03 / 21 / 11
Krell Industries new Phantom solid-state stereo preamplifier ($17,500) aims to reveal subtleties previously heard in the company's Evolution Two system. The Phantom is also the first Krell preamplifier to offer built-in crossover capabilities for satellite/subwoofer speaker configurations, thus avoiding a subwoofer's possible lower quality crossover circuitry. The unique crossover features definable parameters including independently assignable crossover frequencies and filter types for the high and low pass sections. Choices include 40, 55, 75, and 100 Hz crossover points with 12, 24 and 48 dB Butterworth or 24dB Linkwitz-Riley style filters. Krell Industries Phantom preamplifier is dual monaural circuit design with the left and right channels afforded their own power supply regulation and individual full chassis sized boards. All signal gain is realized in surface mount topology using proprietary multiple-output current mirrors with nearly 500 times the open loop linearity of other designs 1.5 MHz open loop bandwidth in a zero feedback, balanced, Krell Current Mode design terminating in Krell CAST. Negative feedback is not used anywhere in the preamplifier while volume control is realized with a balanced resistor ladder. Oversized for a preamplifier, the power supply features a 250 VA transformer and 39,600µF of capacitance. The Phantom Preamplifier is shipping in the Q2 of 2011, with the crossover option adding $2500 to the base price.
Music Industry News 10 Years Ago
03 / 18 / 11
HDtracks now has the famous Proprius audiophile recording label's Cantate Donio as performed by Marianne Mellnas, Alf Linder and the Oscar's Motet Choir in 24-bit/88kHz! Cantate Domino, recorded by legendary sound engineer Bertil Alving in 1976, is widely regarded as one of the greatest audiophile masterpieces ever recorded. Opening with Enrico Bossi's "Cantate Domino" for choir, organ, trumpets and trombones, the choral album includes a number of Swedish folk songs as well as pieces by Handel, Otto Olsson, and others. The famous reference record is now made even better with this new hi-definition release. If you love the blues, Jimmy Rogers' Blue Bird on the Analogue Productions label is available in 24-bit/96kHz. As one of the three founders of Muddy Water's first and greatest band, and a Chicago blues giant in his own right, Jimmy Rogers evocative and earthy guitar sound embodies Chicago Blues. He is regarded as one of the greatest Chicago blues singers by fans and musical legends alike, including Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, who credits Jimmy as being one of his three greatest musical influences along with Muddy Waters and Chuck Berry.
Enjoy the Music.com has just posted the April 2011 edition of The Absolute Sound (Issue 212)! This edition of The Absolute Sound features their extensive CES and T.H.E. Show coverage plus many equipment reviews and think pieces. Equipment reviews include Definitive Technology BP 8060 ST loudspeaker, JR Transrotor Dark Star turntable, PrimaLuna ProLogue premium integrated amplifier PSI Audio A 14M active loudspeaker, Zu Audio Essence loudspeaker... and much more! Within Robert Harley's editorial Full Circle he writes, "The audio industry is in the early stages of one of those seismic shifts that occurs about once every generation. Previous shifts include the "high-fidelity movement" in the 1950s and early 60s, the rise of Japanese audio in the late 1960s through the mid-70s (fueled in part by military personnel returning from Asia with PX-bought gear), and the advent of the modern high-end industry beginning in the mid-1970s. Another shift began in the late 1990s when audio became subsumed in the rush toward home theater, custom installation, multichannel audio, and in-wall speakers. When audio became an adjunct, rather than a central, technology, sound quality was an afterthought. This happened just as the housing boom coincided with the availability of new technologies such as DVD, discrete multichannel audio, computer-based home automation, flat-panel televisions, high-definition video, satellite delivery, digital-video recorders, and the Internet." You can see the complete table of contents and editorial of TAS by clicking here.
