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  • Chick Corea And Béla Fleck Double Album Two

    Enjoy The Audiophile
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:22 am
    Concord Music Group is soon releasing Chick Corea and Béla Fleck in their new album titled Two. This album is four years in the making and is said to be a sound unlike any other two musicians on the planet. "After four years of touring — 57 shows packed with musical brilliance — how do you sort through it all? Well, they listened to every single show and found the best-of-the-best, 'super-magic' takes" says the press release. Chick's admiration for Bella's banjoist bluegrass-meets-bebop band the Flecktones resulted in what Concord Music Group feels is the most compelling performances…
  • An Audiophilia Top Ten: indispensable instrumental jazz LP reissues for the audiophile new to vinyl

    Audiophilia Staff
    18 Aug 2015 | 11:54 am
    Last week we published the classical version of this Audiophilia Top Ten. Like classical and popular reissue LPs, the list could (and should) be hundreds in number. A little fun with a Top Ten but a serious list, nonetheless. And each LP will bring unalloyed audiophile pleasure for their recordings and performances. Repertoire? Well, that’s up to you. Once again, remember these are reissue LPs. The original v reissue debate continues, and in some corners, rages! Not here. Just enjoy. If you have a Clearaudio Goldfinger cartridge and God has caressed your phono cable, you will hear a…
  • Four Best Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones in 2015

    The best earbuds
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:11 pm
    For over the ear style/full size headphones–fully surround your ears, combined both features ANC and Wireless the $500 Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 2 is the best wireless noise cancelling headphones on the market right now. It gained that reward for the premium sound over Bluetooth 4.0 supported by Apt X, effectiveness of ANC and elegant design. Along with some handful extra features like ease of tapping to connect with NFC (Near Field Communication) and folding up design, it’s extremely comfortable too. In ear/earbuds, over ear models of wireless active noise cancelling…
  • Audio File: CU grad's little amp making big sound

    AUDIO SOUND - Bing News
    29 Aug 2015 | 10:10 pm
    This town is well known for its outdoorsy and sports-minded people. You can't flick a booger without hitting a cyclist, they say. Or maybe I'm the only one who says that. People in the area really bond over shared interests, and one group in particular ...
  • Capital Audio Fest 2015: Day One
    John Atkinson
    29 Aug 2015 | 10:13 am
    It was early Friday morning, and it was quiet, except for the seductive sounds of Alison Krauss floating through the door from the ModWright/Daedalus room. I had never really met Dan Wright but today we got to hang and talk and I was very impressed. While we talked I kept being distracted by the solid but delicate LP sounds of my beloved Alison coming from the Daedalus Poseidon V2 loudspeakers ($16,450/pair) driven by the ModWright KWA 150SE Signature edition power amp ($8995). Sat, 08/29/2015
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    AUDIO SOUND - Bing News

  • Audio File: CU grad's little amp making big sound

    29 Aug 2015 | 10:10 pm
    This town is well known for its outdoorsy and sports-minded people. You can't flick a booger without hitting a cyclist, they say. Or maybe I'm the only one who says that. People in the area really bond over shared interests, and one group in particular ...
  • Gizmo Guy: The city's last stereo store still resounds with sound

    29 Aug 2015 | 7:51 pm
    "That's also the name Brits give to music heads, the audio equivalent of 'gear heads,' " we learned from Adams. And did you know that Naim products are made in Salisbury, just down the road from Stonehenge? Adams equally admires North American sound gear ...
  • Crave giveaway: Onanoff Sound Cover iPad case with built-in speakers

    29 Aug 2015 | 8:21 am
    The Bluetooth-enabled Sound Cover, which grew out of a successful Kickstarter campaign, lets you wirelessly stream audio from connected devices from up to 33 feet and produces a 360-degree audio field. It has a built-in microphone for conference calling.
  • The Sounds Of A Murder: News Or Not?

    28 Aug 2015 | 10:28 pm
    Audio for this story from Weekend Edition Saturday will be available at approximately 12:00 p.m. ET. How much, if any, of the shocking sights and sounds should newsrooms report when two people are murdered on live television and the video whips around the ...
  • Parrot Zik 2.0 Headphone Review: Unique Design – Fantastic Sound

    28 Aug 2015 | 6:00 pm
    While we don’t call ourselves high end audiophile connoisseurs and would never make the claim of knowing all their is to know about sound, we do love music and we know what we like to hear. So we took the Zik 2.0’s for a spin to see how they would ...
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  • Capital Audio Fest 2015: Day One

    John Atkinson
    29 Aug 2015 | 10:13 am
    It was early Friday morning, and it was quiet, except for the seductive sounds of Alison Krauss floating through the door from the ModWright/Daedalus room. I had never really met Dan Wright but today we got to hang and talk and I was very impressed. While we talked I kept being distracted by the solid but delicate LP sounds of my beloved Alison coming from the Daedalus Poseidon V2 loudspeakers ($16,450/pair) driven by the ModWright KWA 150SE Signature edition power amp ($8995). Sat, 08/29/2015
  • The House of Armstrong

    John Atkinson
    29 Aug 2015 | 4:48 am
    I've lived in New York City for 20 years, but until last weekend, I'd never visited the Louis Armstrong House and Museum in the borough of Queens. My lapse was inexcusable. The place, which has been opened to the public since 2003, isn't a difficult destination: a nice ride out on the No.7 subway line (to the 103rd Street–Corona station), followed by a five-minute walk. The place is a sheer delight. I plan to go again. You should, too.Sat, 08/29/2015
  • Dieter Burmester (1946–2015)

    John Atkinson
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:53 pm
    Photo: Paul Messenger Dieter Burmester founded Burmester Audiosysteme GmbH in 1977 and ran it for 38 years. For me, he was the friendly face of an unusually friendly and outgoing German high-end hi-fi company. He died on August 15, and his company will badly miss him.Fri, 08/28/2015
  • Dancing Queen

    Robert Baird
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:55 pm
    For Grace Potter it seemed inevitable that the clock was going to strike Midnight. Fri, 08/28/2015
  • RIP Bobby Palkovic of Merlin Music Systems

    John Atkinson
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:31 am
    Photo: Stephen Mejias We were saddened to hear of the death of loudspeaker designer Bobby Palkovic, apparently by his own hand. We had published positive reviews of Bobby's Merlin speakers, including one of his VSM Millennium design and the VSM-MX at Following is the news posted to Facebook by Bobby's friend, Rich Brkich of audio retailer Signature Sound... Fri, 08/28/2015
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    Computer Audiophile

  • Roon vs JRiver

    30 Aug 2015 | 4:18 am
    Any thoughts? I found Roon sounding better in my system.
  • Audirvana 2.2 Problem/Bug

    30 Aug 2015 | 12:50 am
    Hi All, I've just installed A+ on my Mac Pro. It's a studio computer so I run 2 Lynx Auroras hooked up via an AES16 pcie card as well as a Dangerous Music "Source" monitor controller. These are used together as an Aggregate Device that I use as my I/O for Logic ProX I set A+ to only use the Dangerous as its XMos USB and all is fine. However after I quit and try to use Logic for work I get silence. I have to restart the comp and I get sound back from Logic. Seems like A+ is not releasing the Source somehow. Apologies for the long post and any advice very much appreciated.
  • DSD upsampling too much for CAPS v 3 Topanga?

    John G
    29 Aug 2015 | 2:47 pm
    I recently bought an exasound E12 DAC and downloaded a few DSD albums, which sound terrific. I thought I'd try JRiver Music Center 20's upsampling of PCM files to DSD, as recommended here by several folks. When I do this, however, the music comes in short bursts between long pauses. This happens even with the buffer set at its highest level and the music played from the source NAS rather than the local SSD on the CAPS. The "DSD" light on the DAC indicates that it is receiving DSD material, so I suspect the CAPS might not have the oomph to handle both conversion and playing on the…
  • Help me change my Lacie based system

    29 Aug 2015 | 2:15 pm
    Hi all, I currently have a Lacie Lacinema media drive which is connected to my Rotel RA06 amp, a pair of monitor audio speakers and to the TV through HDMI. I have my music collection and movies on the drive. What's the problem? The interface to access (browse, search) music sucks, it's a remote (a real, plastic one) and I have to go from folder to sub-folder, etc, everytime I want to listen something. What I would like? A system that would allow me to use an iOS app and search, browse music on my iphone/ipad. This is essential, I don't to use fiddly remotes or tiny screens on a box. Also it…
  • For Sale FS: Aurender N100H.. Flawless

