Barry Willis  |  Jun 11, 2000  |  0 comments
One battle in the copyright war is over. announced Friday, June 9, that it has reached a settlement with BMG Entertainment and Warner Music Group, two of the music industry’s "Big Five" that had sued the online music company for copyright infringement. Although will have to pay some serious damages---possibly as much as $100 million once the other litigants resolve their cases---it gained a licensing agreement with the two major labels that could be worth far more in long-term business. "It's a heck of a price to pay to get the keys to the kingdom," analyst Phil Leigh told the Wall Street Journal, "But now they have the crown jewels."
Stereophile Staff  |  Jun 11, 2000  |  0 comments
Sure, we review a lot of big-bucks equipment in Stereophile, but readers constantly remind us to try the cheaper stuff as well. John Atkinson does exactly that in his review of the Acoustic Energy Aegis One loudspeaker. As JA puts it, "Acoustic Energy has introduced the Aegis One; its price is one-tenth that of the AE1 in its current, Signature guise. Does the Aegis One live up to what its heritage promises? I asked the company's US distributor, Audiophile Systems, to send me a pair so I could find out."
Jonathan Scull  |  Jun 11, 2000  |  0 comments
Okay, back to equipment racks and resonance tuning.
Stereophile  |  Jun 05, 2000  |  108 comments

Last week we asked about your favorite musical instruments. Now tell us about the ones you hate.

Are there any musical instruments you really can't stand?
Here it is . . .
83% (101 votes)
Don't have one.
17% (21 votes)
Total votes: 122
Barry Willis  |  Jun 04, 2000  |  0 comments
The Napster saga continues: Last week the Silicon Valley–based firm, which has been very successful with its MP3 file-sharing software, reinstated approximately 30,000 music fans who had signed online affidavits attesting that they had been mistakenly accused of appropriating songs by rock group Metallica. Those reinstated were slightly less than 10% of the 317,000 Napster users who had been booted from the system on May 3 as a result of legal attacks by Metallica.
Patrick Megenity  |  Jun 04, 2000  |  0 comments
The trend of computers redefining the price/performance ratio for digital audio shows no signs of slowing down. A new PCI-slot soundcard has been released by Digital Connection that could help change preconceived notions about the level of sound quality achievable from a computer. The $295 DC Pro 24/96 enables a brand-new function for the PC, playback of DTS 5.1 music CDs, as well as support for 24-bit/96kHz playback and recording, currently available only on high-end soundcards such as the CardDeluxe from Digital Audio Labs and the RME DigiPro/8.
Barry Willis  |  Jun 04, 2000  |  0 comments
Tito Puente, the "Mambo King" who fused jazz with Latin rhythms, died Wednesday, May 31 at New York University's Medical Center from complications following heart surgery. Puente was 77.
Stereophile Staff  |  Jun 04, 2000  |  0 comments
With multichannel DVD-Audio just around the corner, the surround-sound debate among audiophiles is starting anew. But how far have we come with surround sound in 30 years? J. Gordon Holt wrote "Bye Bye, Quadrifi?" back in 1971, in which he explored the same dilemmas faced by today's audiophile.
Jon Iverson  |  Jun 04, 2000  |  0 comments
Waiting for the Holy Grail of DVD-Audio? Even with players still distant on the horizon, one can now begin building a DVD-Audio music library with discs compatible with current DVD-Video players. At least that's the strategy offered at the recent High End 2000 show in Frankfurt, Germany this past week.
Stereophile  |  May 28, 2000  |  134 comments

We all prefer the sounds of certain musical instruments over others. What's your favorite?

What is your favorite musical instrument?
Here it is . . .
97% (137 votes)
Don't have one.
3% (4 votes)
Total votes: 141