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05 / 18 / 18

McIntosh Labs New MCD600 SACD/CD Player And MS500 Music Streamer
McIntosh Labs New MCD600 SACD/CD Player And MS500 Music StreamerMcIntosh Labs is proud to announce two new products: the MCD600 SACD/CD Player and MS500 Music Streamer ($7000 and $6000 respectively). At the heart of the MCD600 is a newly designed digital circuit highlighted by a new premium 8-channel, 32-bit PCM/DSD digital-to-analog converter (DAC). The DAC is used in Quad Balanced mode, with 4 DAC channels allocated to each of the left and right audio channels, resulting in truly exceptional sound reproduction. All PCM signals are up-sampled up to 32-bit/384kHz. Besides commercial SACDs and CDs, the MCD600 can also play music from user generated CD or DVD Data Discs as well as USB flash drives. Numerous file formats can be played from these including AAC, AIFF, ALAC, DSD (up to DSD128), FLAC, MP3, WAV (up to 24-bit/192kHz) and WMA. Flash drives can easily be connected via the front panel USB input. The MCD600 includes both fixed and variable balanced and unbalanced outputs; the variable outputs combined with its volume control allow the MCD600 to be connected directly to a power amplifier without needing a preamplifier. Coax and optical digital inputs and outputs are included as is the McIntosh High Drive headphone amplifier. McIntosh Labs' new MS500 Music Streamer seamlessly integrates both internet based streaming music and locally stored digital music into one comprehensive device. It allows a digital music library to be enjoyed with McIntosh's legendary audio standards - including uncompressed, lossless files with up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution. Local music and the operating system are stored on a durable 500GB solid state drive (SSD) that has no moving parts to create noise. A new fanless processor combined with improved ventilation means noisy cooling fans are not needed. The combination of these two things results in there being no noise to interfere with music listening. Besides onboard music storage, the MS500 has built in interfaces to leading streaming services such as Deezer, Murfie, Pandora, Rhapsody, SiriusXM, Slacker, Spotify, TIDAL and TuneIn (services subject to change). Internet radio stations can also be added as presets. Three USB ports allow for external mass storage or flash drives to be connected. Any one of the USB ports can also be used to connect an external component with a built-in DAC; utilizing this external DAC, one additional independent audio zone can be created.

 

05 / 17 / 18

HIGH END 2018 Show Coverage

HIGH END 2018 Munich Featuring Furutech, Elac, Avantgarde Acoustic, And Gryphon Audio
A Billionaire's Guide To HIGH END 2018 In Munich
Featuring Furutech, Elac, Avantgarde Acoustic, And Gryphon Audio

 

Australian Hi-Fi Magazine's May / June Issue Features Gear Reviews
Australian Hi-Fi Magazine May / June 2018This issue of Australian Hi-Fi features an interview with John Ong who has been an integral part of the Melbourne audio scene for more than twenty years, plus an obituary of John Sunier who wrote the Super Fidelity column for Australian Hi-Fi magazine for more than 20 years. Reviews within this issue include Music Hall mmf 1.5 turntable, Harbeth 30.2 Anniversary loudspeakers, Richter Thor 10.6 subwoofer, Dynaudio Special Forty loudspeakers, Micromega M-100 integrated amplifier, Nagra CDP CD player, and B&W 800 D3 loudspeakers. Within his editorial Greg Borrowman says "I have been rather intrigued by a motor vehicle advertisement that's currently in high rotation on television which shows a car warning its driver that a pedestrian has stepped out in front of said vehicle, allowing the driver to apply the brakes and prevent an accident. I honestly can't remember what type of car it is at the moment that I am writing this, and I am so close to deadline that I won't have the opportunity to watch enough television to see the advert again so I can make a note of the make of the car in time to include it in this editorial... but the fact that I can't remember tells you something about the effectiveness of television advertising, in that not only can't I remember the model of the car, but I can't even remember the make. (Then again, it might just be telling you something about my shot-term memory!)" See what's within this issue of Australian Hi-Fi at this link.

 

High-End Audio News 10 Years Ago
Hi-Fi+ Joins Enjoy the Music.com As Media Partner
hi-fi+Internet website Enjoy the Music.com and internationally acclaimed British print magazine hi-fi+ have officially joined forces. Sections from the presently available bi-monthly issue of hi-fi+ can be enjoyed on the Enjoy the Music.com. This will benefit both magazines in bringing higher visibility to both publications within the audiophile community. Special discounted subscription rates to hi-fi+ may be presented from time for via the Internet. Showing modern availability, consumers can either choose to receive a print version of hi-fi+ or an instant digital download to read the entire issue via subscription or single issue online purchase.

Mark Fisher, publisher of hi-fi+, says "hi-fi+ is excited to be joining in partnership with Enjoy the Music.com. We have found working with editor Steven R. Rochlin a joy, and look forward to a long and fruitful relationship between our two companies."

"Having hi-fi+ aboard our site furthers our goal of being the Internet's leading provider of diverse information for audiophiles all around the world" says Steven R. Rochlin, editor of Enjoy the Music.com. "Consumers who may not have been familiar with the excellent reviews and articles within hi-fi+ now have a chance to read their celebrated writings. As we are the Internet's largest Web site for high-performance audio information and news, while also being supported and endorsed by many print magazines worldwide including The Absolute Sound, The Audiophile Voice and The Sensible Sound, it brings me joy to announce our adding hi-fi+ to the fold. Together, we able to reach tens of millions of readers worldwide."

The most recent issue of hi-fi+ can be seen at www.EnjoyTheMusic.com/hifi_plus/

 

05 / 16 / 18

HIGH END 2018 Show Coverage

Showgirls: We Honor The Hard-Working Ladies At HIGH END 2018
A Billionaire's Guide To HIGH END 2018 In Munich
Showgirls: We Honor The Hard-Working Ladies At HIGH END 2018

 

HIGH END 2018 Report Part 2 featuring Lexicon, JBL, Mark Levinson, Cessaro / TW Acustic, Marantz, and McIntosh Labs
A Billionaire's Guide To HIGH END 2018 In Munich
Part 2 featuring Lexicon, JBL, Mark Levinson, Cessaro / TW Acustic, Marantz, and McIntosh Labs.

