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Best Of 2022 Blue Note Equipment Awards
Enjoy the Music.com celebrates the best high
fidelity audio gear of 2022!
by Enjoy the Music.com's staff
Enjoy the Music.com's
Best Of 2022 Blue Note Awards celebrates the many great achievements
by audiophile manufacturers within the high-end audio and Hi-Res Audio industry. Our
Blue Note Awards is a culmination of more than two decades of reviewing and carefully
choosing what products have earned special recognition for our annual awards. Our Best Of
2022 Blue Note Award celebrates the finest products we have reviewed during the
previous 12 months. Recipients have
been carefully chosen after much debate and consideration by our staff of
reviewers. With each passing
year our industry has experienced great advancements in technology including analog
circuitry, vinyl LP and analog tape playback, digital-to-analog
converters (DACs), headphones, loudspeaker design, plus of course portable media
players, computer software and streaming media.
---> Best Of 2022 Blue Note Equipment Awards.
CanJam SoCal 2022 Show Report
Aural adventures and dynamic
SoCal 2022 Show Report By Emiko
I'm chuckling as I
write this. I honestly thought two days of headphones would be plenty. Ha!
CanJam SoCal proved me otherwise. I arrived bright and early at the Marriott in
Irvine, CA on Saturday, September 17th (day one of two) to a vibe! CanJam SoCal
2022 was bubbling with energy, smiles, laughter, and yes, audible music.
Previous CanJams I had attended were somewhat more mellow and quiet but for
whatever reason, this one was sprinkled with some serious magic. Now, full
disclosure, I know what it is to put on an audio show. I'm Senior VP of T.H.E.
Show. So my kudos and congratulations to the CanJam SoCal crew are heartfelt.
---> CanJam SoCal 2022 Show Report By
Pacific Audio Fest 2022
A great weekend of fine audio in the magnificent Pacific Northwest.
The Pacific Audio Fest (PAF) was held from July 29th through 31st, 2022 at the Doubletree Hilton
Sea-Tac in Washington state. There were both new and used record vendors, a special headphone vendors section, plus the North American Luthier showcase too! Want to enjoy music up high,
there was a private Penthouse Nightclub with great live music and a 360 degree view of Seattle! Happy Hour specials give you the
opportunity to taste specialty Northwestern wines and beers. The premiere Pacific Audio Fest 2022 is the first major audio show promoted by exhibitors and music lovers for music lovers and
---> Pacific Audio Fest 2022 Show Report.
Interview With David Chesky
On Music And his new venture the Audiophile
Plus a very special half-off code for Enjoy the Music.com friends.
Article By Steven R. Rochlin
The Audiophile Society is the brainchild of composer, pianist, and audio pioneer David Chesky. The new label will focus on bringing even more realistic three-dimensional recordings to market with their Mega-Dimensional Sound, The Audiophile
Society's name for their unique two-channel 3D audio that can play on all existing two-channel stereo, while showcasing emerging artists working in a multitude of genres. The ultimate goal of The Audiophile Society is to change the way you hear
---> Interview With David Chesky
Great Reviews, Blue Note Awards, Shows And More!
Incredible growth and happenings within premium audio.
Editorial By Steven R. Rochlin
first annual Pacific Audio Fest (2022) was a resounding success! There are so
many wonderful stories I've been hearing from PAF that Show Director Lou Hinkley
and Show Manager Gary Gill have already announced their 2023 event! That's what
I call a great success story for 2022. When we add in longtime good friends like
Marjorie Baumert of RMAF fame at PAF, it strengthens our industry's mission of
delivering the best-sound music to our global fans. Next up is Capital Audiofest
from November 11th through 13th at the Twinbrook Hilton in Rockville Maryland. Enjoy the Music.com's September issue celebrates our
special Best Of 2022 Blue Note Awards! We're truly impressed by the many
achievements of audiophile manufacturers within the high-end / premium luxury
Great Reviews, Blue Note Awards, Shows And More!
