The Stellar Stack at Axpona

PS does Chicago

The Chicago Axpona show took place only a few weeks ago and already it’s making waves. The show, the biggest in North America, featured manufacturers from all over the world showing off their equipment and making new friends. And, PS Audio was there too with our first dedicated room at the show.

We were right off the main convention floor and had a big suite with three separate rooms that we divided like this: a passive showroom in the back, then in front, a Sprout Lounge where we played our new Sprout 100 and the ELAC speakers we love to pair it with, and a main listening room where we featured a complete Stellar Stack of M700 Monoblock amps, a GCD preamp/DAC, all powered with the new P12 Power Plant. That system drove Golden Ear Triton Reference loudspeakers and if you add up the cost of the speakers and the Stellar electronics, you have a $12,000 kick ass system.

I put together a video of the show for those of you unable to attend. It’s fun and features interviews with several manufacturers. You can watch the video by simply clicking on the button. Have fun!

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Uriah Heep

Uriah Heep, along with Led Zepplin, Black Sabbath, and Deep Purple, was one of the top heavy metal bands of the 1970s.

Over the course of 49 years, the band has released twenty-five studio albums, eighteen live, and thirty-nine compilations.

I sat down with this iconic band in 1972 to record their thoughts on music, guitar players, and all things Uriah Heep. Later that year the band invited me to bring my mobile recording studio to The Second British Rock Festival in Germersheim Germany where I recorded a live version of Gypsy Queen, in a never before heard version exclusive to Ohms Law.

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High quality audio and truth

Eryn Newman from the Australian National University has published a study in Science Communication suggesting that the quality of a recording determines whether the listener believes what is being said or not. This research has important implications for how science is communicated to the public and may also impact how music is appreciated.

“When people are assessing the credibility of information, most of the time people are making a judgement based on how something feels. Our results showed that when the sound quality was poor, the participants thought the researcher wasn’t as intelligent, they didn’t like them as much and found their research less important.”

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Copper Magazine

Musician Dan Schwartz on what went wrong and right in music, when the musicians had control vs. the engineers.

Think about what that means for a few minutes: in the days of few (or fewer) tracks, we first began with capturing music — think Meet the Beatles or some of the old RCA Living Stereo recordings. As the musicians got more used to the process, and they became more involved in it, collaboration between the two respective teams began, culminating in works like Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, or Simon & Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water, or even Tubular Bells, for that matter.

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Wagner damages hearing

A viola player who suffered a life-changing hearing injury at a rehearsal of Wagner’s Die Walkure in 2012 has won a landmark High Court judgment against the Royal Opera House (ROH).

The case won by Chris Goldscheider has huge implications for the industry and the health and safety of musicians.

It is the first time a judge has scrutinized the music industry’s legal obligations towards musicians’ hearing.

Mr Goldscheider claimed damages for acoustic shock, a condition with symptoms including tinnitus, hyperacusis and dizziness.

He told the BBC: “With this condition if you are exposed to normal sounds, unfortunately they become incredibly painful.

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600 year CD

Scientists from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, and Wuhan Institute of Technology, China, demonstrated the use of gold and nanomaterials to develop a high-capacity optical disk that can store data for more than 600 years. This new technology can bring significant reduction in data center energy consumption – 1000 times less power traditional centers that make use of hard disk drives with limited storage capacity and lifespan.

The revolutionary technology could be an answer to the ever-growing demand for data, offering low-cost, sustainable solution to the global data storage problem.

Besides, the optical disk also opens the path for the world to shift from Big Data to Long Data, enabling opportunities for new discoveries by mining massive datasets.

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