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  • Tomorrowland Review

    Sound & Vision
    Geoffrey Morrison
    22 May 2015 | 11:11 am
    I have seen Tomorrowland and I have some thoughts. But, like I’ve mentioned before, I don’t want to spoil anything if you want to see it but don’t want to know anything about it beforehand (I’m like that too). So, after the jump, a brief, spoiler-free overview of what I thought. Then the trailer. Then the more meaty review/discussion stuff.
  • 5 most expensive earbuds–in ear headphones that will break the bank

    The best earbuds
    14 Mar 2015 | 4:06 am
    Earbuds come in different price classes, ranging from the cheap ones targeting the low-end market to the more pricey ones that are aimed at high-end users. There is a lot that contributes to making a pair of earbuds more expensive than another, so let’s take a look at 5 of the most expensive earbuds/IEMs in the market, and what makes them so special. 5. SHURE SE846, universal fit earbuds Shure SE846, A sophisticated structure, sounds great The SHURE SE846 earbuds are at the top end of personal monitor technology, which is why they have a $1000 price tag. It incorporates 4 high definition…
  • SoundScoopz could be an inexpensive audio enhancer for flat-panel TVs

    AUDIO SOUND - Bing News
    22 May 2015 | 7:17 am
    But if there’s one area where they can be said to have regressed, it’s the audio department. Just look at where your impossibly thin flat panel TV’s speakers are placed: Long gone are the days when TVs had front-facing speakers. Sound, it seems ...
  • Munich Day 4 Brings More to Explore
    John Atkinson
    22 May 2015 | 4:48 pm
    Okay. I'm not a poet, and I know it. So let's quickly move on to the towering presence of Duelund's Frederik Carøe. Every time I look above the crowd and see Frederik's countenance, I know that Duelund has a new capacitor on the market...Fri, 05/22/2015
  • Paging Mr. souptin ..

    Computer Audiophile
    22 May 2015 | 5:23 pm
    It's been nearly a year of inactivity from one of my favorite posters. Anyone know why he left? I so enjoyed his presence here .. such panache!
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  • Munich Day 4 Brings More to Explore

    John Atkinson
    22 May 2015 | 4:48 pm
    Okay. I'm not a poet, and I know it. So let's quickly move on to the towering presence of Duelund's Frederik Carøe. Every time I look above the crowd and see Frederik's countenance, I know that Duelund has a new capacitor on the market...Fri, 05/22/2015
  • Day 3: High End 2015 Hits Its Stride

    John Atkinson
    22 May 2015 | 9:10 am
    While Saturday was packed by American show standards, getting an early start enabled me to spend a lot of time in one of the best sounding rooms at High End 2015. Tucked into a low ceilinged inner sanctum in Hall 2 of the MOC stood the world premiere of Stenheim of Switzerland's imposing four-tower Reference Statement loudspeaker system (approx. $400,000, above).Fri, 05/22/2015
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    Robert Baird
    22 May 2015 | 5:16 am
    A fan of music and those who make it, he was one of the last labels heads to actually listen to music and care about musicians. Fri, 05/22/2015
  • MQA in Munich

    John Atkinson
    21 May 2015 | 12:10 pm
    An entire page of the High End magazin was devoted to an introduction to Meridian's MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) technology. Bob Stuart, who with Peter Craven, invented MQA, spent a generous amount of time with me discussing both the latest developments with the process, and some of the scientific research behind it. Already, Arcam, Onkyo, Roon, and Tidal have signed on as MQA supporters, and over 100 potential business partners have been identified...Thu, 05/21/2015
  • Friday + Holiday = Packed

    John Atkinson
    21 May 2015 | 12:01 pm
    An hour after High End 2015 opened in Munich on Friday May 15, the stairways to the second floor were packed. Multiply this mob scene by 7, and you have an idea of how many consumers and dealers were eager to fill the corridors, halls, and rooms at the show.Thu, 05/21/2015
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  • Paging Mr. souptin ..

    22 May 2015 | 5:23 pm
    It's been nearly a year of inactivity from one of my favorite posters. Anyone know why he left? I so enjoyed his presence here .. such panache!
  • Please help. Cannot get a straight answer

    22 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    I'm interested in the NAS concept but for serious listening I still have a hard time to go "wireless". How can I tap the music stored in the NAS so it goes directly to my DAC? Do I connect the DAC to my MAC and the MAC to the router where the NAS is connected to or do I connect directly to the NAS? I have not bought the NAS yet, I need to understand what kinds of connectivity options I need to get a "wired" connection. I don't have a streamer, renderer. I just have a MAC Book pro 2014 and a M51 NAD DAC. Thank you so much for you help.
  • Need help porting and merging Jriver libraries

    22 May 2015 | 4:42 pm
    Question for the Jriver experts in the house. I currently have two servers each with their own libraries and file locations. I am merging everything onto a single server, copying files into a new location (drive and directory name). Is there any way I can merge the libraries? If not, I have to take the largest one, import files from the other one and retag the smallest library files - lot of work. How can I change the drive and directory name in the new library. I am thinking of backing up the library then importing it on the new server. However, this library will point to the wrong location.
  • Using optical in on a Mac mini

    22 May 2015 | 12:48 pm
    I discovered a way to connect my AppleTV to my USB only DAC: a free use app called LineIn. Rogue Amoeba | Freebies: Free Software for Mac OS X With LineIn I can assign the optical port to send audio to my output device, an Ayre USB only dac. Bonus: if I set the output device to 96 kHz in Midi settings, Core audio will upsample the AppleTV audio.
  • albums disappear from Tidal / My Music

    22 May 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Something happened the other day when using Tidal that I thought I should warn other users about. An album I had marked as a favorite disappeared from my list of favorite albums (MY MUSIC / ALBUMS.) When I went to listen to it again i couldn't find it. I had quite a time finding it again because I could barely remember enough information about it to search for it. When I finally found the album it said "Album unavailable for streaming" and there were no play buttons. I understand that artists and albums may become unavailable from time to time as contracts are renegotiated and this…
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    Meyer Sound Stories

  • Toronto's Aga Khan Museum Finds Flexibility with Meyer Sound MINA

    22 May 2015 | 1:36 pm
    To expand the uses of its 350-seat auditorium, Toronto's new Aga Khan Museum of Islamic arts and culture has found the best solution in a Meyer Sound MINA line array loudspeaker system.
  • France Posts Three New Orders for Meyer Sound LEOPARD & 900-LFC

    21 May 2015 | 10:25 am
    Following a convincing recent demo in Paris, Meyer Sound has confirmed three new orders for the LEOPARD linear sound reinforcement system, including two French rental system purchases and an installation going to a nightclub in Marseille. The patent-pending LEOPARD line array loudspeaker and its accompanying 900-LFC low-frequency control element are the newest, smallest, most versatile members of Meyer Sound's flagship LEO Family.
  • Rainbow Production Christens Its New Meyer Sound LYON System on Godsmack U.S. Tour

    18 May 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Godsmack's U.S. tour marks the debut of the Meyer Sound LYON linear sound reinforcement system recently purchased by Rainbow Production Services of Atkinson, N.H. The touring LYON system is part of Rainbow's new LEO Family inventory, which also includes 24 LEO-M loudspeakers for long-throw applications.
  • Hurricane and Eenorm Facilitair Invest in New Meyer Sound LEOPARD Line Array System

    14 May 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Two more rental houses have placed orders for the new, patented Meyer Sound LEOPARD linear sound reinforcement system: Eenorm Facilitair of the Netherlands and Hurricane Sound & Light of Slovakia. Only recently announced at Prolight + Sound, the LEOPARD line array loudspeaker and its accompanying 900-LFC low-frequency control element are the smallest and most versatile members of Meyer Sound's flagship LEO Family.
  • Meyer Sound Constellation Revives Congregational Singing at Clinton Frame Mennonite Church

    12 May 2015 | 11:49 am
    For the first time since moving into a large sanctuary space a decade ago, congregants of Clinton Frame Mennonite Church in Goshen, Ind. are experiencing the exhilarating power of congregational singing, thanks to a new Meyer Sound Constellation acoustic system. Constellation not only restores the sense of a unified worshipping community that was present in their previous smaller church, but by engaging different presets, it also adds acoustic "life" to the spoken word and energizes both the worship team and the rest of the congregation.
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    CRAS Blog

  • Top 10 Articles on Understanding Financial Aid

    13 May 2015 | 11:09 am
    How well do you understand Federal Financial Aid? Our Student Financial Services Department has assembled their Top 10 Best Articles on Understanding Financial Aid – check them out! #1  Do You Need Money For College Do You Need Money for College #2  Borrowing For College Borrowing For College #3 Make the College Connection Make the College […] The post Top 10 Articles on Understanding Financial Aid appeared first on CRAS Blog.
  • What is audio engineering?