Keeping It Real With Authentic Sound Quality
Roger Skoff writes about the importance of true authenticity.
By Roger Skoff
I was a kid Hi-Fi Crazy, I didn't have any money. I had heard good
sound, though, and I lusted after it almost to the same degree as I would lust
after more conventionally lusty things in years to come. What I had heard was the, to me, mind-boggling
and world-changing deep bass of a huge theater pipe organ played on a Bozak
B-310 "Concert Grand" speaker (24Hz rated, with four 12" woofers in a 14 cubic
ft. enclosure!), through McIntosh electronics, and I wanted that kind of sound
for myself! Unfortunately, as a kid of 12, with no money and less-than-rich
parents, I had to make do with what I could scrounge or improvise.
Keeping It Real With Authentic Sound Quality.
Shared Dreams At OJAS 2022
A very special audiophile exhibit at Lisson Gallery In NYC.
Article By Danko Suvar
I'm sure many audiophiles would
like to publicly demonstrate their systems to an admiring (if the system is
exotic and expensive) and appreciative (if it sounds good) audience. Devon
Turnbull is a lucky audiophile who did it, he got an invitation to participate
in an exhibition of modern sculpture artists at the prestigious Lisson Gallery,
which has branches around the world, and three galleries in New York. Since his
audio components are a bit like modernist sculptures, and he has been designing,
assembling and selling them to a specialist demanding audience for more than 15
years (as a company OJAS). They were a natural choice for such an exhibition.
---> Shared Dreams At OJAS 2022.
Good, Bad, And Real Assessment
Adapting our economy to a remote
/ online model.
Editorial By J. Martins
The Good, the Bad, and the Real Assessment
Over the past few weeks, we finally had the opportunity to attend the first
trade shows since the start of the global pandemic, more than two years ago. And
when I say trade shows, I mean real trade events with a significant number of
exhibiting companies attending, and large numbers of visitors who were there to
do business. Events with large numbers of new product unveils. Whatever we say
about our own — and our economy's — adaptability to a remote, online model,
when people were confined at home and business needed to continue, nothing
really replaces actual interaction at a trade show. Because it's not about the
things we plan and need to do. It's mostly about the discovery, the unexpected,
and everything that no one could have predicted.
---> The Good, Bad, And
The Editor: A Summary Judgment
Because an effect has no rational
explanation, it doesn't mean it's nonexistent.
Editorial By Robert Harley
In this issue's Letters column, reader Barney
Vincelette laments the tendency of some audio companies to invent apparently
fantastical explanations of how their products work. I must agree with Mr.
Vincelette that some of the technical descriptions stretch credulity. Yet it
would be a mistake to brand these products as shams. First, to summarily label a
product as snake oil we must make an a priori
determination of what phenomena can and cannot be perceived by the human brain
when listening to music. Mr. Vincelette cites the example of cable lifters that
elevate a cable above a carpeted floor. Cable lifters reportedly reduce the
effect of the carpet's electrostatic field on the signal traveling down the
cable. The electrical field must be so weak that it couldn't possibly affect the
signal, Mr. Vincelette reasons.
---> From The
Editor: A Summary Judgment.
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Aavik Acoustics System Review
High-end audio equipment is made by those who love music.
Review By Tom Lyle
Aavik S-280 Streamer, U-280 Unity Integrated Amp with built-in DAC, Ansuz Acoustics Mainz8 A2 AC Power Distribution Bar, Mainz8 A2 AC Ansuz Power Cords, Speakz Speaker Cables, Digitalz Ethernet Cable, PowerSwitch A2 Ethernet Switch, Darkz C2t
Resonance Control Devices, and Titanium Balls for Ansuz Acoustics Darkz C2t.
subjects of this review feature components and accessories from two of the three
brands designed and manufactured by The Audio Group Denmark, which acts as an
umbrella company for Aavik Acoustics, Ansuz Acoustics, and Børresen Acoustics.
