What do large chunks of modern pop music (and techno, house and indie rock) and Munich High-End have in common? Both are LOUD. Modern music suffers from high levels of dynamic range compression. The Munich show delivers high levels of background noise. Pointing a camera and its microphone at an audio show and its conversational roar, in Munich multiplied and distorted by the echo of the M.O.C.’s exhibition halls, might be faithful to the real event but wait: is it enjoyable to watch/hear?… Read the full article
New room, new broom, new possibilities and – for the hi-fi system owner – new challenges: standing waves and suck-outs in the low-end plus soundstage smear caused by wall, ceiling and floor reflections.
I’m now two years into my first Berlin apartment and I have my listening room dialled in so that it sounds pleasing to the ear but also looks and feels cosy enough to sit in when not listening to music. I work hard to keep the electronics tidy so that the room doesn’t appear overrun with audio gear and the (judiciously-placed) acoustic panels don’t have it looking like a sound lab.… Read the full article
It has been a bit of a tumultuous time for the Stereophile properties since they were recently acquired by AVTech Media. As with any changing of hands, a changing of the guard sometimes also follows. In a surprise move this weekend at the AXPONA audio show in Chicago, Stereophile’s longtime Editor-In-Chief John Atkinson announced during his seminar Keynote: A Life In Audio that Jana Dagdagan will be taking over as editor of the digital-focused website AudioStream.
Previously Jana had been an editorial coordinator for all Stereophile sites and was tasked with reshaping the brand’s video content and YouTube channel.… Read the full article