    29 Aug 2015 | 11:44 am
    Personal situation forces sale.. The unit is mint and flawless.. This is the model with the 2tb internal's about 3-4 months old.. sounds and operates magnificently. All boxes and packing as new. I don't sell much here but you can take a look at my more than a Decade of 100% positive feedback on Audiogon ( erikminer) and buy with confidence. The selling price is $2250.00 plus shipping and 3% if using Paypal. if you're close to 08648 you could certainly stop and by and pick it up. Sorry but I'm not interested in trades or offers... IMG_3667.jpgIMG_3666.jpg Attached Images IMG_3667.jpg…
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    Meyer Sound Stories

  • San Francisco's Davies Symphony Hall Chooses Meyer Sound LEOPARD Line Array

    27 Aug 2015 | 12:20 pm
    The San Francisco Symphony (SFS) has implemented a new Meyer Sound LEOPARD linear sound reinforcement system in its home, Davies Symphony Hall. While highly regarded for the orchestral acoustics, the hall's warm and reverberant characteristics pose a suite of challenges for its amplified events, which have evolved and diversified under the leadership of Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas. Now with LEOPARD, SFS can offer the same world-class experience it brings to traditional orchestral events to its range of amplified programs, such as film series, pop concerts, Broadway favorites, and…
  • Q&A: San Francisco Symphony Upgrades to New Meyer Sound LEOPARD Line Arrays

    27 Aug 2015 | 12:20 pm
    This past summer, Davies became the first performance venue to permanently implement LEOPARD and 900-LFC, the newest line array system from Meyer Sound. Here, three members of the Davies audio team discuss the new LEOPARD system: how it will be used, and what it can achieve for the San Francisco Symphony and its audience.
  • LEO Q&A with Ed Sheeran FOH Mixer: Intimacy on a Grand Scale

    25 Aug 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Seemingly overnight, Ed Sheeran has rocketed from energetic pub busker to global pop phenomenon, culminating in five recent stadium performances at Wembley in London and Croke Park in Dublin with a staggering total of 400,000 ticket sales. Supporting concert audio since Sheeran's first headline tour has been production manager and FOH engineer Chris Marsh. In this Q&A, Marsh reveals the painstaking preparations required to deliver an "up-close-and-personal" experience to each fan in the 80,000-capacity stadiums.
  • Volbeat Breaks Danish Records at Homecoming Show with Meyer Sound LEO

    24 Aug 2015 | 11:23 am
    Danish rock band Volbeat's recent homecoming show broke records as the largest concert ever played in Denmark by a local act. With a Meyer Sound LEO linear large-scale sound reinforcement system, the show was heard by more than 37,000 in the Tusindårsskoven forest of Odense.
  • Ed Sheeran Captivates Wembley and Croke Park Stadiums with Meyer Sound LEO

    20 Aug 2015 | 12:43 pm
    With a Meyer Sound LEO linear large-scale sound reinforcement system, Ed Sheeran has become the first solo artist to sell out five 80,000-capacity shows at London's Wembley Stadium and Dublin's Croke Park Stadium. For the one-man band relying only on an acoustic guitar and loop pedal, the production team was tasked with providing an "up close and personal" sonic experience, despite the massive size of the venues.
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    CRAS Blog

  • Frankie Ballard Visits CRAS!

    Jess Repanshek
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    CRAS graduate Logan H. is the touring Front of House mixer for the Frankie Ballard band! They spent all day Monday, August 24th with us. They were kind enough to share some of their experiences as a touring band with us, and Logan himself tells us about some of his experiences in a short interview here: The […] The post Frankie Ballard Visits CRAS! appeared first on CRAS Blog.
  • CRAS Receives ACCSC School of Excellence Award!

    Jess Repanshek
    11 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    We were recently notified that CRAS has again received the ACCSC School of Excellence Award, recognizing us for our commitment to the expectations and rigors of ACCSC accreditation, as well as efforts in maintaining high-levels of achievement among their students. Accreditation is important because it shows that CRAS has been reviewed by an official third-party commission, and […] The post CRAS Receives ACCSC School of Excellence Award! appeared first on CRAS Blog.
  • CRAS Gear Expo 2015

    Jess Repanshek
    5 Aug 2015 | 3:39 pm
    On August 1st, 2015, the Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences (CRAS) hosted Gear Expo at our Gilbert, Arizona location. This event was an opportunity for Phoenix-area industry professionals to have a chance to see the latest and greatest gear being presented by manufacturers, without having to travel long distances for a convention or expo. […] The post CRAS Gear Expo 2015 appeared first on CRAS Blog.
  • Grad Panel | CRAS Career Advice July 2015

    8 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    Outside of class hours at CRAS, the staff and faculty try to expose our students to the real world of audio.  Each year we have our AES chapter host at least 3 CRAS Graduate panels, where our grads get to share their post-CRAS experiences with our current students. This month we have James Alire, Rory […] The post Grad Panel | CRAS Career Advice July 2015 appeared first on CRAS Blog.
  • CRAS sends their “Live at CRAS!” Broadcast Across the Pond

    22 Jun 2015 | 12:53 pm
    CRAS sends their “Live at CRAS!” Broadcast Across the Pond Last week’s broadcast was extremely special…“Live at CRAS!” was “broadcast” across the pond to London, England, where our international student Theresa’s family was able to see her participate in class back in Gilbert, Arizona. For 3 weeks our students are fully-immersed in learning many aspects of the […] The post CRAS sends their “Live at CRAS!” Broadcast Across the Pond appeared first on CRAS Blog.
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  • Listen: Chief Keef – TD | Stream

    Jesse James
    29 Aug 2015 | 8:56 am
    The one and only, Chief Keef, makes his way back to the game. Today the Chicago native wordsmith is back with a new track called “TD “. The track finds the MC again showing off his lyrical prowess and his work ethic, again providing us with something infectious and smooth. The track is pushed by […] The post Listen: Chief Keef – TD | Stream appeared first on stupidDOPE.
  • Drinks To Enjoy! WhistlePig Old World Rye Whiskey

    Jesse James
    29 Aug 2015 | 8:54 am
    Looking for a fresh, new, and different to drink? Well today we get a look at WhistlePig Old World Rye Whiskey. This is a unique and rather potent blend that will surely provide something smooth to drink. The 12-year old blend boasts a unique tastes that come from the French Sauternes, Madeira and Port casks. […] The post Drinks To Enjoy! WhistlePig Old World Rye Whiskey appeared first on stupidDOPE.
  • New Day, New Kicks! The adidas Ultra Boost Grey/Silver Metallic

    Jesse James
    29 Aug 2015 | 8:52 am
    Looking to add some fresh new style to your footwear collection? Well today the good folks over at Adidas are here to help. Today we get a look at the all new, all clean, adidas Ultra Boost Grey/Silver Metallic. These fresh new kicks come rocking some stunning style, boasting one of the most comfortable builds […] The post New Day, New Kicks! The adidas Ultra Boost Grey/Silver Metallic appeared first on stupidDOPE.
  • Fold & Go! The No. 5065 Scooter By Wang Yixing

    Jesse James
    29 Aug 2015 | 8:49 am
    The way of getting around these mean streets is changing. We’ve seen some unique and rather catching ways of getting from point a to point b, but nothing quite like what we have to share with you today. Today we get our first look at the impressive and rather sleek, The No. 5065 Scooter By […] The post Fold & Go! The No. 5065 Scooter By Wang Yixing appeared first on stupidDOPE.
  • Listen: Diggy Simmons – All Day | Stream

    Jesse James
    29 Aug 2015 | 8:45 am
    The one and only, Diggy Simmons, is back! This dude has been on a roll lately, and today drops off another smooth new offering for our ears to devour. Today Diggy drops off his new track called “All Day”. The track finds the wordsmith again hitting us with something nice and slow, and effortlessly doing […] The post Listen: Diggy Simmons – All Day | Stream appeared first on stupidDOPE.
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  • ✐ ♫ Car Audio Back To School Savings

    12 Aug 2015 | 9:45 am
    Summer vacation is almost over and the kids will be back to school soon. But here at, the savings never ends! Enjoy deep price cuts up to 45% OFF on selected car stereo, car amps and car speakers. On top of that, enjoy an additional 6% OFF your entire order by using our promo code: BTS15 on checkout. 
  • Rockford Fosgate 2015 Marine Electronics Sale

    24 Jul 2015 | 9:53 am
    Summer is upon us and what better way to better enjoy your boating experience than listening to your upgraded marine audio setup ! Here's your chance to upgrade your stock head unit, subs or speakers at a deeply discounted price. Take an additional 10%OFF on already low prices on all Rockford Fosgate Marine Electronics and Accessories. Use coupon code: RFM10 on checkout.
  • Car Audio Independence Day Sale Event

    3 Jul 2015 | 11:06 am
    Don't miss out on our Independence Day Sale Event! Avail the huge discounts on car audio receivers and amplifiers as well as component speakers and subwoofers. Our unbeatable prices plus an addition 6% OFF your entire order (use promo code: J4TH15) would make your purchase a no brainer. Stocks fly off the shelves fast so hurry up and finally get that much needed car audio upgrade. Happy 4th and have fun shopping!!
  • Get Your Father The Gifts He Always Wanted.

