05 / 23 / 12
Sonos, a specialist since 2002 in high quality multi-room home audio distribution, is launching their new SUB next month. With a simple one-button setup, the new Sonos SUB allows users of amplified Sonos units to expand their system with an amplified subwoofer. The unit employs two force-canceling drivers positioned face-to-face to increase output and sound quality down to 25 Hz. All filter settings, active equalization, and time alignment are done digitally through DSP (Digital Signal Processing) circuitry for zero-loss audio quality. The built-in Class D digital amplifier operates efficiently and at a cool temperature. The unit uses Sonos' SonosNet proprietary wireless system, so users only need a power outlet for easy of positioning and setup. Sonos' new SUB works with the AMP/ZP120/ZP100; PLAY:5/ZonePlayer S:5; PLAY:3, though does not operate with the non-amplified Sonos CONNECT/ZP90/ZP80. Dimensions are 15.8 x 6.2 x 15 (HxDxW in inches) and weight is 36.3 lbs. Launching on mid-June, the SUB is available in a high-gloss black lacquer finish for $699 and a black matte version will be available in September 2012 for $599. Enjoy the Music.com has reviewed the Sonos system.
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05 / 22 / 12
Accuphase is celebrating the company's 40th anniversary by offering their new A-200 monaural power amplifier (¥1,312,500). With a rated power output of upwards of 1600 watts @ 2 Ohms, this pure Class-A monoblock amplifier has both exterior sides made of large heatsinks placed to the left and right of the enclosure. The Accuphase A-200 uses parallel circuit that operate independently, as the output current can be increased in size, with a result of low output impedance power. By utilizing a variety of engineering technologies and highest grade materials, this unit has a damping factor higher than 1000. The printed circuit board is made from a specialized "fluorine resin glass cloth material" that has low dielectric constant and low loss. Signal traces are via copper foil surface, which are then gold plated to ensure longstanding signal reliability and integrity.
05 / 21 / 12
Dolby Laboratories, founded in 1965 and best known for high-quality audio and surround sound, has advanced their signal quality by now allowing studios, authoring houses, and mastering facilities to further elevating playback performance of lossless audio on Blu-ray disc. Blu-ray Discs pre-mastered using Dolby TrueHD with advanced 96kHz upsampling coding solution enables facilities to integrate the benefits of 96 kHz playback quality audio into the final master while simultaneously reducing the incidence of digital artifacts introduced during the content-creation process. "Lossless audio is a key distinguishing feature of Blu-ray content. All things being equal, you cannot improve on the quality of lossless audio coding; however, you can improve on the quality of the source PCM content prior to lossless encoding, and this is precisely what we have achieved with our advanced 96kHz upsampling technology," said Craig Eggers, Director. Besides enabling optimum 96kHz sampling rate upsampling, this technology features a unique apodizing filter that 'masks' the unwanted digital artifacts known as 'pre-ringing', which is introduced during the content-capture and content-creation process. The new Dolby TrueHD with advanced 96kHz upsampling is claim by Dolby to "restores the natural tonality of the soundtrack." Dolby TrueHD is a 100 percent lossless audio coding technology that reproduces movie and music playback in the home that is identical to the studio master. Supporting up to 7.1-channel playback of 24-bit/96kHx audio on Blu-ray Disc, Dolby TrueHD can reproduce sound in high definition.
Reposted as a reminder.... Sunshine, surf, and music are on tap as Enjoy the Music.com once again helps to sponsor T.H.E. Home Entertainment Show as it returns to Newport Beach, CA from June 1st through 3rd. This year's event will take place in two locations: the Newport Hilton and the adjacent Atrium Hotel — both located across the street from the Orange County Airport. Open to the public, this three-day event offers a wide variety for music lovers, gearheads, and home theater plus audio enthusiasts of all levels. Show attendees will enjoy live musical performances from popular jazz musicians Mike Garson, Tierney Sutton, Audra Lee, Paul Gormley, Dean Peer, and William Artope Jr. A variety of educational seminars will be moderated by manufacturers and editors. Additional attractions include wine tasting, a cigar bar, gourmet food trucks, a high-end car show and portraits of jazz artists by Merryl Jaye Studios. The phenomenal Magic Bus from Whitledge Designs, a concert hall on wheels with a one-of-a-kind mobile audio system, will also be on tap. Enjoy the Music.com's daily live show coverage of T.H.E. Show Newport Beach 2012 begins the first day of the event.
