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02 / 27 / 04

  Classical music lovers and historians rejoice as Germany's Johann Sebastian Bach Archive has received over $125,000 from the Hamburg-based Ebelin and Gerd Bucerius ZEIT Foundation. These new funds will be used to restore and digitize many of Bach's original scores to be published on the Internet. Reportedly, manuscripts and books from the 17th to 19th centuries plus 44 original compositions from Bach's second Leipzig cantata cycle are in the works.

 

02 / 26 / 04

Tannoy TS8 And TS10 Subwoofer  Those looking to enhance the deep bass of their system, yet have little room for a large enclosure, may choose Tannoy's new compact active subwoofers. The TS8 ($399) and TS10 ($499) offer deep bass down to 32Hz and 29Hz by employing an 8 or 10 inch driver (respectively). Both models' cabinets are less than 1 cubic foot in size with the driver firing downward. The TS8 is a 12.5 litre closed box design and includes a 200 watt amplifier while the TS10's cabinet is 16.75 litre in size and includes a 300 watt amplifier. Both units feature auto power on and sleep function whereby the system will go into a 'stand-by' mode if no signal is detected while a gain control (to adjust output level) and phase control to allow more precise system integration.

 

02 / 25 / 04

Canton Karat L 100 Bookshelf Monitor Loudspeaker  Canton has introduced the Karat L 100 two-way bookshelf monitor ($1400 per pair). Featuring their Canton-developed 7-inch concave aluminum mid/bass driver employs a concave voice-coil cap to improve the symmetry of acoustic dispersion and prevents the standing-wave modes that Canton claims can develop with conventional dome dustcaps. Canton's 1-inch wide dispersion aluminum tweeter dome and voice coil former are constructed as a single structure, giving the driver a lower mass, and greatly improved heat dissipation characteristics. The two-way Karat L 100 bookshelf loudspeaker enclosure is the bass reflex type and has two pairs of gold-plated binding posts for those who wish to bi-wire or bi-amplify.

 

02 / 24 / 04

FBI Anti-Piracy Warning  Pushing ever further into adding more "fear factor" into the lives of consumers, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) have succeeded in having new warning labels applied to their products. A new FBI seal (as seen here) will soon be appearing on the millions of CDs, video games, and computer software. This new policy was announced at a press conference at the FBI's Los Angeles office, yet placing the new FBI sticker on packaging is not mandatory. The sticker is voluntary yet you can bet that virtually every RIAA member will be adding these to their products to further scare music enthusiasts. "It is our hope that when consumers see the new FBI warning on the music they purchase, both physically and online, they will take the time to learn the dos and don'ts of copying and uploading to the Internet," said Brad Buckles, vice president of anti-piracy at the Recording Industry Association of America. "These are serious crimes with serious consequences -- including federal prosecution -- if the wrong choices are made about copying or uploading music without permission." According to the FBI website concerning this issue "Copyright Infringement: It is a violation of Federal law to distribute copyrighted music, movies, software, games, and other works without authorization. There are important national economic consequences associated with such theft. The FBI has asked industry associations and companies that are particularly concerned with intellectual property theft to report to the FBI -- for possible criminal investigation and prosecution -- anyone that they have reason to believe is violating Federal copyright law."

 

02 / 23 / 04

  The Copyright Office of the Library of Congress has announced the final regulations that set rates and terms for the public performance of a sound recording. This includes the fees for streaming music online. This long-debated regulation was said to make or break some online "radio stations" due to the overall costs of providing music online. The rates and terms are for the 2003 and 2004 statutory licensing period, except in the case of a new subscription service, in which case the license period runs from 1998 through 2004. Becoming effective on March 8 of this year, the fees are proactive. In the usual (and complicated) governmental style, "The procedure for setting the rates and terms for these two statutory licenses is a two-step process. 17 U.S.C. 112(e)(3), (4), and (6) and 17 U.S.C. 114(f)(2). The first step requires the Librarian of Congress to initiate a voluntary negotiation period in order to give interested parties an opportunity to reach consensus with respect to the applicable rates and terms through an informal process. However, in the event the parties are unable to reach an agreement during this period, sections 112(e)(4) and 114(f)(2)(B) direct the Librarian of Congress to convene a three-person Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel (‘"CARP"’) for the purpose of determining the rates and terms for the compulsory license, provided that an interested party files a petition in accordance with 17 U.S.C. 803(a)(1), requesting the formal proceeding...." according to the document. To read the entire regulation, please click here (Adobe Acrobat file).