    Jess Repanshek
    8 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    What is audio engineering?   What does audio engineering mean? What does an audio engineer do? Do I need to go to audio engineering school for that? Is there a difference between audio engineering, music production, or sound recording? What about producing and beat-making? What are “recording arts”? The Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences […] The post What is audio engineering? appeared first on CRAS Blog.
  • CRAS and McDSP Plug-ins!

    Jess Repanshek
    1 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    CRAS Loves McDSP Plug-Ins! CRAS has had a long-standing relationship with plug-in manufacturer McDSP. In our newly built Studios F and G, we make good use of the Everything Pack from McDSP. This pack contains all sorts of very useful digital signal processing, including 6020 Ultimate EQ Recently, some students asked me what my favorite plug-in […] The post CRAS and McDSP Plug-ins! appeared first on CRAS Blog.
  • Why Choose CRAS? Top 10 Reasons

    30 Apr 2015 | 10:35 am
    WHY CHOOSE CRAS As Your Audio Production School? Top 10 reasons why you should choose CRAS for your audio recording education. Have you done all your research on the premier audio schools?  Still not sure which school to attend?  Here are our top 10 reasons why you should choose CRAS for your audio education and […] The post Why Choose CRAS? Top 10 Reasons appeared first on CRAS Blog.
  • PRG Live Event At CRAS 2015!

    Jess Repanshek
    10 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    Production Resource Group (PRG) is the world’s leading supplier of entertainment and show technology to a wide range of markets, including corporate and trade-show events, live concerts, theatre, television and film. PRG – Las Vegas offers internships and has worked with CRAS for many years. Operations Manager Adam Parrish, a Conservatory Graduate, came this past week from […] The post PRG Live Event At CRAS 2015! appeared first on CRAS Blog.
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    SonicFlare - Hi-Fi reviews, audio events, show coverage, photos and more

  • Test

    18 May 2015 | 12:54 pm
  • 2014 LA Auto Show

    17 Nov 2014 | 10:10 am
    Hard to believe it is that time of the year again… The 2014 LA Auto show is upon us and we will be there reporting on the hottest trends in all things high-end audio, nay, automotive. Stay tuned for more!
  • Newsflash: Schiit Loki DSD add-on

    10 Sep 2013 | 9:48 am
    Schiit announces Loki: a $149 DSD DAC add-on piece that is slaved between your existing DAC and source to give you DSD playback. Neat. Full PR below…
  • Video: it's official, Tudor is back in the US (via Hodinkee)

    8 Sep 2013 | 10:35 am
    Welcome Back, Tudor from HODINKEE on Vimeo. Following the previous post and announcement, Tudor is now officially back in the US - watch this cool video the Hodinkee crew put together… Way cool.
  • Video: Hodinkee's review of the Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue

    8 Sep 2013 | 10:33 am
    REVIEW: Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue from HODINKEE on Vimeo. Hodinkee does their usual and reviews the latest Tudor watch to hit stores, fresh off Basel's watch show. You may have heard, Tudor (Rolex's sister brand) is well on its way to making a major push and come back tot he US market. Personally, I dig the Tudor brand and what it represents: Rolex manufacturing quality and hipper styling yield classy super high quality watches. Stay tuned for much more Tudor action. A+++
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  • Listen: A$AP Ant – 90’s Sh*t | Stream

    Jesse James
    22 May 2015 | 12:51 pm
    The one and only, A$AP Ant, is back! Today Ant returns with something new for our ears to devour, this one called “90’s Sh*t”. The track finds the lyricist again hitting us with his unique and smooth style, giving us something old school feeling and appealing. The track, “90’s Sh*t”, is pushed by these timeless […] The post Listen: A$AP Ant – 90’s Sh*t | Stream appeared first on stupidDOPE.
  • Art & Film Collide! Back to the Future Poster From Mondo

    Jesse James
    22 May 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Nothing like a stunning and iconic piece of art to add to the collection. We’re big fans of such here at stupidDOPE and today we get a look at something quite eye-catching and quite stunning to say the least. Today we get a look at the new Back to the Future Poster From Mondo. This […] The post Art & Film Collide! Back to the Future Poster From Mondo appeared first on stupidDOPE.
  • Listen: Jim Jones – Miami Vampin’ (Mixtape) | Stream

    Jesse James
    22 May 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Harlem’s own, Jim Jones, is back, and this time around takes his talents to South Beach. Today Jim Jones returns with a brand new mixtape, just in time for the long holiday weekend, a solid new effort called Miami Vampin’. The project comes loaded up with all new material from the MC, sixteen tracks deep, […] The post Listen: Jim Jones – Miami Vampin’ (Mixtape) | Stream appeared first on stupidDOPE.
  • Sweatin’ To Sounds! The Rapha x Bang & Olufsen Sweat-Proof Headphones

    Jesse James
    22 May 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Looking to add some quality and durable sound to your life? Well prepare yourself, we’ve got something game changing and ground breaking today; the Rapha x Bang & Olufsen Sweat-Proof Headphones. Today the UK Based brand, Rapha returns with something new for our outdoor lives, something stylish, stunning and of quality. The new Rapha x […] The post Sweatin’ To Sounds! The Rapha x Bang & Olufsen Sweat-Proof Headphones appeared first on stupidDOPE.
  • Listen: Trey Songz – Married To The Money ft. Chisanity | Stream

    Jesse James
    22 May 2015 | 11:57 am
    The one and only, Trey Songz, has been popping up more and more in our news feed this week. Today he is back once again, this time around with something new for our ears to devour. This time around Trey drops off another solid new offering called “Married To The Money”. The track finds the […] The post Listen: Trey Songz – Married To The Money ft. Chisanity | Stream appeared first on stupidDOPE.
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  • Marine Electronics To Get The Good Times Rollin

    5 May 2015 | 4:11 pm
    If you need audio equipment to install in your boat, look no further because we carry tons of marine electronics from stereo and bluetooth receivers, marine speakers and subwoofers to wakeboard tower speakers, remotes and thousands of marine accessories! These equipment are tested and certified to stand up to the sun, fog and salt. So let the summer fun begin and upgrade to better receivers or speakers and get the good times rollin!
  • In-Car Entertainment For A Smartphone-Driven Life

    1 Apr 2015 | 12:07 pm
    Technology has brought smartphone compatible apps to the dash for a great in-car audio and video experience. Start streaming your favorite music right to your car receivers and watch videos from compatible connected devices. We have the lowest prices as always! Check them out!
  • 2015 Car Audio and Video Products Are Here!

    5 Feb 2015 | 12:07 pm
    We are feverishly adding the latest car audio and video product offerings from major car audio manufacturers in our catalog. Be the first to experience the newest 2015 car audio gears, gadgets and accessories!   
  • New Year mean New Gear!

