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  2. Produced by Dagogo, the California Audio Show is entering its eighth year serving the high-end audio and headphone community. Response of the 2017 CAS from exhibitors and attendees have been overwhelmingly positive. Exhibitors reported unprecedented attendance in each room and attendees reported extended listening time in exhibits. According to Dagogog, "It is now apparent what only small shows like the CAS can contribute to the health of the audio industry." Read More View the full article
  3. In my previous article I was using Wi-Fi on the Pi with music files sourced from a directly connected USB disk. With USBridge I wasn't going to use Wi-Fi, even though I could use a dongle but why would I when the idea is to reduce RF interference? The USBridge was the product to make me finally run a long Ethernet cable from my router through a floor and a wall into my listening room. This cable feeds an Ethernet Switch which connects to both my fanless Windows media server and to either the Pi or USBridge. Such that I could establish a benchmark I connected up the Pi 3 to Ethernet and immediately heard a small but noticeable improvement, some would say more analogue or refined sounding. There was a little more composure being exhibited. Next I setup my fanless PC to be a media server ie as Network Attached Storage (NAS); I setup my music directories to be available to the Pi and USBridge. Initially with the Pi I heard a more refined sound when music was played via Ethernet versus the USB drive some might prefer the added sparkle of a directly connected USB drive but I felt the USB drive was a little brash sounding in comparison to Ethernet. Read More View the full article
  4. Records Collecting Dust II focuses on the East Coast cities of Boston, New York and Washington DC. This film includes in depth interviews with twenty eight highly influential people from the 1980s hardcore punk, post-punk, and other music scenes. This film features Ian MacKaye of Minor Threat, John Joseph of Cro-Mags, Dave Smalley of DYS, Roger Miret of Agnostic Front and Clif Croce of The Freeze. This film also features EnjoyTheMusic.com's very own Editor Tom Lyle who played with the popular band Government Issue. Each musician discusses the music, the bands, and the records that forever changed their lives. Read More View the full article
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  6. New DSP from Dayton (408)

    Check it here: https://www.parts-express.com/dayton-audio-dsp-408-4x8-dsp-digital-signal-processor-for-home-and-car-audio--230-500
  7. Pangea Audio will soon deliver a new step-up phono cable that is said to offer a demonstrable difference in sonic output when used with the majority of currently available turntables. The Pangea Premier SE Phono Cable ($79.95) is a 1.25-meter step-up cable manufactured with audiophile-grade components, yet it is priced for easy accessibility to the growing numbers of vinyl enthusiasts who are investing in new systems. Read More View the full article
  8. CA-F.com Never Ending Story

    Yay for maleware fun.
  9. Paired with the venerable Sennheiser HD800 and ZMF Atticus, Agartha was definitely able to milk the best out of both headphones. The HD800 was open and expansive, with very well-controlled treble, a filled out midrange and punchy bass – exactly what you hope for with a well-matched amplifier. I would very happily recommend this pairing for pretty much any kind of music. With the Atticus, Agartha was similarly excellent, able to bring out the full midrange magic and dynamic slam I had been looking for, giving the headphone a super engaging and ultra-euphonic presentation. Again, an easy pairing recommendation. Read More View the full article
  10. According to Nielsen, a global company that provides data on consumers and markets worldwide, "the music industry is in the midst of a growth spurt that has led to 15-year record revenues for the major label groups and continues to break new consumption records for the first half of 2018." They also say that "Record Store Day helped independent music retailers sell 733,000 LPs during the week of celebration (April 20-26), an all-time high." Read More View the full article
  11. Parasound's A52+ seemed to enjoy reproducing more of the analog sounds (tom-tom drums, folk guitar, etc). I made a note to demo some analog sources with the amplifier, later. Mid-range is a sweet spot for this amplifier. I noticed a bit more depth on male vocals (than normal); especially on the mid to low-mid range. Stevie (Nicks) was particularly well reproduced, as the A52+ seems to be turned for her timbre. Read More View the full article
  12. In an effort to show appreciation for school teachers and promote the integration of music into classroom studies, Steven Van Zandt (of Little Steven and The Disciples and Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band) is hosting free workshops and concerts for school teachers across Europe on behalf of The Rock and Roll Forever Foundation's TeachRock Project. Read More View the full article
  13. So often, newer components are created in a way that makes it hard to appreciate their true lineage. I mean, when you can witness an entire rack full of equipment shrunk down onto a single microchip, and/or often full sized components reduced to fit inside a shirt pocket, one cannot actually see the individual elements that make up the circuit, anymore; they are so small. And for decades, this trend toward miniaturization has consumed technology efforts, particularly consumer and professional audio and video. Thus, a traditional analog amplifier (tube or Solid State), weighing in at tens of pounds and having a huge physical size accompanying it, is often regarded as antiquated in the presence of smaller, lighter, more modern and often digital-based alternatives. Nothing could be farther from the truth, however. Read More View the full article
  14. CA-F.com Never Ending Story

