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  • CES 2015 High-end Audio Show Report wrap-up

    Audio Federation
    Michael
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:49 pm
    The best way to view the CES 2015 High-end Audio Show Report is by using the CES 2015 Show Report index. […]
  • This sweet little stereo system sounds better than it has any right to

    AUDIO SOUND - Yahoo News Search Results
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:48 am
    The venerable Lepai LP-2020A+ amplifier paired with the new Dayton Audio B452 bookshelf speakers are a winning combination, says the Audiophiliac.
  • Laptop sound through tv through blu-ray via hdmi

    AUDIO SOUND - Bing News
    31 Jan 2015 | 1:36 am
    Does the PC sound come out of the TV internal speakers? If it does then the PC is sending audio to the TV and the problem is there. Check the TV menu and also try a different HDMI input. Does the PC sound come out of the PC speakers? If it does then you ...
  • Bryston Middle T loudspeaker

    Stereophile.com
    Jon Iverson
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:22 pm
    Readers of Stereophile need no introduction to Bryston, a venerable Canadian electronics manufacturer known for the quality and reliability of its amplifiers and preamplifiers, and for its unique 20-year warranty. In the past few years, Bryston has ventured into digital audio with notable success, producing D/A converters, multichannel preamplifier-processors, and music-file players. While an evolution from analog into digital audio would seem logical, their most recent expansion, into loudspeakers, is more surprising. Apparently, James Tanner, Bryston's vice president, designed a speaker for…
  • The Hifiman HE-500 headphones

    Computer Audiophile
    songswelove
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:55 pm
    Wonder if any one has 1st hand experience with this headphones? Maybe someone else has done reviews on this headphone? Hifiman HE-500: Contender for world's best headphone? - CNET on other review says that it needs to be paired with a good DAC and AMP, is this true? why so? I want to find a good pair of over the ear headphone for good bass, contemporary songs (like the Police - every breath you take), classical and cello instrument music. (quite a large range, :) ) Right now, I don't have any good DAC or speaker AMP (I'm always on the road traveling). I want to get either Pono player or Sony…
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    AUDIO SOUND - Yahoo News Search Results

  • This sweet little stereo system sounds better than it has any right to

    31 Jan 2015 | 8:48 am
    The venerable Lepai LP-2020A+ amplifier paired with the new Dayton Audio B452 bookshelf speakers are a winning combination, says the Audiophiliac.
  • Review: Creative Sound Blaster E5 review

    30 Jan 2015 | 3:50 am
    The words 'Sound' and 'Blaster' are as indelibly etched into our old-school PC gaming psyche as 'autoexec.bat' and 'config.sys'. We spent unknowable hours configuring DOS-based games to make sure we got compatible audio out of them. Sound Blaster basically became synonymous with PC gaming audio right from the outset. And then onboard motherboard sound got good enough that we stopped buying ...
  • Sound tech for blind film-lovers

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:49 am
    Researchers use sound technology as an alternative to audio descriptions to try to improve film-watching for blind people.
  • ACEMILE® Unveils THEATRE BOXTM, World’s First Portable 360-Degree 3D Surround Sound Speaker

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    ACEMILE , a leading smart consumer electronics and IoT technology company, is introducing THEATRE BOX, the world’s first commercially available portable wireless speaker that delivers a 360-degree 3D surround sound audio experience to everyone in the room, no matter the orientation to the speaker.
  • Immersive Sound: Mark Richer on ATSC 3.0 Audio

    26 Jan 2015 | 3:22 pm
    The next-generation broadcast transmission standard typically evokes discussions about mobile distribution and interactive functionality, but it will also include an emerging type of audio that places discrete sounds in a specific space.
 
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    AUDIO SOUND - Bing News

  • Laptop sound through tv through blu-ray via hdmi

    31 Jan 2015 | 1:36 am
    Does the PC sound come out of the TV internal speakers? If it does then the PC is sending audio to the TV and the problem is there. Check the TV menu and also try a different HDMI input. Does the PC sound come out of the PC speakers? If it does then you ...
  • This sweet little stereo system sounds better than it has any right to

    31 Jan 2015 | 12:27 am
    When I recently reviewed the new small bookshelf speaker from Dayton Audio, the B452, I couldn't help but be knocked out by their sound. The 9.5 inch-tall critter has a 4.5-inch woofer and a 0.6-inch polycarbonate dome tweeter. Amazon is currently selling ...
  • Creative Sound Blaster Roar Speaker Now In India Via Amazon

    30 Jan 2015 | 12:57 pm
    One of its most successful products is the Sound Blaster series that has been recognized worldwide in the PC audio market. Creative has launched its latest product the 'Sound Blaster Roar' in India with an exclusive collaboration with Amazon. Sold globally ...
  • xbox sound problem

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:01 am
    HDMI -> VGA adapters have to be active since HDMI transmits digital signals and the VGA port would be analog(as would be the audio.) sorry m8 im not one for gaming. all i know is that i can get the pic from the xbox but no sound. i was just wondering if it ...
  • Audiobooks 2015: Sounds of Spring

    30 Jan 2015 | 8:06 am
    Original music from jazz drummer/composer Billy Martin is an integral component of the recording’s sound design. (Hachette Audio) Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule by Jennifer Chiaverini, read by Christina Moore. Chronicles the extraordinary bond between Julia ...
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    Stereophile.com

  • Bryston Middle T loudspeaker

    Jon Iverson
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:22 pm
    Readers of Stereophile need no introduction to Bryston, a venerable Canadian electronics manufacturer known for the quality and reliability of its amplifiers and preamplifiers, and for its unique 20-year warranty. In the past few years, Bryston has ventured into digital audio with notable success, producing D/A converters, multichannel preamplifier-processors, and music-file players. While an evolution from analog into digital audio would seem logical, their most recent expansion, into loudspeakers, is more surprising. Apparently, James Tanner, Bryston's vice president, designed a speaker for…
  • A Tribute in Jazz

    Robert Baird
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:02 pm
    There’s a recent recording project that I have to say exemplifies that hard as it is to believe, there are still human hearts beating in the biz.Fri, 01/30/2015
  • The Wild Geese

    Robert Baird
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:52 pm
    If you want to complain that young rock bands have no sense of the past; no melodies; no hooks; no hope then what do you call a young band with the sense and taste to take a freaky masterpiece like Zep III as a model for their debut? Weak? Lazy? Unworthy of a listen? Fri, 01/30/2015
  • Jackson Browne: Enter The Natural

    Jon Iverson
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:03 am
    For famously civilized and jaded New York City, the crowd at the resplendent Beacon Theatre is uncommonly involved. Loud requests, many in tangled liquor dialects, boom from the balcony: "'REDNECK FRIEND'!" Onstage, Jackson Browne smiles and shakes his head. "'COCAINE'!" "I could do that, but it would have to be the rehab version." [crowd roars] "'FOR A DANCER'!" Oh, wait—I'm yelling that.Thu, 01/29/2015
  • Astell&Kern AK240 portable media player

    Jon Iverson
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:59 am
    Do you travel? Commute, perhaps? Just like to listen to music privately around the house? No matter—the Astell&Kern AK240 is the luxury choice in high-resolution portable music players (footnote 1). It even comes with a lovely leather case that beautifully cradles its angular beauty. The AK240 can play all of your PCM files, up to a resolution of 24-bit/192kHz, as well as DXD and single- and double-rate DSD, natively, and can do so from its internal storage, from a microSD card, or from your computer via WiFi or a wired connection. It can also function as a DAC or USB-to-TosLink…
 
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    Computer Audiophile

  • The Hifiman HE-500 headphones

    songswelove
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:55 pm
    Wonder if any one has 1st hand experience with this headphones? Maybe someone else has done reviews on this headphone? Hifiman HE-500: Contender for world's best headphone? - CNET on other review says that it needs to be paired with a good DAC and AMP, is this true? why so? I want to find a good pair of over the ear headphone for good bass, contemporary songs (like the Police - every breath you take), classical and cello instrument music. (quite a large range, :) ) Right now, I don't have any good DAC or speaker AMP (I'm always on the road traveling). I want to get either Pono player or Sony…
  • Please, Grateful Dead, Don’t Keep Truckin’ On

    wdw
    31 Jan 2015 | 2:31 pm
    humorous article today in the WSJ, By JOE QUEENAN Jan. 30, 2015 11:34 a.m. ET In an enormously generous gesture to the American people, the Grateful Dead appear to be packing it in for good this summer after three concerts in Chicago. “These will be the last shows with the four of us together,” band member Bob Weir told Billboard earlier this month. In doing so, the Dead will bring down the curtain on 50 years of plodding, limp, turgid, languid, unoriginal, inanimate, self-indulgent stoner music, an embarrassing relic from a bygone era. One can only hope that James Taylor will…
  • New Sound Liaison Release - Impromptu

    kumakuma
    31 Jan 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Sound Liaison has released a new album: IMPROMPTU Looks like it was recorded in both PCM and DSD. Haven't bought it yet but the previews sound great.
  • DN2800MT to windows server 2012, what BIOS and specific drivers?