    19 Jan 2015 | 8:31 am
    The New Year brings in the newest car audio and video gears from various manufacturers. We have been busy adding and stocking on tons of products from various car audio/video manufacturers. Be the first to experience the newest and greatest innovations from the car audio industry leaders. CHECK THEM OUT!!
  • Car Audio/Video Holiday Top Sellers

    6 Jan 2015 | 12:56 pm
    One head unit that stood out during the Holiday Shopping spree was the Pioneer AVH-X4700BS. Can't blame the people who bought this unit as it's loaded with tons of features and priced competetively well. Off course, carries the best price for the AVH-X4700BS. So check it out before somebody grab our last stock! WMA Playback: Yes Remote Control: Yes MP3 playback: Yes Maximum Power: 200 Watts DIN: 2 CD-R/CD-RW Compatible: Yes CD Text: Yes Built-in EQ: Yes Bluetooth: Yes Aux input: Yes Audio/Video Inputs: 1 Display Size: 7 Inch Rear USB Input: 1 Pre-amp outputs:…
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  • Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro Review

    22 May 2015 | 7:50 am
    The Yoga 2 Pro was arguably the finest convertible Ultrabook money could buy when it launched in late 2013 – and it continues to impress today. It was sleek, packed a best-in-class QHD+ display and could transform into a multitude of positions depending on how you wanted to use it. Update 21/5/2015: Lenovo has swapped […]
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 Review

    22 May 2015 | 7:24 am
    The Microsoft Lumia 640 is among the first in a new breed of Windows Phones. With a larger screen, more RAM and a different design language from its predecessor, this is Microsoft stamping its logo (literally) on the Lumia range. And what a change this proves to be. The old Nokia did things a little […]
  • HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 Review

    22 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    The long-time baby of HP’s ProLiant server family has finally been given a Gen8 makeover, with a smart new look and all-new internals to bring it up to current standards. Intel rather than AMD silicon becomes the order of the day here, with a choice of processor accompanied by up to 16GB of ECC-protected RAM, […]
  • Wolverine Data WIOS-5.8 Indoor/Outdoor Wireless Speaker System

    Brian Mitchell
    21 May 2015 | 11:38 pm
    Wolverine Data has introduced a $200 rugged wireless speaker system that incorporates both standard 5.8 Ghz wireless and Bluetooth technology. The new WIOS-5.8 portable speakers work flawlessly in any environment, indoor or out. While it comes standard with two 10-watt speakers, the WIOS-5.8 system is expandable; up to six additional speakers can easily fill a […]
  • PSB M4U 4 In-Ear Headphones

    Brian Mitchell
    21 May 2015 | 9:02 pm
    PSB Speakers announced a unique two-way hybrid design in-ear monitor for $299. The new M4U 4 features a moving coil dynamic low frequency driver and a balanced armature high frequency driver controlled by a precision crossover network. The company claims this design is ideal for reproducing high frequencies with great transient response and detail. Musical textures are finely wrought, […]
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  • Tomorrowland Review

    Geoffrey Morrison
    22 May 2015 | 11:11 am
    I have seen Tomorrowland and I have some thoughts. But, like I’ve mentioned before, I don’t want to spoil anything if you want to see it but don’t want to know anything about it beforehand (I’m like that too). So, after the jump, a brief, spoiler-free overview of what I thought. Then the trailer. Then the more meaty review/discussion stuff.
  • Should I Buy a 240Hz TV to Watch Sports?

    Al Griffin
    21 May 2015 | 3:18 pm
    Got a tech question for Sound & Vision? Email us at Q I went to Best Buy looking for a TV with the highest possible refresh rate. (I like to watch sports.) The salesperson there explained to me that buying a 240Hz TV would be a waste of money since there are no broadcasts with that frame rate—TV networks, cable, and satellite providers all transmit either 60Hz or 120Hz signals. He also said that if a set receives a signal that doesn’t match from its native refresh rate (240 Hz, for example), it can’t convert it. Was the salesman right, or I should follow through…
  • Marantz AV8802 Surround Processor Review

    Jon Iverson
    21 May 2015 | 10:40 am
    Audio Performance Video Performance Features Ergonomics Value PRICE $3,999 AT A GLANCE Plus 11.1 channels with Audyssey MultEQ XT processing Dolby Atmos, Auro-3D, and DTS:X surround Full 4K video processing upgradable to HDCP 2.2 Minus Limited range for remote sensor THE VERDICT Noticeably improved sound quality over its predecessor plus Atmos, Auro-3D, and DTS:X surround processing make the Marantz AV8802 a top-notch upgrade. It’s been a little more than two years since I reviewed the Marantz AV8801 surround processor, and I liked that model so much, it never left my system. At the…
  • Fury

    Jon Iverson
    21 May 2015 | 10:38 am
    Picture Sound Extras As World War II is nearing an end in Europe, a Sherman tank is dispatched to a crucial crossroads in order to cut off a battalion of German soldiers trying to regroup with their comrades for one last push against the Allies. In command of the American force is a battle-hardened army sergeant nicknamed Wardaddy (Brad Pitt), who has promised his crew he’ll get them home alive, but when the taskforce is attacked on the way to the rally point, he has a difficult decision to make—press on and defend the position or go back for reinforcements?
  • Amazon Goes to the Movies

    Jon Iverson
    21 May 2015 | 10:38 am
    Jeff Bezos—movie mogul? Don’t be surprised if the next movie you see at the local cineplex was bankrolled by Amazon. Says Roy Price, VP of Amazon Studios: “Our goal is to create close to 12 movies a year with production starting later this year.” Amazon’s Original Movies would be exhibited in theaters before moving on to Prime Instant Video. Of course, Amazon has already produced content for the small screen, including a couple of dozen pilots and eight series, most recently including Bosch, an L.A. crime drama based on the bestselling novels of Michael Connelly.
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  • Roswell Pro Audio Mini K47

    21 May 2015 | 4:22 pm
    The Mini K47 is a Cardioid condenser microphone that is "pre-modified" at the factory.It uses a linear, transformerless circuit based on the Schoeps design. It delivers relatively high sensitivity (18mV/Pa) and low self-noise (13dBA).The capsule is a K47 style, based on Neumann's design. It is a true single-backplate capsule, with the characteristic K47 drilling pattern. The diaphragms are made of imported Mylar metallized with gold. The input capacitor is an upgraded polystyrene type. The JFET is a selected low-capacitance K30A type, rather than the 2SK170 (high capacitance) model found in…
  • A.I.R Liberator

    19 Mar 2015 | 2:38 pm
    The A.I.R Liberator is a multipattern tube condenser with a transformer coupled output. It uses a 2-stage circuit that uses both triodes in the 12AX7 tube; its transformer ratio is approximately 10:1.The capsule is a 32mm K67 type, as can be found in most low-cost microphones. External switches provide independent high-pass filter and pad capabilities.The Liberator is internally identical to that of the Avantone CV-12, although the CV-12 has metal switches rather than plastic. Both of these mics differ from the popular Apex 460, both because these microphones have switches, and because the…
  • MXL Cr-24

    16 Mar 2015 | 1:49 pm
    The Cr-24 is a large-diaphragm condenser microphone with a transformerless circuit. It appears to be a cosmetic variant of the 2003A, made with a black chrome finish for the company's "900 series" built exclusively for Guitar Center.Two switches mounted beneath the headbasket independently enable a 10dB pad, and a high-pass filter.The 2003A/CR24 uses a modified K67-type capsule; while the front backplate appears to be a standard 32mm K67 type, the rear backplate uses an alternative drilling pattern. This would change the microphone's operational characteristics, including proximity, pattern,…

    11 Mar 2015 | 11:40 am
    The NTR is an active bidirectional ribbon microphone that is built with several innovative processes and techniques. The mic's ribbon element is made from 1.8-micron aluminum. Although such thin material is used by many other ribbon manufacturers, Rode's innovation is to cut the aluminum foil with a laser instead of a razor. According to Rode, blades leave rough edges on the ribbon, leading to premature wear and failure.The foil is pressed between two gears to imprint the necessary corrugation, then tensioned by machine. We know of no other manufacturer using automation to tension ribbons.The…
  • Sony C-37A

    10 Feb 2015 | 10:55 pm
    The C-37A is a tube condenser microphone with an innovative mechanical control behind the capsule for polar pattern adjustment, and multiple EQ settings on the power supply.The microphone was reportedly inspired by Neumann's studio microphones of the era. The impedance circuit inside the microphone is exceptionally simple: a 6AU6 pentode vacuum tube (wired as a triode) and a few resistors. The mic's output transformer is located in the external power supply.During the mic's lifetime, Sony redesigned the power supply multiple times: from the CP-2, to the CP-3, to the CP-3B. We have not…
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  • Questyle QPR1 Portable Audio Player And CMA800P @ HIGH END

    22 May 2015 | 11:24 am
    Questyle had new hardware and firmware for their upcoming QP1R $899 and I heard it in prototype at AXPONA and now hearing the production model today I am quite impressed. Excellent resolution, smooth yet refined. DAC chip set is the Cirrus Logic chip set, which is the same as in the AK240. Read More
  • Meridian's MQA Technology Gains Supporters

