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  • The truth about Ultra HD 4K TV refresh rates

    CNET News
    Geoffrey Morrison
    2 Aug 2015 | 4:45 am
    Today's Ultra HD 4K TVs are all marketed with "motion," "action" and "clear" numbers that start at 240 and go up from there. They're all basically made up. Here's the real story.
  • NTU chip may be music to audiophiles' ears

    AUDIO SOUND - Bing News
    2 Aug 2015 | 5:41 pm
    Said Prof Chang: "This chip is for the future - it gives ultra-high-quality audio at a lower cost with greater clarity in sound. Once you hear the difference in sound quality, you won't want an inferior product."
  • Leon Bridges
    Robert Baird
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:44 pm
    The young singer is cannily using the Cooke comparisons to his advantage.Fri, 07/31/2015
  • Wax Stacks: Best LP Crate Ever?

    Daily Audiophile
    Mark Wieman
    10 Jul 2015 | 10:44 am
    This Kickstarter campaign for a new kind of LP crate is worthy of a look. Precision cut plywood panels snap together without tools or hardware. With $10K to go and only four days left, they’ll need help to make these a reality. A single crate is only $59, and you get a discount for buying […]
  • Bitperfect streaming of DTS and AC3/DD at last!

    Computer Audiophile
    2 Aug 2015 | 6:18 pm
    After having surrendered to the fact that I am the only one in the family who likes my customized Foobar and MonkeyMote solution I have done some testing of the Sonos Connect, the Heos Link and finally the Bluesound Node, and to my surprise I have at last found peace :-) Both Sonos and Heos apparently resamples everything internally regardless of settings (fixed output, Volume and tone controls of, no compression and so forth...) but the Bluesound not only plays the few 24/96 and 24/192 recordings I own but also plays my more numerous 5.1. DTS recordings absolutelse flawlessly. Finally I can…
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  • Leon Bridges

    Robert Baird
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:44 pm
    The young singer is cannily using the Cooke comparisons to his advantage.Fri, 07/31/2015
  • Simaudio Moon Evolution 860A power amplifier

    Jon Iverson
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:59 am
    In the May 2015 issue, I fairly raved about Simaudio's Moon Evolution 740P line-stage preamplifier, and now here I am confronting its Moon Evolution 860A power amp. The two are companion models of sorts, with prices of $9500 for the 740P, $15,000 for the 860A—and for much of the time I spent listening to the 740P it was hooked up to the 860A, so some of the descriptions of sound in this review will seem familiar. The two components are both products of the same design shop—Simaudio, Ltd., of Quebec, which has been a prominent brand in high-end audio for 35 years—and are often…
  • Rega Research DAC-R D/A processor

    Jon Iverson
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:43 am
    I've spent the last month recording songs for a pal's upcoming album. His act consists of powerful female and male singers, acoustic and electric bass, and acoustic guitars and mandolin. Jay-Z is funding the project, which is destined to transform the entire hip-hop/rap beat-driven pop landscape into an acoustic-music wonderland. Okay, I jest about that last part. Wed, 07/29/2015
  • Listening #152

    Jon Iverson
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:25 am
    During our second trip to the UK, my wife and I drove from Heathrow Airport to Swindon, to visit an older couple we'd met on our first trip. We arrived around noon, and Vera and Ross made us a nice lunch, which we enjoyed while looking at scrapbooks filled with family photos and well-worn newspaper clippings. Vera asked where we intended to spend the night, and I said that our next stop was York. Tue, 07/28/2015
  • The Fifth Element #92

    Jon Iverson
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:24 am
    Chris Huston is as soft-spoken and unassuming a chap as you would ever hope to meet, a real gentleman of the old school. He also has an amazing backstory. He and John Lennon were close friends at Liverpool's College of Art, and later had "dueling bands" that played at Liverpool's Cavern Club. Huston's band was the Undertakers, with lead singer Jackie Lomax. Like the Beatles, the Undertakers spent time playing gigs in scrappy clubs near the Hamburg docks. However, Huston is not just an asterisk in the music encyclopedias. He co-engineered Led Zeppelin's II, earned a Grammy for producing War's…
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    Daily Audiophile

  • Wax Stacks: Best LP Crate Ever?

    Mark Wieman
    10 Jul 2015 | 10:44 am
    This Kickstarter campaign for a new kind of LP crate is worthy of a look. Precision cut plywood panels snap together without tools or hardware. With $10K to go and only four days left, they’ll need help to make these a reality. A single crate is only $59, and you get a discount for buying […]
  • PS Audio NuWave DAC Review on Daily Audiophile

    Mark Wieman
    5 Jan 2013 | 3:35 pm
    Price $995. Available direct from PS Audio (USA customers only), or via local dealer. Description Newest and most affordable DAC from PS Audio. Notable for 192 kHz asynchronous USB and defeatable upsampling (native mode). Effectively replaces the discontinued Digital Link III DAC model, which was introduced in 2006 and still sells on some websites. Features […]
  • Get Better Sound Book Review on Daily Audiophile

    Mark Wieman
    7 Aug 2010 | 5:16 pm
    Jim Smith sent us a review copy of his recent hifi set-up guide book, Get Better Sound ($44.50). The book consists of 202 tips for getting the most out of your system (without spending money on new gear). It includes typical topics such as speaker placement, room treatments, and set-up tools. It also includes less […]
  • Daily Audiophile Launches New Home Page, Hourly Updates

    Mark Wieman
    2 Nov 2009 | 9:13 am
    Daily Audiophile now includes hourly updates from over 30 of the best high-end audio web sites. The purpose of the new home page design is to give visitors an at-a-glance view of all that’s new in the world of hi-fi news and reviews. The new format includes links to over 200 of the newest reviews, […]
  • Von Schweikert, Meridian, PMC and More on HIFICRITIC

    Mark Wieman
    12 May 2009 | 2:10 am
    HIFICRITIC has published a new issue. Included are reviews of the following high-end components, among others: Meridian 808i.2 CD player Rega Apheta cartridge Sumiko Pearwood Celebration II cartridge Dynavector Te Kaitora Rua cartridge Miyajima Shilabe cartridge Koetsu Usrushi Sky Blue cartridge Soundsmith Strain Gauge cartridge PMC IB2i speakers Kudos C30 speakers Von Schweikert VR-5 Anniversary […]
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    Computer Audiophile

  • Bitperfect streaming of DTS and AC3/DD at last!

