Barry Willis  |  Oct 04, 2004  |  0 comments
Satellite radio goes high-end: Beginning early next year, Krell Industries will enter the booming market for satellite radio receivers with an XM Radio tuner. The $4000 unit will reportedly also receive traditional AM and FM broadcasts; an optional module will let it stream Internet audio via 802.11g wireless connection to a broadband modem, according to the September 27 edition of This Week in Consumer Electronics (TWICE). The tuner will join Krell's line of custom installation products. In a similar but less expensive vein will be new Sirius tuners from Russound. At $699 and $999, the two new models will also include AM/FM tuners.
Barry Willis  |  Oct 04, 2004  |  0 comments
There's a certain commercial symbiosis between audio companies and public performance spaces. Tokyo has its Yamaha Hall; New York has its Avery Fisher Hall (1, 2), named for the hi-fi pioneer whose products were among the best available in the early 1960s.
Stereophile Staff  |  Oct 04, 2004  |  0 comments
Jack English noted in March 1994, "I lobbied ProAc designer Stuart Tyler tirelessly to take a crack at a truly full-range speaker which would preserve the strengths of the Response lineup. My wish came true in mid-1993, with the release of the monstrous ProAc Response 4 loudspeaker."
Jon Iverson  |  Oct 04, 2004  |  0 comments
Last week we reported Dolby's announcement that varying versions of their audio technologies have been selected as "mandatory formats" for HD DVD and Blu-ray. Significant for audiophiles is that MLP and high-resolution PCM audio will be available both as two-channel and surround formats on HD DVD.
Michael Fremer  |  Oct 03, 2004  |  First Published: May 01, 1997  |  0 comments
If the sole criterion for choosing a winner in today's hotly contested premium arms race was original thinking, the Immedia RPM-2 might well come out on top. While some of its design details resemble those found on other products, in many significant areas the arm is unique—not for uniqueness's sake, but in order to efficiently implement some clearly considered goals. If the unipivot RPM-2 bears a resemblance to any other contemporary arm, it is Naim's highly regarded ARO—which I've never heard. The similarity, though, would appear to be superficial.
Steven Stone  |  Oct 03, 2004  |  First Published: Jun 01, 1994  |  0 comments
The official designation for FM is Frequency Modulation, but I think FM stands for Fresh Music. Since before the age of recorded time, FM has been where you go to hear new music, be it the latest Jimi Hendrix album or a recent release from the Kronos Quartet.
Sam Tellig  |  Oct 03, 2004  |  First Published: Jun 01, 1990  |  0 comments
"Speakers are difficult," says Lars.
Jack English  |  Oct 03, 2004  |  First Published: Mar 01, 1994  |  0 comments
Reviewing audio equipment has always been a blast. With each passing month, some potentially wonderful new piece of audio gear finds its way into my system. But as an audiophile, I don't want to be constantly changing the equipment in my system—I want to put together the best setup I can and spend my time optimizing its performance. In spite of the revolving equipment door, I try to listen to the majority of music on my own equipment.
Stereophile Staff  |  Sep 27, 2004  |  0 comments
Old-school two-channel hi-fi may be in the doldrums—a phenomenon of concern only to those manufacturers still solely mining that niche. Those who have caught the home-theater wave are working overtime developing and producing great-sounding new equipment for use with surround-sound systems, flat-panel televisions, and custom installation, according to reports from the CEDIA Expo held earlier this month in Indianapolis.
Jon Iverson  |  Sep 27, 2004  |  0 comments
Audiophiles have had little reason to follow the high-definition video DVD format conflict. Until now.