June 20, 2011
May 27, 2011
Q. I read and enjoyed the recent article on audio from video players and how video players’ DACs are sufficiently good that there is no audible difference between them and dedicated CD players. This triggered a follow-up question. There are companies that advertise modifications to Blu-Ray players which include new analog input circuit boards to increase audio fidelity. According to these sources, the enemy is digital jitter. They claim that because an HDMI input necessarily interweaves audio and video information, the result will always be digital jitter, up to “7 nanoseconds” worth. Most of that is engineering-speak that is over my head. My question is if this is true, and more important, does it matter? I don’t doubt that they can show on paper that some aspect of the audio has improved, but is it likely that I will be able to hear a difference? Sometimes I feel like companies have consumers continuously seeking the Holy Grail of perfect specs, but that in reality, some of these expensive products and tweaks will not result in increased “real world” fidelity or enjoyment for 99.9% of those consumers. Thanks.—D.H.Log in
March 14, 2011
The latest review is in from AudioReview on our small-but-mighty M3 bookshelf speaker:
So when the music stops and all is almost said and done, where do the Axiom’s land? Let me say this, I for some reason thought these were $600 speakers. When I checked the price again I was blown away to find out they were $348, especially when considering their performance . . . They are certainly worth auditioning. Especially if you are looking for speakers that will bring spring time to your winter. — Adam Labarge, AudioReview.com
October 9, 2010
A customer forwarded to me his HT room which will accommodate M60v3/VP180/QS8v3 (x4)/EP800 – I thought it to be a superb layout that will not only look good but will sound awesome as well!