KEF, Nordost, Moon Event in Charlotte, NC Thursday

Thursday, September 8, Liquid HiFi (11915 Royal Castle Court, Charlotte, NC 28277) will be demonstrating products at the Providence Country Club (6001 Providence Country Club Drive, Charlotte, NC 28277) from KEF, Nordost and Simaudio. Attendees will be treated to demonstrations featuring the new KEF Reference Three speakers, Simaudio Moon Evolution electronics, and Nordost cabling. In addition to scheduled demonstrations, guests will also enjoy giveaway items, hors d'oeuvres, beverages and will be entered into a raffle drawing to win a KEF Muo Bluetooth speaker and $500 worth of Nordost products.
Sat, 09/03/2016

Anna Netrebko: Verismo, At What Price?

It's shocking to go from the sound of soprano Anna Netrebko's voice on her first DG recital of Opera Arias to that on her latest disc, Verismo. The earlier disc, recorded in March, 2003 when Netrebko was 32, showcases a true, shining lyric soprano whose vocal production is absolutely smooth. Over 12 years later, when Netrebko recorded Verismo between July 2015 and June 2016, her weightier low range lacks shine, and her stronger and sometimes wider vibrato occasionally shows signs of a beat.
Fri, 09/02/2016

Music in the Round #80 Recordings in the Round

Thu, 09/01/2016

Music in the Round #80

In January, I reviewed JL Audio's Fathom f113v2 subwoofer (footnote 1), which features, among other improvements over the original Fathom f113, a better multiband equalizer. The significance of this relates to the great influence exerted by room dimensions and acoustics on a loudspeaker's performance.

The matter of room acoustics itself relates to the Schroeder frequency: a transition point, usually between 200 and 300Hz above which a room will exhibit a high density of reflections that are analyzed statistically, and below which that room will display a limited number of discrete modal reflections. (Thus, it should not to be confused with the number of times that Beethoven's music appears in Charles Schulz's comic strip "Peanuts.")

Thu, 09/01/2016

Tish, Boom, Awwk! Loudspeakers at the 1985 CES

There were no surprises, innovations, or breakthrough designs in loudspeakers at the 1985 Summer Consumer Electronics Show in Chicago. By and large, those on display were nothing more than refinements of, or variations on, previous speaker designs. Of course, there's nothing the matter with that; any improvement in a product is a step in the right direction. It merely perpetuates the pattern of the past ten years: evolution but no revolution.
Thu, 08/01/1985

Moon by Simaudio Neo 230HAD D/A headphone amplifier Measurements

Tue, 08/30/2016

COMMENTS
philipjohnwright's picture

It's what differentiates SF; writers like Herb, the much-missed SM, and the too-early-to-say-but-showing-distinct-promise Jana. Along with all the old (sorry guys) favourites

Keep them coming please John; earnest, humourless,colourless reviewers abound elsewhere; don't let them through the door here.

woodford's picture

you're probably already familiar, but there are wonderful 60s era phillips recordings of the Beethovem, Brahms, and Mendelssohn concerti with Haitink conducting. the Brahms is a particular favorite.

fourpobs's picture

As finish my coffee and get ready to put my butt-kissing suit on for a day in the corporate mines, the first couple paragraphs remind me there must be a way to make a living, have good audio and know interesting, inspiring people(perhaps even be an interesting person. Maybe even a "character"). I will read the rest of the article later on but thanks for that.

Anton's picture

Would this pass as a part of the definition of 'euphonic?'

"Even close-miked instruments are surrounded by a bit of moist air. The microZOTL's transparency surrounds instrumental tones with a kind of vibrating aura."

If it does that to everything, then it would strike me as being 'artifactual.'

Prediction: I think some key words that will appear in the Pass Labs review will be: composed, unruffled, effortless, matter of fact (in the best way, as in 'it possessed a matter of fact control and level of detail that made everything it did seem effortless.')

