Toronto Audiofest 2022 Show Report
Part 2 Thirst for more on the third floor.
Report By Rick Becker First, to finish up
a detail from Part 1, Mike Tang can be reached via e-mail
at by people in need of phono cartridge repairs. Mike will be glad to
email photos of his previous accomplishments. And a tip of the hat to Vilip Mak
of Audio Excellence for putting me in touch with Mike. (We will be getting to
the Audio Excellence room much further on in my coverage.) Having completed the fourth floor, I returned to
the elevator and dropped down to the third floor to maintain my orientation in
the building. Room 325, hosted by Vinyl Sound was just to the left as I
exited the elevator bay. Harbeth SHL5plus XD stand-mounted monitors
were sounding good with the 20mm dome super tweeter that has transformed the XD
series, bringing more presence to the treble range and making Harbeth more
competitive in today's market. ---> Toronto Audiofest 2022 Show Report Part 2.
10 / 28 / 22
GaN Systems OL200DS And CL200M Extend Class D Audio
GaN Systems, the global leader in GaN power semiconductors, has extended its lead in Class D GaN-powered Audio with the release of their OL200DS and CL200M Class-D high-performance GaN FET amplifier boards. The new designs are optimized for sound quality, efficiency (no heatsinks), size, and cost—while enabling audio design engineers to create premium audio products more quickly at affordable prices while reducing time to market. The two new high-voltage boost converter reference resigns include a 210-Watt
continuous / 300-Watt peak power source and a 300-Watt continuous / 500-Watt peak power source for manufacturers of stand-alone mono, stereo, and multi-channel automotive and marine amplifiers. The complete audio boost converter solutions include wide-range DC supply voltage input from 9VDC to 16VDC operation, 32V output, and are load dump compatible with differential-primary-drive transformer topology.
The OL200DS and CL200M are self-contained 200-Watt-per-channel Class-D amplifier modules designed for manufacturers of powered loudspeakers and stand-alone stereo and multi-channel amplifiers. The GaN Systems OL200DS is designed as two independent half-bridge outputs for both stereo and single-channel applications. The GaN open loop approach provides an ideal switching form for Class D amplifiers with fewer downsides than silicon. These new designs leverage GaN Systems GS61008P GaN power transistors.
10 / 27 / 22
Audiofest 2022 Show Report Part 1 Fine sounds on the fourth floor.
Report By Rick Becker On a Saturday morning better suited to hiking up a mountain in the Adirondacks or enjoying the fall foliage on a bicycle in western New York, I cruised up to the Toronto Audiofest because, well, that's what I also do. And I hadn't been there since the 2019 show, what with Covid and border closures. It was really good to be back again. And at the industry banquet that evening, it was announced that attendance had reached 2500, more than double last year's show, so I was not alone in my priorities. People at the banquet were really happy about the
attendance. The prices are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise stated... or unless I've made a mistake, which happens. Speakers are priced per pair. And unlike past show reports, I will refrain from identifying the Best Rooms until the end of the report to avoid awarding too many rooms in this more modestly sized show. ---> Toronto Audiofest 2022 Show Report Part 1.
Audio Video Show 2022 Warsaw Is This Weekend
Audio Video Show is an exhibition of audio, video, and home cinema equipment taking place at the National Stadium. This 24th edition will feature 150
exhibitors presenting 600 brands of luxurious audio and video gear from Friday through Sunday. From October 28th through 30th, Audio Video Show 2022 will once again bring together 600 brands in the PGE Narodowy boxes and the apartments of the Radisson Blu Sobieski and Golden Tulip hotels. For years, the Audio Video Show has been proud of the fact that visitors can not only see and hear the latest audio and video devices including headphones, video screens / projectors, loudspeakers, audio devices, and homewide systems. At the Audio Video Show, you can listen and watch without time pressure, compare the capabilities of devices from all price levels, get to know the most expensive equipment in the world, often brought to Poland only for this occasion.
You may also browse thousands of vinyl LPs for sale at the country's largest vinyl exchange in the country. It is a time to enjoy the sound in conditions similar to home, a place for talks about music and images in the highest quality, and an exchange of views at seminars and lectures. Music journalists and enthusiasts of good sound are traditionally special guests at the exhibition, and the artists sign their latest albums. This year, Piotr Metz, Hirek Wrona, Wojciech Padjas and Tomasz Raczek have announced their presence. "We hope that the 24th edition of the exhibition will be an opportunity not only to present market novelties in the field of audio, video and home theater, but also to try to answer the questions of how the preferences of audio lovers have changed during the pandemic and what it has to offer to lovers of good sound the music
market," said Adam Mokrzycki, the originator and organizer of the exhibition.