    2 Aug 2015 | 6:18 pm
    After having surrendered to the fact that I am the only one in the family who likes my customized Foobar and MonkeyMote solution I have done some testing of the Sonos Connect, the Heos Link and finally the Bluesound Node, and to my surprise I have at last found peace :-) Both Sonos and Heos apparently resamples everything internally regardless of settings (fixed output, Volume and tone controls of, no compression and so forth...) but the Bluesound not only plays the few 24/96 and 24/192 recordings I own but also plays my more numerous 5.1. DTS recordings absolutelse flawlessly. Finally I can…
  • Raspberry Pi + Hifiberry Digi+ as a Streamer

    2 Aug 2015 | 5:10 pm
    I've been shopping around for a streamer for the last few months, but I haven't found any that I can afford and available for home demo that can really outdo the Raspberry Pi 2 (RPI) setup I've got right now. This leads me to two things: either fully optimizing this setup or find that elusive streamer. Budget wise I'm open to a lot of streamers as I've set a $3,000, however what that budget limits me from is the top high end music servers. What I have tried so far is the Cambridge CXN, Auralic Aries and a CAPS server and I found that Aries > CAPS > CXN. Now, where my RPI setup lies is…
  • DSD vs PCM resolution

    2 Aug 2015 | 2:44 pm
    I was just thinking... To get a large signal in DSD format you need to have a bunch of 1's together, then a bunch of 0's to go back down a lot. In PCM you just encode the signal size in one sample. I get the feeling that this means that in DSD loud signals have lower resolution, quieter higher. In PCM it is the opposite given the logarithmic nature if hearing. Could this be the reason for the difference in the sound signatures of these two methods of encoding? Or maybe I have it all wrong...
  • Dirac + DSD via Audirvana+?

    2 Aug 2015 | 10:39 am
    I've been holding off on DSD for various reasons (e.g. cost, HD space). Now I'm thinking about getting some new titles in DSD. However, I wasn't sure if DSD and Dirac were compatible. I seem to remember reading on this forum that Dirac could not play DSD files. So I was under the impression that DSD wasn't possible with Dirac. For me that was a game breaker. I didn't want to give up the SQ advantages of Dirac. Then I read in one of Richard's thread that Roon would allow for DSD using Dirac. At present, I'm using and enjoying Audirvana 2.2. I use a beta version of Dirac Live which allows for…
  • Pure Music distotion

    2 Aug 2015 | 10:18 am
    Two questions when using pure Music I hear some mid to bass distortion. When just iTunes it goes away. I hope its not the ifi nano. I have volume max on iTunes and ifi nano and controlling it with my B&K preamp. Im going into the inputs on pre amp for CD. Is that correct. When I listen to the music on my old Mac Pro 2009 thru a MOTU interface and use pure Music it very good. Attached Thumbnails  
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    Meyer Sound Stories

  • Elon University Steers Clear of Reflective Surfaces with Meyer Sound CAL

    31 Jul 2015 | 11:47 am
    At North Carolina's Elon University, a steerable Meyer Sound CAL column array loudspeaker system provides clear speech and music in the Great Hall, a large common room with acoustically reflective architectural elements typically found in centuries-old European institutions.
  • Meyer Sound Chosen for Franco Dragone's Dazzling New Show at Lido de Paris Cabaret

    27 Jul 2015 | 3:40 pm
    Director Franco Dragone's new show Paris Merveilles (English: Paris Wonders) has recently debuted at the Lido de Paris cabaret in France with a Meyer Sound system. A lavish re-imagining of the legendary Bluebell Girls, the exotic production relies on UPQ-1P loudspeakers and 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements to diffuse balanced and robust audio throughout the chandelier-laden, 1,100-seat venue.
  • Meyer Sound Brings Concert-Like Sonic Impact to Cairo Mall Fountain Show

    27 Jul 2015 | 1:26 pm
    At Cairo Festival City Mall in Egypt, a Meyer Sound system adds dramatic musical impact to the "Dancing Fountain" outdoor show. Based around MICA line array loudspeakers with 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements, the system delivers concert-like clarity, punch, and open dimensionality to the striking water and light spectacle.
  • Oakland's Mills College Bolsters Experimental Music Setup with Meyer Sound UPQ-1P

    27 Jul 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Six years after installing a Meyer Sound system in its Littlefield Concert Hall, Mills College in Oakland, Calif. has again turned to Meyer Sound to add a UPQ-1P loudspeaker system. The new addition works seamlessly with the hall's existing Meyer Sound equipment to support an array of experimental and electronic music performances and recording sessions for the college's Center for Contemporary Music (CCM).
  • Cast Your Vote to Help Your Favorite Meyer Sound Rental Companies Win the FOH Hometown Hero Award

    27 Jul 2015 | 1:16 pm
    The nominations for the 2015 Front of House Hometown Hero Sound Company of the Year have been announced, and six Meyer Sound rental companies are included on the ballot. Cast your vote by filling out an online form. Voting is open through July 31, 2015.
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    WordPress Tag: Audio Tech

  • VST plug-ins: spring reverb, mastering compressor

    steve knots
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:31 am Here’s a link to full demo versions that work f
  • The Foreigner: Post-Run Update

    20 Jul 2015 | 3:30 pm
    First off, I want to say that this has been one of my favorite shows that I’ve ever done. It hasn’t been my favorite to do sound for because it was slow for me – few sound effects, only seven actors – but it has been the most fun to watch every night. It never got old – I was never bored of this show – I could probably run it seventeen more times and laugh at the same jokes each time. I usually don’t get this lucky. We had a few mishaps along the way, however – problems I have never ran across in my four years of doing theatre. One night, we…
  • De-Salination Dub ||| hand-made instruments ||| Pittsburgh Modular Synths ||| Legal protection of Planet Earth

    steve knots
    21 May 2015 | 9:24 am
    Hi everyone, I’m super happy to share a new track for you this week, the De-Salination Dub, as
  • The Mixing Hat

    29 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    When you’re a grassroots singer, you have to wear a lot of hats. If you’re lucky, and I am, you have someone to split a few of these hats with – someone to do your promotion, bookings, managing in general, and you can focus on the parts of the business that you’re more comfortable with. Eventually I’d like to get to where I’m comfortable with those aspects of my career, but for now I just focus on what I am good at – the singing, and the audio production. Someone’s gotta mix your tracks together, and if you’re a grassroots artist, you can’t afford studio time. In comes the…
  • AU Musical Events: The Music of Steve Antosca

    13 Apr 2015 | 4:19 pm
    Events, events, events! AU’s Dept. of Performing Arts sure knows how to end a semester. This weekend brings several events, which I will further cover this week. The first comes this Friday night: AU Workshop’s Spring Concert. Led by saxophonist and AU musician in residence Noah Getz, AU Workshop is a large ensemble that plays in whatever genre or style they feel like in the moment, often meshing popular music with jazz and avant-garde style. Titled “The Music of Steve Antosca,” this is the latest in the Workshop’s “Living Composers Series” which…
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    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.
  • The Re-Amp Clinic

    Jess Repanshek
    5 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    CRAS AES Presents the Re-Amp Clinic Last night, CRAS Tech and Instructor Jeff Harris hosted an AES Re-amp Build event in our Gilbert Live Sound Venue. Jeff gave us a brief history of the Re-amp and how it works: by taking a balanced, line level signal that has already been recorded, the re-amp box converts the […] The post The Re-Amp Clinic appeared first on CRAS Blog.
  • Top 10 Articles on Understanding Financial Aid

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

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

  • A Sunday with Alma Audio

    27 Jul 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Sunday.  Sunday.  Fabio Storelli, proprietor of Alma Audio in La Jolla, California, hosted a terrific audio event full of the usual gizmos and gadgets audiophiles come to expect.  The faithful gathered July 19 and 20, 2015 for an audio extravaganza.  More of a “society” event - that is, audio society - notable luminaries like Yoav Geva and Dick Diamond (YG Acoustics), Dan D’Agostino (D’agostina Masters Audio Systems) and Joe Kubala (Kubala-Sosna cables) were in attendance as well.  Smart.  So what exactly does one get from such an event?  Naturally, a full belly for one, as…
  • Are you still into that sound stuff?

