Industry News 10 Years Ago
Metexas Begins Offers Their Recordings Online For $10 Per Year Metaxas Audio's
owner and chief designer Kostas Metaxas has recorded well over 150 concerts since 2004. With over 30 years of playback system design experience, his recordings seek to capture the most natural sounding acoustic recordings in a natural acoustic space. The company now offers CD resolution digital downloads of these recordings at 16-bit/44kHz for $10 per year and
available at Real2Real. Equipment used for recording includes Neumann M150/TLM50 microphones feeding a pair of
Metaxas-modified Stellavox SM8 analogue tape recorders running at 15ips.
12 / 07 / 16
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12 / 06 / 16
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Piega's Very Special Series 2
Loudspeakers Feature A Coax Ribbon Driver Piega's new coaxial ribbon series 2.0 is for music-lovers with larger living rooms and a need for deeper bass reproduction. Their new designs include the Coax 711 and Coax 511 floorstanders plus the Coax 311 bookshelf loudspeaker. All three designed feature Piega's coax driver plus bass driver(s) mounted within a polished aluminum cabinet with silver fabric or black
anodized aluminum cabinet with black fabric. Another cabinet option is white lacquer finish, with white fabric cover. The company's
specially-deigned cabinet features a special Tension Improve Modules (TIM), which places the entire cabinet under controlled tension. Remaining
micro-resonances are eliminated by innovative viscoelastic damping films. This is to prevent even the smallest cabinet vibrations from negatively interfering with the purity of sound produces by the drivers. Piega's large C211 coaxial ribbon features a midrange driver and
centrially-located ribbon tweeter. The largest of the series is their Coax 711 that includes their coax driver plus two 220mm UHQD active and two 220mm UHQD passive units to produce frequencies from 22Hz to 50kHz. Piega's Coax 511 includes a C211 coax driver plus two 160mm UHQD active and two 160mm UHQD passive driver for a total frequency
response from 32Hz to 50kHz. As the smallest within the series is Piega's Coax 311 that has a C211 coax ribbon driver and 160mm UHQD active driver with a total frequency response from 35Hz to 50kHz.
Industry News 15 Years Ago
Von Schweikert Audio's New DB100 Floorstanding Loudspeaker Von Schweikert Audioannounced that its newest model, the DB100, is now shipping.
Music.com has published an exclusive world premiere
review of the DB100 with in our December 2001 Review Magazine. Part of a new high efficiency series which will also see a smaller forthcoming 2002 model dubbed the
DB99. The DB100 is a dynamic four-driver three-way design with dual 8-inch aluminum woofers loaded into a triple transmission line. This integral bass module is amplified by a Class A/AB 600-watt RMS "current booster" equalized to 20Hz and connected to a rear-mounted gain control. Since the DB100's design goal was compatibility with low-power SET amplifiers, the solid state bass amplifier takes its signal from the outputs of the main amp to transfer the timbral characteristics of vacuum tube bass. A 6-inch Audax Aerogel driver made from carbon fiber dust, Kevlar threads and cellulose acetate pulp handles midrange duty and is mated to a 1-inch Scanspeak silk dome tweeter loaded into a short 2-inch horn. A rear-firing dipolar ambience retrieval tweeter is coupled to a potentiometer that allows complete 0 - 100% attenuation. Bybee Quantum Purifier high-frequency blockers are employed internally to filter out RFI and other ultrasonic noise.
The DB100 is optimized for tube amplifier power and construction consists of a 2-inch thick MDF front baffle and 1-inch side and rear panels with 1-inch acoustic foam lining and extensive cross bracing. The stout 200 lbs. cabinets are covered in black grill cloth and finished with dark/light cherry or black ash end caps. Black Corian marble caps are optional. Measuring 54"
x 12" x 22" (HxWxD), the DB100 features an 8/10 Ohm nominal/maximum impedance, in-room sensitivity of
100dB/w/m to match its nomenclature and a claimed frequency response of 20Hz to 20kHz
(+/-2dB). This model from Von Schweikert Audio carries a 10 year parts and labor warranty.