05 / 18 / 12
HDtracks has just remastered and now offers Louis Armstrong's What A Wonderful World in 24-bit/192kHz! This legendary jazz album from The Verve Music Group had recent mastering done by Kevin Reeves at Sterling Sound NYC. Using the original 1/4" analog masters from the ABC Records vault, the masters were played on a modified Studer A820 with Wolke Butterfly heads. The music was converted to digital at 24-bit/192khz resolution using the DCS 904 converter and Sterling’s proprietary mastering systems. As always, the most direct signal path was maintained throughout the mastering process. The album, highlighted with Louis Armstrong's expressive and emotive vocal styling, includes arguably one of the greatest songs ever written, "What A Wonderful World," a recording that would be inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and continues to transcend countless generations of music lovers. Complete track listing includes:
1 What A Wonderful World
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05 / 17 / 12
Washington DC's Capitol Audiofest takes place from July 13th through 15th at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Rockville, MD. The event plans to double their size in order to bring attendees more of everything! The rooms of this venue are oriented well for most any audio system and will accommodate intimate up to large scale systems. The rooms are furnished with carpeted floors, solid masonry walls and nine feet high ceilings throughout. The CAF 2012 will include quality audio ranging from the affordable to the exotic as well as vacuum tube and transistor equipment and analog and digital playback sources. Food and beverage are available from the hotel and many nearby restaurants and pubs.
05 / 16 / 12
Polskie Audio was formed after a long stagnation in the audio industry. A group of Polish manufacturers, distributors and retailers begin to come out of the shadows; thus forming a portal to show they have a lot to offer in the audio industry. According to their website, "Polish brands are an excellent alternative to well-known and very expensive components of the audio path of foreign manufacturers, while not yielding to the quality and compete price." Polish manufacturers produce virtually all components of an audio system including amplifiers, speakers, stereos at tables, platforms, conditioners, cables, acoustic devices, etc. In addition to promoting Polish brands, the site caters to their readership with articles from the source. These articles are written by Polskie Audio's editors to show the design and construction work to make the products unique and interesting.
05 / 15 / 12
NAD's new C 356DAC and C 375DAC integrated amplifiers (NAD C 356DAC ($900 and $1600 respectively) are enhanced versions of the company's C 375BEE and C 356BEE integrated amplifiers with the MDC DAC add-on module factory installed. The addition of NAD's asynchronous 24-bit/96kHz USB MDC DAC is said to help improve the sound of a Squeezebox or Sonos system, yet can also be directly connected a Mac or PC to stream HD music. The MDC DAC's optical TosLink S/PDIF input 'upgrades' the sound of Disc Players or Music Streamers while the Asynchronous USB device side input allows direct connection of a PC or MAC. NAD's C 375DAC delivers 150 watts per channel while the C 356DAC is rated at 80 watts per channel. Both power ratings use NAD's ultra-conservative full disclosure power. Both the C 375DAC and C 356DAC feature NAD's legendary PowerDrive circuit that delivers very high dynamic power and low impedance drive capability to, according to NAD, "accurately control loudspeakers, resulting in a musically detailed, coherent, and relaxed sound." Both unit have Modular Design Construction (MDC), making it easy to upgrade features and functionality. For NAD owners that wish to add a phono module, the C 375DAC comes with a second slot for an optional inboard PP375 Phono Module. C 356DAC owners wishing phono preamp functionality may use an optional outboard PP 2i or PP 3i for the phono functions.