    22 May 2015 | 10:05 am
    Meridian's MQA, a compression algorithm that helps reduce the file size of streaming digital audio while retaining higher than mp3 sound quality, is getting more support. The MQA 'supporters' list includes many prominent audio brands, including Arcam, Onkyo, and Jay-Z's TIDAL streaming service. Their press release used the little " ' " marks so am curious if it is just support or true paid licensing of this compression/delivery scheme. Read More
  • Dan D'Agostino Master Audio Systems Stream @ HIGH END 2015

    22 May 2015 | 8:37 am
    Dan D'Agostino Master Systems' upcoming Stream integrated amplifier, DAC and streamer looks to be an incredible unit ($48,000). Their Stream will be a single unit that basically will do virtually everything a music lover, and yes audiophile, desires. In fact there is a very elegant, extremely well done partnering app. In this day and age it is so very rare to have art and science join forces within the high-end audio industry. The unit has all the great performance parameters and features you could ever desire. The app is easy to use, beautifully laid out and a joy to use. We need more…
  • H-Fi World's July 2015 Issue

    22 May 2015 | 7:28 am just posted Hi-Fi World's July 2015 issue. This issue features review of the Damson Vulcan portable loudspeaker, Tannoy Revolution XT 8F loudspeaker, Cambridge Audio Azur 851n network player, Cowan Plenue 1 high resolution music player, Tascam DR-22WL portable handheld recorder, Arcam FJM A49 integrated amplifier, Luxman l-55OAX integrated amplifier and much more. Within his editorial, Noel Keywood write, "It has been a long time since we published circuit diagrams in Hi-Fi World. But you’ll find pages of them this month, starting at page 88. As editor I always quake a…
  • Mourning Industry Founder John Ulrick, By Greg Weaver

    22 May 2015 | 6:11 am
    Today I mourn the passing of a good friend and one of the men who helped found the high-performance audio industry, John Ulrick. Hired as a Circuit Design Engineer at Litton Industries right out of college to work with the Air Data Group, John started designing servo circuits for the North American XB-70’s Mach number computer in 1962. It was there that he met future Infinity partner, Arnie Nudel in 1965. Working together in the Litton applied physics group doing solid-state laser research, Arnie asked John to design the switching power supply and servo to control the mirror that would…
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    Audiophile Audition

  • Pierre Fournier at the Lucerne Festival = DVORAK: Cello Concerto in b minor; SAINT-SAENS: Cello Concerto No. 1 in a minor; CASALS: El cant dels ocells – Pierre Fournier, cello/ Swiss Festival Orch./ Istvan Kertesz (Dvorak)/ Orch. Philharmonique de la RTF/ Jean Martinon (Saint-Saens)/ Festival Strings Lucerne/ Matthias Bamert (Casals) – Audite

    John Sunier
    22 May 2015 | 12:01 am
    Pierre Fournier at the Lucerne Festival = DVORAK: Cello Concerto in b minor, Op. 104; SAINT-SAENS: Cello Concerto No. 1 in a minor, Op. 33; CASALS: El cant dels ocells – Pierre Fournier, cello/ Swiss Festival Orch./ Istvan Kertesz (Dvorak)/ Orch. Philharmonique de la RTF/ Jean Martinon (Saint-Saens)/ Festival Strings Lucerne/ Matthias Bamert (Casals) – Audite 95.628, 60:53 (4/14/15) [Distr. by Naxos] ****: “The aristocrat of cellists,” Pierre Fournier (1906-1986), has wonderful representation in three of his appearances at the Lucerne Festival, 1952-1967. The collaboration in…
  • Audio News for May 22, 2015

    John Sunier
    22 May 2015 | 12:01 am
    Apple Under Scrutiny – The Department of Justice, FTC and the EC Competition Commission are all looking into Apple due to accusations that the company if working with the record labels to rid the industry of free streaming services prior to Apple’s planned launch of hi-res streaming next month (if they do that). That would certainly reduce the competition to Apple’s new service, hi-res or not. A complete article is at The Verge. Apple would like to kill the free service providers such as Spotify and Pandora providers ahead of their Beats relaunch. iPhone users are finding it…
  • “Autour de ROBERT SCHUMANN” = CLARA SCHUMANN: Trois Preludes et Fugues; BRAHMS: 7 Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann; SCHUNCKE: Grand Sonata in g minor; R. SCHUMANN: Toccata in C; Gesanege der Fruehe – Sylviane Deferne, piano – Doron

    John Sunier
    22 May 2015 | 12:01 am
    Autour de ROBERT SCHUMANN = CLARA SCHUMANN: Trois Preludes et Fugues, Op. 16; BRAHMS: 7 Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, Op. 9; SCHUNCKE: Grand Sonata in g minor, Op. 3; R. SCHUMANN: Toccata in C, Op. 7; Gesanege der Fruehe, Op. 133 – Sylviane Deferne, piano – Doron DRC 5035, 76:04 (7/1/11) [Distr. by Albany] ****:  Recorded for Radio-Canada 13-15 June 1995, this compilation by Swiss pianist Sylviane Deferne celebrates the so-called “Schumann circle” that often gathered at the Kaffeebaum, Leipzig in the 1830s.  Besides the presence of the familiar spirits of Clara…
  • Tango – Café de los Maestros & friends (2015)

    John Sunier
    22 May 2015 | 12:01 am
    Tango – Café de los Maestros & friends (2015) Recorded live at El Palacio, Buenos Aires Performers: Café de los Maestros, Juan Carles Godoy, Rodolfo Mederos, Teresa Parodi, Fernando Suarez Paz, Otros Aires, Gustavo Mozzi Studio: Accentus Music ACC 20249 (4/15) Video: 16:9 color Audio: Spanish DTS 5.1, DD 5.1, PCM stereo Subtitles: English, German, French, Korean No region codes Length: 80:23 Rating: ***** This is an excellent DVD, which looks as good as many Blu-rays I have received, and it is the real thing as far as tango goes; it’s most surprising that Amazon doesn’t offer…
  • Ben Webster And “Sweets” Edison – Columbia (1962)/ ORG – SACD

    John Sunier
    22 May 2015 | 12:01 am
    Ben Webster And “Sweets” Edison – Columbia (1962)/ Original Recordings Group ORG 117-3 (2015) stereo-only SACD, 39:37 ****: (“Sweets” Edison – trumpet; Ben Webster – tenor saxophone; Hank Jones – piano; George Duvivier – bass; Clarence Johnson – drums) Occasionally when two gifted jazz musicians record together, there is an innate chemistry. Ben Webster became a giant on tenor saxophone in his era (along with Lester Young and Coleman Hawkins) as a member of the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Harry “Sweets Edison” earned his stripes as a key member of the Count Basie…
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    Steve Hoffman Music Forums

  • Biggest missed opportunities in music?

    23 May 2015 | 1:01 am
    What do you feel are some of the biggest missed opportunities in music history? 1) Jimi Hendrix not finishing Rainbow Bridge in his lifetime. 2) The Beatles not staying together for one final album circa 1971 featuring material from Ram, Imagine, and All Things Must Pass. Would have been the best album ever. 3) Led Zeppelin not staying together for a single post 1979 album, just to see what they would've sounded like in the 80s. 4) No circa 1991 Stones studio album featuring Bill Wyman. '91... Biggest missed opportunities in music?
  • Your top 5 Michael Jackson/Jackson 5 songs

    23 May 2015 | 1:01 am
    Feel free to include "Jacksons" songs as well. 1.Pretty Young Thing (Demo) 2. Someone Put Your Hand Out 3. Show You the Way To Go (Jacksons) 4. Never Can Say Goodbye (Jackson 5) 5. This Is It (Orchestra Version)
  • Best neo-soul/funk?

    23 May 2015 | 1:01 am
    Forgive me if this has been done before, I saw a few similar threads when I searched but thought I'd make fresh one So. I love a lot of late 60s/70s soul and funk music (though certainly not an expert that has heard everything there is to hear by any means, still plenty for me to find) but as well I have recently been looking for some contemporary (ish) takes on this stuff. Obviously D'Angelo is the big one, my mate turned me on to him, and I think he is fantastic and so I am just wondering... Best neo-soul/funk?
  • Taylor Swift: The biggest artist on earth?