03 / 17 / 11
For those seeking tube amplification at a great price... Antique Sound Labs MG SI 15 DT integrated stereo tube amplifier ($1200), as offered by Divergent Technologies, now includes a newly upgraded higher grade transformers and larger extruded aluminum chassis plus higher quality connectors. With one KT88 per channel, this integrated amplifier produces 5 wpc in triode mode and 15 wpc in pentode mode. There is an external bias adjustment with calibrated bias meter for convenience and it provides a wide range of biasing for other octal-based output tubes. Another new upgrade includes line level output for a subwoofer. Another improvement is that the remote control is carved from real wood and a tube cage is included. Overall frequency response is from 13 Hz to 77 kHz (+/-1dB), distortion at 1W is <0.6% and SNR at full power is >78dB. Input impedance is 100K and loudspeaker output impedance is standard at 8 Ohm. Dimensions are 13 x 10.5 x 9 (WxDxH in inches) and the unit weights in at 29 lbs.
03 / 16 / 11
Audio-Technica is now shipping their ATH-W1000x (pictured), ATH-AD900 and ATH-A900 headphones, three audiophile models designed to deliver exceptional fidelity and musical realism. The over-ear ATH-W1000x "Grandioso" audiophile headphones are the 10th generation of Audio-Technica's acclaimed W Series headphones, which have long been prized by discriminating listeners and music lovers. The ear cups of the ATH-W1000x have an American black cherry wood housing that gives the headphones an elegant appearance; the wood's anti-resonant quality also contributes to the headphones' superlative clarity and resolution. The ATH-W1000x employs a large-diameter 53 mm driver, high-power rare earth-magnet drive system and OFC-6N oxygen-free copper-wire voice coils, and a double air damping system (for deep bass reproduction), along with additional refinements -- even the cord wire is made from PCOCC oxygen-free copper. The sonic result is a 5 Hz to 42 kHz frequency response, extraordinary dynamic impact, and a smooth tonal balance with deep bass. The open-air ATH-AD900 is ideal for listeners who prefer the spacious quality of open-back headphones. They combine musically involving sound with total comfort, thanks to their lightweight, honeycomb aluminum casing and self-adjusting 3D Wing Support Housing. The ATH-AD900 features 53 mm drivers with neodymium magnets and Audio-Technica's copper-clad aluminum-wire (CCAW) voice coil technology for superior audio reproduction with a 5 Hz to 35 kHz frequency response. The Audio-Technica ATH-W1000x, ATH-AD900 and ATH-A900 audiophile headphones will be available at suggested retail prices of $699.95, $299.99 and $249.99.
Icon Audio, a traditional UK company devoted to the development and manufacture of valve amplification and associated hi-fi equipment, new CDX1 CD player (£1350) is now available. Using a similar circuit to the company's PS1 and PS3 phono stages, a tube output stage provides high-en sound from this digital source. The CDX1 uses the latest 192kHz/24-bit upsampling technology for high resolution yet a triode output stage via two 6SN7 output and buffer stage (zero feedback) EZ80 rectifier. Icon Audio separated the digital and analog sections plus gave the valve section a dedicated power supply. This involves a choke regulated power supply and a valve regulator, both of which are excellent at absorbing RF. The valve analogue section has its own hard wired chassis away from the digital section. Overall, the unit has a SNR of -100dB, frequency response from 20 Hz to 20 kHz and overall weight is more than 35 lbs.
03 / 15 / 11
Enjoy the Music.com just published our March midmonth audiophile Review Magazine update.
A Tribute To.... Allen Wright of Vacuum State
The SuperCables CookBook By Allen Wright
Audiolics Anonymous Chapter 5
Audiolics Anonymous Chapter 6
Audiolics Anonymous Chapter 12
Audiolics Anonymous Chapter 52
Audio Anonymous Chapter 63
See the March midmonth update of the Review Magazine by clicking here.
Music Industry News 10 Years Ago
03 / 14 / 11
Legacy Audio, founded by Bill Dudleston as a high performance audio and home theater equipment manufacturer within Illinois, brand new Classic HD is designed from the ground up to deliver high-end sound. The Legacy folded ribbon tweeter is suspended between front and rear magnets, delivering four times the volume velocity of a flat diaphragm. This provides high efficiency, wide bandwidth and terrific power handling. The midrange is Legacy Audio's cast frame design, providing a larger radiating surface for reduced distortion and much higher output capability. The diaphragm is their silver/graphite weave, bonded to a stiff Rohacell backer. Tucked under the precisely shaped phase plug is a secondary neodymium magnet which concentrates the magnetic field in the voice coil gap. The result is an ultra-smooth response with incredible dynamics. To keep up with the speed of the midrange and treble required two custom 8" bass drivers. Each ha a deep and rugged cast frame with an extra large mounting surface to allow long excursion and prevent midbass blurring. The cone mass was optimized to provide extended bass without overhang. This four driver three-way design has a frequency response from 32 Hz to 30 kHz, is 94dB/W/m sensitive, measures 44 x 10.75 x 13 (HxWxD in inches) and each unit weights 110 lbs. Pricing is $4350 for natural cherry finish, add $300 for Rosewood and $450 for black pearl.