    17 Jun 2015 | 3:25 pm
    It's Father Day's once again and here at, we would like to help you get the gift your dad always wanted. We started by dropping prices on hundreds of car audio and video products and accessories and on top of that, we are giving away 6% Additional Discount OFF Entire Order! Use Promo Code: DADSDAY15 on checkout. Don't miss out and suprised dad this Father's Day!
  • The Summer's Car Audio and Video Hottest Deals Are Here!

    15 Jun 2015 | 11:51 am
    Wait no more, because our annual Summer Clearance Event is here! We're unloading hundreds of car audio and video products which includes car amplifiers, car speakers, subwoofers and various car audio accessories and equipment at extremely low prices! Don't miss this once in a year event  to take advantage of these rock bottom prices and finally uprade those stock receivers and speakers. Hurry! Stocks are limited and may sell out anytime. 
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  • 2016 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid Review

    Digital Trends
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    The Acura RLX Sport Hybrid turns our notion of what a hybrid is upside-down, providing power and comfort that almost rivals its European contemporaries. (7 out of 10) Pros Top of the line hybrid technology Luxurious Interior Cons Road noise higher than expected Driving enthusiasts have grown accustomed to sneering at hybrids and the […]
  • Disney Infinity 3.0 Review

    Digital Trends
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:03 am
    Disney takes a big step forward in Infinity 3.0, and the result is a world-building experience that does indeed feel infinite in its scope. (9 out of 10) Pros An impressively robust world-building mode Rich, narrative-driven sandbox environments Cons Occasional control and camera quirks Limited in-game interaction between characters It was only a matter […]
  • 3Doodler 2.0 Review

    Digital Trends
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:00 pm
    While you probably won’t find many practical uses for it, 3Doodler is an incredibly fun tool for creative people of all ages, abilities, and skill levels. (6 out of 10) Pros Easy, intuitive, and fun to use Smart, comfortable design Cons Lacks the precision of traditional printers Not particularly practical When the original 3Doodler […]
  • Logitech G633 and G933 Artemis Spectrum Gaming Headsets

    Brian Mitchell
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:42 am
    Logitech today introduced two new 7.1 surround sound gaming headphones, the wired G633 and wireless G933 Artemis Spectrum Gaming Headsets. Featuring patent pending Pro-G audio drivers, the new headphones are fully customizable, feature RGB lighting, swappable backlit speaker plates and programmable G-keys. When paired with Logitech Gaming Software you can customize audio settings, create personal sound […]
  • Canon EOS M3 Digital Camera

    Brian Mitchell
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:32 pm
    Canon today announced the EOS M3, a compact and stylish interchangeable lens digital camera created for enthusiast photographers who demand premium performance. Fusing Canon’s outstanding image quality and DSLR-levels of control in a small and lightweight camera body, the EOS M3 camera offers the ability to capture important moments in outstanding detail. At the heart […]
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    WordPress Tag: Car Audio

  • Music System - Concept Design
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:02 pm
  • Welcome to the world of MH Audio

    31 Jul 2015 | 5:09 pm
    In my 20+ years in the car sound industry, both in South Africa and now here in Australia, I’ve worked on almost every moving vehicle imaginable.  From a Hyundai Accent to a Ferrari 430, from motorbikes to boats.  If it has some type of steering and an engine, I’ve most likely installed a system in it. Car Audio is my career and my passion.  I can honestly say I am one of the few in life that works my dream job.  Not everyday, because you still have to install the quick head unit and 4 speakers to make a living, but I’ve always got a custom job in the works.  My…
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  • Types of In-Car DVD Players

    9 Jul 2015 | 4:34 am
    The in-car DVD market is booming. It’s one of the most popular accessories to add to a car. This is largely due to families wanting to keep their children quiet in the back. If you’re thinking of buying an in car DVD unit, then you’ll have to choose between a number of different types. Here, we’re going to look at some of the commonest types on the market. Dash DVD Players These are the original in car DVD players, and so, the one with which most people are familiar. Here, the DVD unit forms part of the dash, usually to the middle to the passenger’s side of the vehicle (because…
  • Get your Car Installed with Latest Audio Systems to Connect with your Smart Phones Anytime Any Where

    3 Jul 2015 | 11:01 pm
    Now you need not to tune in to your favorite song every time via your smart phones. Just keep aside your iPhones and iPads on the Dashboard of your car. Because Max Audio has everything you need to make your car a perfect Music room. Get your devices instantly connected to the audio system and receive an amplified sound to your ears.Our installation technicians will expertly upgrade your speakers and amplifiers at the same time as installing your new Car Play source unit to give your system the Sound Quality you have always wanted. You can choose from a collection of installation dash kits…
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    Sound & Vision

  • On Critics and Creators: Bad Ideas Poorly Implemented

    Geoffrey Morrison
    29 Aug 2015 | 1:05 pm
    For as long as there have been movies, there have been movie critics. I’m sure 100 years ago there was some proto-Ebert giving a thumbs up to A Fool There Was and a thumbs down to The Cheat, angering fans of both in equal measure. Art, especially when offered for sale, begets criticism. Such is the nature of the world. As much as I eschew, and actively dislike, traditional movie reviews, I can see their place. But what you can’t do, as a creator, is attack your critics. Trust me, you want to, but you can’t. It’s especially bad when your spouse does it. Which is exactly what happened…
  • Did FCC Cop Out on Cable Rates?

    Jon Iverson
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:10 am
    The average cable subscriber is staggering under constant rate hikes. But don’t expect any help from the Federal Communications Commission. It has just issued a ruling saying cable operators are presumed to face “effective competition.” That will make it harder for local governments to petition for regulation of skyrocketing cable rates.
  • The Spongebob Movie: Sponge out of Water

    Jon Iverson
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:09 am
    Picture 3D-Ness Sound Extras Spongebob Squarepants is a fry cook at a popular fast-food diner called The Krusty Krab in the undersea city of Bikini Bottom. The Krusty Krab is famous for a particular burger-type delicacy called The Krabby Patty. They’re insanely popular, and the secret formula is kept under lock and key. Unbeknownst to Spongebob and his compatriots, an enterprising surface-dweller pirate named Burger Beard, played with delightful relish and gusto by Antonio Banderas, has found an ancient text that essentially tells the story of the movie you’re currently watching.
  • Apple Working on Wireless, Noise-Canceling Earbuds

    Bob Ankosko
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:20 am
    It looks as if Apple’s iconic white earbuds are heading for an overhaul.
  • CEA Announces Definition for HDR, Encourages TV Makers to Adopt

    Bob Ankosko
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    As high dynamic range (HDR) compatible TVs begin to trickle into stores, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has announced an industry definition for HDR to help retailers and consumers identify TVs, monitors, and projectors equipped to properly display HDR-encoded content.
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  • Lauten Audio Eden LT-386

    27 Aug 2015 | 10:58 pm
    The Lauten Audio Eden is a modern tube condenser microphone with three polar patterns and multiple "voicing" options. The capsule is Lauten's proprietary 38mm O.D. design; it is an edge-terminated capsule with dual backplates. The diaphragm diameter is 31.25mm. Although this design is also used in the company's Atlantis and Oceanus microphones, the Eden capsule is tuned differently.The circuit follows a tube-and-transformer topology. The tube is an EF806S from JJ Electronics. The EF806S is a 6.3V pentode. Lauten puts selected tubes through a proprietary "aging" process before using them in…
  • Sontronics Aria

    27 Aug 2015 | 10:55 pm
    The Sontronics Aria is a cardioid tube condenser microphone designed primarily for vocal recording. It replaces the Omega in Sontronics' product lineup.The capsule is described as a 1.07'' edge-terminated model, which we understand to be a 34mm O.D. with 27mm diaphragms. According to Sontronics founder Trevor Coley, only the front diaphragm is metallized.The mic's tube is described as an Eastern European 12AX7/ECC83. MusicTech magazine further identifies it as "a JJ-branded valve made by Tesla in the Slovak Republic."The mic's power supply, model name SPS-2, includes a 2-position…
  • Roswell Pro Audio RA-VO