    23 May 2015 | 12:59 am
    Taylor Alison Swift may just be the biggest artists on earth currently. The 25 year old just cannot lose. Let's review the facts: Her latest blockbuster album 1989 was 2014's best selling album and is currently the biggest selling album of 2015 as well. It has sold over 7.1M WW. The album spent 13 non-consecutive weeks at #1. She's now 3rd behind Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston (already) as the female artist with the most weeks at #1 on the albums charts. The albums singles have done... Taylor Swift: The biggest artist on earth?
  • The Purple Rain BLU RAY is absolutely atrocious!!!

    23 May 2015 | 12:59 am
    I think for one of the most famous 'music' films of all time this release is an abomination. First of all it sounds exactly the same as the dvd. The DD 5.1 and DolbyTrueHD options sound exactly the same as well. The music in the film is not in 5.1. Where you can hear elements in the rears its FAKE 5.1 which is crazy for a Blu ray release. the Cd sound better which is a disgrace imo! The bonus music videos sound horrible. Not even remastered. Warner Brothers should be ashamed of this... The Purple Rain BLU RAY is absolutely atrocious!!!
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    pink fish media - audio

  • Replacement on off switch for Naim 135

    22 May 2015 | 1:20 pm
    I am after a replacement on off switch for a Naim 135.. Have looked on line, RS on line have a similar one but the connections look slightly different..pins different.. Maybe newer switches have altered.. Any thoughts..
  • Digital music newbie

    22 May 2015 | 12:35 pm
    After neglecting my set up at home I am in need of assistance on tying my system together. Firstly current equipment Densen beat 100 amp (audio lab 8000a downstairs) B&W cdm1nt speakers (monitor audio monitors downstairs??) Garrard 401 tt with SME s2 arm Beresford dac....earlyish one Xbox 1 and Xbox 360 (my sons) Samsung blue ray player and Sony tv iMac,iBook,iPad,airport express...Synology nas. Ok so I have thousands of mp3s that are fine for iPod/gym use. I am looking for some guidance on the best approach to get my CDs transferred into a lossless format that I can access from around…
  • Help needed - desolder speaker wires - Grantham

    22 May 2015 | 11:03 am
    Help needed - desolder speaker wires - Grantham Hi I need to desolder the drivers from my snell AIIIs. I am in Grantham, right next to the A1. The speakers are 30kg+ x 4 and bulky. So travelling is not a great option. Is there anyone who is close to Granthaam and who can desolder the 4 drivers please? I need to do this before takign them for refoaming. Thanks for any help. Free food, and a beer offered.
  • Goldring/Rega TT

    22 May 2015 | 9:37 am
    I have most of a Goldring GR1 turntable. It's missing the arm, a Rega RB251. I'd like to get rid, as it sits nobody wants to know, but the lid is Rega sized (and identical down to the hinges) and the rest of it looks identical. Is the motor, bearing and subplatter identical to the old Rega 2? I know the platter is MDF against the Rega 2's glass. If I know it's Rega parts then I can flog the bits, for which there is a modest demand.
  • Is a Supercap overkill on a Snaxo?

    22 May 2015 | 3:03 am
    I have been contemplating replacing my Hicap that powers my Snaxo 3.6.2 with a Supercap. The Hicap is freshly serviced and already does a great job. My system compromises of a high spec LP12 front end, a NAC52/Supercap into a Hicap/Snaxo 3.6.2 and 3 x Avondale NCC200 NAP250s powering active DBLs. Has anybody else made this upgrade and was it significant and thus really worthwhile (considering the expense of another Supercap)? An ex-Naim engineer once suggested to me that using a Supercap on a Snaxo was "overkill" yet I would be interested to hear about other's experiences and…
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    AVS | Home Theater Discussions And Reviews - 2-Channel Audio

  • T.H.E. Show Newport May 29 – May 31 2015

    22 May 2015 | 12:18 pm Is anyone going to this show next week? :D
  • Digital Streamer without built in dac

    21 May 2015 | 8:21 am
    gents what digital streamers do you like? I prefer an external dac function so ideally i'd like one with no dac that can handle ALAC as well as display album art. any thoughts? thank you.
  • Completing my build: Need Advice

    21 May 2015 | 4:28 am
    Hi, I have just finished making my home theatre, which I hope you shall be seeing soon in "HT of the Month" :). My equipment list: 1. Atlantic Technology 4400 Speakers 2. PS3, Xbox 360 and POPcorn Hour 3. Windows Home Server *8tb" with plex for media serving. 4. Onkyo 5010 Receiver 5. Emotiva Amplifier upa-500 Adjacent to my theater, I have built a separate gaming/music listening room. The gaming room is equipped with. 1. Panasonic Plasma 2. SVS Ultra Bookshelf I am planning to power my second room via Zone 2 feature of my Onkyo Receiver and/or Emotiva Amplifier. So the…
  • Religious Music for the Ir-Religious.

    Timothy Wright
    19 May 2015 | 7:58 am
    The Vatican made a list of movies that they want you see, two-thirds of the list was based on moral merit, but one-third of the list was on artistic merit alone - moral issues aside. In the same vein there is a gospel tape/CD by the group Acapella named "Sweet Fellowship." At the time if you purchased one, you got a second identical copy for free to give to a friend. At the time I was working for Millington Quarry in NJ which unknown to me was owned by the Irish Mafia. They had a black receptionist with a good ear so I lent her the tape and she liked it so much that she would rather…
  • Classical ♫ Music You Are Listening Right Now | Covers A Vast Array: Chamber - Opera

    18 May 2015 | 7:13 pm
    Classical Music Listening is number one for me in this time of my musical evolution. @ one point it was Blues, then Jazz, New Age, World, ... Now it is Classical, and it has been for several years; I love all, from solo piano, to chamber classical music, to full orchestral works, between chorals, operas, and the full classical it two-channel stereo or multichannel (3.1, 4.1, 5.1, 6.1, 7.1 and all those numbers of channels sans the sub, .0). And it can be from many sources as well; digital and analog. ...CDs, SACDs, LPs, DVD Audios, Blu-ray Audios, DVD Video classical music…
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  • [Admin] Rec.Audio.High-End Newsgroup Guidelines

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  • Re: Spring Kutztown Meet

    Peter Wieck
    13 May 2015 | 8:09 am
    All: Here is the slideshow from the meet. Note that there is quite a bit of vintage audio stuff, if one looks closely. As always, thanks to John Hagman for doing this. Peter Wieck Melrose Park, PA
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  • Re: Spring Kutztown Meet

    Peter Wieck
    6 May 2015 | 4:58 am
    two days from now. > > > > Courtesy John Hagman from the September, 2014 meet. Reports are that this meet will be 30% larger (more vendors) than last Fal
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  • Watch this dude set a Guinness World Record with a real-life hoverboard

    Elyse Betters
    22 May 2015 | 4:50 pm
    Hoverboards are a thing. We're not talking about that Back to the Future Part II-themed marketing stunt from last year. We're talking about real-life hoverboards. A guy named Catalin Alexandru Duru built one recently and actually flew it 905 feet over...
  • Apple TV subscription service: When will it launch and what might it offer?