    Jockaruba
    31 Jan 2015 | 11:14 am
    Hi All, I am planning to change the OS from Windows 8.1 to Windows Server 2012 (V2) This is what I have right now: -Caps V3 mini itx much in line with the Lagoon with the DN2800MT motherboard (Mitac) -Windows 8 32 bit installed -SSD 64 bit -Paul Pang card -Keces power supply to power the Caps and PP card separately (Currently using the standard power supply) -Buffalo Technology external DriveStation Combo 4, 2 TB (HD-HS2.0TQ-EU) -Jriver What BIOS can i use for the Win 2012? (the once I find don't mention Windows Server 2012) Are there beside for the PPA card any other drivers I need to find…
  • DVD RW type: slim or high front ?

    fenice9454
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:12 am
    Hi all, are there anyone that have heard some audio difference between slim or high front dvw rw (ripping cds) ? Thank you Attached Thumbnails    
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    Meyer Sound Stories

  • Meyer Sound LEO Goes "Gangnam Style" with Psy in South Korea

    29 Jan 2015 | 2:03 pm
    Psy, a global viral superstar, recently played four sold-out shows at Seoul's 14,000-capacity Olympic Park Gymnastics Arena. Dubbed "All Night Stand," the hometown shows were powered by a Meyer Sound LEO linear large-scale sound reinforcement system.
  • L.O.C. FOH Mixer on Meyer Sound LEO and LYON: "Whatever Sound I Put In is Exactly What Comes Out"

    29 Jan 2015 | 2:03 pm
    Danish hip-hop artist L.O.C. became the latest artist to tour with Meyer Sound LEO-M and LYON linear line array loudspeakers. Named the "Rødt Lys Tour" ("Red Light Tour"), the production was mixed by Mads Stærke, one of Scandinavia's most in-demand FOH engineers.
  • Q&A with Mads Stærke: Scandinavian FOH Engineer on the Role of System Techs, Plugins, and More

    29 Jan 2015 | 2:03 pm
    One of the most in-demand FOH mixers for Scandinavian artists, Mads Stærke recently completed a 17-show tour with L.O.C., Denmark's award-winning hip-hop artist. In this interview, Stærke shares his keys to success, from the importance of the system tech to his approach to plugins and his experience with the Meyer Sound LEO and LYON line array system on the tour.
  • Meyer Sound LYON Wins 2015 TEC Award

    29 Jan 2015 | 2:03 pm
    Industry professionals have voted the LYON linear sound reinforcement system as the winner of the TEC Award in Sound Reinforcement Loudspeakers. This is the fourth industry accolade for LYON since its debut in 2014, and the 10th TEC Award win for Meyer Sound.
  • LYON and CAL Voted ProSoundWeb Readers' Choice Winners

    21 Jan 2015 | 3:06 pm
    The LYON linear sound reinforcement system is the second member of the Meyer Sound LEO Family to win a Readers' Choice Award in the Large Format Line Arrays category, chosen by readers of ProSoundWeb and Live Sound International. With a flexible package, LYON extends the lineage of the highly powerful and linear LEO system, which won the same accolade last year.
 
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    CRAS Blog

  • Took a chance and ended up with a #1 hit single under his belt!

    Becky@CRAS
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:30 pm
    We are proud to announce an update to this post! Graduate success is always great to write about. It’s exciting to hear first hand of a student’s success! This is why I am so excited to write this post about our graduate, Kevin Anyaeji. We were recently able to purchase a couple copies of the […] The post Took a chance and ended up with a #1 hit single under his belt! appeared first on CRAS Blog.
  • CRAS at Christmas Break

    Becky@CRAS
    5 Jan 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Ever wonder what happens at CRAS during the Christmas break? Every year after the students leave for the Christmas break, our Project Staff gets to work. A lot happens on campus with the downtime from classes. Almost every room on our campuses get cleaned from top to bottom. Our classrooms and labs are emptied out and all […] The post CRAS at Christmas Break appeared first on CRAS Blog.
  • How Big Is Game Audio Anyway?

    CRAS
    4 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Sound for video games is an often overlooked aspect of the audio engineering world. With the first video games, there wasn’t a whole lot of sound involved. Maybe a beep here, a squeak there to support what was happening on the screen, but it wasn’t a whole lot more than a last minute add-on. Eventually […] The post How Big Is Game Audio Anyway? appeared first on CRAS Blog.
  • What do the American Music Awards and CRAS Grads have in common?

    Becky@CRAS
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:50 pm
    CRAS Graduates have received credit working with many of the Artists nominated for this years AMA’s. The American Music Awards (AMA) are this weekend!  It’s really great to see the accolades CRAS graduates have achieved with the artists that have been nominated for this years AMA’s. It’s great to see these names on the list!  These grads […] The post What do the American Music Awards and CRAS Grads have in common? appeared first on CRAS Blog.
  • Grad Spotlight : Ian Shedd

    Jess Repanshek
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Grad Spotlight: Ian Shedd Recently I had a chance to talk with our grad Ian Shedd and congratulate him on his 50th credit as a sound editor. You can check out all of his credits on his personal IMDB page here! While a lot of our grads go out to work at recording studios and […] The post Grad Spotlight : Ian Shedd appeared first on CRAS Blog.
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    stupidDOPE

  • Listen: TeeFLii – Addicted ft. Snoop Dogg & DJ Quik | Stream

    Jesse James
    31 Jan 2015 | 5:37 am
    The sounds of TeeFLii are back! Today the rising star MC is back with something new for our listening enjoyment. This time around TeeFLii links up with Snoop Dogg and DJ Quik. The fellas keep things all the way west coast on this one, a new track called “Addicted”. The track finds all three of […] The post Listen: TeeFLii – Addicted ft. Snoop Dogg & DJ Quik | Stream appeared first on stupidDOPE.
  • Glow With Sound! Glow Laser Headphones

    Jesse James
    31 Jan 2015 | 5:35 am
    Here at stupidDOPE we’re all about rocking out favorite music any and everywhere. Well in order to do that you need some dope headphones and today we’ve got something that is bound to turn some heads. Today we get a look at the unique creations known as Glow Laser Headphones. These bold and outstanding designs […] The post Glow With Sound! Glow Laser Headphones appeared first on stupidDOPE.
  • Stunning Icons! The Nike Air Tech Challenge II “Pinstripe”

    Jesse James
    31 Jan 2015 | 5:33 am
    Looking to add some new style to your footwear collection? Well as usual the good folks over at Nike are back with their latest creations. Today they unleash the bold and outstanding new Nike Air Tech Challenge II “Pinstripe”. These iconic kicks get a stunning new color scheme which is sure to add some appeal […] The post Stunning Icons! The Nike Air Tech Challenge II “Pinstripe” appeared first on stupidDOPE.
  • Stunning Skate Sessions! Lakai “Picture Me Eurollin” Tour Video by Red Bull

    Jesse James
    31 Jan 2015 | 5:31 am
    As you know by now, we here at stupidDOPE enjoy a good skate session. Well today we get a look at something impressive and quite eye-catching. Today we get a look at the video called Lakai “Picture Me Eurollin” Tour Video by Red Bull. This unique clip finds Riley Hawk, John Sciano, Vincent Alvarez alongside […] The post Stunning Skate Sessions! Lakai “Picture Me Eurollin” Tour Video by Red Bull appeared first on stupidDOPE.
  • One Hot Combo! The hanon x Brooks Chariot “Scotch Bonnet”

    Jesse James
    31 Jan 2015 | 5:29 am
    Looking for some fresh new kicks to add to your footwear fleet? Well we’re always on the hunt here at stupidDOPE and today we get to check out something special. Today we get our first look at the bold and beautiful new hanon x Brooks Chariot “Scotch Bonnet”. This stunning combination results in quite a […] The post One Hot Combo! The hanon x Brooks Chariot “Scotch Bonnet” appeared first on stupidDOPE.
 
