within our industry March is historically a slow period since all the great new
gear made their way to CES / T.H.E.
Show in January. This is certainly not the case in 2014 as technological
advancements has marked the continual release of high fidelity audio gear,
especially those used for digital music files. The news has been coming to my
e-mail inbox at a fast and furious pace! The biggest recent news event was the
Pono portable high resolution audio player that appeared on K’Starter. As of
this writing is has reached over a cool $5,000,000! For those unfamiliar,
legendary music artist Neil Young has been touting the Pono 192kHz/24-bit player
for years, yet nothing ever seemed to come to fruition. That is until the
official announcement at SXSW in March. Audiophiles take note as the CEO and
team leader of Pono, John Hamm, will be at the upcoming
AXPONA (Audio Expo North America) event in Chicago from April 25th
through 27th. And this brings you the opportunity to get involved too!
Am sure many of you reading this have already
reserved your Pono music player, yet what if you had questions that needed
answering? Their FAQ and updates have been very informative. We here at Enjoy
the Music.com are bringing our full TV studio to AXPONA so you can
ask John Hamm questions during our live video streaming broadcast that will also
have an interactive chat feature too! Of course there is much more happening at
AXPONA including seminars, new product announcements and live music events.
Never before in the history of high-end audio has anyone tried doing a
professional video production, let alone one that included live streaming.
Our sister site Enjoy the Music.TV is doing just that and we look forward
to seeing many of you during AXPONA in Chicago. For those of you within the
industry, please see me at the gathering at AXPONA the night before the event to
reserve your TV time. We want you to shine during this very special event.
Our April edition of Enjoy
the Music.com’s Review Magazine
has some special treats for you! First up is something that was many years in
the making. Specifically, we have links to all 20 issues of DIY/enthusiast
magazine Vacuum Tube Valley! Next
is our busy studio where we have produced three recent videos including Positive
Feedback Online's David W. Robinson and musician David Elias
discussing Sony’s DSD format. We also have an interview with Paul McGowan of
PS Audio and engineer Ted Smith of DirectStream with their new, and quite
interesting, DAC unit. Lastly, we have all around audio enthusiast Michael
Mercer covering the bases for those who enjoy portable audio. Speaking of
portable audio, multi-award earning Benchmark Media Systems has an interesting
article concerning headphone amplifiers featured within this edition.
For those of you who love music without financial
limits, reviews of the Accuphase DP-720 SACD player, the incredible Oracle Audio
Delphi MK VI turntable with SME V tonearm, and lastly the unique and quite
expensive ($90,000!) SoulSonics Impact LE speakers help round out the audio
esoterica reviews. Now before you budget-minded readers decide to shout on all
the discussion boards that audiophile mags only seem to review
stratospherically-priced products, we also have a review of the under $2000
Audio By Van Alstine Synergy integrated control amplifier and our partner
HIFICRITIC has their Naim Nait integrated amplifier revisit. Looking at the
calendar and giving the nod to April 1, we also have some fun ‘reviews’
including the LIRPA DDRX - 401 Reference converter, Tweaking To Beat The Band
and the au natural We Tree Audio
Ring turntable. Other articles include the Sony VFETs from the industry’s
amplification genius Nelson Pass.
Our partner magazines here at Enjoy
the Music.com bring forth Dick Olsher’s brilliance as his
fine-tuned ears gives assesses the Von Schweikert Audio UniField Two MK2
speakers, Jimmy Hughes wraps his room in 360-degree audio with the Duevel
Enterprise loudspeaker and Edgar Kramer lights up the tube twilight with the
powerful VTL MB-125 monoblock amplifiers. You want some reasonable priced high
rez portable? We got you covered as Noel Keywood finds the $199 (street price)
FiiO X3 with the 192kHz/24-bit Wolfson WM8740 DAC a runaway success!
Rest assured our coverage of the Salon Son & Image 2014 show will be appearing online shortly and we look forward to seeing you at AXPONA from April 25th through 27th at the Westin O'Hare in Chicago. Click this link and use code AXP52D to save 15% off AXPONA 2014 tickets.
As always, in the end what really matters is that we