: ' 5.1 Surround'

Researching HD-Audio: The Truth

It’s finished. The HD-Audio Challenge II, my sabbatical research project from last fall, has run its course. It’s time to start presenting the data and the analysis associated with almost 500 responses. Among those that submitted [...]

HiFi Summit Podcast- Today

Audio trade shows have ceased operations due to the pandemic. No more AXPONA, T.H.E. Show, or Capitol Audio Fest until further notice. But that doesn’t mean they’ve opted out completely from holding “online” shows of one [...]

Audiophile Marketing: Pick Three Letters

DXD CDs I hadn’t planned on writing today. My efforts lately have been focused on the relaunch of iTrax.com. Everyday, I try to add a couple of albums from the AIX Records collection AND from the [...]

Surround Music Rules!

There is simply no better way to dramatically enhance music listening experiences than to switch from traditional stereo to immersive surround sound. “No question, it’s better,” encourages Paul MacGowan, head of PS Audio in one of [...]

Summer Is Finally Here!

It’s been a very challenging semester. The shutdown of face-to-face classroom instruction caused no end of headaches, compromises in the quality of teaching, and some serious doubts about tests and grading. I just finished grading 55 [...]

HD-Audio Challenge II: Update

It’s incredibly gratifying to see the list of submissions for the HD-Audio Challenge II grow past 400! Everyday, my email includes dozens of people asking if it’s too late to participate. I respond by forwarding the [...]

HD-Audio Challenge II: Preliminary Results

The HD-Audio Challenge is coming to an end. Tomorrow is May 1 and it’s time to wrap phase one of this research project and begin the process of analyzing the raw data. It will be a [...]

Find an Expert, Lose the Sales Pitch!

Having been involved in high-end audio for many years as an audio engineer, record producer, writer, and having garnered a reputation as somewhat of a contrarian when it comes to some well-established norms in our hobby, [...]

Wallace Roney Lost to Coronavirus at 59

In 2012, Crystal Roney contacted me and asked if I’d be interested in recording her brother Wallace. I have to admit that I didn’t know much about him at the time. But after doing a little [...]

HD-Audio Challenge II – Extended

The “stay-at-home” orders that exist in most of the states in this country and other in countries and the notice that the HD-Audio Challenge II is nearing the end have resulted in a flood of request [...]