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    by Published on 01-24-2008 08:09 AM
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    Press Release
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    Lucette Nicoll / John Nicoll
    Nicoll Public Relations, Inc.
    781-762-9300 / lucette@nicollpr.com

    ReQuest Unveils First-of-its-Kind
    Multiroom Audio System based on Music Server Technology ...
    by Published on 01-23-2008 11:55 AM
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    UPDATED After the late afternoon release of several notes from many writers on the TAS staff I updated this posting. The only thing I can say is, "Has another magazine been reading Computer Audiophile?" Read more for all the info.

    Chris Martens from The Abso!ute Sound has just published an article about his CES experience with some very affordable products. he concludes the article with some statements about CES and the products he liked. Most notable is his crowning the new Wadia 170 iTransport as the Most Significant New Product. Here is a a great quote from the article.
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    by Published on 01-22-2008 09:53 PM
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    The future of high end audio is on disk, not disc. Audiophiles who have traditionally been allergic to anything related to a computer are going to need disk space. Right now this means spinning hard drives that will eventually fail. In the not to distant future Audiophiles will be able to replace these traditional disks with Solid State Drives. These SSDs have a maximum number of read/write cycles that is very high, but eventually wear out as well. Since SSDs are not available in the high capacity that audiophiles need this article focuses on traditional disks. ...
    by Published on 01-20-2008 01:52 PM
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    Favorite system at CES. It's time to talk about sound & music, no not The Sound of Music. CES was full of great sounding equipment. Walking suite to suite in the Venetian was really a treat. I'm not aligned with some of the other writers who hated CES because of elevator lines or the distance between halls etc... There is arguably nowhere else on Earth an audiophile can experience all of this sound and music. Back to the great sounding equipment. Countless manufacturers put on demonstrations that that really showcased their equipment. My only problem is they were showcasing their equipment. I know that sounds funny. Let me explain. One manufacturer said to me that he was playing Joni Mitchell because her voice hit the crossover point of his speakers perfectly. I'm cool with people who like to listen to equipment as opposed to the music. It just doesn't work for me. I can only hear Patricia Barber and DIana Krall so many times in one week. These artists do have some really good music, but it was too often used to showcase equipment. Some might also say that the manufacturers are there to showcase equipment. OK, point taken. But, the end product of all of this is listening to music, not sound, and selling more of your products to the end consumers. Let's face it people make decisions based on emotion. Does the sound of a female voice hitting right at the crossover point bring out emotion in you? Does listening to a great reissue of James Taylor's Sweet Baby James bring out emotion in you? For me, the James Taylor scenario wins hands down. I wasn't even a big fan of James Taylor before CES. Now I am looking all over for the CD version of what I heard in the McIntosh suite at the Venetian.
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    by Published on 01-18-2008 03:24 PM
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    The second edition of CES Ramdom Notes is here. It is based on information I gathered at CES and T.H.E. Show. Music servers, memory players, wireless transport/DACs, and a whole bunch of contradictory information.

    The high end world in general is finally realizing the potential of music servers. Or, is it the customers who are finally realizing the potential of computer based audio / music servers. What came first the chicken or the egg. Either way this a great thing for consumers and manufacturers. Consumers will enjoy all the benefits of these products and manufacturers will enjoy selling everyone a replacement for their basic disc player. CES was full of music servers with fewer memory players and even less wireless transport/DACs. As expected there were plenty of suites in the Venetian without anything computer based. This is where I often received a certain look from the product representative. This look was not inviting. It was like I was just an Internet "geek" trying to invade the their space. Their comments were much the same. When I told the reps I cover the convergence of high end audio and computers & music servers some said, "You won't find anything here" or gave me a smirk and looked right through me. Oh well, I'm not concerned about these reps. Fortunately it is not them who determines the future of high end audio. I tend to think these manufacturers may be a little scared of what is to come. For the most part everyone else was getting into the game and excited about the new possibilities in high end audio. Reference Recordings being one of them with the release of 24 bit / 176 KHz music. Available first on DVD as wav files followed by online distribution as soon as possible. Another was Hovland, who has been working to really perfect their unit before it is released. Hovland knows how to do things right. Based on the prototype on display I think they will bring to market a product that does what a high end consumer wants. Nothing more, nothing less. ...
    by Published on 01-15-2008 02:14 PM
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    The Macworld 2008 keynote from Steve Jobs is over. Are there any implications for audiophiles? Possibly. iTunes 7.6 has been released. The major change is the addition of the movie rental capability. It has been rumored that iTunes 7.6 will have an update for audiophiles or those looking for "better" audio performance. Computer Audiophile will be watching this release closely and reporting what audiophiles need to know. In other Macworld news, Apple released an incredibly thin laptop called the MacBook Air as well as some updates to the iPod touch. I can see both of these effecting audiophiles. The MacBook Air could make a great music server with its small 1.8" very silent hard drive. The iPod Touch now has a few more features and is still still my music server remote of choice. I was hoping for lossless music downloads but for now that is just a pipe dream. Read more for the links to download iTunes 7.6. ...

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