1998 Golden Note Awards Nominations Announced

This past week, The Academy Advancing High Performance Audio & Video (AAHPAV) released its 1998 Golden Note Awards Nominations.

Winners will be announced at the Golden Notes Awards banquet to be held at The Ritz Carlton, Marina Del Rey, June 10th.á Also on hand at the event will be John Hoskins, co-founder of Advantage Performance Group, who will present the keynote address, "Why Bad Things Happen to Good New Products."

According to Sue Regan, AAHPAV Chairperson, "I believe that because the Golden Note awards are decided following votes cast by manufacturers---Academy General Members---they are more meaningful to the industry." She goes on to state that, "At the very least I have always thought these manufacturers needed to be spoiled at least once a year with a lavish dinner and celebration---they all work too hard."

More information about the awards can be found at their website.

Analog Source Design
ò Basis 2500, Basis Audio, Inc., A.J. Conti
ò Basis 2000 II Series, Basis Audio, Inc., A.J. Conti
ò Grado Reference Series Phono Cartridge,Grado Labs, John Grado
ò VPI TNT 4 Turntable, VPI, Harry Weisfeld
ò VPI JMW Memorial Tonearm, VPI, Harry Weisfeld

Audio Digital Source Design
ò Krell KAV-300 CD player, Krell Industries, Inc., Dan D'Agostino
ò Krell KPS-25s, Krell Industries, Inc., Dan D'Agostino
ò Mark Levinson No.39 processor, Madrigal Audio Labs, Madrigal Design Team
ò Meridian 508.24 CD Player, Meridian Audio, Bob Stuart
ò Wadia 860 CD player, Wadia Digital, Wadia Design Team

Digital Converter Design
ò dCS Elgar, Data Conversion Systems, Ltd., Michael Story
ò Mark Levinson No.36S, Madrigal Audio Labs, Madrigal Design Team
ò Meridian 566.24 D/A converter, Meridian Audio, Bob Stuart
ò Theta DS Pro Generation Va, Theta Digital, Theta Design Team
ò Wadia 27i, Wadia Digital, Wadia Design Team

Audio Processor Design
ò Cello Audio Palette/MIV, Cello Ltd., Richard Burwin, Tom Colangelo, & Mark Levinson
ò Z-Systems RDP1 Reference Digital Preamplifier, Z-Systems Audio Labs, Dr. Glenn Zelniker

Surround Sound Controller Design
ò Lexicon DC-1, Lexicon, Team Squid
ò MAC 3 Dolby Digital Processor, McIntosh, McIntosh Engineering Team
ò Meridian 861, Meridan Audio, Bob Stuart
ò Proceed PAV/PDSD, Madrigal Audio Labs, Madrigal Design Team
ò Theta Casablanca, Theta Digital, Theta Design Team

Tube Electronics Design
ò ARC VT200, Audio Research Corporation, William Z. Johnson
ò VK-5i Balanced line preamp, Balanced Audio Technology, Victor Khomenko
ò Conrad-Johnson ART, Conrad-Johnson, Bill Conrad & Lew Johnson
ò Sonic Frontiers Line-3 preamp, Sonic Frontiers, Chris Johnson
ò VAC Renaissance 140 Mk.II power amplifier, Valve Amplification Company, Kevin Hayes

Solid-State Electronics Design
ò Ayre V-1 power amplifier, Ayre Acoustics, Charles Hansen
ò Jeff Rowland Concentra, Jeff Rowland Design Group, Jeff Rowland
ò Krell 650M 650W monoblock amp., Krell Industries, Inc., Dan D'Agostino
ò Pass Labs Aleph 3, Pass Labs, Nelson Pass
ò Proceed Amp 5, Madrigal Audio Labs, Madrigal Design Team

Cable Design
ò Cardas Golden Cross Speaker & Interconnect, Cardas Audio, George Cardas
ò Kimber 4AG, Kimber Kable, Ray Kimber & The Kimber Design Team
ò Monster Cables M2.2 & M2.4 speaker, Monster Cable, Noel Lee
ò Nirvana Audio S-L Series interconnect, Nirvana Audio, Stephen Creamer
ò Nordost SPM Reference Cables, Nordost Corporation, Joe Reynolds

Peripheral Design
ò ASC Tube Trap, Acoustic Science Corporation, Arthur Noxon
ò Bright Star Air Mass 3, Bright Star Audio, Barry Kohan
ò I.S.F. DVD Reference setup disc, Imaging Science Foundation, Joe Kane
ò Panamax 1500, Panamax, Mike Hoops
ò Tice Power Block III, Tice Audio, George Tice

Best Loudspeaker Design
ò Caldera, Audio Physic, Joachim Gerhard
ò Epos ES 12, Epos Acoustics, Graeme Foy
ò Mirage OM-6, Audio Products International, Ian Paisley
ò Paradigm Reference Active 20, Paradigm/AudioStream, Scott Bagby
ò Revel Surround System, Ultima GEM Sub-15/LE-1 System, Revel Speakers, Kevin Voecks
ò Wilson X-1 Grand SLAMM II, Wilson Audio, Dave Wilson

Best Loudspeaker Value
ò Aerial 10T, Aerial Acoustics, Michael Kelly, David Marshall
ò Epos ES12, Epos Acoustics, Graeme Foy
ò NHT Super One, NHT (Now Hear This), Bill Bush
ò Paradigm Reference Studio/20, Paradigm/AudioStream, Scott Bagby
ò Concerto, Sonus Faber, Franco Serblin

Most Aesthetic Audio Design
ò Wazoo integrated amp, Bow Technologies A/S, Bo Christenson
ò Concentra, Jeff Rowland Design Group, Jeff Rowland Design Team
ò Mark Levinson No.33H, Madrigal Audio Labs, Madrigal Design Team
ò Pass Labs X1000, Pass Labs, Nelson Pass
ò Revel Ultima GEM Sub-15/LE-1 System, Revel Speakers, Sandy Berlin & Kevin Voecks

Best Re-Issued Recording
ò Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald, Ella & Louis Again, Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
ò John Coltrane, Blue Train, Blue Note
ò Miles Davis, Kind of Blue, Classic Records
ò Mighty Sam McClain, Give It Up to Love, JVC XRCD
ò Richard Wagner, Orchestral Music, Chesky Records

Best Original Recording
ò Bruckner, Symphony 9, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Minnesota Orchestra, Reference Recordings
ò David Chesky, Three Psalms for String Orchestra, Chesky Records
ò Terry Evans, Come to the River, AudioQuest Music
ò Fairfield Four, I Couldn't Hear Anybody Pray, Warner Bros.
ò Sarah K., Hobo, Chesky Records
ò Doug MacLeod, Unmarked Road, AudioQuest Music

Best New Audio Company
ò Balanced Audio Technology, Stephen Bednarski, Victor Khomenko, Wilmington, DE
ò Meadowlark Audio, Patrick McGinty, Vista, CA
ò PopeMusic, Inc., Gene Pope III, Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ
ò Revel Speakers, Sandy Berlin, Kevin Voecks
ò Z-Systems Audio Laboratories, Dr. Glenn Zelniker, Gainsville, FL

Most Innovative Audio Technology
ò DAD 24/96 DVD-based audio, Classic Records
ò DTS, Terry Beard
ò Lexicon's Logic 7, Lexicon, Dr. Dave Griesinger
ò Paradigm Reference Active/20, Paradigm/AudioStream, Scott Bagby
ò Revel, Kevin Voecks, testing procedures, techniques

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