mic was revised in 2006; the newer version shows the Studio Projects logo, but no cobranding from 797 Audio.The capsule is a 34mm O.D. K67 derivative. The rear backplate is not brass, but perforated plastic. The rear diaphragm is clear Mylar.A single 3-way switch on the rear of the microphone body enables either a high-pass filter or -10dB pad. The middle position of the switch disables both features. (To be clear, it is not possible to…
  • Liberty Microphone & Transducer Co. Model 77

    9 Apr 2014 | 5:38 pm
    The Model 77 is a dynamic microphone made by hand in the US.The large-diaphragm dynamic cartridge has a 38.5mm diameter diaphragm. Its response is tuned through the use of acoustic resistance and resonating elements. The sound of the microphone is also dependent on the unique shape of the mic's body, and the acoustic porting on the front and rear of the capsule.The mic has a nominally hypercardioid polar pattern, although like most directional microphones it tends to be omnidirectional at low frequencies. The published frequency response is 40-18,000 Hz, although the -3dB points appear to be…
  • Ear Trumpet Labs Mabel

    8 Apr 2014 | 4:18 pm
    Mabel is a multipattern FET condenser microphone with a transformerless output circuit. A 3-position switch on the top of the capsule head allows selection of Cardioid, Omni, or Figure-8 polar patterns.The mic uses two electret Cardioid capsules, mounted back to back. This is a somewhat unconventional approach to creating a multipattern transducer; most condenser mics use a single dual-diaphragm capsule.Ear Trumpet Labs[This approach] has advantages in an especially deep null at the sides of the figure 8 pattern and greater control over the directional frequency response across all the…
  • Alesis AM51

    7 Apr 2014 | 4:12 pm
    The AM51 was one of the first microphones released by GT Electronics, the analog product division created when Alesis acquired Groove Tubes. It is a fixed Cardioid FET condenser with switchable pad and filter and transformer output, and was billed as an all-purpose studio condenser.The capsule is the same as was found in all the Groove Tubes large-diaphragm models, a ~33mm K67 derivative with a resonator disk attached to the active diaphragm to smooth out the high-frequency response.The circuit is a Class A JFET design with an output transformer. It has high gain (32mV/Pa) and relatively high…
  • Aphex Microphone X

    7 Apr 2014 | 1:53 pm
    The Aphex Microphone X is a 24-bit USB condenser with onboard analog processing controls.Three separate analog audio processors are provided:Optical compression"Aural Xciter™" for enhancing high frequency clarity and definition"Big Bottom" for increasing low-frequency clarity and definitionThe compressor is controlled with a simple on/off button. No adjustment of frequency or amount is provided.The two tone-shaping circuits have independent level controls; both are simplified versions of the circuitry in Aphex' popular Exciter device, a stereo analog processor. Whereas the rackmount and…
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  • Ohio’s Summit Pro Works Invests in Meyer Sound LYON

    10 Apr 2014 | 11:45 am
    To tap into the growing demand for more powerful and versatile sound reinforcement in event production, Summit Pro Works of Dayton, Ohio, has invested in a new Meyer Sound LYON linear sound reinforcement system.
  • iZotope Nectar Elements Now Shipping in Sony Vegas Pro 13

    9 Apr 2014 | 11:12 am
    At the NAB Show in Las Vegas, iZotope, announced that it has partnered with Sony Creative Software to provide Nectar Elements as part of Sony’s Vegas Pro 13 video production environment. Nectar Elements, a vocal processing plug-in, is built on an easy-to-use interface, intuitive controls, and extensive preset system for processing vocals quickly.
  • TC Electronic Unveils LM1n, LM2n, LM6n Loudness Meter Plug-Ins

    9 Apr 2014 | 10:41 am
    TC Electronic announces three new loudness meter plug-ins for audio and video editing systems at NAB 2014 (booth #C2644), offering solutions for loudness metering, normalization, processing and logging. Furthermore, each element helps the creation of a transparent loop spanning from production to multi-platform transmission.
  • Neumann Launches KH 120 D Near-Field Studio Monitor

    9 Apr 2014 | 10:16 am
    At the NAB 2014 Show in Las Vegas Neumann announced the launch of its first digital studio monitor: the KH 120 D, which is is designed for use as a near-field loudspeaker or as a rear loudspeaker in larger multichannel systems. The KH 120 D is suited for tracking, mixing and mastering applications in music, broadcast, project and post-production studios.
  • Lyon Video Debuts Mobile Unit 14 with Genelec 5.1 System

    9 Apr 2014 | 9:52 am
    Mobile video and audio production company Lyon Video, based in Columbus, Ohio, services a wide range of broadcast clients including sports programs for ESPN and Fox, programming for Red Bull and Public Broadcasting’s Antiques Roadshow. At the NAB Show in Las Vegas (April 7-10), Lyon is introducing its Mobile Unit 14 truck (MU14), marking the next generation of remote broadcast vehicles for the organization.
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    DIY Audio Projects - Hi-Fi Blog for DIY Audiophiles

