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Amnesty International and Bob Dylan

You have probably already heard that Amnesty International, as a fundraiser, is to release in late January 2012 an album of some 70 covers of Bob Dylan pieces. You can now listen online and pre-order here: http://www.facebook.com/amnestyusa?sk=app_115392725211599   The 4 CD collection is $24.99, with digital downloads ("high bitrate" MP3s) for $19.99. I will be ripping my CDs to FLAC, thank you.   And here's the complete tracklisting: http://www.nme.com/news/bob-dylan/60580

curmudgeon

curmudgeon

 

Listening session on Music Culture line of products

Along with 14 other subscribers to a local web forum I attended on 10th Dec 2011 a demonstration by the designer and owner Wolfgang Meletzky of his Music Culture line of products. Mr Meletzky was former designer and owner of MBL of Germany, when several years ago he sold off MBL and later started the Music Culture line. The demonstration was held in a demo room of a local hi fi shop in a mall. This room is about 150 to 200 sq ft with the speakers placed about midway between listener and the bac

francisleung

francisleung

 

A Curmudgeonly Top Ten for 2011

Okay, everybody else does this around this time of each year. You will soon get sick of such lists, I suspect. Anyway, my kids and I play this little game of naming our top ten albums (non-classical and non-jazz, those to be worked up later) of the year. This, just off the top of my head in a few minutes, so I'm bound to have overlooked something (and haven't even checked out all of these on the latest iteration of the Cherished-But-Modest Chez Curmudgeon Sound System):   Beirut: The Rip Ti

curmudgeon

curmudgeon

 

My audio system may make me lose my job

I work from home and always have music in the background when I am not on conference calls. Until recently this was more background music. Over the past few months my system has undergone a significantly evolution. Recently I am finding I get distracted from my work by the music. It is not uncommon for me to be nose down in my computer and then my ear catches something in the music and the next thing I know I am no longer working but rather getting engaged in listening.   I can’t tell if t

Jsmith

Jsmith

 

Remotes

I felt like starting a thread on remotes (rather than a blog topic) would be off-topic, but most folks here are presumably users of remote control devices, and probably have a lot of experience.   Edit: I did not see Chris's review of RedEye here until now.   I feel like my remote-control system is adequate, but sub-optimal. It is good enough for me, but the rest of the family doesn't really appreciate my approach very much: Incompetent, often incontinent, psychotic dwarves and obstreperou

wgscott

wgscott

 

Bowers and Wilkins Society of Sound

When I first started out, which was about April of 2010, I bought a year subscription to the B&W Society of Sound, for about $60. After letting it lapse between April 2011 and now, I just renewed it yesterday.   In addition to two selected albums per month, you can download a bunch of stuff from their back catalogue.   The recordings are for the most part 24-bit, 48 kHz recordings. The technical quality has been quite uniformly good, even if the sampling frequency isn't really high. (

wgscott

wgscott

 

Digital updates and the joy of analog

King Rex did in fact ship a U-Power and a UD384 and now I need to find some time to slot it in. I really like that battery pack -- however that review ends up, that widget might just have to stick around to drive the power leg of my Acoustic Revive USB-SP cable.   Burson Audio also sent me a DA-160. Nice DAC! It got a bit rattled in the shipment, however, so that one went back. Still working on out what and when the replacement will be.   In the meantime, the Berkeley Pair (Alpha Series 2 an

Part-Time Audiophile

Part-Time Audiophile

 

FLAC vs WAV vs MP3 vs M4A Experiment

I wanted to try an experiment of measuring any differences between various media file formats as described in the title. Consider this, if you are hearing a difference when you change media file formats (e.g. from FLAC to WAV), then the audio waveform must have changed, and if it is has changed, then that change can be measured. While the waveform pictures in this article are technical, it really is a case of which picture does not belong with the others.   If you are comparing media file fo

mitchco

mitchco

 

Ipod Itunes remote app

I'm a newbie to the computer end of music.I'm getting into this slowly & kind of muddling through.I got a new Mac mini (with Lion OS) running my music with an external 2TB Mercury HD to a Wyred4sound Dac 2 to a Vincent SAT 8 & Edge G6 & Maggie 1.7's.I also have Pure Music as software for I Tunes.The music sounds very good ,even though it has not been set up without the extra tweeks & fine tuning like hog mode etc.I recently purchased an I POD touch to use as a remote.The remote

wooferman

wooferman

 

Hearing What's Not There

Man 'stabbed himself to death' after Them Crooked Vultures gig gave him tinnitus .... went the screaming headline from a few days ago. For a moment, I thought it was some sort of Onion-esque black humor, but it was apparently very real. And very tragic.     FLASHBACK #1 - OCTOBER 14, QUITE A NUMBER OF YEARS AGO   The early morning sun cascades through the floor-to-ceiling windows of my art studio loft and across my bed. But I am already awake, with a sudden deaf-making level of pounding

curmudgeon

curmudgeon

 

Mac Mini question

I am about ready to purchase a mac mini and DAC (?bryston) to hook into my high-end audio system. I've got 2 questions:   1. I was going to run HDMI out to LED screen so I can see computer desktop and programs. But then I need audio out to DAC. Is it possible to "split" video to LED screen and audio to DAC? Which audio out?   2. What is the best digital connection to DAC. Haven't bought a DAC yet.   Thanks Todd

TGoldblum

TGoldblum

 

