PETER QVORTRUP, FOUNDER OF BRITISH HIGH-END HI-FI SPECIALIST AUDIO NOTE, HAS JUST CELEBRATED HIS 70TH BIRTHDAY. CHRIS FRANKLAND TALKS TO HIM ABOUT SOME EXCITING NEW PRODUCTS IN THE PIPELINE, THE CHANGES HE HAS SEEN OVER HIS 40-PLUS YEARS IN THE HI-FI INDUSTRY – AND WHY HE BELIEVES MOST OF THEM HAVE BEEN FOR THE WORSE.
IT IS NO SECRET THAT AUDIO NOTE IS HIGHLY SCEPTICAL ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE OF MODERN SOURCES LIKE INTERNET MUSIC STREAMING AND NETWORK AUDIO. WE VIEW THESE DEVELOPMENTS MOSTLY AS YET ANOTHER STEP IN THE DECLINE OF THE DECADES.
YET, WE CANNOT DENY THE INCREDIBLE ADVANTAGE OF HAVING ACCES TO TENS OF THOUSANDS OF MUSIC ALBUMS WITH ULTIMATE CONVINIENCE. IF IT IS NOT TO ENJOY THE MOST CRITICAL LISTENING EXPERIENCE, STILL ONLY AVAILABLE FROM CD DONE RIGHT, OR EVEN BETTER LP, THEN INTERNET MUSIC SERVICES ARE A GREAT TOOL FOR MUSIC DISCOVERY.
In India, many consumers use some form of power AC power conditioning to protect electronic equipment, including audio equipment, from surges, fluctuations and other disturbances of the not always (always not?) reliable Indian power grid.
THE SEARCH FOR THE PERFECT RECORD CLEANING MACHINE
A good record cleaning machine is a must for every vinyl lover. A good cleaner will help you clean new records (yes, needed!), will preserve your current collection, and will unlock a wealth of new records as you can now refurbish your second-hand buys..
This edition of Audio Notes is about cables. A subject that always draws controversy. For some specialised audio cables are snake-oil, for others an essential component to achieve truly exceptional sound reproduction.
For nearly 20 years, EVGA has built the most powerful graphics cards to play your games at the highest settings, powerful motherboards to run your system at optimal settings, and reliably efficient power supplies to power your system.
Normally, I don't forward reviews of Audio Note UK equipment. However, the review below written by Scot Hull of parttimeaudiophile.com includes statements which so much resonate with the Audio Note philosophy, that I could not let this pass.
Audio Note pioneered a fundamentally different approach to D/A conversion than that taken by the rest of the industry, rejecting oversampling and digital filtering in favour of an architecture that takes the native data stream, converts it to analogue, then passes it through a simple filter.
The Audio Note M3 Phono is a Level 3 pre-amplifier with build in phono-stage. Not surprisingly all amplifying stages use tubes, while this pre-amplifier is also equipped with tube rectified and regulated power supplies for both the phono and line stage separately.
When we think of the history of audio, it appears to be a series of continuous improvements, from primitive origins to our current state of the digital art. The earliest recorded music, Edison wax cylinders from the 1890's, were indeed crude, just as iPods and iPads are extremely sophisticated.
ON THE STATE OF HIGH-END AUDIO IN INDA, AND THE SLOW SLIDE TOWARDS SONIC OBLIVION
Cost pressures prevail everywhere and elsewhere in the specialist audio industry, as in most other branches of consumer products, the relentless pursuit of ever-cheaper products to provide higher profits through lower and lower production costs continues unabated.
The idea of a one brand system is abhorred by audiophiles for good reasons – hifi designers have their personalities imbued in their products – mention someone like George Cardas and we associate him with cables, mention Jim Thiel and we know he is an authority in loudspeakers.