    24 Jun 2015 | 6:21 pm
    Over at Stereophile, Robert Schryer (newbie to Stereophile?  I confess that I haven’t read anything by him before) speaks of his mom’s quest to identify audiophilia nervosa:"The times they may be a-changin', but I believe they bode well for audiophiles. In terms of playback gear, we're at a historic juncture of quality, price, and options. We can now own several different sources of superior sound reproduction for what it used to cost to install just one in a dedicated listening room. Plus, there's that other thing that makes my heart tingle again: the anticipation of what's coming up…
  • Evolution Acoustics and darTZeel at Newport

    10 Jun 2015 | 9:22 am
    Though there were really two rooms for Jonathan Tinn to showcase his latest wares (I suppose four rooms if you consider the darTZeel integrated in the SF room and the system setup in the PF hospitality suite), I only managed to spend time in the big room, whilst taking a snapshot pic of the small room.  Go figure.  It appears that after years of fronting shows with their highly regarded Evolution Acoustics Micro One speakers (mini-monitors, which I am writing a review about at PF), Jonathan decided it’s time to upgrade: MMTwo was the name of the game.  Maximum Musicality is indeed what…
  • EINSTEIN, AudioMachina & TechDAS at Newport

    6 Jun 2015 | 12:16 pm
    No stranger to the SF (and PF) band - we have been using EINSTEIN gear as our reference for the last 2+ years - EINSTEIN teamed up with AudioMachina, TechDAS and Bob Graham of Graham Engineering, to deliver the goods.  Delivery charge induced. Tips optional.  Having said that, if this room were a restaurant establishment, tips would have been ringing at the register quite loudly.  Several people I spoke with mentioned this room to have been one of the best sounding at the show.  Easy to see why: EINSTEIN brought out the big guns, running The Preamp ($30k), a pair of bi-amped The Poweramp…
  • UPDATE: links now fixed

    4 Jun 2015 | 11:07 am
    … and working properly.  Sorry for the confusion.  
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  • Style For Summer! 10.Deep 2015 Summer “Lazy Summer Days” Collection

    Jesse James
    2 Aug 2015 | 8:44 am
    The Summertime heat is enough to make anyone lazy! Well today the good folks over at 10.Deep are back, flipping their Summer laziness into something stylish and eye-catching. Today we get our first look at the sleek and rather eye-catching new 10.Deep 2015 Summer “Lazy Summer Days” Collection. This outstanding new collection comes rocking a […] The post Style For Summer! 10.Deep 2015 Summer “Lazy Summer Days” Collection appeared first on stupidDOPE.
  • Listen: Pusha T – Amen (Hudson Mohawke Remix) ft. Kanye West & Jeezy | Stream

    Jesse James
    2 Aug 2015 | 8:35 am
    The one and only, Pusha T, is back! Today the wordsmith returns to the game with a brand new track for our listening enjoyment, this time around in remixed form however. Today Pusha T is back as we get to check out the “Amen (Hudson Mohawke Remix)”. The track finds HudMo putting his own unique […] The post Listen: Pusha T – Amen (Hudson Mohawke Remix) ft. Kanye West & Jeezy | Stream appeared first on stupidDOPE.
  • Style & Design! The Maserati Levante Crossover SUV

    Jesse James
    2 Aug 2015 | 8:32 am
    When it comes to stunning luxury and outstanding design, the good folks over at Maserati are certainly no stranger to the game. Today they are back, unleashing something brand new and rather sleek for our driving needs. Today we get our first look at the bold and rather sleek, Maserati Levante Crossover SUV . This […] The post Style & Design! The Maserati Levante Crossover SUV appeared first on stupidDOPE.
  • Clean & Sleek! The ASICS Gel Lyte III “Black Mamba”

    Jesse James
    2 Aug 2015 | 8:29 am
    The good folks over at ASICS have been unleashing stunning creations in footwear all year. We’ve seen a bevy of their new designs recently, and today we get yet another. This time around we get a look at the sleek and rather intimidating, ASICS Gel Lyte III “Black Mamba”. These eye-catching new kicks are host […] The post Clean & Sleek! The ASICS Gel Lyte III “Black Mamba” appeared first on stupidDOPE.
  • Watch! The Weeknd’s Entire Lollapalooza Performance | Video

    Jesse James
    2 Aug 2015 | 7:53 am
    The sounds of The Weeknd have definitely been no stranger to our ears this year. Today the crooner is back, this time around unleashing something special for our viewing enjoyment. Today we get the chance to check out The Weeknd’s Entire Lollapalooza Performance, something rather amazing, and certainly something you don’t want to miss out […] The post Watch! The Weeknd’s Entire Lollapalooza Performance | Video appeared first on stupidDOPE.
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  • 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. 
  • Marine Electronics To Get The Good Times Rollin

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

    Digital Trends
    1 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    While the WISA setup will set you back, Sharp’s WHRAP provides spine tingling audio and HD video, and leaves the wires behind (9 out of 10) Pros Excellent overall hi-res audio performance WiSA is a wonderful thing Seamless format transitions Cons NNW — Not Necessarily Wireless Can’t play SACDs via WiHD I could hear […]
  • 2015 Lamborghini Aventador Roadster Review

    Digital Trends
    1 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Not for the discreet, the Lamborghini Aventador Roadster boasts the kind of pure performance, planted handling and eye-catching looks that few other cars can match. (8 out of 10) Pros Blisteringly quick Race car-like handling Comfortable, well-built cockpit Cons Four bedroom-like price tag Not for the discreet or the low-key Very few machines this […]
  • GoldenEar Technology Triton Five Review

    Digital Trends
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:00 pm
    We put the Triton Five in the ring with a speaker costing 15 times as much, and it danced out with a sonic TKO. (9 out of 10) Pros Wide soundstage, pinpoint imaging Gorgeous, detailed treble Outstanding transient response Cons Less bass than we expected Black monolith style not for everyone GoldenEar Technology’s speakers […]
  • AMD A10-7870K processor Review

    Digital Trends
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    The A10-7870K is a budget gaming bombshell, but still struggles with the most demanding modern games. (7 out of 10) Pros Affordable Easy to overclock Cons Lackluster computer performance GPU isn’t quick enough for demanding titles AMD’s fight against Intel hasn’t been much of a fight in recent years. Try as it might, the […]
  • 2015 Honda Civic EX-L Review

