Stereophile Staff  |  Jul 18, 1999  |  0 comments
Internet music retailer CDnow has formed a partnership with Sony Corporation and Time Warner to build a music and video retailing behemoth. The July 13 announcement came in the wake of online bookseller's recent move into the music market. With the backing of corporate giants Sony and Time Warner, CDnow could be able to mount a challenge to the growing presence of Amazon, which is also expanding into toy sales and consumer electronics.
Barry Willis  |  Jul 18, 1999  |  0 comments
After months of wrangling, the Secure Digital Music Initiative (SDMI) has announced its first set of standards for portable digital music devices. Manufacturers can now incorporate these standards into the designs of new products. Many industry observers believe that portables will be the next big wave in consumer audio, expected to hit the market by the winter holiday season.
Stereophile Staff  |  Jul 18, 1999  |  0 comments
Winter had just touched down in Santa Fe two days before the recording sessions were to begin, leading Wes Phillips to wonder if the damp air would wreak havoc with tuning. But he needn't have worried, writing that violinist Ida Levin "played with such intense concentration that sometimes she seemed about to levitate off the floor as she chased a melodic line into the ether." In Duet: And Two to Carry Your Soul Away, Ida Levin and John Atkinson join Wes Phillips in chronicling the recording from both musical and technical perspectives.
Jon Iverson  |  Jul 18, 1999  |  0 comments
Last week, satellite-to-car radio broadcaster CD Radio announced an agreement with mobile electronics manufacturer Alpine Electronics for the design and development of satellite radio receivers. Under the terms of the agreement, Alpine says it will design and develop three-band (AM/FM/CD Radio) audio receivers for installation by car manufacturers. The company also plans to design and develop satellite radio receivers for sale directly to consumers in the electronics aftermarket.
Paul Messenger  |  Jul 18, 1999  |  0 comments
John Atkinson's and my collective response was "Good grief!" on hearing that the UK's Haymarket Magazines had purchased Gramophone Publications. Minds boggled at the very idea of the venerable old lady of classical-music criticism getting into bed with the much younger, altogether brasher, and unashamedly populist What Hi-Fi?, market leader among UK hi-fi mags. As Haymarket enigmatically put it, "With its emphasis on in-depth reviewing, Gramophone itself has great synergy with other titles in the Haymarket portfolio, such as What Hi-Fi? magazine."
Stereophile Staff  |  Jul 18, 1999  |  0 comments
Last week, Philips Semiconductors announced the CD10 chipset, which the company describes as the world's first two-chip solution to deliver CD-RW (compact disc, re-writeable) compatibility for CD audio players. According to Philips, one chip provides a data amplifier and laser supply circuit, while the other is the digital servo, decoder, and DAC. As a result, Philips claims that the new chipset allows designers to build audio players that can read all forms of CDs without an increase in component count.
Stereophile  |  Jul 11, 1999  |  52 comments

Do you suffer socially because of your audio obsession?

Do other people think your audiophile interests are a bit loony?
No! They envy me and my system.
8% (13 votes)
No. They think it's wonderful and like to share it with me.
12% (21 votes)
No. They let me enjoy my solitary pursuit.
11% (19 votes)
No. They think I'm an eccentric genius.
8% (13 votes)
Maybe. Sometimes I hear them whispering about me behind my back.
3% (5 votes)
Yes. My wife thinks I need help.
13% (22 votes)
Yes. My co-workers don't understand why my music system costs more than their cars.
18% (30 votes)
Yes. I'd rather listen to music than do just about anything else.
7% (12 votes)
Yes. I think they're conspiring to alter my system.
1% (2 votes)
I don't care what anyone thinks about me.
11% (18 votes)
Don't bother me with any more stupid questions.
2% (4 votes)
Other people? <I>What</I> other people?
6% (11 votes)
Total votes: 170
Barry Willis  |  Jul 11, 1999  |  0 comments
Since the earliest days of stereo—the first experiments with more than single-channel sound happened back in the 1930s—recording and playback have been based on a horizontal model: left-center-right, left-rear, right-rear. "Laterality," as it's sometimes called, can be exploited very well in creating plausible sensations of spatial events, especially by film-industry sound engineers. The believable reproduction of music is considerably more problematic.
Stereophile Staff  |  Jul 11, 1999  |  0 comments
The Jeff Rowland Design Group is alive and well and in no danger of going out of business. The company was the victim of hackers who recently broke into the company's website and posted a notice to the contrary.
Stereophile Staff  |  Jul 11, 1999  |  0 comments
According to a recent report released by Information Technology researchers Frost & Sullivan, the world Internet audio market generated revenues totaling $42 million in 1998, which dwarfs the 1997 revenues by 1516%. The report predicts that this market will continue growing at a healthy rate, achieving an increase into the triple percentage digits by the end of 1999.