10 / 26 / 22
David Chesky's The Great European Songbook Grammy nominee David Chesky returns with a modern jazz reimagining of classical European pieces within
The Great European Songbook music album. Composer/Pianist David Chesky transforms these classical European standards into a modern jazz trio setting accompanied by two of the greatest jazz musicians today.
The Great European Songbook features The Audiophile Society's signature Mega-Dimensional Sound, their unique form of 3D audio. This gives the record an unbelievable sense of space and the atmosphere of an intimate jazz club whether listening on speakers or headphones. All Audiophile Society downloads come in a choice of two audio packages: The Hi-Res PCM Package (which includes a
192kHz/24-bit speaker mix, a 96/24 headphone mix, and a DSD speaker mix) or The DSD & 48/24 Package (which includes a DSD speaker mix, a DSD headphone mix, a 48/24 speaker mix, and a 48/24 headphone mix), all in Mega-Dimensional Sound.
"I started my career as a jazz musician," said David Chesky. "Then I spent many years composing symphonic works and incorporating jazz into many of them. Now it gives me great happiness to reverse it – to take pieces of classical music and use them as the basis for playing jazz. It is such a pleasure to play in a trio setting with both Billy Drummond and Peter Washington who were part of my quintet Jazz in the New Harmonic. Moreover, it is great that, like me, they both are audiophiles and care tremendously about how things sound." Special
half-price discount for Enjoy the Music.com readers! Simply enter
ENJOYTHEMUSIC during checkout from September 18th through November 15th (2022) for this very special half-off sale!
10 / 25 / 22
Florida International Audio Expo 2023
The Florida International Audio Expo will soon celebrate their fourth annual event in Tampa. From February 17th through 19th at the Embassy Suites Westshore, this is your chance to explore an exciting showcase of products such as turntables, amplifiers, headphones,
hi-res DACs, loudspeakers, cables, and much more! Many exhibitors will offer the curious, newcomers, and longtime enthusiasts an opportunity to enjoy the music! A wide variety of
reasonably-priced and premium luxury high-fidelity audio gear will be showcased for you to sample within
many suites throughout this exhibition. You'll be able to meet and chat with exhibitors and thousands of music lovers too.
Several headphone and portable / personal audio companies have smartly taken advantage of the Florida International Audio Expo's special rate on suites for their demonstration space. Located at the Embassy Suites Westshore in Tampa, there is scheduled to be an outstanding 12 floors of exhibits for you to explore. Enjoy the sun and fun of Florida, with the perfect location that is only minutes from downtown, the gulf coast
beaches, and Bush Gardens (or slightly longer drive to NASA, Disneyworld, Universal Studios, etc). What makes this show fun is the pleasure of sharing great music,
and music discovery, with newfound friends. There will be an abundance of things to see and do during the Florida International Audio Expo 2023. We look forward to
seeing you there! Exhibitors can book
rooms now at the Florida International Audio Expo's website.
10 / 24 / 22
Capital Audiofest (CAF) 2022 Show Is Only Weeks Away!
Capital Audiofest (CAF) started out in 2010 as a very casual show and has evolved into a well-organized and well-attended event. CAF is recognized as a fun, friendly, and family-oriented show where you often see families strolling from room to room listening to music and auditioning gear. You can also browse the multiple bins of vinyl LP records, CDs, and hi-fi accessories in the Atrium Marketplace. During the
event there is wonderful live music plus Enjoy the Music.com is sponsoring the
Thursday exhibitor/press party with live music and free drinks for attendees! Capital Audiofest
2022 is being held from November 11th through 13th at the Twinbrook Hilton in Rockville
CAF has opened up many new floors
during 2022 with over 150 exhibitors representing hundreds of premium luxury
audio brands from around the world. There
may also be over 40 Atrium Marketplace vendors including at least two dozen vinyl/LP sellers, making the
show a veritable
Record Fair. Qobuz may once again set up a Listening Lounge in the Plaza II Ballroom, for show-goers to sample streaming and turntable set-ups with headphones, and just hang out and chill, with free
Wi-Fi. Learn more and see Enjoy
the Music.com's Capital Audiofest 2022 show report.
Toronto Audiofest 2022 Is This
The Toronto Audiofest 2022 show, held from October 21st
through 23rd, features Canada's
luxury high-technology home audio showcase. The Toronto Audiofest is an acclaimed consumer electronics
(CE) exhibition. It brings together hundreds of premium audio brands featuring the
very best audio and video equipment from around the world. You can hear, touch, and compare it in
many floors of demo rooms ranging from 240 to
2400 sq. ft. It is the perfect place to come if
you're considering acquiring a complete system or only a new piece of equipment.
