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04 / 30 / 04

Digigram PCX881HR Digital Computer Recording Studio Sound Card  Digigram, developer of PC sound cards for high end pro audio applications, introduced the next level range of its PCX sound cards. Featuring state of the art sound quality with 24-bit/192kHz converters, more advanced functions, more processing power, and greater flexibility for custom developments, the PCX882HR and PCX881HR multi-channel sound cards are the first to benefit from Digigram's HR (High Resolution) series. Specifically, features include hardware sample rate converters on all inputs for simultaneous recording of digital signals with different sampling frequencies, a 64-bit/66MHz PCI interface and a more powerful on-board DSP, eight inputs and eight outputs are provided -- digital I/Os in the PCX881HR and analog and digital I/Os in the PCX882HR. The HR series comes with an expansion board connector for Digigram or custom add-on cards while an optional breakout box is available.

 

04 / 29 / 04

Linn Records  Linn Records is now offering buy 3 CDs for ฃ15 or 10 CDs for ฃ45 in their Linn Records Classic Album Promotion. Their SACD collection has bestselling albums from Barb Jungr, the Palladian Ensemble and Claire Martin while standard CDs include award-winning Palladian Ensemble (Diapason D'Or Award winners 1993, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2000), acclaimed choral group The Sixteen and the Scottish Ensemble. Not forgetting fans of jazz, albums from Claire Martin, Carol Kidd and Tommy Smith are available. Claire Martin, "Vocalist of the Year" (BBC Radio 2 & 3 Jazz Awards 2003) and the legendary Carol Kidd, both have new albums planned for 2004. There are also nine 3 CD collections on offer featuring Carol Kidd, Martin Taylor, the Schidlof Quartet and Anam. This offer is only available online until July 31st (while stocks last).

 

04 / 28 / 04

Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)  Representing a vast majority of recorded music sold within the United States, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has released their 2003 consumer profile. Rock music is still king at 25.2 percent, though has declined over 10 percent since 1994. Rap music has more than doubled from 7.9 percent in 1994 to 13.3 percent in 2003. Country music has declined over the years from 16.3 percent in 1994 to 10.4 percent in 2003. Jazz music has remained relatively steady at 3 percent while classical music also hovers at around the same amount.

As for format, the full length compact disc (CD) now has a firm hold at 87.8 percent in 2003, up from 58.4 percent in 1994. Meanwhile vinyl has had some ups and downs over the years, yet has gone from a mere 0.8 percent in 1994 to 0.5 percent in 2003. Of note is that music sales hover around 10 percent for all age demographics except for the 45+ age group, which is said to be 26.6 percent of the market. Male and female music sales are nearly a dead heat as 49.1 and 50.9 percent respectively. Mitch Bainwol, Chairman and CEO of the RIAA, said "This is an exciting time to be a music fan. Never before in the music community's history has there been so many ways to enjoy music legitimately." Click here to see the complete statistics as released by the RIAA (Adobe Acrobat file).

 

04 / 27 / 04

  China, long known to be one of the world's worst offenders with people selling illegal copies of copyrighted discs, is now saying they will crack down on such activities. A China and United States initiative have formed a Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade to assist with resolving this situation. Chinese Vice Premier Wu Yi and two U.S. cabinet officers, Ann Veneman and Robert Zoellick, will oversee the reducing of copyright piracy in China. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) representative Mitch Bainwol said, "China has committed to tangible, specific steps to address the rampant piracy of copyrighted works. If fully implemented, this will be a landmark announcement and a real victory for composers, record companies, artists and other copyright owners in China. The U.S. Trade Representative and Commerce Department deserve enormous credit."

In related news, President Prodi and EU Commissioners are being urged to reduce the amount of piracy in Russia. In fact Russia is said to be the single worst offender of illegal music recordings in the European Union. According to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), "Russia currently has 30 replication plants with annual manufacturing capacity of 371.6 million CDs and 38 million DVDs. To compare figures: in 2003 only 30 million legitimate music CDs were sold. Eight production plants are located on the facilities of Russian military-industrial enterprises." Figures provided by the IFPI state "Pirate music made in Russia saturates the Russian market, accounting for 64 percent of the total music sales and 75 percent of CD sales... Losses to copyright holders are estimated at more than 1 billion Euros annually."

