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Yanni, Laurel and the differences in hearing

By | May 17th, 2018|Categories: Audiomatters|

OK, unless you’ve been asleep this week, you’ve probably come across the Yanni-Laurel soundbite, wherein different people claim to hear one work or the other when the signal is played. I first heard it in my car, and it was clearly one, not the other. When I got home I tried it on my laptop and heard the other word, again indisputably. Hum……

So, it’s really a matter of frequencies and how they are both reproduced in your listening device and your own range of perception, which alters as you get older or otherwise lose hearing acuity.

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New video of Bernie Grundman cutting the new Sabbagh and Tuohey recording

By | May 16th, 2018|Categories: Audiomatters|

Kickstarter backers of Jerome’s latest were treated to this today….nice video

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UK’s Musical Fidelity bought by Pro-ject Audio

By | May 15th, 2018|Categories: Audiomatters|

The end of the road for one British stalwart, Anthony Michaelson now set to retire as his company is bought by Pro-ject. Quite a happy marriage, by the sound of it (ba-dum!)

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No comment on the amount of Stereophile coverage MF used to receive, please.

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Paradigm offering new color options

By | May 10th, 2018|Categories: Audiomatters|

Odd push from Paradigm to outline the color and finish options on their speakers. Lots of talk and shots about finishes, personality, individuality etc, and of course plenty of images of uncluttered rooms with modern furniture, colorful speakers, and not a speaker cable in sight. Ah, the dreams of marketing pass reality by, again.

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Garrard brand acquired by SME

By | May 9th, 2018|Categories: Audiomatters|

No, it’s not a flashback or joke, SME, newly energized, has bought the Garrard and Loricraft brands in what one imagines might be a strengthening of their impact on the turntable market. Here’s a snap shot of the press release:

Commenting on the acquisition, Stuart McNeilis, CEO of SME, said, “It is with great pleasure that we can announce the acquisition of the Garrard audio brand.  Responsible for true icons of vinyl reproduction with the 301 and 401 turntables, in many ways, Garrard’s legacy mirrors SME’s, with precision engineering, design and manufacturing, based in the UK.

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New Jerome Sabbagh kickstart project open

By | April 10th, 2018|Categories: Audiomatters|

I loved Jerome Sabbagh’s The Turn a couple of years back – it was my favorite release that year and still gets time on my table. Well he’s back, with a new project , and you can still get involved by backing it and choosing an recording type that suits you. You can find out more here. I admire the passion of any musician committed to recording new jazz, on their own terms, and ensuring sound quality along the way.… Read the full article

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Stereophile magazine changes owners?

By | April 8th, 2018|Categories: Audiomatters|

Lots of chatter on the newsgroups about the magazine having new owners and some overhauling of the writing staff. Hard to know exactly what this means until the ‘new’ magazine makes itself known. I don’t care for rumors or some of the gloating from various commentators online about people losing jobs (imagine, someone thinks that’s a source of satisfaction?) so here’s a link to the ever-reliable Bill Leeben’s of PS Audio who knows more than most about this industry: Stereophile and What HiFi

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SVS presents video on speaker design

By | April 5th, 2018|Categories: Audiomatters|

SVS president Gary Yacoubian provides a nice overview of speaker design as SVS see it. I’ve been generally impressed with their products and value, this is part one of a two-part video, both are worth watching.

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New music: Chantal Chamberland – Autobiography, SACD

By | March 19th, 2018|Categories: Audiomatters|

I received a copy of this from EvoSound, a Hong Kong based company handling global releases and audiophile recordings. A new artist to me, Chantal Chamberland has already released six albums and is well-known in Canada and Asia. The present volume is  compilation, it seems, of  tracks from those releases and I have to trust that the selection is indicative of her music.

If you examine the track listing you’ll get an idea of her style, but only an idea.

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Audioengine release new wireless speakers

By | March 14th, 2018|Categories: Audiomatters|

Ever marvel at the ads in the glossies for speakers? Great rooms, tidier than real life, decorated to perfection, and yes, not a cable in sight. If only. Well hold that thought. Audioengine are releasing a pair of wireless speakers with ‘everything you need in the box’, and assured to work with any Bluetooth device or app you use to stream. The A5 allows for regular RCA or mini-jack connections,  requires no network set up and even has class A/B amps inside.… Read the full article

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