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EXOGAL Abandons MQA Development

By | June 22nd, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

EXOGAL Audio announced today that they are ceasing development of MQA for inclusion in EXOGAL products. 

June 22, 2018. Said Jeff Haagenstad, CEO of EXOGAL: “We have been evaluating MQA technology and watching the wider MQA ecosystem since early 2016. After much research on the fundamental technology and more importantly on the market demand for MQA, we have reached the decision to cease the pursuit of adding MQA to our products for several reasons:

  • Our products by themselves exceed the performance of our products with the inclusion of MQA,
  • Regardless of the breathless hype by the audio press, actual consumer demand is just not there.
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Diana Krall getting back to basics?

By | June 22nd, 2018|Categories: Audiomatters|

Caught the show this week at the Moody Theater in Austin. Not my favorite venue, sort of sports venue, soulless vibe with high pitched banks of seats, but at least you can see the stage from most parts and the sound is ok. Krall played with a four piece: drums, bass, guitar and violin, giving the band lots of time to play, and play they could. Anthony Wilson on guitar was excellent and overall, the set seemed to hang a lot on her older releases with the instrumentalists given space to shine.… Read the full article

I Saved Latin! A Tribute to Wes Anderson

By | June 22nd, 2018|Categories: Audiostream|

The music chosen by Anderson to help populate his films is like a rich, delicious ramen in a cozy noodle shop full of smiling staff, lustrous woods and the coziest of curiously-patterned seat cushions.

Jurassic World Revealed is an audio game you can play with Amazon Alexa

By | June 22nd, 2018|Categories: TechRadar|

Universal has just unveiled a new audio adventure game set in Jurassic World that’s playable using only your voice. It’s called Jurassic World Revealed, and it’s available now for the Amazon Echo family of devices, as well as any other smart speaker with Amazon Alexa built-in like the Sonos One

The story of the game was written by video game legends Dave Grossman (Secret of Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion) and Joe Pinney (Telltale’s Game of Thrones, Jurassic Park – TellTale, Sam & Max and more) and puts you in the shoes of an audio journalist named Janet Best as she attempts to uncover what’s really happening to the dinosaurs on Isla Nublar.… Read the full article

Jurassic World Revealed is an audio game you can play with Amazon Alexa

By | June 22nd, 2018|Categories: TechRadar|

Universal has just unveiled a new audio adventure game set in Jurassic World that’s playable using only your voice. It’s called Jurassic World Revealed, and it’s available now for the Amazon Echo family of devices, as well as any other smart speaker with Amazon Alexa built-in like the Sonos One

The story of the game was written by video game legends Dave Grossman (Secret of Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion) and Joe Pinney (Telltale’s Game of Thrones, Jurassic Park – TellTale, Sam & Max and more) and puts you in the shoes of an audio journalist named Janet Best as she attempts to uncover what’s really happening to the dinosaurs on Isla Nublar.… Read the full article

Bose Launches Noise-Masking Sleepbuds

By | June 22nd, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Bose is rolling out a new set of wireless earbuds that are both unusual and innovative.
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The Music-First Audiophile and Spotify Connect

By | June 22nd, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Missing: Richard D. James. I Care Because You Do. Selected Ambient Works Vol. 2. Drukqs. Four downright essential Aphex Twin albums and nowhere to be found. Missing too was Prefab Sprout’s Crimson Red (from 2013) and Luna’s debut Lunapark (from 1992). Missing from where exactly? Tidal.

Despite an advertised 50 million+ songs, for this electronic/indie music fan there are holes in Tidal’s library. Filling in those blanks is Spotify whose Ogg Vorbis-encoded lossy streams cast it as the Coke Zero of music rental services.… Read the full article

As CDs Go, So Go the Apps

By | June 22nd, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Remember when you’d pop a CD into a computer and click “Import” in iTunes or “Rip CD” in Windows Media Player?
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Business In Audio: Essence

By | June 22nd, 2018|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , |

Our Business In Audio series is a set of interviews where we delve into the challenges of growing and developing a company in today’s audio market and economy. This is a slightly different slant to the usual product focused discussions. Here we are more focused on the people and the business challenges in staying relevant in a competitive and ever-changing environment.

The companies we will speak to are from all around the world and both big and small. Our sixth company for this features one of the biggest supporters of lossless audio, Essence.… Read the full article

Review: PS Audio Sprout 100 DAC/Integrated Amplifier

By | June 22nd, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

“Dad, why does he always get to do things before I did?” That was my daughter voicing mild complaint over the prospect of her younger brother receiving a Sprout. A Sprout, you say? Indeed, I’m speaking of PS Audio’s gateway drug into high-end audio, the venerable Sprout integrated amplifier/DAC/phono preamp. It seems that receipt of a Sprout has become something of a coming of age moment in my family. My daughter got the first generation sample I reviewed when she was a junior in college, having moved out of the dorms and into a place of her own with a bunch of other collegiate ladies.… Read the full article