12 / 02 / 16
Jensen Announces Their Stealth
Series Of Full-Range Loudspeaker Drivers Originally founded in 1927 by Peter Jensen, one of the co-inventors of the loudspeaker,
Jensen began producing commercial amplifier loudspeakers in the 1940s. The company has just introduced their 12" Stealth speaker. This model fulfils the musicians' quest for lightweight amps and cabinets without compromising their tone. The result is these featherweight speakers with "remarkable sound". Jensen Neodymium speakers react more sensitively to the amplifier's input signal, with a tone character and dynamic behavior voiced by incorporating design and manufacturing elements typical of the Jensen Alnico speakers. This is all done to achieve an organic response. The Jensen Tornado Stealth 100, derived from the original Jensen Tornado, has a stylish bell cover on the magnet assembly. This speaker is claimed to "offer crystal clear, clean tones accented by shimmering highs with each note sounding tight and well defined". The Jensen Tornado Stealth 65, also equipped with a stylish bell, has a warm low end, relaxed mids and rounded highs. The Stealth 65 is a greatly versatile speaker, from clean to lead, with sweet, extended harmonics and a definite rocking attitude. The Tornado Stealth 80, also equipped with the cool bell cover, is well balanced from low to high end with "powerful lows, firm mids and sparkling highs". We've searched for more specs including weight, sensitivity rating, frequency
response, etc yet have no further info at this time. Jensen's new line of speakers could be a very
interesting full-range speaker for DIY'ers and high-end audio specialty
Highly Respected Alex Case
Takes On The Role As AES' President It has been announced that Alex Case will take on the role of
AES (Audio Engineering Society) President. As the AES continues to forge new directions in the advancement of audio science and practice, Alex Case has assumed the presidency of the world's preeminent professional audio organization. "Alex Case has a diverse background in business, science, engineering and academia," shares John Krivit, immediate Past President of the AES. "Alex is a great communicator. His skill set will serve the AES well over the next year, as it has already done with his committee and Board of Governors roles." President Case has dedicated his professional life to the study of aesthetics, perception, signal processing, electroacoustics and room acoustics for the creation and enjoyment of recorded music. Bringing a wealth of knowledge and hands-on experience to his pursuits as an audio engineer and as an educator, Case's background has served him well in his roles as a Fellow of the Audio Engineering Society and Co-Chair of the Membership Committee, also serving on the Education Committee (past chair) and the Technical Committee for Recording Technology and Practice. In addition to his leadership in the Audio Engineering Society, Case currently serves as an Associate Professor of Sound Recording Technology at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, while continuing to give invited lectures and master classes at universities and events around the world. Case is a widely published author of over one hundred articles in industry journals and trade publications, as well as two books, and is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, for which he is a frequent presenter of papers and chair of special sessions.
12 / 01 / 16
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IFPI Report Investing In
Music: $4.5 Billion Annually For A&R And Marketing IFPI's
report Investing in Music shows record labels invest $4.5 billion annually in A&R (Artists & Repertoire) and marketing. Keep in mind that a 27% share of record company revenues is invested in A&R and marketing. Of that 27%, record companies invest 16.9% of revenues in A&R this is a higher proportion than the equivalent research and development (R&D) investment ratio of all the leading sectors included in EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard 2015. About $0.5 to $2 million is the typical cost to break worldwide-signed artist in major market. Record companies remain the largest investors in music, providing more than $4.5 billion for A&R and marketing in 2015, according to a new report published today by
IFPI, representing the recording industry worldwide, in association with the World Independent Network (WIN), representing independent labels internationally. The IFPI's report titled Investing in Music details record companies' global investment in discovering, nurturing and promoting artists and their music. The report highlights the extensive 'behind the scenes' work performed by teams of professionals at record companies supporting these efforts. Music companies also invest, along with distributors, in developing the infrastructure of the digital market, servicing more than 360 digital music sites globally with more than 40 million tracks. Keep in mind some of this A&R goes towards a music label's monetary advancements to musical artists, which is paid back by the artist. Advances are commonly paid to artists to allow them to concentrate on writing, rehearsing and recording. According to the IFPI report, the largest item for recording labels is
marketing and promotion, where labels have a key impact. "As consumers increasingly access music digitally, marketing efforts have shifted substantially online, where labels create campaigns that directly link fans to artists and services where they can access their music". Also of note is that "In addition to financial support, a record company provides artists with access to a wealth of experience, expertise and a network of connections. They collaborate creatively with developing artists, helping them to
realize their vision for how they want their music to sound and how they want to express this visually to their fans". You may
read the full IFPI report titled Investing in Music at this
Futuresource Consulting Audio Collaborative: Renaissance To Evolution Futuresource
Consulting's conference Audio Collaborative: Renaissance To Evolution highlighted some of the latest industry insights. This was the third in a series of entertainment technology conferences, bringing together leading experts from the entire audio and music sector. This year's autumnal event at the stunning Ham Yard Hotel, London, was sponsored by THX and Frontier Silicon. The order of the day consisted of a keynote address by Harman International, together with six panel sessions and presentations delivered by key industry influencers from
organizations such as; Bowers & Wilkins, Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA), Folder Media, Frontier Silicon, Google, Harman, Jabra, Jukedeck, Kodak, Kilimanjaro Live/Free Focus, Music Group, REWIND, Sonos, Onkyo, MelodyVR, Warner Music and 7digital. All of the collaborators shared their expertise and ideas surrounding product innovation, market visions and experiences, highlighting just how the industry can sustain growth and drive profitability, connecting the gaps between changing consumer needs, industry desires and future innovations. Armin Prommersberger, Senior Vice President, Technology, Lifestyle Audio Division at Harman International, took the mantel of keynote speaker at the conference, setting the scene for the day,
emphasizing how the audio business as we've known it over the past 50 to 60 years is changing at an unprecedented speed. "The whole value chain is going through a tectonic shift, not just for audio equipment manufacturers but also for musicians, content producers, record labels as well as consumers. Prommersberger continued, "The audio business is no longer about the traditional value chain. It is about networks, neuro networks and participation and collaboration within this network is critical to business success. The possibilities are overwhelming." This self-confessed audiophile quipped about how the key to remaining relevant in this networked world of audio was not just about high-resolution sound but 'mono' speakers and smart audio. "It's essential to
recognize this in order to survive in the audio entertainment market place."
