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Article By Steven R. Rochlin
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The recent CES
show experienced a record attendance! Well over 130,000 people descended
upon Sin City to see and hear all the new electronics. Of course there was
also THE Show, an event
specifically geared towards the high-end audio industry. Our virtually live
coverage has now been augmented by additional coverage with more reports scheduled
to appear shortly!
With your help, our magazine has been steadily growing. We
truly appreciate everyone who has graciously supported our website. From worldwide
discussion boards to word of mouth, we truly appreciate both the compliments
and constructive criticisms, many of which can be found within our letters
page. Color me very proud to be a member of this industry. Enjoy
the Music.com wholeheartedly supports the recent
efforts of tsunami relief as Audiogon
is providing a tsunami relief fund. Paul Marks of Thor Audio, who lost their
Indonesian dealers in the tragedy, is donating all proceeds from their
upcoming disc to the tsunami relief fund. Only days after the recent
Las Vegas shows i personally visited Indonesia.
Indonesia, while receiving some bad press in the past due to
various credit card scams, is a beautiful land filled with very gracious
people. With deep roots in religion and the characteristic Temples, i truly
sensed a people who are both following ancient ways and who respect modern
times. Their appreciation towards the world with recent relief efforts was
readily apparent. My trip to Indonesia was indeed memorable.
With so many music lovers tied to their computers many hours
each workday, it is obvious that one would desire high quality music in the
workplace. Apple's iPod and accompanying headphones is one solution, though
there is an alternative. For many years i have enjoyed music with Linn's
Classik mated to a pair of Reference 3a monitors. This system also allows me
to use the included CD player, an iPod, or high resolution music files from an
outboard source such as an external DAC fed by my computer. Within the past
few years we audiophiles have been able to purchase various outboard hard
drive storage devices both with and without DAC units. Some of these companies
may be new to audiophiles; others such as Wavelength Audio have been offering
audiophile equipment for many years.
Years ago the general argument (and rightly so) has been due
to the electrically noisy environment within a computer. These naysayers were
also correct in that cooling fans for computer processors can be quite loud.
Well, the industry has matured and today Naysayers of such computer integrated
systems have been slowly changing their mind as specially made system and/or
outboard products insure a clean signal path with little EMI/RFI to get in the
way plus vanishing low fan noise. In fact some systems may eliminate the need
for a cooling fan to insure a quiet environment!
Bill Gaw has been single-handedly spearheading such devices
within his Audiolics Anonymous articles.
While it saddens me to inform readers that, due to Bill's busy work schedule,
the Audiolics Anonymous articles will go from a monthly to a bi-monthly piece,
Steven Stone is going to focus specifically on nearfield listening. This type
of listening generally involves bookshelf loudspeakers placed on your computer
desk to the right and left of the monitor. As such they are only a few feet
from your ears. For many years i have personally employed such a system within
my home and the clarity, imaging, and depth can be remarkable. Please feel
free to learn more about how you can build such a system within Steven Stone's
The Nearfiled Introductory and Defining
The Desktop articles.
Thanks Again My Friends
Again i wish to thank you, our loyal readers, for your support
over the years. Sharing our website with your friends, your letters to us, and
your suggestions are always appreciated. My deepest thanks also go out to audiophiles
who are donating their efforts to the tsunami relief fund. There are many
people in Indonesia who truly appreciate our help during these struggling
times. Of course in the end what really matters is that we
Enjoy the Music (Dido "Thank You"
"I want to thank you for giving me the best day of my life
Oh just to be with you is giving me the best day of my life
Push the door, I'm home at last and I'm soaking through and through
Then you handed me a towel and all I see is you
And even if my house falls down now, I wouldn't have a clue
Because you're near me and
I want to thank you for giving me the best day of my life
Oh just to be with you is giving the best day of my life."