  • 300B Single-Ended-Triode Amplifier
    28 Mar 2014 | 9:38 am
    300B Single-Ended-Triode (SET) Amplifier Project The DIY 300B triode amplifier shown below was completed by Stamou Tasos (Greece).  The 300B triode amplifier was built following the 300B single-ended (SE) tube amplifier schematic by J.C. Morrison.DIY 300B Single-Ended-Triode Hi-Fi AmplifierFor this single-ended (SE) 300B triode amplifier build Stamou has used premium parts, Lundahl audio output transformers and a DIY chassis. The 300B Single-Ended-Triode (SET) amplifier circuit uses a direct coupled 6SN7 driver stage. The output stage is a SE 300B triode and the maximum power output is…
  • 4S Universal Preamplifier for 12A_7 Tubes
    15 Dec 2013 | 9:15 pm
    The 4S Universal preamp is a Super Simple Single Stage (4S) line stage preamp that works well with the entire range of 12A_7 tubes - 12AU7, 12AV7, 12AY7, 12AT7, 12AZ7, and 12AX7. You can change the tube type to vary the gain of the preamplifier by quite a large margin. 4S Universal Preamp for 12A_7 TubesThe preamp uses a 6CA4 tube rectified power supply which is very quiet. The preamplifier is built using point-to-point construction techniques and into a die cast aluminum enclosure from Pomona.  The attenuation control is on the output of the preamp.4S Universal Preamp with 6V6…
  • Cheap Open Baffle Speakers (COBIES)
    14 Jul 2013 | 9:03 pm
    Bruce has put together a pair of Cheap Open Baffle Speakers - the COBIES.  Relative to most DIY speakers this open baffle project will be quite easy to build.  One of the main design goals for Bruce was to keep the total parts cost under $150US.  The open baffle speaker project was inspired by the "Big Air" open baffle system by Jim Strasser.  COBIES - Cheap Open Baffle SpeakersEach open baffle uses a GRS 12PF-8 woofer and two Goldwood GT-25 paper cone tweeters.  One tweeter is mounted on the rear of the baffle pointed upwards about 45 degrees.Rear Mounted…
  • DIY Nearfield Monitor Speakers with Fostex FE103En

    15 Apr 2013 | 8:35 pm
    Fostex FE103En DIY Bass Reflex Bookshelf SpeakersThese small computer desktop speakers were built using the in-expensive Fostex FE103En fullrange speaker drivers following the bass reflex enclosure box plans that were provided with the FE103En datasheet.  The enclosure volume is noted as 6 L and tuned to 95 Hz but the the gross volume was calculated to be 6.9 L and the box tuning frequency to be about 97 Hz.  The Fostex FE103En drivers are 100 mm in diameter and have a rated sensitivity of about 89 dB / 1 W / 1 m.  There are a couple of easy modifications that can be made…
  • 6DJ8 Tube Headphone Amp
    25 Nov 2012 | 7:31 pm
    We are always on the lookout for good headphone amplifiers and here is a great simple tube design that will work with a wide range of headphones.  This tube headphone amplifier design comes to us from Bruce Heran.  The tube headphone amplifier is designed along the lines of the Oddwatt power amplifiers with the exception that this headamp does not require a driver stage. The headphone amplifier uses only one 6DJ8 tube per channel in a push-pull configuration.  All the circuit gain is in the single output stage. A constant current source (CCS) is used on the cathodes to force…
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    Audiophile Audition

  • BEETHOVEN: Violin Sonata No. 9 in A Major; FRANCK: Violin Sonata in A Major – Sidney Weiss, violin/ Jeanne Weiss, p. – Crystal Records

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    BEETHOVEN: Violin Sonata No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47; FRANCK: Violin Sonata in A Major – Sidney Weiss, violin/ Jeanne Weiss, p. – Crystal Records CD881, 59:57 [] (2/17/14) ****: Sidney Weiss (b. 1929) served as concertmaster of several prestigious ensembles: the Chicago Symphony (1967-1972); the Monte Carlo Philharmonic (1973-1979); the Los Angeles Philharmonic (1979-1994); and became Music Director of the Glendale Symphony Orchestra, 1997-2002. A maker of his own instruments, Weiss performs the two sonata inscribed here, in 1969 (Franck) and 1971 (Beethoven) on a…
  • XAVIER MONTSALVATGE: Poema Concertante; Cinco canciones negras; A la espanola; Concerto breve – Rachel Barton Pine, violin/ Lucia Duchonova, mezzo/ Jenny Lin, p./ NDR Radio Philharmonic/ Celso Antunes – Hänssler Classic

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    XAVIER MONTSALVATGE: Poema Concertante; Cinco canciones negras; A la espanola; Concerto breve – Rachel Barton Pine, violin/ Lucia Duchonova, mezzo/ Jenny Lin, piano/ NDR Radio Philharmonic/ Celso Antunes – Hänssler Classic 98.642, 54:37 [Distr. by Naxos] *****: The biggest negative about this release is that it is too short! Montsalvatge (1912-2002) hailed from Girona and attended the Barcelona Conservatory. He also early on became a rather influential music critic as well, though his activities as a composer place him among the most important Spanish artists of the second half of the…
  • JOHN ADAMS: The Gospel According to the Other Mary – Los Angeles Philharmonic/ LA Master Chorale/ Kelley O’Connor (Mary Magdalene) and other soloists/ Gustavo Dudamel – Deutsche Grammaphon (2 CDs)