Simon Bryant, Associate Director of Consumer Electronics at Futuresource Consulting opened the first panel of the day by introducing the darling of consumer electronics (CE), the headphone market. Bryant kicked off the conversation by highlighting that, "60% of the revenue in the headphone market is from three brands and this market is getting more complicated with lots of other brands moving into it." The
panelists that joined Bryant on the headphone panel had been integral in developing flagship brands like B&W, Beats By Dre and Jabra. The discussion explored the importance of fashion, design and technology. Growing use cases and multiple ownership were highlighted as exciting opportunities in this market, as brands could cater to different life styles and listening scenarios
in the home, on the commute and in the gym. Dany Atkins, who worked on the initial launch of Beats by Dre, stressed the importance of collaboration in the design sense working with fashion designers like Alexander Wang or brands like Hello Kitty, to create fashion statements rather than just products. An example of this was the special range of 34c gold Beats By Dre headphones, manufactured especially for the winning World Cup team in 2014. Atkins commented on the importance of relevance in brand match-making underlining, "It's important that you understand your brand and the people that you are talking to. If you do so in an authentic and credible way, then you create true partnerships and true collaborations, not just a brand slap, which is not very effective for anyone."
The radio station's view on audio and collaboration was brought to life by Matt Deegan, Creative Director at Folder Media who provided interesting case studies around how the brands, artists and personalities within the neuro network discussed by Harman participate through content creation across different platforms. David Sidebottom, Principal Analyst at Futuresource Consulting then took to the podium to share the Futuresource view on the opportunities in the audio landscape looking at the size of the global audio market and how it has developed over the past 10 to 15 years. Sidebottom stated that,
"$30.5 billion was spent this year, some of the big trends within that including headphones and wireless speakers, with 60% growth since 2010. A doubling of that market over the last 10 years with a further 7% growth this year." Sidebottom then explored the traditional music market and highlighted that, "Consumer spend is expected to total
$20.5 billion worldwide in 2016, even though this market has seen challenges, not showing growth since 2010 y-o-y.
This year, Futuresource expects to see 8% growth in the global music market and a great deal of this growth will come from the adoption of music streaming in the mass market." Futuresource did not include live, radio or royalty-based business models in this, sharing that this market feeds into a $100 billion plus market alone. Kim Bailey, CEO at ERA stated that, "more than a third of revenue still comes from CD, with about a third from streaming and the other from vinyl together with downloads." Bailey highlighted the importance of customer centricity, delivering customer value and not playing into a format war, delivering music when and how the customer wants to listen to it. "One size does not fit all, customers want music immediately, some buy multiple formats, and some buy none."
11 / 30 / 16
Kimber Axios Headphone / IEM
Cable With 4.4mm Balanced Connector With the recent release of the
Sony Walkman, including their top line NW-WM1Z and NW-WM1A with 4.4mm balanced audio headphone jack,
Kimber Kable has announced the availability
of their new 4.4mm balanced connector Axios headphone and in-ear monitor cable configurations. This connector is compatible with both
of the new Sony NM-WM series players and the Sony TA-ZH1ES headphone amplifier. Advantages include a larger and more durable connector, plus better
signal connection, over the tiny and fragile 2.5mm balanced connector as used within products
from other companies. Kimber Kable is now offering a variety of copper and silver cables, which are hand made within their facility in Utah.
Read Enjoy the
Music.com's world premiere hands-on review of the Sony NW-WM1Z here.
January Issue Is Now Available Online
Enjoy the Music.com has just posted the
January 2017 issue of Hi-Fi World! This issue
features the Hi-Fi World Awards 2016 plus reviews of the KEF Reference 3 loudspeakers, Dali Katch Wireless speaker, Cayin i5 Hi-Res portable player, Lehmann Linear D headphone amplifier, Tellurium Q Diamond / Ultra Silver cables, and a very special Christmas wish list.
editorial Hi-Fi World Awards 2016 And A Special Christmas, Noel Keywood says "It's that wonderful time of the year when we reveal the products that were a cut above the average and memorable because of it in our World Awards issue. These days few products are poor, most work well. But that doesn't mean they are brilliant in the sense that they bring a tingle to your spine, changing the way you view audio quality. Our top products for the year this year were those that moved us, where everyone in our London offices (who like to listen in!) murmured "ooh-aah" in unison.
Sometimes style and finish played an important part: I mean, how many manufacturers in this world re-create the wonder of 1970s build quality (well, the good bits, that is), complete with big, yellow illuminated analogue power meters you know, the ones with real needles! Lux of Japan are one of very few and their prize winner this year was a delight to see and use not a software menu anywhere!"
See what's within this issue of Hi-Fi World at this
Of The Year Awards December Issue Is Now Online Enjoy the Music.com has posted the
December 2016 issue of Hi-Fi+ magazine.
This issue highlights their very special annual awards plus show coverage of the
Rocky Mountain International Audio Fest 2016! Reviews include the Magico M3 floorstanding loudspeaker, Focal Utopia open-backed headphones, Pathos Inpol Remix MKII HIDAC Evo integrated amplifier/DAC, Schiit Audio Jotunheim balanced & configurable headphone amp/preamp, Transfiguration Proteus revised moving coil cartridge plus expert assessment of both contemporary and audiophile music.
Within his editorial Amazing Innovation In 2016, With 2017 Being Very Significant Too, Alan Sircom says "Welcome to the last issue of 2016, and our now annual Awards. We've taken the best products we've seen in this 'interesting' year, and the chance to look at these products in overview shows just how important a year it's been for audio. OK, in fairness, there were some other events that also took place in the wider world that might just overshadow what's happened in hi-fi in 2016!