Confessions of a DigiPhile V

OK, so I jumped straight into the way way deeper end!   A set of Genelec 8250A’s with a monster 82kg 7271A 2 x 12” woofer was up for grabs at half price pre-owned. I talked to the guy and set up a meet on Saturday at his office at the local film studio.   Everything seemed ok and in perfect working condition, so I got a total of 110kg of speakers including 980w of amplification and he got a bank transfer. Fortunately I had teamed up with a moving expert friend, so we could get the frighten

DigiPete

DigiPete

 

It's time to fight back

Once again, I find myself burned by purchasing high res music that ... clearly isn't.   This time it is two Neil Young DVDs, and it isn't the first time this month.   These are from Le Noise and from Chrome Dreams II, both DVDs, each of which purports to be a 24-bit, 96 kHz recording.   I bought them from Amazon.com. The Le Noise DVD is an "amazon exclusive".   So I contributed customer images:   Le Noise   Chrome Dreams II   We don't have to just sit there and take it.

wgscott

wgscott

 

A Question of Bach and HDTracks

Just wondering if anyone out there has heard the new 24/96 offering from HDTracks of Glenn Gould doing the Goldberg Variations?   While I already have a number of variants of the Variations (on vinyl or ripped to 16/44) done by not only Glenn Gould, but Angela Hewitt, Andras Schiff, Igor Kipnis, et. al., as this is perhaps my single most favorite work by Bach (or is it the Cello Suites? or the Mass in B Minor?), I am curious about feedback on this one, especially in light of how controversial

curmudgeon

curmudgeon

 

Compressors, Limiters, Loudness War, and Mastering Inception

Years ago, I was lucky enough to spend a decade as a live sound mixer and recording studio engineer in Western Canada. While most of my sound engineering experience was with rock bands, I had the opportunity to work with many talented musicians, recording/mixing many different types of music, from folk, country, jazz, choirs, and classical. I spent a quite a bit of time working with compressors and limiters, so I thought I would share some of my experiences with them, along with mixing and mas

mitchco

mitchco

 

In the pipeline

Got some new stuff coming in, which is always fun.   First up, some King Rex stuff. A UD384 w/ U-Power pack. Christing at King Rex is really excited about this product and thought I should take a look. Who am I to say no to that?   Next, Burson is sending me their new head-amp/DAC combo, the HA-160DS. I don't have a good head amp (other than the one that drives my Stax, but that's not exactly non-Stax friendly), so this is awesome. If this works out, I'm thinking "new desktop rig".   Light

Part-Time Audiophile

Part-Time Audiophile

 

A musician's guide to the enjoyment of digital audio, Part IV

19 November, 2011   Visiting the AXPONA show in Atlanta was the clincher for moving to a computer audio system. I heard the improvement over mid-price CD playback, saw the convenience of having my library of music instantly available for listening, and generally saw the trend that was coming. I was also able to hear several models of speakers and do some rough comparisons. The opportunity wasn't there to do extensive listening but it was possible to audition several speakers in my price range

douglas882

douglas882

 

Christmas Music That Doesn't Suck

She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed has something of a penchant for using just about any holiday as an excuse for doing something ... decorative (not to be confused with decorous). Partly because our kids were reared to respect others' cultural and religious traditions, partly because she just likes to have this kind of fun. So almost anything goes, whether it represents the jewish, christian, islamic, kwanzaa, whatever traditions. Of course, that means that I occasionally find speakers that are festooned

curmudgeon

curmudgeon

 

Looming Large

The Album of the Evening thread (http://www.computeraudiophile.com/content/Album-Evening) has turned out to be one of my CA favorites as it helps me discover new music amd reminds me to revisit some old.   In that latter category, my latest Album of the Evening was Sympathique, the debut release by Pink Martini, a group I discovered in the mid- or late-90s. (This recording, by the way, has been always been a sure-fire gifting expendient for anyone on my Christmas or birthday lists who even re

curmudgeon

curmudgeon

 

A Rock n Roller’s Guide to Designing an Audiophile Sound System

Remember that feeling when you were at a concert or club and saw a band perform an awesome live show? The lights, sound, music, and crowd all moving as one. You could feel the music as much as you could hear it. It was loud, but not too loud, sounded clean, with good dynamics and punch. Good times. I wanted to design a high resolution (i.e. audiophile) sound system that reproduced that live sound experience in my listening room.   I want club and concert sound in my listening room via stre

mitchco

mitchco

 

MANGER. Reference Active System MSMs1.

From rapid detection to constant repetition...   Our sense of hearing is much more than the frequency analyzer most people take it for. In a musical context humans first perceive and interpret a pitchless noise (a so-called transient) followed by the actual note (a repeating vibration, frequency). In fact each natural tone is preceded by such a transient noise. It informs our sense of hearing about the location, type and size of the sound source, e. g. an instrument. And as music is such a com

audiofilodigital

audiofilodigital

 

A musician's guide to the enjoyment of digital audio, Part III

10 November, 2011   Having spent a good amount of time with the Vandersteen 2ce, I decided to compare it to other speakers in the same approximate price range. Again, my decision was to read as much literature as I could find on the speakers. The Absolute Sound and Stereophile were valuable resources of information as well as manufacturers' web sites. I found many links to reviews of all sorts and took my time making my own comparisons through them.   There is, however, no comparison as effe

douglas882

douglas882

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