I came late to the genius of Frank Zappa. this video provides another look at his art and his modus operandi. As a small bonus, there’s some cool footage of Dweezel at a mixing board, analyzing and enjoying his father’s master tapes. (Frank owned all of his masters.)
The recordings are analog, but the medium is ink on paper.
This article describes the process used by Indiana University, and contains recordings from the nineteenth century.
The HiFi Shock website fills a unique niche, specializing in showing what’s inside audiophile gear.
Some very interesting images.
New startup idea: do video.
The video below will help prepare you for what might be the next wave in high-end digital. It will also serve as a great intro for our next session at Blue Coast Records.
(There’s a lot of good info to be had from the various RMAF videos.)
Check out this thread on What’s Best’s audio forum. You’ll find the video by MA Recordings and the Pac NW Audio Society – featuring our own John Stone!
You’ll also discover a bunch of free high-resolution downloads, some in DSD. Todd G, like Cookie M, is sold on DSD.
The WB forum is one of the best IMO. Several BAAS members participate….
The illustration below (source unknown) provides some pointers on how to be more exact with your audiophile jargon.
As a very course mnemonic, you can use the three decades of the audio spectrum to define bass/midrange/treble:
- Bass: 20-200 hz
- Mids: 200-2K hz
- Treble: 2K-20K hz
Also referenced is a framework that I had almost forgotten about: The Gizmodo Audiophile Sound Quality Index. (Site currently down due to the storm.)
You’ll “get it” by halfway mark…feel free to skip ahead if you must!
Leave a comment if you can explain….
Hint: Think Newton’s 3rd Law, and how it may play here.
‘Tis not often that a publication like the New York Times conducts a DAC shootout. But they just did.
Further, they even use audiophile terminology: “[the HRT] sounded closest to the original CD versions” and switching from the Schiit “was like going from stereo to mono.” Whoa.
I’ll leave it to interested readers to delve deeper….
Long-time CNET writer Steve Guttenberg now claims that audiophiles – like most consumers – prefer colored
sound (article here).
IMO, the article is simply chock-full of unsubstantiated assertions. In fact, I think that a more reasonable thesis can be drawn from the evidence presented: manufacturers of audio gear make equipment that produces flawed sound.
In any case, decide for yourself….
Beautiful 3-song set, huh? The sheer power and authenticity of “live” is tough to beat. Masterful artists combining in real time in ways that machines never will.
For more of the same, I would urge you to explore all of NPR’s “Tiny Desk” videos – they are as cool as they are diverse. (Thanks to my brother Dave for pointing them out to me)
Contrast this with the world described in this NYT feature detailing the efforts of Kuk Harrell and the “vocal producers” of today’s major pop acts. Oh my, what a difference.
I’m not writing this to suggest which is better. And I’d guess that Adele has used vocal producers. I’m just contrasting (for the n-th time) the differences in approach and feel.
Wanted to introduce myself. Dennis Davis and I started BAAS circa 1995 after we met at a audio show (Stereophile?) in San Francisco. We hit it off immediately and thought it would be cool to start up an audiophile society. As you know Dennis was active in the Northern CA Audiophile group that eventually faded away for lack of participation (no one wanted to organize events). We published a want-ad in the SF Chronicle and at rec.audio.com (I wrote that piece you published in a recent BAAS note I think). There were really no officers (sort of just Dennis and myself).
Anyway the first meeting was at my house in SF and we had about 30-40 people if I recall there, including some of the current members such as Jason Serinus, Herb Cygan, Manny LaCarrubba (inventor of the cool B+O 360 degree speaker) and Manuel. Anyway, the first few years was a lot of fun and we had some excellent meetings including ones at Mobile Fidelity at their vinyl pressing plant in Petaluma, presentations of various audio products at a now-defunct high end dealer in Sausalito (Music by Design) as well as discussions about vinyl vs. digitial. A number of our get-togethers were at the Josephine Randall Museum Theater in the City. My participation waned after a few years because of personal issues. Dennis was left pretty much on his own to run the ship. Mea culpa.
Part of the difficulty at that time was lack of volunteers to organize meetings and events. System hopping was just getting started. Organizing and producing get-togethers was a lot of work and usually only a small number of people (2-3) were willing to put in the time to develop these. I believe that is why Dennis eventually also dropped out.
Fortunately people like yourself and Jason have kept BAAS alive and thriving. My hat’s off to both of you. The BAAS web site is wonderful, promotes ongoing interest and provides a way of sharing ideas and news without publishing a hard copy newsletter. I thought the High Note in its day was great but was pretty labor-intensive. I still remember stuffing envelopes! The title was “borrowed” from the name of an audio salon we found in one of the audiophile magazines. We also had a cool looking membership card that we distributed to members – I thought I still had a stack of these but couldn’t find them – maybe I gave them to Dennis.
For those of you looking for additional Memorial Day entertainment, check out the AVshowrooms web site.
Lots of high definition audiophile video. I found the Audio Note UK tour particularly enjoyable. Old world, minimalist design ethos. The YG Acoustics tour was a nice bookend – new world, high-tech approach and materials.
I like the overall concept. It strikes me as a useful adjunct to the written word, and valid means of getting greater exposure to the brands. I would think that quality manufacturers would value the service as well.
Sample below. Go “full screen” for best effect.
Go to this link to take a very interesting “test” of your musical skills and proclivities.
You’ll also be helping the BBC with their research.
Hint: A couple of the tests take a while to load. Don’t do what I did and skip them. You will get a low score! (Like me….)
The California Audio Show (CAS) is running a promotion wherein BAAS members get a $10 discount on their 3-day tickets.
Since the membership fee for BAAS is only $20, new members can essentially join BAAS for free!
Just follow the link above to join, and I’ll send you the link for the $10 discount to CAS.
Great deal for Bay Area audiophiles….
On 9/26/95, the notice below was posted on the rec.audio.high-end newsgroup by one of Dennis Davis’ officers. (Dennis was president.)
This current incarnation of BAAS was a restart of the earlier “Northern California Audiophile Society.” This, in turn, sent the “other BAAS” into a bit of a tail-slide.
Much more recently, BASS was used as the inspiration and template for the Shanghai Aidiophile Society.
What percentage of components shown can you identify?
Ethan Winer has been an outspoken critic of the more extreme — some would say mainstream (!) — aspects of our hobby. In fact, his (in)famous Audio Myths Video has been the subject of both scorn and admiration. The guy is certainly opinionated.
But he’s also knowledgable, passionate, and – it turns out – an excellent writer. All of this comes out in his new book: The Audio Expert – All You Need to Know About Audio.
Rather than go into details here, just read my short review on Amazon. Suffice to say, I think that many of you would find the book both useful and enjoyable.
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