Archive for October, 2012

The Price of Audiophilia

Not much new here, but this article from PRICEonomics.com seeks to plot the price spectrum of audiophilia – with the aid of local McIntosh vendor House of Music.

Also referenced is a framework that I had almost forgotten about: The Gizmodo Audiophile Sound Quality Index. (Site currently down due to the storm.)

Enjoy,

Bob

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 Audiophile, Bob, General, News Comments Off

Life at 33 RPM – A Vinyl Story

“Vinylmania” is coming to San Fran – details here.

Also, you may want to check out this charity record sale on Nov 10th (same day as the movie), proceeds to Palo Alto Library.

Enjoy,

Bob

Monday, October 22nd, 2012 Analog, Audiophile, Bob, Events, News, Video Comments Off

Linn Loudspeakers Rock Bay Area Members

BAAS members enjoyed a pleasant Saturday at the Oakland HQ of Linn Audio.

David Linn, founder and CEO, played host to an enthusiastic crowd of listeners. Thanks, David!

Comments were heard throughout the day about how dynamic the speakers were and the “honesty” of their tone. They were also capable of sound levels that would fill a stadium.

When asked about the name of the firm and possible confusion with the Scots, Dr. Linn replied that “…Linn is my last name, not theirs….”

Indeed.

Bob

Monday, October 22nd, 2012 Audiophile, Bob, Equipment, Events Comments Off

Did Frank Zappa Invent the Hires Music Download?

Way back in 1983, Mr. Zappa – a genius IMO – described the rudiments of an HDtracks-like service.

First, he succinctly described the problem:

Ordinary phonograph record merchandising as it exists today is a stupid process which concerns itself essentially with pieces of plastic, wrapped in pieces of cardboard. These objects, in quantity, are heavy and expensive to ship. The manufacturing process is complicated and crude. Quality control for the stamping of the discs is an exercise in futility. The system is subject to pilferage…Dissatisfied customers routinely return records because they are warped and will not play…Large numbers of people are employed in the field of ‘record promotion.’…these salaries are, for the most part, a waste of money.

Then, his proposed solution:

We propose to acquire the rights to digitally duplicate and store THE BEST of every record company’s difficult-to-move Quality Catalog Items (QCI), store them in a central processing location, and have them accessible by…direct digital-to-digital transfer…All accounting for royalty payments, billing to the customer, etc. would be automatic, built into the initial software for the system.

Sound familiar?

Of course, FZ described the details of the system in terms of then-current tech (e.g., Betamax). But the core underpinnings of today’s reality were there – even the piece about high-resolution digital transfers of archival analog media.

One sharp cookie…

Bob

 

Friday, October 12th, 2012 Audiophile, Bob, News Comments Off
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