6 Free Software Every Audiophile Should Download

Originally published December 2013 How often is it that you can get something for your system for nothing? Almost never. Below are six of our favorite free pieces of software that we think every audio enthusiast should download and try out. From CD ripping to improving your ability to critically listen, this list has something […]

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First Graphene Audio Speaker Easily Outperforms Traditional Designs

The world’s first electrostatically driven graphene speaker matches or outperforms commercially available earphones, say physicists. Most loudspeakers work using a diaphragm that creates pressure waves in air by mechanically vibrating. “For human audibility, an ideal speaker or earphone should generate a constant sound pressure level from 20 Hz to 20 kHz, i.e. it should have a […]

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ESSENTIAL READING: How we made the compact disc

Jacques Heemskerk, research scientist: ‘When the CD came in, I got rid of all my old Rolling Stones and Beatles vinyl. It still hurts’ Interviews by Dave Simpson (The Guardian) Jacques Heemskerk, research scientist, Philips In the 1970s, Philips felt that the vinyl disc was coming to the end of its lifetime, because it was cumbersome, […]

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AUDIOQUEST: An Open Letter from Bill Low of AudioQuest

An open letter from myself and AudioQuest to the community—to everyone who cherishes the truth, regardless of their opinions about audio and digital cables, regardless of their opinions about AudioQuest. For good reason, there is growing internet “buzz” about the recently published findings of Mark Waldrep on his Real HD-AUDiO blog. Mark’s findings are very […]

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“When it comes to vinyl, we’ve barely scratched the surface”

Jimmy Stamp writes: The first time I heard the White Stripes, I remember thinking, “This is high quality rock and roll. Pure and simple.” There’s something undeniably authentic about the unabashed, heart-on-sleeve music of the White Stripes. It fits seamlessly into the continuum of music history, bridging the past with the present, somehow sounding like […]

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Is High-resolution audio even worth it?

The Calgary Herald writes: The MP3 revolution, and to a certain extent the iPod, ushered in a fast food-like era for music consumption. MP3s offered an all-you-can-eat buffet that’s been about variety and quantity. This continues today with streaming music services and Internet radio. High-resolution audio (HRA) represents the fine-dining counterpunch to compressed audio. It […]

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The Life of a Song: The fascinating stories behind 50 of the world’s best-loved songs Hardcover – 21 Sep 2017 by David Cheal (Author),‎ Jan Dalley (Author)

An owner writes ….. 50 Songs, from My Way to Auld Lang Syne get a few pages of descriptions about their meaning and the stories behind the writing of them in this entertaining book that should be a hit with any one who has more than a passing interest in music. I knew most of […]

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Death of a sales model

Stereophile has turned a critical eye to Light Harmonic’s “Geek “crowd-funding campaigns (the “Geek Out” and the “Geek Pulse”). After a very nice article covering Geek in the January issue, things turned for the worse by the time February rolled around. Rocks started to get thrown. As Stephen Mejias writes on page 43: “Essentially they […]

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Lossy and lossless

Paul McGowan writes: Computer audio can be hard to understand. I know this because I get so many questions from our customers. The (seemingly) most misunderstood terms are lossy and lossless, compressed and uncompressed. For starters, how many of us get an uncomfortable feeling when we hear our music’s been compressed? It’s like hearing your food was […]

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Audio language

Paul McGowan writes: When we talk about sound, what do adjectives like, dark, wooly, bright, spacious, or edgy sound like on our stereo systems? Hard to say, because words build pictures in our heads that have no literal equivalent in sound. “Wooly”  forms an image of “thick”, but how can sound be thick? Just today I was trying to describe the […]

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My first taste

Paul McGowan writes: I am trying to remember the system at the time I made the switch from long speaker cables. I believe at that time Music Room One consisted of a pair of Maggie 3.7, a pair of Descent subwoofers, and powered by a Classic 250 amplifier. It was a hell of a good […]

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A real head scratcher

Paul McGowan writes: it still baffles me why long balanced interconnects seemed to sound better than long speaker cables. I previously shared with you my experience at HP’s home with an Audio Research preamp. That demonstrated just the opposite. So one conclusion we can make is the equipment you’re using has a lot to do […]

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DAC priorities

Paul McGowan writes: All DACs are not equal yet many of today’s most popular digital to analog converters are based on the same off-the-shelf chipset like those from ESS, Cirrus Logic, or Analog Devices. Yet those DACs using identical chips often sound as if cut from very different cloth. What makes them different? We might get […]

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Fine for us, but woe to the next person looking to find something to play

Paul McGowan writes: Most people refer to their physical copies of music as collections, for that is what they typically are. Very few large collections of music are well organized. Take my own, for example. In Music Room One I have 6 shelves of vinyl and 30 of CDs and SACDs. Vinyl is organized by the […]

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