Audiophile interview: Kevin Voecks: Loudspeakers, Crossovers, & Rooms

                          Thomas J Norton (Stereophile Magazine) writes …… Since he joined Snell Acoustics in the mid-1980s, Kevin Voecks, their chief designer (footnote 1), has been involved in the design or redesign of the entire Snell line, from the minor revision of the Type […]

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GARY CHRISTIE: From Infinity to Artison

Thomas J. Norton (Stereophile mag) writes: When Cary Christie, Arnie Nudell, and John Ulrick founded Infinity Systems more than 25 years ago, high-end audio as we know it today didn’t exist. Hi-fi was audio, though the reverse wasn’t necessarily true.Through the growth years, Infinity became a major force in the High End. Cary Christie is […]

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Gerald Wilson: Little Big Man

Originally posted September 2011 Robert Baird writes ….. Big bands died out back in the 1950s, right? They went away when the jitterbug faded and folks began dancing to music other than swing? And then real jazz fans departed when the bebop soloists came along and made big-band players look clumsy and quaint?Despite that widely […]

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M&K: Ken Kreisel of M&K interviewed

Wes Phillips writes:  With 25 years of experience in sound recording, audio retailing, and loudspeaker design and manufacturing, Ken Kreisel has insightful things to say about just about any audio-related subject. The president of Miller & Kreisel Sound Corp. (M&K), Kreisel pioneered the satellite/subwoofer speaker concept that laid the groundwork for the home theaters of […]

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John Daversa: Bursting Out of LA – Interview by R. J Deluke

Seen in the hallways at California State University in Northridge, a neighborhood of Los Angeles, where he teaches big band arranging, jazz history and other music courses, John Daversa might be seen with his goatee, and dense, dark and curly hair, parted in the middle, and correctly sense he might be involved in one of […]

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SPICA: John Bau interview – Interstellar Overdrive

John Atkinson (Stereophile) writes ….. Elsewhere in this issue, I review the new Spica Angelus loudspeaker, only the fourth product to appear from this Santa Fe-based manufacturer since it started operations at the end of the 1970s. You will have to read the review to learn what I thought of the speaker, a distinctively styled […]

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MARK LEVINSON: His Milestone Year

This piece originally appeared in Stereophile in May 2002: Mark Levinson, born December 11, 1946, celebrates an important anniversary in 2002. Exactly 30 years ago he jogged onto the playing field of high-end audio, so early in the game that fans, then few and far between, could count the players on their fingers. The high-fidelity […]

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Dave Grohl: ‘You don’t need a needle hanging out of your arm to be a rock star’

Originally published November 2014 Alex Patridis writes: As the Smithsonian Institution’s undersecretary for history, art and culture points out, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC seldom plays host to rock music. Nor, one suspects, does it regularly get guest speakers who swear to quite the degree that the gentleman seated beside him […]

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Valve microphonics

  J. Evans writes: The construction of a valve is not a completely rigid structure. Any relative movement of the various electrodes not only affect sinter-electrode capacitances but also variations in current and mutualconductance. Such relative movements can be caused by vibration, such as sudden knocks or even ambient sounds. Mullard presented the results of […]

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The Real Chicago Blues

  Blue Chicago offers a revealing look at an important part of Chicago life. David Grazian spent lots of time in blues clubs all over the city, schmoozing with musicians, bartenders, club owners, and audiences, sometimes even taking the stage himself. What he uncovers is how people involved with the Chicago blues scene define the blues […]

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When did headphones become an important weapon of choice for audiophiles?- by Anthony Kershaw

  Let’s be clear of the Audiophilia (my) stance. Headphones are convenient, they are in the domain of thin-walled residents, and many significant others love them, but in no way do they represent what I think represents natural, musical sound. I’ve heard the best. And, at length. Stax and Sennheiser Orpheus, chief among them. I […]

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Design and Application of Room Acoustic Diffusers

The research into acoustic diffusers at the University of Salford has been extensively summarised in a text book co-authored by Professor Trevor Cox: Acoustic Absorbers and Diffusers Diffusers are used in spaces where acoustics is a critical requirement. They can be used to improve speech intelligibility in railway stations, theatres and teleconferencing rooms and are […]

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“Translation is everything.” – Rob Hoffman meets Amphion

Initially as a young 10 years old trombonist in the school orchestra, by the time Rob Hoffman hits high school, he adds guitar, piano, drums, and the complete saxophone family to his instrumental list. Rob spent his childhood surrounded by his parents’ love of music, and immersed in the sounds of The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, […]

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Is this now the most widely read Hi-Fi magazine on the planet?

Good question. We don’t know for sure but the three vital statistics below seem to point that way. Unique visitors: 19,863 Number of visits: 39,288 = 1.97 visits/visitor Pages opened: 260,150 = 6.62 pages per visit To view more stats please click Statistics for hifianswers.com (2018-05) – main For the technically inclined, we have never […]

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Why write symphonies?

‘I would like to think we might now be in a phase when composers no longer seek merely to impress with complexity’ Why write symphonies? People often ask me this. They are probably mindful that I’ve spent most of my active life composing for the media. First it was TV commercials – including my music […]

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How Beethoven’s symphonies changed the world

Phillip Clark writes: Ludwig van Beethoven, the composer who, more than any other, changed music, the sound of music and what it is that composers do, wrote nine symphonies that jolted music out of itself. Life could never – would never – be the same again. The “classical” rationality of structure, harmony, form, melodic development […]

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