Nevertheless, I suspect 2016 will go down as one of the most important and innovative years for the modern audiophile, and the changes that have begun to permeate through the audio industry will have ramifications for years to come. It might not be quite the Golden Age of Audio, but it's a fascinating time to be involved in the business of good sound, in all its guises."
See what's within this issue of Hi-Fi+ magazine at this
11 / 29 / 16
Devialet Achieves $106,000,000 In
Series C Round Of Investor Funding It has been an epic year or so for audio company investors and high-end audio as
WOM (World of McIntosh), was Fine Sounds Group) now oversees Audio Research, McIntosh Laboratory, Sonus Faber, Wadia Digital and Sumiko.
Eva Automation, a Silicon Valley startup founded by former Facebook CFO and San Francisco 49ers co-owner Gideon Yu, acquired Bowers & Wilkins in May 2016 with plans to launch specialized new gear in mid-2017.
Enjoy the Music.com just learned that French company
Devialet, one of the world's most awarded innovative
start-ups in sound technologies featuring their Phantom series of speakers, has successfully
raised $106 million within their Series C round of financing. Foxconn's European investment arm Ginko Ventures, Foxconn itself, Groupe Renault, Qatar's Future French Champions,
CM-CIC Investment and BPI France, Sharp Corporation, Andy Rubin's Playground Global, and music star Jay Z's Roc Nation plus Korelya Capital
supplied capital to bring Devialet the ability to expand their operations. Devialet's most recognized product is their Phantom series of DSP-enabled self-powered streaming music speakers starting at $2000. Andy Rubin purchased 160 Phantom speakers for
himself and to gift them to friends. Andy said, "I am a huge fan of Devialet. I love the technology and the team. I believe Devialet is the most disruptive company in the audio business. It is my dream to work with Quentin and his team to change the way people appreciate media of all types. I am very proud and happy to take part in this financing." Devialet also produces amplification,
DACs plus other high-end audio products and will be further expanding their brand awareness and hardware selection. Devialet seeks to embed
their technology within TVs made by Sharp, cars made by Renault, music services such as Jay Z's Tidal, smartphones, etc. It almost begs the question what, or more specifically who, is behind all these moves into having investors expand their reach into high-end audio. What is their future technology plans to bring high-end audio sound quality and
industry awareness to consumers worldwide?
11 / 28 / 16
Online Shopping: Excellent Sales Growth During 2016 Holiday Season According to a report by Reuters, "Sales and traffic at U.S. brick-and-mortar stores on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday declined from last year, as stores offered discounts well beyond the weekend and more customers shopped online. Internet sales rose in the double digits on both days, surpassing $3 billion for the first time on Black
Friday" RetailNext, an analytics firm, reported that brick-and-mortar stores fell 5% during the two day period, with transaction counts declining 7.9%.
Online sales are expected to see a "total holiday season sales... jump 3.6% to $655.8 billion this year, according to the National Retail Federation."
Estimates says that on average each consumer is expected to spend $636 on holiday purchases during the 2016 holiday season, which is an increase of 3% as
compared to last year according to NPD. "Thanksgiving and Black Friday online sales
as tracked by Adobe Digital Index were $5.27 billion, up 18% from a year earlier and higher than its prior estimate of $5.05 billion" says a Reuters report. Adobe also tracks sales, which they claims to measure 80% of all online transactions from the top 100 United States of America retailers, and their latest numbers say
there were 22.6 billion visits to retail websites. To put this growth in perspective, according to CNN
a decade ago (2006) the "total online purchases on Cyber Monday, one of the biggest shopping days for e-tailers, jumped 26% to a record $608 million, according to the latest numbers from ComScore Networks. It [was] the highest single day in retail e-commerce history and the first day ever to break the $600 million threshold"
said Gian Fulgoni, who was chairman of comScore Networks in 2006.
Black Cat Cable's Impressive ¥800,000 INDIGO Silverwave Interconnect Black Cat
Cable's resident artisan, Chris Sommovigo, feels that after nearly a decade of experimenting with a concept that he had codenamed "Superleggera" - due to it's extraordinary lightness - it seems he's ready to release the first fruits of his unreasonably long development cycle: INDIGO "Silverwave". Valued at ¥800,000 per one-meter length (ass ¥250,000 per half-meter pair), Mr. Sommovigo knows that these won't be flying off the shelves - and that's just as well, as far as he's concerned. The INDIGO Silverwave interconnect uses RCA connectors that were designed by Mr. Sommovigo especially for the INDIGO project. They are developed under his sub-brand, XOX, and not available on any other cable that is produced. As with his Black Cat Cable products, Mr. Sommovigo personally builds these cables by hand, starting only with raw-materials with his seaside workshop in Yugawara, Kanagawa, Japan. "This project runs counter to just about everything folks seem to think when it comes to what makes audiophile cable better, given that they are accustomed to big and heavy cables - as if sheer quantity or heft or girth somehow equates to increases in performance," said Chris Sommovigo. "That way is - and always has been - a recipe for madness. With Indigo the development cycle was very long, labor of love, and it always seemed that I was near breaking through - but never quite there. With the recent development of the Silverwave conductor, and the last iteration of it - all the veils just dropped, and there was everything just hanging right there in the space between and around my speakers. Pure, effortless coherence. The final version of the Silverwave conductor is very difficult to make, as I've got to process it in-house using strange tools that I've adapted for the purpose. Making pair of these interconnects takes a tremendous amount of time, skill, and patience. But once you hear the result... you can't un-hear it."
