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09 / 30 / 03

Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) The Blues  Fans of the blues rejoice as the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), under Executive Producer Martin Scorsese, will have an outstanding seven part series covering this music genre. The central theme is said to be "how the blues evolved from parochial folk tunes to a universal language." The seven-part film series includes:

Feel Like Going Home by Martin Scorsese
The Soul of a Man by Wim Wenders
The Road to Memphis by Richard Pearce
Warming by the Devil's Fire by Charles Burnett
Godfathers and Sons by Marc Levin
Red, White & Blues by Mike Figgis
Piano Blues by Clint Eastwood

 

 

Green Mountain Audio Continuum 3 LoudspeakerGreen Mountain Audio has officially installed their first production pair of the new Continuum 3 loudspeaker ($6,700 per pair with black side panels, $7,300 in cherry). The C-3 is a 3-way with a 12-inch woofer, ported, a 5.25-inch Aerogel midrange with resistive vent, and Morel neodymium tweeter. The mid moves back and forth, and the tweeter tilts. The upper section is cast marble. Overall frequency response is 34Hz to 23kHz (-3dB), and rated sensitivity is 90dB/W/m. Dimensions are 51 x 15.75 x 17.75 (HxWxD in inches). Each weighs 123 lbs.

 

09 / 29 / 03

Grammy Awards  After a successful show in New York City in February of this year, the National Academy Of Recording Arts & Science (NARAS) Grammy Awards will be returning to Los Angeles. The 46th Annual GRAMMY Awards will take place at Staples Center on February 8th and broadcast live by CBS television. Nominees for the 46th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be announced on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2003, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. Enjoy the Music.com™ is proud to be the only audiophile magazine to be longstanding members who report virtually live on the Grammy Awards show. We also support NARAS' MusiCares Foundation -- a non-profit organization that assists struggling musicians with addiction recovery, emergency financial assistance, health treatment and other quality of life issues. Please see our previous Grammy Award show reports by clicking here.

 

 

Denon DVD-5900Denon has announced their top-of-the-line DVD-5900 ($2,000) universal digital disc player. Capable of playing CD, CD-R/RW, DVD+ and -R/RW, DVD-Audio, DVD-Video, JPEG, Kodak/Fuji Picture, MP3-CD, SACD, and WMA media, the new Denon DVD-5900 is set for complete flexibility. A full selection of audio and video connections, including a DVI digital video output, two component video outputs (BNC and RCA), S-video and two composite video outputs, plus coaxial and optical digital outputs, and multi-channel analog audio outputs are included. The player's RS-232 port and remote in/out ports allow for two-way integrated system control, facilitating its use with third-party system controllers such as AMX and Crestron, and in whole-house multi-room audio/video applications. For added flexibility, all functions can be operated by the DVD-5900's supplied remote control and on-screen menu system, and an intuitive front-panel control layout also provides access to most-used functions. And if this was not enough to pique your interest, the DVD-5900 provides two IEEE 1394 ports for high-speed data transfer, leading-edge Analog Devices ADV-7310 12-bit/216MHz video D/A converters (one for the progressive scan video circuit and one for the interlaced circuit) plus Faroudja's new FLI2310 DCDi chipset. Add to this the 24-bit/192kHz audio D/A converters, along with the latest version of the company's exclusive AL24 Processing Plus circuit (operates in 24-bit/192kHz on all channels) using sophisticated interpolation algorithms and digital filtering to improve low-level resolution and dynamic range.

 

 

Burning CD-R/RW discs is so yesterday as Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. has announced the shipping their 5 millionth DVD-R/DVD-RW drive. Global sales of DVD-R media in during the second quarter of 2003 achieved a majority 54.9 percent of the market while rival DVD format DVD+R achieved less than 32 percent. The DVD format allows music lovers to record at much higher bit depth and sampling rates than legacy CD media. Specifically, 24-bit/192kHz for DVD while standard music CD is merely 16-bit/44kHz.

