Stereophile  |  Oct 31, 1999  |  112 comments

For the December issue, <I>Stereophile</I> will be running its "Product of the Year" results. But what would <I>you</I> nominate for best product of 1999?

What would you like to nominate as the best audio product released in 1999? Why?
Here it is:
86% (114 votes)
Don't have one
14% (18 votes)
Total votes: 132
Jon Iverson  |  Oct 31, 1999  |  0 comments
While it's not exactly a stampede just yet, a small dust cloud is rising as several consumer-electronics manufacturers head toward the Internet to sell products. Last week, citing the need to "maintain the highest quality customer service in the new e-commerce era," Denon Electronics joined the online sales herd. In an effort to keep track of e-commerce vendors, the company has announced that it will establish a separate authorization agreement for retailers handling Denon and/or Mission products on the Internet.
Stereophile Staff  |  Oct 31, 1999  |  0 comments
Robert Deutsch writes that "There's a well-known tradeoff in speaker design between sound quality for one listener vs. multiple listeners." But his review of the Dunlavy SC-IV/A loudspeaker reveals that, in the hands of a great designer, these limitations can sometimes be transcended. How did John Dunlavy do it? Deutsch gets to the bottom of this, and more.
Stereophile Staff  |  Oct 31, 1999  |  0 comments
More members of the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA) are doing retail sales than ever before, although not necessarily out of traditional retail locations, according to new statistics released by the organization. In addition, an increasing number of referrals come from builders rather than from interior designers and architects, indicating that home buyers see home theater and distributed music systems as valuable features.
Barry Willis  |  Oct 31, 1999  |  0 comments
Low-power radio is once again an issue at the Federal Communications Commission, and this time the agency is feeling the heat not only from community activists, but from rock artists as well. Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, and the Indigo Girls are just a few of the performers who have rallied behind a proposal to license 100W-to-1000W radio stations to private citizens, according to Frank Ahrens in the October 24 edition of the Washington Post.
Stereophile Staff  |  Oct 31, 1999  |  0 comments
According to the Consumer Electronics Manufacturers Association (CEMA), the month of August saw hot increases in the sales of audio products. Factory sales of audio products rose 7%, to $694 million, equaling year-to-date revenues of $4.7 billion, slightly ahead of the first eight months of 1998.
John Swenson  |  Oct 30, 1999  |  0 comments
Hannibal HNCD 1444 (CD). 1999. Joe Boyd, prod.; Jerry Boys, eng. AAD TT: 59:02
Performance *****
Sonics *****
Jonathan Scull  |  Oct 26, 1999  |  0 comments
So here I am expounding on the tendency of audio components---especially tubes, capacitors, and resistors---to become microphonic, and you're wondering how you can find out if there's any of that shakin' goin' on in your system. And you want to do it easily and for next to nothing. The first thing you do, then, is listen carefully to Victor Tiscareno of AudoPrism. The following is his big idea, and a damn good one it is.
Sharon Churchill%X% Ph.D.  |  Oct 24, 1999  |  90 comments

Reader Sharon Churchill is curious about whether or not <I>Stereophile</I>'s readers have much contact with female audiophiles.

How many female audiophiles do you know personally or have met?
100 or more
0% (0 votes)
50 to 99
0% (0 votes)
30 to 50
0% (0 votes)
20 to 29
0% (0 votes)
10 to 19
1% (2 votes)
5 to 9
2% (4 votes)
2 to 5
6% (15 votes)
1 only!
16% (43 votes)
75% (199 votes)
I am one!!
1% (3 votes)
Total votes: 266
Barry Willis  |  Oct 24, 1999  |  0 comments
The man who signed the Beatles to their first recording contract has joined, an online venture for musicians. On October 21, the San Francisco-based website announced that Sir George Martin has assumed the position of chairman of its advisory board. The board's membership includes some of the music industry's best-known professional and creative talent, according to co-founders Tom Zito and Jerry Harrison.