John Atkinson  |  Oct 20, 2003  |  First Published: Oct 01, 2003  |  0 comments
I first became familiar with Israeli speaker manufacturer Morel, founded in 1975, back in the late 1970s, when they had a drive-unit plant in the UK. Their drivers have always been well-respected—I was mightily impressed with a sample of their T33 1" soft-dome tweeter when I had the opportunity to measure it a decade or so ago—so when I heard their Octwin 5.2 dual-speaker system at the 2002 CEDIA conference, I asked for a pair for review.
Barry Willis  |  Oct 20, 2003  |  0 comments
Manufacturers and retailers don't expect an upswing in electronics sales next year. That's the consensus of members polled by the Consumer Electronics Association, published in mid-October.
Jon Iverson  |  Oct 20, 2003  |  0 comments
In other news this week, the music business is in a tailspin, and searching for ways to save itself. The National Association of Record Merchandisers (NARM) has just published its chairman's message, with several clues about what consumers may see from the industry in the coming months.
Barry Willis  |  Oct 20, 2003  |  0 comments
A drop-off in business these days seems to produce one inevitable consequence: a cutback in jobs.
Stereophile Staff  |  Oct 20, 2003  |  0 comments
From the October issue, John Atkinson gets acquainted with the Morel Octwin 5.2M loudspeaker, noting, "Once you become accustomed to its admittedly weird looks, it is actually visually appealing and has a small footprint in the listening room." But there's something about the Morel's sound that causes JA to raise an eyebrow.
Jon Iverson  |  Oct 12, 2003  |  0 comments
The last few weeks have been a roller-coaster ride for CD copy-restriction developer SunnComm. The company was riding high in early September when it was announced that BMG and Arista had chosen its MediaMax CD-3 Technology to restrict how discs are used.
Stereophile Staff  |  Oct 12, 2003  |  0 comments
Paul Bolin takes a spin with the Vacuum Tube Logic TL-7.5 Reference line preamplifier, observing, "For some reason, the light has never shone quite as brightly on VTL's front-end electronics, perhaps in part because it's been so long since the company attempted a headline-grabbing, all-out assault on the state of that art."
Barry Willis  |  Oct 12, 2003  |  0 comments
Music industry executives may have a special dread of this year's Halloween festivities.
Barry Willis  |  Oct 12, 2003  |  0 comments
Sony Electronics will soon institute some big changes in an effort to become more efficient.
Jon Iverson  |  Oct 12, 2003  |  0 comments
Only a few short years ago, Napster quickly took root to show the world how Internet-based audio file-trading was where music distribution's future growth might run wild. But the record labels would have none of it and just as swiftly took a legal chainsaw to Napster's trunk, laying it waste and leaving plenty of room for Kazaa and other unsanctioned services to sprout like weeds.