    Digital Trends
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:33 am
    The Honda Civic remains the epitome of practical transportation – for better and for worse. (7 out of 10) Pros Large interior Exceptionally easy to drive Competitive pricing Cons Numb handling Whiny, underpowered power-plant A strange thing happened when I went to return my 2015 Honda Civic press demonstrator. When the fleet company rep […]
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    28 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
  • 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…
  • The Best Car Accessories to Add to the Utility of your Vehicle in Most Reasonable Prices Ever

    2 Jul 2015 | 11:01 pm
    Buying a brand new car? It is not the one you had in your mind? No issues we can make it a replica of your dream car. With a few smart and stylish add-ons you can get your roller-caster suitable to your desires. But choosing the right add-ons can get confusing. Max Audio enlists the must haves accessories for your car that won’t go beyond your budget as well. Often car dealers sell high priced yet low quality accessories to the customers to make profits. You can get the best quality and customized car accessories at reasonable rates from one of the best online seller, Max Audio. We have…
  • Up to 50 % on Car audio & GPS Devices

    14 Jun 2015 | 1:40 am
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    Sound & Vision

  • Pixels: A Review (of sorts)

    Geoffrey Morrison
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:07 am
    I watched Adam Sandler’s latest fiction product, Pixels, and I have an opinion about it. So do a lot of other people. I link to a few of them too.
  • Selma

    Jon Iverson
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:16 am
    Picture Sound Extras Among the most anticipated and admired films of 2014, Selma depicts the epochal series of marches by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (David Oyelowo) in Selma, Alabama, which led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Brought to the screen with power and sensitivity by director Ava DuVernay, this Oscar-nominated docudrama features a host of inspired and often intimate acting and noteworthy musical selections, which include the Oscar-winning song “Glory.”
  • Sony STR-ZA3000ES A/V Receiver Review

    Jon Iverson
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:12 am
    Audio Performance Video Performance Features Ergonomics Value PRICE $1,700 AT A GLANCE Plus 4K video, including scaling and HDCP 2.2 Excellent audio quality Simpler to use than Hodor Minus Missing some popular features like AirPlay and Internet Radio No Atmos or DTS:X THE VERDICT Plenty of power on tap and easy to use. A few quirks that don’t amount to a hill of beans. Best of all, it sounds great! Sony posted a video blog on their Website introducing the STR-ZA3000ES and touting how easy it is for a professional installer to set up this AVR. Guess who else would find it simple?
  • Rocky Horror Soundtrack Remastered for 40th Anniversary

    Bob Ankosko
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:45 am
    The remastered soundtrack of the 1975 cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show was released today by Ode Sound & Visuals in celebration of the film's 40th anniversary.
  • Vizio IPO Filing Exposes Data Mining Plans

    Bob Ankosko
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:17 am
    Vizio’s recent IPO filing raises questions about the collection of consumer data and how companies use it.
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  • August 2

    2 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    So, I feel that I’ve learned a lot while working my way through the six post-Peter Green/pre-Buckingham/Nicks Fleetwod Mac albums. Why not take a run at another of my favorite bands from the same era: Journey. Not quite the same situation… Journey was just starting up, not in transition, but these first albums should be an interesting peek behind the curtain for what became one of the world’s most successful bands. It’s hard to overstate how huge Journey became in the Steve Perry era; multi-platnium albums, 18 top 40 singles, heavy MTV rotation and selling out arenas…
  • August 1

    1 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    For this installment of Take Your Vinyl To A Concert Hoping Against Hope That You Will Get An Autograph: Jackson Browne recently played the local casino. He’s one of my all-time favorites as evidenced by this photo: All of his 70s and 80s records except, unforgivably, The Pretender. I’ve got two copies of Running On Empty and zero copies of The Pretender?!? Also pictured is Browne’s latest record, Jackson Browne ‎– Standing In The Breach, which I purchased at the concert merch table… ouch! All in all, the concert was good… a three out of five. Points were lost due to…
  • July 31

    31 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    Fleetwood Mac Friday! Yeah! Today we listened to 1979s double album, extravaganza… Fleetwood Mac ‎– Tusk: Look, I don’t want to crap all over this record… I’m a FM fan, for crisakes! But it’s hard to look at the great Fleetwood Mac record from 1975 and the even greater Rumors from 1977 and see this follow-up as anything but an overindulgent effort from a power-hungry Lindsay Buckingham. Don’t get me wrong, the rest of the band followed suit! I mean, just look at the over-the-top packaging… a double album, with a sleeve-inside-sleeve-inside a jacket! The most egregious…
  • So, two years on...

    31 Jul 2015 | 4:45 am
    It’s two years since I set up this site, and it’s been non-stop fun I’ve just been reminded by WordPress that it’s two years since I originally set up this site, with the first story being a review of Just Audio’s AHA-120 headphone amplifier. Over the past couple of years I’ve had great fun here writing reviews, blogs and blithers on all kinds of things to do with hi-fi and consumer electronics, just as I promised to do when I first wrote my ‘About Me‘ profile the day before the site went live. So, two years in, I just wanted to thank everyone…
  • July 30

    30 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    “Now I know, Spanish Harlem are not just pretty words to say” That lyric has been bouncing around in my head for weeks after hearing Heart cover it at a recent concert. The song is Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters. From the 1972 album Honky Château, this is one of my all time favorite Elton John ‎songs: “I thought I knew, but now I know that rose trees never grow in New York City” This record has the hits Honky Cat and Rocket Man on side A. Besides Mona Lisas, another standout track on side B is Slave, his take on Antebellum America: “Until you’ve seen this trash can dream come…
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    Enjoy The Audiophile

  • Hi-Fi+ Magazine August Issue

    1 Aug 2015 | 3:04 am just posted Hi-Fi+'s latest issue! This issue features headphone and portable audio gear including a review of the HiFiMan HE1000 headphones, Astell&Kern AK380, Audioquest Nighthawk headphones, Pendulumic Stance headphones, Audio Research Reference 75 amp, Linn Majik DSM integrated and much more. Within his editorial, Alan Sircom says "This must be one of the most oversubscribed issues we’ve had in terms of products from manufacturers. Where normally, we get maybe 15 or 16 products for the baker’s dozen we publish, this time we received requests and products from…
  • Hi-Fi World September Issue

    1 Aug 2015 | 3:02 am now features Hi-Fi World's September 2015 issue! Articles within this issue includes audiophile vinyl as Paul Rigby rounds up the latest audiophile releases plus reviews of the Epos K3 loudspeakers, Opera Mezza standmount loudspeakers, Pro-Ject CD Box RS/DAC Box RS CD transport/DAC combo, Ibasso D-Zero MK2 headphone amplifier, Beyerdynamic A200p headphone amplifier, Unison Research Unico Secondo amplifier, Atlas EOS 4DD power cable and much more. Within his editorial, Noel Keywood says "Funny that few in audio have realised that streaming is what the music business has long…
  • Enjoy the's 20 Year Anniversary