11 / 22 / 16
Triangle Elara LN01A Two-Way
Self-Powered Speaker System Triangle high-end audio company's new Elara LNO1A (599) self-powered bookshelf speaker is an easy set and
forget audio system. Playing music with high-fidelity sound is easy as you simply plug the speakers
in electrically, connect a wire from the main speaker to the passive unit, and you're ready for music enjoyment. Triangle's LN01A offers integrated Class-D amplification of 2x50 Watts, plus an EQ with control over low and high frequencies. This
allows you to adjust the LN01A according to your preference and to the acoustics of the listening environment. aptX 4.0 Bluetooth codec passes audio in CD quality 16-bit/44.1kHz. You can also connect directly to Triangle's LN01A digital input via TosLink optical or S/PDIF RCA. There's also a subwoofer output for those who desire adding a powered woofer for adding deep bass. Analog lovers take note as the LN01A speaker also offers an analog RCA input and a 3.5mm headphone style jack input to connect your speakers to your CD, DVD players or any other type of audio device via their analog output. There's an integrated MM Phono input so that a vinyl turntables can be used. Speaker sensitivity is 89dB/W/m, frequency response is from 56Hz to 22kHz, and dimensions are 291mm x 165mm x 291mm (HxWxD). Net weight of the system is 9.5
Acoustic Preference Gracioso 2.0 ST And LE Loudspeakers Acoustic Preference
new Gracioso 2.0 loudspeaker models for 2017 are a result of the company's hard work, which is based on many years of experience, state-of-the-art components, and their most effective technical solutions to date. Within new Gracioso series for 2017 are two models, their 2.0 is either ST (Standard version) and LE (Limited Edition of 99 pairs. Pricing is 14,990 and 11,490 respectively. If we compare them, the LE model has a higher sensitivity at 91dB/W/m
verses 89dB/w/m. Both models have point-to-point crossover wiring, yet LE models feature higher class Mundorf components. In addition, solid silver wires are used internally. The ST model has high quality oxygen-free copper.
Acoustic Preference adds special ceramic disc feet for LE model and set of APMWK 1 (Wax Kit 1) for wood loudspeakers cabinets. Gracioso 2.0 LE is a two-way bass reflex system down firing) and has a
12dB/octave crossover at 2800Hz. Frequency response is from 37Hz to 35kHz. Dimensions are 255mm x 355mm x 1040mm (WxDxH) and weight for each speaker is approximately 27 kgs. Acoustic Preference is now offering a trade-in used for new where you can trade in your old high-end audio components (loudspeakers, amplifiers, turntables,
CD / SACD players, etc.) for one of their models of loudspeakers. If you trade in, they will deduct
whatever they feel is their own estimated price from price of new loudspeakers purchased direct from the company. Please remember that Acoustic Preference reserves the right to refuse a trade-in without explanation.
11 / 21 / 16
ELAC Element EA101EQ-G Integrated 80Wpc Amplifier With 24-bit DAC ELAC's
Element EA101EQ-G ($699) highly compact stereo 80 Watt per channel stereo integrated amplifier offers a comprehensive feature set for the hi-fi solutions for the modern music lover. The Element EA101EQ-G provides asynchronous USB interface for high-resolution audio, S/PDIF signals at up to 192kHz resolution, and can decode multi-channel Dolby Digital signals. Also on board is convenient wireless music playback via Bluetooth. DSP-based signal processing functions allow for extensive customization of playback. All of this is conveniently controlled from the EA101-EQ-G APP, available for both Android and iOS. App-based Auto Blend and Calibrate function (ABC) seeks to ensures optimum results in every room. Auto Blend optimizes the interaction of the subwoofer and main loudspeakers by determining the ideal crossover frequency and phase relationship. The remote learning feature of the EA101EQ-G facilitates seamless integration with your television or set-top box remote control. ELAC's Element EA101EQ-G provides 80 Watts @ 4 Ohms (40 Watts @ 8
Ohms) of BASH technology amplification that takes the best of Class D and Class AB to creates a new class of its own. By combining a fast response power converter with a linear amplifier, BASH is able to maintain both class AB sonic performance and efficiency approaching Class D.
There are two stereo analog inputs via RCA and a subwoofer output. Digital inputs include two TosLink optical, RCA S/PDIF and USB. Overall frequency response is from 20Hz to 40kHz (+/-1.8dB) and dimensions are 8.375 x 2.125 x 11.625 (WxHxD).
Industry News 10 Years Ago
Broadcom Produces World's First Blu-ray / HD DVD SoC Broadcom (Nasdaq: BRCM), one of the world's largest fabless semiconductor companies with 2005 revenue of more than $2.67 billion and a global leader in semiconductors for data and multimedia, has announces the world's first complete Blu-ray/HD DVD System-on-a-Chip solution
(SoC). Broadcom claims to have developed a next-generation universal solution, the BCM7440, that "significantly surpasses current chip technology in integration and performance, but will further the advancement of high definition media players." Blu-ray and HD DVD formats have caused confusion with consumers, who have to make an either/or choice for their media players. This confusion may lose revenue to both hardware and media companies as the entertainment and electronics industry once again releases
competing formats that appear incompatible. Both formats offer higher resolution
entertainment possibilities than the current DVD format, which is one of the fastest growing and adopted media delivery format in the history of consumer electronics. If the industry can produce a single player that handles both formats, this could ease consumer concerns of investing in a format that may fail as past formats such as Beta did during the video tape
revolution. The BCM7440 Blu-ray/HD DVD SoC integrates a multiple-core MIPS architecture, a multi-stream HD video decoder, dedicated graphics engines, DSP-based audio processors, a security processor, DDR2 interfaces, integrated video and audio outputs and a complete array of system and network connectivity interfaces.