During the event there is wonderful live music plus
Enjoy the Music.com is sponsoring the Saturday night industry dinner /
We look forward to you enjoying free live music and drinks.
Set to perform live during the Toronto Audio Fest 2022 are pianist jazz singer Anne Bisson, harpist Isabelle Corriveau, cellist Vincent Bélanger, indie duo Caroline St-Louis & Stephan Ritch (Give Band). Which will all perform individually at different moments every day. Fun musical events will be enjoyed by all Toronto show
attendees. For the fourth year, Toronto Audio Fest allows you to find the vinyl that you have been dreaming about! Sellers are waiting for you with their crates filled with music
treasures. Learn more about the
Toronoto Audiofest 2022 and see our show report.
10 / 18 / 22
Revolution, The History of Turntable Design Book
A new book by Gideon Schwartz titled Revolution, The History of Turntable Design ($90)
depicts the design, history, and cultural impact of turntables and vinyl technology. Interest in turntables and records is enjoying a renaissance as analog natives and new converts find their enduring style and extraordinary sound inimitable. Revolution, a 264 page / 300 illustration follow-up to Phaidon's beloved
Hi-Fi: The History of High-End Audio Design, explores the design and cultural impact of the turntable, the component at the center of the 'vinyl revival'. An essential book for audiophiles, collectors, and design fans,
Revolution showcases the fascinating history of turntables and vinyl technology from the 1950s to today's cutting-edge designs.
Written by Schwartz is passionate about analog music, this book includes
illustrations from the world of turntables, from affordable to high-end, and everything in between. An essential addition to the bookshelf for analog natives and those new to the vinyl revival as well as music and design lovers. You can learn more and
order the book
10 / 17 / 22
Spatial Audio Signal Processing For Binaural Reproduction
Acta Acustica, the Journal of the European Acoustics Association (EAA), reports on original scientific research in acoustics and on engineering applications. Spatial audio has been studied for several decades, but has seen much renewed interest recently due to advances in both software and hardware for capture and playback, and the emergence of applications such as virtual reality and augmented reality. This renewed interest has led to the investment of increasing efforts in developing signal processing algorithms for spatial audio, both for capture and for playback. In particular, due to the popularity of headphones and earphones, many spatial audio signal processing methods have dealt with binaural reproduction based on headphone listening. Among these new developments, processing spatial audio signals recorded in real environments using microphone arrays plays an important role.
Following this emerging activity, this paper aims to provide a scientific review of recent developments and an outlook for future challenges. This review also proposes a generalized framework for describing spatial audio signal processing for the binaural reproduction of recorded sound. This framework helps to understand the collective progress of the research community, and to identify gaps for future research. It is composed of five main blocks, namely: the acoustic scene, recording, processing, reproduction, and perception and
evaluation. Read the full research paper here.
10 / 14 / 22
audioXpress' November 2022 Issue
Is Now Available audioXpress' November 2022 issue features:
Editorial: Wireless And DSP Evolution
Parts Express 2022 Speaker Design Competition
Solutions for Building Voice User
How to Choose The Right Signal Processing Technique
Making A DC Power Supply With Audible Benefits
Power Transformer Parameters, Selection, And Testing
Improving Wireless Audio Part 1 — The Growing Pains
Updated Smartphone SPL Apps
Voltage Regulator Tubes in Audio Amplifiers
And Much More!
Within his editorial, J. Martins says
"The Market Update article about Wireless Audio technologies featured in this issue revisits some of the extraordinary changes that have taken place in that space. But to tell all the stories and detail the technical progress, more than one article is
needed. It's particularly impressive how things have evolved in less than 10 years, and also the number of companies and technologies that have been left behind without ever gaining any consumer awareness. The distinctive factors and key features that distinguish winning approaches in wireless audio are not always obvious. Audio quality, the main argument for most Wi-Fi based solutions, explains why the technology remained at the core of the home audio segment." ---> audioXpress' November 2022
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10 / 11 / 22
153rd AES New York Convention At
The Jacob Javits Center
Created by the audio engineering industry, for the industry, the Audio Engineering Society (AES) as a non-profit volunteer based organization designed to inspire, educate, and promote the technology / practice of audio by bringing leading people and ideas together. You can reconnect with colleagues, clients, and friends while discovering new connections and explore audio technology at AESNY
With both a live exhibit and training program from October 19th and 20th in New
York at the Jacob Javits Center, plus their online event on October 26th and 27th, the 153rd AES event has a lot to offer. The AES welcomes you to a new era of experiences, with leading manufacturers and engineers demonstrating the latest solutions and products. With a comprehensive selection of workshops, panels, demonstrations, training, papers, and more, this event is not to be missed for those within profession audio.