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    Onlinecarstereo.com - Car Audio - Video Blog

  • New Year mean New Gear!

    19 Jan 2015 | 9:31 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 | 1:56 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, OnlineCarStereo.com 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:…
  • New Year..New Gear!

    31 Dec 2014 | 9:13 am
    It's 2015 and what a great time to start the year with upgrades to make those long drives bearable. We've slashed prices on hundreds of car audio and video head units, subs and car amplifers and accessories! And to sweeten the deal even more, enjoy an additional 6% OFF your entire order. Use coupon code NEW15 at checkout.   
  • Car Audio Christmas Sale Starts Now!

    24 Dec 2014 | 9:32 am
    We would like to greet everyone a Very Merry Christmas! You're most probably done wrapping up your Christmas presents by now but in case you missed someone, take advantage of this additional 6% OFF promo on your entire purchase. Use promo code XMAS14 at checkout.
  • See What Speakers Fit Your Car.

    22 Dec 2014 | 5:44 pm
    Wondering what are speaker sizes of your car?  Well, fret no more...check out our new and improved Car Fit Guide! We'll help you find the right speaker sizes for your car, whether it be for the front or rear panel, and we will also suggest the right tweeters that matches your vehicle. We'll also help you determine what wiring harnesses you will need for your car audio/video receiver installation and suggest the appropriate dash kits to make your upgrade a breeze. Try it now! 
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    ecoustics.com

  • Klipsch R-20B Review

    Digital Trends
    31 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Klipsch’s R20-B delivers impressive performance, but its frills-free design leaves us wanting more. (7 out of 10) Pros Brilliant clarity Well-balanced midrange and treble Powerful sub-frequencies Cons Meager feature set Bass could be more musical Virtual surround feature creates nasally soundstage If you hadn’t already noticed, a certain design principle pervades the home audio […]
  • 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander GT V6 Review

    Digital Trends
    31 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    The Mitsubishi Outlander may feel a bit dated, but it also has traditional Mitsubishi virtues of rugged simplicity and value. (6 out of 10) Pros Refreshing exterior styling Good value Durable interior Cons Rough ride Dated interior styling Whether it is sports, politicians, or cars, I like rooting for the underdog. And, when it […]
  • Viewsonic VX2363Smhl Review

    TechRadar
    31 Jan 2015 | 3:17 am
    We’ve seen some outstanding monitors appear recently. From the massive-o-monitor that is the Philips BDM4065UC to the wide-screen awesomeness of the LG 34UM95, we’ve had some great new screens hit our test benches. What we haven’t seen recently though are any budget-oriented screens, just high-spec panels. So what do you do if you don’t have […]
  • HP OfficeJet Pro 6830 e-All-in-One Review

    TechRadar
    31 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    On the face of it the OfficeJet Pro 6830 appears to offer just about everything the small business could want when it comes printing, scanning, copying and, should the need still arise, even faxing documents, and all for less than £100 inc taxes (around $156, AUS$190). It can also print and scan in […]
  • iOS 8 Review

    TechRadar
    31 Jan 2015 | 2:13 am
    , design and messages Update: iOS 8.1.3 is available to download. Our iOS 8 review reflects the bug fixes that solve many of the launch problems. There’s a lot more to iOS 8 than meets the iPhone. Sure, it doesn’t usher in a dramatic new look like last year’s mobile operating system makeover from Apple. […]
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    Sound & Vision

  • RBH new EP-SB Review: Bluetooth In-Ear Jacks of all Trades

    Lauren Dragan
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:22 pm
    Speaker company RBH has expanded their headphone lineup with new Bluetooth in-ears, the EP-SB. Lightweight and sweat resistant, RBH want the EP-SB to be your go-to headphones for on-the-go and at the gym. I got my hands on one of the first pairs available (literally!), and put them through their paces. How did they hold up? Lace up your sneaks and meet me after the jump.
  • 2014 Top Picks Of the Year

    Jon Iverson
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:58 pm
    2014 was an interesting year for AV enthusiasts. On the video side, plasma went away, while LCD technology, particularly the edge-lit models, took a leap forward, and OLED grew its presence. In audio, a slew of new competitors went chasing after Sonos in the app-based multiroom audio genre, high-res audio began to emerge from its audiophile obscurity, vinyl continued on its comeback path, Atmos came to the home theater market, and the best soundbars kept on getting better. Read on for our list of the crème de la crème...
  • The Top of the Crop

    Bob Ankosko
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:57 am
    And Some Personal Faves… We’ve just posted our annual Top Picks of the Year list of the best products from among all those we tested in 2014, culled from all the Top Picks named throughout the year in consultation with our staff of reviewers. Even from among this list, though, there are a few that really stand out for me, not just because of their performance but because of what I think they represent in the evolution of our hobby and the AV marketplace. Here are some of my personal highlights...
  • Dish Offers "Reverse AutoHop" Ad Skipping Feature for Super Bowl

    Barb Gonzalez
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:35 am
    Dish Network is offering a special feature for this year’s Super Bowl. Not everyone watching the Super Bowl is a football fan. There have been many years that I’ve been guilty of talking through the game only to stop and watch the commercials. The AutoHop feature on Dish’s Hopper DVR typically skips commercials but has been re-engineered for the Super Bowl game.
  • Definitive Technology BP-8060ST Speaker System Review

    Jon Iverson
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:15 am
    Performance Build Quality Value PRICE $5,693 AT A GLANCE Plus Awesome potential for clean loudness Impressive tonal fidelity and finesse No subwoofer required Atmos! Minus Requires generous spacing and AC power Connectivity is a bit complex THE VERDICT A one-stop, state-of-the-surround loudspeaker solution, especially apt for any who prefer not to accommodate a subwoofer—with the bonus of being Dolby Atmos enabled. Definitive Technology’s BP-8060ST has remained a highlight of the Baltimore-area maker’s lineup for several years—a dog’s age in the new-and-improved,…
 
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    RecordingHacks.com

  • Shure 5575LE

    30 Jan 2015 | 11:41 pm
    The 5575LE is a Cardioid dynamic microphone intended for speech and vocal use. It was built as an homage to the original Shure Model 55, in celebration of that mic's 75th anniversary. The "5575LE" name references the Model 55, its 75th anniversary, and the fact that this microphone was created as a Limited Edition.The Shure "Model 55" was released in 1939. It represented a milestone in audio technology, for it was the first single-element unidirectional dynamic microphone in the world. It spawned a broad product line of familiar microphones, including the 55SH that is still manufactured…
  • Groove Tubes Convertible

    24 Jan 2015 | 11:02 pm
    The GT Convertible was a stage condenser microphone with a removable ball mesh grille. It was intended to be used either as an instrument mic, with ball grill removed, or as a handheld vocal microphone with the grille installed.The circuit was transformerless, and was based on the popular Schoeps design. The capsule had a hypercardioid polar pattern, to aid with rejection and feedback issues in a stage setting. This capsule, unlike in the GT-44, was not removable. It was mounted on rubber shockmount posts to reduce mechanical noise.The mic was introduced at Winter NAMM 2005, at an…
  • Audix M3

    24 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    The Audix M3 is a ceiling mount microphone with three hypercardioid condenser capsules mounted in a phase-aligned array. The capsules are tuned to maximize speech capture, while minimizing ambient noise such as HVAC, keyboard noise, and paper shuffling.Tags:condenserinstalled-soundThis profile of the Audix M3 is part of the microphone database and search engine at RecordingHacks.com. All content is ©2015 matthew mcglynn.
  • MXL CR77

