Jon Iverson  |  Apr 30, 2000  |  0 comments
In hopes of stoking the multichannel DVD-Audio engine, Burr-Brown announced last week the PCM1604 audio digital-to-analog converter, which they describe as a high-performance, 6-channel audio DAC featuring 24-bit capability and 192kHz sampling, for use in a "wide variety of multichannel audio applications."
Stereophile Staff  |  Apr 30, 2000  |  0 comments
Progress toward a working digital radio technology took a big step forward in April with the addition of Lowpass Prototype Inc. to the development team. According to an April 27 press release, USA Digital Radio, Inc., a privately held digital radio technology company owned by the nation's largest radio broadcasters, has added the manufacturer of radio-frequency systems for radio and television transmission to its coalition to develop and commercialize digital AM and FM radio.
Jon Iverson  |  Apr 30, 2000  |  0 comments
It's been an up-and-down week for consumer-electronics companies, as revealed by recent earnings reports surfacing around the globe. First, the bad news: Sony reports that its profits fell 32% in the latest fiscal year, and cites the strong yen for depressing the value of the consumer-electronics and entertainment company's overseas earnings.
Stereophile  |  Apr 30, 2000  |  51 comments

Remember the Ampzilla? Are there stranger audio product names out there? What are they?

What's the oddest name you've seen on a piece of audio equipment?
Here it is:
76% (51 votes)
Can't think of one.
24% (16 votes)
Total votes: 67
Jonathan Scull  |  Apr 28, 2000  |  0 comments
Damned if you do and damned if you don't.
Gary Smith  |  Apr 23, 2000  |  175 comments

Many "Greatest Composers of the 20th Century" lists would include Copland, Gershwin, et al, but could also include Roy Orbison, Lennon-McCartney, and Scott Joplin. Who is <I>your</I> favorite?

Who is your favorite 20th-century composer?
Here he/she is:
93% (174 votes)
Don't have one.
7% (13 votes)
Total votes: 187
Barry Willis  |  Apr 23, 2000  |  0 comments
The world's two largest and most active music clubs may become one if preliminary talks between their parent companies bear fruit. Time Warner Inc. and Germany's Bertelsmann AG have conducted discussions with that outcome in mind, according to several reports appearing in late April.
Jon Iverson  |  Apr 23, 2000  |  0 comments
The Napster saga continues. As reported last week, software maker Napster and several colleges were looking at a likely court battle, instigated by music group Metallica and others attempting to prevent their songs from being distributed via MP3 audio files without official consent or payment of royalties. After Metallica announced its suit, rapper Dr. Dre also jumped in, giving Napster until last Friday to remove links to his work.
Stereophile Staff  |  Apr 23, 2000  |  0 comments
Can Jah Atkinson believe his ears? The PS Audio Power Plant P300 touched an audio nerve with JA, who interviewed the designer, Paul McGowan: High-End Survivor, for the May 2000 Stereophile. As a bonus, we include JA's follow-up to Robert Deutsch's review of the P300, also from the May issue.
Jon Iverson  |  Apr 23, 2000  |  0 comments
The healthy trend for the audio market continues: the Consumer Electronics Association reported last week that revenues from factory shipments of audio products to dealers this February increased by 8% over last February, to a total of $542 million. "The fantastic sales in February spurred the year-to-date total for audio sales to more than $1 billion; a 6% increase over the first two months of 1999," said the CEA.