    11 Aug 2015 | 11:05 pm
    The RA-VO is a high-sensitivity, low-noise condenser microphone tuned specifically for voiceover and voice acting applications.It was developed in collaboration with voice actor and producer Jordan Reynolds; the process involved multiple circuit, capsule, and tuning options before the final voicing was determined. The circuit is based on the Schoeps transformerless design. In the RA-VO, the circuit is implemented with audiophile-quality parts such as 1% resistors and imported film capacitors. The circuit contains a hard-wired high-pass filter, to roll off low frequencies below 150Hz. This…
  • AKG Acoustics C314

    11 Aug 2015 | 8:52 pm
    The AKG C314 is a multipattern FET condenser with switchable pad and filter options. In terms of both features and cost, it fits into the AKG project studio product line between the C214 (MSRP $499) and C414 XLS (MSRP $1499). The capsule is an edge-terminated, large-diaphragm design, mounted on an internal suspension. This is the same capsule as is used in the C414 XLS.A switch on one side of the body controls the high-pass filter, which removes low-frequency content below 100Hz with a slope of 12dB/octave.A switch on the opposite side of the mic body enables a 20dB preattenuation pad. Below…
  • Neat Microphones Worker Bee

    9 Aug 2015 | 7:11 pm
    The Worker Bee is a fixed Cardioid condenser microphone with a medium-diaphragm capsule and transformerless output circuit.It is designed as an all-purpose microphone for home or commercial studios.The capsule is a 25mm (outside diameter) electret design, shockmounted within the Worker Bee's grille.The capsule does not have an internal JFET; the circuit uses a 2SK170 within a design that accommodates the high capacitance of that device. The first stage of the Worker Bee circuit is similar to the King Bee, although where the King Bee uses an output transformer, the Worker Bee has an…
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    WordPress Tag: Hi-Fi

  • Hi Fi Filters Catalog

    30 Aug 2015 | 5:44 am
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  • August 29

    29 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    You ever pop into a favorite pub, have a couple of beers and the bartender gives you a free one? Kind of like saying “Hey, you come in here often, spend some money and aren’t a douche… have one on me!” Something kind of like that happened recently at the local record store 4000 Holes. I’d been in and out of that place dozens of times, almost always lighter in the wallet when leaving. The owner, an older guy with an encyclopedic knowledge of The Beatles, was always nice to me and patiently answered my dumb questions… but I didn’t think he ever remembered that I’d been in…
  • August 28

    28 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    Happy Fleetwood Mac Friday! Well, I’ve gone and done it. I’ve FMF’ed all of my proper FM records. I’ve still got to find a few (Tango in the Night and The Dance) of the modern FM records, will probable pass on the live stuff, and need to jump all the way back to the Peter Green FM to fill out The Collection… someday. So, on to the solo stuff I’ve managed to collect. I thought, as a counterpoint to yesterday’s blog about Graceland, that I’d check out the 1981 album The Visitor from Mick Fleetwood: Whereas Graceland used township jive (and tex-mex, and zydeco) as the foundation…
  • August 27

    27 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    “World Music” was not a term I was familiar with in 1986. The record stores I remember had three basic sections… Rock/Pop, Country/Folk and Classical. Sure, there were tiny outposts for Jazz/Blues and Soundtracks… and there was always a rack dedicated to Spoken Word shoehorned under the window AC, but the Big 3 was where all the action was. The release that summer of Paul Simon’s Graceland changed all that: It wasn’t that I hadn’t heard and appreciated non-western music before, or that Paul Simon was the first western musician or pop star to feature these foreign instruments and…
  • Wonder Woman Looney Tunes Variant Covers For November 2015

    Tim Hanley
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Generally speaking, I don’t care for variant covers. They’re a non-sustainable way to boost sales and confusing when you’re looking through the stacks. But I’ve really grown to love DC’s variant cover program because they’ve made a lot of fun choices. Plus, Wonder Woman’s main titles haven’t been particularly good for a while, and more often than not I find the variant covers far more enjoyable than the book itself. Broadly speaking, the variant covers across DC’s line each month are a little hit and miss, but the Wonder Woman ones tend to…
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    Enjoy The Audiophile

  • Special 20/20 Awards For Phono Cartridges & Turntables

    29 Aug 2015 | 6:24 am
    The 12" vinyl LP is like the proverbial cat, as it has nine lives. While the turntable has never disappeared within the eyes of our beloved high-end audio industry, during the past few years there has been an amazing resurgence and demand for analog music replay. Vinyl record pressing plants can't keep up with the demand! Like any technology, improvements have been made over the years to cartridges, turntables and even the formulation and variety of LPs. I have zero doubt that the below list will cause an uproar as there is that intangible something that makes turntable lovers so very adamant…
  • Exclusive! Andrew Jones: Brilliant Loudspeaker Designer Does It Again... With ELAC!

    28 Aug 2015 | 8:27 am
    Andrew Jones has a feeling in his head of the sound he is trying to achieve with a loudspeaker. The technical approach is a mix of art and science. There are things you can do by measurement, yet that only works if you can measure correctly, since it is a three-dimensional process. There are numerous axes to consider when measuring, and a speaker interacts with its environment. Understanding the experiment, measurements, design, etc is critical to correlation. The process is to set a goal, build and check that you meet that goal by measurements combined with listening and then making any…
  • The Capital Audiofest Is This Weekend

    28 Aug 2015 | 4:25 am
    The 2015 Capital Audiofest (CAF) is scheduled to take place from August 28th through the 30th the Hilton Hotel at Twinbrook Metro in Rockville, MD. This event is the Washington DC metropolitan area's comprehensive quality audio event and will feature high-end audio manufacturers. In total, there will be 38 rooms filled with high-end audio gear from 116 vendors / manufacturers. Read More
  • Michael Hedges Aerial Boundaries On Hybrid SACD

    28 Aug 2015 | 4:24 am
    Marshall Blonstein's Audio Fidelity will be releasing guitar innovator Michael Hedges critically acclaimed album Aerial Boundaries on a limited edition hybrid SACD. This will be the first time that the celebrated album has been made available on the SACD format. Aerial Boundaries is the record that presented Michael Hedges to the world as one of the world's top acoustic guitar visionaries. He stretched the limits of the instrument to accommodate his uncanny musical ideas. There are moments on the record where it seems impossible that so much music is coming from one man and his guitar. The…
  • Chick Corea And Béla Fleck Double Album Two

    28 Aug 2015 | 4:22 am
    Concord Music Group is soon releasing Chick Corea and Béla Fleck in their new album titled Two. This album is four years in the making and is said to be a sound unlike any other two musicians on the planet. "After four years of touring — 57 shows packed with musical brilliance — how do you sort through it all? Well, they listened to every single show and found the best-of-the-best, 'super-magic' takes" says the press release. Chick's admiration for Bella's banjoist bluegrass-meets-bebop band the Flecktones resulted in what Concord Music Group feels is the most compelling performances…
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    Audiophile Audition

  • Furious7, Blu-ray (2015)

    John Sunier
    29 Aug 2015 | 12:01 am
    Furious7, Blu-ray (2015) Cast: Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Paul Walker, Michael Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Jason Statham, Kurt Russell Director: James Wan Studio: Universal 61129709 [9/15/15] (2 discs) Video: 2.40:1 for 16:9 1080p color HD Both Theatrical & Extended Edition Audio: DTS-HD MA 7.1, DVS 2.0, French & Spanish DTS 5.1 digital, English/Spanish/French Dolby 5.1 Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French Extras: Deleted scenes, Flying Cars, Snatch and Grab, Tower Jumps, Inside the Fight, The Cars of Furious, Race Wars, “See You Again” music video, The Making of  the Fast…
  • Martin Taylor – Don’t Fret – Linn

    John Sunier
    29 Aug 2015 | 12:01 am
    Martin Taylor – Don’t Fret  – Linn BKD 014, 48:22 [Distr. By Naxos] ***1/2: (Martin Taylor – guitar; David Newton – piano & synthesizer; Dave Green – bass; Allan Ganley – drums) The name Martin Taylor may not have as much currency in North America as in his native Great Britain, but he is a guitarist of some distinction with a quick-silver technique. In 2002, he was awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for his service to jazz. This session entitled Don’t Fret was originally released by Linn Records in…
  • BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 9; R. STRAUSS: Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks – Philharmonic Sym. of NY/ Bruno Walter – Pristine

    John Sunier
    29 Aug 2015 | 12:01 am
    BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 9 in d minor; R. STRAUSS: Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, Op. 28 – Philharmonic Sym. of New York/ Bruno Walter – Pristine PASC 446, 65:47 [avail. in several formats from] *****: Restoration engineer and annotator Andrew Rose informs us that this 2 February 1950 Carnegie Hall performance by Bruno Walter (1876-1962) of the Bruckner Ninth derives from a private collector’s generosity. Bruno Walter set a rather consistently energetic tradition for his Bruckner performances, and we can hear great similarity of thought and design in…
  • Audio News for August 28, 2015