 

FinkTeam Announces Their Borg Two-Way Floorstanding Loudspeaker
FinkTeam Announces Their Borg Two-Way Floorstanding LoudspeakerFinkTeam's Karl-Heinz Fink has developed a new, more affordable, loudspeaker called Borg (€24,000 a pair). Borg is two-way floor standing design featuring a 10.25" high-power mid/bass driver and an Air Motion Transformer (AMT) tweeter. To combine the two drivers to achieve a flat frequency response and, more importantly, a slow even mid/HF roll off in the power response is a significant feat of engineering. There is no off-axis hole in the middle effect. The benefits of a 10.25" mid/bass once heard are difficult to forget. According to the company, "A level of dynamics and naturalness around voices that is unusual and a richness to the sound without bloom or boom (in a well-designed system) that just sounds right. Smaller two-way systems sound anemic after hearing a '10 incher'. The Borg's mid/bass unit features similar thinking to the WM-4's bass driver: low hysteresis surround (it too looks like a pro driver), a large three-inch voice coil for better control and power handling and a light stiff paper cone. The tweeter is an Air Motion Transformer (AMT) operating according to the principles developed by its inventor Oskar Heil. Developed and manufactured in-house by Mundorf with assistance from FinkTeam. The AMT has a strong, 25μm-thick pleated Kapton diaphragm with 50μm aluminum strips. This material has extremely good internal damping, resulting in particularly low distortion. A special etching process was developed to produce it and the diaphragm configuration optimized through a large number of tests. Borg is designed as a more domestic friendly loudspeaker than the WM-4. Borg's low frequency tuning is designed to deliver weight, realism and drama to music but without making it a total diva when it comes to room positioning." Frequency response is from 41Hz to 30kHz (-6dB), presents a minimum 6.5 Ohm load, and weighs 115 lbs. Dimensions are 1050 x 300 x 400mm (HxWxD).

 

TACET Releases Two New Audiophile SACD Classical Music Discs
TACET Releases Two New Audiophile SACD Classical Music DiscsTACET's new Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart release on SACD (€21.47) features String Quartet in G major KV 387 and String Quartet in D minor KV 421 with a total playing time of 68:10. After strong recommendations for the previous Auryn/Imai Mozart string quintets recording (Audiophile Highlight in Stereo, klassik-heute recommendation, nomination for ICMA) and lots of praise for the CD version of this recording there is not a lot to say. Except maybe that once again TACET Real Surround Sound musically reaches far beyond normal stereo. Every magical detail of the interaction between Matthias Lingenfelder, Jens Oppermann, Stewart Eaton und Andreas Arndt becomes clear. An ambitious multi-channel recording is no high tech version of stereo, for many listeners it is equal to a live concert. Another new release is TACET's Edition Eigenart doing Johann Sebastian Bach BWV 1079. Setting by Sebastian Gottschick and performed by the Ensemble Vintage Köln with Ariadne Daskalakis (total playing time is 57:49). This new release is a good example of the way how centuries-old music inspires people of today to make something new. J. S. Bach took the theme he was given by the Prussian king Frederick the Great as an opportunity for a compositional logical game. One line of notes is enough to build - together with the king theme - a whole piece of 2, 3 or 4 voices. The mathematical strength of this task and the timeless beautiful solution by J. S. Bach fascinates until today. The German composer Sebastian Gottschick arranged the pieces, added pizzicati to the slow movement of the trio sonata, he created two new pieces with the material of Bach and combined the pieces to a contemporary concert. Ariadne Daskalakis and her Ensemble Vintage Cologne present the modern concert version by Sebastian Gottschick as well as the missing original versions by Bach. The musicians adapt perfectly to the particular stylistic context, they play originally and emotionally.

 

05 / 15 / 18

HIGH END 2018 Show Coverage

HIGH END 2018 Munich Show Report Part 1 Featuring Nagra Audio, Silbatone, MoFi, And Elac's Audio Alchemy.
A Billionaire's Guide To HIGH END 2018 In Munich
Steven R. Rochlin reports on the best gear in the world, with value-priced offering within the mix too!
Part 1 featuring Nagra Audio, Silbatone, MoFi, And Elac's Audio Alchemy.
More 2018 HIGH END show report will be online soon. Check back daily!

 

SME Synergy Integrated Turntable System With MC Cartridge & Phono Stage
SME Synergy Integrated Turntable System With MC Cartridge & Phono StageSME introduces their new integrated turntable, Synergy (£14,950 including 20% VAT), following months of intelligent engineering and in collaboration with three world-leading audio companies. Their goal was to create a flawless vinyl replay system that's been perfected to SME's exacting standards. Synergy, a precision-engineered integrated turntable, features a magnesium tonearm, moving coil (MC) cartridge and built-in phono stage. Based on over 70 years of precision engineering and audio experience, Synergy represents the first time that SME has offered an integrated turntable solution for its customers. Comprising of a completely new turntable design combined with the highly acclaimed SME Series IV tonearm, Ortofon's 'exclusive series' MC Windfeld Ti cartridge and a specially designed phono stage by NAGRA, all coupled with mono crystal silver wire by Crystal Cable, Synergy is a fully integrated turntable unit that is factory configured requiring minimal user set-up. Synergy's design is compact, sleek, modern and instantly recognizable as SME. Incorporating precision engineered components, high attention to detail and the craftsmanship that SME is globally renowned for, above all Synergy delivers what they feel is an extraordinary vinyl listening musical experience.

 

Black Cat Announces Their New Silverstar! 75 Mk. II S/PDIF Digital Cable
Black Cat Announces Their New Silverstar! 75 Mk. II S/PDIF Digital Cable One of Black Cat Cable's the most popular and revered digital connectors is getting an Mk. II upgrade after almost seven years since its introduction! Black Cat's new Silverstar 75 Mk. II digital cable ($222 for 0.5 meter) is a true BNC 75 Ohm S/PDIF design from the originator of the precision-impedance digital cable, Chris Sommovigo. The Mk. II update to this long-lived design incorporates a 'lite' variant of the RF rejection materials employed in both the Digit-75 and, to a greater degree, the TRØN Super-Reference S/PDIF cable. "I've been planning this improvement for awhile and have recently gotten down to the brass tacks of it," said Mr. Chris Sommovigo. "The inclusion of the RF rejection materials, plus an additional pure-copper shield - all braided under a multifilament nylon yarn jacket - elevate the Silverstar! 75 without breaking the $300/m threshold."

 

TAVES High-Tech Event And Toronto Audiofest In Canada During October
TAVES High-Tech Event And Toronto Audiofest In Canada During OctoberToronto's premiere high-tech event, TAVES Consumer Electronics Show, is scheduled for October 12th through 14th while the new Toronto Audiofest is October 19th through 21st, 2018. TAVES has added 12,000 sq/ft of new luxury audio space! TAVES event is so popular that they've just announce the addition of a new block of premium audio exhibit spaces to meet the growing demand for medium rooms at TAVES. These Mezzanine level rooms present a fabulous opportunity for audio companies to wow show attendees and are all priced at an affordable $5000. There are just eight of these rooms available so book today! If you show @ TAVES, your company also receives five months of advertising and promotion too TAVES 2018 national advertising campaign has launched, with a full page ad in the current issue of NOVO magazine. Distributed across the country at retail outlets and online, NOVO reaches over 45,000 consumers and industry pros per issue. NOVO High-End magazine (was CANADA HiFi), launching this spring, is a new online magazine that will explore the virtues and musical experiences that are achievable through high-end audio. Written by experienced audiophiles, NOVO High-End will offer a frequent stream of high-end product reviews and feature articles. Meanwhile the new Toronto Audiofest makes it's debut at the Luxury Westin Airport in Toronto by organizers Sarah Tremblay and Michel Plante. Their event is focused on audio with some of the best brands coming from all over the world. Manufacturers, distributors, and Canadian retailers are expected to showcase their gear. At this event, you can enjoy multiple live acoustic music events, wine pairing, a record fair, a recording studio, and educational seminars.