 

 

Paradigm Electronic Signature S8 Floorstanding LoudspeakerParadigm Electronics is now offering their new Signature line featuring proprietary IMS/SHOCK-MOUNT (Isolation Mounting System) drivers with unique butyl-rubber driver fastening system. IMS is a progressive system of critically placed isolation inserts and gaskets designed to decouple drivers from the loudspeaker enclosure itself. The result is claimed by Paradigm to be "clarity and resolution of fine detail." The Signature tweeter features a G-PAL (gold-anodized pure-aluminum) dome to provide a supremely rigid dome without adding high mass. A set of die-cast aluminum fins, critically positioned behind the driver, capture and quickly disperse residual internal resonances, rendering them virtually inert. The Signature's high-output midrange and bass/midrange drivers are encased in a specially designed chamber while bass drivers feature mineral-filled polypropylene cones with huge shielded magnet structures. To insure lower frequency clarity, 1.5-inch multilayer extended voice coils and die-cast heatsink chassis keep distortion in check while also providing reliability. Internal wiring is S-OFC (silver plated oxygen-free copper cable) spiraled to reduce inductance distortion and crossover components include hand-selected close tolerance air-core inductors, high-power ceramic resistors and polypropylene capacitors. Paradigm's Signature S8 loudspeaker ($5,400 to $6,000pair depending on finish, pictured here) is a 6-driver, 3-way floorstanding model with 1-inch tweeter, 7-inch mica-loaded-polymer midrange cone, and four 7-inch mineral-filled polypropylene bass cones. Dimensions are 48.5 x 8.5 x 20.5 (HxWxD in inches).

 

02 / 20 / 04

McIntosh Laboratory MA2275 Stereo Tubed Integrated Amplifier  McIntosh Laboratory's new MA2275 stereo tubed integrated amplifier ($6,100) offers multiple inputs, MM phono stage, and produces 75 watts per channel in stereo with 2, 4, or 8-ohm loudspeakers. One pair of balanced (XLR) and five pairs of unbalanced (RCA) for inputs are joined by a tape loop and two pairs of pre-amplifier outputs. The McIntosh MA2275 employs the company's Unity Coupled output circuit that is said to evenly distribute the load to the output tubes and provide clean power over the entire frequency range. Silent Electromagnetic Input Switching within this unit utilizes ruthenium contacts sealed in glass cylinders filled with an inert gas to prevent signal degradation. Specifications are as follows:

Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz
Power Output: 75 Watts per channel, two channels
Pre-Amplifier Maximum Output: 8.0 VRMS
Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.08%
MM Phono Input Sensitivity: 4.5mV for 2.5V out
High Level Input Sensitivity: 450mV for 2.5V output
Phono, Moving Magnet: 47k ohms, 65pf
Signal-To-Noise Ratio: 100dB (A weighted)

 

 

Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)Seems like it is payback time as the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is being countersued by Michele Scimeca of New Jersey and quite a few others who were accused by the RIAA of copyright infringement. Only days ago Enjoy the Music.com reported on the alleged deception by the RIAA, Pepsi, and iTunes, there is more information coming to light. In the recent and deceptive Pepsi/iTunes television commercial, Raymond Maalouf is challenging the RIAA as one of his daughters appeared within the commercial. Furthermore, it has also been reported that the RIAA employs retired police personnel to visit various stores and flea markets to enforce their position of nondistibution/sales of copied music. This act in and of itself could be considered by some as bully tactics with the RIAA acting as judge and jury. One recent countersuit is claiming the RIAA uses extortion by continuously settling out of court, as they have never taken any alleged peer to peer (P2P) file sharer to court and followed it through to the end. Instead, the RIAA demands thousands of dollars or face legal repercussions. One lawsuit against the RIAA is based on the federal antiracketeering act. "This scare tactic has caused a vast amount of settlements from individuals who feared fighting such a large institution and feel victim to these actions and felt forced to provide funds to settle these actions instead of fighting," said attorney Bart Lombardo. "These types of scare tactics are not permissible and amount to extortion." In fact more people are tired of the RIAA tactics and there are others in North Carolina and St. Louis who are fighting the RIAA's subpoenas.