10 / 10 / 22
Futuresource Consulting Audio Collaborative 2022
Futuresource Consulting's Audio Collaborative meeting returns to London on November
10th at the Ham Yard Hotel in London. As technology continues to accelerate in line with the need for high-quality, immersive audio, how are businesses
utilizing creativity to meet the demands of an ever-evolving industry? Join Futuresource Consulting for Audio Collaborative 2022, where they will explore the evolution of audio and embrace the creativity, strategy and development of technology across the entire
space. Audio Collaborative brings together delegates from some of the leading companies in the industry, providing sponsors with the opportunity to showcase their brand and products in the presence of an influential audience.
Audio Collaborative 2022 Speaker Round-Up plans to have a stellar roster of names in the mix, so take a look at the entire line-up that will feature Carsten Olesen of Harman International as a
Platinum sponsor for this event. Phil Cummings of Harman will also be in attendance. Other speakers include Althea Ricketts of Shure, Simon Byron of Yogscast Games, Adil Saleem of Synaptics, Dom Robinson of Greening of Streaming, Matt Murray of DSP Concepts, and Jon Kiachian of Knowles Corporation. With an esteemed group of
panelists from across the industry, Futuresource will investigate key technologies, services and end-user trends expected to drive the market to long term
growth. Learn more about Futuresource Consulting's Audio Collaborative 2022.
10 / 07 / 22
Hi-Fi+ October 2022 High-End
Audio Magazine Hi-Fi+'s October 2022 Issue Features The Following:
Editorial: A Fond Farewell To Our Friends
Meet Your Maker Anssi Hyvönen Of Amphion Speakers
Meet Your Maker Pete Ogley Of Pure Radio
Audiovector QR 7 Floorstanding Loudspeaker
Vivid Giya G1 Spirit Floorstanding Loudspeaker
EgglestonWorks Emma Evo Floorstanding Loudspeaker
Lindemann Musicbook Combo Streaming Integrated Amplifier
Gold Note DS-10 Evo Streamer/DAC
Vermeer Audio Model THREE D Streamer/DAC
Silent Angel Bonn N8 Pro Network Switch
Burson Audio Timekeeper 3X GT Monoblock Amplifier
Within this month's editorial, Alan Sircom says
"The opening page to any magazine should start on a positive note, but this month has been hard on the UK audio world, with the loss of three members of the audio
business. Many readers might not have heard of Eric Tuncliffe or Cecil 'Ces' Tibbetts, because they worked as reps for Audio Technica and Alphason, and Marantz respectively. Except at audio shows, they probably weren't the people you associate with the brands, but their work was pivotal in making these brands as important as they are in the UK. While my memories of Eric are more distant, I have distinct yet surprisingly vague memories of propping up a bar with Ces and others into the wee small hours, righting wrongs and waking guests!"
what's within this issue of Hi-Fi+
magazine at this
10 / 06 / 22
Aavik Acoustics RIAA R-180 Phono
Preamplifier Review Excellent transparency and musicality deliver musical bliss. Review By Tom Lyle In July of
2021, I reviewed Aavik Acoustics's
I-180 integrated amplifier, D-180 DAC, and S-180 streamer / network player. In the review, I practically raved about
the sonic quality of all three components, so it was no surprise that Aavik earned
a hard-fought Enjoy
the Music.com 2021 Blue Note Award within
September 2021 issue. The three Aavik components bestowed a 2021 Blue Note award are
not cheap, but neither are they extravagantly priced at $7200 each. That is
certainly reasonable for high-end audio components that I thought were some of
the best I've ever heard within and above their price range. Not only that, but
these three components took a surprisingly noticeable step up in their sonic
performance when used together. I'm willing to admit that their good looks might have
initially contributed to me liking them, especially when the three components
were stacked on top of each other - an Aavik stack. --->
Aavik Acoustics RIAA R-180 Phono Preamplifier Review.
LampizatOr Golden Gate 2
DAC Review An accurate and unfettered music source for my system.
Review By Matthew Clott Vacuum tubes versus solid-state are the Audiophile's version of red versus white wine. Both are lovely and both have die-hard fans and haters alike. I don't buy into either club completely, and I don't want to start the next Vacuum Tube Versus Solid-State war. I have enjoyed and currently own both tube and solid-state gear, and use both for reviews. That said, years ago I developed an aversion to tubes in my DAC's, partly due to experience and partly due to unsubstantiated personal bias (hey, at least I'm honest!). Tasting LampizatOr's latest release, the Golden Gate 2, was like eating olive's. I have tried them over and over because I want to like them so badly; but I just never have, no matter which I try. My first experience with LampizatOr was with their Big 6 almost a decade ago. I was skeptical of tubes in a DAC but I just wanted to love it. --->
LampizatOr Golden Gate 2 DAC Review.