 

05 / 09 / 18

Enjoy the Music.com's HIGH END 2018 Show Report From Munich
Enjoy the Music.com's HIGH END 2018 Show Report From MunichHIGH END 2018 show will open its doors and welcome exhibitors and visitors from all over the world from May 10th through 13th in Munich, Germany. With exhibitor space already fully booked months in advance, HIGH END show has entered the crucial phase of its preparations in the run-up to the event, which is held for the 37th time. As during the past 18 years, longer than any other North American magazine, Enjoy the Music.com will once again be reporting on HIGH END in Munich. Approximately 500 exhibitors are expected to showcased their products during HIGH END 2018 show in Munich. As one of high-end audio's most important European events, exhibitor space at Munich's large M.O.C. is completely sold out many months in advance. Held from May 10th through 13th, HIGH END 2018 is Europe's most prominent and largest audio show of the year. The first day of the exhibition is exclusively reserved for trade visitors and media from all over the world. You can learn more about this event, plus see Enjoy the Music.com's HIGH END 2018 show report, at this link.

 

05 / 08 / 18

Merrill Audio Element 118 Monoblock Is Their Most Advanced Amplifier
Merrill Audio Element 118 Monoblock Is Their Most Advanced AmplifierMerrill Audio's new Element 118 monoblock power amplifier ($36,000) took over four years of research, the use of the very latest technology, plus meticulous engineering with finest materials available. Using Merrill Audio's proprietary ZXOL design, the new Element series of power amplifiers are said to be an order of magnitude better in every sonic character than their previous amplifiers. Code name Project Oganesson, this is named after the Oganesson element – the latest Atomic element added to the periodic table, OG with atomic number 118. The Element series of Amplifiers will start with the ELEMENT 118, as with Og 118, and continue with Element 116 and Element 114, which will inherit this technology and advances in audio reproduction. Using a zero feedback, open loop proprietary design, code named ZXOL from Merrill Audio, the power amplifiers get the most details available and have the fastest response according to the company. The open loop design takes advantage of the very latest exotic transistor technology using Gallium Nitride. The pure copper heatsink the power supply and amplifier weighs a hefty 16 pounds. Only the finest 0.1% tolerance components were used. Even the wire was specially selected silver plated OFC Teflon sleeved wire. Merrill Audio's Element 118 monoblock amplifiers have a huge reserve of power for extended transients, delivering 400 Watts into 8 Ohms, 800 Watts into 4 Ohms, and 1600 Watts into 2 Ohms. Dual pure copper WBT speaker binding posts provide easy bi-wiring. 20A IEC AC inlet is used for a tight, excellent connection with heavy power cords. These monoblocks are acoustically isolated on stainless steel Outriggers with GAIA footers from Isoacoustics.

 

AXPONA 2018 Show Coverage

AXPONA 2018 EarGear Expo Show Report
AXPONA 2018 EarGear Expo Show Report
Personal audio products that impressed at AXPONA's EarGear Expo 2018.
AXPONA 2018 Show Report By Dave Hanson

 

05 / 07 / 18

Hi-Fi+'s May Magazine Features Many High-End Audio Reviews
Hi-Fi+ Issue 159 May 2018Hi-Fi+ Magazine's May 2018 issue features a CanJam NYC 2018 show report plus reviews of the Audio Research CD6, LS28, VT80SE, Sonus Faber Serafina Homage, Transparent Cable, CH Precision P1, L1, X1, M1, Wilson Benesch Resolution, Torus, Nordost Valhalla 2, Crystal Cable Integrated Amplifier, Minissimo Diamond, Scala, Submissio, Special, Ultra Diamond, iFi Audio iCAN, Chord Electronics, Hugo 2, Final D8000, Campfire Audio Andromeda, Naim Audio Uniti Nova, Focal Kanta No 2, Naim Audio Muso Q-b, AVM Evolution CS 5.2 integrated CD/streaming amplifier, Roon Labs Nucleus +, Questyle HB2 Hub for QP2R, Neat Acoustics Iota Xplorer, and Allnic Mu-700R/ZL-3000. Within Alan Sircom's editorial titled Putting Together An Audio System he says, "Audio components are rarely, if ever, heard in isolation. Rather, they are auditioned, evaluated, and enjoyed in the context of a system. While some argue that putting together a system involves nothing more complicated than buying the relevant components and putting them together in combination, and others place it among the arcane and dark arts of audiophilia, reality lies somewhere between these two extremes. Putting a system together relies on a basic understanding of the properties of each component, how they might relate to associated components, and either a lot of luck or an awful lot of listening. Most likely, both. There are supposed short-cuts, such as using the products from one company (or the components most often demonstrated in combination with the products of that company), but there are no outright guarantees, and occasional, but rarely glaring, mis-matches to be had." See what's within this issue of Hi-Fi+ Magazine at this link.

 

05 / 04 / 18

Shure Statement Regarding The Discontinuation Of Phono Products
Shure Statement Regarding The Discontinuation Of Phono ProductsFor more than 90 years, Shure has been committed to manufacturing and delivering products of the highest quality, reliability, and value. This commitment requires consistency in materials, processes, and testing, as well the capacity to react to fluctuations in demand. In recent years, the ability to maintain our exacting standards in the Phonograph Cartridge product category has been challenged, resulting in cost and delivery impacts that are inconsistent with the Shure brand promise. In light of these conditions, and after thorough evaluation, we have made the difficult decision to discontinue production of Shure Phono products effective Summer 2018. Given our decades-long history of participation in the Phono category, we recognize that this decision may come as a disappointment to our channel partners and end users.

We are grateful for the support and loyalty demonstrated for Shure Phono products through the years and we are proud of the impact that these products have made on our customers’ lives and the reputation of the Shure brand. We believe that the proud legacy of Shure Phono is best served by exiting the category rather than continuing production under increasingly challenging circumstances. Shure will continue to bring reputable, high quality products to market and we look forward to meeting and exceeding customer expectations on our current and future offerings. As Shure expands into new markets and product categories for audiophiles, our enduring commitment to premium performance and technological innovation will remain at our core.

