Schubert's Glorious String Quintet Revisited
No prosaic formal classification can begin to describe the universal embrace of life and death that is Schubert's final, posthumously published String Quintet in C major, D.956, which melds characteristically Viennese gemütlichkeit with far darker forebodings. . . Those who love Schubert's final quintet await every announcement of another recording or live performance that will hopefully take them closer to the essence of Schubert's genius. Which is, in some ways, what Quatuor Ebène and cellist Gautier Capuçon's new recording of the work
for Erato does.
Big Changes at Universal Music Group (Updated)
Whoa! Am I reading this correctly? Has Universal Music Group, parent company of classical/jazz labels Deutsche Grammophon, Decca Records, Decca Classics, Mercury Classics, and distributed label ECM, really "deepened [its] commitment to jazz and classical music [and the] company's unwavering commitment to building upon its rich history in both genres" by announcing, on May 19, that it has lumped those US labels together with jazz label Verve under the new Verve Label Group? Note as well that it has also appointed Danny Bennett, the Grammy and Emmy Award-winning music, film, and TV producer who manages the career of his father, Tony Bennett, as the Verve Label Group's President & CEO.
Canlanta 2016 Kicks Off on Saturday
The inaugural Canlanta is being held this Saturday, May 21, 10am6pm, in Atlanta, Georgia at the Marriott Century City. Twenty vendors will have the latest in latest in DACs, amplifiers, and headphones on display. Exhibitors will include Noble, Questyle, Oppo, Sennheiser, Kimber Kable, Empire Ears, Violectric, Meze, and Cavalli. National retailers include HeadphoneAudiophile and Sight+Sound Gallery, and Tyll Hertsens, editor-in-chief of Stereophile
's sister site InnerFidelity.com
, will deliver the keynote speech.
Meridian Explorer2 D/A headphone amplifier Measurements
Inside MQA Manufacturer's Comment
Meridian Explorer2 D/A headphone amplifier Associated Equipment
Jim Austin briefly discusses MQA in his review
of the Explorer2
in this issue, but a more complete description of MQA can be found in an article posted on Stereophile
's website at the end of 2014
MQA involves two fundamental concepts, discussed in a paper presented to the Audio Engineering Society in October 2014, the first responsible for a potential improvement in sound quality, the second responsible for a large reduction in the bandwidth required for storage and streaming of high-resolution files...
Meridian Explorer2 D/A headphone amplifier Specifications
Meridian Explorer2 D/A headphone amplifier Page 2
Meridian Explorer2 D/A headphone amplifier
I was lying on a mattress on the floor of an empty apartment on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Not as grim as it soundsit's a nice apartment, and the mattress was new, and had just been deliveredbut it was hot (no air-conditioning), and my family and my furniture were still in my condo up in Maine, and I was lonely. I needed some cheering up. Which is how I rationalized the decision to buy an Explorer2, Meridian Audio's tiny, inexpensive ($299) digital-to-analog converter.