I really hope you like it. I think Pass Labs' amplification would be on my ownership list if I had adequate scratch!

Cheers, and thanks for a fun all around review!

audiodoctornj's picture

Herb a great review on, no doubt a great product, I would like to call your attention to, the Nuprime DAC 10H which is only $200 dollars more, than the Sim product you reviewed.

[Advertising copy deleted by John Atkinson]

We, Audio Doctor, www.audiodoctor.com have the Nuprime on display and have been supporting the first iteration of the company, Nuforce, and now in its second incarnation, Nuprime for years.

[Advertising copy deleted by John Atkinson]

Herb I would love to have you over to the shop to hear the Nuprime for yourself we are only three miles away from you, it is really something special.

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Moon by Simaudio Neo 230HAD D/A headphone amplifier Associated Equipment

Tue, 08/30/2016

COMMENTS
philipjohnwright's picture

It's what differentiates SF; writers like Herb, the much-missed SM, and the too-early-to-say-but-showing-distinct-promise Jana. Along with all the old (sorry guys) favourites

Keep them coming please John; earnest, humourless,colourless reviewers abound elsewhere; don't let them through the door here.

woodford's picture

you're probably already familiar, but there are wonderful 60s era phillips recordings of the Beethovem, Brahms, and Mendelssohn concerti with Haitink conducting. the Brahms is a particular favorite.

fourpobs's picture

As finish my coffee and get ready to put my butt-kissing suit on for a day in the corporate mines, the first couple paragraphs remind me there must be a way to make a living, have good audio and know interesting, inspiring people(perhaps even be an interesting person. Maybe even a "character"). I will read the rest of the article later on but thanks for that.

Anton's picture

Would this pass as a part of the definition of 'euphonic?'

"Even close-miked instruments are surrounded by a bit of moist air. The microZOTL's transparency surrounds instrumental tones with a kind of vibrating aura."

If it does that to everything, then it would strike me as being 'artifactual.'

Prediction: I think some key words that will appear in the Pass Labs review will be: composed, unruffled, effortless, matter of fact (in the best way, as in 'it possessed a matter of fact control and level of detail that made everything it did seem effortless.')

I really hope you like it. I think Pass Labs' amplification would be on my ownership list if I had adequate scratch!

Cheers, and thanks for a fun all around review!

audiodoctornj's picture

Herb a great review on, no doubt a great product, I would like to call your attention to, the Nuprime DAC 10H which is only $200 dollars more, than the Sim product you reviewed.

[Advertising copy deleted by John Atkinson]

We, Audio Doctor, www.audiodoctor.com have the Nuprime on display and have been supporting the first iteration of the company, Nuforce, and now in its second incarnation, Nuprime for years.

[Advertising copy deleted by John Atkinson]

Herb I would love to have you over to the shop to hear the Nuprime for yourself we are only three miles away from you, it is really something special.

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Moon by Simaudio Neo 230HAD D/A headphone amplifier Specifications

Tue, 08/30/2016

COMMENTS
philipjohnwright's picture

It's what differentiates SF; writers like Herb, the much-missed SM, and the too-early-to-say-but-showing-distinct-promise Jana. Along with all the old (sorry guys) favourites

Keep them coming please John; earnest, humourless,colourless reviewers abound elsewhere; don't let them through the door here.

woodford's picture

you're probably already familiar, but there are wonderful 60s era phillips recordings of the Beethovem, Brahms, and Mendelssohn concerti with Haitink conducting. the Brahms is a particular favorite.

fourpobs's picture

As finish my coffee and get ready to put my butt-kissing suit on for a day in the corporate mines, the first couple paragraphs remind me there must be a way to make a living, have good audio and know interesting, inspiring people(perhaps even be an interesting person. Maybe even a "character"). I will read the rest of the article later on but thanks for that.

Anton's picture

Would this pass as a part of the definition of 'euphonic?'