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    JOHN ADAMS: The Gospel According to the Other Mary – Los Angeles Philharmonic/ Los Angeles Master Chorale/ Kelley O’Connor (Mary Magdalene)/Tamara Mumford (Martha)/Russell Thomas (Lazarus) /Daniel Bubeck, Brian Cummings & Nathan Medley, countertenors/Gustavo Dudamel – Deutsche Grammaphon 479 2243, (2 CDs) 133:03 (3/11/14) ****: John Adams and his brilliant librettist Peter Sellars have created in The Gospel According to the Other Mary a multi-layered and philosophically complex work that is structurally – and as described – a “passion oratorio in two acts.” Indeed, the…
  • Audio News for April 15, 2014

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    Geek Wave Offers Concert Quality Sound for Smartphones – That is patently impossible! But here’s the news release anyway: Smartphone users have long complained about three things: poor sound quality, short battery life, and limited storage when listening to music, watching movies or playing games.  Most of the phone manufacturers’ budget goes into the hi-res screen, leaving little for sound components. Geek Wave has a high-performance D-A convertor, added to “Instant Power” technology to deliver twice the power to headphones, making music clearer and louder. Geek Wave also…
  • Lou Reed Tribute – DVD Box Set (2014)

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    Lou Reed Tribute – DVD Box Set (2014) A 3-DVD collection, including The Velvet Underground – Under Review; Punk Revolution NYC: The Velvet Underground, The NY Dolls & The CBGBS Set and The Sacred Triangle – Bowie, Iggy & Lou (1971-1973) Studio: Sexy Intellectual / DVD315042 (3 DVDs) Video: 4:3 color & black & white 16×9 (The Velvet Underground – Under Review) Audio: English Dolby Digital Stereo Length: 279 minutes Rating: ***1/2 When Lou Reed passed away last year, a legitimate rock icon was lost. As the central songwriter, guitarist and vocalist for the original…
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  • All these 'high end' reviews make me depressed!

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    G'day all, of late I've been reading online reviews of mega buck 'high end' audio gear and all are glowing in their praise. For the price they better be! Are they really 'that' good and clearly superior to anything cheaper? Are they deliberately 'voiced' to sound impressive? Frankly all these reviews make me depressed as I consider my simple and relatively inexpensive DIY gear of a very high standard! The very notion of 'high end' makes me squeamish. In many cases I think 'high end' is an... All these 'high end' reviews…
  • Bates Motel on A&E - Anyone Watching? *

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:59 am
    The premier of this new series is on now. Somewhat interesting so far. They are using the original Psycho house on the hill. Interesting premise for the show......providing the backstory of what happened prior to the Psycho movie.
  • preamp to warm up my airport express?

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:59 am
    Anybody of any suggestions on how to warm up the sound from my airport express? Compared to my vinyl setup (both through a Marantz 2230), the AEX just sounds cold. Right now I'm running it through a cheapish little Fiio DAC and then to the Marantz. Any other DACs, maybe tube-based, that could get me some warmth in the maybe $200 range? And should I be running optical to the a DAC at all or just regular 1/8" from the AEX to the Marantz?
  • Nick Lowe: What should I expect?

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:59 am
    So I'll be seeing Nick Lowe live in a small club setting on Wednesday, and I'm naturally fairly excited. I've never seen him live before, though I've heard he's usually brilliant. But I've heard he's been mucking about with the arrangements lately, in a somewhat Dylanesque manner. Have anybody seen him on this tour? And in that case, how was the show? Is he as hit or miss as Dylan has been reported to be lately?
  • Platinum SHM-CDs launched! (Disc 3)

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:58 am
    Continued from here: Platinum SHM-CDs launched! (Pt2)
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  • ATC SCM20 worth checking out

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:29 am
    I have been offered a pair of ATC SCM20 of 1994 vintage and without stands. As I feel my current PMC GB1 often sound a bit 'light' I wondered if this could be an alternative. My listening location is 4*4 m, with one side open to the rest of the room and 3m high, and fairly hard sounding. Amplification is TP MB100
  • Suggestions for Digital Audio Streaming Device

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:48 pm
    My present config ; MacbookPro-JriverApp into TDAC via Asynch USB Anyone have better suggestions for a digital streamer input into TDac? Thanks & Cheers Sazali
  • Returning to vinyl?

