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.
Stereophile Staff  |  Sep 27, 2004  |  0 comments
Media servers are one of the hottest trends in home entertainment, as mentioned by Jon Iverson last week.
Stereophile Staff  |  Sep 27, 2004  |  0 comments
From the September 2004 issue, Larry Greenhill sets up the James Loudspeaker EMB-1200 subwoofer, remarking, "Powerful deep-bass response means more than just pure tones. Rather, it requires raw power, tactile surges of air pressure, and a mix of the senses of hearing and touch." LG reports on whether or not the EMB-1200 meets those standards.
Barry Willis  |  Sep 27, 2004  |  0 comments
Apple vs Apple: Despite persistent rumors of an impending settlement, the trademark dispute between Apple Corps, the Beatles' record company, and Apple Computer remained unresolved as of late September. The rift arose from the computer company's entry into the music business with its iTunes Music Store, in apparent violation of a previous deal in which it agreed not to do so. One possible outcome of current discussions between the two companies could be the first-ever online availability of Beatles recordings, an exclusive arrangement that might give iTunes an advantage over its competitors.