    John Sunier
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:01 am
    New Films to Use DTS:X Audio Format – Lionsgae Films will soon have new films with the innovative new DTS:X immersive object-oriented audio format. They are American Ultra, Sicario, and Mockinjay: Part 2. DTS:X gives studios unprecedented control over the placement, movement and volume of sound objects, and the mix can be simultaneously for either imersive or conventional cinemas. To ensure quality and flexibility with their program, DTS has partnered with three server, sound-rendering and processing firms: GDC Technology, QSC and USL. Founder of Burmester Audio Dies – In the late…
  • Joe Louis Walker – Live In Istanbul (2015)

    John Sunier
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:01 am
    Joe Louis Walker – Live In Istanbul (2015) Musicians: Joe Louis Walker – guitar, vocals; Tom Rose – rhythm guitar; Mike Eppley – organ, electric piano; Tony Saunders – bass; Chris Nutall – drums Studio: MVD Ent. Group MVD 75050 [8/14/15] Audio: English PCM Stereo Video: 16×9 color TrackList: Can’t Get You Out Of My Mind; Rain In My Mind; You Got To Lose; Street People; I Didn’t Know; Bluesifyin’; Funkin’ Blues; Play ‘Em Where They Lay; Lost Heart; Hidden Feelings Length: 85 minutes Rating: Audio: ***    Video: **     Overall: *** San Francisco native Joe…
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    Steve Hoffman Music Forums

  • Were bands of yesteryear more or less lazy/productive than today's musicians?

    30 Aug 2015 | 5:43 am
    All those years ago the typical album was only 35-40 minutes long, however these days a 60-70 minute album is expected thanks to the (now old) introduction of the CD. However bands used to release albums more frequently (at least in their earlier years of formation). So in the end, are musicians becoming more lazy by releasing fewer, longer albums, or does it all average out? (By the way, this isn't an old music vs. new music thread or something, just a general... Were bands of yesteryear more or less lazy/productive than today's musicians?
  • Favorite Christian musicians?

    30 Aug 2015 | 5:43 am
    I have some Casting Crowns, Amy Grant, and a Cheri Keaggy cd. Can you recommend some others as well? Thanks! David
  • Where do you "go" during critical listening?

    30 Aug 2015 | 5:43 am
    First off, I'm not talking about listening while doing other things, e.g. driving; web-browsing; reading; etc. I consider critical listening to be when you relax and devote all your attention to the music. For me, that's when I'm planted in the sweet spot, lights off (or perhaps some candlelight) or sometimes relaxing wherever w/ headphones on (usually eyes closed). What I'm asking is what goes on in your head during such times when you are soaring "upon the wings of music" (to borrow an... Where do you "go" during critical listening?
  • Judas Priest - Last Rose Of Summer

    30 Aug 2015 | 5:42 am
    Now that the summer is winding down, I just played this song (it popped into my head in the songs with long fade outs thread) I think this is an incredible song by Judas Priest and I really wish they still had this sort of versatility in their sound. The lyrics are very melancholy but also have hope if that makes any sense. Rob really had one of the greatest voices not only in metal but of all time.
  • a-ha reuniting for album ("Cast In Steel") and tour in 2016

    30 Aug 2015 | 5:42 am
    Just a scant 5 years since their farewell album and tour, a-ha have announced that they will reunite for a new album and tour. You can read the press release here: I, as a lifelong fan, am truly surprised by this. The Foot of the Mountain album and farewell tour really did seem like a sincere end to 25 years of collaboration. Even more surprising is that Morten and Paul have apparently, and casually, been working on new songs together. Most fans know that... a-ha reuniting for album ("Cast In Steel") and tour in 2016
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  • Russel K. Speakers

    30 Aug 2015 | 4:57 am
    Wonder if anyone have heard the Russel K. Red 100 loudspeakers
  • Any views on AE1 mkII versus DB1+?

    30 Aug 2015 | 4:24 am
    I am looking for secondhand small speakers, and am interested in the above. - Acoustic Research AE1 mkII - PMC DB1+ Similar prices secondhand. My amp is a Nait 5i and I am worried it is underpowered for the AE1? The DB1+ seems to be liked by a lot of people, and the DB1i is also around for a little more money. Anyone tried either of those to give a view? Source is RP3 and they are for my small office (3m x 4.5m).
  • Any thoughts on Linn gear

    30 Aug 2015 | 4:19 am
    In particular Mimic cd & Majik amp Never tried Linn so any info from users would be useful, balance, reliability, age of these 2, what sort of prices they currently sell for etc.. Cheers.
  • Friends budget system

    30 Aug 2015 | 3:48 am
    Hi chaps, Just wanted to share my experience at my local hi fi dealers audio T in Brentwood last Friday. My friend has always wanted a hi fi system and after many years he finally decided to bite the bullet so off we went to the shop ........only problem I could see was budget or the lack of one ! He didn't want to spend too much and stated a grand for a TT,amp,cdp,speakers. I thought it was a tall order and to me two grand for new gear would be more like it.....2nd hand yes but new.....hmmmmmm. Anyways what was set up was....... Rega rp1 Marantz cd6005 Marantz pm6005 Audio monitor bronze 5…
  • Sony Bravia TV question

    ex brickie
    30 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    I've just bought a Sony KDL-50W800c TV. From another thread I have asked questions about linking up an AV receiver and DVD player but as yet nothing is connected apart from an aerial. Yesterday it worked fine. Today, the TV guide comes up but when I click to view I get a blank black screen and no sound. I've auto tuned again with analogue and digital - no channels on analogue and 37 on digital (I'm in Australia). But same issue - guide all works but can't view the programme and silent (I haven't pressed mute by mistake!) Any clues please? It can't be the input selections as there's nothing…
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    AVS Forum | Home Theater Discussions And Reviews - 2-Channel Audio

  • Simple Bedroom Stereo - $200 Best Bang for My Buck

    Breaking Brad
    29 Aug 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Hello everyone, I am in the market for a simple but nice stereo setup for my bedroom. I am a graduate student so I cannot afford much at the moment but I would like something simple that sounds nice. Budget: Around $200 total Use: Casual music listening. I listen to a lot of genres so balance is key. Decent bass for the occasional electronic track would be nice as well. Speakers: I am considering two SP-FS52-LR floor speakers. These seem like an obvious option based on my research but a bit out of my budget. I could also go for the bookshelf style of the same line but I fear I will lose a lot…
  • Can I turn two 2.0 systems into a 4.0 one?

    29 Aug 2015 | 3:40 am
    Nevermind, opened a thread in the Audio Theory subforum.
  • Budget avr/receiver and Apple airplay

    citizen arcane
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:13 pm
    I want to buy a simple avr/receiver that will stream Apple products (which I know nothing about) for my daughter. Additional hdmi or composite inputs should work as well as this will be used for 2 channel audio only and bass management isn't necessary as I'll be using speaker-level inputs to a pair of subs. Any recommendations - I'm hoping to keep this below $200.
  • Martin Logan ESLs - Amp/Preamp or integrated amp

    26 Aug 2015 | 11:39 am
    Just bought Martin Logan ESLs with the dynamo 500 sub (free sub promo going on). Using them only for 2 channel music purposes and looking for suggestions on what to drive them with. Open to integrated Amp or preamp/amp combo. Don't want to go overboard (ie McIntosh) and spend more than what I spent on speakers on the amp. I had a Denon AVR 1913 around the house and using it for the time being. The speakers sound great, but wondering if I am missing out by not having something better. Thanks.
  • MB Quart tweeter placement in standard cab truck

    26 Aug 2015 | 12:58 am
    Hi I have a 2004 standard cab silverado base model. I am thinking about raising my tweeter up since it is about even with my thigh in height on the doors. Its about an inch and a half under inside door pull shut handle, and towards the end of it. I have them mounted the easiest way no flush mount. I am aware that the RSC 216 are very bright tweeters and crossed over pretty high so If I place them higher it could end up too harsh or too separated from woofer. And I dont know if EQ'ing and lower db at crossover would be enough to bring them into a good sound stage since they are crossed over so…
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  • [Admin] Rec.Audio.High-End Newsgroup Guidelines

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  • Re: Peter Aczel Hangs Up His Spurs

    Peter Wieck
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:31 pm
    That is really too bad. There is enough hot air and silly fluff in the Audio Press to refloat the Graf Zeppelin, and then some. Peter Wieck Melrose Park, PA
  • Peter Aczel Hangs Up His Spurs

    Bob Marcus
    23 Aug 2015 | 8:54 pm
    The great scourge of the high-end phonies has decided to ride off into the sunset at last: We can only wish him Godspeed.
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  • Sony Xperia Z5: What's the story so far?