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05 / 14 / 12
Fono Acustica has announced a new design of its award winning Armonico speaker cables. Truly handmade Thermo-treated precious metal conductors are blended in proprietary ratios to achieve what the company feels is the best music reproduction ability. Air-insulated dielectrics with ultra-effective shielding, large vibration-isolating tubing are supplemented with external anti-resonant African hardwood blocks to reduce structural and airborne vibrations. Termination is via custom made 24K gold plated spades with African hardwood. Each one is carefully hand soldered and each separate cable and resonance block have marking for for each signal phase. No pricing was provided at press release time.
Reference Fidelity Components, the UK manufacturer of high fidelity audio and mains cables, has extended its range to include a bespoke cable making service. The company's Fidelity series of budget interconnects and high-end Reference series has seen an increasing demand by audiophiles for cables that meet their personal specifications. All the company’s cables are hand-made in small quantities using the very finest genuine Cardas and Furutech branded products and each component’s soldered joints are made to exceptional standards using only Cardas Quad Eutectic silver solder. "Above all," says the company representative, "Reference Fidelity Components aim to take the mystique and pseudo-science out of buying high quality hi-fi cables and interconnect preferring to use solid scientific theory and engineering practice to achieve sonic excellence." Prices start at £45.
05 / 11 / 12
Wyred 4 Sound is now shipping their new W4S μDAC 24-bit/192kHz unit ($399) that measures a mere 3.5" x 3.5" x 1.25". The W4S μDAC has two S/PDIF inputs, one via TosLink and the other on RCA coax, which support 24-bit/192 kHz signals as well as an asynchronous USB input for computer streaming. For DAC duties, the ESS chipset is taken full advantage of inside this tiny device. The case is made with machined aircraft-grade aluminum. The case's curvy W4S logo doubles as a lock light (lights up blue when the DAC is locked onto a signal). Power is fed directly through USB when streaming from a computer. For power when using the W4S μDAC S/PDIF inputs, a USB cable is plugged into a power outlet using the supplied adapter.
HDtracks has the legendary Jerry Garcia, David Grisman and Tony Rice recording called The Pizza Tapes. Enjoy the Music.com reviewer Steven Stone has this to say about the recording, "This disc's material was originally available only as a bootleg through the Grateful Dead underground tape trader's network. Its title came from the fact that the "master" cassette was allegedly stolen from Jerry Garcia's kitchen table by a pizza delivery guy. The music came out of some studio sessions at David Grisman's Dawg studios with Jerry Garcia, Tony Rice, and David Grisman. In the liner notes David Grisman writes "After several years of being pissed off (about their illegal release), I decided to bury the hatchet with the pizza boy and make these tapes available in an "official" version". I, for one, am mighty glad he did. I've never heard Jerry Garcia's voice sound better. The material is primarily old traditional songs like "Shady Grove", "Man of Constant Sorrow", "Little Sadie", "Louis Collins", and "Rosalee McFall", mixed with a couple of country standards "Always Late" and "Long Black Veil". Just for variety Dylan's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" and a pair of gospel numbers are thrown in with a couple of loose jams plus some between song banter. The sound is wonderful. It is warm and intimate like a late night around a crackling fire. It closely matches the exquisite sonics of first Tone Poems album. On a good system it is almost like having everyone in the room with you."
05 / 10 / 12
Germany's High End Society has released the final attendance report for their recent High End 2012 high-end audio and video show. An increasing number of visitors totaled 14,671, with an additional 4427 trade visitors from throughout the world. The visitor numbers do not include the journalists and do not include the 2052 exhibitor IDs issued. The High End has developed into a global platform for exhibitors and continues to increase the number of exhibitors and attendees across the board. A total of 366 exhibitors, with 52% of them international, presented a wide product range at the High End 2012 event. Compared to the previous year, the number of exhibiting companies increased this year by approximately 9%. The proportion of foreign exhibitors also grew by 11%, so that foreign exhibitors from 33 different counties made up 52% of the total number of exhibitors. The high End Society is a member of the FKM = Gesellschaft zur Freiwilligen Kontrolle von Messe - und Ausstellungszahlen (Society for Voluntary Control of Trade Fair and Exhibition Statistics). This means that all numbers must be disclosed in detail, checked and certified by Ernst & Young.