    15 Apr 2014 | 1:34 pm
    CD and streaming have worked well for me over the last 20 years, but I'd like to know what a TT might bring to my enjoyment of music. So what should I be trying out? My system is: Devialet 170 and Martin Logan Montis. I don't want to go into 5 figures for the TT. Matt
  • Volume control questions

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    I have recently bought a Kenwood 500 monster integrated from the 70's so it has no remote. It is currently with a tech being serviced and recapped. The lack of remote volume control could be a problem as my only source is foobar/spotify on pc via an IFI Audio usb/spdif converter into an Audio Note dac and my flac files all have slightly different levels of gain. Foobar and Spotify are controlled remotely by apps on a dedicated smartphone. I could control the volume remotely using the apps on the smartphone but I have a vague recollection that digital volume control can compromise sound…
  • Thursday : Anticipation

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:13 am
    My Audio Physic Tempo speakers are set to arrive this Thursday. I cannot wait. Am so eager for them to arrive. If I were Christian I'd say it's like Christmas morning, but sadly I cannot. How wired up do you all get knowing new gear is on its way? Am counting down the hours/minutes.
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  • Of $90,000 turntables, Stradivarius violins, red wine, and blindfolds

    10 Apr 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Unless You Can Do It Blindfolded, Please STFU (reacting to Gary's observation that the posting has been light lately, thought I'd pass this one along...) -- //Walt
  • [Admin] Posting problems mini-FAQ

    RAHE Moderator
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:15 pm is a moderated group. As stated in our guidelines, submitted messages that are not acceptable for posting to the group will receive a rejection notice unless it is one of the following: 1. Spam 2. A "for sale" or "wanted to buy" post. 3. Crossposted 4. Uses a spam-proofed or som
  • Re: Of $90,000 turntables, Stradivarius violins, red wine, and blindfolds

    11 Apr 2014 | 3:35 am
    Read about this article long time ago. I even downgraded my equipment many years ago because I am unable to pass the blind test and yet now I think blind test may not be telling everything. Read somewhere in one of the science journals that brain scan revealed different part of the brain active whe
  • Re: Of $90,000 turntables, Stradivarius violins, red wine, and blindfolds

    12 Apr 2014 | 6:40 am
    In article , Walt wrote: > Unless You Can Do It Blindfolded, Please STFU > > > > please-stfu > > (reacting to Gary's observation that the posting has been light lately
  • The Drought

    2 Apr 2014 | 11:04 am
    Or is it a sinkhole? Black Hole? Everyone out looking for the missing airplane? Am I to understand that no one has posted to RAHE since February? What is going on? Where is Audio Empire? Does this mean that we all know everything about audio now? Write in and tell us what you are doing, audio wise
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  • Adding ReadSpeaker to Educational Material

    Roy Lindemann
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:09 am
    This is post #5 of 5 in the series “The Future of Education” In the educational market, ReadSpeaker provides the benefits of its text-to-speech services to various educational segments. Schools such as Minnesota Infinity, Calgary Catholic, Georgia Virtual School, Gwinnett Online Campus, Anaheim School District, Clark County School District, The Virtual High School, SCcyber, and Southern Arkansas University Tech have integrated the ReadSpeaker services into their online programs. Major LMS providers, such as Desire2Learn and Canvas, have found that the addition of text to speech…
  • ReadSpeaker docReader becomes the new document viewer of choice on the web

    Roy Lindemann
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    ReadSpeaker launches new version of its docReader reading and viewing solution for online content owners A new version of ReadSpeaker’s popular document-reading and viewing solution, ReadSpeaker docReader, has launched today with new features and performance improvements. ReadSpeaker now offers the most accessible online reading and viewing experience of PDFs and other documents on the web. Online content owners can now fully customize docReader according to their needs. The new version of ReadSpeaker docReader enables online content owners to provide their end users with a highly…
  • Understanding Universal Design for Learning

    Roy Lindemann
    1 Apr 2014 | 5:59 am
    This is post #4 of 5 in the series “The Future of Education” The concept of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is easy enough to understand, but what does it look like in a school, and how is text to speech a part of UDL? UDL is a set of principles that provides an instructional framework for a flexible approach to individual learning needs. This differs from assistive technology (AT). AT is specifically about tools and devices that can help students with communication disabilities complete complex tasks and interact better with others. While assistive technologies are effective,…
  • ReadSpeaker and Your Website on Mobile

    Aloisia Gabat
    20 Mar 2014 | 2:45 am
    Mobile internet usage on the rise Latest statistics show that of the over seven billion people on this planet, almost 2.5 billion use the internet. But even more significant is the number of mobile subscribers at just over 6.5 billion. While this figure does not represent unique users, it is still huge. Going further, analysts at eMarketer confirmed in January that just over 73% of people accessed the web in 2013 using their mobile devices. And in some regions, that percentage is much higher. This means that a huge portion of your audience may be visiting your website on their smartphone or…
  • Individualized Learning in Action

    Roy Lindemann
    17 Mar 2014 | 7:11 am
    This is post #3 of 5 in the series “The Future of Education” Gwinnett County School System is the largest district in the state, serving nearly 170,000 students in 2013-14. In 2010, the district won the prestigious Broad Prize as the top urban district in the country. When IBM wanted to test out a new system for education, it chose Gwinnett. In a program called Personalized Education Through Analytics on Learning Systems, IBM is trying to use data analytics and predictive modeling to remake education. In this system, school officials will mix a student’s past performance with…
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    Everyday Listening