 

04 / 26 / 04

  Plangent Processes has announced their proprietary processing that is said to completely remove wow, flutter and FM distortion from analog master recordings. Some original analog tape recordings, both new and vintage, can suffer from irregularities in the tape transport mechanism or from incorrect winding/storage. While the news concerning Miles Davis' Kind Of Blue has been brought forth, there are many other tapes that suffer the same fate or worse. Long-term storage of analog tape media, even in the best circumstances, may have shifting patterns of high frequency flutters, constantly overlapping and heterodyning, causing spurious beat frequencies to be introduced into the program. To correct these anomalies, Plangent Process claims "the system includes a sophisticated set of tape heads and electronics mounted on a modified ATR, followed by post-processing through our novel and unique DSP (digital signal processing). The original intent was to develop a successful system that could unravel gross defects within stretched or poorly stored tapes, and to repair recordings where the original performance of the machine was obviously flawed. The actual finished device operates to a much higher resolution; not only does it perfectly restore the pitch stability of obviously wowed tapes, it surprised us by improving the overall sonic quality of even beautifully recorded material. We are constantly finding that Impeccable recordings made on fine vintage equipment exhibit surprisingly high levels of FM modulation distortion due to the presence of flutter at frequencies ranging from several hertz out to beyond 4kHz, which the processor removes. These artifacts undermine the audio in subtle ways, masking detail, while adding harshness, cloudiness and grain."

 

04 / 23 / 04

  At the Spring 2004 Internet2 meeting, a consortium of more than 200 universities working with industry and government to develop next-generation Internet technology, they successfully set a new world's record easily proving that streaming DVD-Audio and HDTV is possible. Data was transmitted nearly 11,000 kilometers using the IPv4 protocol at an average speed of 6.25 Gigabits per second. To put this in context, this is 10,000 times faster than those who feel that their broadband home connection is "fast." At even a fraction of this speed we could easily enjoy full 24-bit/192kHz audio on demand. In fact this could easily support 48-bit/384kHz transmission with plenty of bandwidth to spare. Does this mean that physical media is doomed? Like print magazines, hard copies of music will be around for some time and eventually may be found only in collector or antique shops.

 

04 / 22 / 04

DEQX Calibrated PDC-2.6 Pre-Amplifier  DEQX now offers their Calibrated PDC-2.6P ($3,500) stereo loudspeaker, room, and recording correction pre-amplifier. Based on their PDC-2.6 unit, the new model's pre-amplifier features remote-control based analogue volume control and 100 memory parametric equalization for correcting recordings. A Burr Brown analogue volume controls follows DEQX's 12MHz DACs to maintain full audio resolution at low listening levels. This unit is said to provide minimum phase equalization with high and low shelving plus a variable parametric band that can be centered at any frequency in semitone increments. Bandwidth is adjustable from a single semitone to 4 octaves. Source/Input selection using the remote is from four stereo inputs: unbalanced (RCA), balanced (XLR), digital AES/EBU (XLR) and digital S/PDIF (RCA). DEQX's DSP filtering is based on a combination of FIR (Finite Impulse Response) and IIR (Infinite Impulse Response) filters. The six standard RCA unbalanced analogue (RCA) outputs from the PDC allow two-way or three-way linear phase digital crossovers with slopes up to 300dB/octave. Optionally, units can be supplied with six balanced analogue (XLR) or digital (S/PDIF and AES/EBU) outputs.

 

04 / 21 / 04

Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)  Those who have shared music through peer-to-peer file sharing services no longer have the luxury of amnesty as offered by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). In September 2003 the RIAA offered those who admitted to sharing music online amnesty through the Clean Slate program. Sources say that a mere1,108 individuals joined the Clean Slate program since September 2003 out of the millions who have allegedly shared music online. Lawyers for the RIAA wrote, "As public awareness about the illegality of unauthorized copying and distribution of music files over peer-to-peer computing has dramatically increased since the inception of the program, the RIAA has concluded that the program is no longer necessary or appropriate. In the six months since the program was announced, the lawsuits against unauthorized peer-to-peer distributors have generated a great deal of publicity, leaving little room for any doubt that any individuals still engaged in this practice know their actions to be subject to legal sanctions."