    28 Jul 2015 | 7:50 am
    Frankly, 20 years is a short period of time. Has it really been 20 years? Would love to say it seems like only yesterday that Yours Truly was this wild four ear piercings, nose ring and dog collar wearing avant-garde young kid strolling the hallways at shows, yet when it comes to the modern Internet 20 days ago seems like forever. Knowing that simply offering basic advice and how-to articles, plus my senseless ramblings, were fun yet the site also needed to start reviewing gear. Longtime and highly respected reviewer Dick Olsher and others agreed to join back in those early…
  • World Premiere Review! Ayon Audio Crossfire EVO Mono Amp

    27 Jul 2015 | 3:31 am
    Ayon Audio's Crossfire EVO vacuum tube monoblock amplifier delivers a better performance than any other amplifier Gerhard ever created previously. It combines the virtues of push-pull, SET and solid-state. Everything is mixed in proper proportions, perfectly working together. Actually, it would be difficult to point out which features of the sound came from which type of a design, as the amplifier's performance is simply perfect and thus couldn't care less about losing time for in-depth analyses to find that out. The Crossfire EVO delivers an amazingly rich, tuneful sound with tonal balance…
  • Little British Monitor Kit Is An Easy DIY Project

    26 Jul 2015 | 3:34 am
    Little British Monitor kit ($400 per pair, $75 for small stands) is a small two-way speaker system designed by designer Simon Ashton, who spent the last six months developing a high performance yet tiny desktop speaker. Little British Monitor is an active, amplified speaker with a wired analog input and wireless aptX Bluetooth. Utilizing the same high-end design and construction techniques found within professional monitors and audiophile speakers, this kit is an excellent project for anyone interested in hardware, electronics and sound. The small size, pre-assembled circuit and lack of…
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    Audiophile Audition

  • CPE BACH: Die Letzten Leiden des Erlösers (The Last Sufferings of the Savior) – Soloists/ Hartmut Haenchen – Berlin Classics (2 CDs)

    John Sunier
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:01 am
    CARL PHILIPP EMANUEL BACH: Die Letzten Leiden des Erlösers (The Last Sufferings of the Savior), Wq. 233 – Christina Landshamer, sop. 1 / Christiane Oelze, sop. 2 / Anke Vondung, mezzo-sop. / Maximillian Schmitt, tenor / Roman Trekel, bar. / Ch. Orch. Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach / RIAS Ch. Choir / Hartmut Haenchen – Berlin Classics (2 discs), 46:56, 47:07 [Distr. by Naxos] *****: In case you missed it, 2014 was the tercentenary of C. P. E. Bach, second oldest son of Johann Sebastian, and the year saw the release of a number of savory offerings by purveyors of classical recordings large and…
  • Recital for Two Harps – FRANCK, DEBUSSY, SCHUMANN, MENDELSSOHN, FAURÉ – Ursula Holliger & Catherine Eisenhoffer, harps – Claves

    John Sunier
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:01 am
    Recital for Two Harps – FRANCK, DEBUSSY, SCHUMANN, MENDELSSOHN, FAURÉ –  Ursula Holliger & Catherine Eisenhoffer, concert harps – Claves Records CD 50-9603, 68:05 (Distr. by Albany)  (1/6/15) ****: There’s a sadness about this album. Partly it’s the somewhat melancholy sound of the harp – here doubled. But also it’s the realization that the lead performer, Ursula Holliger, died last year so we will not be hearing her play again. Ursula was the wife of renowned oboist Heinz Holliger and they both played central roles in the musical life of Switzerland. Ms.
  • The French Lieutenant’s Woman, Blu-ray (1981/2015)

    John Sunier
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:01 am
    The French Lieutenant’s Woman, Blu-ray (1981/2015) Cast: Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons, Hilton McRae Director: Karel Reisz Author of Original Book: John Fowles Screenwriter: Harold Pinter Cinematographer: Freddie Francis Music: Carl Davis Studio: MGM/ The Criterion Collection 768 [8/11/15] Video: 1.85:1 for 16:9, 1080p color HD Audio: English PCM mono Subtitles: English Extras: New intro by film scholar Ian Christie; New interviews with Meryl Streep & Jeremy Irons, editor John Bloom and composer Carl Davis; TV episode of South Bank Show from 1981 with Karel Reisz; Theatrical trailer; Essay…
  • “BRAHMS by Heart” = String Quartet No. 1 in c minor; String Quartet No. 2 in a minor; String Quartet No. 3 in B-flat Major; String Quintet in G Major – Chiara String Q. / Roger Tapping, viola – Azica (2 CDs)

    John Sunier
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:01 am
    “BRAHMS by Heart” = String Quartet No. 1 in c minor, Op. 51 No. 1; String Quartet No. 2 in a minor, Op. 51 No. 2; String Quartet No. 3 in B-flat Major, Op. 67; String Quintet in G Major, Op. 111  – Chiara String Q. / Roger Tapping, viola – Azica ACD 71289 (2 discs), 70:47, 68:28 ****: Brahms’s first two string quartets bear somewhat the same relationship to each other that his first two symphonies do. The composer is supposed to have labored for twenty years in the quartet medium, destroying as many false starts in as many years before he finally let his Op. 51 No. 1 see the light…
  • RAVEL: Trio in a minor; ERNEST CHAUSSON: Trio in g minor – Trio Solisti – Trio Solisti – Bridge

    John Sunier
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:01 am
    MAURICE RAVEL: Trio in a minor; ERNEST CHAUSSON: Trio in g minor, Opus 3 – Trio Solisti – Marie Bachmann – v./ Alexis Pia Gerlach – cello/ Adam Naiman – p. – Bridge 9440, 56:40 *****: Maurice Ravel (1875 – 1937) composed only one trio, and wrote it during a period when many others in France (Debussy, Chaminade, Massenet, Lalo, Franck, Fauré, Saint-Saëns, Widor, etc.) were writing them. On this album it is set against an earlier and more sombre trio by an older composer, Ernest Chausson (1855 – 1899). Ravel was living near his birthplace on the France-Spain border…
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    Steve Hoffman Music Forums

  • Has "Taylor Swift" reached legendary status yet?

    3 Aug 2015 | 12:58 am
    • 7 Grammy awards including the one for ALBUM OF THE YEAR • Two consecutive albums that opened with more than 1M sales • 4 consecutive US number one albums • 4 consecutive albums that sold over 4M copies in the US • a #1 single being listed a #2 song of the year according to Rolling Stone and getting a ROTY nomination at the Grammys • considered the #5 biggest female artist of the last 30 years in the US (higher than Rihanna, Beyonce,Gaga,etc.) • considered the #2 biggest female album artist of... Has "Taylor Swift" reached legendary status yet?
  • Favourite Song from George Harrison's 'Gone Troppo' album

    3 Aug 2015 | 12:58 am
    Although often regarded as his worst album, there are still a few gems on George Harrison's 1982 Gone Troppo album. What is your favourite song from the album?
  • GZ Vinyl "Quality Control" (or lack of) see pics!!