  • Sonic Movement

    8 Apr 2014 | 1:42 am
    As cars become more and more silent, the question “what should cars sound like?” becomes more and more relevant. Already back in 2009 this was a question with the then evident success of the hybrid car, see this post. We’ve also seen the project Play the Road recently - which is focused more on making music than making the city a nicer place. Sonic Movement however, is a collaboration between Semcon, who have been developing automotive solutions for quite a while, creative director Fernando Ocana and hybrid designer James Brooks, and music/art duo Holly Herndon and…
  • Wow&Flutter

    3 Apr 2014 | 2:08 am
    Over the years, we’ve seen quite some artists working with old media such as tape recorders and records. Jimmy Eadie is also exploring the imperfections of old media. In his work Wow&Flutter he explores the phenomena of mechanical instabilities of turntables that can cause subtle pitch variations and beating effects on playback. The first recorded music I experienced was on vinyl and I always seem to remember the hiss, static and random jumps of the needle as much as the music itself. I would play with the turntable speeds, changing records from 45 RPM to 33 RPM and was intrigued at…

    24 Mar 2014 | 9:39 am
    At IRCAM, the Paris-based Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music, Diemo Schwarz and his team have been developing the very interesting CataRT for quite some time now. CataRT is a software instrument that realises interactive “corpus-based concatenative synthesis”. That means that it takes a sound, and splits it into little bits which it then analyses. These little bits can then be arranged according to loudness or pitch, for example, and can be played by navigating through the sonic landscape, or the “corpus” if you will. It’s like granular…
  • Visualising Porto's soundscape

    14 Mar 2014 | 2:16 am
    Back in January we saw the Stereopublic project, which crowdsourced the quiet, and used it as an inspiration for short musical pieces as well. The URB project in Porto, Portugal takes a more academic approach, very carefully measuring and analysing the urban soundscape. URB is a soundscape storage and analysis system idealized by José Alberto Gomes and developed in partnership with Diogo Tudela. URB’s goal is to keep record of the sonic profile of Porto, allowing researchers and artists to use the dataset freely within their own projects. Using four Raspberry Pi’s equipped…
  • Porcelain

    28 Feb 2014 | 8:07 am
    Continuing in the theme of Oliver Jennings’ work we saw last week, “Porcelain” is also about exploring sounds present in everyday objects. The interactive sound installation is based around a concept by the Swiss artist Jacqueline Rommert. In this interactive sculpture she wants to merge the “old” and the “new”. By drawing you in with the old-fashioned looking porcelain plates, she wants you to touch and play the plates. As you do, you get to hear it’s “soul” and listen to it’s voice: the voice of the material itself.
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  • A Quick Visit to New Orleans.

    Martin Appel
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:35 am
    It was my good fortune to accompany my wife to New Orleans, one of the most food crazy cities in the world, where she attended a three day business conference. This gave me some free time to explore the French Quarter, not only for food, but for records. I knew that the great historic city of New Orleans, the ‘Birthplace of Jazz’, Blues and Zydeco, would have to contain some record stores. This town is overflowing with musicians, performing in a myriad of clubs, bars and street corners. It is inescapable and delightful. It’s as if music is as necessary as breathing. Eating my way…
  • Goldpoint SA2X-I Balanced Stereo Mini-V Precision Stepped Level Control

    Karl Sigman
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:29 am
    For some time now I have not had a preamplifier for my audio system. I rid myself of it when I acquired a DAC that has a built-in digital volume control (within its DAC chip). At the time of that decision, it was a no-brainer: I only had my DAC as a source connected to a computer as server. I had no other sources and had no interest in adding any new sources such as a turntable, an FM radio, a CD/DVD player, or a television set. Moreover, the cost of a good traditional preamp runs into thousands of dollars, requires an expensive power cord, can be large in size, heavy in weight and requires…
  • Audiophilia Recommended New Releases April 2014 Update

    Anthony Kershaw
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Vivaldi – Concertos for Two Violins [53:41] D Sinkovsky & R Minasi - Violin / Il Pomo D’Oro Naive OP30550 (2013) Concertos for Orchestra [51:14] Concerto Italiano / Alessandrini Naive OP30554 (2013) It has been my great pleasure to sample frequently Naive’s ongoing “Vivaldi Edition”, a project to record the massive collection of autograph manuscripts held in Turin; these are the 56th and 57th volumes. A number of remarkably fine ensembles, mainly Italian, have typically taken an eye-openingly new approach to little-known Vivaldi works, and been treated to recordings just as…
  • The DEQX XS-1 USB Audio Option Board

    Martin Appel
    19 Mar 2014 | 10:20 am
    In my recent review of the DEQX HDP-4, I mentioned that a USB card was going to be made available for connection directly from a computer to the DEQX unit. Audiophilia colleague, Karl Sigman, suggested the time had arrived to get into computer based digital audio. As such, I purchased a brand new machine ready for all the new digital excitement. Soon thereafter, Al Langford from DEQX sent me the XS-1 USB Options Board upgrade package that included the board and a CD with the required programming. I’m not a technical person therefore felt more comfortable employing the help of my friend and…
  • Schubert: Winterreise — Gerald Finley, baritone/Julius Drake, piano/Hyperion