Wolfson Microelectronics has announced the next step in its journey towards delivering a complete high definition (HD) audio solution by unveiling the WM0010, Wolfson's first ever fully programmable standalone audio digital signal processor (DSP) with a selection of sound enhancement software. The WM0010 is one of the first products of its type on the market to incorporate a low power, high performance Tensilica HiFi DSP core. Working in tandem with the application processor, it combines Wolfson's low power audio co-processor with embedded system software, algorithms and software support. As well as being fully programmable, the WM0010 also delivers 'off-the-shelf' solutions including Wolfson's unique range of SoundStage products, enabling dramatically enhanced 3D immersive sound for movie and music playback. Additionally, it allows customers to integrate their own software components. The WM0010 benefits from access to Wolfson's SoundStage codecs, existing third-party codecs as well as those from Tensilica. This allows consumer electronics manufacturers to deploy their existing IP along with new IP across a whole range of application use cases and multiple architectures, allowing them to differentiate their product range. The WM0010 is available for sampling now in limited quantities in a 4.01 mm x 3.436 mm W-CSP package, priced at $4.98 in 1000 volume.
03 / 11 / 11
HDtracks, founded by David and Norman Chesky of the audiophile-record label Chesky Records in an effort to provide a high resolution digital music download service, is now offering The Who's critically acclaimed album Tommy in 24-bit/96kHz digital music download. This monster 24 track release is one of the great rock operas of not just its generation, but perhaps of all time. The Who's Tommy set a new standard for the concept album in rock and is about a deaf, dumb and blind pinball master. This double album (which featured the monster hit "Pinball Wizard") shot The Who to superstardom. As well as being hugely successful, the album also established the band as one of the most ambitious and innovative groups of the 1960s and 70s. This high resolution release adds a new dimension to the rock masterpiece, making for an essential re-experience and must have album for everyone who enjoys rock music.
Krell Industries, A well known and respected manufacturer of high-end audio products, will soon be shipping their Evolution 555 Blu-ray player. Engineered to maximize audio quality and the video performance from today's large format flat panel and front projectors, the Evolution 555 featuring 12-bit Sigma Designs VXP technology to provide the highest quality video processing algorithms for noise reduction, de-interlacing, scaling, image enhancement and frame rate conversion. Both 3D and 2D noise reduction is adaptively applies both temporal and spatial noise reduction produces the clearest picture while maintaining fine image details. Krell's Evolution 555 is Profile 2.0 Ready (BD Live) Blu-ray/DVD ready and includes 1GB of onboard memory. An onboard Ethernet port and slot for a wireless 802.11b/g/n card provides Internet connectivity. This network capability also provides access to online music and video streaming plus high-end audio and other media files resident on a home network. The Evolution 555 is fully HDMI 1.3 compliant and plans are to support HDMI 1.4 with full support for 3D and 4000 x 2000 resolution. Audiophile will enjoy the Krell Evolution 555's the ESS Technology 32-bit Sabre Reference DACs connected to Krell differential Krell Evolution CAST analog circuitry. CAST, which is short for Current Audio Signal Transmission, is a proprietary method of sending audio signals between components in the current domain. Balanced outputs via XLR and single ended RCA outputs are included for use with conventional preamplifiers.