The company was started by two Danes, Lars Kristensen, and Michael Børresen,
who first met more than 20 years ago. Aavik Acoustics designs and manufactures many types of
high-end audio components, such as amplifiers, DACs, phono stages, and
streamers. Ansuz Acoustics products consist of what most audiophiles would call
high-end audio accessories, cables, power distribution, streaming accessories,
and resonance control devices.
---> Aavik Acoustics System Review.
iFi Go Bar Dongle DAC Review
The iFi Go Bar Dongle DAC is late to the party and $329. Does it offer enough to warrant that kind of pricing? Learn why we think it
Review By W. Jennings
may be hard to believe, but iFi Audio have stayed out of the Dongle
DAC frenzy over the past two years; their focus has been on the desktop
side with the high-powered Diablo ($999) and Gryphon DAC/Headphone
Amplifiers. They did introduce the iFi Go Blu DAC / Amplifier which
certainly qualifies as a portable device but it is still on the larger side,
requires recharging, and never really appealed to the USB or Lightning crowd
looking for a true Dongle DAC. The iFi Go Bar Dongle DAC aims to
change all of that. iFi Audio is celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2022 and the
British brand now offers more than 50 products in the portable, desktop, and
accessories categories including a number of award-winning DACs, phono
pre-amplifiers, and headphone amplifiers.
---> iFi Go Bar Dongle DAC Review.
Rogue Audio Pharaoh II Integrated
A new King is crowned!
Review By Ric Mancuso
has once again upped the ante with their Pharaoh II hybrid integrated amp. I'm
always a bit wary of the 'New & Improved' versions of any products that
come to market. I seem to gravitate to original models (brands) of most premium
products. Why do you ask? Well, because Herculean engineering efforts usually go
into the development and production of a groundbreaking design. The Pharaoh I
was launched in 2013, nearly ten years ago! It has been my reference amp for
years. I have seen the evolution of many Rogue Audio products over time and had
asked Mark O'Brien, designer and owner of Rogue Audio, periodically if there was
going to be a revamp of the now classic Pharaoh. His answer was always, not at
Rogue Audio Pharaoh II Integrated Amplifier Review.
SVS 3000 Micro Subwoofer Review
Sonic dynamite in a small package.
Review By Maurice
I have a
confession to make! Steven R. Rochlin, the Creative Director and guiding light
at Enjoy the Music.com, had to beg, and I mean beg, to get me to review
the exceptionally fine SVS 3000 Micro Subwoofer. Not that I dislike subwoofers.
Quite the contrary! When properly dialed in, a well-designed sub can greatly
enhance the low frequency performance of sonically bass-shy systems, and even
improve the performance of great full-range systems by distributing all that
bass energy more evenly throughout the listening room. There's just one caveat: to enjoy the sonic benefits of
a good subwoofer (or two, many audiophiles, and SVS, insist that double subs
deliver the best sound) one must have the raw acreage to house an enclosure that
typically eats more floor space than even very large tower designs.
---> SVS 3000 Micro Subwoofer Review.
The Bargain Class A Usher R-1.5 Stereo Amplifier
A high performer at any price!
Review By Juan C. Ayllon
The Usher R-1.5 stereo amplifier
is built like a tank. Its utilitarian industrial design bears a striking
resemblance to the Threshold 300 Stasis designed by audio guru Nelson Pass,
which should come as no surprise. In 1972 Usher Audio's owner and head engineer,
built the first Usher R-1.5 amplifier as a copy of the e300 Stasis amplifier
whose patent expired, and its designer, the venerated Nelson Pass, had welcomed
others to use it. It began as a fun project, however, it soon became a hit with
customers and eventually many audio enthusiasts throughout Taiwan became proud
owners of this phenomenal amplifier.
---> The Bargain Class A Usher R-1.5 Stereo Amplifier Review.
Intro By Art Dudley
When I first heard about the Internet, I thought it
was a load of crap.
