the below as 'tough love', pleeeeease.
Warning: Strong language and frank industry
First, huge thanks Marjorie and everyone with RMAF for producing a truly great event! Of course Jude gets props as ringleader of CanJam and he, too, did a superlative job at wrangling all the great PMP manufacturers and associated devices in Denver. Yours Truly was, as always, frantically busy during the show and the month of October was a record in the amount of bandwidth the site delivered; and this does not include any of the bandwidth for videos or the 192kHz/24-bit music file. As many of you know, Enjoy the Music.com produced live audio/video streaming online including a chat where you could ask questions IRT (in real time) to whomever we were visiting or interviewing. Also recorded live music @ RMAF in 192kHz/24-bit using top-grade gear, which you can download at either this or this link (note: same file @ both links, yet am offering two links in case one is unavailable. If both links say "This account's public links are generating too much traffic..." then please wait 24 hours and try again as bandwidth allotment refreshes every 24 hours). Of course our usual daily live updates were also produced. All the aforementioned is available for free to our partner magazines to use as they see fit per our press release. A copy of our ad within the RMAF show guide can be seen at the very bottom of this Web page just below the music video. Lastly, we have many pics from myself, photojournalist Ron Nagle and a report of CanJam by Michael Mercer.
Would also like to welcome Australian Hi-Fi and CANADA HiFi coming aboard as magazine partners within Enjoy the Music.com plus we are now official media partners with TAVES. Both magazines join The Absolute Sound, hi-fi+, HIFICRITIC, HiFi Media, Hi-Fi World and legacy publications Sound Practices and VALVE magazine. Am deeply honored and truly humbled to have, in total, nine magazines to have come aboard Enjoy the Music.com to date. Yours Truly is grateful and takes this responsibility very seriously, as in a sense we are extensions and representatives of your publication. When advertising enquiries come to our e-mail inbox instead of yours, many of our partnered magazine know we forward them to the appropriate magazine personnel and have never and will never front-run your business. Your trust is in very safe hands. No other Web site comes close in accomplishing such a task in this day and age of self-centered, bean-counter ruled short-sighted business weenies. Sure I understand such selfish business practices, and s/he who stands alone...
Same Ol' Same Ol'
Hey manufacturers, how many of you had a
thumbdrive with info and photos to give to the press? In Europe this is normal,
but it seems in the USA it is nearly unheard of. Why? As expected, one of the
only guys who had info on a thumbdrive plus an incredible new invention that
could transform the industry at the core
level per se was Gordon Rankin of Wavelength Audio. Naturally a man
of advanced technology, he had a thumbdrive and the announcement of StreamWerxs
technology can be seen at this video. This is not to say other products
or people were lackluster @ RMAF, far from it
so don't you dare try to corner me here. Am simply pointing out only one
person/company (of many) and his efforts as an example. There is simply not
enough space to talk about each and every great new product at RMAF in this
editorial, yet the technology Gordon launched is a real game changer. Think
about it, where would music lovers be without Gordon Rankin's successful implementation
of Asynchronous USB technology we now greatly benefit from in many products? Get my point?
During this past weekend's trip to our family home on Longboats Key, Florida, I had a meeting of the Braintrust. Floated some new shit for them to consider and it was very well received. Will not go into the finances, yet rest assured it is a huge risk. Me? i've been dead broke before and in fact this Web site nearly caused bankruptcy in the early days. For I am just a single guy in the vast and immense universe. Thus how can a teeny tiny living and breathing entity make any real difference in an industry? Hmmm, maybe we should ask Gordon Rankin? This brings me to my own personal ultimatum. Few know this, yet when Enjoy the Music.com hit 6000 pages there was a pseudo automatic decision that would be made. This was my own personal deadline, as no one else was complaining about their investment. Far from it! Keep in mind we here @ Enjoy the Music.com refuse to adhere to selfish bean counters and thus do not rip you off with pageviews by breaking down show reports into one manufacturer per page (thus a 50 page 'show report') and our reviews/articles are on one page, not three or four to get more pageviews in hopes that more pageviews means you have higher odds of clicking banner ads. Even with such a large site, virtually never received a request asking where a review of XYZ product is since we provide a search engine that handles things quite nicely.
