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Simple and easy 10

Posted 8 years ago

In my travels I am seeing a shift from “hi-fi assemblers and tweaks” to the “gimme it all finished” mentality. In the not too distant past the trend was for Audiophiles to read the reviews, discuss with their friends and then assemble the best group of disparate equipment together to build a unique system capable […]
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Adding value 7

Posted 8 years ago

I’ve written recently about increasing the rewards of creators who add value to something and reducing the amount of those that bring the value to the table yet create nothing. With that thought in mind I had to scratch my head as to how the acronym VAT came to be. On a recent trip to […]
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EULA 10

Posted 8 years ago

Every time I install a new version of our free music management software, eLyric, I am asked to agree to the EULA before I can use it. It’s annoying and I never read it. In fact, almost all software requires the user to agree to some lengthy legal agreement called a EULA which stands for […]
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Apple turntable? 11

Posted 8 years ago

You probably read that Steve Jobs of Apple listened mostly to vinyl instead of his fabled iPod creation. He was a real music lover and preferred the sound of vinyl to that of digital. What you may not know, however, is what he accomplished when he launched iTunes. He set the stage for musicians getting […]
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Imbalance 12

Posted 8 years ago

I have written a lot as of late about the issue of musicians and how they get rewarded for their work. It has ruffled a few feathers and I think that’s good. To be clear, I am interested in looking at alternate ways to get our artists and musicians paid – and paid well enough […]
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All purpose audio 11

Posted 8 years ago

One of Paul’s Posts readers, Mark S, asks the question of why we manufacturers seem to work so hard at building kit that serves all music and all tastes equally well. I think it’s a good question and one worth thinking about. In most fields a “one size fits all” mentality isn’t optimal. Sports equipment, […]
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Do warnings lie? 1

Posted 8 years ago

Do you think the gas meter on your car lies? You know the one – it tells you there are 10 miles to empty. I am guessing it’s “conservative” which is a kind way to sayinaccurate. I think this because I don’t believe the car makers want me to run out of gas so they […]
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Kick start it 2

Posted 8 years ago

We’ve discussed plenty of controversy about how musicians and artists will get funded in this day and age of the internet. I haven’t any magic to offer but when I do see a small ray of light I will bring it forth to hopefully spark ideas. One such ray of light is a website called […]
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Twenty five cent improvement 7

Posted 8 years ago

One of the cleverest solutions to amplifier designs came to our attention through our old friend Nelson Pass, then of Threshold. We always referred to it as the “sliding class A bias circuit” and what was clever about it is it took less than $0.25 in parts to work. All traditionally designed power amps are […]
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One more thin mint 5

Posted 8 years ago

Remember the Monty Python skit of the fat guy exploding after eating one more thin mint? When it comes to music, do we ever have enough? When I look at my shelves full of physical media (CD’s and albums) my first thought isn’t that I need more – in fact my first thought is that […]
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I want more! 7

Posted 8 years ago

The sorting order of a major music library is critical as I have written about as of late – composers by their last name, artists, orchestras and bands by the first/last names. Once you get the sorting order right, then you start to really enjoy the power of your library and you find and listen […]
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What happened to composers? 6

Posted 8 years ago

As I have been immersed in building my big library I have noticed something interesting. In classical music you sort your library by the name of the composer – Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorak and in pretty much everything else the name of the performer – Beatles, Glenn MIller, Etta James. The big turning point in thiscatalogingchange […]
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The Nest 9

Posted 8 years ago

In yesterday’s post Dedicated Hardware we talked about the beauty of buying a product dedicated to a specific task – simply because it is designed to do one thing – and do it well. Such a product is The Nest. The Nest is a home thermostat and while that may sound unexciting and completely unrelated […]
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Dedicated hardware 8

Posted 8 years ago

A community member asked an interesting question. “Why go to all the expense of purchasing dedicated high-end hardware to stream music when you could do the same thing with a computer?” In fact, isn’t a dedicated piece of streaming music hardware really just a computer in a pretty high-end box? I think the simple answer […]
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Good news: they are mostly dead 4

Posted 8 years ago

After several of you read yesterday’s post about tagging the question came up about how would we ever write rules a machine could use to sort out our libraries. After all, the music industry is ever-changing, dynamic and a programmer’s nightmare. Actually it’s pretty easy if you focus on the biggest problem of all: classical […]
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Tagging 17

Posted 8 years ago

In my post Tag you’re it! posted a few days ago, we discussed the issue of tagging your music collection. I’d like to expand on that a bit because it is one of the keys to the future of high-end audio and building a music library. Imagine for a moment you’re in a Mozart mode: […]
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I am 100% certain! 10

Posted 8 years ago

I always smile when one of our customers has a problem and he is “100% sure” it cannot be this or it cannot be that causing it. In almost every case I have dealt with over the last 40 something years, whenever I hear someone tell me they are 100% sure of something a big […]
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Who cares? 8

Posted 8 years ago

Why do some speakers sound like music while others sound like anything but music? My chief engineer Bob Stadtherr was trying to find a problem in one of our DACS and was having trouble hearing the issue on his bench setup which uses one of our GCA power amplifiers and a small set of Mirage […]
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Here's my problem 10

Posted 8 years ago

This issue about copyrights and protection has so many layers and hooks into society’s fabric that it’s hard to pick on just one but I willcertainly try. It is legal for me to stream music in the form of a radio station. In fact, we do this already through eTracks. Here I can stream pretty […]
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Tag you're it 6

Posted 8 years ago

I have been fully immersed in a project to tag a big library of classical music properly. It has been a real eye opener – both by the amount of work necessary and by the prehistoric nature of the state of the art. Tags are one of the most critical components to building a library. […]
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Warning labels 9

Posted 8 years ago

I am always tempted to do whatever it is I am told not to unless there's a good reasonable explanation of why I shouldn't. This is good advice for manufacturers to understand.
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Sharing the future 12

Posted 8 years ago

A 5 year old girl isreprimandedby her teacher for not sharing with her classmates. “Don’t you like to share?” Asked the teacher. “Yes I like to share, I just don’t like other people touching my stuff.” And so you have it. We live in a world where sharing will increasingly become the norm – not […]
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Protection! 10

Posted 8 years ago

I have been thinking a lot as of late about protection for musicians, writers and inventors. The core question is this: does it make sense in this age for society to protect their property to the extent currently afforded them? For inventors it’s 17 years, for writers and musicians it’s their lifetime plus 100 years. […]
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Do what works 9

Posted 8 years ago

The debate over long interconnects and short speaker cables vs. the opposite rages on. My opinion is unwavering and counter to the rule of thumb: long speakers cables and short interconnects are best as power amps have a better ability to drive a complex load than does a preamp. Your mileage may vary and most […]
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