Analysis Plus is essentially an engineering firm that has chosen audio manufacturing as one of the areas oh which to focus their resources. What I find interesting is that the fundamental concepts and design geometry that Mark Markel had identified years ago has remained essentially unchanged within their product line. In today’s popular culture, a large cross-section of people are drawn to new, improved, enhanced, or next generation, all of which basically boils down to the concept of different. Now, Analysis Plus has developed refinements to their products over the years, with advancements in conductor materials, terminations, and minor tweaks of the design implementation.… Read the full article
Now that the 2018 classical concert season has drawn to a close, I’d like to share a few of my most contentious observations: 1) the best European orchestras maintain an edge over those from the New World; 2) there are some surpassingly fine ensembles among the next-gen of string quartets; and 3) something must be done to stop the intrusion of cell phones.
The observation regarding the string quartets is international in scope, if not universal in practice. As exhibit A, I refer you to the Danish String Quartet (Denmark), the Quatuor Ébène (France), and the Dover and Calidore (both United States).… Read the full article
Phono System Extraordinaire: EAT Forte S Turntable with Csharp 12 inch Carbon Tonearm, Grado Aeon MI Cartridge, WyWire Diamond Phono Cable, and the EAT Massive LP Weight
After many many years as an audiophile delving into all forms of music reproduction in the home, I am most aware of the direction of the many twists and turns of our limitless hobby. The infinite variability of our quest enhances the fun and fulfillment waiting just after the next acquisition. Recently, I described a dynamite phono front end, intensely musical and realistic, with a solidity, clarity, dynamic soundstage, and overall definition close to my four times more expensive reference: HERE for under $9500 retail for the entire package.… Read the full article
Saturday mornings I’m at the Greenmarket early and later I make my way over to Academy Records, my favorite music retailer. While perusing the bins recently, I stumbled upon Jazz Ballets from Broadway, an early stereo LP from 1958 (Warner Bros BS 1240). The title won’t ring a bell for many people, but it was a big deal at the time according to the liner notes. Jerome Robbins had a runaway hit modern dance extravaganza on the Great White Way, entitled “Ballets U.S.A.” A section of the score entitled N.Y.… Read the full article
I think of Shunyata Research as an investigative research center for signal and power transmission. And I suspect its principal scientist, Caelin Gabriel, has a lot of fun digging into how electricity works, down to the quantum level. After all, Gabriel spent his early career with the NSA, designing military systems to acquire extremely low-level signals obscured by noise—spy stuff. In private industry he did investigative research on 100MB/s and 1GB/s Ethernet devices. It’s cool when hard scientists turn their talents to audiophile gear, especially when they are successful.… Read the full article