    Anthony Kershaw
    10 Mar 2014 | 9:47 am
    Winterreise (Winter Journey) is a song cycle for voice and piano by Franz Schubert published in 1828. Along with his earlier Die Schöne Müllerin, the two song cycles are the benchmarks for the genre. In Winterreise, Schubert uses the poems of Wilhelm Müller as text. The series of poems describe a poet as a jilted lover who wanders the winter countryside. The subject is morose and Schubert’s music is equally dark. But, the songs have a stunning beauty. The sun does shine at times, but the feeling of sadness is profound. Canadian Baritone, Gerald Finley is quickly becoming one of the…
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  • Sennheiser HDVD 800 Headphone Amp/DAC

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:16 pm
    For a company to be a market leader or maintain its position as one, it has to be bold and willing to take some risks, challenge its R&D team to go beyond its comfort zone and build a product for a market that didn’t previously exist. That’s exactly what Sennheiser did with its flagship headphones, the HD 800s. When the HD 800s launched in 2008, there were only a handful of headphones on the market that exceeded the $1,000 cost barrier. The design of the HD 800s and the engineering that went into producing them were so far ahead of their time that other manufactures are only now…
  • Rogue Audio Sphinx Integrated Amplifier

    14 Apr 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Rogue Audio, out of Brodheadsville, Pa., has been building rugged tube components since the 1990s, and as a result, the company enjoys a fiercely loyal customer base. Under the direction of owner and lead designer Mark O’Brien, Rogue makes great-sounding, reliable, and fairly priced gear. Half a dozen Rogue products have come through this listening room, and none have failed to impress on a sonic level, and they all offer unusually good value. Sparing its customer base constant product churn (as well as questionable features and hyperbolic marketing), Rogue offers what it calls “Magnum…
  • Elvis Costello – King of America

    7 Apr 2014 | 11:18 am
    Mobile Fidelity continues their excellent job of remastering the Elvis Costello catalog with his tenth album.  Never charting higher than #39 in the US, this record received more than its share of critical acclaim. Though it was not terribly successful for EC in terms of sales, it joined a string of quirky releases going forward, with only the 1989 Spike showing much chart activity (Spike would be Costello’s last gold record of his career).This record is also pivotal in the sense that it features a bit more of a country groove, something else that he would dabble in going forward,…
  • Neil Young – Live at the Cellar Door

    7 Apr 2014 | 11:13 am
    Recorded at the Cellar Door in Washington DC over a three-day period from November 30 to December 2, 1970, the latest in Neil Young’s “archives” series hits the record store shelves in vinyl format, lagging the CD by a few weeks. If you were patient enough to wait, you will be highly rewarded. Music editor Bob Gendron gave the digital version of this performance a highly insightful review in Issue 59, but we did not have a vinyl copy at that time to comment on. I concur 100% with Gendron’s assessment of the performance, and the sound quality of this vinyl version is outstanding. …
  • PrimaLuna DiaLogue Premium Power Amplifier

    7 Apr 2014 | 10:51 am
    Seriously, the only thing I don’t like about PrimaLuna gear is lifting it. Recent hours at the gym notwithstanding, PrimaLuna amps keep getting heavier. Continuously improving the breed, the Dutch company keeps improving the quality of it parts, which results in bigger capacitors and beefier transformers. The DiaLogue Premium power amplifier now tips the scale just over 70 pounds. Yikes! But listening to Miles Davis’ classic album Bitches Brew float between the Focal Maestro Utopias (also reviewed in this issue), I’m not worrying about moving these amplifiers anymore. The relaxed yet…
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  • A Brief History of the Somerset House Series

    27 Mar 2014 | 10:50 am
    The Summer Series at Somerset House, in partnership with American Express, offers a truly eclectic programme of contemporary music to owners of Amex credit cards and the general public, showcasing up-and-coming performers alongside more established artists. This innovative approach has led fans to revel in some truly historic moments from the music calendar over the years, in the grand surroundings of the Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court. There have been too many illustrious acts to name them all, but here’s a roundup of the most memorable moments of the last decade: 2003: Underworld…
  • Five great Bluetooth speakers for your tablet

    25 Mar 2014 | 6:57 am
    It’s no wonder that those people that are constantly on the go have so much love for their tablets such as the new Lenovo tablets launched only a short while ago. Their ability to do everything from streaming TV shows to checking the weather is a godsend.  Today, though, is all about music.  We’re going to take a look at what we think are the best portable and Bluetooth speakers.  Whether they’re used for a garden party or a summer festival, these babies will keep the tunes going all night long. Marley Chant This is a strange-looking unit, no doubt.  However, it’s…
  • Bigger venues offer a very different experience