03 / 10 / 11
Monitor Audio, since 1972 has had a near fanatical commitment to quality in every aspect of loudspeaker design, announced their GX loudspeakers that delivers high performance at a reasonable price. Blending affordable high performance with exceptional design quality, Monitor Audio's Gold GX range captures the essence of the company's flagship Platinum range. By utilizing the most precise CAD tools available and many hours of listening, they incorporated the Platinum series drivers, crossover and cabinet technologies to a range of entirely new speaker designs. There are seven GX models in black and white piano lacquer and Bubunga, Walnut and Natural Oak real wood veneers, all featuring a version of the much admired Platinum C-CAM ribbon tweeter together with RST C-CAM bass and midrange drivers. The range comprises a brace of two-way stand-mounting monitors GX50 and GX100; a matching number of three-way floorstanding models GX200 and GX300; a versatile surround speaker GX-FX; plus a 15" 650 watt GXW-15 subwoofer. In order to integrate the midrange with the RST ribbon tweeter, Monitor Audio turned to critical computer-driven FEA tools to optimize the behavior of the GX midrange driver. Single bolt-through driver fixings have the dual effect of improving cabinet rigidity while further reducing vibration at the driver/cabinet interface. Each GX enclosure is hand-built from multiple laminations of MDF, hot-pressed to form a plywood shell. Its rigid and curved nature, aided by radial internal braces and bolt-through driver fixings, inhibits unwanted vibrations and internal standing waves. The top-of-the-range GX300 is a three-way floorstander that employs twin 6.5" bass drivers, a single 4" midrange driver and a high frequency ribbon transducer. Frequency response is from 30 Hz to over 60 kHz. All models will be available in April. Prices are:
03 / 09 / 11
Enjoy the Music.com has just posted the March edition of Hi-Fi+ (Issue 78)! This issue includes reviews of the Avalon transcendent floorstanding loudspeaker, DCS Debussy digital to analogue converter, Siltech C1 tube linestage preamplifier, Naim Audio Unitiserve hard disk player/server, Esoteric E-03 phono stage, Clearaudio Concept turntable, arm, cartridge package, MSB Platinum Data IV/Sig. DAC IV CD transport and digital converter and much more. Within Alan Sircom's editorial he writes, "This decade is freshly minted, but already it is proving to be... strange. As our CES round-up shows, there's plenty of new equipment at a wide rage of prices, but especially for those seeking out up-market solutions. But there's a sense of unknowing that permeates the audio industry. Some of this comes from uncertainty over the future - are turntable sales going to remain buoyant? " You can see the complete table of contents and editorial of Hi-Fi+ by clicking here.
According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), a trade organization that supports and promotes the creative and financial vitality of the major music companies, with 2010 in the books a quick roundup of Nielsen SoundScan data and other music sales trends are in order. "According to SoundScan, digital albums grew by 13% versus 2009, and although digital track sales only rose by 1%, revenues from those sales likely increased by significantly more as variable pricing took hold in the marketplace. With the Christmas week setting a sales record of 2.8 million digital albums, in addition to 44 million individual tracks, 2010 saw overall digital sales growth of 5.8% (calculated using SoundScan's "TEA" method). Additionally, by that same methodology, if both individual track downloads and album downloads are combined, legal digital song downloads in the U.S. exceeded 2 billion in a year for the first time. Please note: that represents nearly 6 percent growth in the volume of digital sales. SoundScan reported 240 million CD sales in 2010, representing a nearly 20% decline versus 2009. Overall album sales, including both physical and digital units, were 374 million in 2009 vs. 326 million in 2010, down 13%. Preliminary estimates for 2010 put SoundExchange's royalty payments at about $250 million, which would be more than 60% growth versus 2009."
Music Industry News 10 Years Ago
03 / 08 / 11
Wilson Benesch has just launched their Geometry Series loudspeakers. With the launch of the Geometry Series, Wilson Benesch look to build upon the success and reputation acquired over two decades and like all Wilson Benesch products, the Geometry Series marks a step forward in terms of design and manufacturing. The Geometry Series is the result of an holistic approach to loudspeaker design and manufacture: Cutting edge materials, purpose-built molding technologies and next generation production technology deliver an unparalleled performance. Wilson Benesch's Geometry Series consists of four models that includes their Vertex mini floorstanding design, Vector normal floorstander, Fulcrum flagship for those who enjoy home cinema and Cardinal top-of-the-series flagship floorstander. The elegant forms of the Odyssey Series have been retained but cabinet architecture is radically different. One of the great advantages of the Geometry Series is the poly alloy Shell Structure. Pushed to the limits with a new hybrid construction the Shell Structure achieves unprecedented signal to noise ratios. Thanks to the absence of internal bracing a huge internal air volume is realized that also sees the smallest external surface. The devotion to advanced carbon composite based structural architecture, the Sphere wide bandwidth piezo ceramic tweeter and the hybrid Isobaric drive unit are just some of the more notable examples. In the Semisphere tweeter that debuts in the Geometry Series users will see that Wilson Benesch has explored completely new territories. All models will begin shipping in April 2011.