"Broadcom is simplifying the development of next-generation Blu-ray and HD DVD products with a proven, complete single-chip solution that offers OEMs both a time-to-market advantage and cost-effective design," said Peter
Besen, Vice President, Consumer Electronics, Broadband Communications Group, of
Broadcom. The BCM7440 supports a wide variety of mandatory audio and video compression standards required for Blu-ray and HD DVD optical disc formats, including
H.264/AVC, VC-1 , MPEG-2, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Tru-HD and DTS-HD. The BCM7440 also provides full backwards compatibility for current DVD video titles as well as DVD-R,
DVD-VR and audio CDs.
11 / 19 / 16
Updated: PBS' Eight-Part Series Soundbreaking
Explores The Art Of Music
PBS' eight-part series called
Soundbreaking explores the art of music recording, and offers a behind-the-scenes look at the birth of brand new sounds. Featuring more than 160 original interviews with some of the most celebrated recording artists of all time, Soundbreaking explores the nexus of cutting-edge technology and human artistry that has created the soundtrack of our lives. Episode 1, The Art of Recording, begins where a recording does at the intersection of inspiration and execution. Profiling some of the most accomplished and revered producers in the recording industry, "The Art of Recording" offers a study in contrasting styles and approaches. Episode 2, Painting With Sound, chronicles a watershed event in the history of music: the moment when the recording studio itself effectively became an instrument and gave rise to sounds that could never be reproduced live. Enjoy the Music.com is proud to present to you episodes 1
through 8 at this link.
11 / 18 / 16
Enjoy the Music.com Updates RMAF
2016 & TAVES 2016 Show Reports
PBS' Eight-Part Series Soundbreaking
Explores The Art Of Music PBS' eight-part series called
Soundbreaking explores the art of music recording, and offers a behind-the-scenes look at the birth of brand new sounds. Featuring more than 160 original interviews with some of the most celebrated recording artists of all time, Soundbreaking explores the nexus of cutting-edge technology and human artistry that has created the soundtrack of our lives. Episode 1, The Art of Recording, begins where a recording does at the intersection of inspiration and execution. Profiling some of the most accomplished and revered producers in the recording industry, "The Art of Recording" offers a study in contrasting styles and approaches. Episode 2, Painting With Sound, chronicles a watershed event in the history of music: the moment when the recording studio itself effectively became an instrument and gave rise to sounds that could never be reproduced live. The series ends with Episode 8, I Am My Music, and explores how formats, from the LP to mp3s, have shaped our musical lives. During episode 8 this PBS series shifts the focus from the creation of music to the experience of listening to it, and to the formats that defined that experience. From vinyl, cassette tape, CD, and MP3, each generation has had a piece of musical media to call its
own. Enjoy the Music.com is proud to present to you episode 1 below.
We have all eight episodes now online at this link.
50 Years With Peter Paul And Mary
Documentary By Jim Brown The
documentary 50 Years With Peter Paul and Mary is coming to home video on December 9th. This is a celebration of the trio whose anthems provided America's soundtrack for generations.
50 Years With Peter Paul and Mary is a new documentary by four-time Emmy Award-winning producer/ director Jim Brown that focuses on portions of the trio's career not included in previously aired PBS specials. This program features rare and previously unseen television footage including a BBC program from the early 1960s that embodies many of the trio's best performances and most popular songs. This is Peter Paul and Mary at the peak of their artistry, a time when this popular and influential trio dominated the Billboard music charts. From the group's emergence in Greenwich Village, to the Civil Rights and Anti-War era of the 1960s, through the decades of their later advocacy and music, to Mary Travers' moving memorial, and finally to the present, where their legacy continues to inform and inspire successive generations, this far deeper and more intimate exploration of the trio reveals the impact of their artistry and activism on their generation and the world.
50 Years With Peter Paul and Mary will be available on DVD and select video on-demand platforms on December 9th.
11 / 16 / 16
Audioengine HD3 Wireless
Speakers Make Music Listening Easy Audioengine
introduced their HD3 wireless music system. More than just a powered multimedia speaker, HD3 is a complete music system that allows you to listen to all of your music from any source ($399 per pair). The HD3 is simple to use and designed for the way people listen to music today. Connect any way you like: wireless or wired, digital or analog. Play your music library or stream TIDAL, Spotify, Pandora, and YouTube from just about anywhere in your house without dropouts. HD3 works seamlessly with all your favorite audio players and streaming music services, so no matter how you connect and listen, HD3 has you covered. A 15 Watt RMS / 30 Watt peak per channel of amplification is built inside the left speaker for an efficient mini stereo system. Audioengine includes connections for your phone, tablet, computer, and turntable - and you can even add a subwoofer. Wireless setup takes about a minute as there's no software to install, no apps to download, and no Wi-Fi passwords to enter. If you're using HD3 at your desk, connect up direct to your computer with a USB cable for a high-end listening
experience. Audioengine's HD3 wireless speakers also includes an audiophile-quality headphone amplifier. Each cabinet has a custom 2.75" Kevlar midrange/woofer mated to 0.75" silk tweeter. Frequency response is fro 65Hz to 22kHz (+/-2dB). Detachable magnetic speaker grills make it easy to leave them on or take them off. Hand-built cabinets feature furniture-grade finishes including either Walnut, Cherry (as pictured), and Satin
Noble Audio Sage And Top-Line
Kaiser Encore In-Ear Monitors Noble Audio
has launched Sage universal-fit IEM that represents the most affordable proprietary-driver IEM in Noble's range (£549) and their Kaiser Encore, a new proprietary technology 10-driver IEM that's built for high-resolution audio (£1699). The new Sage from Noble Audio is a US-made multi-driver IEM (In Ear Monitor) which features the company's new proprietary driver technology. Sage offers the performance benefits of Noble's bespoke drive units, as seen in its flagship nine- and ten-driver models, Katana and Kaiser Encore, but with an entry-level price tag.