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05 / 09 / 12
Bowers & Wilkins, Britain's leading exporter of loudspeakers, has launched their P3 headphones ($299). Custom drive units and specially designed ear pad fabric for improved acoustics and comfort are just some of the highlights. Construction is said to be rugged yet lightweight for this foldable design that is available in white or black finishes. The P3's driver diaphragms feature terminals that have been positioned to ensure uniform airflow, resulting in more linear movement and less distortion. Coupled with the use of ultra-linear neodymium magnets and precision damping this ensures smoother motion and therefore a more accurate, natural sound. The ear pad fabric has been designed especially for P3 to improve the sound quality, but it is also very comfortable, allowing users to listen for longer. B&W's P3 headphones come with a hard carry case and a choice of cables: one with a remote/microphone attachment that works seamlessly with your iPhone; and another that ensures compatibility with all other mobile phones and MP3 players. Swapping cables is easy, and simply involves popping off the replaceable ear pads.
05 / 08 / 12
Sunshine, surf, and music are on tap as Enjoy the Music.com once again helps to sponsor T.H.E. Home Entertainment Show as it returns to Newport Beach, CA from June 1st through 3rd. This year's event will take place in two locations: the Newport Hilton and the adjacent Atrium Hotel — both located across the street from the Orange County Airport. Open to the public, this three-day event offers a wide variety for music lovers, gearheads, and home theater plus audio enthusiasts of all levels. Show attendees will enjoy live musical performances from popular jazz musicians Mike Garson, Tierney Sutton, Audra Lee, Paul Gormley, Dean Peer, and William Artope Jr. A variety of educational seminars will be moderated by manufacturers and editors. Additional attractions include wine tasting, a cigar bar, gourmet food trucks, a high-end car show and portraits of jazz artists by Merryl Jaye Studios. The phenomenal Magic Bus from Whitledge Designs, a concert hall on wheels with a one-of-a-kind mobile audio system, will also be on tap. Enjoy the Music.com's daily live show coverage of T.H.E. Show Newport Beach 2012 begins the first day of the event. Show details include:
The Newport Hilton Hotel
Daily Pass: $15
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"The court's order is highly troubling. It forces SonicBlue to violate the trust of its customers and commit an incredible invasion of privacy. By court order, SonicBlue would be forced to spy on consumers and record every 'click' of their remote control, noting how they watch and record television shows. The data collection would include monitoring if the user chooses to skip commercials, watch the same program more than once or delete a program. While the order mandates the data be collected on an 'anonymous' basis, it does require SonicBlue to track individual users. Furthermore, it does not allow for users to 'opt out' of the data collection. We also are concerned with the concept that a court can impose an order forcing consumer electronics manufacturers' to conduct surveillance activities on consumers. If the order stands, it will have a chilling effect on technological innovation and consumers' buying habits. Through lawsuits, proposed legislation, and the power of their influence, the studios' agenda remains clear: to curtail home recording and fair use rights in the name of preserving intellectual property. Our industry continues to seek and fight for an approach to copy protection that balances legitimate concerns about piracy and preserving intellectual property with established home recording and fair use rights."
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The Lone Star Audio Fest (LSAF) is to be held May 4th through 6th, 2012, at the Embassy Suites Dallas Park Central hotel in Texas. Any and all audio enthusiast and manufacturers are welcome to exhibit. manufacturers can simply book a guest room directly with the hotel. Show up. Set up your exhibit in your room. (Yes, it’s really that easy.) For attendees, simply show up and enjoy the LSAF free, with no hassles, no registration or ticket required. Enjoy the Music.com's show coverage of the LSAF 2012 will appear online shortly after the event.
05 / 01 / 12
Enjoy the Music.com's May Review Magazine is now available and features two new show reports, many world premiere equipment reviews and much more! We also announce our Facebook and Twitter pages so you can get updates fast and easy. See the May issue by clicking here.
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Audiolics Anonymous Chapter 150
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