September, 2016

September 2016



Beta testing starts soon

Thanks for all the great support with the upcoming DirectStream Memory Player. We’ve filled the beta tester slots and units will begin shipping out of our Boulder offices shortly.

This is all very exciting, especially the way we beta test products in public. Not many companies have taken such a public route, but it’s one we find honest, open, productive and a bit nerve wracking. Beta testers are asked to proffer their opinions on every aspect of the gear they review, from the packaging to the performance and everything in between.

For those of you interested in the opinions and progress of the beta testing program, I would refer you to our forums, here.  Once units are received testers will start posting their impressions and sharing with us all.

Engineering is polishing the last of the bugs—nits and lice, actually—and then shipments begin.

We’ll start the pre-order process on November 1, 2016. If you’re interested, head here or give us a shout via email or phone.

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Live music

We’re back from RMAF where we had a wonderful time playing music and meeting people. What fun we had and best of all, the look of pleasure on faces immersed in music.

Our system was amazing too. Five P10 Power Plants feeding BHK monoblocks, BHK preamp, DirectStream DAC and Memory Player, and the massive towers and stacks of 12″ subs of the the mighty Scaena loudspeakers.

The new DMP was playing SACD in pure DSD, getting as close to the master tapes as possible. Our good friends at Mobile Fidelity sent us a handful of extraordinary titles of remasters like Stevie Ray Vaughn, Keb Mo, Santana, and Frank Sinatra.

One additional treat was a live concert taking place moments before we shut everything down on the last day of the show. Cookie Marenco of Blue Coast Records brought her troupe of musicians into our room to perform the real deal. Live music. What a delight.

We made a video of the event and you can click the photo or this link to enjoy this wonderful music.



Sources vs. outputs

The age old riddle of which is more important, sources (like CD players and turntables) or outputs (like speakers) has surfaced once again, this time on Paul’s Post. The original question popped up many years ago. It was 1972 when Linn’s Ivor Tiefenbrun began competing with AR’s Edgar Vilchur for the Audiophile’s attention. Vilchur was selling loudspeakers on the basis of their supreme importance in the chain, while Tiefenbrun wanted to prove something very different: speaker performance didn’t matter if the information was lost at the source. Tune into Paul’s Post to see where it leads.

We’ve been covering a wide variety of subjects in our daily posts, including: Reviewing reviewers, Country Music which includes a great video of Vince Gill, live, limiters and compressors, and Baselines, a discussion of how we have our own baselines from which to judge stereo systems.

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Flame amplification?

We’ve heard of plasma tweeters and ionic transducers, tanks of helium to make sound, but few words about using an actual flame.

“Flames can behave physically and electrically like a high-fidelity loudspeaker … ” explains Dr. A. G. Cattaneo, manager of United Technology Center’s Sunnyvale, Calif. Dr. Cattaneo strikes a match to an acetylene-oxygen fueled welding torch…

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Using music to sort out life

There are about 100,000 different kinds of proteins in the human body, each made out of different combinations of amino acids. How do we crack the code to tell one combination from another? Plug some data into a computer, and you’ll get back loads and loads of strings of numbers.

Making sense of those numbers has been nearly impossible until now. Scientists teamed up with a composer who turned the data strings into musical compositions, allowing listeners to easily discern one from the other.

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