Sage is a two-driver design which sits squarely in the middle of Noble's five-strong universal- fit Classic line. It directly replaces Savant. Noble Audio's Kaiser Encore is their new proprietary technology 10-driver IEM that builds on the strengths of Noble's ground-breaking original flagship, the Kaiser 10U that it replaces. The proprietary drive units introduce improvements to the critical midrange, adding additional clarity whilst bringing a more neutral tonal balance. The redefined midrange integrates seamlessly with the rest of the frequency spectrum as with Noble's other multi-driver IEMs and CIEMs (customs). By
implementing 10 Noble Audio drivers per earpiece, this allows the Kaiser Encore to take full advantage of today's high resolution music. Noble Audio says that they produce full frequency range, dynamics and detail with increased clarity that the new proprietary balanced-armature drivers bring. They are produce a larger soundstage presentation, with greater imaging accuracy and enhanced spatial representation, giving the feeling of larger, on-ear model.
11 / 15 / 16
Benchmark Media Systems' DAC3
With ES9028PRO 32-bit Audio DAC Benchmark Media
Systems' new DAC3 takes advantage of the all-new ES9028PRO 32-bit audio D/A converter. It has been a little over seven years since ESS Technology introduced the revolutionary ES9018 audio D/A converter chip. This converter delivered a major improvement in audio conversion and as you may recall Enjoy the Music.com announced the new ESS Technology ES9028PRO within our Industry News page a while back. For several months, Benchmark Media Systems has been working with some early samples of the new ES9028PRO converter chip and have conducted numerous measurements and listening tests and came away very impressed! Benchmark Media System's new DAC3 HGC is a high-performance version of the popular DAC2 HGC. The DAC3 L is a high-performance version of the DAC2 L for users who don't need a headphone amplifier. The Benchmark DAC3 is one of the first products worldwide to take
advantage of the new ES9028PRO converter chip. The ES9028PRO has an improved selection of filters and overall better performance over the previous chip. New filtering exceeds the pass-band performance of the best filter available in the older ES9018. It is important to note that the DAC2 and DAC3 converters frequency-shift the selected built-in filter by driving the converter chip at a fixed 211 kHz sample rate. This frequency shifting places the near-Nyquist region entirely above the audio band. The Benchmark upsampling system completely eliminates the time-domain errors that would have been produced by the built-in filter. The ES9028PRO has an improved digital phase locked loop that allows it to lock more quickly than the ES9018. How fast you ask, how does a high precision lock in less than 6 milliseconds sound to you? This has allowed for
Benchmark Media Systems' new UltraLock3 system. Benchmark's UltraLock system has near-perfect jitter attenuation and exceed the performance of the phase locked loop that is located inside the ESS converter chips. Ultra-fast phase-accurate settling of the new UltraLock3 system allows seamless switching between digital inputs. The DAC3 input selector is suitable for conducting A/B comparisons between two digital inputs. Performance and complexity of the support circuitry outside of the ES9028PRO can be configured to match a manufacturer's budget and space constraints. Overall performance will be determined by the manufacturer's budget, goals, and skills. Within the DAC3, Benchmark uses the following techniques to
maximize the performance of the ES9028PRO:
4:1 channel summing - improves the SNR by 6 dB
External I-V converters - lower noise and lower distortion
Precision differential amplifier - removes common-mode distortion
Very low noise voltage regulator - Benchmark discrete design reduces noise and distortion
UtraLock3 jitter attenuation - virtually perfect jitter rejection
211 kHz Upsampling - eliminates time-domain errors caused by the D/A conversion chip
High-headroom DSP - eliminates clipping of intersample peaks
Six-layer circuit board with external ground planes - reduces noise and provides RF shielding
Everything But The Box Terra Mk4 Special Edition
Loudspeaker Everything But The Box
has announced their Terra Mk4 Special Edition loudspeaker. A very special 4.5" midrange / woofer with 2.5" voice coil uses a high-end neodymium magnet and hexagonal wire to reproduce the lower frequencies. For seamless highs, Everything But The Box adds a 25mm neodymium tweeter with phase plug. The midrange / woofer enclosure is made from a die cast resonance-free aluminum enclosure, while the tweeter is mounted to a lovely solid wood baffle. There's an integrated handle for easy moving, which is covered with full grain vegetable tanned leather that has been carefully hand stitched. A passive equalizer on the tweeter permits fine-tuning of the sound to suit your needs. On the rear of the aluminum enclosure are a pair of gold plated connectors to
securely hold loudspeaker wire. Specially-shaped CNC machined solid aluminum horn for the tweeter ensures uniform dispersion. The midrange / woofer driver benefits from shaped wood to deliver uniform
dispersion. Below the 4.5" driver is a CNC machined solid aluminum horn as bass port to prevent the turbulence. To match the overall design, CNC machined solid aluminum feet combined with CNC machined solid aluminum leather damped pads round out the design of Everything But The Box's Terra Mk4 Special Edition loudspeaker. Frequency response is from 59Hz to 25kHz, nominal impedance is 8 Ohms and sensitivity is 88dB/W/m. The Terra Mk4 Special Edition loudspeaker can handle 150 Watts. Dimensions are 38 x 21 x 28 cm (HxWxD) and it weighs 5.9 kgs. If you
need a special color, the company can easily customize the design to suit your requirements. This includes high gloss finish in any possible color in solid, peal or metallic type, matt finish in any possible color or nuance, micro-Structure finishes and velvet finishes.
