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January 2023

Enjoy the Music.com Review Magazine

The Premium Audio Experience Is 'Fire' As We Enter 2023
More luxury events, more equipment, and most important more music lovers.
Editorial By Steven R. Rochlin

 

The Premium Audio Experience Is On Fire As We Enter 2023

 

  As we wish the challenging past few years farewell, I predict 2023 is the year of increased growth and maturity within the luxury audio sector. With more manufacturers and new product launches than ever within the history of high-end audio, this great expanse provides music lovers with an amazing array of choices to satisfy their aural desires. During 2022, luxury hi-fi shows were in full swing all around the world. Furthermore, the great strength of our industry shines brightly as used gear prices have been on the increase too. Like luxury cars, timepieces, etc, the proof is always showcased within the used marketplace as new developments take the forefront in technical and artistic prowess.

We all know the past few years have brought many challenges from supply chain and parts availability plus slow shipping and other undesirable disruptions. Thankfully, as things are getting back to historic norms, we now have new DAC chipsets, new parts availability, and yes indeed new vacuum tubes are making their way into the hands of enthusiasts. From cool retro vinyl LPs from upstart pressing plants to the latest in true lossless Hi-Res Music streaming, there's no doubt we have more choices today to enjoy music than ever in the history of humankind.

While decades ago Enjoy the Music.com's industry news could post most new product announcements within our site's Industry News page, today that is (literally) an impossible task! As our site has expanded and matured over the past 28 years, we've also let our longstanding business partners provide new product announcements while we concentrate on the higher level of industry news. To further this initiative, Enjoy the Music.com has recently launched our LinkedIn page so our business partners and the industry have a single business location for important announcements.

 

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Our business partners should join us on LinkedIn.

 

As I said earlier, during 2022 luxury hi-fi shows were in full swing all around the world. While a magazine can't report on every event, during 2022 Enjoy the Music.com has reported on 11 luxury audio shows and sponsored 6 of them (would have been more, yet a few shows were canceled). The ebb and flow of manufacturers and distributors taking advantage of our industry's luxury audio experience, attendees have enjoyed a front-row seat to the many new developments now available.

 

Florida International Audio Expo 2023 Show Report
Florida Audio Expo 2023

 

Capital Audiofest 2022 Show Report (CAF 2022)
Capital Audiofest 2022

 

Kuala Lumpur International AV Show 2022 Report
KLIAV Show 2022

 

Toronto Audiofest 2022 Show Report
Toronto Audiofest 2022

 

CanJam SoCal 2022 Show Report -- Headphones, HeadFi, Headamps, and More!
CanJam SoCal 2022

 

Pacific Audio Fest 2022 Show Report
Pacific Audio Fest 2022

 

T.H.E. Show 2022 Report
T.H.E. Show 2022

 

HIGH END Munich 2022 Show Report
HIGH END Munich 2022

 

AXPONA 2022 Chicago Show Report
AXPONA 2022

 

CanJam Singapore 2022 Show Report
CanJam Singapore 2022

 

Salon Audio Montreal / Audio Fest 2022 Show Report
Montreal Audiofest 2022

 

---> More Show Reports

 

I reinforced the global coverage of satellites for internet access back in the 1990s with the announcement of Teledesic. Today, thanks to Elon Musk's SpaceX, we now have a viable alternative to terrestrial access to the web. We all know, at some point in human history, the internet will flow freely as we now have water and the air we humans breathe. It will simply be a given, not something we have to think about. Long ago we said good-by to 1200 baud dial-up access (DUN). Today we say hello global wireless high-speed bandwidth that easily supports true lossless uncompressed hi-res music of 24-bit/88.2kHz and higher There is no longer a need for any compression, folding, or other lossy schemes that may steal from the music of its human essence (eliminating access to pure data in the name of lossy compression schemes is akin to outright theft of your beloved music imho).

As many readers / friends know, for decades my personal activity within various luxury goods sectors provides a broader understanding. We want to not just meet, but to exceed the needs, desires, and goals of music lovers. Products that showcase the technical prowess of our industry are epic! From reasonably-priced gear to true luxury with no costs constraints, we have more choices today than ever before! In addition, we also have niche products that are visually fascinating eye candy. With each new digital music streamer, turntable, preamplifier, amplifier, cable, tweak, loudspeaker… the quality of playback is also enhanced to bring more joy to the soulful experience music provides.

