August, 2017



 

The Stellar Stack. A great and excellent sounding amp, preamp and DAC.

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Steve Guttenberg from CNET writes:

“They sounded so good together I couldn’t bring myself to try too many other speakers. The sound was rich with resolution to die for.

Magnepan speakers aren’t known for their deep bass punch, but here with the two Stellars the .7 speakers’ low bass was kicking with “The Legendary Skatalites in Dub” reggae album with really low, feel-it-through-your-toes bass. Austin Wintory’s orchestral score for “The Banner Saga” sounded downright huge, and the low bass drums definition was truly stellar!”

You can read the whole review here, though be warned there are tons of annoying pop ups and videos that’ll start firing when you go to the page. Once you’re past all those, it’s a good read and one you can see why we’re justifiably proud of the Stellar product line.

If you haven’t heard about Stellar, it’s time to give them a try.



Acoustic perfection?

Paul’s Posts have been covering the basics of amplifier biasing and the various classes that describe them: Class A, AB, and B. Before that we covered room acoustics and in future posts, we’re going to delve deeper into how to achieve better imaging with a few simple tricks.

I recently read a great article on what’s considered to be the perfect concert hall, a feat of German engineering that’s being touted as the world’s first acoustically perfect concert hall. That’s quite a claim, but if you have a chance to read the article, you’ll see the stunning levels of engineering and the science behind their claims.

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Listen for free

New York’s ARChive of Contemporary Music (ARC) has been preserving audiovisual materials since 1985, and a little over a year ago, it partnered with the Internet Archive to bring its Great 78 Project to the public. Along with audiovisual digitization vendor George Blood L.P. and additional volunteers, the Great 78 Project to date has put over 50,000 digitized 78rpm discs and cylinder recordings on the Internet Archive, which can be listened to in all their crackling glory.

Listen to the music
 

Copper Magazine

The Great Wall of the Grateful Dead. Bassist Dan Schwartz gives us the inside scoop. Read about it here.

Issue 39. My stereo is broken, Whack-a-mole, nostalgia ain’t what it used to be, Pink Floyd’s Syd Barrett and the Piper’s at Dawn, Nillson sings Newman, Neil Young yet again.

Issue 40. My favorite tweak, It’s aliiiiive!, Bang and Olufsen, Jethro Tull, the Death of High-End Audio, the California Audio Show, a Pipe Organ in my Living Room, cartoons by Rodriguez.

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MP3 is finally dead

The MP3 truly is dead, according to the people who invented it. The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits, a division of the state-funded German research institution that bankrolled the MP3’s development in the late ’80s, recently announced that its “licensing program for certain MP3 related patents and software of Technicolor and Fraunhofer IIS has been terminated.”

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Tesla launches TTunes

Earlier this summer, after Tesla CEO Elon Musk hinted at rethinking music streaming in cars, it was rumored that the automaker has been reaching out to music labels to license their portfolios in order to build its own music streaming service.

Now the rumors are heating up again as they push the backend of its upcoming service in the latest software updates for Tesla automobiles.

iTunes, look out!

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