 

09 / 26 / 03

Sharman Networks Ltd. KaZaA  Looking to put a stranglehold on finding out the true identity of their users, Sharman Networks Ltd., known for their KaZaA peer to peer (P2P) file-sharing software, has filed a federal lawsuit directly accusing various entertainment companies of employing illegal versions of software in hopes of discovering KaZaA users' identity. Naturally there is concern from Sharman Networks Ltd. as they do not want those who use their software to face legal charges filed by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Recently the RIAA has been on the rampage filing hundreds of lawsuits against those who have been allegedly illegally offering copyrighted music files. Add to this that the KaZaA software could allow for copyrighted software to be offered and a new set of lawsuits could come from such entities as Microsoft, Adobe, and others. Sharman Networks has claimed that various companies have been using unauthorized versions of their software to thwart piracy, which is in direct violation of the terms for using their network. Furthermore, there are allegation that entertainment companies violated antitrust laws by stopping Sharman Networks from legally distributing authorized copies of music and movies.

 

 

GamuT Audio has been purchased by investment company Rossing Nielsen Electronics A/S. Rossing Nielson Electronics A/S has the majority of shares in the company Advance International A/S, a large loudspeakers manufacturer with a primary focus on the high-end home theater market. Initial plans are to reduce the number of products in the GamuT line to provide shorter lead times and to make the brand more competitive. Lombardi Sales will continue to represent GamuT in the United States and at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

 

09 / 25 / 03

Top Audio & Video Show Milan Italy  Enjoy the Music.com has completed their Top Audio & Video show coverage from Milan Italy. Incredibly well-crafted Italian made tube amplifiers, wood encased loudspeakers, the world launch of Nagra's new loudspeaker and much more can now be seen! We also have our exclusive tour of the Ferrari facility online! To see our show report please click here.

 

 

Wavelength Audio Diamond Junior 6B4G DHT integrated amplifier.Wavelength Audio has announced their Diamond Junior 6B4G DHT integrated amplifier ($3,000). The Sovtek 6B4G with single plate is said to be equivalent to a 2A3 output tube. This stereo integrated design is dual mono including the use of two power transformers, two chokes, and two rectifiers. An available optional is Wavelength Audio's Expansion module with Phono, DAC as well as another input for those who desire multiple inputs. Like with all Wavelength Audio designs, MagneQuest transformers, Black Gates capacitors, Tantulum resistors and custom coupling caps are employed within the circuitry. The base is from Diamond Racing while under the base are three Black Diamond Racing Pyramid Cones.

 

09 / 16 / 03

Dynaudio Audience 52 SE  Dynaudio is now offering their uprated Audience 52 SE ($1,400 per pair) monitor loudspeaker. This SE (Special Edition) version is claimed to have several performance updates into the cabinet of the standard Audience 52 plus this model incorporates a new tweeter and crossover. The Audience 52 SE tweeter is a new Esotec model, based on those developed for the new Dynaudio Contour S series, and features a double magnet system, an optimized back chamber geometry, a multiple coated fabric soft dome diaphragm, and an aluminum wire voice coil. The mid/bass driver utilizes Dynaudio's characteristic MSP (magnesium silicate polymer) one-piece cone, a three inch aluminum wire voice coil, and a high power magnet system integrated into a rigid die cast aluminum basket. The crossover is comprised of air core inductors and zero compression resistors mounted onto a rigid circuit board.

 

09 / 15 / 03

  EBay recently canceled an auction reselling a music download from Apple's iTunes. Because original owners of software can legally resell it, provided they follow the proper procedures, eBay felt the auction was in violation of their listing policies. This brings up an interesting debate as the "First Sale" doctrine states the owner of a lawful copy of a work is allowed to sell it without the permission of the copyright owner. This could cause some confusion as it was generally written for those works sold in physical form and soon the courts may have to set precedence concerning those works delivered in pure digital form over the internet. George Hotelling, a web developer, placed his iTunes song for sale, only to have it removed. George Hotelling said, "eBay shutting down the auction for violating its terms of service doesn't have much to do with the original question of whether people can transfer legally purchased music downloads." Naturally the parent company of iTunes, Apple, declined to comment as did eBay who removed the listing. Because Apple's iTunes allows for buyers of music files to burn music to CD, it also brings up the matter of those who sell CDs of iTunes music files under the "First Sale" doctrine.

