Synaesthesia: How people with the condition can taste colours, feel sounds and overwhelmingly make music

Emily Jupp writes ….. People with synaesthesia have an extra layer of sensory perception – and some are pop superstars. When Lowell, a Canadian electro-pop musician, listens to “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers, she sees a wave of blue water crashing over her. When she hears the experimental group Animal Collective, the layered synths, […]

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Vacuum Tube on a Chip?

Derek Brooks writes: Scientists at NASA and National Nanofab Center in South Korea are working to miniaturize a vacuum tube so small it would fit on an integrated circuit. Although applications might one day filter down into the audio marketplace, the current motivation is to make use of the device for faster processing as electrons travel […]

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OBIT TURNTABLES: Kickstarter funding and how it worked out

This is what they say: It’s up to your turntable to unlock vinyl’s potential, and not all turntables are built equal. The Orbit has been designed to deliver sound that does justice to your records. To make this possible at an attainable price, we re-engineered essential audiophile components, simplified wherever possible, and used only high-quality […]

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Distortion – explained by Hi-Fi World

The lower trace shows classic crossover distortion, where one transistor imperfectly hands over to the other in a push-pull pair. Crossover in large-ish quantities (above 0.3%) is audible, roughening the sound. What it tells us A distortion of a sound is, in the broadest sense, any change that affects the original. Distortion that can be heard as a nasty ripping […]

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TRAFFIC: Artist Biography by William Ruhlmann

Though it ultimately must be considered an interim vehicle for singer/songwriter/keyboardist/guitarist Steve Winwood, Traffic was a successful group that followed its own individual course through the rock music scene of the late ’60s and early ’70s. Beginning in the psychedelic year of 1967 and influenced by the Beatles, the band turned out eclectic pop singles […]

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Remembering Rachmaninov

John Allison writes as follows: Seventy years after his death, Sergei Rachmaninov’s star burns as brightly as ever. Few composers are better loved by a broad public, and listeners never seem to tire of his narrow range of musical moods. It hardly seems to matter that many of Rachmaninov’s themes are almost incestuous: as the […]

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ESSENTIAL READING: Reviews: Who Says It’s Good, And How Do They Know?

Roger Skoff writes ….. In the last installment (Part 3) of this continuing series on audio reviews and reviewers I named three requirements for good reviewing ― the ability to judge products’ performance; the ability to apply some (consistent) standard for rating them; and the ability to communicate one’s judgments and ratings to other people […]

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Graphene circuit’s wireless promise – by Paul Rincon

  From the archives The promise of faster, cheaper and more efficient wireless devices has moved a step closer. Researchers at IBM have demonstrated the most advanced integrated circuit made of wafer-scale graphene – often touted as a “wonder material” that could revolutionise electronics. Graphene circuits could allow mobile devices to transmit data loads in […]

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McINTOSH: MCT450 SACD/CD Transport

They tell us ….. The MCT450 can be paired with any McIntosh product that contains digital inputs. This includes select home theater processors, integrated amplifiers and preamplifiers. Digital balanced, coaxial, optical and DIN outputs are available, giving you flexibility in connecting the MCT450 to the rest of your system. For SACDs, the unique DIN output […]

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exaSOUND AUDIO: Reference DACs

They say … Toronto ON — exaSound Audio Design, manufacturer of innovative, exceptional fidelity audio products, announced today the second generation of their model e22 and e28 digital–to–analog converters (DACs). The e22 and e28 Mark II include both firmware and hardware improvements. Based on ESS Technology’s original premium ES9018S SABRE32 Reference integrated circuit, the e20 […]

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BATTERY UNIVERSITY: A free educational website that offers hands-on battery information to

Battery University™ is a free educational website that offers hands-on battery information to engineers, educators, media, students and battery users alike. The tutorials evaluate the advantages and limitations of battery chemistries, advise on best battery choice and suggest ways to extend battery life. The material is based on “Batteries in a Portable World – A […]

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TRANSFIGURATION: They improve their Proteus MC cartridge: upgraded design hits UK

Paul Rigby writes ….. Japan-based Immutable Music’s range of Transfiguration phono cartridges are undergoing a number of enhancements and first to arrive in the UK is the company’s flagship model, the Proteus. Hand crafted in Japan, the new version changes both the dampers and the coils. The Proteus features push-pull damping, with the existing model […]

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OCEAN WAY: HR-3 High Resolution Reference Monitor. Claimed +/- 2dB, 20Hz – 20kHz

They tell us ….. Designed by Allen Sides, the GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer, producer and mixer who founded Ocean Way Recording, the HR-3 monitor system is the culmination of almost 40 years of his experience designing high resolution studio speaker systems for his many studios and a wide variety of commercial installations, including George Lucas’ Skywalker […]

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