 

THE Show Press Release (Received After LAAS Cancellation)
THE Show Press Release (Sent After LAAS Cancellation)Press Release; Immediate
Sub; THE SHOW June 1 -3 2018
LAAS Cancellation
Room Bookings with THE SHOW

Good afternoon and greetings to my industry friends and associates.

Undoubtedly you have received the information that the LAAS show has cancelled. It's unfortunate that the industry had to go through such a Tumultuous time. The LAAS folks have been gracious to encourage people to come back home. You will see the posted prices on line for the rooms, and they will NOT be increased.

But it will be on a first-come first-serve basis!. We cannot guarantee a sleeping room next to your exhibit THIS YEAR. Those that have already booked there rooms are guaranteed there sleeping room next to it. To ensure that we get you booked you will need to place your request ASAP by going to our website and selecting your exhibit room, and then you should book your sleeping room with our code. You will need to fill out the 1 page agreement and credit card application and make your payment to guarantee your room. Kyle and Thomas will be handling the bookings. Once you have signed up you will be given a code to book your sleeping rooms.

Also once signed up we will need social media content from you. This will include High Res Still Shots of your products as well as Video (2 minutes approx.) of what you are show casing as well as any press releases we can post, even if they are older than 3 months or recently from AXPONA. This is a new way to help pre-promote you and your company that has never been done before. We will be coming up with more ideas in the future, it is too soon to try and incorporate them now

I will reach out to The LAAS management to see how we can make this transition smooth and comfortable as much as it is possible for both the exhibitors and attendees. Look forward to seeing as many of you as possible this year. 

I will be sending further updates over the next several days. 

All of you are welcome back


Thanks

Maurice Jung - Manager

Thomas : 949-463-4877
Kyle : 254-394-9354
Maurice 702-210-9716
www.TheHomeentErtainmentShow.com

 

High-End Audio And Music News 15 Years Ago
America Online "First Break" To Discover The "Next Big Star"

America Online's (AOL) "First Break" is hoping to discover the "next big star" by providing their members the chance to hear original songs from ten unsigned artists (five in May and five in June) and vote for their favorite each month. In addition to the Atlantic deal and Sessions @ AOL appearance, the winning artist will also receive a one year subscription to Tonos, an online musician's network which helps artists break into the industry with access to top music industry execs, and a global network of musicians, songwriters and producers. Bill Wilson, Vice President and General Manager, AOL Music, said "AOL members, who have already made AOL Music the number one music destination on the Internet, will now be able to put their expertise to the test and find the next big star. We expect First Break to be very competitive, as these acts will be performing their own songs and will have one chance to impress our members."

 

05 / 03 / 18

Markaudio-SOTA Cesti MB Wide Range Single Driver Loudspeaker Review
World Premiere Review!
Markaudio-SOTA Cesti MB Wide Range Single Driver Loudspeaker
A brilliantly coherent choice!
Review By Clive Meakins

 

UPDATED! An Open Letter to the Industry. LAAS Cancelled.

UPDATE I: As of 5/3 at 12PM local time there are conversations in progress about the possibility of it being saved by the LA/OC Audio Society.

 

UPDATE II: As of 5/3 at 2PM local time on The Los Angeles and Orange County Audio Society Facebook page it says, "Bulletin for Members and Friends Regarding LAAS.

There are NO negotiations between the Society and LA Audio Show in progress or contemplated to save 2018. The post saying this on the LA Audio Show website is false. 
We recommend you submit for any refund you may be owed by them ASAP.

The Society"

 

Dear Industry Friends,

LAAS 2018 Show Report -- Los Angeles Audio Show 2018 ReportIt is with sadness and regrets that I announce the cancellation of the 2018 LA Audio Show — Orange County. Refunds will start to be issued immediately to those exhibitors who have already paid deposits and/or full remittances for space and other services. These refunds will be in the form of checks and will arrive by USPS Mail to the address provided on contracts. Attendee tickets will be refunded through the system they were purchased.

Once more, I remind you that as Robert Evans stated, "There are 3 sides to every story: Your side, my side, and the truth. And no one is lying. Memories shared serve each differently," but he also stated that "any man who thinks he knows the mind of a woman is a man who knows nothing," so please allow me to touch briefly on what has changed since my last note.

There have been a series of events — much like "Murphy's Law" or even "God's Plan" both on the professional and personal level — that has overtaken my ability to perform at the level I expect of myself and the industry deserves. I put in the maximum efforts I could to absorb the chaos and protect the community, but I have run out of fuel in every sense of the word. My shoulders can no longer bear this weight.

It has been an honor and privilege to carry on the legacy of my mentor, Richard Beers. I have sought to do right by him by keeping his traditions and adding innovations I believed to be vital to the future of our industry. It was always my hope that Richard's divided inheritance would be unified again in the end, and for me, it has been evident that this year presented multiple opportunities to end the separation and I could no longer ignore the dangerous reality of our circumstances. It is my sincere belief that while the lessons and blessings earned were worth everything and part of His plan, I must also admit this LAAS should never have been created, to begin with. We should have collectively worked harder to stay unified in our efforts, and I hope that is how you are able to collectively move forward at this time.

With that said, I urge all those who can, to make arrangements to support The Home Entertainment Show, June 1-3, 2018 at the Marriott Irvine Spectrum Hotel. I am truly apologetic for any inconveniences this may cause the industry.

At the same time, I still fervently believe in the power of music to make lives better and I do believe that high-fidelity reproduction has merit for making that experience even better. I still believe the future success of high-fidelity audio lies in a mainstream approach that connects all generations and budgets which is why we intended on following a new direction.

I also believe that the recent Pulitzer Prize awarded to Kendrick Lamar is recognition of this universality. Hip-Hop has been around for decades, but somehow this Award "legitimizes" it and allows it to take its place as an authentic musical style rather than an aberrant offshoot of music. As Dana Canedy, the administrator of the prizes said, "The time was right... It shines a light on hip-hop in a completely different way. This is a big moment for hip-hop music..." It is evident, to me and select others, that our world is moving in a new direction and it is my sincere hope that those who continue to run audio shows in the future will understand and acknowledge what I believe to be truths and continue to expand on what we had begun.

As for me, since I am left with nothing but myself and a roof over my head by a very loving and generous Father, I will be writing a blog sharing my story of faith. I do not know what is next but I do know that I have much healing to do — mental, physical, emotional — and need to recharge my batteries so that I may apply my energy, creativity, and passion in a way that serves God and fulfills my life purpose to inspire Humanity towards peace and unconditional love.

I am truly grateful for all of you, for all the lessons and blessings, and I look forward to perhaps meeting and working with you again in a different capacity. I wish much success to T.H.E. Show Newport and its patrons and truly hope that Richard's legacy will be honored for years to come.