 

09 / 12 / 03

Linn Unidisk 2.1  Linn has released the second generation of the universal digital disc player. Their new Unidisk 2.1 incorporates Linn's Silver Engine technology that automatically plays all recognized audio and AV disc formats including CD, DVD-Audio, DVD-Video, MP3, SACD, SVCD, VCD, and WMA. The Unidisk 2.1 automatically configures itself for optimized playback with Linn's unique software and circuitry. A comprehensive range of video outputs include Progressive Scan, Interlaced and Component. For added versatility, all video outputs carry a constant signal, enabling concurrent use of several video playback devices. Phono and balanced analogue outputs access stereo and multi-channel audio playback, with SPDIF and optical digital audio outputs streaming CD and DVD related data. Unidisk 2.1's user-friendly fascia provides ease of use with a large digital display, on-screen graphics and a comprehensive luminous remote handset. Additionally, the Unidisk 2.1 player offers an RS232 control interface and can integrate seamlessly with Linn's Knekt multi-room system. The unit is available in both black or silver finishes.

UK Retail £4,500 (inc. VAT) 
US Retail $7,995 (ex. Tax) 
Canadian Retail CAN$10,500 (ex. Tax) 
Europe €5,500 (ex. Tax) 
Sweden SEK 62,250 (inc. Tax) 
Norway NOK 53,150 (inc. Tax) 
Denmark DKK 50,500 (inc. Tax)

 

09 / 11 / 03

Meridian Audio Limited  Meridian Audio Limited has announced the availability of their new G Series components and also now include Dolby Laboratories' latest surround technology, Pro Logic IIx, in Meridian's new G68, flagship 861 and the established 568.2 surround processors. Dolby's new Pro Logic IIx takes full advantage of multiple amplifiers and loudspeakers in a 6.1 or 7.1 system, decoding and expanding stereo and 5.1 content for replay via systems with side and rear speakers in addition to the usual front three and pair of surrounds. Meridian's implementation of Pro Logic IIx has been carried out with full 48-bit precision while Dolby Pro Logic IIx Music, Movie, and THX modes replace existing implementations of their Pro Logic II equivalents. Pro Logic IIx also offers new capabilities for multi-channel input from PCM, DTS, AC-3 or MPEG sources. Meridian will offer 5.1 upscaled to 7.1 where all four surround signals are different. In the case of movies, EX is renamed Pro Logic IIx EX, with a menu to choose between Surround EX and Pro Logic IIx (7.1). Meridian systems fully support 0, 2 or 4 surround loudspeakers at present.

Meridian's new G Series components draw on their Reference 800 Series components. "The G Series designs mark an important payoff on the promise of 'digital theater' we've been working toward for nearly a decade," says Meridian chairman and chief designer Bob Stuart. "We have been refining digital audio more than 20 years. Our most recent work in video signal processing, the solutions for digital audio-video interconnection and smart system operations, have defined the next level of both performance and user interface. We have every confidence that the G Series components will set the standard, worldwide, for many years to come." Meridian's newest G Series range comprises three basic families of all-new designs: four variations of optical-disc CD and CD/DVD player/transport/controller-two with extended, pre-amplifieir capabilities; four components, including a surround processor/tuner, two pre-amplifiers, and a two-channel receiver; and three power amplifiers including stereo and multi-channel models. The G Series products answer both "analog" systems using passive loudspeakers and several high-performance arrangements of Meridian's DSP digital loudspeaker models. The four G Series optical-disc components include the G07 CD player and G08 upsampling CD player, the G98 CD/DVD-Audio transport and the G91 DVD-Audio player/controller, a fully integrated CD/DVD player with on-board stereo pre-amplifier/tuner. All four employ latest-generation CD/DVD-ROM drive mechanisms with custom Meridian-written control, navigation, and error-correction software. Powerful re-clocking using FIFO RAM buffering completes the equation for a claimed elimination of jitter. All models are compatible with mass-produced and recordable variants of CD and DVD/DVD-Audio formats, including CD-R and hybrids.

