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The New Apartment Lounge: Two Memorable Winter Road Trips

By | June 15th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Back to the Midwest-SR

In late January 2019, over the MLK holiday weekend no less, I ventured north by northwest from Florida to the wilds of exurban Indiana to pay my close audio bud, Greg Weaver, a long-overdue visit. I made a similar trek a year earlier to hear his then reference setup, namely Audionet’s Max monoblock amps and matching preamp, the stunning GamuT Zodiac loudspeakers, Greg’s stellar Kronos Sparta turntable, a loom of Stealth cables, and a gaggle of other goodies.… Read the full article

Radio Free Chip June 2019 – Hal Blaine

By | June 13th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

“A dozen of his favorite drummers were me.”

Hal Blaine

Listening and the Art of Drumming…

I remember, over the course of an extended sit down with Jim Hall back in the day, for a JazzTimes cover story, how off-putting this master guitarist found what he characterized to be a track meet mentality he sometimes encountered on the bandstand in coming of age as a jazz musician.

As dedicated musos and jazz aficionados, we often gravitate towards the most flamboyant players, the great virtuosos, particularly as regards drummers, and how we listen in a state of wonder as the likes of Jo Jones, Max Roach, Roy Haynes, Elvin Jones and Tony Williams push the envelope and inspire their bandmates to break on through to the other side…clearly all men are not created equal.Read the full article

Impressions:  My Photographic Portraits from AXPONA 2019

By | June 13th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

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[Note:  All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me.]

Last updated 05/16/2019

LOUDSPEAKERS

Evolution Acoustics Micro One Monitors.

(A new loudspeaker setup will be installed in the near future.)

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The Audionet PRE G2 Preamp.

ELECTRONICS

The PASS Labs Xs 150 Monoblock Amps and Power Supplies on Critical Mass Systems QXK Amp Stands

Merrill Audio Element 118 monoblock amplifiers; PASS Labs Xs Reference Phono Amp, Xs Reference Preamp, and Xs 150 Reference Monoblock Amps; Accustic Arts (components to be detailed); Audionet Pre G2 reference preamplifier, Audionet MAX monoblock amplifiers, Audionet Pam G2 reference phono preamplifier with EPX power supply, darTZeel CTH-8550 Integrated Amplifier; Walker Audio Procession Reference Phono Amplifier (updated 2015).… Read the full article

Work at Fraunhofer IIS

By | May 14th, 2019|Categories: Fraunhofer|Tags: , |

Our motto “Behind the sound” also includes a look behind the scenes of Fraunhofer IIS every now and then: in a short video about work and career at our institute, our colleague Max Neuendorf, heading the group Audio and Speech Coding, introduces the xHE-AAC technology, which he is working on, and also gives an insight […]… Read the full article

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Audiophiles as Artists – Joshua Miles

By | May 1st, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Twenty questions with an audiophile who is also an artist. For this premiere, we feature Joshua Miles of JWM Acoustics.

What’s your background?

My primary background is in visual arts and industrial design.

After establishing myself in this world, I began my engineering work in acoustics and recording technology.

What’s integral to the work of an artist?

Space… for myself, I need lots of it. I work very organized so my mind can focus on creativity. This also goes for my work in sound reproduction.… Read the full article

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Wojtek Karolak and Adam Czerwiński, In a Sentimental Mood

By | April 17th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , |

Wojtek Karolak Adam Czerwiński In a Sentimental Mood

Wojtek Karolak & Adam Czerwiński, In a Sentimental Mood. 

The album In a Sentimental Mood by leading jazzmen Wojtek Karolak and Adam Czerwiński, is one of the best vinyl records of recent years—both when it comes to music and sound. The text below is about how it was recorded and released, as well as what it sounds like.

It is extremely easy to release a vinyl record nowadays. By a curious paradox, technological innovations have brought vinyl to the verge of extinction.… Read the full article

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Awards for Fraunhofer IIS at AES 146

By | April 12th, 2019|Categories: Fraunhofer|Tags: , , , |

Fraunhofer IIS was honored not once, but twice at the recent 146th AES Convention in Dublin, Ireland: while Christian Uhle received the AES Board of Governors Award in recognition of co-chairing the 2017 International AES Conference on Semantic Audio, the “Best Paper” award went to “Background Ducking to Produce Esthetically Pleasing Audio for TV with […]… Read the full article

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An Interview with Luis Fernandes of Finite Elemente

By | April 4th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

The Finite Elemente METHOD (FEM) is a numerical method for solving problems of engineering and mathematical physics. Typical problem areas of interest include structural analysisheat transferfluid flow, mass transport and electromagnetic potential. The analytical solution of these problems generally requires the solution to boundary value problems for partial differential equations

Wikipedia.org

Mr Luis Fernandes, the current CEO of the German company called Finite Elemente, adds that it is a numerical calculation method used in the field of mechanical engineering and it basically means the division of a body into several “finite elements” which are used for the calculation of mechanical stresses.… Read the full article

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Audiophiles as Artists – Greg Petan

By | March 24th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Twenty questions with an audiophile who is also an artist. For this premiere, we feature our own writer, Greg Petan.

Tell us about your background?

I grew up in Evanston, IL. My father was a jazz pianist and middle school teacher and principal. He had a regular Saturday night gig at the Playboy Mansion for 20 years. I went to the American Academy of Art, a rigorous atelier style school of art centered around the fundamentals of drawing from life and a variety of techniques.… Read the full article

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In Memoriam:  The Passing of Mark Hollis

By | February 26th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

It’s a day of mourning for music lovers everywhere—Mark Hollis, the ingenious lead singer, songwriter, and musician of Talk Talk is dead!

People may only remember Talk Talk from their hits, “It’s My Life” and “Life’s What You Make It,” but Talk Talk’s last two albums, Spirit of Eden and Laughing Stock are absolute musical masterpieces, and something far beyond the norm.

This is my own personal emotional homage, done within hours of hearing about his passing, and sent to the great beyond—thoughts that I hope reach Mark.… Read the full article

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