 

02 / 19 / 04

Grammy Award winner Norah Jones album Come Away With Me  According to Christian Cooper, who writes for Grammy.com, "In the week following the 46th Annual GRAMMY Awards, U.S. album sales posted explosive gains — especially for artists who were nominated for, won and/or performed on the GRAMMY Awards. Overall sales for the week after the show and leading up to Valentine's Day exceeded 17 million units, a jump of 35.9 percent compared with the previous week and a 24.6 percent increase over the comparable period in 2003. The figures also mark the biggest week ever registered outside of November or December, according to Billboard.com. Year-to-date sales are up 13 percent over 2003." In fact many of the Grammy Award winners experienced double- and triple-digit sales spikes including White Stripes, whose Elephant posted a 206 percent uptick. Meanwhile Album Of The Year winner OutKast saw their sales up 147 percent while Record Of The Year winner Coldplay's sales increased 71 percent. Giving a year to date look, Grammy winner Norah Jones album Come Away With Me sold 8 million copies since its 2002 release. To see our 46th Annual Grammy Award show coverage please click here.

 

 

RBH Sound Inc.RBH Sound Inc. introduces the MS-10.1 subwoofer ($800) featuring dual 10-inch drivers and proprietary Tuned Aperiodic Vent (TAV). This new powerful, yet affordable subwoofer borrows some of the technologies employed within their flagship Signature Series such as TAV technology that is claimed to bridge the gap between vented and sealed enclosure subwoofer designs to providing deeper low frequency extension. TAV technology shifts the vent tuning to a much lower frequency than would otherwise be possible in a small-vented enclosure and also improves transient response. A pair of 10-inch proprietary aluminum drivers are mated to an internal 250-watt amplifier to produce frequencies down to 22Hz. Connection and convenience features include; volume control, adjustable low-pass filter, line-level input and output as well as speaker-level inputs and outputs with a fixed 80Hz low pass filter. The MS-10.1 also features an auto sensing circuit that will turn the subwoofer on when it senses an audio signal, and off after approximately 15 minutes of inactivity.

 

02 / 18 / 04

Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)  While the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) was part of Enjoy the Music.com's Industry News page for alleged deception, the RIAA has just filed 531 lawsuits concerning copyright infringement. To date, less than 1,500 individuals have been legally accused with a paltry 381 having settled with the RIAA. To put this into context, it was reported that many millions of people enjoyed file sharing on Napster only a few short years ago. Adding insult to injury, the RIAA must file their lawsuits in court before it can approach Internet Service Providers (ISPs). This adds to the RIAA's costs of seeking legal recourse as they can not directly find the name of the user, but instead file under "John Doe" providing only the computer numeric address. RIAA President Cary Sherman said, "Legal online music services... shouldn't have to compete with businesses based on illegal downloading. That's why we are sending a clear message that downloading or 'sharing' music from a peer-to-peer network without authorization is illegal, it can have consequences, and it undermines the creative future of music itself."