The Meridian G07 and G08 are generally similar, with the latter adding balanced (XLR) analog outputs among other refinements including upsampling capability. In the G08, G91, and G98, upsampling of CD-standard PCM to 24-bit, 176.4/192kHz data. The G91 and G98 include MHR Smart Link functionality, permitting encrypted, lossless digital interconnection of multi-channel sources and Meridian surround controllers including the G68. Meanwhile the G91 DVD-Audio player controller forms the heart of a very high-performing system, comprising an audio/video disc player, stereo digital pre-amplifier, and AM/FM RDS/RDBS tuner in a single component. The three G Series amplifiers include the dual-mono stereo G56 (100 watts per channel), G57 stereo (200 watts per channel), and five channel G55 (100 watts per channel). All amplifiers are bridgeable. Prices are as follows:

G07 24-bit CD player $2,875 
G08 24-bit Upsampling CD player $3,995
G68 Surround Controller $6,995 or $8,995 (depending on configuration)
G01 Stereo Control Unit $2,595
G02 Balanced Stereo Control Unit $2,995
G51 Stereo Receiver $3,595
G56 Stereo Power Amplifier $2,695
G57 Stereo Power Amplifier $3,595
G55 Five-Channel Power Amplifier $4,895
G91DH DVD-Audio Player Controller Tuner $6,995
G98 DVD-Audio Transport $5,995 or $6,495 (depending on configuration)
Meridian Plus System Remote plus (MSR+) $149

 

09 / 10 / 03

  It has come to our attention that AudioWeb has become the target of an illegal theft trick. Basically, a person going by the name John Kojo will claim to be interested in buying something you are selling on AudioWeb, yet have a check sent over the amount of the product. The specific name is not important, the basic idea of the scam is. Then he asks you to Western Union as soon as possible the extra amount of the check to him. Naturally the check is forged and you will be out thousands of dollars. Please see below check and e-mail:

From: john kojo [mailto:johnk2022003@yahoo.com]
To: Your E-Mail Address
Subject: RE: Your For Sale listing on AudioWeb

Your Name

thanks for your mail. i will instruct a client of mine who is owing me $5,750 to issue a cashiers check in your name and once the check clears in your bank, you will deduct cost of the goods and my balance is sent back to me through western union money transfer. this is so cos it takes time for american checks to clear over here but takes a few days to clear over there. let me have your name and address that will be written on the check and as soon as the check is sent to you, i will let you know. i am already arranging for shipping to DUBAI let me hear from you soon.

Thanks

JOHN KOJO

 

-----Original Message-----
From: john kojo [mailto:johnk2022003@yahoo.com]
To: Your E-Mail Adress
Subject: URGENT REPLY

Dear Your Name,

How are you today and every body around you?, hope fine. I have been busy for the past few days, my client told me you should expect the cheque today that is before thursday via FEDEX COURRIER SERVICE. he said the cheque would clear within 24hours because it is a Certified Cashier's Cheque. Dear once you cash the funds today, i will want you to deduct your amount and send the balance to my personal assistant through western union money transfer. Below are directions on how to send the money via western union money transfer; i would want you to go immediately to western union outlets either in gas station or supermaket close to you and have the balance sent to my personal assistant today as soon as you cash the cheque so that he will start arranging to come and pick-up the GOODS latest on friday morning.

my personal assistant information are as follows:
please this is the information that you will use in sending the balance to my personal assistant.