It has been an honor serving you. "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13 (NIV)

 

Sincerely,
Marine de Rogez-Presson

PS: Please do not be fooled by a photographed smile and make-up (note: Enjoy the Music.com is using a different image). This has been a very arduous journey and a decision that had to made alone with my faith and one I only could've made from being completely broken down and incapable of fighting another day like this. It is never my first choice to quit, but it is always my first choice to follow my life purpose. "Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, "I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won't have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life." John 8:12 (NLT)

 

05 / 02 / 18

Hi-Fi World's June 2018 Magazine Features Great Articles And Reviews
Hi-Fi World June 2018Hi-Fi World's June 2018 issue features your chance to win a Quad Vena amplifier worth £599! Equipment reviews include Focal Kanta No2 loudspeakers, Audio Physic Classic 5 loudspeakers, Rotel RA-1572 amplifier / RCD-1572 CD player, Audio Technica ATH-ADX5000 headphones, Sennheiser Ambeo Smart headset, Hi-Diamond 7 cables, FiiO l28 coaxial cable FiiO RC / MMCX, Sony D22 Discman, Cambridge Audio Duo phonostage, and an audiophile book review Passion for Vinyl II. Within his editorial Noel Keywood says "Large loudspeakers – in the past dubbed "broom cupboards". And that's pretty much what some of them were; I speak from experience, having lived with Leak 2075s and 3090s. Intrusive and even ugly such loudspeakers may be – that's their only drawback. Surprisingly, the bigger a loudspeaker gets the less power it needs to go loud. Just a few Watts of power through a 'broom cupboard' of yore was enough to shake a house. Hundreds of Watts as we're given today are not needed. That makes broom cupboards environmentally friendly! Better still they gave a sound with real muscle behind it, room shaking lows being part of the picture. Big is good then – but of course it isn't to most people's eyes. It means less available floor space and an eyesore in the lounge. Hardly surprising then that stylists have come up with no end of shapes and finishes to overcome this problem. Focal have brought French flair to their new Kanta No2 loudspeaker that we review on p11 in this issue. It too needs just a few Watts to go very loud, in the tradition of "a good big 'un"." See what's within this issue of Hi-Fi World and read the complete editorial at this link.

 

05 / 01 / 18

Enjoy the Music.com's May Review Magazine Is Now Available Online
Enjoy the Music.com's May Review Magazine features CanJam SoCal and multiple AXPONA show reports that span nearly 40 web pages! Each month in 2018 we're featuring Manufacturer Articles, and so this month we have a tour of McIntosh Labs' amazing NYC showroom plus educational articles by Bob's Devices and Cary Audio. High-end audio gear reviews on offer this month include Skogrand Beethoven system cables, Audio Physic Tempo Plus loudspeakers, Sennheiser HD 660 S over-ear headphones, and SVS SB-2000 powered subwoofer. Our reviewer Dwayne Carter writes about audio throughout your abode within his article Wholehouse High-Resolution Audio. From our partner magazine NOVO we have a review of the Acoustic Solid Xtended-MPX turntable with WTB-370 tonearm.

While we have another AXPONA show report to publish for you soon, we're also preparing for the upcoming HIGH END 2018 show next week in Munich and LAAS 2018 in Los Angeles a few weeks after that.

WARNING: Due to our ongoing growth, and to keep this Industry News posting short in length, below are just a sampling of the many articles and reviews within the May issue. You can see everything within this month's edition of Enjoy the Music.com's Review Magazine at this link. As always, in the end what really matters is that you...

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Great Times In High-End Audio Plus we want to do more for you!
Great Times In High-End Audio
Plus we want to do more for you!
Editorial By Steven R. Rochlin

 

Roll Your Own Roger Skoff wonders about one kind of Do-It-Yourselfism.
Roll Your Own
Roger Skoff wonders about one kind of Do-It-Yourselfism.
Article By Roger Skoff

  

AXPONA 2018 High-End Audio Show Report
AXPONA 2018 High-End Audio Show Report
Audio Expo North America Coverage by Enjoy the Music.com

 

CanJam SoCal Show Report 2018
CanJam SoCal Show Report 2018
Hi-Tech Hi-Fi: CanJam SoCal offers a sneak peek into the industry's future with loads of cool technology.
Show Report By Dave Hanson

  

World Of McIntosh
World Of McIntosh
Editor Tom Lyle takes a private tour of McIntosh Labs' incredible NYC showroom.
Article By Tom Lyle

 

Skogrand Beethoven System Cables Review
Skogrand Beethoven System Cables
A phenomenal system of cables!
Review By Rick LaFaver

 

Acoustic Solid Xtended-MPX Turntable + WTB-370 Tonearm Review
Acoustic Solid Xtended-MPX Turntable + WTB-370 Tonearm
Fulfilling your desire to hear more and more of your favorite records.
Review By NOVO (Was Canada HiFi Magazine)

 

Audio Physic Tempo Plus Loudspeakers Review
Audio Physic Tempo Plus Loudspeakers
A great looking, and sounding, floorstanding speaker.
Review By Dwayne Carter

 

Sennheiser HD 660 S Over-Ear Headphone Review
Sennheiser HD 660 S Over-Ear Headphones
If it ain't broke, fix it anyway.
Review By Dave Hanson

 

SVS SB-2000 Powered Subwoofer Review
SVS SB-2000 Powered Subwoofer
A reasonably-priced high quality 12-inch powered subwoofer system.
Review By Tom Lyle

 

Wholehouse High-Resolution Audio. Myth Or Reality?
Wholehouse High-Resolution Audio. Myth Or Reality?
I want it all. And I want it now!
Featuring gear from ReQuest, Questyle, Noble Audio, Crestron, Wadia, AURALiC, iFi Audio, Roon, Sooloos, OPPO, Bryston, And Innuos.
Review By Dwayne Carter

 

More Articles Available Online!
See all our show reports, articles, and gear reviews within Enjoy the Music.com's Review Magazine now available online.

 

Dynaco ST-70 Series 3 Vacuum Tube Stereo Amplifier Is Now Shipping
Dynaco ST-70 Series 3 Vacuum Tube Stereo AmplifierDynaco, a division of Radial Engineering Ltd., is pleased to announce their much-anticipated ST-70 Series 3 vacuum Tube stereo amplifier ($2999.99) is now shipping. This latest version of Dynaco's ST-70 builds upon the proven design philosophies of the original David Hafler-designed Stereo 70, with contemporary design techniques resulting in exceptional performance improvements that meet the requirements of modern audiophiles. The ST-70 provides 35 Watts per channel and is switchable between both 4 and 8 Ohm outputs, with Class-A push-pull stereo topography that has long been characterized as a reliable design with exceptional audio quality. This latest rendition has seen a substantially overhauled power supply from the original version, employing a larger dual-primary power transformer with improved line regulation, increased filter capacitance, and a solid-state rectifier that results in a much more articulate response. The redesigned front end of the Series 3 amplifier replaces the obsolete 7199 pentode signal tubes from the original Stereo 70 with more commonly-used 12AU7 dual-triode tubes, while the output stage and EL34/6CA7 output tubes retain the same elements as the original Stereo 70. A set of front-panel recessed trimmers has been provided, allowing the bias adjustment to be fine-tuned for each output tube. Building on the legacy of David Hafler's enormously successful Stereo 70, the new Dynaco ST-70 Series 3 incorporates advancements in component quality, improvements to the electronic circuit performance, and an all new exterior design that is sure to please the most demanding audiophile.