 

 

Advanced Vacuum Tube Audio Concepts (AVTAC) Pasiphae line stageAdvanced Vacuum Tube Audio Concepts (AVTAC) new Pasiphae line stage ($8,499 Canadian) uses transformers from Stevens & Billington to attenuate volume and is controllable from a wireless remote. According to AVTAC, a resistor-based decreases both voltage and current by converting the signal energy into heat. while their transformer-based attenuation converts voltage amplitude into current and achieves higher purity. The Pasiphae is a highly customizable, hand-built, and various options and upgrades are available. Each unit is built to order and there is generally a three to four weeks lead time. A 30 day listening period is offered and if returned, AVTAC claims to refund 100 percent of the purchase price (not including shipping costs). Features of the Pasiphae include:

Remotely control volume 
Six stereo inputs (2 XLR, 4 RCA) 
Four stereo outputs (2 XLR, 2 RCA) 
Transformer attenuation via Stevens & Billington (customizable) 
Signal switching is preformed via hermetically sealed reed relays 
Listener configurable input and output grounding
Four tube nixie numeric display
12hr/24hr hour clock with battery backup
Massive CNC milled aluminum chassis
120V and 240V user settable mains voltage 
Many user configurable settings
Firmware driven master control unit allows for future upgrades

 

02 / 17 / 04

Musaeus Ultimate Stereo Hearing & Equipment Refresher (USHER) disc.  Musaeus is now offering their Ultimate Stereo Hearing & Equipment Refresher (USHER) disc ($30). This new audio compact disc addresses the human ear directly while also offering tracks claimed to condition and improve stereo components. To quote the press release "In the mid-20th century, the remarkable French audiologist Alfred Tomatis conducted some fascinating research into how humans hear, or more to the point, how they interpret what the ear picks up. His discoveries indicate that the ear is profoundly linked to the human organism in more ways than those we are consciously aware of. He went on to develop techniques to tackle problems as apparently diverse as autism and learning a foreign language, all via the ear. In each case, he filtered sounds in some way to stimulate the function of the ear, and through it the brain." Audio tracks to improve one's sound system include a 'loudspeaker shakedown' that exercises dynamic loudspeakers with subsonic frequencies to loosen suspension that may have stiffened and also a unique demagnetization track with a succession of decaying tones at increasing frequency. To assist in system setup, loudspeaker and headphone imaging tracks allow rapid evaluation of image accuracy and consistency.

 

 

They say the truth is out there when it comes to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) alleged deception and scare tactics. Combine this with Pepsi and Apple's iTunes Super Bowl commercial and indeed it is all about style with zero substance or facts. The fact is, the RIAA has never completed a lawsuit against any peer to peer consumer file sharer. Contrary to the recent Pepsi/iTunes commercial, no one has ever been prosecuted by the RIAA for file sharing. Some have, in fact, settled out of court as they lacked the financial resources to fight the likes of big money RIAA who represents the vast majority of commercial music labels. The recent scare tactics employed on the Super Bowl television commercial has been said to be "nothing short of lies and deception to the public." Please see the video that explains more by clicking here.  

 

02 / 16 / 04

Bowers & Wilkins (B&W) PV1 Subwoofer  Bowers & Wilkins' (B&W) new PV1 subwoofer ($1,500) provides a new look for the company. The Pressure Vessel (PV) is designed for both music home theater systems in today's new-tech "lifestyle" system. The Bower & Wilkins PV1 subwoofer features an aluminum-skinned enclosure, mica/aluminum long throw drivers, and has unobtrusive controls. The built in 500 watt amplifier powers a pair of 8-inch drivers to achieve a frequency response from 21Hz to 110Hz (-3dB). Both RCA and loudspeaker level inputs provide system flexibility while fully adjustable bass-roll off, phase reversal, and level controls round out system integration.

 

02 / 13 / 04

  More and more retailers are seeking to take advantage of the ever increasing online retail sector that has experienced outstanding growth during 2003. Sales in 2003 accounted for $93 billion in consumer spending, a 27 percent increase over the same period last year according to research firm ComScore Networks Sales. A record fourth quarter holiday buying spree totaled $12.5 billion, a 29.5 percent gain over the same period last year. "Despite some weakness earlier in the year related to the Iraq war, increased consumer experience and programs allowing buyers to interact with physical store locations for returns or service helped to drive sales," said ComScore analyst Graham Mudd. If we take it on a day by day basis, consumers spent an average of $200 million per day online throughout November and December. The eSpending survey by Goldman Sachs, Harris Interactive and Nielsen/NetRatings indicated that consumers spent $13 billion during the holidays, a 46 percent increase over its own 2002 figures.