GBOLOGAN A.FRANCIS
LOME TOGO.

You should deduct the western union charges from my balance. Once the money has been wired, i will need the Control (referrence) number, amount sent, test question and answer with the sender's information that is sender's name and address so i can forward it to my shipper to pick-up the Funds, and start making his trip to your house to pick-up the GOODS on friday morning, as soon as he receive's the payment from you today and tomorrow morning.

And i would like you to send the sales invioce to;

John Kojo
Johnkodex inc ltd
20 Rue du commerce.
Lome-Togo.

OR

you scan the invioce to this box for scaning will be better and faster. and every other infomations like purchasing order shipping informations. that you will be needing from me, i will make sure that my shipper come's with them on friday morning after he might have received the money today. Blow are western union outlets close to you that i want you to go and send my balance back my personal assistant for the shipping of GOODS please go immediately to one of this people and have the funds sent because they are cheaper than the bank and also faster in transaction than the bank;

Western Union Agent locations/Addresses Hours Available Services
Send/Payout Money Transfer
PayCash

Looking forward to do more Business with you. My regards to you and your family.

John

 

To learn more about this rip-off, please see www.occ.treas.gov/ftp/alert/2003-3.txt. Note, the bank the check is drawn on is different from the link above, yet the scam is the same. Those of you with fraudulent checks from Commerce Bank should contact:

Tanya Simms
Commerce Bank
Fraud Detection Manager
Voice: (816) 234-2072
Fax: (816) 760-3161

 

And now a letter from Eugene Arnold (Economic/Commercial Officer) American Embassy Lome, Togo:

 

Dear Mr. Rochlin,

  Mr. Fitzgerald asked me to look at your e-mail and reply to you. Thank you for your concern and for forwarding the link describing yet another version of the many scams that originate in West Africa. The Department of State is working closely with other US government agencies and host governments in the region to combat this sort of fraud. Unfortunately the scam artists are careful to use aliases and other false information. For example the name John Kojo is a common name in the region, akin to John Smith in the US, making it very hard to trace. A quick check of the telephone book and local directories revealed no listings for A. Francis Gbologan, or Johnkodex Inc LTD. We will forward your e-mail to the Togolese authorities responsible for fraud investigations.

Sincerely,
Eugene Arnold 

************************
Eugene Arnold
Economic/Commercial Officer
American Embassy Lome
BP 852, Lome, Togo
Tel. (228) 221-2991
Fax (228) 221-7952
ArnoldEJ2@state.gov
Intranet (http://10.130.192.8/index.html)
Internet (http://usembassy.state.gov/togo/)

This message is UNCLASSIFIED according to E.O. 12958.

 

09 / 09 / 03

Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)  The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has filed 261 lawsuits in various states against alleged copyrighted music file swappers. RIAA President Cary Sherman said, "Our goal is not to be vindictive or punitive. It is simply to get peer-to-peer users to stop offering music that does not belong to them." At this point in time there are well over 2.8 million copies of peer to peer (P2P) file sharing software KaZaA that have been downloaded. Copyright law states that violators can be held liable for upwards of $150,000 per violation and the RIAA claims that the recently filed lawsuits are targeting those who have shared more than 1,000 copyrighted music files.

Due to P2P networks with their file sharing the RIAA is claming this has drastically hurt the legitimate sales of music. Sales in retail outlets declined nearly 10 percent in the first half of 2003, representing a nine percent drop in dollar value compared with the first six months of 2002. Concerning this circumstance, President of the RIAA Cary Sherman said, "While there are other factors contributing to the decline of music shipments in 2003, including the fact that there are significantly fewer music retail locations, illegal file 'sharing' continues to adversely impact the sale of physical CDs. We believe the use of these illegal peer-to-peer services is hurting the music industry's efforts to distribute music online in the way consumers demand." The recently released mid-year 2003 sales statistics also show a decline in LP vinyl sales, from 1.2 million during the first half of 2002 to only 700,000 for the same period of 2003. In fact nearly every category has double-digital declines except for DVD-Video. To see the official 2003 RIAA mid-year sales statistics please click here (Adobe Acrobat format).