 

04 / 20 / 04

Outlaw Audio LFM-1 Subwoofer  Internet audio retailer Outlaw Audio is now selling their LFM-1 subwoofer ($579 each, $999 for two) designed under the guidance of Dr. Poh Ser Hsu. The LFM-1 employs a long-throw 12-inch woofer, 325-watt BASH amplifier (capable of 1300 watts for transients), and built-in crossover. With design assistance from subwoofer guru Dr. Hsu, bass response is said to be extremely linear at very high sound pressure levels (SPL) throughout the deep bass range. Overall frequency response is from 25Hz to 180Hz (+/- 2dB). "Our goal was to deliver a subwoofer for less than $600 that performed as well with music as it did with movies" said Outlaw Sales Manager Scott Jackson. "This required reasonably deep frequency response and powerful output, while maintaining precision driver control. Thanks to Dr. Hsu, we resisted the temptation to design a subwoofer with an output response to 18 Hz, in favor of a 25 Hz design that did not compromise SPL or raise distortion. To the Outlaws, real world performance was more important than 'bragging rights' to a specification that would not deliver a real benefit." Specifications are as follows:

Driver Type: Down Firing, 12" Long-throw Woofer 
Ports: Dual 
Amplifier Power Rating: 325WRMS; 1300W peak 
Frequency Response: 25Hz to 180Hz (+/- 2dB) 
Crossover Type: Linkwitz-Reilly 4th Order Low Pass Network 
Crossover Frequency: 40Hz to 180Hz and Bypass 
Phase: 0 to 180 Degrees 
SPL: 115dB (subject to placement and room gain) 
Dimensions: 21.75 x 15.0 x 22.0 (HxWxD in inches) 
Weight: 58 lbs.

 

04 / 19 / 04

VIBRAPOD Company Cone  The VIBRAPOD Company, famous for their critically acclaimed Vibrapod, has announced their new Cone ($8 each). Featuring a 3/8-inch user replaceable chrome ball, the entire unit stands at 1-inch tall with a 1 5/8-inch diameter. Each Cone can support 10 lbs. maximum and can be used with VIBRAPOD Isolators. The Cone is to help further reduce unwanted vibration from negatively affecting electronic equipment.

 

04 / 16 / 04

dts  DTS has developed a lossless compression system for digital soundtracks in movie theatres. Lossless systems ensure the sound is bit-for-bit identical to the original master, unlike lossy systems that generally give priority to louder sounds. According to the DTS press release, "DTS lossless coding is made possible by a new extension to the DTS Coherent Acoustics codec, which is used in applications including home theatre, car audio, PC and game console products, DVD-related software and broadcast. With this new development, Coherent Acoustics is able to offer a single, comprehensive system that can deliver quality levels from Internet streaming up to high definition and lossless." DTS lossless technology works with all film specifications used in exhibition, including 16mm, 35mm, 70mm and any pulldown or frame rates, as well as digital pre-show, alternate content and digital cinema sources. Sampling rates include 44.1, 48, and 96 kHz at 16 to 24 bits.

 

04 / 15 / 04

NAD T533  NAD Electronics new T 533 DVD player ($499) is the company's first to play DVD-Audio discs. Uncommon to most DVD-A players, the T 533 offers comprehensive bass management for adjusting to accommodate loudspeaker size, distance, and level. The T 533 supports most popular disc formats, including DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-RAM as well as JPEG, Kodak Picture CD, MP-3 and WMA (Windows Media Audio) files. Features and specifications are below:

Plays DVD-Video, DVD+R, VCD 2.0, SVCD, J-PEG, Kodak Picture CD
Plays DVD-Audio, CD, CD-R, CD-RW
Dolby Digital Decoder Integrated
Bass Management for DVD-A and Dolby Decoded Programs
Dolby Digital/PCM/DTS Digital Output
MPEG-2 Digital Output (230V version only)
MP-3 and WMA Decoder Integrated (song titles displayed on video output)
Coaxial and Optical Digital Outputs
Auto Switch from PCM to Bitstream
Audiophile Quality 24-bit/192kHz DACs
Audiophile Quality 5.1 Analogue Output
Four 10-bit Video DAC running at 54MHz
Progressive Scan with 3:2 pull down (film detection mode)
S-Video and Composite Video Outputs
Component Video Output
SCART with RGB and Composite Video Output (230V version only)
PAL/NTSC Compatible (with PAL 60 option 230V version only)
Scene Bookmarking
Zoom (X100), Marker, Marker Search
Smooth Scan and Slow Motion
12V Trigger Input
NAD DVD-5 Remote Control

 

 

Metaxas is now offering their DVD Sampler No.2 for only the cost of shipping and handling ($10). The disc includes 19 excerpts from 6 Concerts including:

1. Mizuho no uta "Poem of Japan"
2. Shiroi Kaze no Shita de "Under the White Wind" MIKI Minoru 
3.Umi no aosa ni "The Sea is Blue" MIYATA K๕hachir๔
4. Aki no kyoko "Autumn Fantasy" MIKI Minoru 
5. Potato Love - Simon Starr
6. Improvization Ursel Schlicht and Adam Simmons
7. You're wearing my shirt - Adam Simmons
8. Plight of the Humble Bee
9. Cantata 182
10. Brandenburg Concerto #5 
11. Harpsichord Concerto 
12. Brandenburg Concerto #4 
13. Cinema Paradiso
14.Johannes Brahms Piano Trio in A major, Op.posth "Moderato"
15.Joseph Haydn Piano Trio in D major, Hob.XV:7 "Andante"
16. Charles Ives Piano Trio TSIJ - Presto
17. Roccia 
18. Little Fury
19. Improvisation: Sultan Khan

 

04 / 14 / 04

American Mavericks  Minnesota Public Radio music series American Mavericks and website project, produced in association with the San Francisco Symphony, has earned the esteemed Peabody Award. This award is sais to be the most coveted prize in electronics media that recognizes high achievement and meritorious public service by stations, networks, producing organizations, and individuals. San Francisco Symphony music director Michael Tilson Thomas won this Award due to the 13-part radio series American Mavericks in combination with their website that tells the stories of the iconoclastic composers who shaped the development of American music in the 20th century.

 

04 / 13 / 04

Linn Klimax Chakra 500 Twin  Linn just announced their new Klimax Chakra 500 Twin amplifier ($7,995) while also offering their customers incentives to upgrade their systems to Aktiv playback at a reduced cost. The result of five years of development, Linn's Klimax Chakra 500 Twin amplifier heralds in their design savvy. "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." claims Linn's press release. "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. This is innovative design perfectly combining the speed and precision of integrated monolithic technology with the smoothness and ruggedness of discrete ultra-linear bi-polar delivering precisely-controlled pure power at all listening levels." From now until September 30th Linn customers will be offered an incentive to upgrade their systems to Aktiv playback at a reduced cost. Customers purchasing an LK140, 2250 or 5125 power amplifier will receive the Aktiv cards required free of charge; whilst customers purchasing the LK85 amplifier can buy the Aktiv cards to upgrade their system at half price. In addition, customers purchasing the Klimax 500 Solo or a Klimax Chakra 500 Twin will be able to upgrade their system to Aktiv by purchasing the corresponding Klimax Tunebox at half price.

 

04 / 12 / 04

International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI)  The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) has released some highly suspect numbers as they claim world sales of recorded music fell by 7.6 percent in 2003 as compared to 2002. While this is the fourth consecutive year they have reported declining sales, these numbers do not take into account online sales from such websites as iTunes, who have sold over 50 million songs as of March 2004. Not a small number to ignore, yet it seems the IFPI refuses to add these figures to their report. The IFPI admits that online music sales of physical CDs "continued an upward trend, with an increase in the US from 3.4 percent to 5 percent in volume and in the UK up from 5.6 percent to 6.6 percent of total units. To quote the IFPI press release "The global music market was worth $US32 billion* (28.5 billion Euros) with total unit sales (including music video) of 2.7 billion. Music on audio formats fell 9.9 percent in value. A small portion of this loss was compensated by an encouraging increase of 46.6 percent in music video sales. Sales of CD albums around the world dropped by 9.1% in value, while sales of singles fell by 18.7 percent. *As IFPI publishes value growths in fixed dollar terms, $US values in each historical year (i.e. 2002) are re-stated rather than actual. With $US depreciation against other currencies, the re-stated 2002 figures are inflated at $US 34.6. Actual $US value was $32.3 billion."

Another factor is that DVD growth has increases from 39 percent in Japan (said to be the world’s biggest DVD market) to 294 percent in Italy. Meanwhile Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Netherlands, and UK all have an over 100 percent increase in sales in 2003 as compared to 2002. Perhaps it is time the IFPI realizes that DVD sales may be causing a slowing of CD sales and they also must factor that if iTunes alone has sold over 50 million songs online, they need to account for all online music sales and add them to their figures.

 

04 / 09 / 04

Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab UHR SACD  Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab have confirmed four upcoming SACD releases. These four releases consist of Los Lobos This Time, Mike Marshall Gator Strut (Discovery Series Debut), Holst The Planets (in surround), and RL Burnside (Early Recordings with bonus tracks "Come On In" and "Rolling & Tumbling"). These titles will be released one by one from from May through August and will naturally take advantage of Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab's Ultradisc UHR SACD technology with their proprietary, world acclaimed GAIN 2 (Greater Ambient Information Network) mastering process.