REL Acoustics new R528 subwoofer ($2199)represents the final step-up in the Series R range and, as is REL tradition, embodies the largest model with superlative depth, scale and slam. The R-528 receives a Heavy 12" active bass-engine coupled to a VariCone 12" carbon Fibre ABR passive radiator producing the equivalent of a 16" driver in an even larger cabinet. The digital power amplifier employed produces 500 watts in Class D to ensure quality low-frequency extension sound production. Rel's R-528 is all about speed and detail as reproduced by the Heavy 12" active driver, which is actually the fastest diver in the series with the best impulse response. A special proprietary REL High-Level Input cable is provided with each REL Sub-Bass System and is the preferred method of connecting the REL to your main speakers. This cable joins the REL to your system by connecting to the left and right channel speaker terminals of your amplifier or surround-sound receiver. This allows the REL to receive the exact same signal as your main speakers, providing for a seamless integration of low frequencies into your system. The High-Level connection is active whether you use your system in two-channel music or surround-sound mode. There are thre separate rotary controls for (1) Hi/Low Level (2) .1/LFE Level and (3) Crossover Frequency. Frequency response in room is from 21 Hz at -6 dB on up depending on crossover setting, dimensions are 15.5 x 17.5 x 17.2 (WxHxD in inches) and weight is 58 lbs.
03 / 07 / 11
NAT, a Serbian company that designs and produces tube audio components of high-end audio, has introduced their more reasonably priced integrated amplifier called the Single. The NAT Single is tube based integrated pure dual mono amplifier. The Single operates in single-ended zero feedback in pure Class A output. Power output is 50 wpc stereo into 4 or 8 Ohms using two each 6N1P-EV driver and 805 output tube. Hand crafted wide bandwidth output transformers are custom designed for NAT, with no less then 40 separate material layers. Bandwidth is from 10 Hz to 80 kHz. There is a soft start circuit for the tubes for high reliability of entire integrated amplifier. The circuit for the 805 output tubes features auto bias for ease of use. Volume control is via an attenuation knob that uses relays relays with gold plated contacts. Enjoy the Music.com has reviewed the NAT Audio Plasma R dual mono linestage tube preamplifier.
Arcam, a company that seeks to please both the highest fidelity music reproduction for audiophiles and movie sound for the videophile, is now shipping their AVR400 ($2599). Using technology developed from the acclaimed AVR600 receiver and AV888 processor, the AVR400 has been developed as a more affordable way to access Arcam's legendary sound quality. It is designed to be the perfect home cinema receiver for a wide range of enthusiastic customers. With 90 wpc and having 7.1 channels of output, it can handle HDMI 1.4a, a wide variety of surround sound decoding and can play back music files stored on USB or network audio devices. Other features include a toroid based power supply, professional grade jitter reduction and automated setup. The included DAB/FM/AM tuner allows access to a host of terrestrial radio stations while its in-built Internet radio receiver extends this reach to thousands of web based radio stations from around the world. While the AVR400 may rest within one's livingroom, it also offers a host of features making it ideal for home theater rooms via RS232, IR and 12V control interfaces. For audiophiles, digital inputs include four via S/PDIF via coax, two optical via TosLink plus six stereo line level inputs plus USB and Ethernet. Users can enjoy the Arcam AVR400 as a preamplifier via the included preamplifier outputs. There is also a headphones output via a 3.5mm jack.