    3 Aug 2015 | 12:58 am
    I just had to share this with you guys, I'm sure I'm not the only one to have opened to pretty sub-par piece of vinyl before, but this takes the biscuit. 2 albums both pressed by GZ Vinyl. The Lana Del Rey one (red label) was the 2nd try (I returned the first as it was so filthy), but then my copy of Ben Howard's 'Every Kingdom' arrived today and I couldn't believe my eyes.Bear in mind that I took the pics AFTER I'd cleaned them, they were originally covered in some gritty crap. I'm... GZ Vinyl "Quality Control" (or lack of) see pics!!
  • What is the best mounting position (height, etc) for a TV?

    3 Aug 2015 | 12:57 am
    That's pretty much the entire question. BTW I know that for computer monitors (based on a work design class back in college), slightly below eye level is considered "optimal" for most people. Unfortunately it seems most furniture for *TV* use causes the screen to end up being located slightly above eye level. Bonus question : Any particular lighting schemes - number of light sources, their location, type of light (2700K? 4000K?) etc - that should be used to make TV viewing... What is the best mounting position (height, etc) for a TV?
  • Worst Guitar Tones

    3 Aug 2015 | 12:56 am
    For me... The Black Keys...I find Auerbach's guitar tone completely unlistenable. Blink 182 Rush, Alex Lifeson (1990s-Today).
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  • Epos ES30 Foam Grille Specification

    2 Aug 2015 | 9:10 pm
    Hi, Does anyone know Epos ES30 Foam Grille Specification? Where can I buy the replacement? Could you pls advice? Thank you Regards Kovit
  • Prima Luna

    2 Aug 2015 | 5:32 pm
    Which of the Prima Luna Integrated amps. Has the very smooth & warm sound? S.
  • Do Japanese amps do PRAT?

    2 Aug 2015 | 4:09 pm
    Do any Japanese amps from the 70s onwards do prat as Flat Earthers know prat? Or was it just a UK thing?
  • Trichord

    2 Aug 2015 | 1:44 pm
    Anyone had problems with the Trichord phono stage picking up hum from a wall wart used on a turntable.
  • More Power amp advice please

    2 Aug 2015 | 9:02 am
    I am now waiting delivery of DV L200 and have just seen a Sugden A21a Power Amp on Wigwam. Does anyone have any thoughts on how well the Sugden would work with the DV? Lp12/Aro front end and Shahinian arc speakers btw
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    AVS Forum | Home Theater Discussions And Reviews - 2-Channel Audio

  • Help with new system

    2 Aug 2015 | 7:50 am
    Hi all. This is my first post on the forum as I am just getting back into 2 channel audio and I am looking at purchasing a new system. My question is regarding the Cambridge Audio Azur 851N network player and preamp. If I choose this piece, am I better to get the Bryston 135 Integrated amp or plug the 851N directly into a Bryston 3BSST2 power amp? Which way in your opinion would produce the better sound. I am looking at the Focal Aria 926 for speakers. If you have any comments or suggestions on my selected equipment that would also be welcome. My listening room is 15ft x 12 ft. Thank you.
  • So, i got all this stuff but...

    2 Aug 2015 | 3:42 am
    I recently scored a load of audio stuff from a church closing. PAs fold backs, amps, mixer, keyboard and cabling. I'm an electrician so know a little but having trouble understandinghow to connect everything correctly. I just want to run the keyboard and vocals through the mixer firstly, then down the track, drumbs, bass and guitars.
  • Is this Two Channel Speaker / Receiver Setup good to go? I want to buy.

    1 Aug 2015 | 1:12 pm
    I'm big on two channel music, but want to incorporate it into my TV setup. Marantz 1506 or 1504 (buy receiver) JBL Studio 530 (buy Two Channel Stereo) JBL Studio 520 (buy Center Channel for TV) For sound effects surround left and right I'm just going to use a pair from these old Klipsch PC satelites I already have: Bookshelf Speaker Stands 24" (buy) ->I've never bought bookshelf…
  • What is the point of 2 Subwoofer outputs on AVR Receivers?

    1 Aug 2015 | 11:55 am
    Can the two subwoofer outputs on AVR receivers do something that an RCA y-cable can't do? They don't seem to be left and right, but rather they are just labeled 1 and 2, so I doubt you can bass manage in stereo. Also, they are pre-outs so it isn't amplifying anything. Yet, upgrade models have two outputs like Marantz 1506.
  • HD Music server/NAS

    31 Jul 2015 | 6:02 am
    I am looking into a HD Music server. What I would like it to have, 1 TB or more hard drive. Able to handle HD downloads at the highest resolution Able to handle DSD I do not want a built in DAC or preamp If it rips CD's, DVD's, Blue-ray that a plus but not necessary. $2,000 or less. VortexBox? cocktailaudio? I am going to start from scratch with a new NAS/server so any suggestions are welcome. I tried JRiver on a dedicated laptop but it has not worked out well. I am not adverse to useing JRiver again but I need to know it will work as intended. I will be streaming to OPPO 105, Oppo HA1…
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  • Re: Vibration absorbers under components

    Angus Stewart Pinkerton
    9 Jul 2015 | 2:36 pm
    Hmmmm. Surely a much less problematic solution would be to feed the output of your preamp into a decent 24/96 or 24/192 ADC/PC with the power amp switched off, and then replay the resulting recording with no worries about vibration or feedback? There's no serious question that the recording
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    Everyday Listening

  • 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…
  • Urban Wind

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

    Anthony Kershaw
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:17 am
    Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10; Passacaglia Interlude from Act II of Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk Boston Symphony Orchestra / Andris Nelsons DG 0289 479 5059 2 [64:50] So, how does one approach conducting and recording the greatest symphony of the 20th Century? A strong and varied attack, I think. Attack may be too strong a word for a musical task, but faced with the daunting prospects of ‘competing’ with the Mravinksys and Karajans of this world, attack may not be strong enough. Karajan thought so much of Shostakovich’s 10th Symphony he recorded it twice, analogue and digital. Both are…
  • Mozart Horn Concertos survey. And still champion…

    Anthony Kershaw
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:17 pm
    Sometimes, the late afternoons of the lazy, hazy days of mid summer in Victoria means serious couch time with Tidal HiFi and our SONOS system. Nothing serious for review, just casual listening and reflection. Wine, too. Okanagan appellation, of course. Because of the diverse range of repertoire on Tidal, at times these lazy listening sessions can get serious. Twas thus a few nights ago. My wife was late getting home and I was really enjoying the Mozart Horn Concertos. I was playing a celebrated performance known from my youth and I searched the app to see just how deep the Tidal HiFi bin…
  • Rocky Mountain’s exciting new initiative