Editorial By Art Dudley
When I was five years old, grocery stores began selling a
product called Happy Nut, which I considered ingenious: peanut butter shaped into quarter-pound sticks, like
butter, and filled with a core of grape jelly. With Happy Nut on the butter dish, one
did not have to bother opening two jars (or even one!) before enjoying a healthy,
satisfying meal: It was a simple and time-saving matter of dipping one's knife,
spreading one's spread, and eating. The fact that the Happy Nut logo was a picture of a
monkey was icing on the cake. To my five-year-old consumer consciousness, nothing made more sense: This
was the pinnacle of modern achievement. From the moment I first saw it, I could not
imagine life without Happy Nut.
---> The Intro By Art Dudley.
By Joe Roberts
From Sound Practices
Issue 9, Fall 1995
Way out on the paranoid fringes of contemporary
American thought, miles beyond even the craziest audiophiles, there are some
scared technology worshippers who believe that an international elite bad guy
network of power-hungry conspirators has been conducting massively funded,
wildly successful experiments with holographic imaging technology. The claim is
that gizmos exist for creating 100% real-looking motion pictures in 3-D space,
4-D if you count time as a D. These infernal devices can materialize illusions
that can pass through our senses as reality itself!
Yikes! The above-mentioned whistle blowers are trying to warn us that
fancy hologram projectors will play a central role in the ultimate power grab in
all of human history, planned to go down at the turn of the millennium. Over the
generations, many predictions were made about the year 2001, the dawn of the new
Aquarian age, and in five years we'll be there. The sinister plot intends to
take full advantage of all the symbolic weight we loaded onto the coming of the
21st C as a weapon against the mind.
---> Grand Illusion Article
By Joe Roberts.
original QUAD components were introduced around 1954...
Article By Dan Schmalle From VALVE
This month's demo is a very special
one. Through the generosity of Eric and Dave we will audition what is to many
vintage buffs the ne plus ultra of vintage high fidelity systems, an
entire QUAD system. It will be composed of the QUAD FM Tuner, QUAD Multiplex
Decoder, QUAD 22 Control Unit, two Quad II Power Amplifiers and two QUAD ESLs.
All of these components are in very nice shape and will be set up as originally
intended right down to the KT-66 output tubes. Acoustical Manufacturing Company,
makers of the Quality Amplifier for Domestic use, was started by Peter J. Walker
in London in the late 1930's. The original QUAD components were introduced
around 1954. At the time the loudspeakers, while revolutionary in their
construction and accuracy, were rather poorly received in an era of horn
speakers with giant sized bass response.
---> Acoustical QUAD.
Van den Hul
The Frog MC Phono Cartridge Review
Smooth and soothing sounds for vinyl
Review By Steven R. Rochlin
Over the past five years i
have been fortunate enough to avoid the digital wars. Let the other
guys deal with DVD-Audio, SACD, HD DVD and Blu-ray as i sit back and enjoy my 8000+ and growing vinyl collection. Almost a year ago
review of the Oracle Delphi MK V turntable with Oracle-SME 345
tonearm proved that vinyl indeed has much to offer music lovers worldwide.
While attending the recent Munich
High End show (2007), i was chatting with Aalt Jouk van den Hul (A.J.) at
some press event for another manufacturer. Have known A.J. for well over a
decade, as he attends many shows, and we have sat down and enjoyed some
nice conversations about music, audio equipment... whatever.
Van den Hul The Frog MC Phono Cartridge Review.
Analogue Artisan A1 Series Turntable Review
Remote VTA / SRA Mongoose Tonearm & Pod
Truly reference sound quality with astonishingly low distortion.
the owner and chief engineer of Analogue Artisan and I have two things in
common. The first is our love of music; the second is that we both believe that
once a high-end audio system gets to a certain level of refinement, everything
contributes to the sound of the system. The problem is that if the manufacturer
of a component believes that everything makes a difference, and designs
equipment with that maxim in mind with no regards for price, things can get a
bit hairy, that is, very expensive.
Analogue Artisan A1 Series Turntable Review.