 

 

46th Annual Grammy AwardsThe 46th Annual Grammy Awards telecast drew 26.37 million viewers on Sunday, the show's highest rating in three years, according to preliminary figures from Nielsen Media Research. An outstanding 57 million viewers watched at least part of the 3.5 hour telecast that featured 19 musical performances. See Enjoy the Music.com™'s exclusive 46th Annual Grammy Awards show coverage by clicking here.

 

02 / 12 / 04

  Linn's new Chakra is an "original and innovative new high-efficiency, ultra-linear power amplification audio circuit topology." This monolithic (single-chip) unit has been optimized to be a direct signal path circuitry within a high-performance power amplifier, and insures the shortest signal path possible. Linn's Chakra has benefited from five years of development and employs an array of large bi-polar transistors as 'boosters' around a single monolithic. According to Linn "While this in itself is not a new idea, Linn's execution of the monolithic to bi-polar transition is unique, and a patent application for the design has been submitted. When output current is less than a few amps, all of the power output comes from the monolithic, maximizing the speed and linearity properties of this design. At higher output currents the bi-polars provide the majority of the output current, leaving the monolithic to operate well within its capability, able to correct any error instantaneously. Even under extreme overload conditions, like short circuit, the monolithic never delivers more than a fraction of its safe output, while separate circuitry protects the bi-polars, and so with safe current output virtually unlimited, Chakra offers low-frequency response down to near DC. It is also highly efficient, running cooler than any previous Linn amplifier design." This new device now appears within Linn's Klimax Chakra 500 Twin stereo amplifier and will naturally be used within future Linn products.

 

02 / 11 / 04

  VTL has unveiled their new S-400 reference stereo amplifier. producing 400 watts per channel, the S-400 uses the same self-optimizing autobias circuitry, comprehensive diagnostics, and fault sensing found in the Siegfried monoblocks. Simple circuitry, precision-regulated power supply, and top quality parts are used internally. Remote operation and true RS-232 bi-directionality enable the S-400 to integrate into modern home theater systems. "The enthusiasm for our first product using these new technologies, the Siegfried Reference Monoblocks, has been very strong," said Luke Manley, President of VTL. "Now, with the more affordable S-400, we're bringing similar sound and functionality to a wider market."

 

02 / 10 / 04

iZotope Vinyl Plug In  Are you a vinyl junkie stuck in the digital world? Do you miss that occasional pops, noises, and small audible cues that sing "vinyl" to your ears? If so, then iZotpoe's free DirectX plug in may be for you. Said to be "The ultimate lo-fi weapon, iZotope Vinyl uses 64 bit processing and advanced filtering, modeling and resampling to create authentic "vinyl" simulation, as if the audio was a record being played on a record player. And with Vinyl 1.6, we now provide support for ProTools 6.1+ (RTAS and AudioSuite Windows) and DirectX automation." Specifications and adjustment capabilities are as follows:

Mechanical Noise: The amount of turntable motor rumble and noise 
Electrical Noise: Internally generated electrical noise 
Wear Control: how worn out the record is
Dust: The amount of dust on the record 
Scratch The number and depth of scratches on the record 
Warp: The amount of warping and the warp shape for the record
Record Player: Year The year of the record player
Stereo/Mono: Switch between stereo and mono output 
Input and Output Gain: Set the gain in and out of the effect

Formats: DirectX, RTAS, AudioSuite for Windows (supports Pro Tools 6.1+) 
Sample Rates: up to 192kHz
Internal Precision: 64 bits
Automatable? Yes 
Pace or iLok restrictions? No
OS: Windows 98, 2000, ME, XP
Current Version: 1.6
Price: Free

 

 

Mårten Design Coltrane Alto LoudspeakerThe Mårten Design Coltrane Alto loudspeaker ($22,000 per pair) shares many of the features of their flagship model. The materials and components employed in the loudspeaker, from the carbon fiber cabinet and ceramic drivers to the wiring and crossover components, are said to be of the highest quality. The drivers are made with ceramic for lightweight, yet high stiffness to insure speed and accuracy in music reproduction. This three-way design with a downward-firing woofer, and thus offers full-range sound despite its diminutive size. Although extremely compact in size, it can accommodate small rooms.