    Britta O'Boyle
    30 Aug 2015 | 5:16 am
    Sony has a slightly different release cycle to the rest of its competition, normally announcing a new handset every 6 months rather than one a year. The Xperia Z1 arrived in 2013 and since then we have seen the Z2, Z3 and the Z3+. The Xperia Z3+, known...
  • IFA 2015: What to expect from Samsung, Sony, LG and others

    Chris Hall
    29 Aug 2015 | 12:33 am
    Consumer electronics show IFA is fast approaching and that means just one thing for the weird and wonderful world of tech: new devices! IFA takes place from 4-9 September 2015 in Messe Berlin, but the press conferences start on 2 September. Typically...
  • Nexus 5 (2015): What's the story so far?

    Chris Hall
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:31 pm
    There are only a couple of major smartphones left to be announced in 2015, as most of the big manufacturers have come to market with their flagship. Among the most anticipated is the next Nexus, the next iteration of Google's purebred Android flagship....
  • No one will believe your photos were taken with a smartphone

    Pocket-lint Promotion
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:02 pm
    You usually have two options when it comes to taking photos: Use your smartphone camera, which is great for portability but results in so-so pictures, ot bring along a real camera, which will enable better shots but can be a pain to lug around. Now you...
  • Apple's next Apple TV (2015): What’s the story so far?

    Elyse Betters
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:59 pm
    It's been a long time since Apple refreshed its set-top box - well over three years, in fact. And recent price drops of the existing model have led to a flood of rumours and speculation on a new version. From a dedicated game store and built-in TV tuner...
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    Everyday Listening

  • clinamen

    28 Aug 2015 | 3:24 am
    Céleste Boursier-Mougenot is a French artist who started out as an avant-garde composer before he turned to making long-duration large-scale acoustic installations like he’s been doing for the last two years. His most well known work might be From hear to ear, in which birds fly around the exhibition space, and plugged-in guitars serve as perches for the birds. A lot of his work showcases chance and indeterminacy in highly controlled environments. With clinamen, one can see this fascination for chance in composition, as well as his interest in creating musical sounds with objects…
  • What Do Machines Sing Of?

    20 Jul 2015 | 5:12 am
    Martin Backes is a Berlin-based audiovisual artist. In his latest work What Do Machines Sing Of?, he asks the old question of how a computer can communicate, or rather evoke, human sentiment. An automated machine that sings 90s ballads in a digital way, but not in a way which feels distant and cold. And that is what Backes has done very skillfully: retaining the sentimental aspect of vocal intonations, while stripping the songs bare.  
  • Illumination

    21 Jun 2015 | 5:04 am
    Christian Skjødt is a Danish artist and composer exploring temporal, spatial, as well as physical aspects of sound and aesthetics of noise. His installation works are often site-specific and include self-built electronics. Which is the case as well for his Illumination (2014): A site-specific piece for a 18th-century wine cellar in the Botanical Garden in Riga. Illumination examines the translation of the outer circumstances, harvesting the energy from the sun, and bringing this into the cellar in the form of sound. In the cellar the sounds are spatialised, and the particular acoustics…
  • Dolmen

    25 May 2015 | 5:58 am
      During this year’s Sonic Acts, one of the installations that stuck with me was Mario de Vega’s DOLMEN. It hung in the main hall of the Muziekgebouw and made a whole lot of noise. Consisting of various high frequency receivers, radio scanners and custom electronics based on logarithmic detectors, it is an intervention that explores the boundaries of human perception as well as the social, political and physical impact of telecommunications technnology by making wireless signals in space audible. If you stood below it, making a call, you could hear the normally inaudible…
  • 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…
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  • Antipodes Audio ‘Reference’ Interconnects and Speaker Cable

    Anthony Kershaw
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Finally! It was my turn. As publisher of Audiophilia, one of my roles is not to be selfish, as most audiophiles assuredly are. Mark Jenkins of New Zealand’s Antipodes Audio had offered his cables for review some years ago. Our writers began with the Komako cables and were mightily impressed. Jenkins took some time off from cables to produce his incredible music servers. After time off for good behaviour, he returned to cables and to up the ante to Reference status. Of course, my colleagues pushed and shoved (in the most polite way) to hear them first. How could I refuse? Trust me, I thought…
  • Roon

    Audiophilia Staff
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:42 am
    Is streaming quickly becoming of age? My friend Robert Silverman alerted me to this new software. He has it, and other than being one of Canada’s finest concert pianists, he is an avid audiophile. He knows of what he speaks and from every angle. He loves Roon. He tells me that it basically installs the software from the ultra high end $10,000 Meridian Sooloos music server on your computer for $100 a year. It loads all your files in all formats and resolutions and integrates seamlessly with Tidal Hi. And Bob says ‘it looks amazing!’. Meridian has unleashed Roon as a…
  • An Audiophilia Top Ten: indispensable instrumental jazz LP reissues for the audiophile new to vinyl

    Audiophilia Staff
    18 Aug 2015 | 11:54 am
    Last week we published the classical version of this Audiophilia Top Ten. Like classical and popular reissue LPs, the list could (and should) be hundreds in number. A little fun with a Top Ten but a serious list, nonetheless. And each LP will bring unalloyed audiophile pleasure for their recordings and performances. Repertoire? Well, that’s up to you. Once again, remember these are reissue LPs. The original v reissue debate continues, and in some corners, rages! Not here. Just enjoy. If you have a Clearaudio Goldfinger cartridge and God has caressed your phono cable, you will hear a…
  • VPI Industries Scout Jr. Turntable

    Karl Sigman
    14 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    While completing my review of the Sprout integrated amp by PS Audio in February 2015, I had a friendly chat with Mat Weisfeld, President of VPI, who mentioned that VPI Industries uses the Sprout to test their ‘Budget Reference’ but high-end entry-evel turntable, the Scout Jr. Weisfeld was kind enough to send me a Scout Jr. on loan for review. It is ready-to-use out of the box, complete with a pre-mounted Ortofon 2M Red cartridge on a 9 inch stainless steel tonearm with gimballed/yoke bearing, a 1” thick aluminum platter and a stand-alone motor. It requires no adjusting. It weighs in at…
  • An Audiophilia Top Ten: indispensable classical LP reissues for the audiophile new to vinyl

    Anthony Kershaw
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:38 pm
    The following list, in no particular order, makes a good starting point for the audiophile new vinyl wanting to build a great sounding LP collection. Not only do the LPs on this list have the very best in audiophile quality sound, but they are legendary performances, too. Please add yours in the Comments Section. Thanks. There are arguments galore about the differences between originals and these reissues. But there is no doubt the reissues provide an amazing service to music lovers who can’t find or can’t afford good copies of the original pressings. And do yourself a favour, go…
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  • Pass XsPre – A Solid State Marvel

    28 Aug 2015 | 1:36 pm
    When Pass labs introduced the dual chassis Xs monoblocks a couple of years ago, they raised the bar for other components, and in the process even raised the bar for their own, already excellent XP30. We could end the review here by saying that on one level the difference between the XP30 and the XsPre is very much like the difference between the XA.8 series power amplifiers and the Xs monoblocks; everything is bigger, bolder, cleaner and quieter than what has come before. Taking the financial aspect out of the equation, with the XsPre tipping the scale at $38,000 and the XP30 less than half…
  • The AudioQuest NightHawk Headphones

    28 Aug 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Publisher’s Note: While I had a blast using the AudioQuest NightHawk headphones playing video games with my PS4, the team at AudioQuest did a lot of work on these wonderful headphones, so it only seemed proper that we put them through their paces as a “real headphone user” would. So here is John Darko’s take on the NightHawk from that angle. You can read more of John’s work here: We suggest you do so, he’s a clever chap. But now, the review! When AudioQuest asked exWestone engineer Skylar Gray to tackle their first…
  • LONG TERM: The Robert Koda K-10 Preamplifier

    28 Aug 2015 | 12:46 pm
    Living with a hifi component for a long period of time is either a wonderful or dreadful thing. Features that seemed annoying at first can really be problematic after a time and magic that wasn’t always apparent at first really shines after about a thousand albums. When you truly commit to a component, it’s almost like a long term relationship with a person; you either grow together or you grow apart. You need look no further than the recent court docket of divorce decrees or Audiogon to see who’s become tired of their spouse or their preamplifier. Happily, after three years of using…
  • Issue 73

