Bob Katz Declares the Loudness War Has Been Won

“The debilitating loudness war has finally been won,” said mastering engineer Bob Katz on the eve of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) Convention in New York City. The last battle will be over by mid-2014.” “I have just completed loudness measurements of iTunes Radio using iTunes version 11.1.1. Tunes Radio’s audio levels are fully-regulated, using […]

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Top-10 ultimate high-end speakers

Steve Guttenberg writes: Ultimate high-end speakers are conceived with the same zeal Ferrari and Lamborghini apply to their no-holds-barred sports cars. Sales of ridiculously expensive and absurdly powerful cars are holding steady, and the same can be said for extreme, high-end speakers. Granted, there’s no practical reason for the existence of the new 450-horsepower Audi […]

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STRANGE ROTATIONS: The 8 most eccentric turntables and the curious features someone thought were a good idea

From laser styli to a four-armed behemoth, Paul Rigby looks at some of the more outlandish turntables you can buy and draws a very firm line between the sublime and the ridiculous. Please click HERE to continue reading … EDITORIAL NOTE: The opinions expressed in the above post do not necessarily reflect those of our […]

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A POINT OF VIEW: If for some reason your power amplifier puts DC into your loudspeaker you’ll …

Paul McGowan writes: If for some reason your power amplifier puts DC into your loudspeaker you’ll wind up letting the magic blue smoke out and killing your loudspeaker.  ”Magic blue” smoke is engineering humor: it’s what we jokingly say when a component blows up and smoke spews from its innards – “oops, we let the […]

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For me it solves a long-time dilemma and I am enjoying it more – says Howard Popeck

My topic today (and I apologise if it might seem like a sermon; not my intention I assure you) is the problem of extremes. By this I mean the high-end system which extends the extremes with, as a consequence, better sounding better AND, worse sounds worse. You must have experienced this surely? In a nutshell, […]

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STAX: Useful information regarding the use of STAX Omega 2 earspeakers

Howard Popeck writes: Part of the considerable expense of the Omegas is the fact that the driver membrane is phenomenally thin, in fact thinner than STAX have ever built before. Around 1.6 microns thick. Far lighter than even the thinnest tissue paper. Consequently the membrane can respond to draughts, sudden movements of air and so […]

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We Need a New Definition of “Audiophile”

Brent Butterworth writes: Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Edition defines audiophile as “a person who is enthusiastic about high-fidelity sound reproduction.” The word first appeared in print in 1951, in an era in which audio gear bore little resemblance to what we use today. Since then, the working definition of audiophile also seems to have changed. […]

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