    Time for a software update.
  15. High-end audio company Clarus, a sister company to Tributaries A/V cables, is introducing a nine part series of consumer-informational videos: "Interviews with Jay Victor Cable engineer" that explain, in a straight-forward manner, the intricate processes that are behind the development of their Clarus Crimson and more-affordable Aqua cable lines. In each video, Jay Victor, renowned life-long audiophile, cable engineer musician, holder of 55 patents and the man behind the design of Clarus cables (and Tributaries cables since 2003), describes the application of both scientific principles and "Golden Ear"-based processes that were involved in the patented design of Clarus cables. Read More View the full article
  16. StemRad's minimalist equipment protects more than it may appear to. View the full article
  17. The Doors released their third studio album, Waiting For The Sun, in July 1968. It was the band's third platinum album in less than two years, and the first to top the album chart. Since its debut, the album has sold millions of copies around the globe and contributed to the Doors' legendary canon with classics like "The Unknown Soldier," "Five To One" and the #1 smash, "Hello, I Love You." Read More View the full article
  18. Using techniques similar to sophisticated tech already in use, she's gotten noticed by 3M. View the full article
  19. An advanced prosthetic comes equipped with a motor and sensors to adjust to stairs or uneven ground. View the full article
  20. Having much admired the Pass Labs Int-60 integrated amplifier, which combined one-box practicality with a refined Class A performance that made it well worth Audio Excellence status, I subsequently asked the UK distributor if I might try a Pass Labs A30.8 power amplifier. With a stereo output of nominally 30W/ch, it had more than enough grunt on paper to drive my relatively efficient speakers (and quite a few less efficient designs besides). I left it to Pass Labs to suggest an appropriate pre-amp, and was sent the first XP-12 to land in the UK (a new model replacing the XP-10). (For reference, the other four members of the Class A .8 Series are monoblocks rather than stereo amplifiers, delivering 60, 100, 160 and 200W outputs.) Read More View the full article
  21. MartinLogan announced their new line of subwoofers: Dynamo 400, 600X, 800X, 1100X, and 1600X. These Dynamo subwoofers represents the company's most advanced, high-performance, and affordable subwoofer systems. The X in the model names designates the inclusion of wireless technologies including app based controls via Bluetooth, wireless Anthem Room Correction (ARC), and wireless signal connection capability. Read More View the full article
  22. Summer Games Done Quick is fascinating, strange, and for a good cause. View the full article
  23. June 28th through 30th at the United States Library of Congress National Audio-Visual Conservation Center in Culpeper, VA, is the Audio Engineering Society's (AES) conference on audio archiving, preservation and restoration. According to the AES, "This conference will present a remarkable opportunity to bring researchers and practitioners together for three days to discuss critical preservation issues and focus on strategies that will support and encourage collaboration and interoperability between industry and the preservation, restoration and archiving communities." Read More View the full article
  24. Robot handlers and their specialty bots practice investigating downed planes in this annual rodeo in New Mexico. View the full article
  25. Learn how to become a well-rounded PM. View the full article
  26. It's easier than you might think and whole lot of fun. View the full article
  27. Two years ago, Elon Musk called the expansion "blindingly obvious." View the full article
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