    24 Jan 2015 | 9:53 pm
    The CR77 is a dynamic stage microphone built into a vintage, yoke-mount body, modeled to some degree after the RCA 77 DX ribbon microphone.The capsule is a moving-coil dynamic type, shockmounted within the top half of the microphone body. It has a supercardioid pattern, with a small lobe of sensitivity at 180°; the nulls are at ±135°. The capsule is not borrowed from an existing catalog microphone, but developed newly for the CR77.The mic has a built-in foam windscreen behind the metal-mesh grille, to reduce plosives and wind noise.The mic ships with an aluminum flight case and…
  • Royer Labs R-122 Mk II

    20 Jan 2015 | 11:21 pm
    The R-122 Mk. II is a second-generation design of the venerable R-122 active ribbon mic. It shares the original mic's ribbon geometry, transformer, and circuitry, but adds two switchable features: a high-pass filter, and a pad.The Mk II will replace the R-122 in Royer's product line; it is expected to begin shipping in Q2-2015, at an MSRP of $1995 (which is $100 more than the R-122).According to Royer Labs, the original R-122 design can, in cases where the phantom power supply is compromised, or the preamp's input impedance is very high, run out of headroom. The distortion happens within the…
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    Enjoy The Music.com Audiophile

  • Revolutionary New KORG And Noritake 6P1 Nutube

    31 Jan 2015 | 6:43 pm
    KORG Incorporated and Noritake Itron Corporation have just announced the successful development of the "ground breaking technology, Nutube, a new miniaturized and high performance tube called the 6P1. In cooperation with Noritake Itron Corporation, KORG has developed the Nutube to offer incredible reliability and efficiency while still generating the same rich harmonics which vacuum tubes are known for". Read More
  • Enjoy the Music.com And Enjoy the Music.TV 2015 Show Report Schedule

    31 Jan 2015 | 4:17 pm
    Within today's Enjoy the Music.com Industry News we have a completele listing of our planned 2015 event coverage, as our CES 2015 show report is now complete. We may be adding more show coverage during 2015, yet we feel the below is a good basic starting point. Of note is that we are official media partners with all shows below except the HIGH END event in Munich. We will be live streaming at all shows except the Munich event, where we might live stream during part of the show depending on our ability to access high bandwidth with low latency. Read More
  • BREAKING NEWS: Jay Z Buys Aspiro, Owners Of Online Music Services WiMP And TIDAL

    30 Jan 2015 | 5:36 pm
    According to the Business Insider and the Financial Times, it is a done deal as rapper Jay Z is buying Aspiro, the Swedish company who owns online music services WiMP and TIDAL, for $56 million. Whilst WiMP is massively popular in Scandinavian countries, TIDAL is starting to get a foothold as they deliver high resolution streaming music services in the USA and UK. Read More 
  • CES 2015 Show Report By Michael Mercer

    30 Jan 2015 | 8:14 am
    I was going to CES for the first time since 1996 with a camping backpack (high school graduation gift from my mother – a Vaude pack that got me cross-country back then), and a second smaller backpack full of my headphone gear. It was, truly road-trip time! I was nervous and excited. Well, to be honest I was totally freaked-out (enter OCD), but I had faith that this was going to be an adventure I'd remember for a long time. Read More
  • EXCLUSIVE! An Audiophile On Vacation... Singapore's High-End Dealers

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:54 pm
    Does a workaholic audiophile ever truly go on vacation? Ok, that's obviously a rhetorical question. Admit it, you've been on holiday and went to visit a few high-end stores or the odd record shop (or two, or three). So would one expect any less from Yours Truly? Of course not! And so sitting here with the outside temps reaching 85F in Singapore it was time to visit some of the best places to see, and hear, high-end audio within Singapre. Read More
 
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  • Jack Bruce – Rockplast – The 50th Birthday Concerts (2014)

    John Sunier
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:01 am
    Jack Bruce – Rockplast – The 50th Birthday Concerts  (2014) Performers: Jack Bruce – bass, guitar, cello, piano, vocals; Ginger Baker – drums; Simon Phillips – drums; Gary Moore – guitar; Clem Clempson – guitar; Dick Heckstall-Smith – saxophone; Bernie Worrell – piano; Gary Husband – piano; Francois Garny – bass; Maggy Reilly – vocals) Studio:  MIG Music MIG 90617 ( 2 DVDs) Video: 4×3 Color Audio: PCM Stereo Length: 235 minutes Rating:   Audio: ***1/2      Video: ***1/2         Overall: **** Jack Bruce passed away last year. The Scottish-born…
  • “Good Friday in Jerusalem: Medieval Byzantine Chant from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre” – Cappella Romana/ Alexander Lingas – Cappella Romana

    John Sunier
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:01 am
    “Good Friday in Jerusalem: Medieval Byzantine Chant from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre” – Cappella Romana/ Alexander Lingas – Cappella Romana CR413, 74:38 [Distr. by Allegro] (2/10/15) *****: In recent years it has become more and more popular to present ancient chants in the context of historical “recreations”; in other words, instead of just a program of music from a certain era, it is assumed that giving the music in a setting as it either “was” or “might have been” done in its own time period livens up the experience and makes it more meaningful for the listener. Of…
  • SAINT-SAENS: Danse Macabre; Cypres et Lauriers; Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, “Organ” – Vincent Warnier, organ/ Orch. National de Lyon/ Leonard Slatkin – Naxos Pure Audio Blu-ray

    John Sunier
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:01 am
    SAINT-SAENS: Danse Macabre, Op. 40 (trans. Warnier); Cypres et Lauriers, Op. 156; Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 78, “Organ” – Vincent Warnier, organ/ Orchestre National de Lyon/ Leonard Slatkin – Naxos Pure Audio Blu-ray 8.573331, 57:45 [5.0 DTS-HD surround & 2.0 stereo] (1/13/15) ****: When we encounter the Saint-Saens 1886 Organ Symphonywe tend toconsider the organ as the co-star in an orchestral spectacularVincent Warnier – the successor to Maurice Durufle at the Eglise Saint-Etienne-du-mont in Paris – and his mighty 1878 Cavaille-Coll/Gonzalez/Aubertin…
  • Brailowsky Rarities on CD: NYC, 1940-1955 = CHOPIN, MUSSORGSKY, SCHUMANN, WEBER, LISZT, BACH, LIADOV, SCRIABIN & FRANK – Fondazione Stauffer (2 CDs)

    John Sunier
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:01 am
    Brailowsky Rarities on CD: NYC, 1940-1955 = CHOPIN: 14 Waltzes; MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition; SCHUMANN: Piano Sonata No. 1 in F-sharp Minor, Op. 11; WEBER: Invitation to the Dance. Op 65;  LISZT: Etude in G-sharp Minor, “La Campanella”; BACH: Concerto in D Minor after Vivaldi, BWV 596; LIADOV: A Musical Snuff-Box, Op. 32; SCRIABIN: Etude in D-sharp Minor, Op. 8, No. 12; FRANCK: Symphonic Variations – Alexander Brailowsky, piano/ RCA Victor Sym./ Jean-Paul Morel – Fondazione Stauffer Stauffer007 (2 CDs), 77:36, 78:47 [fondazionestauffer@libero.it] ****: A major effort…
  • Steve Turre – Spiritman – Smoke SessionsEddie Henderson – Collective Portrait – Smoke Sessions

    John Sunier
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:01 am
    Steve Turre – Spiritman – Smoke Sessions SSR-1502, 69:55 ****1/2: (Steve Turre – trombone, shells; Bruce Williams – alto and soprano sax; Xavier Davis – piano; Gerald Cannon – bass; Willie Jones III – drums; Chembo Corniel – congas (on “Nangadef”)) Regarding Steve Turre, the question should be who has he not played with rather thanwhich major jazz musician he has not accompanied in the last three decades. The man can cover it all – Latin jazz, post bop, hard bop, world music, and Afro- Cuban just begins to describe his interests and abilities. As well as being a…
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  • The Allman Brothers Band Album by Album Thread (Part Two)

    31 Jan 2015 | 8:46 pm
    [MODERATOR: Continued from here: http://forums.stevehoffman.tv/threads/the-allman-brothers-band-album-by-album-thread.399234/page-40 ] frank3si said: ↑ I can't recommend it enough if you're a serious fan of this band. And on top of it, we really enjoyed Macon on its own. But if you really research the ABB sites before you go, you'll find that in this small city you are constantly passing by some place that played a role in...Click to expand... The Allman Brothers Band Album by Album Thread (Part Two)
  • What Song Has Your Favourite Guest Vocal?