    Elyse Betters
    22 May 2015 | 3:09 pm
    Sometimes there are so many Apple rumours going around that they're difficult to keep straight, such as the latest information surrounding the Apple TV set-top box and its upcoming, so-called subscription TV streaming service. The Apple TV is overdue...
  • 61 of the best Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge wallpapers we've found

    Elyse Betters
    22 May 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Wallpapers... Ugh. We love them, but we also hate them only because it's so difficult to find the perfect one, especially if you own a brand new handset, such as the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. It's almost sacrilegious to display some low-res...
  • Apple might be building a version of iOS 9 that's just for old iOS devices

    Elyse Betters
    22 May 2015 | 10:07 am
    You'll be happy to learn that iOS 9 won't grind your old iPhone or iPad to a halt when it rolls out next autumn. Most rumours have indicated the next major version of iOS will focus on performance and stability, rather than new and fancy features, but...
  • Best Samsung Galaxy S6 cases: Protect your Samsung smartphone

    Britta O'Boyle
    22 May 2015 | 7:43 am
    Samsung Galaxy S6 is a beautiful looking device and one that really steps it up in terms of design compared to its predecessors. There is a 5.1-inch QHD Super AMOLED display, 16-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front camera, all within a stunning...
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    Everyday Listening

  • Wall Street Sound Machine

    18 May 2015 | 12:55 am
    Steven White is an visual artist from Ontario. White got the idea to convert old argicultural machines into a collection of fanciful kinetic sculptures when he and his wife moved to rural Ontario, and found a lot of obsolete equipment there. Sprockets, gears and valves on many of the pieces are interactive, and when you crank them, the sculptures produce an eerie, mechanical kind of music. Wall Street Sound Machine is an interactive, kinetic sculpture made from an old metal roofing vent, a cast-iron wheel, gears, steel, guitar strings and a large hand-lithographed Wall St. sign. The sounds…
  • Urban Wind

    16 May 2015 | 7:27 am
    Herman Kolgen is a multidisciplinary artist, working and living in Montreal. He calls himself an audiokinetic sculptor. His Urban Wind installation is part of his longer running Windfields series. The installations in this series have in common that they relate to the dynamic characteristics of the wind in one way or the other. In Urban Wind, wind sensors are installed in strategic points in the city, be it intersections, bridges, tunnels, parks rooftops, etcetera. The velocity and direction of the wind gets analyzed and transmitted by WiFi to a group of suspended accordions that emit a…
  • Five Sound Questions to Zeno van den Broek

    11 May 2015 | 12:45 am
    The recurring FIBER Festival, which is happening in Amsterdam on the 15th & 16th of May presents the forefront of audiovisual performances, interactive installations, artist and company showcases and cutting-edge electronic music in one unified experience. This year, the theme is “Subterranean; Exploring Networked Tools and Matter”. With this theme, the festival researches new forms of art that offer a peek into the networked, “smart” landscape which has emerged from a worldwide explosion of digital technology. With an exposition, workshops, a symposium, a club…
  • Inside There Falls

    5 May 2015 | 8:01 am
    Mira Calix is a composer, sound designer and audio sculptor, who originally established herself releasing music on Warp Records. Since some time, she’s been incorporating her classical orchestral music into her installation pieces an theatre and opera performances. Her latest piece, Inside There Falls, is a multi-sensory installation consisting on paper, sound, music and movement. This way, she wants us to think about storytelling and it’s essence, no matter the medium. She’s created a shimmering white environment, both physical and sonic, for the audience to explore and to…
  • Inner Out

    13 Apr 2015 | 2:46 pm
    The inner sounds of objects and substances picked up with contact mics or hydrophones never cease to amaze. For Inner Out, Italian sound designer and artist Nicola Giannini uses contact mics frozen in ice, and performs a concert on them by playing the ice. Using different objects and techniques, such as grinding, tapping, hitting the ice, or pouring hot water, he creates the source material which he processes with live electronics to create a surround concert.  
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  • Master & Dynamic MH40 Headphones — Follow up

    Anthony Kershaw
    21 May 2015 | 11:26 am
    During the original review process, Audiophilia writer Karl Sigman met up with fellow New Yorker Jonathan Levine, CEO and Founder of Master & Dynamic, maker of the outstanding MH40 Headphones. Karl suggested to Levine a follow up with me as listener. Happy to oblige. So, too, Levine. He was deep into email correspondence with me as the Sigman meeting was finishing. Levine is a go getter. Full of New York energy and creativity, as described by Sigman. My headphones, along with the beautifully simple headphone stand, arrived at my door 3500 miles away two days later. The first thing the…
  • Bob Chilcott’s St. John Passion

    Anthony Kershaw
    19 May 2015 | 11:19 am
    St. John Passion Bob Chilcott (b. 1955) Chaconne Brass Wells Cathedral Choir and soloists / Matthew Owens Signum Records SIGCD412 [67:46] What a lovely discovery. The choral music of Bob Chilcott. This recording popped up in the Tidal HiFi new releases and I thought I’d give it a try. Chilcott is a long time favourite of English choral music fans. A member of King’s College Choir in the 60s to a member of the wonderful The King’s Singers and on to composer, consultant and choir director. Chilcott’s style is melodic and harmonious. Very accessible. Not an Eric Whitacre clone, but you…
  • The Vancouver Audio Show 2015

    Anthony Kershaw
    11 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    There are many surveys each year about the world’s great cities — ‘most livable’, most beautiful setting’, etc. Vancouver, BC is invariably at or near the top of each list. It has just about everything a city lover could wish for, with only two ‘negatives’. Rain and housing. Lots and very lots! 1500 mm a year and a 1.4 million dollar average for a single family house. You read it correctly. Yet, the city grows and grows. And there is no doubt about its stunning beauty. Once visited, never forgotten. My trip to audio shows usually includes a plane ride…
  • Gilels plays Beethoven

    Anthony Kershaw
    4 May 2015 | 11:26 am
    15 Variationen mit Fuge Es-dur op. 35 “Eroica-Variationen” Sonate No. 21 C-dur op. 53 “Waldstein” Sonate No. 23 f-moll op. 57 “Appassionata” Emil Gilels, piano I don’t usually do reviews of discontinued CDs, but this recent gift I received is so brilliant, I thought our readers should have a chance to search for it. The original price of $79.00 will be hard to find. Many Esoteric CDs are going for twice, five times, even ten times the original price. The Solti Ring goes for $1500 and up. Yes, Esoteric remasters are that good. These Beethoven performances cobbled from…
  • qøl™ – signal completion stage by BSG Technologies

    Martin Appel
    28 Apr 2015 | 11:13 am
    ​What the heck is it and what does it do? Also, I never heard of a product with a name as awkward to say as this one. Only an engineer or physicist, totally unconcerned with marketing, would come up with a name like that. The only rationale I could think of for having such a difficult name is a product that has a slogan, ‘with a name like that it better be good’. Well, is it? Let me back track a little. I became aware of the qØl at a speaker demo of Alta Audio’s Statement Tower speakers at 202 Audio located in New Jersey. One of the attendees at the demo, put on CD that…
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  • Ortofon DS-1 Digital Scale

    22 May 2015 | 5:43 pm
    While gadgets aren’t always fashionable, a properly set up turntable is always in style.  And what better way to adjust tracking force than with a digital scale?  We’ve tried some of the cheapie, Chinese-made digital scales in the $40–$60 range, but they have all had relatively short lifespans. Clearaudio’s Weight Watcher is excellent, but starting to tip the price scale at $300 these days –– so think of that model as the S-Class Mercedes of digital scales.  Ortofon’s DS-1 is made in Japan, easy to use, and thanks to its smaller paddle, makes it more versatile with a wider…
  • RecordWall-it

    22 May 2015 | 5:39 pm
    For those of you who like to display your albums on the wall, or keep better track of what’s currently spinning on your turntable, the RecordWall-it is an elegant solution that doesn’t require you to take the frame apart when you want to change the album art, and if you’re good at keeping things level, you can use two side by side for double albums. The RecordWall-it comes in basic black and is easy to mount, thanks to the countersunk holes molded in the plastic.  If you are just mounting album covers for permanent display, you can probably get away with just screwing into your…
  • GIK Acoustics Freestand Acoustic Panel

    22 May 2015 | 5:37 pm
    GIK Acoustics has been making affordable, approachable acoustic treatments for years now, and we’ve been using them with excellent results since nearly the beginning of TONEAudio.  Nothing works better and provides more bang for the buck in your listening room than a modest complement of GIK panels, traps and diffusors.  For about $500–$1,500 you can transform a room and get all the sound that the gear on your rack is capable of delivering. Now, they’ve adapted a great studio trick (and many of their panels are used in studios) to the home environment by putting a pair of stands on…
  • Grateful Dead – American Beauty

    22 May 2015 | 5:29 pm
    Because the Grateful Dead was always a band that paid close attention to the sound quality of its live performances and recordings, even a random copy of any Dead album usually sounds pretty good—provided it hasn’t been played to extinction.  Mobile Fidelity did a stellar job on the original single-album reissue of American Beauty in the 80s,but they are rare, with sealed versions fetching about $150 and opened albeit gently played copies ranging from $45-$75. By comparison, original, opened, green-label WB versions in excellent condition can usually be found for about $30-$40. With many…
  • ROON is here! World’s first in depth review…