    Audiophilia Staff
    20 Jul 2015 | 11:34 am
    From our good friends at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, the greatest audio show on earth: ‘This year for the RMAF we have joined with some of our exhibitors to offer an affordable system for our newcomers to the audio industry and our budget conscious guests. It is understandable that many high end systems can be intimidating both technically and financially. Our friends in the industry have been gracious enough to give their time and expertise to help design some systems in the $500, $1000, and $1500 range. We hope to remove some of the intimidation with these offerings. The $500…
  • Pires plays Beethoven Concertos 3 & 4

    Anthony Kershaw
    13 Jul 2015 | 4:51 pm
    Beethoven: Piano Concertos 3 & 4 Maria João Pires, piano Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra / Daniel Harding Onyx 4125 [71:30] Two major artists create Beethoven magic, here. Portuguese pianist Maria João Pires has long been a star on the international circuit beloved by music lovers and pianophiles who like their artists to walk softly but carry a big stick. No star aura, just deep musicianship. Talking of big sticks, England’s second baton, after Sir Simon, Daniel Harding has just scored big with the Orchestre de Paris and takes over in 2016. Harding’s one to watch and…
  • Fern & Roby Turntable

    Audiophilia Staff
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:23 am
    We know that damping and resonance control is the name of the game in high end analogue turntable design, but this seems a little like over kill. I can only assume that we achieved similar damping and control results with a much cheaper option. That said, the sight of any new turntable intrigues audiophiles, and this one is a cast iron cracker. But, expensive at US$6500. Fern & Roby says ‘In terms of audio engineering, our design is defined by a high-mass and balanced platter concept using a 70-pound cast iron plinth to reduce resonance and achieve vibration-dampening throughout…
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  • 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…
  • Conrad-Johnson MF 2275 Amplifier – Preview

    16 Jul 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Wrapped in the same champagne front panel that every CJ component has come since their inception, the MF 2275 is a compact, solid state amplifier. As company founder Lew Johnson assured me at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, “Yes, we make excellent solid-state amplifiers too.” Rated at 135 watts per channel into an 8-ohm load, the MF 2275 features a no frills approach to delivering great solid-state sound. Those familiar with their other solid-state designs will immediately notice a family resemblance. Newcomers to the world of CJ will immediately be impressed. Rob Johnson’s…
  • Boulder 2160 Stereo Power Amplifier – Preview

    16 Jul 2015 | 2:40 pm
    Every and all audiophile clichés that you can think of describing the top of the heap fit the Boulder 3050 monoblock amplifiers. Our publisher feels there is no better power amplifier in existence, but at a shade over $200,000, not everyone can have a pair. Granted, $59,000 isn’t pocket change, but where the 3050s are more likely to exist in the context of a $500,000 to multi-million dollar hifi system, the 2160 (the updated version of the highly popular and former Boulder flagship 2060) will probably power systems in the $150,000 to $250,000 range. Still extremely high end but not as…
  • Django Django

    15 Jul 2015 | 9:36 pm
    Scottish quartet Django Django constantly obscures its mission statement. Is this a surf-rock act for our modern, dance-driven times? Or maybe a group of electronic gear heads with a love of guitars? But then how to explain the sudden shifts into frantic, tribal rhythms? And what about those harmonies? Django Django is a perpetually-in-motion beat-driven target, a melting pot of studio wizardry, Dick Dale-influenced riffing, and we’re-all-in-this together vocals. On its second release, the team of drummer Dave Maclean, bassist Jim Dixon, guitarist Vinnie Neff, and keyboardist Tommy Grace…
  • Buena Vista Social Club

    15 Jul 2015 | 9:19 pm
    In 1997, the record Buena Vista Social Club took off as an unexpected international sensation. Recorded in Havana and produced by Ry Cooder, the project featured some of the most revered veteran players in Cuban music, some of whom came out of retirement for the recordings. Their entrancing take on traditional styles netted a Grammy, critical acclaim, and the best-selling album their home country had ever produced. And the collective—named after the legendary Havana nightclub Buena Vista Social Club—became world-music superstars. The success of the original release spawned tours, more…
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    Dark Horse Institute

  • Being a Recording Arts Graduate is Anything But a Piece of Cake

    Sean Rogers
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:03 pm
    “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 … The post Being a Recording Arts Graduate is Anything But a Piece of Cake appeared first on Dark Horse Institute.
  • Music City is a Music Melting Pot

    Sean Rogers
    15 Jul 2015 | 7:47 am
    Dark Horse Institute Shares The Love in Music City While 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 post Music City is a Music Melting Pot appeared first on Dark Horse Institute.
  • CNN Visits Dark Horse Recording

    Ben Hardt
    10 Jul 2015 | 2:59 pm
    CNN recently visited Dark Horse Recording to see the recording studio behind some of the biggest albums by Taylor Swift, Faith Hill, Relient K, Tim McGraw, Matchbox 20, For King And Country and many more. The article also features one … The post CNN Visits Dark Horse Recording appeared first on Dark Horse Institute.
  • Dark Horse Institute Offering Free Live Recording

    Sean Rogers
    1 Jun 2015 | 11:44 am
    Do you play an instrument and like live music? Your Friday night just got awesome, because Dark Horse Institute is offering FREE live recording during the 2015 Full Moon Pickin Parties! A few weeks ago, we did an article on … The post Dark Horse Institute Offering Free Live Recording appeared first on Dark Horse Institute.
  • Successful Audio Engineers: DHI Graduate Spotlight

    Sean Rogers
    6 May 2015 | 8:15 am
      Recording in Seattle at Biosonic Recording There’s more than meets the eye when fans of music production become successful audio engineers. The combination of knowledge, training, people skills, hard work, and being in the right place at the right … The post Successful Audio Engineers: DHI Graduate Spotlight appeared first on Dark Horse Institute.
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  • Skin orgasms: are you really listening to your favourite song?

