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The AV Summit Virtual Show October 25th - 29th
What was once called The HiFi Summit has been expanded to include the growing video market as we welcome their new The AV Summit. The AV Summit is a virtual online event being held from October 25th through 29th and will showcase both high-fidelity audio and the latest in video gear too. Manufacturers and distributors can take advantage of early bird pricing until October 1 to secure their showcasing products during this online event. This event is an interactive experience, not a glorified live stream. Make contacts, connections, and deals via live online
---> The AV Summit virtual show October 25th - 29th.
BIG Steely Dan News Just Showcased!
Plus Roger Nichols' Thesis "Stereophonic Sound"
Cimcie, the daughter of Roger "The Immortal" Nichols, posted a new video that was live-streamed moments ago showcasing some absolutely incredible sheet music,
various invoices, studio tape / session notes, and far more than we can begin to mention
here! If you love the music and sound quality of Steely Dan recordings, this is without a doubt a must-see
---> BIG Steely Dan news just showcased!
CanJam SoCal 2021 Is This Weekend
Head-Fi's CanJam SoCal 2021 takes place at the Irvine Marriott by the John Wayne Airport on Saturday from 10am to 6pm and Sunday 10am to 5pm. Featuring over 100 leading brands in over 25,000 sq ft. of exhibition space, CanJam SoCal will showcase the latest products and innovations in headphones and personal audio electronics in all price ranges – from $50 earbuds to the world’s finest headphone audio systems at $50,000. Bring the family and have some fun at Disneyland and California
---> CanJam SoCal 2021 is this weekend.
UK Audio Show In Early October Is A Go
UK Audio Show is also a go as "in our view definitely something worthy of being added to your list of things to attend" says show promoter Chester Group.
"It just seems right to open the doors this year and do away with any notion of entrance charges", says
Mr. Bird of Chester Group. "The audio industry, like so many, has suffered enough over the past 18 months as show after show has fallen victim to the Covid restrictions. Now it's time to give a big welcome to everyone to enjoy the fine hi-fi systems that will be on show, playing a raft of great music."
The UK Audio show is scheduled for October 9th through 10 at the De Vere Staverton Estate within
---> UK Audio Show in early October is a go.
RIAA 2021 Mid-Year Music Industry Revenue Report
According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), which is a trade organization that promotes the financial vitality of major music companies, "Recorded music revenues in the USA grew 27% in the first half of 2021 versus the prior year, from $5.6 to $7.1 billion at retail value. Paid subscriptions continued to be the strongest contributor to growth, comprising nearly two-thirds of total revenue, averaging more than 80 million paid subscriptions for the first time. The effects of Covid-19 continued to affect the industry, and year-over-year comparisons are significantly impacted by store closures, tour cancellations, and other disruptions from both 2020 and
---> RIAA 2021 mid-year music industry
Video: Kronos Discovery
A milestone in reference level LP
Greg Weaver / The Audio Analyst
I was honored to be invited for a private, extended audition of Louis Desjardins latest creation, his all-out assault on LP playback, the
Kronos Discovery Turntable. Their reference turntable was recently launched
during the last week of August 2021. Within this episode, it is my honor, and complete pleasure, to be able to share my experiences with what I believe to be the new milestone in reference level LP
playback! In my experience, its level of performance is unparalleled, completely resetting the bar for what can be achieved sonically with the playback of LPs in a hyper-audio two-channel
system. I'm sure you'll enjoy the video.
---> Kronos Discovery
turntable video review.
World Premiere Review!
Oracle Audio PH200 Mk III Phono Preamplifier
A quiet background, and extended response, making instruments sound
I'll start this review of Oracle Audio
Technologies' PH200 Mk III with a disclaimer, of sorts: My first truly
"high-end" turntable was manufactured by Oracle. It was a used,
heavily modified Oracle Delphi, a version of one of their first turntable
models, which replaced my trusty AR. On the AR was a Grace G-707 tonearm, which
I then used on the Oracle. I was in audiophile heaven. This Oracle Delphi was my
"reference" turntable rig for quite some time, although I didn't use
the term "reference" back then. In many ways, I miss that turntable.
It certainly turned heads when "citizens" saw it perched upon the top
of my equipment rack. Fast-forward to the 21st Century; the Delphi was long gone,
but I was lucky enough to review the first version of Oracle's
Paris turntable, which came with a modified and re-branded Pro-Ject 9cc tonearm.
Oracle Audio PH200 Mk III phono preamplifier review.
Electrocompaniet ECI 6 DX MKII
Int. Streaming Amp Review
A Norwegian thoroughbred with power and lossless
hi-res streaming music
Review By Phil Gold
have heard of Dr. Matti Otala of the Tampere University in Finland. Even if you
haven't, the fine sound that the best transistor amplifiers are capable of today
is a direct result of his pioneering work in the seventies on Transient
Intermodulation (TIM). This is a type of distortion, previously unidentified,
produced by early transistor amplifiers which made them so tiresome to listen
to. Per Abrahamsen and Svein Erik Børja read Dr. Otala's paper and set out to
design a transistor amplifier that would minimize TIM. Their 25 Watt amplifier,
introduced in 1976 really did change the world and won their new Norwegian
company, Electrocompaniet, many fans and customers including Bruce Swedian
(Michael Jackson's producer). He used Electrocompaniet amps to master Michael
Jackson's albums HIStory and Invincible. Electrocompaniet
amplifiers found their way into many recording studios around the world
including Abbey Road.
---> Electrocompaniet ECI 6 DX MKII
int. streaming amp review.
Interview With Musician And Music Producer Matt Starr
Drummer, singer, songwriter, and producer, Matt Starr has performed with
Ace Frehley, Joe Lynn Turner, Love/Hate, Kevin DuBrow, and Mr. Big.
Interview By Emiko
now, most of you know me as equal parts artist and audiophile - someone who
creates the music (well, some of it, anyway) that you listen to on your systems.
As such, I've found myself in a very unique, nay, special position in the audio
industry, and thus I've made it one of my missions to bridge the gap between pro
audio and hi-fi (and high-end audio). One of the ways I do this is by
researching. For me, researching runs the gamut from traditional means like
speaking with experts, looking at social history, etc, all the way to getting on
the audiophile group boards on Facebook late at night when I get to see all the "delightful"
<cough cough> comments that some trolls post up. Of these comments, some of the
more common ones revolve around the idea that professional musicians and music
creators aren't audiophiles.
---> Interview with musician and music producer Matt Starr.
Best Of 2021 Blue Note Equipment Awards
Enjoy the Music.com celebrates the best high
fidelity audio gear of 2021!
Enjoy the Music.com's
Best Of 2021 Blue Note Awards celebrates the many great achievements
by audiophile manufacturers within the high-end audio and Hi-Res Audio industry. Our
Blue Note Awards is a culmination of more than two decades of reviewing and carefully
choosing what products have earned special recognition for our annual awards. Our Best Of
2021 Blue Note Award celebrates the finest products we have reviewed during the
previous 12 months. Recipients have
been carefully chosen after much debate and consideration by our staff of
reviewers. With each passing
year our industry has experienced great advancements in technology including analog
circuitry, vinyl LP and analog tape playback, digital-to-analog
converters (DACs), headphones, loudspeaker design, plus of course portable media
players, computer software and streaming media.
the Music.com's Best Of 2021 Blue Note Awards.
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