First i would
like the congratulate all the Enjoy
the Music.com writers, as together we have all truly delivered a great
issue this month in both Superior Audio
and the Review Magazine. Behind the scenes i
have been a bit persnickery (we audiophile writers make up such stupid words)
about a few things plus keeping an eye on the changing environment of high-end
audio. There are indeed changes afoot and below are just a few things i feel
important to cover in this month's editorial.
New Home Media System Like any industry, as time passes, technology evolves
yet in a variety of ways. Like early CD, sometimes technology might not be
'perfect sound forever' yet the concept behind the basic premise of the idea has
potential yet is limited by the available technology. From basic CD we now have
24-bit/192kHz recordings and probably soon to be even better 32-bit/384kHz. That
5-inch silver disc is giving way to digital downloads, too, so that is progress
as many of my early CDs are now becoming less than stable. Other benefits
include we can now get ourselves 8+TB of data storage on a NAS drive and never
lose one bit due to RAID configuration. Right now i am trying to 'rebuild' the
data on a CDR from photos of Venice a few years back. Yes the disc was burned
using my Plextor drive and yes on the slower speed and yes the disc was always
stored properly. Long story short, i have given up on the 5-inch disc format
Fellow Enjoy the Music.com reviewers Dr.
Jeff Rabin was here for a few days and had time to play with my newly acquired
and combined setup with quad processor Win7 64-bit computer plus 6GB memory and
1TB drive, external NAS drive (soon to be upgraded... again) as a media server,
gigabit switch, M2Tech USB S/PDIF device....
Vinyl And Tubes This is not to say vinyl or tube amplifiers are dead,
far from it! There are still two turntables here (VOYD Reference and Acoustic
Solid) and three (or is that four... or five) tube amplification devices. It is
simply that on the digital and home media side of things my home system needed a
bit of a facelift. Well, being high-end means this technology moves so fast that
state-of-the-art lives about six months give or take six months. Well, at least
the DAC-O-The-Month club is gone and your computer is not totally outdated the
moment you get home and unbox it.
Being one of the very early 'modern' adopters to
single-ended tube gear before it was politically correct via the Audio Note
Ongaku, my love for such things is as strong as ever! Same with high sensitivity
horn speakers. My feelings are that there is no reason to that newer in all
aspects is necessarily better. It is a mating of all technologies available
to achieve the desired goal of my lifestyle in musical pleasures. Let us face
the facts; even the very best technology is, frankly, worthless if you do not
have something to take full advantage of it to reach the desired goals. Then
again right now there are DACs available at higher than 24-bit/192kHz yet no commercial
recordings that fully exploit this... yet.
It reminds me of when Sony had an early prototype
1-bit digital front-end system at a show in San Francisco during 1997 when
everyone mainstream was touting multi-bit DACs as being the best way to achieve
digital to analog conversion. Yes, this was very early SACD. Of course early tube
amplifiers are still prized, yet yes there have even been technological advances
there as well. The same goes for horn loudspeakers and of course driver technology of various
types (compression, panel, electrostatic, etc).
And With That I Say Farewell
Time For A Change
It has been a wonderful 15 years. So thank you to the many fellow journalists,
close friends, familiar faces and yes years
of being able to covering approximately 120 shows. The 5000 or so web pages and 775MB that
make up this website almost makes my eyes glaze over. Yes my fingers and eyes
truly do hurt due to
all that typing, editing and HTML code. There are so many good things to say to so many
people. A stunning array of gear has come and gone through my home, with a few
staying for longer durations as finances allow. From the bottom of my heart
please allow me the honor of thanking everyone for so many years of musical
bliss, of moments shared... and of joyous though albeit brief meetings during
various shows. As Abba sings and so i say:
Thank you for the music, the songs I'm singing
Thanks for all the joy they're bringing
Who can live without it, I ask in all honesty
What would life be?
Without a song or a dance what are we?
So I say thank you for the music
For giving it to me
Of course in the end what really matters is that you...
Enjoy the Music (Rube Goldberg would be
PS: Of course April Fools. See you next month...
same batty time, same batty website channel.