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Another convert to the Naxos Music Library

By | December 31st, 2015|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , , , |

Review by Peter Wilson

The review article posted by Mark Morris on WOS dated 2014/07/06 finally convinced me to subscribe to the Naxos Music Library. I had been aware of the classical music streaming service since its beginning and had in fact been introduced to the concept in several discussions with Naxos developers. At the time I was the classical music buyer for a large Canadian retail chain and met Naxos representatives from Nashville on several occasions. Yes, Naxos USA is based in suburban Nashville!… Read the full article

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2 Way Tractrix Horn System

By | December 31st, 2015|Categories: ItisHifi - Vintage|

I had a brilliant idea to redo the floors in the part of the house that has my system setup. That meant taking the system apart to do that. That was the hard part and took much longer than expected. I’m going to start working on veneering my Jubilee system so I will listen to this setup for a while. 
 The HF horn is a prototype designed by Paul Klipsch and Roy Delgado. This was the last HF horn PWK had a hand in designing.… Read the full article

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The Nighthawk By AudioQuest

By | December 30th, 2015|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Nighthawk By AudioQuest
Tonality8
Build & Fit7
Matchability7
Value For Money8

7.5Our Score

AudioQuest ran into the Audiophile Pit while wearing a cowboy hat, guns blazing and firing at anything that moved like the mad men they are. I’ve got to admit, I really like their view on how headphones should sound and it is incredibly refreshing to have a product in house that appeals to the musicality chasers like me. This one is a keeper, ladies and gents.… Read the full article

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Questions and Answers (December 2015)

By | December 29th, 2015|Categories: Nordost|

Our product specialists receive questions on a daily basis about Nordost products, their application, and hifi in general.  We thought that we would take a minute to share some of our most recent and frequently asked questions here so that everyone can get the answers they are looking for!


Q: I saw a picture of the Nordost room at one of the trade shows that you were exhibiting at last year and noticed something on the bottom of the loudspeakers you were using.Read the full article

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Spotify is in hot water with a $150 million lawsuit

By | December 29th, 2015|Categories: TechRadar|

Spotify is in hot water with a $150 million lawsuit

A hefty class-action lawsuit has been filed against Spotify, seeking over $150 million in damages from the music streaming service.

The lawsuit is spearheaded by David Lowery, frontman of the band Cracker, who is joined by over 100 other artists who claim Spotify knowingly plays copyrighted materials without proper licensing.

According to a report in Billboard, the complaints claim that Spotify’s failure to obtain permission before distributing music to its 75 million active users "creates substantial harm and injury to the copyright holders, and diminishes the integrity of the works."

Lowery, in particular, is suing over what he alleges to be illegal reproductions and hosting of his songs while with the band Cracker, such as "King of Bakersfield," "Almond Grove," and "Tonight I Cross The Border."

This isn’t the only case of copyright complaints on Spotify’s hands, as it is currently in talks with the National Music Publishers Association following a similar beef over licensing issues.… Read the full article

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Roundup: The highs and lows for Apple in 2015

By | December 29th, 2015|Categories: TechRadar|

Roundup: The highs and lows for Apple in 2015

The highs

The "Apple is doomed!" crowd must be feeling pretty tired by now; Apple’s had yet another record-breaking year, hoovering up most of the smartphone industry’s profits and selling ever more Macs.

But while Apple had a great 2015 in many ways, not everything went its way. Here are Apple’s highs and lows for 2015.

High: Money, money, money

By various estimates Apple made between 87% and 92% of all the profits in the smartphone industry this year. While Android firms compete with razor-thin profit margins, Apple makes stacks of cash on every smartphone it sells.… Read the full article

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And don’t forget the joker

By | December 29th, 2015|Categories: Audiomatters|

I suppose most folks don’t consider Motorhead to be audiophile approved but man, I saw the band live, missed them on a couple of cancellations too, over what now seems to be nealry 40 years of touring. Had that first album on Chiswick records too (‘those swinging hips’) which got lost along the way somewhere, so it’s with more than a little sadness that I learned Lemmy died last night. Few people live live that hard and that full and remain polite, funny, pleasant human beings.… Read the full article

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RIP LEMMY KILMISTER MOTORHEAD

By | December 29th, 2015|Categories: ItisHifi - Vintage|

First of all I am not metal. The list of metal bands I dig is short but among them is Motorhead. 
 
One of the best covers ever! 

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JVC M71JW – Stereo Cassette Player and Bluetooth Boombox

By | December 29th, 2015|Categories: Hifi-Collector|Tags: |

I was planning on selling this on eBay, but might just keep it. Pretty cool Bluetooth speaker!Read the full article

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Genesis release customizable Forte speaker

By | December 28th, 2015|Categories: Audiomatters|

The press release came in today from Genesis. I don’t tend to reproduce too many of these here but I’ve found Gary Koh to be eminently helpful and insightful in his work so this one seems noteworthy to me. The Genesis line of speakers always appealed to me, though I’ve never had the opportunity to hear them outside the occasional audio show. This one looks tasty though, there’s something about a tall speaker that sounds right to my ears. 
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“The Genesis Fortè is the latest model in a long legacy of 6-foot-tall line-source two-tower loudspeakers dating back to 1994 with the introduction of the Genesis II.5.
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