Personally, one of the factors I take note of is the viability of pre-owned gear. In a sense, it proves the value premium audio affords. Without a doubt, the used hi-fi audio marketplace has been on fire during the past handful of years. Decades ago there may have been perhaps a small sampling of legendary used products that gained attention. Today, we all know that premium luxury high-end audio gear is equally as popular as the latest bang-for-the-buck and cost-no-object audio gadget. Whatever the reason, there are many excellent values to be found with pre-owned gear if one takes the time and energy to seek them out.

 

What To Expect During 2023?
I expect 2023 to be a very positive turning point for our sector of consumer electronics. Now that we as an industry have matured, plus we're more well-known in general, there will be more shows to come see and hear our gear. Growth is virtually assured. All of us within the industry enjoy seeing a more youthful grouping of attendees too. With full respect to the original Old Goats, plus early adopters such as myself, we're all elated to see the youth of our society as a strong force in what products come to fruition. Vintage music playback formats including reel-to-reel tape, vinyl LPs, etc are also as viable in 2023 as they were 'back in the day'. We do indeed live in interesting times.

For the newcomers, have a look around our website and those of our business partners. Take time to read both new and old gear reviews. Also give attention to editorials, as they showcase a moment in history that has led us to today's developments. Please read the well over 250 show reports contained on Enjoy the Music.com, as they are a glimpse into the past. We look forward to representing the industry in the best possible light, and to further promoting luxurious premium audio equipment.

 

Connections
Am sure most of you reading this know, I personally have a unique perspective. My long chats / e-mails correspondence with many of our longstanding loyal readers, manufacturers, distributors, magazine editors, show promoters.... Usually I know of upcoming developments months before they are made public. There are also the many phone calls as I do my best to be an honest neutral arbitrator when there are internal industry debates. There are some situations that have been 'arbitrated'.

I already know of a few very interesting developments that will be announced during 2023, and welcome you joining us and benefiting from our shared efforts.

 

Gratitude
There's been a single word that has been echoing through my mind as I look back at 2022. That word is Gratitude. My deepest heartfelt thanks to everyone. Each e-mail, each new review, many show reports... we are here for your benefit.

 

Twists And Turns
Even after the many twists and turns over the decades, the many friends, frenemies, and sadly those who have openly worked against our site's efforts... all of this and more has enabled Enjoy the Music.com to grow and help music lovers globally.

To our supporters, I say a most humble thanks. We could not have done it without your kindness.

To our frenemies, we trusted you and you betrayed that trust.
We learned and grew stronger.

And to those who openly worked against Enjoy the Music.com, doubted the internet (and this site) decades ago...

This year (2023) celebrates this site's 28 years of being of service to music lovers throughout the world. We have more premium audio show reports than any site online to date. Furthermore, Enjoy the Music.com sponsors more premium high-end audio events than anyone else, ever, within the history of the luxury premium audio consumer electronics industry. We're also very humbled to have the honor of being partners with more like-minded publications than anyone else has ever achieved. We do all this for you our readers.

 

Moving Forward
We continue to live up to our promise to you, as we've never rented, lent, or sold our opt-in eNewsletter list (this link for public and if you're a member of the industry join at this link). Please join our eNewslletter list to stay up-to-date with what's happening. Furthermore, our business partners can find us on LinkedIn.

Please come and take part in the discussion on our Instagram and Facebook pages as we have fun questions, review highlights, and of course much more!

 

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Zero Ego, Only Love
Rest assured there's zero ego here as we all love music (there's no time for ego, am too busy helping others and coding). Please sit back and take a moment to comprehend the efforts of hundreds within the industry who have kindly given their time and efforts to bring you this website. With well over 8000 web pages, 1000s of gear reviews, and 250+ show reports online, there's surely something for everyone from the young to the young at heart.

Our single-minded goal, which has been true since day one of this website back in 1995, continues to be a way to easily answer the many questions you have about high-end audio. Our laser-focused goal is, as has always been and remains true to this day decades later. As always, in the end what really matters is that you...

 

Enjoy the Music,

Steven R. Rochlin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     
 

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