    Gianpaolo D'Amico
    1 Aug 2015 | 2:24 pm
    A recent research reports a study to define six orgasms, those transcendent psychophysiological moments that music is causing during the listening experience. The post Skin orgasms: are you really listening to your favourite song? appeared first on sounDesign.
  • The Sound over Berlin: Audio Branding Congress 2015 report Part I

    Sara Lenzi
    15 Jul 2015 | 11:47 am
    First part of a reportage about Audio Branding Congress 2015, which took place in the amazing Berlin on 27th and 28th of May. The post The Sound over Berlin: Audio Branding Congress 2015 report Part I appeared first on sounDesign.
  • Learning Web Audio API

    Aqilah Misuary
    11 Jul 2015 | 1:08 pm
    First part of a series of tutorials on the world of Web Audio API, with code snippets, libraries, books, resources and websites. The post Learning Web Audio API appeared first on sounDesign.
  • Watch this video if you think Sound Communicators have no sense of humour

    Gianpaolo D'Amico
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:42 am
    The engine of a car playing basketball? A karate kid punching 8-bits samples? Is a dog or an owl? The heavy metal violinist? Watch Find the Perfect Sound video teaser and have fun with it. The post Watch this video if you think Sound Communicators have no sense of humour appeared first on sounDesign.
  • I Just Can’t Get Enough (of sounds): the minimalist ideas behind the new version of SoundSnap

    Gianpaolo D'Amico
    8 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Interview the Product Manager of SoundSnap about the new version of the website The post I Just Can’t Get Enough (of sounds): the minimalist ideas behind the new version of SoundSnap appeared first on sounDesign.
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  • 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.
  • Top 5 Over Ear Headphones under 50

    5 Jun 2015 | 9:45 pm
    Since the headphone market has expanded with plenty of new brands and models, now it is tough to pick the right pair matched to your needs. However specifically for under $50, there are some cans that sound really good for the money and top the competition. Here, we rank and rate the best over ear headphones under 50 (type: close-back) you can buy in 2015. Remember, it is not just the sound quality, think of how they look on your head, look good?  You will see a bunch of styles and features, but most importantly they should fit right on your head, note that paddings and headband design…
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  • The DN-2000J IEM by DUNU

    Smit Patel
    2 Aug 2015 | 8:56 am
    The DN-2000J IEM by DUNUTonality8.7Build8.5Fit8.5Matchability8Value For Money8.58.4Our ScoreDUNU have been in the IEM game for quite some time now and while never a prime innovator of their field during their early stages, they have aggressively climbed the industry ladder and have released some of the most extraordinary hybrid monitors to date. The DUNU DN-1000 was the first of their triad of hybrids to open the scene with a fun V-shaped signature that masterfully utilised its hybrid set-up for a captivating performance. The DUNU DN-2000 took it one step further to provide an even more…
  • The Lyra IEM by Campfire Audio

    29 Jul 2015 | 7:03 am
    The Lyra IEM by Campfire AudioTonality8Build8.5Fit7.8Matchability8Value For Money7.58Our ScoreCampfire Audio. It is a new brand but under the wise hands of a much older and trusted company, ALO Audio. In many ways this is new territory for the team at ALO who are commonly known for their diverse range and expertise on cables and amps, portable or otherwise. In fact it came as quite a surprise when I heard they were developing a range of earphones and headphones late last year. I half expected them to fall neatly under the ALO label but no, out they come with this whole new brand and concept…
  • The Phonitor Mini by SPL

    Michael Piskor (24bit)
    26 Jul 2015 | 6:46 am
    The Phonitor Mini by SPLTonality6.5Build8Matchability6Value For Money56.4Our ScoreSPL’s products have always been exclusive to me, I never knew anyone who owned a Phonitor…but I sure as hell wanted one despite that.  It came to a bit of a shock to me that the company fashioned a mini version of their full size Phonitor; something that shares the same traits as its big brother seems very tantalizing to me.  A smaller chassis, minus all the perks of the larger unit, as well as a cheaper price? That sounds darn tasty if you ask me, sign me up!  But, can SPL stand toe to toe with some…
  • The M DAP by Calyx

    Michael Piskor (24bit)
    22 Jul 2015 | 11:26 am
    This South Korean company burst onto the scene recently with their beast of a DAP, puffing their chests and boasting impressive DSD capabilities and high driving output power in a portable music player for us audiophile nerds.  I have to admit, this DAP is one of my favorite music players that I’ve ever reviewed, but it isn’t faultless and I’ve quite a few gripes that I hope get addressed in future firmware updates.  Can Calyx stand up to the competition and go toe to toe with the likes of Astell and Kern? Before getting started, I need to thank Sunil at Care Audio…
  • The SA-43 CIEM by M-Fidelity

    19 Jul 2015 | 7:09 am
    Ever heard of Jørpeland? I bet you have not but if you figured it was somewhere in Norway you would be right. FedEx took about 10 minutes to figure it out when I was shipping some ear impressions and swore they could get it there. I looked on a map and I kid you not it’s in the middle of nowhere and most likely caked in ice and snow for most of the year that would even have ‘Wilson the Football’ saying “your call but don’t expect me to stay smiling as long as the last time, at least Tom took me to a tropical beach”. And yet right in that very spot or dot on the…
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  • Fluance Fi50 – New High-End Wireless Speaker Preview

    AV Tech Reviews Staff
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:08 pm
    On the surface you may think that Fluance, with their newest wireless speaker, the Fi50, is targeting Sonos. However, whereas Sonos’ bread and butter is multi-room audio, Fluance’s latest speaker is aimed at those who want a great sounding wireless speaker that’s ... Read More The post Fluance Fi50 – New High-End Wireless Speaker Preview appeared first on AV Tech Reviews - Reviews for AV Receivers - Speakers - Headphones.
  • Onkyo 7.2 Channel TX-NR646 REVIEW

    AV Tech Reviews Staff
    25 Jul 2015 | 9:39 am
    THE GOOD: The Onkyo TX-NR646 has a powerful, dynamic sound. Not to mention it’s loaded with the latest and greatest features including HDCP 2.2, Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.   THE BAD: The 646 could use a makeover. The interface and remote ... Read More The post Onkyo 7.2 Channel TX-NR646 REVIEW appeared first on AV Tech Reviews - Reviews for AV Receivers - Speakers - Headphones.
  • Klipsch RP-280FA Dolby Atmos Floorstanding Speaker Preview

    AV Tech Reviews Staff
    22 Jul 2015 | 6:49 pm
    It appears that Dolby Atmos is starting to pick-up steam as more and more speaker manufacturers have begun offering Atmos enabled speakers. Klipsch’s add-on speaker modules, the RP140SA’s which set on top of your existing speakers, are on store shelves now. However, ... Read More The post Klipsch RP-280FA Dolby Atmos Floorstanding Speaker Preview appeared first on AV Tech Reviews - Reviews for AV Receivers - Speakers - Headphones.
  • Denon AVR-X4200W Preview

    AV Tech Reviews Staff
    18 Jul 2015 | 9:42 am
    You know the old saying go big or go home. Well, the Denon AVR-X4200W ($1499) goes big, very big. This monstrosity boasts 9.2 channels of amplification seven of which are rated at 125 watts per channel.   The Denon ... Read More The post Denon AVR-X4200W Preview appeared first on AV Tech Reviews - Reviews for AV Receivers - Speakers - Headphones.
  • Denon AVR-X2200W REVIEW

    AV Tech Reviews Staff
    16 Jul 2015 | 7:18 pm
    THE GOOD: The Denon AVR-X2200W has very good dynamics with crystal clear sound reproduction and fantastic surround sound capabilities. Dolby Atmos and HDCP 2.2 support means the 2200W is well equipped for the future.   THE BAD: Low frequencies could use a ... Read More The post Denon AVR-X2200W REVIEW appeared first on AV Tech Reviews - Reviews for AV Receivers - Speakers - Headphones.
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