    27 Aug 2015 | 8:53 pm
    Features Old School: Bang&Olufsen BeoCenter 9500 By Jeff Dorgay The Audiophile Apartment: Dynaudio XEO 4 Speakers By Jeff Dorgay Journeyman Audiophile: Monk Audio Tube Phonostage By Rob Johnson 995: Sounds That Won’t Break The Bank Vanatoo Transparent One Speakers By Jeff Dorgay TONE Style The Wino: Cabernet 4 Ways By Monique Meadows Apple’s Latest Macbook Doiy Bicycle Pizza Cutter WatchMe Music Spin the Black Circle: Reviews of New Pop/Rock and Country Albums By Bob Gendron, Todd Martens, Chrissie Dickinson, Andrea Domanick and Aaron Cohen Jazz & Blues: Dave Douglas, Robert…
  • Decware Zen Mystery Amp

    16 Jul 2015 | 3:06 pm
    Edgar Winter’s They Only Come Out at Night was the first record in my collection, so to say I’m intimately familiar with it would be an understatement. For old times’ sake, it’s the first album I place on the turntable when critical listening begins for the Zen Mystery Amp (ZMA). Wow! Just when you think you’ve heard it all and you know a piece of music inside and out, this amp whacks you upside the head—which is enlightening and it’s what keeps this reviewing game interesting. The first cymbal crash on Radiohead’s “High and Dry” further convinces me that I’m listening…
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  • The history of sound at the arcades

    25 Aug 2015 | 3:15 am
    Current arcade games contain electronics for modern digital synthesizers and samplers to recreate the atmosphere of scenes ranging form race car tracks to high class casinos to extraterrestrial worlds, but the audio in these games has come from humble beginnings. The very first arcade games were precursor slot machines like those developed by Sittman and Pitt in the 1890s, a long time before the computer revolution, where physical bells were rung by the machine on payout. In these days volume and the tempo of the rings were the only sounds available to engineer. Fast forward to the inter-war…
  • Much of the audio equipment behind huge Las Vegas shows is now available for indie musicians on a budget

    14 Aug 2015 | 3:06 am
    Every huge show that is put on in sin city has its own unique requirements, with varying numbers of musicians, dancers, and lighting effects, but use similar rigs that have become relatively common in recent years. Inside the audio control room, the operator surrounds himself with some high end monitors so he can immerse himself in the sounds of the show, often with a 5.1 or more setup. Meyer HD-1 have an excellent reputation in this kind of setup, with various engineers from the great Roger Nichols to Jason Pritchard (The Beatles’ LOVE – showing at the Mirage casino, famous for its…
  • What do you need to start a recording studio business?

    29 Jun 2015 | 7:09 am
    Are you tired of your nine to five job and you want a little more excitement in your life? Maybe you are into such things as music and you have always dreamed of starting your own business. Well maybe that is a dream you should combine and you need to consider starting your own recording studio. It is not as expensive as you think and it just might be your ticket to a job will enjoy for a lifetime. Here are some things you need to do in order to start your own recording studio. Establish a need for it in your area The very first thing anyone needs to do before starting any business is to…
  • How to record excellent quality audio direct to your mobile device

    29 Jun 2015 | 6:24 am
    Mobile computing has utterly changed the way in which we interact with computers, allowing us to complete tasks, communicate with one another and relax, wherever we are, whenever we’d like. Powerful mobile processors and inventive applications have given us amazing things; the ability to play HD-quality videos on public transport via Netflix’s app, the capacity to enjoy casino games ten thousand miles away from Vegas via Royal Vegas Casino, or even to make sense of the starry sky with Star Tracker. Up until now though, a huge thing has been missing from mobile devices; the ability…
  • How to mix music

    10 Jun 2015 | 8:26 am
    Whether you are looking to mix your own music or someone else’s song, there are a few key steps that you should implement and things that you want to keep in mind. Be organized Taking time to organize the elements of the track from the beginning can help to expedite the process and make things easy to find later on. There are a few organization tricks that can help: Color-code and label different instruments Arrange the order of the tracks Create and label special grouping that you may need Set your input levels Complete the process Once you are in the creative mindset and you have…
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    Dark Horse Institute


    Dark Horse Institute
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:56 pm
    A class of 6 recording arts alumni from Dark Horse Institute have found their names attached to a project anything other than “final”. I Am Spartacus, a native Nashville band is now climbing the Billboard Christian Rock charts with their powerful, yet catchy song “The Last Stand”. The song is the current single from their recent 6-song release recorded as part a final project for audio engineering students inside the recording studios of Dark Horse Institute. “Hearing the news…brings back a lot of awesome memories…” says former class member Brian Strickert, “When…
  • Recording Studio Equipment: Stop Paying For Hype

    Sean Rogers
    20 Aug 2015 | 1:56 pm
    When it comes to recording studio equipment, it’s easy to get bit by the bug, but are you are really just paying for the hype? If you are into recording your own music, there’s no doubt you have found yourself pages deep on Sweetwater or Gear Slutz looking for the next big thing to take your sounds to a new level. But when it comes to pro recording studio equipment, it seems that the further in you go, the more narrow the selection. Have you ever seen a pro recording studio microphone locker? It will probably look something like this: I know what you’re already…
  • Nashville Audio Engineering School Leaves its Mark

    Sean Rogers
    12 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Dark Horse Institute Leaves ‘Tattoos on This Town’  Nashville audio engineering school, Dark Horse Institute is leaving its mark on graduates. While pop culture churns out metaphorical references of getting inked such as Jason Aldean’s top 40 smash, “Tattoos on This Town”, a recent Dark Horse Institute graduate took things a little more…literally. Mike Riley is now an alumni of one of Nashville’s fasted growing audio engineering programs and has a lot to show for himself including a shiny, new tattoo proudly displayed on the majority of his left…
  • Being a Recording Arts Graduate is Anything But a Piece of Cake

    Sean Rogers
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:03 am
    “And Let us Eat Cake!”After a heartfelt commencement ceremony, the honored guests will soon realize that being a recording arts graduate is anything but a piece of cake. In fact, it’s what all graduates must do during their first year after graduation that paves the foundation for success in the music industry. Some graduates will immediately begin to find their way up the totem pole as new interns for the historic Dark Horse Recording, where the institute was born. Others, will move back to their hometowns, continue their education, branch off into live sound, or even…
  • Music City is a Music Melting Pot

    Sean Rogers
    15 Jul 2015 | 2:47 am
    Dark Horse Institute Shares The Love in Music CityWhile corn bread and chicken are still hot ticket meals ’round here, when it comes to music, Music City itself is a music melting pot. In fact, at Dark Horse Institute, the proof is in the pudding. While it’s true that everyone walks to the beat of their own drum, in theory, that drum first must be recorded. And while we may be biased, you’re hard-pressed to find a better Audio Engineering program than at Dark Horse Institute. Diversity is a beautiful thing and when musical world’s collide as they often do at Dark Horse…
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  • Prototyping Synth designs using Kyle Stetz’s AudioKeys library

    Thomas Roberson
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    5th tutorial on Web Audio API: how to design a synth using the Audiokeys library developed by the creator of the amazing web app Typedrummer. The post Prototyping Synth designs using Kyle Stetz’s AudioKeys library appeared first on sounDesign.
  • Watch Walter Murch telling a story about Sound and it’s Poetry

    Gianpaolo D'Amico
    25 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    A short film by Locarno Film Festival celebrates the work of legendary Walter Murch, who received this year the Vision Award – Nescens for his amazing career as a Sound Communicator. The post Watch Walter Murch telling a story about Sound and it’s Poetry appeared first on sounDesign.
  • Fashionista wearables could be the next trend in wireless headphones

    Farshad Qasim
    23 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Fashion-forward company launched a Kickstarter campaign for the world's first wearable cuff with stereo wireless headphones. The post Fashionista wearables could be the next trend in wireless headphones appeared first on sounDesign.
  • Audio Artist at Electronic Arts

    Gianpaolo D'Amico
    21 Aug 2015 | 8:58 am
    Electronic Arts is seeking for an audio artist at Orlando, Florida, United States. The post Audio Artist at Electronic Arts appeared first on sounDesign.
  • Super Powers to the drummer: augmented rhythms for hypermusicians

    Gianpaolo D'Amico
    19 Aug 2015 | 4:11 pm
    Interactive musical software for rhythmical and percussive environments. Recently called hyperinstruments, these new tools are here to stay. The post Super Powers to the drummer: augmented rhythms for hypermusicians appeared first on sounDesign.
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    The best earbuds

