First, i never expected the huge amount of interest from last month's editorial concerning the ability for manufacturers and distributors to save thousands of dollars showing their products in Los Angeles. It stirred quite an interesting mix to say the least! The great news is that many people also realized the Germany High End Society Munich show was really where they were best served. This way they could reach a worldwide market with European retailers and distributors. Shows are a very big investment and such funds must be carefully considered, without feeling political pressures or being coerced into making hasty decisions.
More Show Evolution
Reviews And Music Evolution
Speaking of reviews, Enjoy the Music.com's March edition is a glorious mix of the Axiom EP500 subwoofer and various tube amplifiers. Add to the mix Rick Becker's Decorating For Music Part II (coming mid-month) and it is interesting to note how many tube amplifiers, once pushed away by that new technology called solid-state, is very much desirable by audiophiles. Also of note is the interest in moving away from esthetically-challenged listening rooms to a visually pleasing environment. Color me guilt, as many years ago i flirted with having a Live-End Dead-End (LEDE) room. This included having less than pretty acoustic panels were on virtually every surface, including the ceiling! Today we have the ability to control the room's acoustics using devices that are more visually pleasing. My point? We no longer need to alienate people when they se our listening room. In fact it can be quite attractive and inviting!
Online Music Evolution Continues
Many of us post on discussion board, visit chat rooms, etc. We find common ground and there are times when the hot product, like the Slimdevices unit, is making its way into many audiophile systems. The ease of managing our digital content is getting easier with various programs combined with online music services. While vinyl will probably be around for many decades to come, we no longer need to bother going to the store to buy physical formats that contain digital data. Amazon.com is beginning to see the light as they are said to soon offer music downloads. i have a feeling their physical format digital disc sales have somewhat declined as iTunes and the like have flourished.
Of course one can only wonder... is digital good or bad? At what point will we realize a digital format that truly is capable of equaling what is on a master tape. And when will that format be downloadable, or at least join a subscription service where we can seamlessly access our music at home, on our mobile phone or other portable devices, and into our automobiles. Sure much of this is now available at various sound quality levels, yet i am referring to true advances that yield very high resolution, lossless data transfer from master tape to the end user. As we always say, in the end what really matters to me is that we all....