    31 Jan 2015 | 8:45 pm
    My favourite is Michael Stipe's guest vocal on Kid Fears by Indigo Girls - it really elevates the song. That one narrowly beats out Neil Young's guest vocal on Robbie Robertson's Soap Box Preacher. What's yours?
  • Who's more talented: Steve Winwood or Stephen Stills?

    31 Jan 2015 | 8:45 pm
    Ths came to mind out of nowhere and sounded like an interesting question.
  • Fed up with Grado cartridges

    31 Jan 2015 | 8:44 pm
    I don't know if anyone else has noticed this, but I've had to replace the stylus at least 4 times in the last 2 years on my Grado Black cartridge. It's an okay cart that I used to like on my Thorens, but the cantilever on these things must be made of toilet paper. If your tracking force is set wrong, the catilevers will bend against the force and, heaven forbid, should you stylus ever take an accident bounce, these things will fold up like a paper crane. Unbleiveable. I just destroyed another... Fed up with Grado cartridges
  • It has been 9 years since the last Rolling Stones album.

    31 Jan 2015 | 8:43 pm
    As a fan, is this length of time acceptable to you? Will we see another Stones album do you think??
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  • One box solution

    mil46
    31 Jan 2015 | 1:08 pm
    Unfortunately I need to reduce my boxcount for space and convenience. I am looking to spend around £3k (used prices) on a system. I have Audiosmile Kensai speakers that I plan to keep (the rest of it is Cyrus). At the moment im looking at the Naim Superuniti. Any other ideas most welcome Many thanks for any ideas
  • Harbeth P3 ESR

    Gaius
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:49 pm
    They arrived today, stone cold in the snow. Took them out of their boxes, planted them on the stands and let them be, warm up a little, temperature wise, they were so cold. Hooked them up tonight and watched some TV through them, really nice on the speech, I mean really nice. My LP12 is in pieces waiting for the next Tangerine incarnation which will include the ARO ;). So with a CDi up top time to play some music. My testers, Krall,Girl in the Other Room, Yello, Touch, both seriously good, the acid test, do they rock? AC/DC Black Ice and hell yeah! A beautiful little speaker, way better than…
  • korg nutube vacuum tubes

    cubastreet
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:05 pm
    21st century valves, these look interesting http://www.synthtopia.com/content/20...-vacuum-tubes/
  • Bluesound Vault

    wirbeltier
    31 Jan 2015 | 9:36 am
    ...anyone had a listen to this one? I find it quite intriguing, ripping, storing, radio, spotify, streaming all in one. But: how does that thing sound with its RCA out? I think it uses a Cirrus DAC 24/192.
  • Teddy Dual Cap or Teddy Super Cap for my 282?

    zipperheadbanjo
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:42 am
    I'm currently running a Teddy Dual Cap on my Naim 282 pre-amp. Has anyone compared performance with a Teddy Dual Cap and a Teddy Supercap on a 282... curious if there is any significant improvement from adding changing to a Supercap. I assume if I did run the Supercap, I would then need to use the NAPSC Naim power supply that came with the 282 as I don't believe the Teddy Supercap has this functionality incorporated. Any feedback appreciated.
 
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  • first preamp, 3 days to trial - Ayre K-5xeMP - first time setup help

    pickering.tim
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:36 pm
    So i brought home my first preamp today to incorporate into my dual purpose listening room/home theater and I am just doing a bit of reading before I plug it in and do my best in home comparison to using my SR7009 as the front end of my two (or 2.2) channel music setup. I went to the closest dealer I can find that carries some of the products I was interested in listening to 90% sure I would be walking out of his store with a parasound p5 to mate with my last purchase which was a parasound A21 I am using to power my B&W CM10s. so the question(s) or general guidance I am seeking is two…
  • Pink Floyd's "The Wall" Immersion set

    Windex
    31 Jan 2015 | 9:08 am
    Does anyone have this set? Is the remaster any improvement, or does it make it worse? Also, opinions on the demos and video?
  • Connecting TV to Non-powered Speakers

    Neil 420
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:05 pm
    I'm about to buy a cheap ($400) TV to put in an extra room. 15 years ago I put speakers in the wall expecting to connect them to a stereo. There should be a cheap, compact, easy way to connect the TV to the speakers and control it from my cable box remote. I just need a receiver to power the speakers. I did a search at Amazon and was overwhelmed. All the brand names I recognize cost at least several hundred dollars and are huge and complicated surround sound systems. The receivers that are less than $100 are from names I've never heard before, so I'm afraid that my cable box remote wont have…
  • What happens to old Audiophiles?

    Edgar Ray Henderson
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:41 pm
    I've been an Audiophile for almost 50 years now. I'm retired and finally have reached the point where it's quite hard for me to install or move gear anymore. I've had a good life and way too many great systems throughout the years. I've been lucky to say the least. It dawned on me that it was time to let my system go. Focal's, Audio Research, Avid, Marantz / Burson digital. It looked like it was time for maybe a table top radio or something. This was not an easy, happy thing to consider. One day it hit me like a bolt of lightning!! Rega's newer "R" series of componet's were small…
  • Recommendation for the cheapest best preamp?

    electronicthroat
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:14 am
    I know that cheap and best usually do not go together. But I am looking for a good preamp that is $200 or less. Here is the setup I have/will have (the turntable has not arrived yet): - U-Turn Orbit Turntable - Onkyo HT-R390 AV Receiver (part of a HTIB; I know it's not the best, but it's what I can afford and it sounds good to me.) So with this turntable coming, I am in need of a good but 'budget' preamp. My main concern is getting enough volume without having to crank up the volume on the AV receiver too much. I had an Audio Technica LP120 with the built-in preamp and when it was connected,…
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  • [Admin] Rec.Audio.High-End Newsgroup Guidelines

    RAHE Moderator
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:15 pm
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    RAHE Moderator
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:15 pm
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  • Re: Reasonably priced FM Tuner

    abbeynormal
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:24 pm
    to my ears it definitely sounds BETTER than any internet radio I've heard, at least with my non-high-speed connection. it uses something called "spectral substitution to reconstitute the trebles that normally get tossed during the data compression process, so the high end is apparently better than w
  • Re: Reasonably priced FM Tuner

    Dave
    19 Jan 2015 | 7:23 pm
    I thought about HD Radio, but it is a highly compressed format, maxing at 150 kbps for FM, less for AM, kind of like mediocre internet radio, which is not all that listenable.  There do not seem to be any current HD tuners, aside from the McIntosh, which costs a lot more than I am willing to spend.
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  • Sound of Light

    admin
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:12 am
    Sound of Light, by Marco Barotti and Marco Canevacci is a synesthetic sculpture which interprets and dynamically transforms sunlight into audio frequencies. It is a site specific installation designed for the former music pavilion in Hamm, Germany, which was built in 1912. Cameras film the sky and sunlight, dividing it into six colours - RGB and CMY. The six hanging, coloured columns of the pneumatic structure – which stand for the primary RGB (red/green/blue) and secondary CMY (cyan/magenta/yellow) colour models – are designed to receive different frequencies and convert them…
  • Five Sound Questions to Jeff Mills

    admin
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:32 am
    Jeff Mills is largely regarded as an innovative techno DJ or producer. More recently, he’s been adopting his ideas, concepts, stories and esthetics from the outset. Since 2000, he’s been pushing further than his DJ fame. Started with creating a soundtrack for Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis”, his interest in the future and science-fiction grew, and over the years he has made various sf-inspired works. For example, a more recent work is “Man of Tomorrow”. Featuring Mills’ poetic sounds and Caux’s invasive cinematic imagery, it is a portrait of…
  • Peter Vogel - The Sound of Shadows Documentary