Countering these statistics are various people who (rightly) claim there have been fewer new CD releases combined with outrageous pricing. In fact a recent survey of 956 Wired magazine readers state that 39 percent would buy more CDs if the prices were lower while 23 percent would gladly buy music if computer hardware manufacturer Apple's iTunes were available for the PC. The music industry claimed that the price of CDs would slowly decline as manufacturing costs would be lowered over time as the format matured. The opposite is true as in 1997 the average retail price was $13.19 while in 2002 it was $15.25. In 1999 there were approximately 38,900 new releases while in 2002 only 33,433 new titles became available. Another factor is that as formats 'age', newer ones replace it. The CD is an old format now being replaced by not just the very popular DVD-Video, but also DVD-Audio and SACD formats.

 

09 / 08 / 03

Bryston BP25 Pre-Amplifier  Bryston's BP25 pre-amplifiers offers very high purity with less than .0015% (from 20Hz to 20kHz) of intermodulation distortion. Signal switching and audio connections utilize heavy gold plating to provide long-term trouble-free connections. Gold plated balanced and unbalanced input and output connectors are standard. The BP25 pre-amplifier also has a 12 volt AC/DC screw terminal connector on the rear of the power supply provides for a convenient remote start feature available on all Bryston amplifiers. The BP-25 includes a remote control with motor driven volume along with mute and absolute phase reversal buttons. For lovers of vinyl, the BP25 phono section (optional) is available in either moving magnet (MM) or moving coil (MC) versions. Each and every BP20/25 series amplifier is assembled by hand and burned in for 100 hours and like all Bryston products, includes an impressive 20 year warranty.

 

09 / 05 / 03

Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)  It has been reported that the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) will soon offer amnesty to those who admit sharing copyrighted music via the Internet. The RIAA also expects those who make the admission to remove said music files from their computers. While this offer will not be offered to the nearly 1,600 people who have already been served subpoenas, the RIAA is hoping to allow the public a chance to avoid such litigation.

 

 

Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA) 2003 showToday Enjoy the Music.com™ will commence their coverage of the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA) 2003 show. While this show is not a true high-end audio show, it mainly caters to custom home installers and those involved in home system integration. Regardless, there are quite a few products at the CEDIA show that are truly desirable for audiophiles worldwide. As in our 2000, 2001, and 2002 coverage, we provide great details concerning the products featured at the show.

 

09 / 04 / 03

  Universal Music Group (UMG), who offers recordings from such artists as Mary J. Blige, blink-182, Bon Jovi, Sheryl Crow, Dr. Dre, Eminem, 50 Cent, Elton John, Diana Krall, Stevie Wonder, Sting, and U2, announced yesterday their "aggressive plan to significantly reduce the cost consumers pay for CDs by decreasing its wholesale prices and by instituting a $12.98 Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) on virtually all top line CDs in the United States. UMG will introduce a new pricing policy with the aim of bringing music fans back into retail stores and driving music sales. The program, which will begin in the fourth quarter of 2003, will eliminate $16.98, $17.98 and $18.98 equivalent MSRPs. UMG believes retailers will begin offering the lower priced CDs to consumers as soon as October 1, 2003."

Doug Morris, Chairman and CEO of the Universal Music Group, said "Our new pricing policy will allow us to take the initiative in making music the best entertainment value and most compelling option for consumers. UMG is responsible for almost 30 percent of all album sales in the United States so we are uniquely positioned to try this new strategy. We strongly believe that when the prices are dramatically reduced on so many titles, we will drive consumers back to stores and significantly bolster music sales."

