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Stereophile Staff Posted: Jan 27, 2002 0 comments
As Robert J. Reina writes in his review of the JMlab Chorus 706 loudspeaker, "The most exciting development in audio today isn't multichannel surround, single-ended triodes, or $10,000 phono cartridges. It's 'trickle down.'" Find out just what has trickled into the Chorus from the company's highly regarded Utopia line.
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Barry Willis Posted: Jan 27, 2002 0 comments
The past several months haven't been kind to the electronics industry. Most manufacturers are suffering from slow sales and backlogged inventory. But one company is painting a slightly different, if confusing, picture. Unless you've drastically slashed margins while quadrupling sales volume, the phrase "record quarterly sales but decreased profits" appears self-contradictory. Yet Sony Corporation is claiming exactly that for the last quarter of 2001, the company's third fiscal quarter. (Most electronics manufacturers begin new fiscal years April 1.) On Friday, January 25, Sony announced a 14.4% decline in overall profits for the final three months of 2001, due to sagging demand for consumer electronics products. The company reported that sales of electronics decreased 2.8% to ¥1.55 trillion, with operating income for its electronics unit down a stunning 47% to ¥71 billion. The same announcement claimed an all-time quarterly sales record for Sony Corporation as a whole.
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Stig I. Bjorge Posted: Jan 27, 2002 0 comments
The creator of Koetsu phono cartridges passed away on Sunday, January 20, 2002, just a couple of months short of reaching the age of 95. A wake was held in Chiba, Japan on January 22; the funeral took place on the following day.
Robert J. Reina Posted: Jan 27, 2002 0 comments
The most exciting development in audio today isn't multichannel surround, single-ended triodes, or $10,000 phono cartridges. It's "trickle down." I get buzzed when an audio designer known for cutting-edge multikilobuck designs claims to have a product that can produce 80% of the sonic realism of his flagship design at 50% of the cost. I get even more excited when he does it again—that is, produces a product that produces 64% of his flagship's performance at 25% of the cost. Designers who have successfully trickled-down their flagship technologies abound in all quarters of audiophilia, from electronics (eg, Audio Research, Conrad-Johnson) to speakers (Alón, ProAc) to cables (MIT).
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Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 20, 2002 0 comments
In the crush of new products and technologies scrambling for attention at every Consumer Electronics Show, some intriguing announcements can get buried in the noise and require a closer look than is afforded by a quick listen and chat in a demo room. One such technology on display at the 2002 CES was MaGIC, a new high-resolution audio connectivity standard.
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Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 20, 2002 0 comments
The major record labels may put out most of the world's music, but they're doing so on a format first created by Philips and then further developed by Sony: the Compact Disc. In addition to the underlying technology, Philips and Sony established a strict standard for the format, insuring compatibility with all players around the world, which came to be known as the Red Book standard.
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Stereophile Staff Posted: Jan 20, 2002 0 comments
Klein Technology Group and Adcom have announced an agreement for the sale of Adcom's consumer electronics business to Klein, according to a press release issued January 8, during the Consumer Electronics Show. The effective date of the merger will be February 15.
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Barry Willis Posted: Jan 20, 2002 0 comments
Vivendi Universal's Universal Music Group will establish a settlement fund of approximately $4.75 million to pay royalties to as many as 300 artists and their heirs. The fund is the result of a lawsuit brought by torch singer Peggy Lee, who had accused the music giant of accounting improprieties reaching back as far as the 1940s.
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Stereophile Staff Posted: Jan 20, 2002 0 comments
Thousands upon thousands of new discs are released each year, yet only a select few made it to the top of the heap for Records to Die For, 2001, number 11 of the annual rite of passage for the Stereophile staff. Find out what music made the cut and why.
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Barry Willis Posted: Jan 20, 2002 0 comments
One by one, free music sites are disappearing. On January 19, Amsterdam-based KaZaA became the latest, caving in to threats of fines in excess of $40,000 per day.

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