    11 May 2015 | 10:56 pm
    I’ve Seen the Future of Music, Again! Forget everything you know about serving digital music files. No matter what you are using, it’s irrelevant. A bold claim indeed, but spend a few minutes with Roon and you’ll find yourself getting up from the listening chair hours later. It’s that compelling. Now you can access music three dimensionally, much like you do when flipping through the bins at your favorite record store, but arguably better. And I say this as an analog lover that still has 8 turntables and over 7500 LP’s. So, where did Roon labs come from? The core team that developed…
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  • Get inspired – it’s time to write your first rock song

    28 Apr 2015 | 7:59 am
    In a classic episode from the radio show and podcast This American Life, reporter Starlee Kine recruited none other than Phil Collins to help her write her first-ever love song. The writer was reeling from a breakup and thinking about all the sad music was listening to. So this time, she figured, why not channel all those emotions into her very own torch song? The experience was cathartic and the episode, called “Break-up”, is one of the most beloved in the show’s history. Songwriting can be one of the best ways to get your feelings out. There’s a reason why we go to so many songs –…
  • Jay Z’s Tidal may be a revolution – for the rich recording artists

    2 Apr 2015 | 3:32 am
    Artists including Beyonce, Daft Punk, Usher, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Kanye West and Madonna recently joined Jay Z in New York to launch Tidal, his artist-owned streaming service. Their two targets, poor audio fidelity and a loss of artist control, indicate a dissatisfaction with the way that consumers are treating music. The Tidal revolution hopes to convince consumers that music and creativity can be better in the age of digital streaming. Yet within a day of the announcement there has already been significant backlash. The internet is awash with scepticism of Tidal’s revolutionary claims.
  • JLS star explains the benefits of FSCS-protected accounts

    12 Jan 2015 | 12:52 pm
    Few people make huge sums in the music industry, and the days of private jets emblazoned with a band’s logo have been left behind in the 1980s, but money is as important to musicians as it ever has been. No matter if you are in Coldplay arguing with Spotify about streaming rates or an emerging artist about to play your first gig, keeping your finances in order and protected should be a priority. The 2008 crash demonstrated that the financial system is not always steady, but in the UK the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) is there to protect your mortgages, insurance and…
  • Scion celebrates 10 years of supporting indie artists

    22 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Presented By Scion Scion has recently hit the 10 year milestone of supporting independent artists through its Scion AV programme, something we thought we should celebrate! The US car-maker has worked with over 2,000 independent musicians and bands across a variety of genres from household names such as Steve Aoki, Motorhead, and RZA to smaller artists that are still growing their following such as Chicago rapper/producer Tree or country-influenced California band Travesura. The arts has always needed its benefactors, and Scion have not only offered funding and a platform for bands to get…
  • Music festivals showcase the brightest and best

    21 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    An increasing number of artists making headlines became famous as a result of performing at music festivals. This increase in the popularity of festival artists is due to many being independent. Because independent artists don’t have recourse to the marketing campaigns that artists with large record companies do, they must rely on festivals and other means for publicity. Jordan Kurland is a partner of Noise Pop, co-founder of Treasure Island Music Festival and a board member of the Stern Grove Festival. His experience has given him the tools to manage some of the best artists who…
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    Dark Horse Institute

  • Successful Audio Engineers: DHI Graduate Spotlight

    Sean Rogers
    6 May 2015 | 8:15 am
      Recording in Seattle at Biosonic Recording There’s more than meets the eye when fans of music production become successful audio engineers. The combination of knowledge, training, people skills, hard work, and being in the right place at the right … The post Successful Audio Engineers: DHI Graduate Spotlight appeared first on Dark Horse Institute.
  • Dark Horse Institute Joins Full Moon Pickin Party 2015

    Sean Rogers
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:19 pm
    Your guarantee for summer fun starts May 29th! Dark Horse Institute has partnered with Friends of Warner Parks for this year’s Full Moon Pickin Party events! Imagine yourself on a warm summer’s night strolling through the lights and sounds of … The post Dark Horse Institute Joins Full Moon Pickin Party 2015 appeared first on Dark Horse Institute.
  • Building the Nashville Dream

    Sean Rogers
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:12 pm
    Student Life at Dark Horse Institute I love seeing the Nashville Dream shining bright in the eyes of new students at Dark Horse Institute on their first day. Every time a new class starts, I’m always a little bit curious … The post Building the Nashville Dream appeared first on Dark Horse Institute.
  • Dark Horse Recording Offers Free Recording Studio Time

    Sean Rogers
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:27 pm
    DIY With DHI: Studio Time It’s not exaggerating for me to say that each year, there are literally thousands of Recording Arts graduates looking for recording studio time. Here’s one of the biggest questions I get from both students and … The post Dark Horse Recording Offers Free Recording Studio Time appeared first on Dark Horse Institute.
  • Dark Horse Institute: Audio Engineering Instructors

    Sean Rogers
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:25 am
    So you enjoy music production? Maybe you’re in a band and you really wish that you could achieve more recording on your own; after all, you’ve got the ears right? Or maybe you’ve been plugging away in your home studio … The post Dark Horse Institute: Audio Engineering Instructors appeared first on Dark Horse Institute.
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    Beats Music Now

  • Apple Positioning To Dominate Streaming Music

    4 May 2015 | 8:52 pm
    The Department Of Justice is rumored to be looking into Apple’s business practices concerning streaming music. Why would the DOJ be investigating? According to The Verge, Apple has been pushing the music labels to remove the free tier from streaming services. As Spotify negotiates to renew their licenses with music labels, Apple is lobbying music labels to not include a license for a free music tier anymore. If successful, this would greatly reduce the competition when Apple releases the new Beats Music. To date, Spotify is the most successful streaming service with 60 million users. 15…
  • Digital Stats On Music Not In Step With Artist Complaints

    17 Apr 2015 | 4:48 pm
    A 2014 global music report has been released by the IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry). For the first time, Digital revenue was the same as Physical (CD’s and vinyl) sales with each having a 46% share. Yes, digital sales and physical sales were both about $6.9 billion USD in 2014. Revenues from music subscription services grew by 39% and has reached 41 million paying subscribers, up from 8 million in 2010. In spite of the growth in streaming, downloads still account for slightly more than half (52%) of digital revenue. Downloading is down 8% from 2013 while…
  • Apple Music Streaming Debated In Europe

    10 Apr 2015 | 9:12 pm
    European regulators are investigating Apple for its plan to bundle music streaming with its existing iTunes platform. The speculation is that Apple will release their music streaming service, which is based on Beats Music, in June. Assuming subscription only, with no ad-supported tier, European regulators are “said to be concerned that the company will use its size, relationships and influence to persuade labels to abandon free, ad-supported services such as Spotify, which depend on licenses with music companies for their catalogues.” Spotify argues that its free ad-supported…
  • Tidal Brings Attention To Streaming Music

    9 Apr 2015 | 8:21 pm
    In October of 2014, Tidal HiFi launched in the U.S. offering CD quality audio (FLAC files at 1411 kbps) for $19.99 per month. Last week the musician Shawn “Jay Z” Carter bought Tidal’s parent company Aspiro for $56 million. Now, Tidal is offering two tiers. The Premium subscription costs $9.99/month and offers music at 320 kbps (same as Beats Music and Spotify). The HiFi subscription costs $19.99/month offering lossless quality audio. A free advertising supported tier is not available currently. Jay Z gave 16 artists a reported 3% equity stake in Tidal. He intends for the…
  • 2014 Streaming Music Statistics

    24 Mar 2015 | 8:47 pm
    Music Industry revenue statistics have been released for 2014. Read the RIAA full report here. Streaming music continues to be an ever-growing piece of the music industry. Highlights include: ⬥ Paying subscribers to on-demand music services in the U.S. have tripled since 2011. ⬥ The difference between digital downloads and streaming revenues has narrowed – streaming is approaching $2 billion while downloads have decreased to $2.6 billion. ⬥ United States paying subscribers grew 26% to 7.7 million in 2014. The whole pie looks like this:
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    The best earbuds

