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.
Jon Iverson  |  Oct 12, 2003  |  0 comments
Readers are constantly telling us that downloaded audio files suck. I tend to agree with them.
Art Dudley  |  Oct 12, 2003  |  0 comments
Dating was murder, especially in the months just before I met my wife. I knew some nice women back then, many of whom were good-hearted and others of whom were beautiful. One was both, and talented, too: She gave me presents for no reason and wrote tender things in cards with pictures of sweet meadows or the sea: My love goes on and on, they said. But for whatever reason, I just couldn't love her back, and Oh! how the shit hit the fan the day I told her so. I meant it as a respectful act of honesty and forthrightness; she took it as a cowardly act of rejection, and responded in a manner that would forever remind me of Maggie bouncing the rolling pin off Jiggs's head while calling him an insect. That day, I learned two things: 1) women are unlearnable; and, 2) honesty, while an unassailably good thing in and of itself, makes a poor tool, mostly because it lacks a safety handle.