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Wes Phillips Posted: Nov 21, 2005 0 comments
Partch was a musical iconoclast who created his own theory of music, a 64-tone scale, and instruments that could play the sounds he imagined. Performances of his music incorporate drama, which is heightened by the beauty of his instruments.
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Stephen Mejias Posted: Nov 21, 2005 8 comments
Something was happening. Something I didn't want to tell you about.
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Wes Phillips Posted: Nov 20, 2005 0 comments
As we go into our fourth week of coverage of Sony BMG's digital rights management debacle, it's a good time to review what all the fuss has been about. On October 31, Mark Russinovich posted his discovery of a root kit—a cloaked file that had been inserted on to his computer's hard drive. Cloaked root kit files are popular tools used by malevolent hackers, so Russinovich was curious about how the files he detected had entered his computer. It came from Get Right With the Man, a Sony DRM-protected disc Russinovich had purchased and played on his computer. When he attempted to remove the hidden files, Russinovich lost the ability to use his CD drive.
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Wes Phillips Posted: Nov 20, 2005 0 comments
On November 7, four months after a Supreme Court decision determined that file-sharing services could be held liable for the actions of their users, Grokster agreed to stop distributing its software and to pay $50 million in damages.
Michael Fremer Posted: Nov 19, 2005 0 comments
More, I think, than any other link in the audio chain, loudspeaker designs tend to reflect the personal preferences, opinions, and philosophies of their creators—think Henry Kloss, Paul Klipsch, Rudy Bozak, David Wilson, Jon Dahlquist, Arnie Nudell, and Amar Bose (just kidding). Consider, if you remember, where Ken Kantor took Acoustic Research when he took over AR's design reins. Might as well have called AR NHT, for all that the new designs followed the old.
Kalman Rubinson Posted: Nov 19, 2005 0 comments
NHT's Xd system is what audiophiles have been saying they want: a matched loudspeaker system that optimizes the performance of its components for a real-world domestic listening environment. But with their dollars they've voted against just such systems for years. If we put our money where our mouths are, active speaker systems such as Meridian's DSP or those used in recording studios would dominate the High End.
Robert J. Reina Posted: Nov 19, 2005 0 comments
Following in the footsteps of my August 2005 review of the B&W DM603 S3, the second stop of the Bob Reina British Invasion Tour is the latest revamping of Wharfedale's affordable Diamond series.
Art Dudley Posted: Nov 19, 2005 0 comments
Yet another of the best systems I've ever heard at a hi-fi show was an exhibit by some former distributors for the English manufacturer Exposure Electronics, at a Chicago Consumer Electronics Show in the late 1980s. The exhibitors seemed to believe it was better to impress with a humble product than to overwhelm with a full-bore assault, because they limited their display to a single amplifier: the then-new Exposure X (as in "10") integrated, mated to a record player comprising a Linn LP12 turntable, Ekos tonearm, and Troika cartridge, and a pair of Linn Kan loudspeakers.
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Stephen Mejias Posted: Nov 18, 2005 2 comments
"John says you need to stop putting women on pedestals."
"Oh yeah?"
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Wes Phillips Posted: Nov 18, 2005 0 comments
Freedom To Tinker is now reporting that the removal tool for Sony's SunComm, ummm, "protection" leaves systems vulnerable to outside interference. Another cure worse than the disease.