Music Industry News 10 Years Ago
03 / 04 / 11
The Koln Concert by pianist Keith Jarrett is the best-selling solo jazz album in history, and now available in 24-bit/96kHz on HDtracks! As the most successful solo jazz album of all time, The Koln Concert is an awe-inspiring work of improvisation and invention. Consisting of four tracks that together comprise over an hour of music, the performance is an apt demonstration of Jarrett’s genius as a piano player and conceptualist. It features one of the greatest series of free improvisations ever caught on tape -- endlessly imaginative and absolutely mesmerizing. Released for the first time in breathtaking 24-bit/96kHz, the performance takes on an entirely new dimension — one that places you immediately before Jarrett's phenomenal keyboard displays of virtuosity and gives additional resonance to every struck note. This 1975 album is a must-have for audiophiles and die-hard jazz lovers alike!
Klipsch, a leading United States speaker manufacturer, announces today the launch of its Klipsch Gallery series. Embodying the same power and detail as other Klipsch horn-loaded speakers, the Gallery series features exclusive Tractrix Horn technology. Designed with modern décor in mind with a high-gloss black finish, each Klipsch Gallery solution occupies minimal space, all while delivering deep, powerful bass and wide dynamic range. Klipsch Gallery consists of four slim, passive speakers (G-12, G-16, G-28 and G-42) and three wireless sound systems (Gallery Studio, Gallery Forum and Gallery Arena). Each passive speaker's name represents its particular speaker's size in length and can be configured as a left, center, right or surround speaker. Klipsch Gallery's wireless solutions connect wirelessly over an existing Wi-Fi network and can be controlled with an Apple smart device. Because Klipsch is an official AirPlay partner with Apple, each new media system will utilize AirPlay technology to allow for wireless transmission of users' iTunes libraries throughout any living environment. Klipsch Gallery will be available for purchase in spring/summer 2011 at select Klipsch retailers. Enjoy the Music.com has reviewed the Klipsch Palladium P-39F flagship speakers, Klipsch Image S2 in-ear monitors and Klipsch Reference RP-5 floorstanders.
Music Industry News 10 Years Ago
03 / 03 / 11
Bel Canto Design, a manufacturer of analog and digital source components and amplifiers, is now shipping their new e.One C5i integrated amplifier/DAC ($1895). The Bel Canto Design e.One C5i is a 60 wpc stereo unit handles digital, analog, USB and phono MM in one compact component. Digital inputs include two S/PDIF 24-bit/192kHz and two TOSLINK inputs at 24-bit/192kHz, a USB 24-bit/96kHz input, and analog MM Phono and Line Level inputs. Bel Canto's e.One C5i DAC Integrated Amplifier connects to your computer, CD player, turntable, cable box or game console and users can control their entire media center in one component. The Bel Canto C5i features 115dB dynamic range and proprietary low noise D-to-A converters that are based on the company's Two-Stage Master Reference Ultra-Clock circuitry to ensure extremely low jitter. The 24-bit digital volume control is completely transparent and accurate throughout the volume range. Internal parts include custom 0.1% audio grade resistors, Class A output control circuitry and low-noise power supply components. The heavy-gauge all-steel chassis design prevents mechanical resonance from compromising the audio signal quality. Bel Canto Design's e.One C5i front panel features a single multi-function control knob that selects inputs and volume level for the main outputs plus has a 1/4-inch headphone jack. Frequency response is from 1.5 Hz to 90 kHz, THD+N is a low 0.003% and dynamic range is 115dB. This compact unit measures 8.5 x 3.5 x 12 (WxHxD in inches) and weighs 13 lbs. Enjoy the Music.com has reviewed the Bel Canto e.One Dac3 unit and the Bel Canto S-300 digital amplifier.
Ear Machine just unveiled their iQ, an equalizer plug-in designed to learn the user's preference. iQ recommends equalizer settings by analyzing user ratings of examples. The result is displayed in a traditional equalizer window where users can fine-tune the recommendation. "The idea for iQ came during a recording session when a client asked me to make the vocal track sound 'buttery'," said Andrew Sabin, Ear Machine owner and psychoacoustics researcher. "The client knew what he wanted, but wasn't able to describe the settings that he was after. We designed iQ to help engineers communicate more easily with their clients, and to help beginning audio engineers figure out the sound they're looking for." With iQ, users indicate how much they like each of a series of example settings by arranging dots from left to right, where each dot represents a different EQ setting. iQ uses a model of auditory perception to gradually hone in on the user's preference. A meter at the bottom of the window indicates when iQ thinks it has learned what the user wants. The user then clicks "Create EQ" and iQ's recommendation is displayed in a traditional equalizer window. Users can also double click any dot to display it in the equalizer window. iQ is the first audio plug-in that is designed to learn a user's preference. iQ is compatible with AU hosts or VST hosts on the Mac or PC, and is compatible with RTAS wrappers.
