It was a tough decision but my wife and I — AND 200 pounds of books and Blu-ray discs are headed to Munich later today. This will be the first time that I have traveled to Germany for the largest audio show in the world. I’ll be sharing a corner booth with Todd Garfinkle in Hall 3 J15 from Thursday through Sunday — unless I manage to sell all 65 books that I hauling with me and get some tourist time.… Read the full article
Every interested audiophile, equipment manufacturer, audio engineer, and content supplier should carefully read “MQA: A Review of controversies, concerns, and cautions” by Archimago, which was posted on the Computer Audiophile site back in March. I hold Archimago in the highest regard (and consider him a friend) but this article is a thorough, thoughtful, and critical analysis of the hoax that is MQA. I don’t know why I didn’t hear about it sooner — I don’t spend very much time reading CA — but kudos to Chris and Archimago for a terrific piece.… Read the full article
I heard from a good friend — a member of the audiophile community and vendor of high-end music servers — who suggested that I bring a couple of cases of the book Music and Audio: A User Guide to Better Sound to Munich for the high end audio show happening in 10 days. I’m seriously considering making the mad dash to Germany between the end of my semester and the start of final exams. Todd Garfinkle or MA Records (who I’ve know since our days in the music department in Northridge, CA) has a booth at the show and told me that he would share a small corner of it.… Read the full article
Can a PCM digital audio file at any sampling rate and word length ever level be considered “lossy”? Despite a recent article on a popular audiophile website, the answer is an unambiguous NO…never! By definition Pulse Code Modulation is a lossless digital encoding scheme that preserves 100% of the original signal given the right filtering and parameters. How the simplest terms can get twisted and recast by casual — and uninformed audio writers — is not really surprising but problematic for readers looking for accurate information.… Read the full article
I was heartened to learn from several other vendors that MQA is not a regular topic of conversation and audiophiles aren’t asking whether this or that DAC will include this completely unnecessary technology. But I do continue to read discussions and comments posted by advocates for MQA. Steven Stone’s recent 2018 Show Report contains a rather curious section that narrows down the conditions under which MQA encoded music sounds best (if it’s supposed to sound different from the master at all!).… Read the full article
My wife, Charlie (the family border collie), and I left the mountains of Colorado a week ago and have returned to the warmth and comfort of Southern California. It was great to spend some time with family and friends. And I love to ski. But it was time for the vacation to end — time to come back home.
The new semester at the university has begun, the < emMusic and Audio books are expected to arrive next week, and preparations are being made to get them packed and shipped to purchasers as quickly as possible.… Read the full article
MQA continues to spin their thread of sonic improvements through “origami” and removing “time smear” with high-end equipment manufacturers, audiophile reviewers, and streaming services. Among professional audio engineers and equipment designers, the jury is still out on the merits of MQA. I’ve made my position pretty clear over the past couple of years — they have developed solution to a non problem. There is no need to enhance fidelity beyond high-resolution PCM, FLAC encodes are DRM free and open to everyone and deliver better compression, and virtually all tracks consumed on disc or via streams aren’t high-resolution to start with and therefore can’t possibly benefit from MQA.… Read the full article
What can I say? I have no excuses for the past few months of blog silence. During the intervening months, I have completed the Music and Audio: A Guide to Better Sound, which is welcome news. It’s over 700 pages long and has over 200 illustrations. The replicated Blu-ray demo discs have arrived back from the replicator and have been inserted into the protective sleeves that will attached to the inside back cover of the book. I’m expected to receive the finished books from the printer in about two weeks.… Read the full article
It was certainly nice to see returning attendees and meet new faces at the recent AXPONA audio show in Chicago a few weeks ago. As I said in my previous post, it will probably be the last time I assemble a high-resolution, surround demo with my partners Oppo, Benchmark, Emotiva, DH Labs, and JVC. It’s tremendously expensive (and getting more expensive every year), takes a lot of planning, sweat, and time to pull together and for what? I do enjoy sharing my recordings and talking about high-resolution music during the extended sessions in the Lakeshore B ballroom, but I would probably sell more discs if I simply manned the table in front of the room.… Read the full article
Bars of Exception
by Dick Tan
Klipsch recently announced the release of their latest range of wireless soundbars in Malaysia, the RSB Series which comprises the entry level RSB-6, the mid priced RSS-11 and the flagship model RSB-14.
Designed for movie and music lovers who appreciate what a good audio system can do but abhor the messy wirings that usually accompanies multi component systems the RSB Series Soundbars offer the simplicity of only just two components (the Soundbar itself and the subwoofer) but packed with high performance separate component electronics.… Read the full article