 

04 / 30 / 18

AXPONA 2018 Show Coverage

AXPONA 2018 At The Schaumberg Renaissance Report By Greg Weaver
AXPONA 2018 At The Schaumberg Renaissance
This year's Audio eXPO North America was utterly amazing, and on so many levels!
AXPONA Show Report By Greg Weaver

 

04 / 28 / 18

CanJam SoCal Show Report 2018
CanJam SoCal Show Report 2018
Hi-Tech Hi-Fi- CanJam SoCal offers a sneak peek into the industry's future with loads of cool technology.
Show Report By Dave Hanson

 

04 / 27 / 18

Sonos Multi-Room Wireless Audio Company To IPO
Sonos Multi-Room Wireless Audio Company To IPOAccording to The Wall Street Journal's Marketwatch, "Sonos Inc., the Santa Barbara, Calif.-based wireless-speaker company, is preparing for an initial public offering that could come as soon as June or July, according to people familiar with the process. Sonos, whose speaker system lets customers play music in every room of their house, has confidentially filed paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission for an IPO, these people said. This week, the company held an analyst day at the company’s offices in Santa Barbara in which its senior executives outlined its financials and walked through details of the business." Of note is that Sonos has already raised ~$110 million from investors and that 2017 revenue was said to be on track to cross $1 billion.

 

Australian Hi-Fi Magazine's March / April Issue
Australian Hi-Fi Magazine March / April 2018This issue of Australian Hi-Fi features show coverage of CES plus reviews of the Lavardin ISx Reference integrated amplifier, GoldenEar SuperSub X subwoofer, Schiit Bifrost Multibit DAC, Dynaudio Focus 60XD active speakers, Bel Canto ACI 600 amplifier / DAC, and Crosszone CZ-1 headphones. Within his editorial Greg Borrowman says "Despite me having in the past exposed dodgy reviews of audio components on various audio websites over the years, I still find that when I am looking at websites that have nothing at all to do with audio I am often 'sucked in' by false and misleading 'reviews'. By way of example, I recently went on holidays, and in the process of trying to book hotels in advance, ended up reading quite a few reviews of hotels posted on Trip Advisor. I not only read those reviews, I followed their advice. Oops. Big mistake. On one occasion, I wondered if the reviewer had ever stayed in the hotel. Not that the hotel websites were any better. One of the hotels we stayed in (it was a family holiday) had posted room images on its website that were taken from a completely different hotel! No wonder the view from the window of my room (or from any other window in the hotel for that matter) didn't match the website images." See what's within this issue of Australian Hi-Fi at this link.

 

04 / 26 / 18

AXPONA 2018 Show Coverage

Magico, Tekton Design, Parasound, And Raidho AXPONA 2018 Show Coverage By Steven R. Rochlin
Magico, Tekton Design, Parasound, And Raidho
AXPONA 2018 Show Coverage By Steven R. Rochlin

 



Pass Labs XP-12 Preamplifier And XA30.8 Stereo Amplifier
Impressed by Pass Labs' INT-60 integrated amplifier, Kevin Fiske decides to check out the XP-12 and XA30.8 pre-power combo.
Review By Kevin Fiske

 

IFPI Global Music Report 2018 Says Revenues Increased 8.1%
IFPI Global Music Report 2018 Says Revenues Increased 8.1%According to the IFPI, a non-profit organization that represent the interests of 1300 record companies from across the globe, says that streaming revenues grew 41.1% to become largest revenue source. This figure was driven by 176 million users of paid subscription accounts and marks the third consecutive year of growth following 15 years of revenue decline. IFPI's State of the Industry report says that the global recorded music market grew by 8.1% in 2017, its third consecutive year of growth since IFPI began tracking the market in 1997. Figures released today in IFPI's Global Music Report 2018 show total revenues for 2017 were $17.3 billion. Streaming remains the main driver of recovering revenues and, for the first time, has become the single largest revenue source with 176 million users of paid streaming services contributing to year-on-year streaming growth of 41.1%. Streaming now accounts for 38.4% of total recorded music revenue and its growth has more than offset a 5.4% decline in physical revenue and a 20.5% decline in download revenue. Total digital income last year accounted for more than half of all revenue (54%) for the first time. Record companies remain dedicated to ensuring full and fair value is returned for music as it is consumed in its many different forms around the world. Crucially, this involves finding a legislative solution to the value gap, the mismatch between the value created by some digital platforms from their use of music and what they pay to those creating and investing in it. You can see the IFPI's Global Music Report 2018, Annual State Of The Industry PDF at this link.

 

04 / 25 / 18

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Cary Audio SA-200.2 ES And SA-500.1 ES Solid-State Power Amplifiers
Cary Audio SA-200.2 ES And SA-500.1 ES Solid-State Power AmplifiersCary Audio just announced their SA-200.2 ES and SA-500.1 ES solid-state power amplifiers ($4495 and $4995 respectively) that represent the next generation of the SA design. They embody a modular approach that ensures consistency in performance, and ease of manufacture and serviceability. In implementing the new designs, Cary Audio have "dramatically improved performance and current-handling capacity over the previous models while still maintaining the highest levels of sonic quality" according to the company. The SA-200.2 ES is a 200 Watt stereo amplifier into 8 Ohms (350W @ 4 Ohms), with XLR balanced and RCA single ended inputs. The SA-500.1 ES is a 500 Watt monoblock amplifier into 8 Ohms (1000W @ 4 Ohms), with XLR balanced and RCA single ended inputs. Both amplifiers exhibit very high current capability, are said to be stable into low impedance loads, and feature 3dB of dynamic headroom. Cary Audio employs high-precision metal film resistors in almost all circuitry, even in places where their use is not required. They chose to overbuilt the output stages and increased the heat dissipating capabilities of the amplifiers by as much as 50% over previous designs. The monolithic front end brought major advantages to the amplifier designs with improved temperature stability, low offset, and a substantial reduction of all types of distortion across the full frequency spectrum. Reducing the noise floor, increasing the isolation between the channels, and especially redesigning the sensitive front end of the amplifier has said to improved imaging, sound staging and depth retrieval.

