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This Is The Best Time To Be A Music Enthusiast Product development, reviews, and true lossless hi-resolution on the rise!

This Is The Best Time To Be A Music Enthusiast
Product development, reviews, and true lossless hi-resolution on the rise!
Editorial By Steven R. Rochlin
Over 25 years ago when I started Enjoy the Music.com there was very little info about high-end audio / audiophiles online. Today, that has all changed as we have thousands of websites from the latest and greatest gear to vintage audio, DIY, headphones, etc. In addition, we now have more manufacturers than in the history of our hobby! It is virtually impossible to keep up with it all, let alone report on every new piece of high-end audio equipment. I'd be slapped silly by not mentioning that true lossless high-resolution music, without the 'need' for typical music BUSINESS lossy compressed scams and schemes, is now mainstream and not limited to only a few niche' streaming music players. Without a doubt, this is the best time to be a music enthusiast! Way back when in the 1980s and 1990s there were only a tiny few small digest-sized print publications plus Audio and Stereo Review (to name a few) here in the States. Europe and other parts of the globe had their fave publications. It was like we were part of a super-secret hobby we all love. There was a tribal feeling about it all too!
---> This Is The Best Time To Be A Music Enthusiast.



CrystalConnect Monet And Diamond Network Ethernet Cables Review

CrystalConnect Monet Network Ethernet Cable Review
With just a taste of their Diamond network cable as well.
Review By Dr. Matthew Clott
Asking an audio reviewer to review a network cable is sort of like asking a car reviewer to review an alternator belt or a particular gasoline (although gasoline would likely equate more correctly to power cords in this scenario). I might even liken speaker cables or interconnects to tires if I continue the analogy; which have a more direct connection to the signal path, or similarly connect the engine, chassis, and suspension to the road. Under most circumstances, I humbly and politely pass when asked to formally review cables. Not because I don't think they make a massive difference in the system's performance (which they unquestionably do), but because in most cases cables affect an overall sense of voicing and presentation that is personal and subtle. And, because people seem to marry themselves to a particular cable manufacturer who has won their devotion, and I don't feel that reviews affect a change in the interest the way that reviews of components do. Also, if I'm being honest, it's sorta painful reviewing cables. I have heard fantastic performances from many cable lines in my listening room....
---> CrystalConnect Monet Network Ethernet Cable Review.



High-End Audio & Music Industry News

Today Is Fête de la Musique (World Music Day)

Today Is Fête de la Musique (World Music Day)
Coinciding with the summer solstice, Fête de la Musique (World Music Day) is a day for musicians and music enthusiasts to celebrate and enjoy the music! Since music is a 'common language' globally, World Music Day seeks to strengthen musical diversity and bring together Earth's music community for a day of festivities. According to Wiki, "The Fête de la Musique, also known in English as Music Day, Make Music Day, or World Music Day, is an annual music celebration that takes place on 21 June. On Music Day, citizens and residents are urged to play music outside in their neighborhoods or in public spaces and parks. Free concerts are also organized, where musicians play for fun and not for payment." Originated by Jack Lang, then Minister of Culture of France, as well as by Maurice Fleuret, Fête de la Musique was celebrated within Paris during 1982. Today, it is celebrated within ~120 countries around the globe.
---> Today Is Fête de la Musique (World Music Day).



audioXpress July 2024

audioXpress' July 2024 Issue
Editorial: Making Music Louder
WiiM Amp Int. Amp And Multiroom Streamer
Automotive Audio Bus (A2B) Part 1
For the Love of Music: Loudness Normalization
Designing A Powerful Speech Compressor
Acoustical Window Treatments
The Orange Valve Tester MKII
Power, Efficiency, And Flexibility
ICEpower: Audio Amplifier Product
High-Quality Class-D – The Hypex Way
And Much More!
---> audioXpress' July 2024 Issue.



TIDAL Removes MQA And Sony 360 Reality Audio

TIDAL Removes MQA And Sony 360 Reality Audio
TIDAL, a music streaming platform that has offered hi-res music files for years, is removing the proprietary music formats MQA and Sony's 360 Reality Audio on July 24th. As many Hi-Res Audio enthusiasts know, FLAC is a long-trusted and known lossless audio standard. FLAC is also royalty-free, plays on all modern devices, plus there are no added licensing costs to encode / decode proprietary file types. According to TIDAL, "For stereo sound, FLAC was chosen as the format we'll support going forward because it is open source – meaning any artist can deliver their music in high quality directly to TIDAL without the involvement of a third party. This makes it easier for their fans to experience music in the highest possible sound quality on all their devices." And while music lovers enjoy the longstanding stereo format, modern immersivephiles can enjoy Dolby Atmos as the chosen format on TIDAL.
---> TIDAL Removes MQA And Sony 360 Reality Audio.



Pacific Audio Fest 2024 Show Report -- High-Performance High-End Audio Equipment

Pacific Audio Fest 2024 Show In September 2024
The Pacific Audio Fest (PAF) returns to Seattle for their third great year! From September 6th through 8th, you can experience the very best in high-performance high-end audiophile gear at the biggest and best audio show on the Northwest coast of the USA! With over 200 exhibitors showcasing great audio gear, there will be millions of Dollars is audio gear, from very reasonably priced to cost-no-object, to hear and enjoy. Taking place at the Doubletree-Hilton Sea-Tac / Seattle, PAF is the USA's very best Northwestern premium audio event. Scheduled for the Pacific Audio Fest 2024 is live music on Friday and Saturday nights, with NW regional wine and beer tastings, and ~100 rooms of quality audio, Marketplace, Record Fair, HeadZone and much more! The Pacific Audio Fest show is located at a top tech hub and one of the fastest growing communities in the USA, plus it is a vacation paradise in the summer months.
---> Pacific Audio Fest 2024 Show In September 2024.