 

02 / 09 / 04

46th Annual Grammy Awards  Enjoy the Music.com's 46th Annual Grammy Awards show report is now online! Considered the biggest night within the music industry by many, the show is watched worldwide by tens of millions of people. During the show, Neil Portnow who is the President of the Recording Alchemy announced a national program to make more people aware of legal music downloads via a new website, What's The Download. Naturally if people are stealing copyrighted music, then the musicians who are trying to make a living are not paid for their efforts. See our show report by clicking here.

 

02 / 06 / 04

Snell Tower Loudspeaker  Snell Acoustics has introduce their Series 7 loudspeakers designed from the ground up by famed chief designer Joe D'Appolito. The visually striking Series 7 consists of eight new models, starting with two, two-way bookshelves, both using a single woofer (either 6.5-inch, 5.25-inch). Next is an LCR incorporating the well-known D'Appolito Array that creates a very broad, even vertical and horizontal dispersion using dual 5.25-inch woofers arranged over and under a 1-inch silk dome tweeter. The model 8.1 (pictured here) is a full range floorstanding tower loudspeaker with a 2.5-way design. Two 6.5-inch woofers, one for bass and the other for midrange and midbass, are mated to a silk dome tweeter.

 

 

Seems that brick and mortar retailing of music is taking a dive as reports have surfaced that Tower Records, with 100 stores, is going to seek Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Since it appears no one desires to buy Tower Records after being on the market for some time, Chapter 11 filing will hold off creditors for a period of time. Reports claim that bankruptcy filing will take place within the next week in Delaware. Some may remember that last year Tower Records defaulted on $5.2 million in coupon payments on a $110 million bond.

 

02 / 05 / 04

NAD T 163 A/V tuner/pre-amplifier  NAD's 2004 product lineup includes six new component separates, the T 163 A/V tuner/pre-amplifier ($1,499, pictured here), T 973 seven channel amplifier ($1,999), S170i surround sound processor/pre-amplifier ($3,499), C 162 stereo pre-amplifier ($599), and the C 272 amplifier ($699). For fast and efficient integration into the most demanding whole-house installations, all NAD products provide 12V triggers for remote on-off switching. The T163 A/V tuner/pre-amplifier offers the latest 7.1, 6.1 and 5.1 digital surround formats with conversion of the decoded digital bitstream using high performance 24-bit/192kHz DACs on all channels. NAD's T 973 seven channel amplifier employs monoblock construction and produces 140 wpc in each channel. For A/V surround sound/pre-amplification duties their new S170i A/V is THX Ultra 2 Certified, provides 7.1 channel decoding schemes, THX Surround EX, Dolby Digital EX and DTS ES. The S170i employs Motorola's DSP with 24-bit/ 24/96kHz DACs. The C 162 stereo pre-amplifier offers a total of six line inputs (including tape in/outs) and MM/MC phone inputs. A modular FET amplifier operating in "Class A" is used for both line input and output stages. Two line level preamps are provided for bi-amplifying, with one pre-out offering an adjustable gain making the C 162 capable of driving several power amps in parallel. The C 162 also includes Bass and Treble Tone controls. The C 272 stereo power amplifier delivers 160 wpc into 4 or 8 ohms. It is also bridgeable, capable of 300 watts in the mono mode.

 

02 / 04 / 04

46th Annual Grammy Awards  With the 46th Annual Grammy Awards only a few days away, this coming Sunday to be exact, we here at Enjoy the Music.com will naturally have our show coverage online shortly thereafter. Unlike other music awards shows, the Grammy Awards are voted on by select members within the music industry. In fact many of them are musicians and recording studio owners who personally vote for their chosen artists. Also unlike other award ceremonies, the Grammy Awards does not allow for lip sync'ing, instead insisting on an actual performance of their music. Some of the 46th Annual Grammy Awards live performances will be by Christina Aguilera, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Chick Corea, Celine Dion, Earth, Wind & Fire, the Foo Fighters, Alicia Keys, Richard Marx, Martina McBride, OutKast, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Sting, Sean Paul and the White Stripes. The 46th Grammys will take place on February 8th at Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 Surround Sound on CBS at 8 p.m. (ET/PT). Feel free to enjoy the Enjoy the Music.com™ 46th Annual Grammy Awards report by clicking here.

