TECH TALK

A Very Inconvenient Truth…Indeed!

I apologize for failing to issue a post in over a month. Since the first of the year, life has been a little busier than usual — my sabbatical is over and I’m working on a [...]

Cable Denial or Deaf Faith?

My sabbatical is officially over. I returned to the classroom last Tuesday to teach Advanced Audio Recording and Strategies for Media Production. I’ve enjoyed being away from the campus, traveling to a couple of trade shows, [...]

Welcome to 2020: A New Decade for Audio Masters

“Master Quality” was the topic in a recent article written by my friend Steven Stone at Audiophile Review. His piece titled, “What Does Master Quality Mean to Me (or You)?” prompted a lively discussion and a [...]

Adding It All Up

Happy Holidays! The rainy season has arrived in Southern California and the temperature has dropped to below 50 degrees for the first time this year. Thankfully, my new roof was finished just in time and the [...]

Listening to Dynamic Music – HD-Audio Challenge II

The HD-Audio Challenge II has launched. Over 250 audio enthusiasts have already signed up and more are signing up everyday. Please feel free to encourage others to participate in this new research project by linking to [...]

A Couple of Crazy Audio Products: DYI Vinyl?

Making 10-minute Vinyl discs at home? You simply can’t make this stuff up. As an alum of the Kickstarter platform, I get their promotional emails and happened to notice a new audio related campaign yesterday — [...]

The Audio Chain: Reel to Reel Tape

An old idiom states, “a chain is only as strong as its weakest link”. As audiophiles, we are constantly striving to improve the fidelity of our playback systems by identifying the weakest links in our systems [...]

The Audio Chain: Classic Vinyl

A New Semester — and An Old Problem! A new semester begins on Monday at CSU Dominguez Hills tomorrow. I’ve taught audio recording, digital media, and production for over 25 years at this institution and have [...]

Apple Digital Masters: More Hi-Res Nonsense

On August 7, 2019, Apple announced that iTunes was being replaced by Apple Music and that “Mastered for iTunes” — their high quality moniker for ultimate fidelity begun in 2012 — would be known as “Apple [...]

Hi-Res Audio HAS Specifications!

My last post was about honesty in audio. And I’ve written extensively about trust and integrity in all things music and audio in previous articles. The topic is especially poignant in this age of blogs and [...]