Virtually every audiophiles knows that within a few days we will be reporting on the world's largest electronic show gatherings. Specifically, CES and T.H.E. Show located in Las Vegas. This is that magical time of year where many new products, some of which are already featured within our pre-show report, will make their first appearance anywhere in the world! While this is big news, and our 11th consecutive year covering the Vegas event, we have other news that marks the expansion of Enjoy the Music.com!
Expansion To Benefit Everyone
Most audiophile have multi-channel audio systems to support DVD-Audio, DTS, Dolby Digital... or Sony's proprietary SACD format. While we have covered a few surround sound topics, i felt it was best to have a proper, fully-realized site that provided reviews and information regarding multi-channel (over two) audio, and dare we say it, video too! While Enjoy the Music.com will also be reaching out to new audio and multi-zone digital music distribution systems and technologies, Enjoy the Cinema.com™ will be geared towards home theater devices. We have some great reviews to come plus new writers and editorial articles making an appearance. While the official launch date is planned for early February, we already have some great information posted including news articles, manufacturers links, and more! Please visit Enjoy the Cinema.com and let us know what you think.
His preference is for simple elegant equipment that can come as close as possible to the sound of a good concert hall or night club. He loves Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Shostakovich but also Sidney Bechet, Sonny Rollins, Art Tatum, Nina Simone, Dylan, The Beatles and Eminem. His favorite is chamber music but his collection is wide-ranging, extensive and still growing.
His first good system featured a Goldring Lenco turntable, a Rotel 610 amplifier and the miraculous Spendor BC1 speakers, whose drive units he blew up more than once through over enthusiastic use of the volume control. On moving to North America in 1980 he graduated to a Linn LP12, Itok and Asak, Meridian M2 active speakers and a Meridian preamp. A Koetsu Black cartridge replaced the Asak a few years later, and a second generation of Meridian preamp replaced the original. This very compact system lasted throughout the 80's because the active speaker system was so far ahead of its time. The first small speakers Phil found to outshine the Meridians were the Proac Response 2s. This required new electronics and the YBA Integre fit the bill. One day, quite by chance, Phil stumbled over a pair of Wilson Benesch Act 1 speakers in need of a new home. And miraculously they matched the new custom-designed stereo cabinet. Phil will probably keep these speakers for ever, and has upgraded them along the way with new drive units from Wilson Benesch and Bybee Quantum Filters. To exploit the full potential of the Act 1s two integrated amplifiers from New Zealand have taken their turns in the system, first a Plinius 8200 and now a Perreaux R200i, the very epitome of high performance in a small elegant package.
Digital sources have never greatly impressed Phil in the past. A Denon, a two box PS Audio pair and a Krell have passed through the house. Now he has found a digital source to be proud of, and one that doesn't cost an arm and a leg, the Meridian G08 CD Player. The next step is an overhaul of his trusty 25 year old LP12. A Clearaudio Virtuoso Wood cartridge, a Graham Slee Era Gold V phono preamp, a Graham Slee Solo headphone amp, AKG K1000 headphones, a Nordost Thor Power Distribution System and Valhalla cables complete the system.
He has led a simple life as a mathematician / economist / shepherd / actuary / programmer / entrepreneur / reviewer and father of two and he holds triple nationality. As we always say, in the end what really matters to me is that we all....