 

04 / 24 / 18

Brian Eno's Music For Installations On 6 CDs And 9 Vinyl LPs
Brian Eno's Music For Installations On 6 CDs And 9 Vinyl LPsBrian Eno's new multi-album Music For Installations is available on special six CD super deluxe limited edition numbered box set that includes a 64-page Plexiglas cover book and download card. There's also a six CD standard edition box set with 64-page book. And lastly, a nine LP super deluxe edition vinyl box set with 64-page book, plus of course a download card. Musician, producer, visual artist, thinker and activist Brian Eno first came to international prominence in the early 1970s as a founding member of Roxy Music, and immediately followed with a series of critically-praised and influential solo albums. His visionary production includes albums with David Bowie, Talking Heads, Devo, Laurie Anderson and Coldplay, whilst his long list of collaborations includes recordings with John Cale, David Byrne, Grace Jones and James Blake. Less widely discussed although equally notable and arguably even more prolific are his visual experiments with light and video. These are the fertile ground from which so much of his other work has grown, they cover an even longer span of time than his recordings, and have in recent decades paralleled his musical output. Music For Installations is a collection of new, rare and previously unreleased tracks, all of which will be available on vinyl for the first time. All of the material was recorded by Eno for use in his installations covering the period from 1986 until the present (and beyond). Over this time he has emerged as the leading exponent of generative music worldwide and is recognized as one of the foremost audio-visual installation artists of his time. Designed by Brian and long-time collaborator Nick Robertson, this beautifully bound package comes with a 64-page booklet featuring rare and unseen exhibition photographs and a new essay written by Eno.

 

AXPONA 2018 Show Coverage

Ayon Audio, Lumenwhite, PureAudioProject, Whammerdyne, And Triangle Art AXPONA 2018 Show Coverage By Steven R. Rochlin
Ayon Audio, Lumenwhite, PureAudioProject, Whammerdyne, And Triangle Art
AXPONA 2018 Show Coverage By Steven R. Rochlin

 

04 / 23 / 18

AXPONA 2018 Show Coverage

Gryphon Audio, Gershman Acoustics, VAC, VPI, Nagra Audio, And Kubala*Sosna AXPONA 2018 Coverage By Steven R. Rochlin
Gryphon Audio, Gershman Acoustics, VAC, VPI, Nagra Audio, And Kubala*Sosna
AXPONA 2018 Coverage By Steven R. Rochlin

 

Enjoy the Music.com's HIGH END 2018 Show Report From Munich
Enjoy the Music.com's HIGH END 2018 Show Report From Munich HIGH END 2018 show will open its doors and welcome exhibitors and visitors from all over the world from May 10th through 13th in Munich, Germany. With exhibitor space already fully booked months in advance, HIGH END show has entered the crucial phase of its preparations in the run-up to the event, which is held for the 37th time. As during the past 18 years, longer than any other North American magazine, Enjoy the Music.com will once again be reporting on HIGH END in Munich. Approximately 500 exhibitors are expected to showcased their products during HIGH END 2018 show in Munich. As one of high-end audio's most important European events, exhibitor space at Munich's large M.O.C. is completely sold out many months in advance. Held from May 10th through 13th, HIGH END 2018 is Europe's most prominent and largest audio show of the year. The first day of the exhibition is exclusively reserved for trade visitors and media from all over the world. You can learn more about this event, plus see Enjoy the Music.com's HIGH END 2018 show report, at this link.

 

High-End Audio News 16 Years Ago
Panasonic B-flat CQ-TX5500D Tube Car Audio CD player
Panasonic B-flat CQ-TX5500DOld School meets New Wave as the Panasonic's B-flat CQ-TX5500D (approximately $800) double DIN in dash automobile CD player is the world's first to employ a vacuum tube, yet also play MP3 CD-Rom discs. Employing a tube in the pre-amplification stage, the B-flat produces 16 Watts (nominal) into four channels (45 Watts per channel peak) at 4 Ohms. An auxiliary input allows for flexibility of additional source components such as a portable cassette player or MiniDisc. Overall dimensions are 178mm x 100mm x 160mm while the unit weighs in at 2.3 kg. The CQ-TX5500 includes and AM/FM radio, allows for choosing folders on an MP3 CD-Rom, track selection on audio CD discs, and provides for single button random playback and repeat. A wireless remote control is also available. Visual features include the ability to view the tube while "old school" backlit analog UV meters show power output. Playback abilities include MPEG-1 Layer 3 (32kbs to 256kbs), MPEG-2 Layer 3LSF (16kbs to 160kbs). CD playback frequency response is from 5Hz to 20kHz. No date set for availability within the USA.

 

04 / 20 / 18

10th Annual Record Store Day Celebration Is Tomorrow! April 21, 2018
10th Annual Record Store Day Celebration Is April 21, 2018Record Store Day, with participating stores being defined as a brick and mortar retailers whose main primary business focuses on a major commitment to music retail, is scheduled for April 21, 2018. Very special limited edition vinyl LPs, cassettes and other promotion materials will be made available during Record Store Day celebration, which will be at physical indie record stores – not online retailers or corporate behemoths. Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1400 independently owned record stores within the United States of America and thousands of similar stores internationally. The first Record Store Day took place on April 19, 2008. This year marks the 10th anniversary and there are many limited edition release to be available. "This is a day for the people who make up the world of the record store – the staff, the customers and the artists – to come together and celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities" says their website. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day. Festivities include performances, cook-outs, body painting, meet & greets with artists, parades, DJs spinning records, and on and on. In 2008 a small list of titles was released on Record Store Day and that list has grown to include artists and labels both large and small, in every genre and price point. For several years, 60% or more of the Record Store Day Official Release List came from independent labels and distributors. The list continues to include a wide range of artists, covering the diverse taste of record stores and their customers. Record Store Day is currently managed by Michael Kurtz and Carrie Colliton, in coordination with Michael Bunnell and Eric Levin.

 

ASCAP Delivers Over $1 Billion For The First Time In History
ASCAP Delivers Over $1 Billion For The First Time In HistoryAccording to ASCAP (The American Society of Composers), "record-high revenues and distributions in 2017. The organization, which today represents more than 660,000 members, collected approximately $1.144 billion in revenues last year and distributed for the first time more than $1.007 billion to its songwriter, composer and music publisher members. Total ASCAP revenues increased by 8 percent and distributions were up 10 percent year-over-year. Revenues from ASCAP's licensing efforts in the US alone grew nearly 11 percent in 2017 to $846 million, up $86.9 million over 2016. Domestic distributions from ASCAP-licensed and administered performances in the US also increased, to $723 million, up 15 percent over 2016." And while ASCAP operates on a not-for-profit basis and delivers about 88 cents of every dollar collected back to members for performances of their music, this means 12% of income is needed for operational expenditures. ASCAP goes on to say, "ASCAP's domestic revenue growth was fueled by increased revenues across multiple platforms, including audio streaming services, audiovisual media and radio. ASCAP also continued to secure future revenues for members by closing significant licensing deals with major media companies. An agreement with YouTube for public performance rights and data collaboration, announced last June, will improve the accuracy and reliability of the metadata attached to musical works, and will result in greater compensation for ASCAP members. ASCAP debuted a market-leading suite of digital tools in its Member Access portal in 2017, unparalleled in the performing rights sector. The tools make it easy for songwriters, composers and publishers to register and manage large catalogs of music and provide songwriters and publishers with new data visualization tools for a deeper dive into their earnings data. Ultimately, ASCAP's new tools empower members to make more informed business decisions about their catalogs and works."