    12 Feb 2014 | 11:05 am
    Most music fans spend a great deal of time and money visiting dive bars to find great up-and-coming bands and artists. Even when visiting foreign cities, a great live music venue is one of the first things many of us us seek out. As good as these small venues are for finding new bands, the bigger venues like the Albert Hall or Las Vegas casino offer a whole different package that should be considered on its own merits. They get different bands, bigger acts that you just will not be able to find at summer festivals or cheap bars. Casinos in Las Vegas can offer artists extremely lucrative deals…
  • Best Handsets Available for Music Lovers

    29 Nov 2013 | 2:46 am
    Over recent years, mobile phones have become increasingly sophisticated and have been transformed from simple devices to make or receive calls into all-singing, all-dancing gadgets that come with a sometimes bewildering array of features. When people choose a handset these days, it is not just the appearance of the phone they look at but also features such as the camera and social networking and music capabilities. When it comes to music, there are a number of handsets that are perfect for those who love nothing more than listening to their favourite tunes wherever they are. Whether you want…
  • How the internet has changed making and listening to music

    24 Nov 2013 | 3:14 pm
    The internet has completely reshaped the music industry in just a decade, both in terms of how people find and listen to music, and also how musicians interact with each other and write new songs. Napster started the internet revolution for music, with people suddenly able to find any song they might want in a few minutes, even if downloading the song for free was legally dubious. Napster paved the way for the emergence of the iPod and mp3 music players, along with digital music stores like iTunes or Amazon MP3, or even Spotify with everything available on demand. The internet has also…
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  • Positioning Floorstanding Speakers

    Andrew Welker
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:23 am
    Today we’re going to continue our series of discussions on the basics of loudspeaker setup and positioning. We’ve already covered center channels, bookshelf speakers, port plugs, mounting on mounting brackets, and more, and today we’re going to get to floorstanding or tower speakers. We’ve got an M80 High-Powered floorstanding speaker here in the video so you can get some ideas of what goes on in the room – how it interacts with the loudspeaker – and some simple tips that you can use when you’re first setting…
  • Our Newest Flagship Model: The M100

    Andrew Welker
    25 Feb 2014 | 6:54 am
    In today’s post, Ian Colquhoun and Andrew Welker explain the evolution of the newest Axiom speaker, the M100 floorstanding speaker, recently released from beta. Ian Colquhoun:  The M100 is quite large and contains three 6.5-inch high powered drivers.  The whole goal behind this product came from the return to stereo out there.   We’re finding with a lot of our customers are looking for very high-powered, natural-sounding stereo pairs of speakers with large soundstages. The M100 has been in development for four or five years now. Over…
  • Why We Make Our Own Drivers

    20 Feb 2014 | 7:44 am
    Axiom’s new tweeter In a recent post on our message boards, Message Board Member Eggman asked “Would you happen to know if Axiom makes all their speaker parts in-house? Just curious.” It’s a great question, and it was followed up by MichaelTrottar asking “is that for a better sound quality….?” There are two main reasons for manufacturing our own parts: sound quality and consistency. The sound quality is achieved by having more options available to us when designing the finished product. If you are selecting your drivers from already available parts…
  • Speaker Placement Series Part 2

    Andrew Welker
    11 Feb 2014 | 2:07 pm
    In our second installment of the basics of speaker placement and set up, we continue on the theme of bookshelf speakers and center channel speakers (see Part 1 here). For all you floorstanding speaker owners out there, don’t worry: future videos are going to cover the specifics of those types of products. One of the things that we talked about in the last video was to try to get speakers mounted in a cabinet or a bookshelf as close to ear level as possible. But there’s always going to be some situations where you don’t have the…
  • Speaker Placement Series Part 1

    Andrew Welker
    22 Jan 2014 | 10:09 am
    Today we’re going to start a series of videos that covers the basics of loudspeaker placement and set up, and it’s going to be heavily driven by your input and questions that you have. On our forums under the “What’s New” section, you’ll see a thread that I started a few days ago that asks for input on what questions that you want answered, no matter how simple: we really want to cover off topics that you’re interested in or wondering about. Please post any suggestions there, or in the comments below. (Note: please pardon the sound of the dust…
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  • 10 Ways To Stay Inspired

    11 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    In a rut? Playing the same old tunes? Nothing new under the sun? Get out of your head and into a brand new space. You'll be happy you did. Continue reading →
  • 7 Tips For Making Music Videos That Rock

    3 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Making a professional-looking video without a professional budget is not that hard, as long as you follow a few simple rules and keep your eye on the big picture. Continue reading →
  • Why Your Band Can’t Book A Gig

    29 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    Stack the odds in your favor by thinking ahead when it comes time to book a gig. It's not all about your playing. Sound, image and a good demo has a lot to do with it. Continue reading →
  • Could Your Turntable Be Performing Better?

