It never ceases to amaze me how well our magazine and staff are received within the high-end audio community. During the recent High End Society 2003 Frankfurt event and also PRIMEDIA's (Stereophile) Home Entertainment 2003 show it brought joy be greeted with a smile from the industry and press alike. There are many great reporters out there that write for other publications who work very hard to insure their articles are spectacular. The excellent editing of Stereophile's John Atkinson comes to mind as someone who i have personally admired over the years. Carefully crafting and tuning articles is no walk in the park and John proves his worth each and every month. While a single person does not a magazine make, the heart and soul of a magazine may be steered by its owner. There are many of us who still desire Listener to make a comeback. Creator and editor Art Dudley gathered around him a wonderful staff of enthusiasts who gave music lovers such as myself something to look forward to as the snail mail arrived. Add to this, other magazines such as The Absolute Sound, The $ensible Sound, Audiophile Audition, hi-fi+, The Audiophile Voice, What Hi-Fi?.... So many wonderful publications, so little time. Each of them helps to fill a niche within our industry.
There are so many great people that help make up this industry. We are but a small grouping of highly enthusiastic people who seek to enjoy the music. Sometimes we also suffer set backs as we endured the removal of such magazines as Audio, Fi, Listener, and Ultimate Audio. They say nothing lasts forever, and at some point in time what i am typing today will also "pass away". If there is one thing life has taught me, it is knowing your place within it. Neither as a King nor a pauper, but as a man... part of a whole. Even the fulfilling of promises in a book by my close friend Bill W. does not necessarily mean everlasting joy. In the wise words from Sting of the rock band Police "We are spirits in the material world."
If we fast forward to today, each and everyday brings fan mail to our extensive, critically acclaimed writers... and for other magazines we have partnered with (ended a sentence with a preposition, tisk tisk). Other e-mails include offers to review gear. When a show promoter has a very incomplete listing of exhibitors on their website, we make corrections within our pages. And now on to the big news of the day....
The graphic above is indeed there for a reason. It brings me great joy to announce that we here at Enjoy the Music.com have added a Superior Audio section! As part of Enjoy the Music.com, the Superior Audio section will include reports on the finest new state-of-the-art audio products, recent technological advances, and key issues affecting high-end audio. Superior Audio will feature a talented ensemble of Enjoy the Music.com writers including Wayne Donnelly, Alvin Gold, Rick Jensen, Jerry Kindela, Steven R. Rochlin and Rufus Smith.
No worries my bang for the buck friends as it brings me great joy to announce this, and the fact that the Enjoy the Music.com Review Magazine will continue to grow strong as our mainstay/bulk of reviews (and have all music reviews). Fact is, i am personally trying to focus more on under $1k products! Take note with my review of the $799 Sophia Baby tube amplifier that appears within this edition. Value- and mid-priced gear will naturally also appear in the Review Magazine. To also prove our strength, this month's edition of the Review Magazine heralds not one, not two, but four World Premieres! These are:
We simply want to offer truly qualified reviewers on the Internet who you can trust to review the best, cutting edge technology audiophile gear. We are currently in discussions with other longstanding members of the press as of this writing and hope to hear from others soon. Stay tuned as we prepare to launch Enjoy the Music.com's Superior Audio section on August 1st, 2003! Of course in the end what really matters is that you...