Welcome to the Academy
Since day one here at Computer Audiophile there has been a focus on sharing information between those in the know and those who want to know. As more data accumulates on the site those seeking information tend to get more confused. Readers often find a forum topic that discusses what they want to know, but the information is not written for a learning audience or may twist and turn for ten to twenty pages without answering the original question. There's no problem with this type of discussion but it's hard for newbies to benefit. Let's face it, we are all newbies on some topics and need better explanations or instructions once in a while. Over the last few months I've received many emails and read countless forum comments with similar requests asking for basic diagrams, term definitions, format recommendations, interface information, NAS configuration, and on and on ... These requests have been extremely helpful in identifying specifically what most readers want to know. Thus the Computer Audiophile Academy was created to address the common and critical needs of the CA readers.
Based on the most common questions and topics or based on information deemed noteworthy for computer audiophiles, I will create new articles. I will provide the first answer or instructions within each article based on my knowledge, experience, and conversations with industry associates. Recognizing that we all benefit from the collective knowledge of those around us, each article will be wide open for followup questions, constructive criticism, and most importantly answers provided by the millions of readers around the globe. These collective responses will allow each article to contain the most accurate and up to date information. What separates this from a standard forum and a Wiki is the ability to control the article topics and list the most helpful answers first so newbies don't have to waste hours hoping to find an answer. For example, an article discussing the the recommended MediaMonkey settings with screenshots and instructions will be updated as soon as a reader provides additional information that helps improve the original content of the article. This benefits those seeking a consolidated answer and provides others wishing to read more the option to roll their sleeves up and keep reading.
Open for Education
The Computer Audiophile Academy is now open for education. New articles will be written frequently and I promises a few neat surprises along the way. Plus no tests or homework, just great music and great sound quality.
Note: If the whole concept is still a little fuzzy in your head it's likely that my explanation could have been better. No worries, the concept is very clear in my mind and will be much easier to understand as we get rolling. We'll start with a simple one.