    admin
    24 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    We’ve seen some work by Peter Vogel on the site before, but for some reason I forgot about it, until I came across this documentary on the sound sculptures of Peter Vogel. His interactive installations are quite magical, and what I like about the documentary is that every part of it is demystified. “Fascinated by the work of English neurophysiologist William Grey Walter (1910-77), who invented small robots (called Machine Speculatrix) that simulated basic neurophysiological behaviour, Vogel was intrigued to discover that, with the help of sound and light sensors, such machines…
  • Five Sound Questions to Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard

    admin
    21 Jan 2015 | 1:40 am
    Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard is a Danish composer who has been working with multiplying instruments to make the sound transcend itself, creating a pure new sound without references to anything. We’ve recently posted about SOUND X SOUND, his project devoted to this. How sounds have the capability to affect the human body, and how the human body is to be heard in sounds, is what he focuses on in his works. 1. What sound from your childhood made the most impression on you? I think the sound that made the most impression in my childhood, was the sound of our garden sprinkler. It was…
  • Zadar Sea Organ

    admin
    8 Jan 2015 | 5:22 am
    Zadar, Croatia is known for it’s beautiful sunsets. But since 2005, the coast of Zadar has even more to offer. In a redesign of the coast back then, architect Nikola Bašić made a sonic improvement as well. He installed this beautiful sea organ. I’ve seen or heard about sea or wind organs in Vlissingen in the Netherlands, or the Wave Organ in San Francisco we’ve featured way back. There are lots and lots of impressions on Youtube and Vimeo, but I’ve sought out some to post here: The Zadar Sea Organ was brought under my attention when NTS Radio (a great eclectic…
 
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  • The Mojo Audio Mystique DAC

    Henry Wilkenson
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Recently, my friend and Audiophilia colleague, Karl Sigman reviewed the Mojo Audio Mac Mini server as well as the Joule V power supply. I joined him in the Mojo Audio room during our trip to the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest. It was my first meeting with the Mojo’s very enthusiastic owner, Benjamin Zwickel. We spent a considerable amount of time in the Mojo room discussing Zwickel’s design goals, design philosophy and listening to his very interesting music system. He has some very interesting and quite strong views and opinions concerning digital music reproduction. Zwickel had been…
  • Bill Frisell: Guitar as vocals

    Karl Sigman
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:57 am
    The American guitarist Bill Frisell has been a favorite guitarist (and musician and composer) of mine for many years, but something very recent in his repertoire from his newest album ‘Guitar in the Space Age’ (2014) tweaked my imagination and led me to realize something special about him that I had never given any thought to before: His talent for taking a classic American hit (pop/folk/etc.) from the late 1940s, 1950s or 1960s and replacing its vocals/lyrics with his extraordinary jazz improvisational guitar playing. Guitar as vocals. The track in question ‘Turn, Turn, Turn’, with…
  • Streaming Music and the Audiophile

    Audiophilia Staff
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:20 am
    We received a SONOS system for review just before Christmas. The review of the three-piece set (Playbar, Sub, and Play 5) continues. Happily, there is a lot of free repertoire and my own library that is helping to evaluate the system, but I’ve been using two paid services, Google Play Music and Tidal, to best complete the review. Both services, and many others, are accessible directly from the SONOS app. There are many services like Pandora, Spotify, etc, that can be accessed for free, but if you are an audiophile and like classical and jazz repertoire, you will probably prefer a paid…
  • Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Turntable

    Anthony Kershaw
    13 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    I felt compelled to write a brief addition to this mini review that we posted in 2013. My 23 year old nephew has been bitten hard by the audiophile bug. His budget was set and Christmas money was saved, and he asked for a suggestion to jump into the high end. He loves vinyl. It was an easy choice. With his budget, the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Turntable immediately came to mind. Through the kind graces of one of our sponsors, Ian received a good deal on a piano black copy and the very fine Pro-Ject Record Puck. He’s driving it with a tiny, no name phone stage and through entry level Focal…
  • Audiophilia Recommended New Releases — January 2015 Update

    Audiophilia Staff
    8 Jan 2015 | 2:17 pm
    Schumann – The Symphonies [2 SACDs – 133 mins] Scottish Chamber Orchestra / Ticciati Linn CKD450 (2014) As previewed in this column last month, Linn’s recording of the four Schumann symphonies by wunderkind British conductor Robin Ticciati has shared the rapturous reception given his previous work for the label. Just like Beethoven before him, Schumann did not tackle symphonic composition until he had turned thirty. The first attempt flowed quickly; the powerfully emotive, joyful “Spring” Symphony of 1840 was enthusiastically received and a second work quickly followed. This did not…
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  • Issue 69

    toneaudio
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:03 pm
    TONEAudio Issue 69 TONEAudio’s Music Annual By The TONE Staff A complete list of our record reviews for the past year along with a comprehensive overview of our concert coverage and artist interviews, with an issue by issue listing at the end. A perfect recap for your record purchases this year! Keep this one on your tablet or smartphone to jog your memory. And this year as a special bonus, we include an interview with Slack Key Guitar legend, Makana! Cover by Jeff Dorgay
  • Plinius Inspire 980 Integrated Amplifier

    toneaudio
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:31 pm
    New Zealand’s Plinius Audio has a track record of delivering products that offer great sound for the dollar—and its Inspire 980 certainly offers a lot, especially for $4,450. In addition the power and preamp capabilities of a standard integrated, it also features an onboard MM phonostage and an internal DAC. With all those elements built in, this beauty can serve as a fantastic system hub—just add speakers and sources. As with other Plinius products, the 980 features simplistic aesthetics, despite a wealth of internal capabilities. The smooth, bead-blasted aluminum faceplate is…
  • Benchmark AHB2 Power Amplifier

    toneaudio
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:20 pm
    The first thing you notice about the new Benchmark AHB2 is its diminutive size. Even with feet and binding posts, it’s only about 11 inches wide, 4 inches tall and 9 inches deep. And the heat-sink fins account for about a third of that width, making it even more incredible that Benchmark was able to jam so much oomph into such a small body. Regularly lifting amps that leave my back barking for Tylenol, I chuckle with relief when carrying the 12.5-pound AHB2 to my audio rack. At about $3,000, the Benchmark AHB2 is a substantial investment, and it certainly demonstrates many musical…
  • Justin Townes Earle

    toneaudio
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:11 pm
    Loneliness—and the fears that accompany the threadbare emotion—has long served as the inspiration for innumerable pop songs. The subject also provided the jumping-off point for many classics in the traditional country canon, with singers such as Hank Williams, George Jones, and Waylon Jennings making careers out of the sound of being despondent and continuing their erring ways en route to less-than-ideal circumstances. Yet as many artists discover the hard way, it’s one thing to sing about forsakenness and another to truly understand what it means to be on a first-name basis with the…
  • 2014 Product of the Year – Personal Fidelity

    toneaudio
    19 Jan 2015 | 12:37 pm
    The OPPO amp and phones get our overall award this year because they offer unbeatable performance for the dollar, but the Woo Audio headphone amplifier gets the nod because it’s so over the top.  It’s the most amazing headphone amplifier period, end of story – and it should be for $16,000.  And with a pair of 300B tubes it produces enough power to drive a pair of high efficiency speakers to glory.  So don’t think of it as a $16,000 headphone amp.  Think of it as a $125k pair of Wavac amps that you stole for 16 grand that just happen to drive headphones too. Woo Audio WA234…
 
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    AudioMelody

  • JLS star explains the benefits of FSCS-protected accounts

    audiomelody
    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

    audiomelody
    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

    audiomelody
    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…
  • Get the free slots app from Slotomania

    audiomelody
    21 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Slotomania, powered by Playtika Ltd., is a popular free video slots game that first became popular as a Facebook game.  Now, Slotomania has been developed into a mobile app that can be played on a number of different mobile devices.  Remember though that Slotomania is not just a single game – it’s a collection of many different slots games.  The variety of games is really impressive which adds tremendous value to this free video slots game. Riveting Games at Slotomania Slotomania has over 55 video slots games in its selection.  Best of all, new games are being added all the time so…
  • Is U2’s deal with Apple the future of record releases for big-named artists?

