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New (to me) site worth checking out: RealAudio

By | July 11th, 2018|Categories: Audiomatters|

I was drawn to a kerfuffle reported online over a power cord demo at a recent audio society meet. Seems Dr. Waldrep upset some folks with his reporting. Seems to me the organizers of the event are over-reacting. Judge for yourself here

Now while typically on the side of science myself, I remember bringing an ‘exotic’ cord to a local audio event. When the host switched it into the rig for comparison purposes, we listened to it and his even more exotic cord on the same component, using the same music without further change.

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Clarus Produces Video Series on Cable Design

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

Clarus just issued this release — have a look

 Clarus®, the high-end audio cable brand that is a “sister” company to Tributaries A/V cables, is introducing a nine part series of consumer-informational videos: “Interviews with Jay Victor Cable engineer” that explain, in a straight-forward manner, the intricate processes that are behind the development of their Clarus Crimson and more-affordable Aqua cable lines. The nine videos in the series are viewable on YouTube by clicking here (or see direct links to each one below)

In each video, Jay Victor, the man behind the design of Clarus cables (and Tributaries cables since 2003), describes the application of both scientific principles and “Golden Ear”-based processes that were involved in the patented design of Clarus cables.

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Audiogon’s new design not impressing regulars

By | July 6th, 2018|Categories: Audiomatters|

The world’s largest used audio gear site (so we’re repeatedly told) made a big splash announcing the roll out of their new website design a week ago. I got the PR push, imagined it must be about time, then took a look. Hum…what’s with the images? Why is it difficult to drill down to items of interest (am always interested in something)? Maybe it’s just me, I figured. I am at the age where changes in design for new platforms and alternative look-and-feel have almost no appeal, so maybe I’ll get used to it.… Read the full article

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Remembering Doc Watson on Independence Day

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

I never really gave Doc Watson too much listening and tonight I feel like I’ve missed a giant. NPR’s Fresh Air did a beautiful show tonight using archive interview and performance material with him. The music is what matters most (and he could really play) but the life story is truly humbling, as is the man himself when he talks of what he’s gone through. Take the time to listen through all of this show, you won’t regret it.

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Diana Krall getting back to basics?

By | June 22nd, 2018|Categories: Audiomatters|

Caught the show this week at the Moody Theater in Austin. Not my favorite venue, sort of soulless vibe with high pitched banks of seats, but at least you can see the stage from most parts and the sound is better than other venues about town. Krall played with a four piece: drums, bass, guitar and violin, giving the band lots of time to play, and play they could. Anthony Wilson on guitar was excellent and overall, the set seemed to hang a lot on her older releases with the instrumentalists given space to shine.… Read the full article

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Authentic Sound: challenging classical music on clavichord

By | June 12th, 2018|Categories: Audiomatters|

I learned recently about Authentic Sound in Belgium, where Wim Winters creates high quality music recordings of a particular type. In what is surely a labor of love, keyboardist Winters has chosen to focus his efforts on the clavichord after experiencing its sound up close. His love of the music and the sound has led to a recording project that embraces sonics and authenticity. In his own words: The name ‘Authentic Sound’ was first chosen in 2012. I believed that the clavichord instrument, as important as this instrument was throughout the whole 18th century, could use some extra help in today’s concert and recording scene.

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Paul Simon – the long goodbye

By | June 6th, 2018|Categories: Audiomatters|

I don’t care for the Erwin Center in Austin. It’s large, designed mainly for sports, and hard to remember any intimacy in the musical events I’ve attended. Despite my reservations, I dropped a large sum (by my yardstick anything north of $100 for a show is expensive, though I clearly must be in a minority given ticket prices these days) and lucked into a decent seat with a good view of the stage for Paul Simon on his Homeward Bound tour.… Read the full article

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Update on Jerome Sabbagh project

By | June 2nd, 2018|Categories: Audiomatters|

LP taking shape…who knew Jerome had a Garrard 401 like mine…but he has two arms….oooh!

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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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