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Is This the Future of Hi-Fi?

07/09/2014

Writing at The Computer Audiophile, Chris Connaker has an article laying out what he sees as The Future of HiFi. As always, he presents a number of interesting points, explaining why the future of digital music is in the cloud, by subscription, and lossless quality or higher. But Chris is wrong when he suggests: All […]

Why Apple Won’t Be Selling High-Resolution Music Files Any Time Soon

06/17/2014

I’ve written about high-resolution music here several times, notably pointing out that it’s a marketing ploy to get you to spend more on music. Not everyone agrees, and I’m fine with that. One bastion of high-resolution apologetics is the Computer Audiophile website.[1] Chris Connaker, who founded the site, wrote an interesting article yesterday, explaining why […]

Audio Accessory Review: IsoAcoustics Desktop Speaker Stands

05/29/2014

In an article yesterday explaining how to position desktop speakers, I mentioned speaker stands from IsoAcoustics (Amazon.com, Amazon UK). These stands are practical and offer good insulation from vibrations. If you have full-sized speakers on your desk, I’d recommend getting stands like this. You can set them to two heights: 3 inches and 8 inches. […]

Beats Me

05/29/2014

We’d been hearing rumors about it for the past couple of weeks, and Apple finally announced, yesterday, the acquisition of Beats Electronics for the sum of $3 billion. I’ve written about my thoughts about an Apple acquisition of Beats, and I remain perplexed by the deal. Beats is a profitable company, with sales of around […]

How To: Position Desktop Speakers

05/28/2014

Audiophiles spend a lot of money on useless items like cables and wires, but you can make a huge difference in the way your stereo sounds by paying attention to how you position your speakers. There are plenty of articles that go into great detail about placing speakers in a living room environment – three […]

How It Works: Audio Compression

04/15/2014

The term “compression” is often a source of confusion when discussing digital music. There are two kinds of compression. The first is the kind used to compress the size of files; this is data compression. There is lossy compression, using with MP3 and AAC files, and lossless compression, used with FLAC and Apple Lossless formats. […]

My New Mono Listening Setup

04/09/2014

If you follow this blog, you’ve probably noticed that I have a thing about mono recordings. I wrote about my recent appreciation for these recordings in In Praise of Mono Recordings, and offered a list of Some Great Mono Recordings. The problem with listening to mono recordings in stereo – on two speakers – is […]

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