To say that
life here has been busy over the past two years would be an understatement of epic
proportions! Part of the reason for this delayed editorial, or 'Senseless
Ramblings' as I call it, is that there simply was no time to write it before
June 1. In addition, there were subjects discussed during T.H.E. Show 2014 in
Newport Beach that helped me gather my feelings on a variety of long overdue
subject matter. Thus the variety of discussions between myself and others at
T.H.E. Show helped me to solidify my feelings and thoughts you are about to read
below. Some are well-known within the industry yet may have been unsaid in
cyberprint. Hopefully this article covers some of those topics.
In many ways I enjoy analyzing the ebb and flow of many things within human society. The high fidelity audio industry piques my interest for many reasons. From the truly brilliant minds such as proprietary code-meister Theta Digital's Neil Sinclair who worked at JPL Labs to tube genius Lew Conrad of conrad-johnson and the wonderfully charismatic personality, multi-lingual mastery and insanely vast musical/business knowledge of Peter Qvortrup of Audio Note UK. Way back when local genius Glenn Zelniker of Z-Systems, whose labs i visited a few times as he showed me the first high-def digital equalizer and allowed me to experiment/review it. The nearly countless people at MIT, audiologists around the world... There are so very many incredible engineers (Dolby, Toole, D'Appolito, Curl, Pass, etc, etc and etc) within our industry, so please accept my apologies as to name them all and provide in-depth details would literally take a book.
Consider this Senseless Rambling more of an extremely
brief 'highlight reel' as it were. If for some reason you feel
slighted because you were not specifically named, please accept my humble
apologies as to write a book providing all details would be great yet have zero 'spare
time.' Frankly, am sure if we took 100% of my knowledge on this topic there
would be only a moderate percentage of the overall story as our industry has
many twists and turns that are still left unsaid, and thus have never been
published. Sadly, there is not enough time to complete all the things on my
proverbial plate today that I'd
like to complete; let alone within the highly limited lifespan of my human body
during the time my brain and other functions will allow optimum results.
I always enjoy reading articles and reviews by Robert Harley. From his early years to Fi magazine... to many years as Editor of The Absolute Sound. Robert's organizational skills must be truly epic as he continues to deliver so many incredible things that keeps this industry flowing. One can only imagine all the work it takes to successfully deliver TAS' Illustrated History of High-End Audio book series. Robert is one of the great guys who is a steady source of honest assessments coupled with brilliant insights.
David W. Robinson of Positive Feedback has been around from nearly the beginning of time. Ok, perhaps that is a slight overstatement, yet he has always 'been there' during my lifecycle within this industry. His love of music, today's DSD and to move the industry forward without regard to his personal commercial success always brings a smile to my face. If you are ever at an event, invest a few minutes of your time chatting with David and am sure you'll come away with food-for-thought and a big smile on your face. David's enthusiasm is infectious in all the right ways.
Tyll Hertsens and I go waaay back. And yes, Tyll
It many ways it deeply saddens me that few audiophiles know about Bill Burton (blogger profile). During my life's travels I have enjoyed top quality home, portable and yes car audio too. My personal love of music has no situational or geographic boundaries. Bill Burton was the technical editor of various leading car audio magazine when car audio was just starting to break out. Bill Burton was a member of CompuServe's CEAudio board way back when and we would always meet during CES to discuss the highly technical side of car audio. Crazy ideas too, like my active adaptive bass due to the changing parameters of a vehicle's interior as one opened the sunroof or convertible top, to have the system optimize things due to environmental changes. Keep in mind this was in the very early 90's when digital processors were still, well, very limited on processing and memory storage at the consumer level. Bill's knowledge aided in teaching me quite a bit about phase parameters, timing, etc as the home environment is very easy to control as compared to the far more challenging car audio environment. Bill and I judged a few IASCA competitions for the Sound Quality portion and we would sit in cars and not only judge them for the competition, we would discuss the technical details of the system too. These were during the infancy of what we now know as a multi-billion dollar custom auto sound industry it is today. I remember crying when hearing of his passing, as his last few years were a bit of a challenge and our correspondence and phone conversations (and CES meetings) became less frequent.
It is always humbling to see so many great things happening on so many fronts within the high fidelity audio industry. Everyone within the industry gladly shares their love of music and, in many ways, has dedicated their life to sharing it with you.
There are so many other's I'd love to cover here,
yet between releasing two Review Magazines
for Enjoy the Music.com, getting
four partner mags updated online, daily industry news, RSS feed... and two show
reports online within the past month or so plus assigning new gear to writers....
You get the idea. And this leads us to...
With so much going on here over the past few
years, I have let you down. There are so many unwritten articles, ideas, etc
that have never made it to light. During the middle of 2013 I discussed with my
wife Heather that I'll be slowing down to enjoy more time with her. Am going to
completely avoid any medical or other situations, as discussing them here is not
desired and getting any show of sympathy from others only pisses me off plus
dealing/discussing that will only slow me down from the immense workload in
front of me. So there was a plan to slow down.... Then came my crazy idea of
getting a 1080/60i state-of-the-art mobile broadcasting studio. Have admired
Leo Laporte since first seeing him on ZDTV and if you're a true
geek like me, you really need to check out TWiT. Leo has virtually always
promoted others above himself, was honest with his assessments of OS' and
products, is very helpful and patient to newbies plus allowed many truly
talented people their own platform to shine. For those curious, Enjoy
the Music.TV uses the same core TriCaster video/production system as
TWiT. My apologies that there are not more interviews using the TV studio
online, yet I do plan to have many more online as this year progresses. Like
many resources here, there are so many things that can be done yet with what
time? Having a new TV studio gathering dust is a big waste of resources, yet I
look over my main monitor here in the office and there she sits beckoning me to 'release the hounds'.
With that said I think it is time to slow down a
bit. Famous last words, I know, and Heather has heard this line of bullshit from
me before. When one says in a flippant manner that their high-paced workload is
killing them... There are so many things I feel need
to be accomplished within the limited time available. And so....
New Senior Editor And Senior
It would bring me immense joy to give away every
photo ever taken of the industry during the past 20 years in higher rez jpg
format as a gift to the industry. This is along the same lines that the TV
studio is a gift, since no sane person would expect ROI on that
photos would be offered free of charge and anyone can use them as they so
desire. This includes the very early KDC (Kodak proprietary) format photos. In
total that is nearly 10,000 files in over 450 folders according to the NAS
drive, yet am sure within those folders are some personal photos that, well, are
personal and thus how to manage it all. There are so many other things that would be great to accomplish,
yet with what time? How is one to set priorities and still have some semblance
of truly living and experiencing all the wonderful things life has to offer
outside this industry? Anyone can exist, yet to truly live
life is key. On that note my personal Muse, wife, and all-around cheerleader
Heather has been a blessing. If anyone can 'wake me up' to the much-needed slow
down to extend my timeline she can.
If for some demented reason you have read this
far, my most sincere and humble thanks for visiting Enjoy
the Music.com over the years. My hopes are that you have been
entertained, and perhaps learned something that has enhanced the joy within your
life. My apologies for some of my personal 'Senseless' and cryptic, to sometimes
downright infuriating and frustrating, articles. In some ways this site is
nearly two decades of streaming-thought blogging. Hopefully, even in some small
way, this site has somehow been of service to you. Above all else, and after
careful calculation have typed it well over 50,000 times over the years, the
next phrase means just as much to me today as when first typed on CompuServe as
my original signature line....
As always, in the end what really matters is that
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