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Blog Sound Quality 1950 to Today

By | December 16th, 2015|Categories: Oswalds Mill Audio|Tags: |

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Last Sunday I had the pleasure of hosting a dozen young industry professionals and soon to be professionals, mainly graduates of the program at the University of Connecticut at Hartford in acoustics. Some were working as acousticians in New York City, others were music producers or engineers, I think everyone was in their 20’s. There was a theme, suggested by the young man who organized the event (an acoustician) who had visited OMA prior, and heard me play a reissue of Duke Ellington’s Masterpieces on vinyl, a Long Play mono LP recorded on December 19th, 1950.… Read the full article

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Ultimate Sound 3Driver Custom In Ear Monitor – US3D Review

By | November 8th, 2015|Categories: Headphones - Headmania|Tags: , , , , , , |

As I’ve  been telling before, I was aiming for this review for a while now. One year ago I found out about a very interesting Romanian company here in Bucharest named Ultimate Sound that makes custom in ear monitors.

I’ve also met the owner, Cristi Voicu, who is also the main tech guy and he struck me as a very promising and smart  man. I’ve also seen him work and he is very meticulous, thorough and very clean in doing his job.… Read the full article

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Focal Diablo Utopia Speakers – Review

By | November 5th, 2015|Categories: Speakers - Headmania|Tags: , , , , , |

 

I’ve had many occasions to listen to Focal Speakers and I actually owned a pair of Aria 906 BookShelves for a while. I really liked them and I think they offer great performance for their price. You can read my full review here.

Now, with the courtesy of Jack-Fi, I’ve had the chance to audition and review another pair of bookshelves from Focal, but from the top of the line, the Focal Diablo Utopia.

Introduction and Specs

Focal Diablo Utopia Review

The first thing that draws attention is their luxurious appearance and their wonderful finish.… Read the full article

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Meze 99 Classics Headphones – Review

By | November 1st, 2015|Categories: Headphones - Headmania|Tags: , , , , |

Recently I was  pleasantly surprised to find out that a new full sized closed, over the ears headphones was released on the market, the Meze 99 Classics.

The real surprise was to find out that the founders of Meze are Romanians. I am always glad when I see fellow Romanians take the next step into this hobby. As you may already know,  I don’t write reviews of products I do not like. This is actually a policy of HeadMania.

So, you can naturally assume that these headphones deserve a review and your attention, and you are certainly right!… Read the full article

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Austin Hifi Inc. at T.H.E. Newport: pics and reports

By | September 28th, 2015|Categories: Austin Blog|

We always have a great time at the Newport audio show! It’s great to catch up with old friends and make new ones!

I thought I’d share a few comments and photos from around the internet.

Sasha Matson from Stereophile dropped by for a chat and to have a listen and filed this report:

  

Robert E. Greene from The Absolute Sound stopped by too:

  

Rafe Arnott from Part-Time Audiophile paid us a visit!… Read the full article

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What is loud?

By | September 19th, 2015|Categories: Oswalds Mill Audio|Tags: |

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There are certain things in our experience as humans today that are unprecedented. We experience things which before you would not be able to live through and tell about. Speed is one such experience- to experience great velocity meant falling off a cliff or into a ravine, not exactly something repeatable or pleasurable. Being on a horse was about as fast as you could go until the 20th century. Now owning a car or motorcycle capable of 200mph is, if not commonplace, possible without even being a professional racer.… Read the full article

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“I hate horns”

By | August 19th, 2015|Categories: Oswalds Mill Audio|Tags: |

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People tell me, “I hate horn speakers”. Only audiophiles tell me this, of course, but more often than you might think. Ordinary people don’t even know what a horn loaded loudspeaker is, and many of our customers talk about the “cone things” on top of their speakers. Horn hating is an audiophile thing.

Audiophiles have a good half century of training behind this prejudice. When Edgar Villachur and his company Acoustic Research invented the first small direct radiator speaker in the late 1950’s, the AR1, it changed audio forever.… Read the full article

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Xindak A600E 09 Version – Integrated Speaker Amplifier Review

By | August 17th, 2015|Categories: Amplifier - Headmania|Tags: , , , , , |

After a good friend of mine highly recommended this amplifier and I hunted it for a while now, I finally managed to put my hands on this beast.

There is one thing I have to punctuate  before I start this review. While I’m going to write another post dedicated to the following problem, I want to warn you here  as well not to buy anything from the Chinese web store named cattylink, as it seems that they like to scam people.… Read the full article

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Mixing a Song

By | August 14th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |

Every song or composition must go through four main stages: composition, recording, mixing, and mastering. After a song has been recorded in a studio the raw files need to be […]Read the full article

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I Can’t Get No…

By | July 26th, 2015|Categories: Oswalds Mill Audio|Tags: |

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I recently found a small neon sign on Ebay made by RCA  in the early 1930’s. It guaranteed “Sound Satisfaction” for any moviegoer because RCA equipment was in the house. That was a time when sound really mattered. I lost the auction but it did get me thinking on the subject of what sound quality means today and what’s happened since that sign was made.

It’s impossible to understand the impact of recorded sound on human civilization. It’s a little more than a hundred years ago since you had to be there to hear music.… Read the full article

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