Industry Gossip and Eating Your Own Dog Food
Article by Steven R. Rochlin
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Sometimes i sit here hoping
the phone doesn't ring with yet another piece of gossip. Such and so reviewer
did this to you-know-who all-around-good-guy manufacture or this high profile
high-end store owner got busted cheating on his wife and will lose the business
due to a divorce settlement. Of course there is humor to all this as sometimes
you see the Guy Y who lost his business due to divorce now works for Company X
while the guy who he replaced at Company X now runs Guy Y's business with Guy
Y's ex-wife. Kinda like "wife swapping"... so to speak. To me the really
bad news is when a great company suffers a real set back.
Just a few days ago there was a call here from a well respected company
out of California. Seems their entire inventory was stolen by professional thieves
over Memorial Day weekend! Fortunately they had insurance so this is really
nothing more than a momentary set back to regroup and make more gear while
pending customer orders will be delayed a bit. Of course many of us have heard
of flood damage, earthquakes and the occasional tornado too. If you are in the
industry and have gossip, here's a "virtual quarter" to call someone else...
Spring Cleaning Redux!
The phrase "eating your own dog food" came about as
computer software companies would use their own Beta releases to find the bugs
and dreaded Blue Screen Of Death issues (shhh, i hear all you MAC and Linux/Unix
guys proclaiming a sense of superiority). What is meant here is that i, too,
have been eating my own dog food by having a full Spring
Fling Cleaning here. Is a reviewer's job even done? Of course not! After
carefully selecting the right Caig and other cleaning products off i went. First
up was completely shutting off the power to my gear. This is actually quite easy
as dedicated power means that a simple visit to the fuse box in the basement was
all that is needed. Once all power is off it was time to unplug all power cords,
all signal cables plus loudspeaker wires.
Once all is laid bare in the middle of the listening room floor,
i began to wonder... Where did all this stuff come from? It is amazing the plethora
of cords n' cables n' stuff that slowly find their way into my humble abode.
Years of big tweaks here and smaller tweaks there... Balls, rollers, pods,
fluids... You get the idea.
One thing that should not be ignored is in insuring the
tightness of your components various mounting screws. This is especially
paramount with loudspeakers as the vibrations from the driver seems to slowly,
but surely loosen the screws that secure the driver to the enclosure. Be sure to
check the bottom of the loudspeaker for screws too! Did i mention that this is
also a good time to dust everything off? Ok, enough already! You get the idea
about Spring Cleaning.
More Shiny New Faces...
If it seems that every month we are announcing more writers, it
is because we are. Nope, no one has left as seen in other magazines. We here at Enjoy
the Music.com™ are ever expanding and would like to
welcome Bill Roberts, Chris Boylan and also Rufus Smith.
Longstanding recording and mastering studio guru Bill Roberts
has been around the block more times than Madonna. Bill has
been a music nut since before some of you were a twinkle in your dad's eye. We
are very proud to have a true recording engineer within our resident staff.
Please also give a warm welcome to professional
drummer/percussionist Chris Boylan. Chris heralds to us just after a long stint with a
groovy rock band who has toured parts of the United States and he has a few CDs within his
portfolio. Add to that the accomplishment of being so talented as to be not just
recognized, but also sponsored by none other than industry leader Pro*Mark drum sticks! Being a drummer/percussionist myself, i have a few pair of
the Chris "The Animal" Boylan signature drum sticks here. Drummers
unite! So welcome aboard Chris and please be sure to check out his Secret Agent
Man Emap (Stereophile) Home Entertainment Show Report by clicking
here. Expect more great stuff from Chris in the upcoming months.
Next on the Who's New roster is Rufus Smith who has penned
a few audiophile magazines and whose wonderful writings can also be seen within
the pages of Ultimate Audio
magazine. Rufus, like myself, has a deep love for things music, automobiles and
exotic mechanical timepieces. Please see Rufus' Emap (Stereophile) Home Entertainment Show Report
by clicking here. Like Chris, you
can also look forward to more great articles by Rufus.
To top it all off, we also have an article by guest writer Guido
Henkel, who pens
articles for MediaLine and has his own little place on the Internet called DVD Review.
Guido's article titled "DVD Audio: Where Do We Go From Here?" gives a
quite well-balanced view on the state of the high-definition DVD music format.
If you feel the DVD-Audio versus SACD debates have come to a boil, just wait
until the real decision to surround sound or not comes to a boil. The plot
thickens yet again!
And before i forget... Forza Ferrari!
Of course in the end what really matters is that you...
Enjoy the music (don't ask me why, but Brenda Lee Merry
Christmas album is playing on the turntable right now. Highly enjoyable!),