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Everest Records Rebirth

http://www.stereophile.com/content/everest-records-returns-all-its-glory

Over half a century after the creation of the prized Everest Records catalog, most of whose 78 classical titles were recorded between 1958 and 1961 on 35mm magnetic tape in three-channel stereo, 61 titles have now been remastered and released in multiple formats. In addition to physical CD and downloadable Mastered for iTunes versions, a still-expanding, luscious hi-res treasure trove of Everest titles may be downloaded from HDTracks’s Everest Records pages. All HDTracks titles, remastered from the master tapes in 24/192, are available in both 24/192 and 24/96 versions.Among the gems of the Everest catalog are the very first recording of Aaron Copland conducted of his own work, <snip>

 

Friday, March 7th, 2014 Jason Comments Off

Save The Stereo!

— Save The Stereo Project: News Report #1 —
MUST READ LINK: Save The Stereo Project Feedback200+ feedback comments have now been posted on SaveTheStereo.com.If you submitted feedback for Save The Stereo Project, it has been published in one of six pages in the Feedback section.  You will not believe the quality and quantity of feedback we have received.

400 Participants, 700 Facebook Fans, 6,300 Visits, and Counting!

We are very excited to announce some stunning participation numbers for Save The Stereo Project – especially considering the project is only eight weeks old.  Thank you!

Stereophile.com Article Brought 1,925 Visits to SaveTheStereo.com

Jason Victor Serinus’ February 16th Stereophile.com article, “You Really Can Help Save The Stereo” has sent 1,925 visits to SaveTheStereo.com.  Thank you Jason and the Stereophile team for supporting the project.

THE FIRST VOTE WILL BE HELD MID-MARCH

Save The Stereo Project will hold its first vote on starting Monday, March 17th.  You will be notified via email.

To keep up the momentum, please forward this email to your industry colleagues, music lovers, and audiophiles.  Ask them to check out SaveTheStereo.com, and complete the survey – today!

Thank You!

Thank you for your time and feedback for Save The Stereo Project.

Sincerely,

Gordon White, Founder
Save The Stereo Project

Monday, March 3rd, 2014 Jason Comments Off

Genesis and Linn at Elite Audio Systems San Francisco

http://www.stereophile.com/content/genesis-and-linn-elite-audio-systems-san-francisco 

How often have you encountered someone reciting your obituary? That’s what happened when he of the living dead visited Michael Woods’ aesthetically sensational Elite Audio Systems showroom in San Francisco on February 22, only to discover Gary Leonard Koh, CEO of and chief designer for Genesis Advanced Technologies, declaring, “The days when people sat in one sole sweet spot listening to music are over.
Dismayed to learn that my purportedly dying breed has already died off, I perked up when Gary posited his imposing Genesis 2jr line-source loudspeakers ($85,000/pair) as being far more listener-friendly than Wilson Audio loudspeakers. And that was but one of two audacious statements uttered at Elite Audio Systems from the CEOs of Genesis and, six days later, Linn. <snip>

Jason Victor Serinus • http://www.jasonserinus.com
Music and audiophile critic, and Whistler Extraordinaire.
**The Voice of Woodstock • The Pavarotti of Pucker**
Sunday, March 2nd, 2014 Jason Comments Off

Jared Sacks: DSD Present and Future

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http://www.stereophile.com/content/jared-sacks-dsd-present-and-future

Some months back, SACD and DSD champion Jared Sacks, founder of Channel Classics, stopped by Casa Bellecci-Serinus in Oakland for an extended chat about the history of his label, recording in DSD, and his new NativeDSD.com download site. I started our conversation by asking Jared to share his history with music and the industry with Stereophile:
Sunday, February 23rd, 2014 Jason Comments Off

Stereo is Evil

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011 Audiophile, Bob, General, Humor, Jason, Video Comments Off

Bay Area Audiophiles Hear the DaVinci 384K DAC

Last Saturday, BAAS members were treated to a private sitting with the trend-setting DaVinci DAC.

Impressive in both design and specs, members noted in particular the impressive soundstage that the unit projected.

The music played, all hi-res except for the Montserrat Figueras tribute, was either classical or jazz: excerpts of Haydn and Beethoven string quartets, Mozart, Ole Bull’s very romantic violin, Paul Motian and Vince Guaraldi’s jazz, Montserrat Figueras and Jordi Savall’s period instrument Monteverdi, and, in the second session, Kumiko’s Steve Reich on marimba. A fine tribute to a pair of fallen artists.

Thanks again to Jason Victor Serinus for hosting. His fine room, system, and expert musical selections make auditions a treat.

And, of course, special thanks to Larry Ho and Light Harmonic for supplying this elegant piece of reproduction equipment. You can learn more here.

Bob

Monday, December 12th, 2011 Audiophile, Bob, Equipment, Events, Jason Comments Off

Spiral Groove Turntable Impresses Digital Audiophile(s)

BAAS membership reflects the current trends of audiophiles worldwide. As such, the majority (including myself) listen to digital these days. So it was interesting to see how our first “analog event” in several years would be received.

About 30 BAAS members gathered at Jason Victor Serinus’ home yesterday to listen to the latest in analog source technology, delivered by Allen Perkins of local manufacturer Spiral Groove (SG).

The system featured the following gear from SG:sg.jpg

  • Spiral Groove SG 2 Turntable ($15,000)
  • Spiral Groove SG Tonearm ($6,000)
  • Lyra Cartridge ($6,000)
  • Lehmann Audio Decade phono section ($2,400)
  • Spiral Groove preamplifier (projected $15,000)

An impressive array, to be sure!

I am quite familiar with Jason’s system and listening environment, at least for digital sources. Here are my impression of yesterday’s sights and sounds:

  • The SG gear is beautiful to look at, and even better to listen to. Furthermore, it’s practical. For example, it can be set up by one person in 30 minutes (!). Simple elegance.
  • All told, I listened to the system for five hours. I heard fewer than a dozen tics or pops. This is a new record for me <g>. Especially notable: not a single record was treated in any way during the event. No rituals – just load & play. (Sorta like a CD…) [One member told me that the sound was clean because only vintage older "virgin" vinyl was used.]
  • Allen’s description of the engineering design choices that guided him made a lot of sense to me.
  • The sound in the second session was a bit tighter than the first. (This is not unusual. I think it’s caused simply by the gear being more fully warmed up.)
  • Nordost Odin cables are the real deal. At one point we substituted the preamp’s power cable with a Odin. Wow.
  • For the first time in a very long while, I was thinking “…maybe I do need a turntable…”

We also conducted several listening tests on digital sources. These allowed us to compare several digital exemplars to state-of-the-art analog. I’ll say here that two things were apparent:

  • Analog rocks. There’s a reason why so many audiophiles are driven to turntables (see this article from today’s NYT). – they can sound great!
  • PS Audio’s(PSA’s) new “Perfect Wave” stack combines outstanding ease-of-use with media flexibility and great sonics. That’s a tough combo to beat! Very nice kit, especially for audiophiles wishing to get into high-resolution without going to a computer. (Digital sources that I consider “reference quality” generally have price tags beginning at 2X the PSA tariff.)
  • I preferred the sound of the Wavelength Wavelink USB audio interface to that of the the transport (many members agreed). I don’t think it yet matches the best in firewire converters, but it sounded quite detailed and transparent to me (especially on hires material).

Note that Jason’s description of the event – and activities leading up to it – can be found on the Home secrets Blog.

Sunday, December 6th, 2009 Analog, Audiophile, Bob, Equipment, Events, Jason 2 Comments