Wes Phillips  |  Nov 27, 2005  |  1 comments
An easy-enough-for-Americans version.
Wes Phillips  |  Nov 27, 2005  |  0 comments
. . . to break a copier. Remember folks: Do not drink and photocopy body parts at the office party. You might have to submit to small arms inspection.
Wes Phillips  |  Nov 27, 2005  |  0 comments
There have been even further developments on the Sony BMG root kit debacle since the last time we updated you. The reports that Sony artists were unhappy that the company had been caught compromising consumers' computers were confirmed by Newsweek. That magazine reported that Trey Anastasio's Shine, which was released on November 1, the day after the story broke, sold 15,000 copies in its first week, but plummeted to 7,000 by week two, when the story was all over the press. Since then, all 52 albums with the XCD "protection" have been pulled. Patrick Jordon, director of marketing at Red Light Management, which reps Anastasio, said, "It's been damaging, and certainly we're going to discuss that with the label."
Wes Phillips  |  Nov 27, 2005  |  0 comments
Manley Laboratories, Inc. has appointed Albert Schippits as its hi-fi division's national sales manager. While Manley Labs has maintained a presence in the consumer high-end market since its 1988 launch, the company's energies have often seemed more focused on its successful line of professional studio equipment, such as its tube preamps, compressor/limiters, and equalizers.
Wes Phillips  |  Nov 27, 2005  |  0 comments
At, John Atkinson, Jon Iverson, and I troll the Internet constantly looking for audio-related news, so on November 21,when I spotted an article by John Borland about iTunes outselling traditional retail record outlets like Tower and Borders, I passed it on to the other two without even thinking about it.
Robert Deutsch  |  Nov 26, 2005  |  0 comments
It's been 10 years since Balanced Audio Technology (BAT) introduced their first products: the VK-5 line-stage preamplifier and the VK-60 power amplifier. (I reviewed both in the December 1995 Stereophile, Vol.18 No.12.) The success of these and other BAT products has allowed designer Victor Khomenko (the "VK" of the model designations) and partner Steve Bednarski to quit their day jobs at Hewlett-Packard; they were joined by Geoff Poor as a partner to handle the sales end of the enterprise. BAT's current lineup includes several preamps, phono stages, a CD player, and tube as well as solid-state amplifiers. The top of BAT's preamp range is the VK-51SE, which costs $9000; their top tube power amp is the VK-150SE monoblock ($17,000/pair); if you want their best phono stage, the VK-P10 will set you back $8000.
Larry Greenhill  |  Nov 26, 2005  |  0 comments
Home theater has dramatically influenced the design of aftermarket subwoofers. Multichannel processors automatically provide a properly filtered low-frequency signal to drive a subwoofer, relieving the need for the sub to be shipped with a passive crossover network or an active electronic crossover. When Genelec offered one of their subwoofers for review, I decided it was important to try to evaluate such a product, even if it meant I'd have to scramble around to find a quality external electronic crossover.
Art Dudley  |  Nov 26, 2005  |  0 comments
"It's rather warm in here."
—violinist Mischa Elman, at Jascha Heifetz's Carnegie Hall debut
Kalman Rubinson  |  Nov 26, 2005  |  0 comments
In the past few installments of this column I've promised to talk about another subwoofer equalizer system. Now I'm going to pull the old switcheroo and discuss a different subwoofer EQ. The SMS-1 is a new, standalone digital equalizer system from Velodyne, based on the EQ built into their DD-series subwoofers. Larry Greenhill went gaga over the Velodyne DD-18 in the June 2004 Stereophile, particularly because of the ease and sophistication of the EQ system. Apparently, one of the Velodyne sales guys asked the obvious: What about making the EQ available separately for use with other subwoofers?
Wes Phillips  |  Nov 25, 2005  |  1 comments
"You know I hate it when the system's not warmed up!"