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Speaking of Hendrix

By | December 12th, 2017|Categories: Audiomatters|

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I can’t complain about the various releases coming out as I recently purchased the 9 LP resissue of the older velvet purple box, The Jimi Hendrix Experience Box Set.  Sadly, it’s no longer boxed in velvet, and am sure the source is digital but it’s a fine collection, both musically and sonically. Previously I’d thought there was not enough  interesting material on it to warrant purchase but when I found it competitively priced compared to used older sets, I bit the bullet.

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‘NEW" Hendrix Album for Spring 2018?

By | December 7th, 2017|Categories: Audiomatters|

Rolling Stone reporting a new release from the Hendrix Estate. I know, 50 years later, new stuff still being ‘found’ and packaged for release. I understand the demand, am curious myself, but sometimes I wonder what the artist would think.  My own preference would be for some of the live stuff we know is out there (Royal Albert Hall someone?).  I suppose it speaks to Jimi’s enduring legacy that we are even having this discussion but heaven help any new listener to Jimi who lucks onto these ‘albums’ first and thinks what is the fuss about?  For fans only.

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A meeting of the spirits

By | December 1st, 2017|Categories: Audiomatters|

There’s been a lot of bad news recently with deaths in the industry, and we rightly pause to acknowledge the contributions of people like Charlie Hansen,  but last night I witnessed a musical performance that reminded me of how uplifting music can be. John McLaughlin is on a farewell tour of the US with his 4th Dimension band, sharing the stage with Jimmy Herring’s band.

I caught them last night at the beautiful Paramount Theater in Austin and came away on a high that defies logic. It is one thing to hear virtuosity live, but add to that the opportunity to hear classic Mahavishnu Orchestra music played live as if transported back in time.

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Charlie Hansen – Ayre — RIP

By | November 30th, 2017|Categories: Audiomatters|

The bad news is coming thick and fast at the moment — I was very saddened to learn this from Ayre:

With heavy hearts, we regret to inform you that Charles Hansen, founder of Ayre Acoustics, has passed away on November 28th, 2017. Those who knew Charley knew that he was a passionate man who always stood up for what he believed to be right. His family knew him as a loving and dedicated father of his two children. With the passing of Charley, the world has lost one of the most creative and innovative minds in the audio industry and we have lost a good friend.

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The Waterboys – Out of all this Blue

By | November 27th, 2017|Categories: Audiomatters|

One of the best gigs I’ve seen over the last few years was the Waterboys here at the Paramount in Austin when they were promoting Modern Blues. Having seen the band 25 years ago, it was a joy to be reminded of the power of Mike Scott live. Of late, he seems to be on a creative roll so I was happy to learn of a new album, Out of all this Blue, and duly signed up for the deluxe edition.… Read the full article

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Arnie Nudell RIP

By | November 22nd, 2017|Categories: Audiomatters|

Just heard from PS Audio that Arnie Nudell died from complications associated with pneumonia. Mostly associated with Infinity speakers, Arnie was involved with the development of the latest PS Audio power amps, the marvelous BHK series, and you can find a few comments from him in the associated videos put out by PS Audio at the launch, which give you a flavor of the man. He was 80, lived a life, and contributed to the art and science of music reproduction.… Read the full article

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New Joe Satriani release coming via Pledge

By | November 22nd, 2017|Categories: Audiomatters|

PledgeMusic is a platform for interfacing musicians and fans that offers some unique opportunities to obtain recordings that might not otherwise happen. While most of their releases are not of interest to me, there are some that capture my attention. Joe Satriani is releasing an album (available on vinyl) of new music  (with Chad Smith on drums and Glenn Hughes on bass) that he seems quite enthused by — take a listen.

You can follow the process of releasing this, and buy a copy at:

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Stereophile Recommended Components List

By | October 27th, 2017|Categories: Audiomatters|

I started reading S’phile in the mid-1990s, and have stayed with it over the years. Its combination of technical coverage, decent writers (Art Dudley, particularly), new music, and sheer commitment to the sonic arts make it an easy choice each time renewal rolled around.  I also happen to like magazines as a medium and S’phile has always been well-presented. I know the nay-sayers, and sense there’s a lot of hate and suspicion out there on the forums for all audio mags, but I feel I get my money’s worth.… Read the full article

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Further links on MQA

By | October 25th, 2017|Categories: Audiomatters|

The more I dig, the more comes up.

Here’s an excellent editorial by Doug Schneider of Soundtage.
And here’s a longer discussion by audio professions (not to be confused with audiophiles).

General points are common– the basic comparisons enabled by the promoters of MQA are not equivalent in terms of source material so it’s hard to know what is really going on. Presumably the MQA folks know this but don’t seem to offer a very convincing argument as to why they do it this way.

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MQA concerns continue

By | October 23rd, 2017|Categories: Audiomatters|

My recent post (see below) on the blind test results on MQA samples from Archimago clearly struck a nerve. This got me digging deeper and now I find there are more than a few people pointing out that something seems a little odd with the whole push from Meridian.

The main concern seems to be that this is a back door move to rights management for music that will force us all into paying fees for music that we never actually own, but some folks are even more vocal in their objections, claiming that endorsements from the audio press are based on comparative samples that have been goosed up to favor MQA.

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