 

04 / 08 / 04

RealTraps MiniTraps LE  RealTraps, known for their top quality MiniTrap (as reviewed here) has introduced their new LE model. The new MiniTrap LE features outstanding low frequency absorption and stylish appearance for better home aesthetics. Unlike original MiniTraps, the MiniTrap LE models include an integrated stand to avoid the need for permanent wall mounting. They can be placed in corners for superior absorption at low frequencies or against the walls for general echo and ambience reduction. The LE series is available in black, white, and off-white to blend well with any d้cor, and can be ordered without the integrated stand. According to RealTraps co-owner Ethan Winer, "The main problem in most listening rooms is standing waves that cause severe variations in the low frequency response. Many audiophiles cover their walls with panels made of foam or rigid fiberglass, which makes the room too dead at mid and high frequencies while doing nothing for the low end. The MiniTrap LE is much more absorbent than foam or fiberglass at low frequencies, so it does a superior job overall and with fewer pieces. Like the original MiniTrap, the new LE model excels in the bass range and has intentionally lower absorption at higher frequencies to avoid making the room dead sounding. The MiniTrap LE is also Class A fire rated."

 

04 / 07 / 04

Slinklinks Interconnect Cable Featuring The Eichmann Bullet Plug  Slinkylinks Ltd. of New Zealand has launched their cable products within the United States by The Audio Insider. Slinkylinks' Three Step process, refined over several years of development, delivers what Slinkylinks' engineers feel is "the ultimate audio cable." Slinkylinks incorporate 99.99% grade silver plus 96% air-dielectric for conductor insulation said to offer low dielectric losses while enhancing apparent timing and reducing harmonic distortion and colorations. Independent analysis and testing provide specifications of an ultra-low 40pF capacitance (loudspeaker cable) with only 0.01dB loss from 10Hz through 20kHz (for interconnects). Slinkylinks employs a single type of cable for all audio applications. Interconnect and loudspeaker cables each utilize pure silver conductors individually housed in air-tubes. Interconnects use four conductors in total, split equally between the send and return signals while their standard loudspeaker cable doubles the number of conductors used; four per channel, in order to lower impedance. Bi-wire loudspeaker cable doubles the conductors again to eight per channel. Hollow precision Swiss terminals terminate loudspeaker cables, meanwhile RCA interconnects use the critically acclaimed Eichmann Bullet Plugs.

 

04 / 06 / 04

Duevel New Surfaces  Duevel is now offering new surfaces for their critically acclaimed loudspeaker line. Augmenting their Walnut Burl, Pacific Maple, Incebirch, Mahogany, Mappa Burl, and Birdseye Maple are Aluminum, Copper Crush, and classic Piano Black. This augments their previous improved base that increased stability while bringing the drivers upwards to optimum height. Their Bella Luna ($8,000 in these special finishes, reviewed here) is a unique omnidirectional two-way design offering horn-type loading with a high sensitivity of 92dB/W/m. A 22cm carbon fiber midbass/woofer with die cast chassis and textile suspension has a 38mm voice coil. The top-mounted 38mm carbon fiber tweeter/midrange has a 38mm Nomex voice coil former. The intricate cabinetry includes strutted and interlocking design to reduce cabinet resonances. Overall frequency response is 40Hz to 20,000Hz with a 6 ohm load. Overall weight is 35 kg and dimensions are 280 x 280 x 1040 (WxDxH in mm).

 

04 / 05 / 04

Klipsch  As reported on Enjoy the Music.com on February 3rd of this year, "Legendary 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." While crazyeddie.com is no longer in business, the remaining four companies have now agreed to no longer sell Klipsch products. Klipsch also terminated a grand total of 18 authorized dealers in 2003 through 2004 for allegedly transshipping goods, buying products from Klipsch and then shipping them to unauthorized Klipsch dealers. "Going after people whose business practices include deceiving unsuspecting consumers and illegally capitalizing on the Klipsch image is not easy and it is very, very costly," he continued. "We spent over six figures without even stepping into a courtroom, and even that doesn’t come close to the millions of dollars worth of revenue we chose to give up by terminating dealers that transshipped Klipsch products."

