• PJ20, Upcoming Reviews, Product News, RMAF 2011, and a CA Site Update

    Hopefully all the US based Computer Audiophile readers had a wonderful Labor Day weekend. My weekend could not have been better. I attended PJ20 at Alpine Valley amphitheater in Wisconsin. PJ20link was a festival put together to celebrate Pearl Jam's 20th anniversary as a band. There were some great bands on two stages, but the real events were Pearl Jam's incredible sets Saturday and Sunday. Now that summer is pretty much over here in Minnesota it's time to get to my backlog of components to review. I have a HiFi store's worth of great stuff already in my listening room and more on the way. In addition there are very cool product announcements directly related to computer audio coming soon. Plus RMAF 2011 is right around the corner.




    Many CA readers know Pearl Jam has been my favorite band since I heard the album Ten back in August of 1991. I've seen Pearl Jam play a few venues from a Lalapalooza set in 1992 on Harriet Island in St. Paul to last weekend's PJ20 shows at Alpine Valley in East Troy, Wisconsin. By far the best concert I have ever seen in person or on video was Pearl Jam's festival closing set Sunday evening. The band played 33 songs and continued well beyond Alpine Valley's curfew with three encores. Chris Cornell joined the band for four Temple of the Dog tracks including a duet with Eddie Vedder on Hunger Strike. Also joining the band on stage for various songs were Liam Finn, Julian Casablancas of The Strokes, John Doe, Glen Hansard, Mudhoney, and Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age. Pearl Jam even dedicated its Grammy Winning track Spin the Black Circle to independent record store owners and customers. This was truly one of those shows that most people only get to see on television or via a grainy YouTube video online.

    Coming to select theaters September 20, 2011 is the Cameron Crowe produced Pearl Jam documentary called PJ20. Based on Cameron Crowe's previous music related work on films like Almost Famous, Singles, and Tom Petty documentary Playback I can't wait to see PJ20. Here is a trailer for the PJ20 documentary.


    Upcoming Reviews

    Upcoming product reviews on CA include.


    Product News / Announcements

    There are some very nice product announcements dealing with computer based audio coming up. Of course I don't want to steal any manufacturer's thunder by breaking the news early, so I won't. I will say I'm attending an event "overseas" in a couple weeks and will have full details to share with CA readers at that time.

    Also, a vendor approached me about building and selling C.A.P.S. v2.0 servers built to the exact specifications set forth in the C.A.P.S. v2.0 article. Things are moving forward nicely. I expect to have an announcement in the coming weeks. Computer Audiophile will not make a penny on C.A.P.S. v2.0 sales. Collecting a percentage or anything of that sort just didn't feel right.


    Rocky Mountain Audiofest 2011

    RMAF 2011link is right around the corner on October 14-16, 2011 at the Denver Marriott Tech Center Hotel. It should be another stellar show. So far I am scheduled to open the show on Friday at 2:00 PM with a seminar dedicated to the C.A.P.S. v2.0link server. Hopefully many CA readers can make it to the show this early. If anyone is interested in additional seminars please let me know and I'll get it setup if time permits.


    Site Update

    Last but not least, I want to thank the dedicated Computer Audiophile readers for their support of the site. Last month CA was so busy that we hit our monthly bandwidth limit causing the site to temporarily go down. Sure that's problem, but a good problem to have. Nonetheless, I will be upgrading the site to a new server fairly soon. This will increase the speed of the site nicely and give us enough bandwidth to grow for some time. In addition to hitting new bandwidth highs CA reached 175,000 absolute unique readers last month and over 1.1 million page views. The site continues to grow thanks to the contributions of every single CA reader. Without you guys CA wouldn't exist!


    Comments 8 Comments
    1. agentsmith's Avatar
      agentsmith -
      Also waiting for the dCS Debussy 24/192 USB review
    1. barrows's Avatar
      barrows -
      Thanks for the update, and I am really glad the site is doing so well. Something tells me this may just be the tip of the iceberg though...
    1. flacdaddy's Avatar
      flacdaddy -
      Chris,<br />
      I also just got back from PJ20 and I was really stoked to see your coverage of Pearl Jam's anniversary shows. I hope you had a chance to check everything out, including the museum. I was going to post a request for you to review the newly-remastered PJ reissues that were released earlier this year. Given the band's affinity for vinyl, I was curious to find out if they were careful to avoid compressing the daylights out of the final mixes. I would love to see a 24/192 release of their next album ala Tom Petty.<br />
      As a side note, I sat in front of the soundboard/FOH mixing booth on Sunday. I noticed what appeared to be several mics that seemed to be for room correction. I thought it was interesting to see this used at such a large venue. There are some interesting online articles about Pearl Jam's touring setups over at mix magazines website archives. Also, a nice recording of the first show is up on dimeadozen.org. Your readers might be interested in this site as it specifically hosts shows by bands that allow taping and sharing of their performances. There are some amazing shows there that span all genres of music.
    1. Viola_Player's Avatar
      Viola_Player -
      Chris,<br />
      <br />
      I would second your approach of not taking a royalty personally, but how about designating "1%" as a donation to a music program in the twin cities. Something that gets young people into music?<br />
      <br />
    1. Parisian's Avatar
      Parisian -
      Chris,<br />
      <br />
      I would love you give your advice on network music servers such as Naim NDX, Cambridge NP70, Marantz 7004 and/or Yamaha NP-S2000<br />
      <br />
      Thanks - Gilles
    1. wthrelfall's Avatar
      wthrelfall -
      Chris,<br />
      <br />
      As you move forward with these upcoming reviews, I hope you will consider the suggestion for review content I made in this post:<br />
      http://www.computeraudiophile.com/blown-tweeters#comment-91192<br />
      <br />
      Thanks,<br />
      <br />
    1. jzahr's Avatar
      jzahr -
      Congratulations for the success of CA! Particularly, in terms of number of readers and server/bandwith upgrade.<br />
      <br />
      May I suggest an addition to the review list? It would be very nice a full review of the new Mytek Stereo DSD-192 dac, which is both, usb and firewire.<br />
      <br />
      Cheers,<br />
      <br />
      Jorge Zahr
    1. Bobbeanbags's Avatar
      Bobbeanbags -
      @Chris - are there any formal or informal plans for folks attending RMAF this week to meet? I love reading all of the information and posts on the site and it would be nice to put faces with the names.