  • Best Bluetooth SoundBar of 2015

    4 May 2015 | 8:05 am
    Bluetooth Soundbars are not just long considered as home theater systems, but can stream audio content wirelessly from your devices. There are many great Bluetooth soundbars in the market, and opinions may be varied on which one is the best of all, but whether they come with a wireless subwoofer or not, it does’t not let you to set up a complicated home theater system with  a separate AV receiver.  In this article, we have found some that are bound to give you optimal performance relative to the price range. Are you ready? Here goes… YAMAHA YAS-203 When it comes to getting a…
  • Best Cheap Bluetooth Headset of 2015

    26 Apr 2015 | 10:55 pm
    Budget Bluetooth Headsets of 2015: Which one is right for you? Making calls with a wire earbuds is not that convenient, since the cable can create noise as it bounces from your movements and you may have to solve the mess from tangled cable. If you frequently have a lot of calls every day, no cable and hand-free calling are what you might have thought of and will get those benefits from a Bluetooth headset which can wirelessly pair with your device via Bluetooth technology. Finding a decent Bluetooth headset is not tough, but I am quite sure finding the best sets for those of you who…
  • Topping NX1 Review–decent amplifier for Earbuds

    24 Mar 2015 | 8:45 am
    Want to improve your music experience from earbuds just by attaching a portable amplifier to your phones? Making your smartphones sound good as Hi-Fi Audio Equiment, but you don’t have to invest much money on it, perhaps Topping NX1 may help. Here’s our review of the budget amp for audiophiles, Topping NX1. With impressive Specs like 100 hours, THD+Noise: 0.001%, Gain with 2 levels, low/high Topping NX1 packed with accessories includes silicon band, USB charge cable, IC, and in stead of rubber strand like other portable amp, Topping NX1 is supplied with 5 pairs of single sided…
  • 5 most expensive earbuds–in ear headphones that will break the bank

    14 Mar 2015 | 4:06 am
    Earbuds come in different price classes, ranging from the cheap ones targeting the low-end market to the more pricey ones that are aimed at high-end users. There is a lot that contributes to making a pair of earbuds more expensive than another, so let’s take a look at 5 of the most expensive earbuds/IEMs in the market, and what makes them so special. 5. SHURE SE846, universal fit earbuds Shure SE846, A sophisticated structure, sounds great The SHURE SE846 earbuds are at the top end of personal monitor technology, which is why they have a $1000 price tag. It incorporates 4 high definition…
  • Huawei’s TalkBand N1- overview-review

    6 Mar 2015 | 1:28 am
    Running alone without music is tough experience, if you have a wired earbuds it’s not quiet easy to manage cable while you move. Escape from cable, a set of wireless bluetooth earbuds does that. But earbuds is not simply music, they are now integrated more smart features, including heart rate tracking that many athletes are mostly interested in. At Mobile World Congress 2015, up-comming mobile products are present, and Huawei announced their first smart earbuds, Huawei’s TalkBand N1. Huawei’s TalkBand N1, a wireless earbuds, mp3 player with smart features These wireless…
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  • The ATH MSR7 By Audio Technica

    Peter Jan Icogo
    21 May 2015 | 8:32 am
    Audio Technica has been in the headphone business for so long and they’re well known to create products that provides a lot of value. This time, they’re trying to do something new and that is incorporating the popular gold shiny “High-Res” seal often found with high fidelity Sony products with the Audio Technica ATH MSR7. Clearly, this is the company’s attempt to take on the popular and successful line of Sony’s MDR 1R line. By the looks of it, Audio Technica also clearly borrowed some of the design perspective from the Sony MDR 1R. Now, we’ll find out in this review if they did…
  • The ATH-W1000z by Audio Technica

    Michael Piskor (24bit)
    20 May 2015 | 7:41 am
    Audio Technica’s HQ office is actually not that far away from my house; I’ve been there a few times in the past and have gawked at the facility innards.  A good friend of mine recommended I try to invest time into reviewing the newly released ATH W1000z, due to the fact that I adore the rare ATH W3000ANV so very much.  Fans of the older W-series should feel right at home with this new model. The Gear Sources: Oppo HA-1, Red Wine AK120, Calyx M, Fiio X1, Sony A17, Alienware 13 Headphones: ATH W1000z/3000ANV/ESW9LTD, Fostex TH600, Focal Classic, JH16, Ultrasone Edition 8 Amps:…
  • The AlgoRhythm Picollo Amp By Cypher Labs

    17 May 2015 | 8:49 am
    The Picollo Amp was released actually sometime in 2014 but in a chance discussion with David Maudlin of Cypher Labs about the C6IEM and having reviewed the Picollo DAC/AMP already he mentioned that I should really try out the amplifier only version. Well why the heck not eh? It has seen a largely positive response in forums and blogs in the last several months and at a price point of $399 SRP it is the cheapest amplifier unit Cypher Labs has to offer in their quality range of portable amps. As such it is attainable for quite a few of us budding audiophiles as well as the fact that the time…
  • The Noble 4 Classic In-Ear Monitor

    13 May 2015 | 7:51 am
    If you are from Head-fi or a general audio enthusiast you cannot have passed a web page by without hearing the name Noble. Incredibly this is the first time I have spent any time with a Noble earphone of any kind and I have been doing this gig for over 5 years. The fact it is the 4u or the 4 “Classic”, which is widely regarded as Noble’s bread and butter signature universal IEM, then I reckon that is a pretty good introduction to what Noble could be all about. It has been out for a while now so it is not a hot of the press review but I have been hankering to try out this…
  • Noise Cancelling with the Sony MDR-1RNC

    Michael Piskor (24bit)
    10 May 2015 | 6:42 am
    I am kind of baffled by what Sony has been up to lately, cranking out so many good headphones really makes me feel almost uncomfortable.  I am not used to reviewing so many products from one company in a row that are all heavy hitters.  Not long ago, I reviewed the stellar 950BT and the 1R from Sony, both were fantastic…and they’ve done it again with their MDR-1RNC.  Bose really has something to fear at long last… The headphone is actually quite heavy and bulky, unexpectedly so and this happens to be one of the only Sony headphones currently available that I’d not…
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  • LG Shows Off Paper Thin OLED TV

    AV Tech Reviews Staff
    20 May 2015 | 6:38 pm
    It’s always been a dream of mine to wallpaper my living room with TV screens. Well…. not really, but who wouldn’t right? Well, if LG’s proof of concept OLED display is to be believed, this dream of mine may come ... Read More The post LG Shows Off Paper Thin OLED TV appeared first on .
  • Yamaha Adds Four More Receivers to It’s RX-V Line-up

    AV Tech Reviews Staff
    19 May 2015 | 7:42 pm
    If AV receiver manufacturers are any indication, the 4K era has finally arrived. A couple of weeks ago Yamaha revealed their new entry-level RX-V379 receiver which includes HDCP 2.2 copy protection.   Today they’ve announced four more receivers for this ... Read More The post Yamaha Adds Four More Receivers to It’s RX-V Line-up appeared first on .
  • Beats Solo 2 Wireless Headphones Review

    AV Tech Reviews Staff
    14 May 2015 | 6:37 pm
    The Good: The wireless Beats Solo 2’s sound almost identical to their wired cousin. When compared to the original Solo’s, the 2’s sound more balanced and are less bass heavy. They’re also lightweight and comfortable to wear.   The Bad: The ... Read More The post Beats Solo 2 Wireless Headphones Review appeared first on .
  • Two New Onkyos for 2015 Will Support HDCP 2.2, Atmos and More

    AV Tech Reviews Staff
    13 May 2015 | 4:26 am
    As 2015 meanders along, we’re starting to see more manufacturers unveil their AV receiver offerings for 2015. The big feature this year appears to be HDCP 2.2. Last year manufacturers were reluctant to incorporate the new protocol in their receivers, however this ... Read More The post Two New Onkyos for 2015 Will Support HDCP 2.2, Atmos and More appeared first on .
  • Denon Introduces New Portable HEOS 1 Speaker

    AV Tech Reviews Staff
    8 May 2015 | 4:14 am
    When we reviewed Denon’s HEOS 3 wireless speaker a few months ago, we liked what we heard. However, one of the limitations of the speaker was it’s lack of mobility.   Denon aims to alleviate this issue with the launch ... Read More The post Denon Introduces New Portable HEOS 1 Speaker appeared first on .
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