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Celebrating 26 Years Of Service To Music Lovers
Audio Khan In-Ear
A rare instrument that make listening to music as good as it gets.
Review By Frank Iacone Of Headphone.Guru
The Wiz has been busy creating new universal and custom
designs using hybrid technology. Dr. John Moulton is well known in the personal
audio community for creating outstanding designs with artful flair; John is
an audiologist by trade and spends most of his time working with his
brother Jim Moulton, an attorney by trade, who is the marketing arm and
partner for Noble Audio. Jim is based in Texas and has been doing all the
personal audio shows showing the new designs that the Wiz has been creating.
Audio Khan in-ear monitors review.
World Premiere Review!
Wells Audio Commander Level II Tube Line
I found myself often thinking of Van
Morrison's "Cleaning Windows".
Dr. Jules L. Coleman
For much of
my life I tried my hand at playing guitar – with little, if any, success.
Truth be told, early and often friends and family – several of whom are
professional musicians – encouraged me to abandon my efforts. Ultimately, fear
of being friendless and homeless carried the day, and my nascent, if not
burgeoning, career came to a screeching halt. This tragedy, notwithstanding, my love of music has continued
to grow unabated. Like the majority of you, I love listening to music, engaging
it, getting to know and appreciate it for its artistry as well the narrative
content of the music and where present the lyrics.
Wells Audio Commander Level II tube linestage review.
audioXpress' October 2021 Issue
audioXpress' October 2021 issue features:
From The Editor's Desk: Home Theater And Home Entertainment
USound Megaclite 4.0 UH-R2040 MEMS Earphones
The Complete Linear Audio Library On USB
Ultra-Linear: Why It Works And When It Will Not (Part 1)
Cascodes, Folded Cascodes, And Current Mirrors (Part 1)
Refurbishing Altec Lansing Vintage Speakers
The Tetrahedral Test Chamber Story (Part 2)
Raising The Bar On Residential Entertainment
A Tale Of Speakers In A Room
Hollow-State Electronics: Effects Of Negative Feedback
And much more!
---> See audioXpress' October 2021
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
Futuresource's Audio Collaborative 2021
Futuresource's special Audio Collaborative event is once again returning to the virtual stage. This event will cover many topics including how technology continues to accelerate in line with the need for high-quality true lossless music, modern immersive audio, plus how businesses are
utilizing creativity to meet the demands of an ever-evolving industry. Futuresource's Audio Collaborative will be returning for its eighth year on November 10th and 11th. Their virtual event will explore the evolution of audio, embracing the creativity, strategy and development of technology across the entire space. You can join them for free on a range of engaging presentations and panel sessions, brought together by a wealth of industry thought leaders and
---> Futuresource's Audio Collaborative 2021.
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.
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
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.
World Premiere Review!
Audio Sensibility Signature Ethernet And DC Power
Moderately-priced high-quality cabling that will keep you musically satisfied.
Review By Rick Becker And Tom Lathrop
If you've clicked on this review you already know that cables
make a difference. I'll spare you that lecture. You may also already know about
Steven Huang and his Audio Sensibility cable company out of Toronto, Canada. I've
been commenting on his presence at the Montreal and Toronto audio shows since
2010. His cables featured prominently in my $5000
Entry Level System project in 2014, allowing me to reach a sound quality
level in a streamlined rig that came surprisingly close to my reference rig.
That's what Ohno Continuous Cast silver and copper, cryogenic treatment,
stainless steel shielding at the ends, and soundly engineered cable design can
do for you. Being a small, personal company has allowed Steven to remain
nimble and creative.
Audio Sensibility Signature Ethernet and DC Power cables 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.
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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