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T.H.E. Show: A Great Show by Audiophiles

By | June 10th, 2019|Categories: Real HD-Audio|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The 2019 edition of The Home Entertainment Show is over. Unlike years past, I didn’t drive home every night. After an unfortunate experience at a nearby Travelodge (loud music coming from the adjacent room and no option to swap rooms), […]

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T.H.E. Show: Long Beach This Weekend

By | June 3rd, 2019|Categories: Real HD-Audio|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Attending trade shows gives audio hardware and software vendors a chance to demonstrate their products to new customers, connect with existing customers, and maybe garner some attention from the audiophile press for their products. I’ve participated in dozens of trade […]

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How best to audition loudspeakers?

By | April 25th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

A bitter pill to swallow: every single piece of a loudspeaker system adds colour to the sound. Adding the most colour of all is the room — it’s the lens through which we hear our loudspeakers. Its colour isn’t fixed. By adding/removing furniture, acoustic panels and bass traps, we can shift its audible impact. And for those with uncorrectable shortcomings, time allows us to get to know the room’s characteristics – the lens’s optics – to better mentally separate its colour from the loudspeaker’s.… Read the full article

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The Top 10 Audio Show Anthems

By | August 22nd, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , |

Weather you love them or you hate them one thing is for sure, they help you hear the capabilities of a hifi rig just a little better. Its also one of the more discussed audiophile subjects, but never really seems to change much. Yes folks. I’m talking about audiophile songs at hifi shows.

I place very little blame on the show exhibitors themselves. They want their systems to sound the best, the logic to overplay these tracks is sound. It can also be worse from both sides of that worn out coin.… Read the full article

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YARRA 3DX is in the House!

By | August 5th, 2018|Categories: Real HD-Audio|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Waldrep summer 2018 vacation is over. Mona, Charlie, and I returned to Southern California early last week after driving 5200 miles around the western U.S. — we visited Carmel, sped around Lake Tahoe in a 23 foot skiboat, climbed […]

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Audiophile Societies – A True Story

By | July 9th, 2018|Categories: Real HD-Audio|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

A couple of weeks ago I wrote an article about an event that reported on some of the nonsense demos that happen at trade shows (you can visit the article by clicking here). I deliberately avoided naming the salesperson who demonstrated the “benefits” of expensive — very expensive — power cords and the name of his company out of respect for the hosts. His demo produced audible/measurable increases in the amplitude of identical music selections. A result that is impossible according to the laws of physics.… Read the full article

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High-End Mischief — Again!

By | June 20th, 2018|Categories: Real HD-Audio|Tags: , , |

Thanks so much to everyone that has participated in the High-Resolution Challenge. And thanks for being patient while attempting to download the files…there was a bit of a bottleneck when hundreds of people wanted to download the files on the same day. I hope we all recognize that the High-Resolution Challenge is not a rigorous study. However, it does remove one of the critical flaws in most other studies but remains imperfect nonetheless. There is no way to tell if people are cheating or not — although I have confidence that my readers won’t see any advantage in peeking at the files.… Read the full article

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T.H.E. Show Report and Wrap Up

By | June 5th, 2018|Categories: Real HD-Audio|Tags: , |

In spite of some confusion on the run up to T.H.E. Show held this past weekend and the relatively small number of vendors, I can report that it was very successful from my perspective. The AIX Records booth was located at the entrance to the marketplace. It was hard to miss the layout of my DVDs and Blu-rays discs AND the Music and Audio: A User Guide To Better Sound book on the tables. I had my trusty Oppo Universal Player (a custom modified BCT-101 with multiple S/P DIF digital outputs) connected to a Benchmark DAC-2 HGC and a couple pairs of Oppo PM-1 headphones.… Read the full article

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T.H.E. Show – Coming Next Weekend

By | May 29th, 2018|Categories: Real HD-Audio|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

There are a lot of audio shows. As the owner of a high-end record label and the author of Music and Audio: A User Guide to Better Sound, I’m obligated to attend most of them. I have been a regular attendee at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, AXPONA, the Capitol Audio Fest, TAVES, the California Audio Show, The New York Audio Show, the Salon Audio, the Los Angeles Audio Show, and T.H.E. Show in Newport Beach, which is happening at the end of this week!… Read the full article

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Munich High End 2018 – Looking Back

By | May 24th, 2018|Categories: Real HD-Audio|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It’s been about 10 days since I returned from Munich and my first High End Show. I had to race back to Los Angeles to give final exams to my anxious students, grade papers, calculate grades, and attend graduation ceremonies. It was a whirlwind trip but got to spend some time with our youngest son Michael (who’s been living in Berlin and works for a famous Icelandic/Danish artist named Olafur Eliasson). Thankfully, my wife Mona got to spend a couple of extra days in Austria before returning to SoCal.… Read the full article

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