11 / 14 / 16
Samsung Electronics Acquires Harman International For $8 Billion Samsung Electronics is acquiring and
Harman International Industries for $8 billion USD. Have officially entered into a definitive agreement under which Samsung will acquire Harman for $112.00 per share in cash, this transaction will immediately give Samsung a significant presence in the large and rapidly growing market for connected technologies. In particularly, this
includes automotive electronics, which has been a strategic priority for Samsung, and is expected to grow to more than $100 billion by 2025. Harman is a market leader in connected car solutions, with more than 30 million vehicles currently equipped with its connected car and audio systems, including embedded infotainment, telematics, connected safety and security. Approximately 65% of Harman's $7.0 billion of reported sales during the 12 months ended September 30, 2016 are automotive-related, and its order backlog for this market at June 30, 2016 was approximately $24 billion. Samsung expects the combination to deliver significant growth opportunities and benefits to customers by leveraging Samsung's and Harman's complementary technologies, resulting in increased market penetration across important end markets.
"Harman perfectly complements Samsung in terms of technologies, products and solutions, and joining forces is a natural extension of the automotive strategy we have been pursuing for some time," said Oh-Hyun Kwon, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Samsung Electronics. "As a Tier 1 automotive supplier with deep customer relationships, strong brands, leading technology and a recognized portfolio of best-in-class products, Harman immediately establishes a strong foundation for Samsung to grow our automotive platform." Dinesh Paliwal, Harman Chairman, President and CEO, stated, "This compelling all-cash transaction will deliver significant and immediate value to our shareholders and provide new opportunities for our employees as part of a larger, more diversified company. Today's announcement is a testament to what we have achieved and the value that we have created for shareholders. Samsung is an ideal partner for Harman and this transaction will provide tremendous benefits to our automotive customers and consumers around the world. Combining Samsung's strengths in leading-edge displays, connectivity and processing solutions with Harman's technology leadership and long-standing customer relationships will enable OEMs to provide new offerings for their customers."
acquisition also benefits audiophiles as Harman brands include JBL, Harman Kardon, Mark Levinson, AKG, Lexicon, Infinity, and Revel. The company also licenses Bowers & Wilkins and Bang & Olufsen brands for automotive. All of these brands will greatly enhance the competitiveness of Samsung's mobile, display, virtual reality and wearable products to deliver a fully differentiated audio and visual experience for customers. This combination will also expand the combined company's business-to-business platform through its ability to deliver integrated, large-scale audio and visual professional solutions at stadiums, concert facilities and other performance centers such as The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Staples Center home of the Grammy
Awards. This month, Enjoy the Music.com published our world premiere review of the Mark Levinson No 523 preamplifier, phono stage and headphone
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Singer, Songwriter, Poet,
Novelist... Leonard Cohen Has Passed Away It
saddens us to report that the legendary Leonard Cohen has passed away at the age of 82 at his home in Los Angeles. As a Canadian singer, songwriter, poet and novelist, his work explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality, and personal relationships. Cohen was inducted into both the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame as well as the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was a Companion of the Order of Canada, the nation's highest civilian
honor. In 2011, Cohen received one of the Prince of Asturias Awards for literature and the ninth Glenn Gould Prize. Cohen's first album,
Songs of Leonard Cohen (1967), was followed by Songs from a Room (1969) that featured the often-recorded "Bird on the Wire".
His work as a poet and novelist are equally impressive. Cohen's writing process, as he told an interviewer in 1998, was "like a bear stumbling into a beehive or a honey cache: I'm stumbling right into it and getting stuck, and it's delicious and it's horrible and I'm in it and it's not very graceful and it's very awkward and it's very painful and yet there's something inevitable about it." During the 1960s, he was a fringe figure in Andy Warhol's "Factory" crowd. Warhol speculated that Cohen had spent time listening to Nico in clubs and that this had influenced his musical style. Cohen is mentioned in the Nirvana song "Pennyroyal Tea" from the band's 1993 release,
In Utero. Kurt Cobain wrote, "Give me a Leonard Cohen afterworld/ So I can sigh eternally." Cohen's fourteenth album,
You Want It Darker, was released on 21 October 2016. Themes of political and social justice also recur in Cohen's work, especially in later albums. In "Democracy", he both acknowledges political problems and celebrates the hopes of reformers: "from the wars against disorder/ from the sirens night and day/ from the fires of the
homeless / from the ashes of the gay / Democracy is coming to the USA. Leonard Cohen was survived by his two children and two grandchildren.