February, 2017



Stellar Preorders

“I’m only 75 hours in and I’m absolutely loving my Stellar Gain Cell Dac!! Expansive soundstage, beautiful dynamics, crisp and warm, musical sounding, detailed, sharp looking in black with a gorgeous display, and able to expertly handle everything I’ve thrown at it. From Seal to Chopin, Herbie Hancock to Bach Solo Cello Suites, Adel to the Beatles, and the Who to Frank Sinatra, it all sounds amazing. Voicing of every source is equally well implemented. Streaming, CDs and vinyl each sound, well in a word, “Stellar”. Did I mention I love it!!!” Corsentino

Just one of many early review comments from beta testers already loving their new Gain Cell DAC. Beta testing ends in a few days and we start shipping production Stellar amps and DACs in a few weeks. We’ve already taken quite a few orders for this remarkably affordable product series, and if you want to get in on the great performance, add your name to the list.

For those of you in the United States, it’s as easy as clicking here for the Stellar GSD, Here, for the S300 stereo amplifier, and here for the M700 mono amplifier. You’ll be asked to input your credit card but it will not be charged until your unit actually ships in a few weeks.

For those outside the US, contact your dealer ASAP and get your name down. We’ll be shipping both domestically as well as internationally in late March.

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CD Disc Rot?

CDs had one thing right, they were going to last forever. Now, studies show that may not always be the case.

At issue is the fact that optical media uses a combination of different chemicals and manufacturing processes. That means that while the data storage and basic manufacturing of a disc are standardized, the particulars of how it was fabricated aren’t. Particular makes and particular batches are subject to different aging characteristics. And with some of these failures occurring in less than ten years, we’re finding out just how susceptible discs are outside of lab test conditions.

In short, these flaws appear to be fairly widespread. The problem can be traced back to using faulty dyes which can cause disc failure in under ten years. And part of the problem is there’s no way to know which process your disc might have.  My advice? Start ripping the CDs that really matter to you.

Once ripped to a hard drive and backed up, your library should be safe. Playback can happen through any number of devices.

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Happy Birthday!

Copper Magazine is celebrating its first birthday with a bang-up issue you don’t want to miss. Copper is free, without ads, read by music and audio lovers around the world.

Issue 25. Industry news, leaving Las Vegas, Courtney Hartman, a brief history of life, the universe, Quad Electronics, Vinyl; vivid or veiled?

Issue 26. Industry news, groundhogs, drummer Steve Reich, Tackling style, Spica loudspeakers, Doing the Dirty Work, Steely Dan, Build your own phono stage.

Issue 27. Industry news, MQA, Philip Glass, Preposterous Nonsense, Spiritual Feeling, Bring on the Bass, You got to Funkifize, Kirin Light at the Buddha Bar.

Copper is cost-free, ad-free, and committed to great articles without an attitude.

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Rejoice!

Tone Audio Magazine gave a high-five to the new DMP universal disc player in its latest issue.

“Fast forwarding to 2017, there aren’t many disc players left, and precious few that play everything. This is one of the things that makes the PS Audio DirectStream Memory Player so intriguing. $5,999 gets you a high-resolution transport that plays CDs, DVD audio discs and SACDs. Multichannel too. Those of you that still like physical media, rejoice. This one’s for you.”

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Reverse Hearing Loss

Mom used to say, “Turn that music down or you’ll lose your hearing!” And for good reason. Humans are born with 30,000 sound-sensing hair cells, which die off over time due to loud noises, medications, and natural aging. The problem is, these cells don’t grow back. We only really get one chance to protect our hearing.

But a few years ago researchers from Massachusetts Eye and Ear managed to restore partial hearing in mice by converting a small number of inner ear cells into hair cells. Researchers believe the same techniques can be applied to humans.

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