Glastonbury Festival 2024 June 26th Through 30th

Glastonbury Festival 2024 June 26th Through 30th
The very first music Festival was held the day after Jimi Hendrix passed. It marked the beginnings of a music festival at the Bath & West Showground, which then inspired Michael Eavis to commence his own music event, yet on a smaller scale. Today, the Glastonbury Festival brings many thousands of music fans and their families together to enjoy the music. Due to tremendous popularity of this exciting music event, Glastonbury Festival 2024 tickets are already sold out. Dua Lipa will bring her special Pyramid Stage debut as the Friday night headliner, which will also showcase both LCD Soundsystem and PJ Harvey too. Also on the schedule are Coldplay, who will make their first Saturday night Pyramid Stage appearance since 2016 and have become the first act to headline the Glastonbury Festival five times! Before Coldplay comes on stage, Little Simz also comes back to the festival to perform her biggest hits on stage.
---> Glastonbury Festival 2024 June 26th Through 30th.




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High-End Audio Show Reports

HIGH END Munich 2024 Audiophile Show Report
HIGH END Munich 2024


AXPONA 2024 High-End Audiophile Show Report


Montreal Audiofest 2024 Show Report
Montreal Audiofest 2024


Southwest Audio Fest 2024 Premium Audio Show Report
Southwest Audio Fest 2024


Florida International Audio Expo 2024 Show Report
Florida International Audio Expo 2024


Capital Audiofest 2023 Show Report (CAF 2023)
Capital Audiofest 2023


Toronto Audiofest 2023 Show Report
Toronto Audiofest 2023


UK Audio Show 2023 Report
UK Audio Show 2023


Pacific Audio Fest 2022 Show Report
Pacific Audio Fest 2023


Australian Hi-Fi Show 2023 Highlights Report
Australian Hi-Fi Show 2023




---> More Show Reports 



audioXpress June 2024

Different Listening Perspectives
Automotive audio today is designed for immersive experiences.
Editorial By J. Martins
I Recently attended a very successful AXPONA (Audio Expo North America) 2024 edition in Chicago, IL, where I was pleasantly surprised with the vibrant showcase of audio systems that filled the largest number of rooms in the history of this show. Hundreds of rooms with lots of innovative speakers to discover (some doing their premiere here, instead of waiting for the High End show in Munich), but also lots of new electronics, including many network audio streamers, which were clearly the most popular audio source, followed in a distant second by vinyl and CD — which are both mandatory as many attendees bring their own physical media to listen to for reference. These high-end streamers are now a core hifi component because they allow an aggregation of streaming services, enabling sessions to freely pick tracks from the Tidal, Qobuz, or Apple Music, all of which now offer lossless streaming options — or local NAS and storage devices for Hi-Res PCM and DSD files. On the second day of the show, I noticed that the hotel Wi-Fi network that had worked reliably until then was suddenly absent.
---> Different Listening Perspectives.



Words? Music? Both? Neither? What Do You Listen For? How various people listen to music.

Words? Music? Both? Neither? What Do You Listen For?
How various people listen to music.
Article By Roger Skoff
I recently saw something on Facebook that caused me to do some serious thinking – not on the subject of music, but that, as I hope you'll agree, is still perfectly applicable to our music listening. It's just one simple sentence: "I never said she stole my money" –  but, as the person who posted it pointed out, it can have seven entirely different meanings, depending on which one of the seven words making it up you choose to put the emphasis on: For example, "I never said she stole my money" means something different from "I never said she stole my money", which means something different from "I never said she stole my money", which means something different from "I never said she stole my money", and so on, through the entire sentence, with each new emphasis creating a whole new meaning. Isn't it exactly the same with music? Even with classical music, where every note to be played by every individual instrument is written down and unchanging, isn't every different performance by every orchestra or every conductor still different?
---> Words? Music? Both? Neither? What Do You Listen For?


Acora Acoustics QRC 2 Floorstanding Loudspeaker Review First-class sound quality in a luxurious form factor.

World Premiere Review!
Acora Acoustics QRC 2 Floorstanding Loudspeaker Review
First-class sound quality in a luxurious form factor.
Review By Rick Becker
Val Cora must have spotted my press pass when I first encountered their SRB two-way stand-mounted monitor at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest show back in 2019. He encouraged me to take a closer look and listen as I didn't seem particularly interested. It was my subconscious fear of tipping over heavy stone or aluminum speakers that I later traced back to a childhood trauma incident. Fast forward to 2023 and I've become one of Acora Acoustics' biggest fans, typically including them among the Best Rooms awards in my show reports. Not so much because I like them as because they're so damn good. Val has been a master of setting up rigs in a wide variety of rooms supported by a diverse selection of amplification and front ends. That he consistently features different top-level turntables and phono cartridges has been a particular delight, though he also showcases digital front ends. I fear that since he recently acquired Audio Research, his presentations may become more restricted to their products.
---> Acora Acoustics QRC 2 Floorstanding Loudspeaker Review.



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