  • Sony STH30 Earbuds Review

    22 Aug 2015 | 1:18 am
    Sony has recently announced the new earbuds model, STH30, for a budget price tag. The STH30 comes in the flashy design, which you can find typically identical to Apple Earpods, and is lightweight and water/dust-resistance scored IP5-7. That means it can be submersed in water at depth 1m for 30 seconds or you can wear these earbuds while running in light rain. Just in case you drop it into water, the STH30 needs to settle to dry for at least 3 hours to achieve the best sound performance. Technical Information Frequency response 20Hz – 20000Hz Nominal Impedance 18 Ohm Connector 3.5 mm…
  • Four Best Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones in 2015

    28 Jul 2015 | 8:11 pm
    For over the ear style/full size headphones–fully surround your ears, combined both features ANC and Wireless the $500 Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 2 is the best wireless noise cancelling headphones on the market right now. It gained that reward for the premium sound over Bluetooth 4.0 supported by Apt X, effectiveness of ANC and elegant design. Along with some handful extra features like ease of tapping to connect with NFC (Near Field Communication) and folding up design, it’s extremely comfortable too. In ear/earbuds, over ear models of wireless active noise cancelling…
  • 2015’s Top 5 Best Over-The-Ear Headphones Under $100

    4 Jul 2015 | 9:49 am
    If you’re an audiophile or simply a music lover, you probably know this type of audio equipment. ‘Over-the-ear’ or full size headphones are just that, (crafted to fit comfortably around the ear) as opposed to in-the-ear ( as is usually the case with ear buds, earphones or earpieces). With most ‘premium’ and designer-labelled headphones having a prohibitive price tag of over $300, you must be wondering whether you can land a quality pair of headphones with less than a $100. And indeed, it is very possible. We took the liberty of scouring the internet and testing…
  • Nine of The Best Earbuds Headphones for Working Out 2015: Wired and Wireless models

    3 Jul 2015 | 9:19 am
    Once walking around a fitness center, I started to notice a lot of workout enthusiasts wearing their earbuds, one of those was a big guy with cables hang around, other with Bluetooth earbuds. While the big guy pushed his dumbbells up, his earbuds fell out, oh, no he might have chosen wrong earbuds for his time in the gym. To lessen the chance earbuds falling out in your intensive workout sections, some workout earbuds are designed with additional parts such as sport hooks, clip, adjustable loops–also called hangers, or neckband. The sport hooks will enclose around your ears while…
  • How To Make Eartips from Earplugs

    18 Jun 2015 | 7:12 pm
    Eartips come with your stock earbuds may not be comfortable and fit securely. To improve your music listening experience, you can make your own eartips. What you need 1. Robbins Instruments Disposable Biopsy Punches Assorted – 2,3,3.5,4,5 mm – Box/25 – Sterile 2. Earplugs like Moldex 6800 Pura-Fit Disposable Ear Plugs – Yellow (Box of 200), great if you’ve already had a package. Making the hole by the puncher. Since earplugs are very soft, so it’s quite difficult to get the best results. You only get the best result if the hole is centered both ends.
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  • The KAISER 10 CIEM by Noble

    26 Aug 2015 | 7:42 am
    The KAISER 10 CIEM by NobleTonality9.5Build Quality8.5Fit9.5Matchability9.5Value For Money8.59.1Our ScoreStatus and peak level audio quality rolled into one just isn’t enough for these guys.  They had to go ahead and craft some of the most beautiful designs along with it.  My K10 is one of those very few pieces of gear that I would take with me if the world ended and I’d somehow survived.  Zombies, Vampires, giant rodents or perhaps even genetically modified ex-girlfriends of mine wouldn’t stop me from trying to scour the land for a solar powered USB charger…if only to power my…
  • The T20 IEM by RHA

    23 Aug 2015 | 6:39 am
    The T20 IEM by RHATonality8Build & Fit8.5Matchability8Value For Money98.4Our ScoreI am a big fan of RHA and their line of cost busting earphones. The MA750 single dynamic driver for under a hundred quid really upped the expectations of what a relatively cheap earphone could and should sound like and the packaging and accessories were way above anything else out there in the market. Their even cheaper MA-350 which we reviewed way back in 2012 still looks and sounds great for the price. The pace of development in RHA is actually what is breathtaking, almost ‘FiiO-esque’ in their revamping,…
  • HiFi Room Essentials – The Chair

    Michael Piskor (24bit)
    16 Aug 2015 | 6:07 am
    This is the first article in what I hope to become a Hifi Essentials guide that revolves around anything and everything commonly found in a high end audio listening lounge.   All audio enthusiasts should have nice seating, so here are a few of the most popular and interesting chairs I could muster up.  I would like to thank Mid Century Monger for helping me out with this article.  Please, check their site out if you are interested in buying beautiful pieces of art that are both comfy and stylish as well.  Those guys have the best customer support I’ve ever witnessed and the fashion…
  • The Alpha & Delta AD01 from Lend Me Your Ears

    Smit Patel
    12 Aug 2015 | 9:26 am
    The Alpha & Delta AD01 from Lend Me Your EarsTonality6.5Build Quality7.5Fit8Matchability7Value For Money77.2Our ScoreThe Alpha & Delta AD01 is a new effort from Singaporean-based headphone retailer Lend Me Ur Ears (LMUE) in collaboration with a local Chinese company. Many would claim that this is a bold move seeing as LMUE have comfortably been at the other end of the manufacturing process but have not yet been at the helm of designing their own headphones. Featuring a dual dynamic driver configuration, the AD01 retails for $96 USD placing it in direct competition with the $100 Sennheiser…
  • The RockMaster Headphone & IE by Encore

    Michael Piskor (24bit)
    10 Aug 2015 | 4:34 am
    The RockMaster Headphone & IE by EncoreTonality Headphone6Tonality IEM7Build for Both7Matchability for Both6.7RockMaster Headphone Value6.5Rockmaster IE Value8.57Our ScoreEncore and Sonic Unity have teamed up recently to produce a nice deal for us audio nerds.  They may be newbies in the audio circuit, but there is little doubt in my mind that these guys are interested in knocking on the front door of companies like Sennheiser and Vmoda and saying “Hi, I just moved in next door.  Here are some fresh baked cookies, homemade lemonade and oh…also here is our $59 gift box that includes…
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    AV Tech Reviews - Reviews for AV Receivers - Speakers - Headphones

  • Yamaha CX-A5100 Preamplifier Preview

    AV Tech Reviews Staff
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:27 pm
    If you look up the term flagship in the dictionary, you might just find a picture of Yamaha’s latest preamp, the 11.2 channel Aventage CX-A5100. On paper, this preamp is loaded to the gills with features making it deserving of ... Read More The post Yamaha CX-A5100 Preamplifier Preview appeared first on AV Tech Reviews - Reviews for AV Receivers - Speakers - Headphones.
  • The X9 HRA – Onkyo’s Hi-Res Bluetooth Speaker

    AV Tech Reviews Staff
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:02 pm
    Onkyo isn’t known for speakers. In fact, when you talk about the top speaker makers Onkyo’s name isn’t even mentioned. However, in recent years they’ve slowly been making an effort to break into the speaker business. Today they announced the ... Read More The post The X9 HRA – Onkyo’s Hi-Res Bluetooth Speaker appeared first on AV Tech Reviews - Reviews for AV Receivers - Speakers - Headphones.
  • Onkyo TX-SR444 Review

    AV Tech Reviews Staff
    23 Aug 2015 | 9:29 am
    THE GOOD: The Onkyo TX-SR444 has great dynamic sound making it a solid performer for movie night. HDCP 2.2 copy protection and Dolby Atmos means you can keep this little black box around for a while.   THE BAD: It ... Read More The post Onkyo TX-SR444 Review appeared first on AV Tech Reviews - Reviews for AV Receivers - Speakers - Headphones.
  • Yamaha YSP-5600 – The First Atmos & DTS:X Soundbar…..Ever

    AV Tech Reviews Staff
    22 Aug 2015 | 4:55 am
    So, how many speakers can you cram into a soundbar? 5? 10? 25? How about 44? That’s the number of discrete speakers Yamaha’s new YSP-5600 packs into it’s tiny frame. If that doesn’t impress you, then maybe the fact that ... Read More The post Yamaha YSP-5600 – The First Atmos & DTS:X Soundbar…..Ever appeared first on AV Tech Reviews - Reviews for AV Receivers - Speakers - Headphones.
  • Pioneer Launches Affordable Dolby Atmos Speakers

    AV Tech Reviews Staff
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:08 pm
    If you’ve been waiting to pull the trigger on a new set of Atmos enabled speakers then your wait may be over. Pioneer’s announced a brand new set of affordable Atmos speakers that may get you to jump off the sidelines. ... Read More The post Pioneer Launches Affordable Dolby Atmos Speakers appeared first on AV Tech Reviews - Reviews for AV Receivers - Speakers - Headphones.
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