Just the other day while reviewing the Sennheiser HD 471 I had an interesting experience: In comparing three relatively neutral headphones (HD 471; HD 569; and ATH-M50x) I found my mind switching between analytical and experiential modessome might say objective and subjective modes. What I found, oddly, was that while I could pick out the flaws of the HD 569 more easily than the HD 471, I also found it a more pleasing listening experience. It got me to thinking about measurable flaws, quantitative vs.… Read the full article
Bill Berry and His Ellington All-Stars: For Duke
Works by Duke Ellington
Bill Berry, cornet; Ray Brown, bass; Frankie Capp, drums; Scott Hamilton, tenor sax; Nat Pierce, piano; Marshal Royal, alto sax; Britt Woodman, trombone.
M&K Real-Time RT-101 (direct-to-disc LP).
This is to-date the best direct-to-disc recording I have heard. For once I can’t complain about the high end being shrill or hard. The balances are excellent and the performances superior, with each member of the group getting his chance to show off.… Read the full article
By Steve Graham
Big tube amps like the one pictured above can be a bit intimidating, even to yours truly.
First a disclaimer: I’m not an electrical engineer, but I do have several decades experience poking around in tube amps.
This will be a basic introduction for beginners. I’ll also supply links for those who wish to do more reading. More experienced tube-o-philes will no doubt notice that I’ve glossed over some details and made some generalizations, but I think they’ll agree that I’ve adhered to the essentials.… Read the full article
Nordost is lucky to have a wonderful team of representatives and product trainers who travel around the world educating and demonstrating the effects of Nordost’s products. As part of these demonstrations, it is our job to find an interesting and diverse selection of music to showcase our cables, power devices, sort system and accessories. Whether at shows, visiting our dealers and distributors or even in our own listening room in our headquarters in Holliston, we are constantly getting asked what music we are playing (or if our audience is not so bold to ask, we can see their Shazams working overtime).… Read the full article
Fraunhofer IIS and Analog Devices showcase MPEG-H Audio and Fraunhofer upHear® Immersive Soundbar Virtualizer at CEDIA 2017
Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS and Analog Devices, Inc., have unveiled software technology at CEDIA 2017 designed to significantly improve the immersive sound reproduction capabilities of consumer playback devices. The new offering is a reference implementation of Fraunhofer upHear® soundbar processing with MPEG-H decoding and rendering on an Analog Devices digital signal processor (DSP). It is the first commercial implementation of this software, which is fully integrated into the Analog Devices audio framework. The Fraunhofer upHear Immersive Audio Virtualizer enables the delivery of high-quality immersive sound via soundbars – offering authentic spatial audio reproduction that works simply out-of-the-box, without the hassle of installing numerous loudspeakers.… Read the full article
Some months ago I was astonished to come across an app called Dust ’n Scratches—a sounds generator that adds the background effect of unclean vinyl’s crackles, hisses, ticks, and pops to digital music playback. For nostalgia’s sake, apparently. (Yes, I know there’s an app for everything, but still….) Audiophiles know better. And we analog hounds are well aware of the harm dust and dirt can cause—not only to the sonics but also to the longevity of an LP. Yet record cleaners often get left in the dust—considered the “final frontier” of gear purchase priorities.… Read the full article