03 / 02 / 11
HDtracks has just announced they are now offering the entire remastered catalog of The Rolling Stones in audiophile 176kHz/24-bit resolution! "Many years of research went into locating the original mono and stereo analog tapes that would be used in ABKCO's Rolling Stones Remastered Series" says Teri Landi, Archivist and Engineer, ABKCO Music & Records. "That research revealed a treasure trove of first generation tapes -- true stereo masters from The Stones' 1964 Chess Studios sessions including the unedited version of "2120 South Michigan Avenue," Beggar's Banquet at its correct speed and Let It Bleed with splicing that indicates that the original intention was to leave little spacing between each cut. For the analog to digital transfers, vintage reel-to-reel tape machines were utilized -- a modified Ampex 351 with original tube electronics (full track mono and two track stereo) and an Ampex ATR-102 modified with Aria Discrete Class-A Electronics (full track mono and two track stereo). A Sonoma DSD digital audio workstation was the chosen high resolution format and Meitner Design ADC8 and DAC8 MKlV converters were used for the conversion process." You can download the entire catalog online by clicking here.
Enjoy the Music.com has just posted the March 2011 edition of The Absolute Sound (Issue 211)! This edition of The Absolute Sound features the 2011 Editors' Choice Awards where they pick the best gear at every price level in every product category. Equipment reviews include the Silverline Minuet Supreme loudspeaker, Vincent Audio PHO-8 phonostage, High-Resolution Technologies Music Streamer Pro USB DAC, Marantz SA8004 CD/SACD player, Klipsch RF-82 II loudspeaker, TAD-CR1 compact reference monitor plus a system review of the Ayon Audio Vulcan II power amplifier, Polaris III preamplifier and CD5s CD player/DAC. Within Robert Harley's editorial Grass Roots Audio he writes, "There are those in the high-end audio industry who frequently complain that our hobby tends to be insular and cultish, that a good deal of the industry is content to remain insular and cultish, and that little effort is expended on reaching out to music lovers who don't already share our passion for high-quality music reproduction. This lament is often accompanied by a wish for an organized and well-funded effort by the entire industry to bring our message to a larger audience. (Think "Pork, The Other White Meat" or "The Incredible Edible Egg.") In both these examples competing companies within an industry pooled their resources to promote their products as a whole rather than trying to gain market share from competitors. Instead of reaching for a bigger slice of the pie, they realized that making the pie bigger was a more productive strategy." You can see the complete table of contents and editorial of TAS by clicking here.
03 / 01 / 11
Enjoy the Music.com's March issue of the Review Magazine heralds a change! It is now far easier for you to find all our reviews and articles each month! We have updated the Review Magazine to include reviews of Superior Audio and the DIY Audio section. See the March issue by clicking here.
Sound Practices Magazine
Anonymous Chapter 136
Superior Audio Equipment
Canary Audio Mangus MA300 Stereo Amplifier
Ultimate Ears 18 Pro Custom
Audiophile Equipment Reviews
Aperion Audio Verus Grand Tower Loudspeaker
Music Hall dac25.3
Crossovers: The Short Version
Building A Budget (Super?) Tweeter
Who wrote the Brahms Third Piano Concerto?
Piano virtuoso Marc-Andre Hamelin shows off his composing skills.
Brahms side by side by Schoenberg.
Robert Schumann's gorgeous "Spanish" song cycles for mixed voices.
Mariinsky presents a concert opera and orchestral works from offbeat Russian composer Rodion
A landmark recording of Haydn's Creation.
Jazz, Bluegrass, etc.
Mollie O'Brien And Rich Moore
Saints and Sinners
Frank Solivan And Dirty Kitchen
Frank Solivan And Dirty Kitchen
Jody Stecher And Kate Brislin Return
Various Bluegrass, Blues And Jazz Albums
See the March Review Magazine by clicking here.