    audiomelody
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:45 am
    It took U2 five years to deliver a follow up to 2009’s No Line on the Horizon, but due to their deal with Apple Songs of Innocence was downloaded an impressive 26 million times. Measured against album sales of other artists 26 million is phenomenal, with Beyonce’s very popular self-titled 2013 record only managing 3,366,000 sales worldwide. However, it is impossible to compare like-with-like with regards to Songs of Innocence, because no-one knows how many times people would have bought the album if it wasn;t delivered to their iPhone or iPad for free by Apple. In terms of money…
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    Exciting Sounds Blog

  • Thoughts On Love, Elitism And Music Streaming

    Joseph Bremson
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:06 pm
    In a recent article published on the New York Times website - titled “Streaming Music Has Left Me Adrift” - author Dan Brooks argues that widespread availability of music on the Internet has made it harder for him to identify kindred spirits and romantic interests. He also contends that a person’s familiarity with more esoteric music is less authentic in an age when the “collective record collection” is only a search query away. In short, I disagree with the author’s rhetoric and feel like he’s missing a few key points about how people interact with music in general (the music…
  • Exciting Sounds News And Updates For January 28, 2015

    Joseph Bremson
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:57 pm
    Hey guys!I have just a few quick messages I want to get out to my followers.First off, I’m sorry I’ve been extremely spotty about posting content. Although Exciting Sounds is just one of my online hobbies, I still plan on fully developing the “brand” and providing a resource for aficionados of obscure music from the past. Building all of this from the ground up is a slow process and I only have so much time among my other responsibilities.Secondly, I have recently been busy modifying Exciting Sounds from a technical standpoint. The changes are as follows: 1) the main website is…
  • Luniverse #105 (45 RPM single, 195?)

    Joseph Bremson
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:54 pm
    A Buchanan And Goodman Production / Martian Symphony Orchestra“Flying Saucer The 2nd” / “Martian Melody”Luniverse 105, mono [195?]This 45RPM single released on the Luniverse label in the late ‘50s (I’m guessing) is a quirky little treat for lovers of Space Age oddities. Side A features a mock-news-report of “the first Earth ship” landing on Mars. Spliced between the spoken script are samples of popular songs from the time period including Elvis Presley and other big names. The entire piece might best be described as a slightly schizophrenic fever dream, and another example of…
  • Missing Persons - Rhyme And Reason (LP, 1984)

    Joseph Bremson
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Missing Persons“Rhyme And Reason”Capitol ST-12315, stereo [1984]This 1984 release by well-known New Wave band Missing Persons is considered by some to be a weaker effort. Although this album might not pass muster for many of the more discriminating pop music aficionados, it does have a certain dark charm that sounds lacking on 1982's “Spring Session M” (even though Destination Unknown, Noticeable One, and several others off that album are extremely good songs that I love). “Rhyme And Reason” is an LP that I find myself returning to every once in a while and I always enjoy the…
  • Jack E. Leonard - Rock And Roll Music For Kids Over Sixteen (LP, 1956)

    Joseph Bremson
    6 Jul 2014 | 11:11 am
    Jack E. Leonard“Rock And Roll Music For Kids Over Sixteen”RCA Vik LX-1080, mono [1956]A mid-fifties album with a somewhat enticing and provocative title, “Rock And Roll Music For Kids Over Sixteen” is definitely a “journey.” In many ways, it is also a freakish (but certainly lovable) artifact of the Rockabilly era, because nothing quite similar enough to it exists on this planet.For those of you who aren’t familiar, Jack E. Leonard was a comedian, and fairly well-known at that. In his time, he appeared extensively on television, recorded several albums, acted in movies, and was…
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    Alchemea - Music Production & Sound Engineering Blog

  • James Kirk – Alchemea Alumni Profile

    Peter Barter
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:56 am
    Name: James Kirk Course Studied: Studio Sound & Music Production Diploma Graduated: 2012 “After freelancing for Strongroom for a year and working with artists such as Tensnake, Bondax, Wookie & Syron I’m now currently working for Liquid Violet. We work with major game development studios [&hellip
  • An evening with: James Wiltshire (Freemasons) – 18th Feb

    Peter Barter
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:17 am
    Alchemea are really excited to announce that James Wiltshire (Freemasons) will be giving an exclusive evening presentation at Alchemea on 18th Feb 2015. This free evening event is open to all current Alchemea students AND past alumni, so take the opportunity to hear what one [&hellip
  • Marcel Down Under – Part 1 – Piano

    Peter Barter
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:51 am
    At the end of 2014 Alchemea lecturer Marcel Van Limbeek escaped the bleak British winter and joined long time collaborator Tori Amos as her monitoring engineer on the Australian leg of her ‘Unrepentant Geraldines’ tour.  During this trip down under he decided to document a few [&hellip
  • Alchemea gets Softube Plug-ins

    Peter Barter
    7 Jan 2015 | 6:03 am
    We begin 2015 with the wonderful announcement that Alchemea now has the entire suite of amazing Softube plugins installed throughout the college. Founded in 2003, Softube develops both hardware and software for the audio industry. Their plug-ins are the products of partnerships with great hardware [&hellip
  • 2014 Albums of the year – Alchemea Staff Pick

    Peter Barter
    30 Dec 2014 | 7:24 am
    Just for fun we decided to compile a list of our favourite albums of 2014 – let us know if you agree or not in the comments section below! Tony Garston The War On Drugs – Lost in the Dream. This is sublimely crafted. Listening [&hellip
 
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  • Apple Patent Issued For Sharing Media

    dangellert
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:42 pm
    Apple was awarded a patent for sharing music and videos that, in the most basic sense, allows a purchaser to share their digital file while enabling Apple the ability to monetize and possibly track the shared file. Apple patents technology inventions often, but that does not guarantee it will show up in a product any time soon. This particular patent may lend itself to marrying an iTunes download with legitimately sharing it with someone else. But it also describes a two-tier pricing structure. The first tier for a download while the second tier for use without downloading (which may also…
  • Private Lunch With Ian Rogers via Charity Buzz

    dangellert
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:42 pm
    Ian Rogers is auctioning off a private lunch to raise money for The Pablove Foundation through Charity Buzz. The highest bidder can choose Los Angeles or Cupertino with a starting bid of $600. The lunch is estimated to be a $3000 value. Other Apple executives have offered gatherings to raise money for charities, most notably Eddie Cue and CEO Tim Cook. Cook raised over $600,000 and $300,000 on his first two fundraisers. The Pablove Foundation invests in pediatric cancer research, and through the arts, helps children living with cancer. Ian Rogers was CEO of Beats Music and since Apple…
  • Music Sales vs. Streaming – Analysis by Bob Lefsetz

    dangellert
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:26 pm
    Bob Lefsetz recently did a short analysis on music sales vs. streams – specifically Spotify streams. Lefsetz’s signature is bold, loud and typically gets to the essence of a topic. His Sales vs. Spotify post is no exception. It is worth reading in its entirety, but here are a few of his proclamations:  Streams trump sales. But streams pay less than sales. But streaming only pays…when a track is streamed! And, streaming is a worldwide phenomenon. Data goes both ways. When you put out an album, see what the people are streaming, those are the hits. Focus on listens.
  • Apple Buys Music Analytics Company Musicmetric

    dangellert
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:27 pm
    Apple has acquired U.K. based Semetric which makes Musicmetric. Musicmetric claims to have the “world’s most powerful music analytics dashboard.” Source: TechCrunch Musicmetric enables a “quick overview of how an artist is performing online.” Not limited to streaming services, Facebook and Twitter action only, it also tracks file sharing bit torrent sites, downloads, demographics and sales. Apple quietly acquired them back in October of 2014. When The Guardian asked Apple for a comment, the reply was predictably evasive, “Apple buys smaller technology…
  • Deezer Racing Forward

    dangellert
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Deezer announced they have acquired Muve Music from AT&T subsidiary Cricket. This puts Deezer in the #2 position for paying subscribers among the music streaming services. With Spotify recently announcing they are up to 15 million paying subscribers (60 million total users), and Deezer appearing to have a specific plan they are pursuing (previously announcing their U.S. Elite tier and now purchasing Muve Music to gain a foothold in the U.S. market), it is prime time for Beats Music to announce its next phase. Apple has been silent concerning what will become of Beats Music – if it…
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  • Suge Knight Arrested For Suspicion of Murder

    anderkh4
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:24 pm
      Suge Knight Arrested for Suspicion of Murder at Age 49! Marion “Suge” Knight, the founder of Death Row Records was arrested in West Hollywood on Friday for suspicion of murder. Authorities said that Suge Knight vehicle matched the description of the vehicle responsible for the death(Red f 150). Everyone knows … Continue reading The post Suge Knight Arrested For Suspicion of Murder appeared first on Sound Engineers that Blog About Audio Production & Entertainment News.
  • The Marshawn Lynch Drinking Game: If you Dare!