Would you like to see something new that helps all
of us... and more? If so, then first I ask the industry for help because it is
obvious no other magazine is daring enough to take immense risk, invest massive
funds and perhaps lack the vision and follow-through to have such ideas come to
fruition. And yes, how does one make a small fortune in this industry? You start
with a big one. Am well aware of Fi
magazine, the sad demise of Listener
magazine... and others who have been passed around to many multiples of owners
like a good-time girl looking for her next 'Jon' for money.
what is this 'new thing' you ask? Am not going to say for now, though rest
assured the wheels are already turning and massive finances are in place. The
clock is ticking and might gather more funding as necessary from people who
understand the future. Yes my good friends Tyll and Art, am smart enough to
never give up control. You see this picture of two pennies, these are the same
two I 'began life' with in 1988 after being dead broke, living out of my car and
sleeping on the beach. Been there, done that, and am willing to follow my dream
and if that means doing it all over again to be where things are 25 years later
so be it. As the Grateful Dead sings, "What a long strange trip it's been".
Another factor is that, frankly, could not live with myself if I never gave
myself permission to try. In my eyes I'd be a big failure due to not having the
cahonies to even try. So please sit back, relax, and keep your seat back and
tray tables in their upright and locked position because something new is on its
way that will benefit us all. Am
not doing this for me or some ego-driven bullshit, far from it! Hey, I tried to let
others do something per my
Memo. Have nearly begged others to help in various
ways and my Memo, while greatly received, has spurred virtually nada, zilch... a
grand total of Jack shit (and Jack left years ago).
Lead, Follow, Or Get...
We have met the enemy and he is us. Please accept my apologies now if I may be a bit short on time in this article, or short on time with you during shows. My shortness in time with you is due to thinking of the millions of people who are waiting for information in a timely manner. It may also be due to other tasks I wish to bring to millions of people worldwide. Again, the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.
Side Note: Had lunch with a very prominent manufacturer at the Longboat (Beach) Key Club, as we have a nice family home there on the beach, have been members there for many years, and he was amazed at my calmness. Very few of you know the real me per se because you only experience my human entity during shows. Those frantic moments are when time works against me, tick tick ticking away every second. Add to that, none of you have ever been within my home, and there is good reason for that as 'inventions' here are not for you or anyone else to experience at this time. Some of my creative ideas and not ready.... yet.
S.O.N.Y. (Soon Only Not Yet)
Will leave you with this thought: The most valuable commodity we all have is our time. A most humble thanks for choosing to spend your incredibly valuable time here @ Enjoy the Music.com for the past 18 years. Some of you might also know how very special the number 18 is. So here's to life... and to new shit because you, kind reader and those within the high fidelity audio industry, deserve better than the same things warmed over time and time and time and time and time again. As always, in the end what really matters is that you...
You owe it to the people.
Our Ad Within RMAF's Show Guide
Naturally it is you, the distinguished manufacturers and
distributors within this industry, who deserve accolades for bringing millions
of music lovers all around the world a more joyous way of life. From the
musicians and recording engineers to those of you who meticulously craft
consumer electronics, your efforts are a testament to the reason we are all here
today. The world is filled with more musical bliss because of you!
I also want to thank our partner magazines The
Absolute Sound, hi-fi+,
HIFICRITIC, Hi-Fi World, Sound
Practices, VALVE and
newly joined HiFi Media magazine
to the Enjoy the Music.com family.
All of us in the media are helping to educate both seasoned audiophiles and new
members who have started their journey through high fidelity audio. Each
publication has earned their loyal readership due to many years of hard work and
dedication; they all truly deserve to be recognized for their countless hours of
To everyone within the high fidelity audio industry, please
allow me to wish you and yours a successful and abundant event! Everyone here at
Enjoy the Music.com are overjoyed to bring you our virtually
live RMAF 2013 coverage. When you get back to your hotel room, please log on and
see how we are all working together to show the world the many splendors this
industry has to offer! As always, in the end what really matters is that we
Enjoy the Music,