Saturday, October 21, 2017

RSS Innerfidelity

  • CanJam at RMAF2017 People I Love - Mike Moffat and his Gadget October 20, 2017
    Hooo boy, welcome to a rabbit hole. A good sounding one, but still... Back in the days of Stradivarius, says Mike, instrument makers would tune middle C to 256Hz (A=430.54Hz instead of A=440Hz). This is sometimes called Verdi Tuning or Scientific Pitch. Over time concert pitch crept up to A=440Hz, which puts middle C at […]
  • CanJam at RMAF2017: Klipsch Heritage HP-3 Semi-Open Over-Ear Headphones October 20, 2017
    Vlad Grodzinskiy and I chatted earlier this year at CES about their upcoming new Heritage series headphones. Of course, Vlad and the design team have talked to a lot of people earlier this year about the HP-3 ($1199), for example these threads on Head-Fi and SBAF where the team asks for feedback from the community […]
  • CanJam at RMAF2017: MYSPHERE Earspeaker Dynamic Headphones October 16, 2017
    Many years ago, AKG's flagship headphone was the very unusual AKG K1000—A headphone with temple pads and "ear speakers" that dangled down in front of your ears that were on hinges that allowed you to adjust the angle of the dangle. Now the original designers of the K1000, Helmut Ryback and Heinz Renner, have teamed […]
  • CanJam at RMAF2017 People I Love - Jude Mansilla October 14, 2017
    Some people won't believe me when I say I love Jude...I'll admit it's a complicated affair. But I'm absolutely sure he does what he does because he so strongly believes The Music deserves to be served well. At the deepest level I'm sure that both of us believe deeply the other is well motivate in […]
  • CanJam at RMAF2017: Audeze LCD-MX4 Open Planar Magnetic Headphones October 14, 2017
    The one complaint constant over the entire lifetime of the Audeze LCD products is too much weight. As much as you or I or any enthusiast listener might whinge about it, we can always just take them off for a break. That's not so true with the pro audio folks whose work may require continuous […]

RSS Stereophile News

  • Devialet Diary October 19, 2017
    It's day five of our planned month-long stay √† Paris, late April through most of May. My wife is here for work—for me, it's strictly for pleasure—and we're enjoying Paris's rich, sensual goodness: food, museums, architecture, coffee, people, food. And yet, earlier today, when we were out for a walk—we've been walking close to 10 […]
    Jon Iverson
  • Astell&Kern A&ultima SP1000 portable audio player October 19, 2017
    People often ask me how I listen to music when I travel. I play MP3s on my iPhone. That answer always surprises, and sometimes disappoints: "You listen to MP3s?" The response is moderately tempered when I add that I use good in-ear monitors (IEMs)—either Westone ES50s (ca $995) or Jerry Harvey Audio Laylas (ca $2725), […]
    Jon Iverson
  • TAVES 2017, Day 1 October 18, 2017
    The Toronto Audio Video Entertainment Show (TAVES) has changed its venue. The show that now bills itself "North America's ULTIMATE Technology & Hi-Fi Show" has moved from the suburban Sheraton/Best Western location of the past two years to the Toronto Congress Centre, near the airport. Why the move? Suave Kajko, President of TAVES, cites several […]
    John Atkinson
  • The Reviewer's Art October 17, 2017
    How many times have I asked myself what the purpose of music is? And what music really is, and what exactly I am trying to convey. What feelings? What ideas? How can I explain something that I myself cannot fathom?—Gabriel Faur√©, letter to his wife, August 31, 1903 In writing reviews for Stereophile, I face […]
    Jon Iverson
  • Recording of November 2017: <I>Marseille</I> October 17, 2017
    Ahmad Jamal: Marseille Ahmad Jamal, piano; James Cammack, double bass; Herlin Riley, drums; Manolo Badrena, percussion; Abd Al Malik (track 4), Mina Agossi (track 8), vocals Jazz Book/Jazz Village [PIAS] JV 33570142.43 (2 LPs). 2017. Ahmad Jamal, Seydou Barry, Catherine Vallon-Barry, prods.; Vincent Mahey, eng. ADA? TT: 59:33 Performance ***** Sonics ***** While cities like […]
    Jon Iverson