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What happened to composers? 6

Posted 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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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What is a good recording? 7

Posted 6 years ago

In response to my post Making Peacea reader asked the question “what exactly is a good recording?” Great question and here’s what’s interesting: we all know a great or poor recording the moment we hear one. At one of my seminars yesterday I was demonstrating the PWD streaming music and selected an unfamiliar Miles Davis […]
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Computers in the listening room 2

Posted 6 years ago

Spending time in Holland this week speaking with people about streaming audio brings home a point made to me over and over – “I don’t want a computer in my listening room”. This even with the knowledge that our upcoming Silent Server is, in fact, a dedicated computer – which seems to be ok to […]
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Making peace 13

Posted 6 years ago

Many of you are familiar with the Audiophile’s dilemma: well recorded music sounds better on a high-end system and poorly recorded music sounds worse. It’s the problem of extremes: a high-end system extends the extremes – better sounds better, worse sounds worse. The problem with this lack of homogenizing is we tend to restrict what […]
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Out of our control 2

Posted 6 years ago

Yesterday’s post on our macro view of complexity brought to mind an interesting change in technology that took place in less than 100 years: we no longer have individual understanding of our machines. When Emil Berliner and Thomas Edison came out with their Gramaphones (later called record players) they were able to grasp, manipulate and […]
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Macro disortions 3

Posted 6 years ago

I am always fascinated by macro views – those all encompassing views of complex interactions we tend to think of as simple andexplainablewhen in reality they are terribly complicated and intertwined. Let me give you some examples. Ever stop and wonder what the rules and mechanisms of automobile traffic patterns might look like to a […]
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How much is enough? 2

Posted 6 years ago

A question being raised by folks interested in the debate on sharing is how creators (musicians, authors, inventors, artists) get back to where they were before the internet changed everything for them? The simple answer is they can’t. I think this observation may be at the heart of many people’s frustration. J.K Rowling, the author […]
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Donate music? 21

Posted 6 years ago

There are hundreds of ways musicians and authors can make a great living being rewarded for their efforts in a world where music and literature are openly and freely shared. Here's just one. I am sure there are many more.
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Sharing 30

Posted 6 years ago

Sharing books and music has been a part of our culture for as long as there have been books and music and the mere notion that industries want to change that dynamic by shaming us into believing it's immoral and illegal is, in its self, shameful.
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Squishing dynamics 20

Posted 6 years ago

Have you ever wanted music playing at a background level to be easier to hear the full content? To do that you need to squish the loudest notes and turn up the volume on the quietest notes - and if this was a variable feature with the volume control ....
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What's in a name? 2

Posted 6 years ago

Names are used to identify people, places, things in our lives. Sometimes we use nonsensical names to describe a function that otherwise confuses and straight wire is just such a name.
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Computer Audiophiles 8

Posted 6 years ago

Chris Connaker, the founder and head of Computer Audiophilesent a note out that the webzine just turned 4 years old and hit 200,000 unique visitors. Quite an accomplishment and our congratulations to Chris and the crew. I bring this to your attention because it wasn’t too long ago the words “computer” and “Audiophile” would have […]
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$100K turntables, circus act? 11

Posted 6 years ago

Does the mere fact there are $100K plus turntables and $250K plus power amplifiers available as serious products, featured and reviewed by the magazines, hurt or help the high-end? Of course an argument can be made for both sides – mine would be it hurts the high-end. Why? Because it turns many potential high-end customers […]
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