Wednesday, 15 Aug 2018

Progress Report: Ayre EX-8

Do you like simple? I like simple. Let’s make a system hardware checklist: Ayre EX-8, DeVore Fidelity gibbon X, sonic Transporter i5 (Roon Core), NAS (music storage), iPad remote (Roon), and a router. Check.

The (last?) Lovable Audiophile

You have to go back to Jean-Jacques Beineix’s Diva from 1981 to find as lovable an audiophile as Jules. His infatuation with Diva Cynthia Hawkins, portrayed by none other than Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernandez, leads him into the most madcap audiophile adventure ever put to film.

A Carnatic Konnakol Riffing On Fibonacci

Have you ever wondered what it would sound like if an Indian Carnatic master of Konnakol, the art of performing percussion syllables, were to make music based on the Fibonacci Sequence? Me neither but I am very happy that B.C. Manjunath did just that.

“I hope Jana is not lost to the audio world …”

Hi Michael – welcome back – normal (and extended) service is resumed! I would like to thank you for all your helpful advice down the years on network streaming etc. and look forward to both your audio gear and musical recommendations – the Bartok is already on my want list. I won’t (as a true Brit) be so impolite as

dCS Bartok

New(s)!: Meet the dCS Bartók Upsampling Network DAC

dCS, maker of some of the most engaging digital products I’ve heard, announced the birth of Bartók, an Upsampling Network DAC and the entry point in the dCS lineup when sorted by price (ascending). Bartók retails for $13,500 and/or  $15,000 if you opt for the integrated Class-A Headphone Amplifier.

Herb Reichert on His Art (video)

(“Untitled (house)”, 8” x 10” x 9”, wood, 2009) Did you know that writer Herb Reichert is an artist? Some of the people that fascinate me most are people who write and make art. The list isn’t very long and includes Henri Michaux and Antonin Artaud up top in terms of influence. Seeing as I’ve been reading Herb’s writing for