 

04 / 02 / 04

Grammy  The Grammy Foundation has announced forty Signature Schools that have achieved excellence within the music department. These high schools truly stand out as America's best of the best. The top seven have been designated Gold recipients, with the National Grammy Signature School receiving $25,000, while the six remaining Gold schools receive $5,000 each. The remaining 32 Grammy Signature Schools receive a grant of $1,000. A very special Enterprise Award recipient receives a grant of $50,000 for their music program! "The Grammy Signature Schools program is an exceptional way to recognize schools nationwide that support and maintain arts and music programs in the face of a challenging economy," said Grammy Foundation and Recording Academy President Neil Portnow. "We honor these schools for their recognition of the positive effects that the arts and music have on young people, and we wish them continued success." The complete list of Grammy Signature Schools is seen below:

2004 GRAMMY Signature Schools Enterprise Award ($50,000)
Oxnard High School — Oxnard, California

2004 National GRAMMY Signature School ($25,000)
Davidson Fine Arts School - Augusta, Georgia

2004 GRAMMY Signature Schools Gold ($5,000 each)
City High School — Iowa City, Iowa
Klein High School — Klein, Texas
Long Beach Polytechnic High School — Long Beach, California
Neuqua Valley High School — Naperville, Illinois
Northwood High School — Irvine, California
Pioneer High School — Ann Arbor, Michigan

2004 GRAMMY Signature Schools ($1,000)
Abraham Lincoln High School — San Jose, California
Baltimore School for the Arts — Baltimore, Maryland
Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School — Bethesda, Maryland
Blue Springs High School — Blue Springs, Missouri
B.T. Washington H.S. for the Performing/Visual Arts — Dallas, Texas
Coral Reef High School — Miami, Florida
Douglas Anderson School of the Arts — Jacksonville, Florida
Edmonds Woodway High School — Edmonds, Washington
Evanston Township High School — Evanston, Illinois
Green Valley High School — Henderson, Nevada
Inglemoor High School — Kenmore, Washington
Johnson City High School — Johnson City, New York
Kentwood High School — Covington, Washington
Klein Forest High School — Houston, Texas
Lake City High School — Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
Langham Creek High School — Houston, Texas
Manhasset High School — Manhasset, New York
Midland High School — Midland, Texas
Mona Shores High School — Norton Shores, Michigan
Mount Carmel High School — San Diego, California
Northwestern High School — Rock Hill, South Carolina
Ridgewood High School — Ridgewood, New Jersey
Schaumburg High School — Schaumburg, Illinois
School of the Arts — San Francisco, California
Shaker Heights High School — Shaker Heights, Ohio
South Salem High School — Salem, Oregon
Sumter High School — Sumter, South Carolina
Syosset High School — Syosset, New York
Valparaiso High School — Valparaiso, Indiana
Waubonsie Valley High School — Aurora, Illinois
Wayzata High School — Plymouth, Minnesota
West Bloomfield High School — West Bloomfield, Michigan

 

04 / 01 / 04

  Enjoy the Music.com has now published the April Edition of our Review Magazine. Within the Review Magazine we proudly offer many equipment reviews, an impressive 25 music reviews, and 3 new editorials! In editor Steven R. Rochlin's article titled It's The Music Stupid!, he writes "Whatever it is, for me it is those magical times when i can get lost within the music... Frankly my dear i don't give a damn what the format is because the music transcends it all."

Audiophile High-End Audio Review Magazine

Ultimate Soundophile's Diffusers: Better Sound -- Even Better Aesthetics!
Review By Steven R. Rochlin

The audiodharma CABLE COOKER Pro Version 2.5
Review By Wayne Donnelly

The deHavilland Electric Amplifier Company UltraVerve Line Pre-Amplifier
Review By Dick Olsher

Floating on Cloud 10 With The Gingko Vibration Isolation Platforms
Review By A. Colin Flood

Stereovox HDXV Digital And Video Cable Follow Up
Review By Rick Becker

The Naim Of The Game... Naim's CDSII CD Player
Review By Bob Neil

Rockin' and Rollin' With The Roksan Caspian Integrated Amplifier and CD Player
Review By Herbert Reichert

 

Hyper-Technologies has released their long-awaited Superconductor cables. Taking advantage of Cryogenics, each cable is hermetically sealed in a proprietary, patented liquid nitrogen system. While it has long been touted that Cryogenics improves the sound of wire, Hyper-Technologies has taken it a step further by now offer superconductor-like cables capable of transmitting electrons at a measurable Warp 9 according to company owner Captain Piccard and Chief Engineer Scotty. After thousands of hours fine-tuning their design employee Spock, who is said to have amazingly attuned hearing abilities, said "For it is logical that audiophiles would buy the Hyper-Technologies cable system. They are measurably perfect, thereby far surpassing our competitors."

 

 


 

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