10 / 05 / 22
HIFICRITIC's Latest Issue
Is Now Available HIFICRITIC's July / August / September 2022
Editorial: The Future Of Audio
dCS Rossini Apex DAC
HiFi Rose RA 1800 Amplifier
Pro-Ject X8 And DS3B Turntable
Kimber Kable Naked Cable
Vitus Audio RI-101 MkII Integrated Amplifier
Lumin U2 Mini Network Transport
Silent Angel Bonn N8 Data Switch
Caylin C9 Headphone Amplifier
Pro-Ject MaiA S3 Integrated Amplifier
Aurosound Vida MKII Phono Stage
...And Much More!
Within his editorial, Martin Colloms says "More by happenstance than any masterplan, this issue seems to have turned into something of an amplifier special, starting with the outlandish-looking HiFi Rose RA 180 on the front cover. Yes, it may look like the designers have been raiding the odds and ends bin in order to populate the front panel, but as I explain in my review, there is some logic to their thinking: we're told that the fascia is supposed to represent a flow diagram of the path of an audio signal through the
amp. What's more, as with the company's range of network audio players, there's some interesting original thinking in play here, from the 'dualling' of the power amplifier stages, indicated by that very unusual gear-train volume control arrangement you'll have spotted on the cover, to the high-frequency filtering this set-up allows."
See what's within this issue of HIFICRITIC.
10 / 04 / 22
The UK Audio Show Is This Weekend
As the UK Audio Show rushes towards 70 exhibitors who will
showcase over 170 top brands, this could this be the biggest and most diverse
event to date! With over 10 hours of special events, a host of new exhibitors a/ products,
great venue, press members in attendance, and overseas trade visitors substantially increased,
this year's show looks to be their best ever.
All the additions and enhancements will be added to our unique packages for exhibitors which includes dinner, bed & breakfast plus unlimited coffee/tea. Further details will be announced in due course, meanwhile exhibition space at this
year's UK Audio Show is now sold, pre-booking for the complimentary tickets is described as very brisk. The
UK Audio Show will take place at the Staverton Park Hotel on October 8th and 9th,
2022. Their special Show's Guide is now available for download
at this link (PDF). Full details are online at
10 / 03 / 22
Happy 40th Birthday To The Compact Disc
First launched in Japan during 1982, the Sony CDP-101 was the world's first commercially released compact disc (CD) player. The system was launched in Japan on October 1, 1982 at a list price of 168,000 yen
(~$730). The Japan-only launch was said to be because Philips, Sony's technology partner in the development of the CD format, was unable to meet the original agreed launch date. Sony agreed to delay the launch of the format outside Japan by six months. Philips launched their CD100 during November 1982. Sony and Philips agreement brought about the official worldwide launch in March 1983. Let us all wish a happy 40th birthday to the CD player.
Many Enjoy the Music.com fans have been
sharing storied about their joys with the CD format and their favorite CD player system. Let your voice be heard and be part of
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10 / 01 / 22
Enjoy the Music.com's
Plus Our CanJam SoCal 2022 Report
This month's magazine features our extensive CanJam 2022 show report by Emiko plus editorials from leading premium audio magazines! We also have two videos within this issue, including one describing Elon Musk's home audio system! All that and more within our October Review Magazine. As always, in the end what really matters is that you... enjoy the music.
Ampsandsound Red October
Int. Amp. Review Engaging, toe-tapping, fun, and tonally correct. Review By Sam Rosen Ampsandsound continues to
surprise and delight me. Last year it was with the Rockwell, which showed me
what a DHT amplifier built around a less well known tube could do. ampsandsound
also rolled out the new Agartha and converted their entire lineup (with the
exception of the Rockwell) to novel (9-pin) input tubes. For a small company,
Justin Weber (the owner of ampsandsound) is making big changes at a speed rarely
seen in high-end audio. Good news for me and everyone else, he had a few more
surprises in store and one of them was the Red October. The Red October, is a no-holds-barred 300B single-ended tube
amplifier. It is built on his rolled steel chassis with beautiful point-to-point
and turret board construction. While the amplifier itself is built on a single
chassis, it is a true dual mono design. Each channel has its own separate power
supply, and the only shared components are headphone jacks, outputs, and inputs. --->
Ampsandsound Red October Int. Amp. Review.