    anderkh4
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:32 pm
    The Marshawn Lynch Drinking Game: If you Dare! Marshawn Lynch is known for stiffing the media on interviews, so it’s not surprising how he acted at Super Bowl Day 2015. I guess the NFL have something in the players contract that requires them spend a certain amount of time with … Continue reading The post The Marshawn Lynch Drinking Game: If you Dare! appeared first on Sound Engineers that Blog About Audio Production & Entertainment News.
  • The OSoundE Guide to Open Mic Nights

    anderkh4
    24 Jan 2015 | 6:07 am
    How to Survive Open Mic Nights Are you looking for information on open mic nights? Look no further, Finding quality open mic nights can be difficult if you don’t know where to search. Sometimes the night may get switched or totally cancelled altogether. No matter where you are in your career as musician/recording … Continue reading The post The OSoundE Guide to Open Mic Nights appeared first on Sound Engineers that Blog About Audio Production & Entertainment News.
  • Lady Gaga Leaked Photos Hit The Internet

    anderkh4
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:28 pm
    Lady Gaga Leaked Photos Make a Big Debut! Lady Gaga leaked photos hit the internet just hours ago, 22 photos of the pop superstar made it’s way on to the internet thanks to the infamous hackers. Since the leaks of Jennifer Lawrence and many other celebs have been leaked, including big … Continue reading The post Lady Gaga Leaked Photos Hit The Internet appeared first on Sound Engineers that Blog About Audio Production & Entertainment News.
  • Lil Wayne Sorry 4 The Wait 2 Free Mixtape Download

    anderkh4
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:23 am
    Lil Wayne Sorry 4 The Wait 2 Mixtape Release Lil Wayne Sorry 4 The Wait 2 Mixtape is finally here for all of you Weezy fans. Sorry 4 The Wait features 17 freestyles on industry beats with Lil Wayne going in. The first track features Lil Wayne spitting over that Coco … Continue reading The post Lil Wayne Sorry 4 The Wait 2 Free Mixtape Download appeared first on Sound Engineers that Blog About Audio Production & Entertainment News.
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  • Brainwavz M1 Review 2015

    Hogni Kamban
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:58 am
    The Brainwavz M1 offers a remarkable value. I really like their sound signature. It is very clear, quite balanced, and super enjoyable. If I was on a tight budget, I'd be perfectly happy to stick with the M1 for the foreseeable future.The post Brainwavz M1 Review 2015 appeared first on Picky Ear.
  • Top 5 Headphone Sites of 2014

    Hogni Kamban
    29 Dec 2014 | 12:15 am
    We are now reaching the end of yet another year. It's a strange time, isn't it? You make new plans, new promises, and if you're anything like me - a heap of new year's resolutions. Planning for the year to come is important, but so is...The post Top 5 Headphone Sites of 2014 appeared first on Picky Ear.
  • The Most Recommended Headphone Brand of 2014

    Hogni Kamban
    13 Dec 2014 | 3:12 am
    We are trying to find the most recommended headphone brand of 2014 and we need your help! We'd absolutely love it if you could vote for your favorite brand.The post The Most Recommended Headphone Brand of 2014 appeared first on Picky Ear.
  • Brainwavz AP001 Amplifier Review 2014

    Hogni Kamban
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:22 pm
    For the very budget conscious, this amplifier is worth your time. At just shy of $30, it's one of the cheapest amplifiers on the market. While the Brainwavz AP001 isn't flawless, it provides a great sound quality and overall is a decent headphone amplifier.The post Brainwavz AP001 Amplifier Review 2014 appeared first on Picky Ear.
  • Brainwavz S0 Review 2014

    Hogni Kamban
    13 Nov 2014 | 11:44 am
    At a retail price of just $49.50, the Brainwavz S0 are a great, cost-effective option that delivers above expectation. They have a very smooth and easy going sound signature, are comfortable to wear, and come with a ton of additional ear tips.The post Brainwavz S0 Review 2014 appeared first on Picky Ear.
 
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  • The Flow by Aurender

    marcusd
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:42 am
    The Flow by AurenderTonality9Build8Features8Matchability9Value For Money8.58.5Our ScoreRecently there has been a bit of a drive to make the portable amplification and decoding device relevant again in the face of the all conquering DAP revolution headed by the likes of Astell & Kern, FiiO and Ibasso to name but a few. Chord and their mighty Hugo was one such variant that claimed to go that extra mile your high end DAP and make it sound truly special as well as play a central role in your desktop system that was as good if not better than purpose built desktop units. Aurender from Korea,…
  • The Heaven VIII IEM By Final Audio Design

    Smit Patel
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:08 am
    The Heaven VIII IEM By Final Audio DesignTonality80%Build Quality95%Fit80%Matchability75%Value For Money70%80Our ScoreFinal Audio Design are no strangers to the audio scene and have consistently launched beautiful yet sonically pleasurable audio gear time and time again. Key to their success is the employment of innovative engineering which has seen the company launch products with a natural yet vivid sound signature. An example of just this is the Heaven VIII, one of the latest in the Final Audio line of IEMs, and certainly a highly anticipated addition to the Heaven series. The Heaven VIII…
  • The M3 DAP by Shanling Audio

    marcusd
    25 Jan 2015 | 7:13 am
    The M3 DAP by Shanling AudioTonality7.5Build & Portability7.5UI7.8Matchability7Value For Money7.57.5Our ScoreShanling Audio have been on the go now for nearly 27 years and are very well known (at least in SE Asia) for their impressive power amps and desk top audio in general including DAC’s and CD players. Much in the same vein as Cayin in 2014 Shanling have decided to target the more portable market and the new M3 DAP just out is part of that new strategy. And just like Cayin’s N6 the M3 DAP is nothing like what you are used to seeing from DAP makers. Chinese companies have this…
  • The Titan 1 IEM by DUNU

    Smit Patel
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:11 am
    The Titan 1 IEM by DUNUTonality7.8Build Quality8Fit8Matchability7Value For Money8.47.8Our ScoreDUNU is one company which does not easily abide by standard conventions. Armed with daring designs, bold driver configurations and unprecedented concepts they have pushed the envelope of innovation even further with its latest release: the DUNU Titan 1. Employing a single 13mm titanium-treated dynamic driver, the Titans have a half in-ear design with vents dotted around the angled nozzle. The vents coupled with the large 13mm dynamic driver enable the sound to breathe and give rise to the spacious…
  • The Sound Blaster E5 by Creative

    marcusd
    21 Jan 2015 | 3:53 am
    The Sound Blaster E5 by CreativeTonality7Build7.5Features9.5Matchability7Value For Money98Our ScoreIn mid 2014 we first got wind of a new series of budget busting ‘do it all’ audio DAC/amps from Sound Blaster and luckily we were able to review the Sound Blaster E1 and E3. Whilst not being totally blown away by their sound signature we thought the price point and feature set of both the E3 and E1 were extremely competitive as gadget packages for gamers and casual listeners. Both Raoul and I still felt at the time that FiiO still had the edge when it came to pure sound performance…
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