Music Downloads: Jean-Michel Blais – Eviction Sessions

If you follow any of my musical musings on this site you’ll know I have what some would refer to as mildly eclectic taste.

The Christmas Music Mix

As far as religious holidays go, none have been as potently marketed as Christmas. Defined by an endless stream of catchy original songs, unabashed commercialism, and a magical mascot, Christmas often seems more like a Disney production than an especially holy endeavour. Irrespective of our individual beliefs, Christmas exists as an open-source holiday that everybody is able to celebrate in different ways and for different reasons.

Qobuz announces US pricing plan, will Tidal feel the heat?

Faith. There seems to be a sense of spiritual angst among the audiophile faithful who stream their digital audio via cloud-based music services and its cause seems to be the continuing delay of the French high-resolution music service Qobuz from entering the North American market.

Tips for setting up an Audiophile NAS system with Aurender’s John-Paul Lizars

The crushing basslines and powerful vocal overdubs torturing eight-inch transducers stopped so suddenly that there wasn’t even an echo of a note left hanging in the air between my speakers. I hit play on the app interface residing on my iPad from the comfort of my sofa and it was back. The song pounding into the room as I controlled the ones and zeros and sat, scrolling through the thousands of album and song titles available to me from the touch screen cradled in my palm. Such is the experience of music playback in this modern computer-audio era.

The AudioStream Holiday Gift Guide

You look at the calendar on your iPhone and realize it’s December and a flush of panic turns your face red, which in turn is mistaken for rosy cheeks by your partner who squeals and exclaims “You’ve got the Holiday Spirit!” Unaware it’s fear that grips your heart in an icy embrace of commercialism, crowds, snow shovelling, Christmas trees, lights, ornaments and of course gifts.

Paul McCartney to Frank Sinatra – Engineer and Producer Al Schmitt: AudioStream Podcast No.3

Welcome to the third episode of the AudioStream Podcast and host Brian Hunter has managed to sequester an music-industry legend in producer and studio engineer Al Schmitt, whose deep connection with music spans almost the entire breadth of modern music as we know it.

KEF LS50 and LS50 Wireless on sale until Dec. 31

You’ve read the reviews obsessively. You’ve gone to your local bricks and mortar or a hi-fi trade show and sat shoulder-to-shoulder with others to listen to them, or stopped round to a mate’s flat for a pint and heard them. For all those out there in audiophile-land who have been hemming and hawing about whether to lay down some cash on KEF’s award-winning LS50 or LS50 Wireless loudspeakers, the time may have come to get off the fence and commit to buying a pair.

Chord Electronics Android version of Gofigure App for Poly streamer now available

Been enjoying controlling the listening sessions that feature the color, punch and weighty sonic chops of your Chord Mojo/Poly combo via the Gofigure App on your Android device? No? Well that’s changed. Chord Electronics has been hard at work and now brings all the ease of Poly control that iOS users have been enjoying to their Android brethren with their Gofigure App.

What’s in the Box? Speaker Design with YG Acoustics' Yoav Geva Page 2

What’s in the Box? Speaker Design with YG Acoustics' Yoav Geva

This is the first in a new series I’m putting together with high-fidelity industry players where we discuss how their companies came about and the specifics of their chosen field of design and manufacture. Our premiere interview is with YG Acoustics founder and co-owner Yoav Geva where we will discuss how he got into the arena of loudspeaker design and ended up becoming one of high-end audio’s foremost designers.

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