Added to the Archives This Week

Jonathan Scull takes a gander at the dCS Purcell D/D converter, and tries to make sonic sense out of the merits of upsampling. Scull writes, "So while the true differences between upsampling and oversampling remain murky, my pleasant mission is to report on the sound of the Purcell and compare it to the latest version of the pro-audio version, the 972."

More digital debriefing when Robert Deutsch uncovers details of the Perpetual Technologies P-1A D/D & P-3A D/A processors. As Deutsch tells the tale, "Finally, more than 18 months after the initial product announcement, the P-1A and P-3A review samples appeared on my doorstep." RD determines if it was worth the wait.

Heading a little deeper into the archive stacks, we find Thomas J. Norton doing a careful analysis of DTS & Data Compression as compared to Dolby Digital. As Norton notes, "DTS makes use of the full 1.4 megabits/second data capacity of the existing digital tracks for their six channels of information, while Dolby Digital uses only 384 kilobits/second for their system."

From 1994, we have John Atkinson and Robert Harley's manufacturer profile A Wee Dram of Scotch: Linn Products' Ivor Tiefenbrun. Tiefenbrun explains his turntable "accident" and more, in this revealing discourse.

Finally, the latest installment in our Recording of the Month series for the online archives: Recording of February 2000: Keith Jarrett's The Melody at Night, With You. As Richard Lehnert finds, the nimble pianist risks some cheap emotion to good effect.