 

 

Cirrus Logic Inc.Cirrus Logic Inc. has announced their new surround-sound codec, the CS42406 ($2.62 in quantities of 10,000), that is geared towards audio/video and DVD stereo and multi-channel decoders. The CS42406 features two analog-to-digital and six digital-to-analog channels plus integrated level shifters that are designed to eliminate the need for external components in order to connect the codec with the system's host digital signal processor. In addition, Cirrus's patented "Popguard" technology feature helps to simplify system design, reduce overall system costs, and eliminate the "clicks and pops" often associated with the powering on and off of DACs with single-ended outputs. The CS42406 offers 24-bit conversion, with the DAC providing 102dB dynamic range and the ADC providing 105dB. All channels of the DAC provide digital volume control and support 192kHz sample rates, which allows improved dynamic range and multi-channel capabilities of the DVD-Audio standard in devices that support DVD-Audio playback.

 

09 / 03 / 03

HGP CORDA² Floorstanding Loudspeaker  German loudspeaker manufacturer HGP has released their new CORDA2 floorstanding loudspeaker. This 2.5-way design employs a 25mm silk soft dome tweeter mated to two 13cm Kevlar and carbon fiber composite cones. For bass duties, a pair of 17cm Kevlar ceramic drivers reproduce frequencies down to 30Hz. Overall frequency response is 30Hz to 30kHz (-3dB) . The double-chamber cabinet is said to be living-room friendly with soft curved sides and is available in a wide range of veneers (paint color on request).

 

09 / 02 / 03

Webcaster Alliance, Inc.  The Webcaster Alliance, Inc., a trade organization dedicated to providing information, education, support and services to every aspect of the streaming media community, has filed an anticompetitive complaint against the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The Alliance notified the RIAA of its' intention to initiate legal proceedings unless the RIAA took action to address anticompetitive conditions that adversely affect small commercial webcasters. Ann Gabriel, president of Webcaster Alliance, Inc. stated "The RIAA agenda is patently clear. We have watched the RIAA's actions which have the effect of wiping out an entire industry of independent webcasters who represent freedom of choice and diversity for Internet radio listeners. It is time for the RIAA to be held accountable for years of manipulating an entire industry in order to stifle the growth of independent music and control internet content and distribution channels. Their ruthless campaign has also had the devastating effect of destroying the hopes and dreams of thousands of independent Internet radio stations. It is time for us to stand up to the RIAA and fight for the American consumer's freedom of choice." An RIAA representative said "This lawsuit is a publicity stunt that has no merit. Record companies and artists have worked earnestly to negotiate a variety of agreements with a host of new types of radio services, including commercial and noncommercial Webcasters."

 

 

TAG McLaren Audio Limited has announced the results of their recent review concerning the viability of their home audio/video products. The result of the review is:

* TMA will remain in its purpose-built facility in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire
* TMA will continue to manufacture its product range
* TMA will focus on home cinema products
* TMA will maintain ongoing Research and Development
* TMA will provide after sales support, including Helpdesk, Service & Maintenance
* TMA will be resized to match its home cinema product range

 

09 / 01 / 03

  Enjoy the Music.com has released the September edition of both their Review Magazine and Superior Audio! Our Review Magazine editorial asks many critical questions concerning both the music and audiophile industry, asking our readership for their valued opinion. Superior Audio features top shelf equipment reviews including a mega-thousand DAC. Equipment reviews within each magazine include:

  AKG K1000 Headphones

  Aliante One Loudspeaker

  Symposium Acoustics Quantum Platform

  Revisiting Audio Note DAC 5

 

Review Magazine

The Cable Shootout At The Enjoy the Music.com™ Corral (A Sequel)

EAR 890 Power Amplifier Tim's Higher Power Wonder

Pina Zangaro Bex 3-Ring CD Binder

Ray Samuels Audio Emmeline CA-2 Line Pre-Amplifier

Atma-Sphere MP-3

The Balanced Audio Technology VK-D5SE CD Player

 


 

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