 

02 / 03 / 04

Wavelength Audio Cosecant USB DAC  Wavelength Audio's new Cosecant USB DAC came about as "falling sales of CD sales and the large increase in online sales of downloadable music" according to company owner and chief designer Gordon Ranking . The mechanical design by David Evett of Evett Design Group while the Tubed Transformer Coupled output by Gordon Rankin allow the Cosecant USB DAC to provide zero digital communication error and high-end audio analog output. The controller and interface are the same as in Wavelength Audio's Cosine DAC. So this is a non-upsampling DAC approach which does not have filter (analog or digital) and uses a Tube Transformer Coupled output. This DAC will work with any computer that has USB port be it a PC or MAC.

 

 

Klipsch Audio TechnologiesLegendary loudspeaker company Klipsch Audio Technologies has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Indiana against various companies for for copyright infringement and other indiscretions. The following internet sites have been directly named in the lawsuit: 50TopSellers.com, AuthorizedElectronics.com, crazyeddie.com, HomeTheaterPhiles.com, and TheBestPriceStore.com. Since Klipsch has a zero tolerance policy for transshipping, they have terminated relationships with sixteen authorized dealers to date with a claimed total of over $5 million in revenue. Klipsch is seeking recovery of damages plus an injunction to stop the defendants from inducing authorized dealers to transship Klipsch products, thereby interfering with the contractual relationships between Klipsch and its authorized dealers. Mike Klipsch, Klipsch's executive vice president and chief operating officer, said "The unscrupulous procurement, promotion and sale of Klipsch-branded loudspeakers by unauthorized resellers will not be tolerated and we will exhaust every legal avenue to expose their corrupt business practices. These free-riders are capitalizing on the hard work and substantial investment that Klipsch and its authorized dealers have made in the promotion of the Klipsch brand identity. We simply will not allow them to hide behind e-mail addresses and damage the quality, integrity and value of the authorized Klipsch dealer network."

 

02 / 02 / 04

  We are proud to announce the February edition of Enjoy the Music.com's Review Magazine. In this issue we discuss the future of both this website and music reproduction while Bill Gaw's Audioholics Anonymous covers the controversial Richard Grey Power Company Pole Pig. Music lovers rejoice as we proudly have sixteen music reviews, three news CES/T.H.E. Show reports, and equipment reviews within this month's Review Magazine include:

New! The Almarro A318A Integrated Stereo Amplifier

New! Bybee Slipstream RCA Magic Bullets And Speaker Charger

New! Meadowlark Audio Osprey Loudspeaker

New! Big White RealTraps Corner Room Reflections

New! Von Schweikert Audio VR-2 Reference Grade Tower Loudspeaker

Flashback! Kuzma STABI Reference Turntable and the Graham 2.2 Tonearm

Flashback! Sonus Faber Grand Piano Home Loudspeaker

Click here to see the January edition of the Enjoy the Music.com™ Review Magazine.

 

 

Classic Records Hybrid Digital Audio Disc (HDAD) 24-bit/96kHz and 24-bit/192kHzClassic Records is once again increasing their resolution of their music discs! Their new Hybrid Digital Audio Disc (HDAD) feature both 24-bit/96kHz and 24-bit/192kHz digital sampling rates. These two sided DVD-based discs have one side with DVD video formatted audio and contains 24-bit/96kHz and is playable on all DVD video players. The other side contains 24-bit/192kHz data and is playable on DVD-Audio players. Prices are $15 for single discs and $25 for double discs. A comparison package features a deluxe gatefold 2-LP set along with the new HDAD package for the ultimate digital versus analog shootout.

 


 

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