    19 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    The sound quality of your turntable should be greater than the sum of its parts. Start by upgrading the cartridge and go from there. Continue reading →
  • Top 5 Home Recording Hacks

    7 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    You don't need a big budget to get a good sound. Sometimes the key to great bass, acoustic guitar, drum and vocal takes is right in your very own home. Continue reading →
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    The Best Headphones

  • Headphone Extension Cable

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:31 am
    If you want a superior sound quality when you listen to music or receive a call, then I would recommend several perfect headphone extension cable to you. These headphone extension cable are all thoughtfully designed to block out excess noise and keep the voice pure. Actually, most headphone extension cable can help us listen to music and do other things at the same time. May you happy shopping! Best Selling Headphone Extension Cable C2G / Cables to Go 13787 6 feet 3.5 mm Male/Female Stereo Audio Extension Cable Black C2G “Needed a extension cable for my headphones this one does the job…
  • Headphone Splitters

    13 Apr 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Now here are some awesome headphone splitters that are precisely selected for you. As a customer selects a headphone splitters among the thousands of headphone splitters available, there are many things to consider, including looks, price, sound quality and comfort. No matter what you prefer, you will find one suits you. Enjoy shopping! Top Headphone Splitters Belkin Rockstar Multi-Headphone Splitter BELKIN “It is great for watching movies or listening to music together with friends.” – Gavin “Quality of the sound was very good!” – Trollyp0p “There is…
  • Hesh Headphones

    13 Apr 2014 | 12:44 pm
    It is very enjoyable streaming your favorite music through hesh headphones to get the best music experience. Here are a list of the best hesh headphones based on popularity and features. You’ll find that here are a few distinct brands that provide good sound quality and make sure your ears stay snug all the time. Please keep reading to learn more information. Top Recommended Hesh Headphones Skullcandy S6HSDZ-161 Hesh 2.0 with Detatchable Cable – Black/Black Skullcandy “Headphones have great sound quality and are very comfortable on head.” – Ruthie “My son…
  • Hi Fi Headphones

    11 Apr 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Are you planning to buy a hi fi headphone? If so, you have come to the right place. There are all sorts of hi fi headphones available, in a variety of colors, price and brands. In order to help you make an easy decision, we also give you some tips and customer reviews as reference. No hesitation, just to enjoy shopping. Choosing the Best Hi Fi Headphones Monoprice 108323 Premium Hi-Fi DJ Style Over-the-Ear Pro Headphone, Black Monoprice “These headphones have good sound quality.” – happy-go-lucky “The bass, the mid-range sound, the high’s, the low’s are all…
  • Apple Bluetooth Headphones

    11 Apr 2014 | 8:33 am
    Now here are some awesome apple bluetooth headphones that are precisely selected for you. As a customer selects a apple bluetooth headphone among the thousands of apple bluetooth headphones available, there are many things to consider, including looks, price, sound quality and comfort. No matter what you prefer, you will find one suits you. Enjoy shopping! Choosing the Best Apple Bluetooth Headphones New White AEC@ Smart Wireless Bluetooth Headphone black color—for Apple/Sony/SAMSUNG GALAXY/MICROSOFT/Amazon Kindle/Hipstreet/Lenovo/Nabi/Barnes & Noble Nook/Leapfrog/ HP/ Toshiba/…
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    Head Yo

  • Audio-Technica ATH-M30x Headphones

    28 Mar 2014 | 1:10 am
    Audio-Technica is a company renowned for its excellent design and fundamentals when manufacturing studio monitors. They do not add on any frills with their products, and one would seldom find in-line controls, mic and other things in their cords. What they do well is make one of the best over ear headphones in the world. [...]The post Audio-Technica ATH-M30x Headphones appeared first on Head Yo.
  • Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Headphones

    26 Mar 2014 | 1:02 am
    Audio-Technica has been at the forefront of the middle-ground headphone makers. However, their beloved ATH-M50 model has received an upgrade that pegs it squarely into the best over ear headphones market under $200. While the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x will not receive the award for being one of the best noise cancelling headphones, it still performs as [...]The post Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Headphones appeared first on Head Yo.
  • Sony MDR1-RNC  Headphones

    24 Feb 2014 | 1:49 am
    Sony Corporation is generally known for its excellent array of products across the electronics spectrum. They make… everything! Headphones, though, are one of their specialty products. They have long been in the running as makers of some of the best over ear headphones in the world. Their studio monitors are renowned for their reference sound [...]The post Sony MDR1-RNC  Headphones appeared first on Head Yo.
  • Best Noise Cancelling Headphones at Head Yo

    19 Feb 2014 | 12:45 am
    Getting the right pair of noise cancelling headphones allows you to concentrate on a specific activity or sleep even when there is a lot of disturbance in the background. You must however understand and select the best model to be assured of greater quality voice, total elimination of noise and higher value for your money. [...]The post Best Noise Cancelling Headphones at Head Yo appeared first on Head Yo.
  • Sony MDR-NC60 Headphones

    11 Feb 2014 | 11:10 pm
    The biggest brand export from Japan, Sony, is one of the most identifiable and iconic consumer electronics business in the world. They have made practically everything in every corner of the world. In the entertainment business, they provide a lot of devices, including some of the world’s best noise cancelling headphones as well as best [...]The post Sony MDR-NC60 Headphones appeared first on Head Yo.
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