24 Hours to Go!

Just a quick note to let everyone know that the Kickstarter campaign for A User Guide to Streaming, Downloads, and Personal Audio ends at 8 am PDT tomorrow. The original $10,000 goal was met after only two weeks and an additional 50% has been added since then. The first stretch goal was met a few days ago. Every backer will receive an AIX Records sampler – either a Blu-ray disc or the iTrax/Sprint downloadable sampler.

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AES Show Fall 2020

Today was the deadline to complete and submit my AES Paper. It’s been almost 12 months since I announced the launch of the HD-Audio Challenge II on this site (click here to see the original post). Since then over 13,000 people have visited the launch page, 2000 audiophiles requested the tracks, 1250 downloaded them, and 498 submitted their results. And more music lovers discover the challenge every day. As long as everyone agrees not to post the…

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Whom Can You Trust?

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a piece about the “cozy” relationship between some reviewers, audiophile websites, and the manufacturers that pay for the advertising on those sites or otherwise “sponsor” them. I heard from a number of readers who agreed that finding a trustworthy source of information can be very challenging. They asked what sources or websites I trust and would recommend. So I’ve listed a few of the best sources…

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Amazon Music HD News – More Nonsense!

It was all over the news this week! There were articles at the usual music industry websites and even at NASDAQ.com announcing the new partnership between Amazon Music HD and Universal Music/Warner Music. This new initiative lays out plans to to add additional “Ultra HD” tracks to the Amazon Music HD catalog by remastering albums and streaming them at 192 kHz/24-bits.

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Getting Paid for Reviews?

About a month ago, I read a piece on another audiophile website complaining about the fact that the reviewer was pissed off that he hadn’t been compensated by the manufacturer for having written a positive review on a pricey set of speakers they make. Really?!? The author — also the operator of the site — believed that he was due a commission or finder’s fee or at least a new ad buy for having driven a few new customers to the manufacturer. He justified his position…

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Streaming, Downloads, and Personal Audio – NEW BOOK!

I’m very please to announce that the campaign for my new book on high-fidelity streaming, hi-res downloads, and headphone-based high-end audio will launch on Kickstarter on September 30, 2020 at 8:00 am PDT. The project has been underway for many months, most of the research completed, and I’ve already laid out a preliminary table of contents…

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To Hi-Res or Not to Hig-Res?

It’s been just short of a month since my last post. Even in times when I remain pretty close to home, I’m still pretty busy. I managed to get my 15 year old Euphonix System 5 digital console up and running for a new studio tenant. About 4 years ago, I disassembled it and put all of the modules up in the attic area of my building after a different tenant failed to learn how to use it…

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