 

04 / 19 / 18

AXPONA 2018 Show Coverage

GoldenEar Technology, McIntosh Labs, VAC, Von Schweikert, Scaena, Avantgarde Acoustic, Kimber Kable, And MrSpeakers AXPONA 2018 Show Report
GoldenEar Technology, McIntosh Labs, VAC, Von Schweikert, Scaena, Avantgarde Acoustic, Kimber Kable, And MrSpeakers
AXPONA 2018 Show Coverage By Steven R. Rochlin

 


Gryphon Diablo 300 Integrated Amp With 32-bit / 384kHz & DSD DAC Option
Proven power, magnificent majesty and very versatile too!
Review By Steven R. Rochlin

 

A Personal Note From Marine de Rogez-Presson, Show President Of LAAS
A Personal Note From Marine de Rogez-Presson, Show President Of LAASDear Industry Friends,
I am writing to you with a delicate but necessary, and more importantly, optimistic update on the LA Audio Show, taking place June 7-10, 2018. As Robert Evans stated, "There are 3 sides to every story: Your side, my side, and the truth. And no one is lying. Memories shared serve each differently," but he also said that "any man who thinks he knows the mind of a woman is a man who knows nothing," so please allow me to share.

There seems to be a great deal of confusion resulting from uninformed gossip about the players involved in the LA Audio Show and its direction. While I cannot deny or confirm what others have stated because it is their business and not mine, I can confirm that today, the LA Audio Show is mine and mine alone to steer towards collective success.

I can also confirm that The Los Angeles & Orange County Audio Society, led by President Bob Levi, has been a vital protector for the LA Audio Show and has kept its heart beating strong — this society of exemplary board members and its following of 2400+ active members are no doubt at the helm of our Southern California community of audio enthusiasts and its supporting dealers and manufacturers; AND its continued growth and success with shows over the last 8+ years.

I think that Richard Beers's unexpected and unplanned passing in 2016 without question left us with a beautiful chaos and we all have done what we respectively believed to be best at the time. I won't deny that I made a personal decision to leave his legacy because I did not agree with the direction and lack of deliberation. I won't deny all of the challenges and confusion has been difficult for everyone but on the flip side, I think it's challenged us all to seek a collective understanding and agreement on the best direction for the future. In other words, it has been immeasurably inspiring and all that we needed at this exact moment.

I am also writing to you because if the LA Audio Show truly is what we all want, and I believe based on participation it is, we need everyone's help putting the chatter aside so we can collectively get back to what matters: moving in a productive and forward direction. At this point, the calls and emails to discuss the whys and whats of other people's actions and statements is counter-productive. I realize there have also been discussions about my 'lack of presence,' and want to assure you that today I am back in the driver seat as I was for the Society and I's most successful 2016 event. I have complete confidence in the direction we are taking today because 1) I have taken my time to seriously and carefully reflect on all the successes and lessons, 2) I've put in the work to learn how it best comes together, and not, and 3) I've done my due diligence of seeking to understand what it is the industry wishes to manifest at this turn of the century.

It is undeniable that times are changing, that we seek a refreshing outlook and a more 'attainable' approach for the hobby to draw in 'new blood'. It's further undeniable that not everyone shares the same visions. So — in order to do that successfully, I genuinely believe we must both honor the old and embrace the new, and we must do it one step at a time; and furthermore — I firmly believe that we are most successful doing it together.

Please give me a chance to outline what my understanding is, how I intend to get there, and how you can be a part of it — should you echo my sentiments.

Enjoy the Music.com's LAAS 2018 show report can be seen at this link.

 

04 / 18 / 18

AXPONA 2018 Show Coverage

Rupert Neve, JH Audio, AIS Audio, GiK Acoustics, AURALiC, YG Acoustics, Kubala-Sosna, Pass Labs, Fist Watt, Dana Cables, Benchmark, Aurum Cantus And Synergistic Research At AXPONA 2018
Rupert Neve, JH Audio, AIS Audio, GiK Acoustics, AURALiC, YG Acoustics, Kubala-Sosna, Pass Labs, First Watt, Dana Cables, Benchmark, Aurum Cantus And Synergistic Research
AXPONA 2018 Show Coverage By Steven R. Rochlin

 

Sumiko Announces Two New MC And Four MM Phono Cartridges
Sumiko Announces Two New MC And Four New MM Phono CartridgesSumiko is proud to announce six new phono cartridges, the outcome of a three-year development effort. There are four new moving magnet cartridges, the Rainier, Olympia, Moonstone and Amethyst which join the existing Oyster product lineup; and two new moving coil cartridges, the Songbird and Starling which will be part of the Reference Series product line. The four new additions to the acclaimed Oyster series are the most ambitious Moving Magnet (MM) cartridges we have released to date. The Rainier, Olympia, and Moonstone all utilize a common housing and generator assembly, so the stylus assemblies are interchangeable. You can purchase the Rainier and upgrade to the Olympia or Moonstone without replacing the entire cartridge. They set a new performance standard for the audiophile on a budget. The Amethyst is our flagship Moving Magnet (MM) design and requires its own unique cartridge body to maximize the performance of the excellent Nude Line Contact stylus. This exceptional cartridge even surpasses some moving coil cartridges in resolution and detail, setting a new benchmark for moving magnet cartridges with replaceable stylus assemblies. Joining the Reference Series line are two new Moving Coil (MC) designs including the new Songbird, which features exceptional tracking capability and the flexibility to mate well with a wide variety of tonearms and turntables. The Songbird's high output voltage ensures noise free musical reproduction compatible with not only moving coil phono inputs but also moving magnet inputs. The Starling is our new reference open architecture design featuring a MicroRidge stylus on a boron cantilever in a low output/low mass configuration. This is a powerful, dynamic cartridge with a very refined coherent presentation. The Starling is the latest manifestation of Sumiko's forty years of refinement of phono cartridge design. Both cartridges feature a new CNC-precision milled high grade aluminum body with optimized resonance properties. Suggested retail price is Songbird $899, Starling $1899, MM: Rainier $149, Olympia $199, Moonstone $299, and the Amethyst $599.

 


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