Electrocompaniet ECI 6 DX MKII
Int. Streaming Amp Review
A Norwegian thoroughbred with power and lossless
hi-res streaming music
Review By Phil Gold
have heard of Dr. Matti Otala of the Tampere University in Finland. Even if you
haven't, the fine sound that the best transistor amplifiers are capable of today
is a direct result of his pioneering work in the seventies on Transient
Intermodulation (TIM). This is a type of distortion, previously unidentified,
produced by early transistor amplifiers which made them so tiresome to listen
to. Per Abrahamsen and Svein Erik Børja read Dr. Otala's paper and set out to
design a transistor amplifier that would minimize TIM. Their 25 Watt amplifier,
introduced in 1976 really did change the world and won their new Norwegian
company, Electrocompaniet, many fans and customers including Bruce Swedian
(Michael Jackson's producer). He used Electrocompaniet amps to master Michael
Jackson's albums HIStory and Invincible. Electrocompaniet
amplifiers found their way into many recording studios around the world
including Abbey Road.
---> Electrocompaniet ECI 6 DX MKII
int. streaming amp review.
HEDD HEDDphone Headphone
Meet the New Boss?
Definitely Not the Same as the Old Boss
Review By Trav Wilson
a pair of headphones be priced at almost $2,000 and still be considered a
bargain or even a good buy? I've been wondering about that a lot of late. It
depends on your perspective, I suppose. And your pocketbook. The HEDD HEDDphone
might make you reach for your wallet. What if those headphones compare favourably with the absolute
top-tier performers; including some that are priced significantly higher and
some more than twice as much. What if they are a real contender in materials,
craftsmanship, and (most importantly) sound reproduction? Make no mistake about
it – the Heinz Electrodynamic Designs HEDDPhone belong in the top tier of
headphones available. Several of the best headphones come from long-established
German headphone companies; including Sennheiser, Beyerdynamic, and Ultrasone
---> HEDD HEDDphone
stereo headphone review.
World Premiere Review!
Oracle Audio PH200 Mk III Phono Preamplifier
A quiet background, and extended response, making instruments sound
I'll start this review of Oracle Audio
Technologies' PH200 Mk III with a disclaimer, of sorts: My first truly
"high-end" turntable was manufactured by Oracle. It was a used,
heavily modified Oracle Delphi, a version of one of their first turntable
models, which replaced my trusty AR. On the AR was a Grace G-707 tonearm, which
I then used on the Oracle. I was in audiophile heaven. This Oracle Delphi was my
"reference" turntable rig for quite some time, although I didn't use
the term "reference" back then. In many ways, I miss that turntable.
It certainly turned heads when "citizens" saw it perched upon the top
of my equipment rack. Fast-forward to the 21st Century; the Delphi was long gone,
but I was lucky enough to review the first version of Oracle's
Paris turntable, which came with a modified and re-branded Pro-Ject 9cc tonearm.
Oracle Audio PH200 Mk III Phono Pre Review.
Audeze LCD-R Headphones Plus Schiit Jotunheim-A
Here's a killer 1-2 combination that will have you smiling the entire time.
Review By Peter Pialis
I first heard of Audeze's first foray into a headphone utilizing ribbon drivers,
my heart jumped. Traditionally a pioneer in the world of planar magnetic
headphones, the possibility of hearing what this world-class producer of
personal audio could do with ribbon drivers.... I still very much put the LCD-4
/ LCD-4z in my personal "Top 5 Headphones of All Time", but the ability to
experience a brand new technology within the ecosystem of the Audeze experience
was something that really just appealed to me. Ribbon-based drivers usually end
up with very low impedance headphones and the LCD-R are no different. Coming in
at a very low 2 Ohms, these headphones required a special dedicated headphone
amplifier that can handle extremely low impedance. So the folks at Audeze and Schiit Audio put their heads
together for this venture and came up with the Jotunheim-A amplifier.
Audeze LCD-R Headphones Plus Schiit Jotunheim-A Amplifier Review.
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