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Neil Young – Live in Omemee, Ontario

By | December 2nd, 2017|Categories: Audio Federation|Tags: , |

Neil Young – Live in Omemee, Ontario.

Neil streamed live from his home town in Ontario [before he moved to Winnipeg] last night for an hour and a half

Very intimate. Played by himself in a small hall built by the same architect who built Massey Hall [where a somewhat recent live album was recorded]. He played mostly old standards with a few new songs, often politically relevant, thrown into the mix.

He played on a several acoustic guitars, two pianos, at least two harmonicas and an organ.… Read the full article

Google’s Music Genre Timeline

By | November 16th, 2017|Categories: Audio Federation|Tags: , |

Google’s Music Genre Timeline is very interesting.

Note how the popularity of Jazz has grown lately.

Note how there is not a single mention (that I could find) of classical music.

I wonder if the problem we have with music today [i.e. little innovation] is reflected in that there is no massive new genre – everything is kind of balanced in popularity these days.

The iconic albums they feature for each genre could use work, IMO [but, alright Dean Martin!

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CAS 2017: Best System Performance and Ultimate Cost No Object Design

By | October 28th, 2017|Categories: Audio Federation|Tags: , , |

CAS 2017: Best System Performance and Ultimate Cost No Object Design was just awarded to our California Audio Show 2017 room by Richard Austen on his final Dagogo show report.

I will say that CD sounded better here than anywhere else beating other rooms with vinyl or computer audio playback

I know, right? For many turntables and nearly all which are not setup perfectly [like at a show] this Audio Note U.K. digital is just better. Kind of awesome – convenience AND sounds good [less calories, more alcohol.… Read the full article

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The Joy of “Different”

By | October 24th, 2017|Categories: Audio Federation|Tags: |

The Joy of “Different”. The absolute joy of hearing an often very, VERY familiar song with a different sound than what we are used to.

This drives so much of the commerce in our industry as well as providing so much of the pleasure [for me anyway] but it is not talked about much.

Yes, it is related to ‘upgrading’ and certainly ‘better quality sound’ is one of the ‘differences’ that are very enjoyable. And, of course, a different pressing, a remastering, a different technology, these also provide these wonderful experiences.… Read the full article

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Audio Federation 1970-01-01 00:00:00

By | October 14th, 2017|Categories: Audio Federation|

[unable to retrieve full-text content]… Read the full article

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Stupid Audiophile Troll Tricks and Why am I posting these?

By | October 12th, 2017|Categories: Audio Federation|Tags: , |

Stupid Audiophile Troll Tricks and Why am I posting these? (you might ask. Well, Neli did 🙂 ).

Neli doesn’t read comments when she is out-and-about on the Internet. But I do. Sometimes. And on YouTube, Stereophile, and many other places, sometimes over half of the comments have some very aggressive troll-like anti-audiophile sentiment.

The average person, a member of the general public, reading these, must think WTF? These angry nuts are so passionate with their attacks – can they be right?… Read the full article

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Harmonic Resolution Systems (HRS) MXR equipment rack for sale (demo) gloss black

By | October 7th, 2017|Categories: Audio Federation|Tags: , |

Harmonic Resolution Systems (HRS) MXR equipment rack for sale (demo) gloss black automotive finish. Mint.

Our very well-loved MXR is finally up for sale. The gloss black is AWESOME looking. The ONLY reason we are selling, and it kills us, is that we want to make room for the newer, better, more expensive, and more configurable HRS VXR rack

MXR-4V-1921 (4-shelf capable, priced without shelves) NEW $17,500 + gloss black car paint [nearly unobtanium at any price]. Our DEMO $12,500

Solid Brace Inserts (used to support an isolation base with more than 4 feet, here shown on the top shelf of the MXR) New $1,500 (pair).… Read the full article

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EMM Labs XDS1 v1 CD / SACD player demo for sale

By | October 7th, 2017|Categories: Audio Federation|Tags: , , |

We are selling our demo EMM Labs XDS1 v1 CD / SACD player. Minty fresh condition.

XDS1 V1 NEW $25,000. Our DEMO $10,500 OBO.

Still one of the top players in the world, or you can upgrade to the recent V3 version for $7500 if you insist on the very best anywhere near this price range. [The V1 to V3 upgrade replaces the back panel and much of the internal circuitry].

We have a lot of experience with EMMLabs products (dealers since 2004), send us an email (mike+neli@audiofederation.com) or give Neli a call 303-546-6503 if you have any questions about the XDS1, or any of EMM Labs’ other pieces of exceptional high-end audio gear.… Read the full article

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Stupid Audiophile Troll Tricks #2 – “You have no business being an audiophile if you do not have perfect ears”

By | October 5th, 2017|Categories: Audio Federation|Tags: |

Stupid Audiophile Troll Tricks #2 – “You have no business being an audiophile if you do not have perfect ears”

This troll takes several forms:

“Since people start losing their ability to hear high frequencies as they age, they have no business listening to fine audiophile gear they can’t appreciate (i.e. if they can’t hear to 20K Hz)”

With this logic males have no business having sex after the age of 18 and no one over 30 can appreciate a sports car [their reflexes not being what they used to be].… Read the full article

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Stupid Audiophile Troll Tricks #1 – All cables sound the same

By | September 28th, 2017|Categories: Audio Federation|Tags: , |

Stupid Audiophile Troll Tricks #1 – All cables sound the same (or Cables Have No Sound)

An ongoing series of posts where we debunk common comments made by trolls. Because trolls are quite unimaginative, this will not be a very long series of posts. I use the world ‘stupid’ to be charitable – these trolls are bullies seeking attention through their aggressiveness and they just so happen to choose audiophiles to pick on.

This particular stupid comment is often used to insinuate that, because, if true, our industry would then be lying about cables having a sound [which they are not], so they must be lying about most everything else as well and much if not all of high-end audio is therefore ‘snake oil’.… Read the full article

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