"Even close-miked instruments are surrounded by a bit of moist air. The microZOTL's transparency surrounds instrumental tones with a kind of vibrating aura."

If it does that to everything, then it would strike me as being 'artifactual.'

Prediction: I think some key words that will appear in the Pass Labs review will be: composed, unruffled, effortless, matter of fact (in the best way, as in 'it possessed a matter of fact control and level of detail that made everything it did seem effortless.')

I really hope you like it. I think Pass Labs' amplification would be on my ownership list if I had adequate scratch!

Cheers, and thanks for a fun all around review!

audiodoctornj's picture

Herb a great review on, no doubt a great product, I would like to call your attention to, the Nuprime DAC 10H which is only $200 dollars more, than the Sim product you reviewed.

[Advertising copy deleted by John Atkinson]

We, Audio Doctor, www.audiodoctor.com have the Nuprime on display and have been supporting the first iteration of the company, Nuforce, and now in its second incarnation, Nuprime for years.

[Advertising copy deleted by John Atkinson]

Herb I would love to have you over to the shop to hear the Nuprime for yourself we are only three miles away from you, it is really something special.

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Moon by Simaudio Neo 230HAD D/A headphone amplifier Page 2

Tue, 08/30/2016

COMMENTS
philipjohnwright's picture

It's what differentiates SF; writers like Herb, the much-missed SM, and the too-early-to-say-but-showing-distinct-promise Jana. Along with all the old (sorry guys) favourites

Keep them coming please John; earnest, humourless,colourless reviewers abound elsewhere; don't let them through the door here.

woodford's picture

you're probably already familiar, but there are wonderful 60s era phillips recordings of the Beethovem, Brahms, and Mendelssohn concerti with Haitink conducting. the Brahms is a particular favorite.

fourpobs's picture

As finish my coffee and get ready to put my butt-kissing suit on for a day in the corporate mines, the first couple paragraphs remind me there must be a way to make a living, have good audio and know interesting, inspiring people(perhaps even be an interesting person. Maybe even a "character"). I will read the rest of the article later on but thanks for that.

Anton's picture

Would this pass as a part of the definition of 'euphonic?'

"Even close-miked instruments are surrounded by a bit of moist air. The microZOTL's transparency surrounds instrumental tones with a kind of vibrating aura."

If it does that to everything, then it would strike me as being 'artifactual.'

Prediction: I think some key words that will appear in the Pass Labs review will be: composed, unruffled, effortless, matter of fact (in the best way, as in 'it possessed a matter of fact control and level of detail that made everything it did seem effortless.')

I really hope you like it. I think Pass Labs' amplification would be on my ownership list if I had adequate scratch!

Cheers, and thanks for a fun all around review!

audiodoctornj's picture

Herb a great review on, no doubt a great product, I would like to call your attention to, the Nuprime DAC 10H which is only $200 dollars more, than the Sim product you reviewed.

[Advertising copy deleted by John Atkinson]

We, Audio Doctor, www.audiodoctor.com have the Nuprime on display and have been supporting the first iteration of the company, Nuforce, and now in its second incarnation, Nuprime for years.

[Advertising copy deleted by John Atkinson]

Herb I would love to have you over to the shop to hear the Nuprime for yourself we are only three miles away from you, it is really something special.

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Moon by Simaudio Neo 230HAD D/A headphone amplifier

I am a lucky person. Who gets to be an artist, an aspiring griot, and a Stereophile reporter? Who gets to stay at home in paint-smeared pajamas, draw pictures of teapots and barn owls . . . and then, on top of everything, gets paid to listen to music made by Henryk Szeryng, Eugene Hütz, and Winston Reedy? C'est moi!

I have groovy friends, too: other eccentric artists, scruffy musicians, recording and mastering engineers, beekeepers, authors and editors, art and junk collectors, tube wizards, turntable savants, DJs, Mensa-type amp designers, bat-shit-crazy poet-philosophers, and unrepentant hoarders.

Tue, 08/30/2016

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