• Computer Audiophile Celebrates Its Second Birthday!

    Computer Audiophile is proud to celebrate its second birthday! I want to thank all the readers from around the world. The loyal and very bright readers have made Computer Audiophile more than enjoyable for me. The site is now my full time career. Many people didn't know I also worked at Ameriprise Financial headquarters in Minneapolis until very recently. Near the end of October I transitioned from working 40-50 hours in an office plus 40-50 hours on the site to putting all my time and energy into Computer Audiophile. This site is my passion and I have big plans for it in the future. Read on for some interesting site stats and a new feature just launched here at CA.



     

     


    Again, thanks to the readers who visit and contribute to the site day-in day-out. The personal emails you send with such kind words about CA are really wonderful. In addition to the readers I want to thanks the Computer Audiophile advertisers. Your support has been great over the last two years. Some of you took a chance on this site in the very early days and I certainly hope everyone is supporting you in return.

     

    One new feature launched simultaneously with this article is called Computer Audiophile Page Two. This is a section of the site with more frequent updates than the home page and less in depth articles. The first two entries are about a new music server and a software update. Not much in depth research, but timely information about what's currently happening in the world of music servers and computer based playback. Look for a link on the right side of the page and I hope everyone enjoys Page Two.

    Now that the big (behind the scenes) site upgrade is complete, more features will be brought to the site soon. In the next couple days a Private Messaging feature will be enabled. Some readers have been clamoring for this for a long time. Sure other sites have had this feature for years, but CA isn't like other sites :~) In addition I am working on some social networking features that will enable readers to establish groups based on location, favorite components, operating systems, and anything else imaginable. I'm also working on a feature that allows readers to have their own page on which they can leave status messages or whatever is on their minds. The Podcasts should also be starting up once again as well as the instructional videos.

     

     

    Last, I'll leave everyone with a couple snapshots about the site's increasing popularity. The first shot displays the sites increase in traffic from the first day to today. The second shot displays the sites popularity by country. CA almost has readers in every country. Hopefully this year inroads will be made with the remaining countries :~) Thanks again to all the readers. I look forward to an even bigger and better year ahead.

     




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    Comments 32 Comments
    1. rmva's Avatar
      rmva -
      Congrats and thank you for these informative learning grounds. While ripping I spent many hours reading old posts, just 'cause there's so much knowledge in them. It made me change my way of doing things a few times now. Thanks and cheers.<br />
      <br />
      Ruud
    1. audial's Avatar
      audial -
      We are almost the same age.<br />
      <br />
      Many thanks for your great work!<br />
      <br />
      Best Regards from Germany<br />
      <br />
      www.digital-highend.com<br />
      <br />
    1. Eric2's Avatar
      Eric2 -
      Still the best site around by a long way.
    1. JR_Audio's Avatar
      JR_Audio -
      Congratulations for your site. It's a great platform about computer audio.<br />
      <br />
      Looking forward meeting you in person at the upcoming CES in Las Vegas.<br />
      <br />
      Juergen
    1. got tinnitus's Avatar
      got tinnitus -
      It's awesome to hear you are able to make this your full time gig Chris. Well done.<br />
      <br />
      May CA have a long and happy future, which I'm sure it will.<br />
      <br />
      Happy Birthday!<br />
      <br />
      Best<br />
      James
    1. Purite Audio's Avatar
      Purite Audio -
      Congratulations Chris, to be able to turn one's passion into one's career is commendable, CA is the source, long may it continue, very best,Keith.
    1. Claude's Avatar
      Claude -
      I am egoistic about this. If you were not going this route, we wouldnt have the best run forum in the world. ;-)<br />
      Greetings from Germany<br />
      Claudius<br />
    1. ronfint's Avatar
      ronfint -
      and thanks for all the work you've put into this interesting and useful site.<br />
      <br />
      Ron
    1. Elprior's Avatar
      Elprior -
      Congratulations Chris !<br />
      <br />
      It would have been a long and painful road without CA.<br />
      Can't wait to play with the new features, and read new articles.<br />
      <br />
      Now you really are a full time consultant in computer audio.<br />
      How cool is that (I'm jealous right now) <br />
      <br />
      Elp (from France)<br />
    1. BobH's Avatar
      BobH -
      And long may it continue!
    1. jivers's Avatar
      jivers -
      ...and many happy returns!<br />
      <br />
      My favorite site and a reflection of what a good guy you are. <br />
      <br />
      Best,<br />
      <br />
      Jeff
    1. Deyorew's Avatar
      Deyorew -
      This is a site I came upon about a year ago and it has been a pleasure keeping up with. It gave me confidence in music server as the way to go over cd player. I show all my friends my iPhone controlling my entire cd library and its quite a hit. So I know this is the future!
    1. ackcheng's Avatar
      ackcheng -
      May I suggest adding a second hand/exchange market place. I have noticed that being a computer audiophile, it is difficult for me to sell second hand equiptment like sound card, DAC etc. Some of the soundcard that we values are considered non-audiophile by the main stream forums.
    1. ddetaey's Avatar
      ddetaey -
      Hi Chris<br />
      <br />
      Sincere congatulations not only with the second birthday of Compuer Audiophile, but even more so with your decision to go 100% for it, leaving a steady job in economic circumstances of today. <br />
      <br />
      Dirk<br />
    1. machinehead's Avatar
      machinehead -
      Awesome! Congrats Chris, thanks for the best audiophile site on the, best in 2010....<br />
      <br />
      Jeff
    1. Voltron's Avatar
      Voltron -
      Congrats, Chris, and cheers to you for following your dream. This is a great site with lots of potential in the heart of audio's future. Enjoy your new day job! :-)<br />
      <br />
      Al
    1. Lowlands's Avatar
      Lowlands -
      Congrats Chris, and thanks for helping me get educated by means of your great site!
    1. bmckenney's Avatar
      bmckenney -
      Now that the site, and the technology I suppose, has matured and grown, I find your site every informative. I am coming in to this part of audio without knowing much about it but I do have an extensive audio and IT background and I was surprised at how much I had to learn. The internet is my friend when I need to learn, and a surfing I went. I have to say that after much content ingestion and browsing I find your site to be a wealth of information. Nice job of combining a forum, blog style updates, reviews, recommended components and of course the Academy. I have not seen this this mix before and it works very well. It is unique and really works.<br />
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      My only gripe is I find the forum lacks a lot of viewing functionality and I have a hard time working my way thru and following a thread.<br />
    1. bmckenney's Avatar
      bmckenney -
      Chris, Is this a reference to something like your local newspaper? I don't get it. When I first saw it I thought you made a mistake with a site update and had the wrong name. To me it doesn't "pop"! Maybe you can convince one of your sponsors such as BAD to give away an Alpha in a naming competition :-)
    1. vortecjr's Avatar
      vortecjr -
      Happy "B" Day! <br />
      <br />
      In the coming days when your thinking of what to add please don't forget about the manufacturers and resellers<br />
      <br />
      Also, if there is anything I can do please let me know!<br />
      <br />
      Best Regards<br />
      <br />
      Jesus R