Archive for October, 2008

Magnolia Audio Video Selects Panamax/Furman as Provider of Power Management Solutions

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

PETALUMA, Calif. — Oct. 30, 2008 — Panamax/Furman, a world-leading provider of AC power management solutions, today announced that an expanded assortment of the company’s power management products are now available through Magnolia Audio Video, a high-end electronics entertainment retailer. Magnolia’s offering now includes a wider variety of Panamax/Furman power management systems, surge protectors, and In-Wall™ products. The move offers Magnolia’s customers greater access to the most advanced power management technologies available for the protection and enhanced performance of A/V components, while offering Panamax/Furman increased exposure to consumers. (more…)

OmniMount Developing New Line of Environmentally-Conscious Mounting Solutions

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Manufacturer’s OmniLite products will be the first manifestation of its company-wide Earth-friendly initiatives. (more…)

Pass Labs Introduces Ultra High Performance XP-10 and XP-20 Preamplifiers

Friday, October 24th, 2008

Exceptional Accuracy, Clarity and Refinements, Like an External Power Supply for the XP-20, Deliver Unmatched Quality and Sophistication (more…)

Meridian Launches New-Look Website

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

Huntingdon, Cambridge, UK, 23rd October 2008 — Digital audio performance and style innovator Meridian Audio has announced that its elegant and highly contemporary new website is now live at: (more…)

Bryston Unveils Multifunction Remote Control

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Bryston Unveils Multifunction Remote Control

Peterborough, Ontario October 21st, 2008 —Bryston, LTD has announced the introduction of the BR2 multifunction remote control, designed to give consumers total control of the Bryston BCD-1 CD player, the Bryston BDA-1 outboard DAC, as well as Bryston’s integrated amplifiers and preamplifiers. Bryston product applications follow: (more…)

Blog Discussion Topic – October 21, 2008 – John E. Johnson, Jr. – Where is the dynamic range in modern recordings?

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

I have been reading reports in several magazines lately about the complaints from recording engineers that they are being forced to turn up the recording volume throughout entire albums because the louder the music, the more it sells.

You have probably noticed this in your latest rock music CDs. Everything is the same volume: loud.

It is easy to do. The recording itself has quiet sections and loud sections, but during the editing process, the engineers simply turn up the quiet sections so they are near 0 dBFS (the FS means Full Scale).

There must be a lot of music fans out there who like it, because they are not ones who seem to be complaining.

So, why should the recording engineers care, as long as the consumers are happy?

Well, the problem is that the recording has no dynamic range, so it does not even come close to sounding like live music.

Secondly, it is affecting recordings other than hard rock music. I listened to a Barbra Streisand album of popular music, and when she sang softly or was really belting it out, the volume was the same. In fact, this was my first experience noticing the lack of dynamic range in modern CDs.

Telarc – bless their hearts – doesn’t seem to have fallen into this deep hole. Their recordings from day one have so much dynamic range, they sometimes have to warn consumers on the cover that there is some really loud stuff on that album so be careful.

None of my SACDs seem to have dynamic range issues either. It is such a specialized market, I guess no one is pressuring the engineers to screw up the recordings by putting all the sound up near 0 dBFS.

So, my question here is, the readers who follow Secrets on a regular basis are probably a little different than those people out there who just put everything on their iPods, and just don’t really care about the sound quality (other than having it loud).

What do you, as Secrets readers, feel about all this? Are you content with the way modern rock CDs are recorded?

Media Center Integrator Alliance Offers Case Studies to Charter Members

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

Looking to promote and highlight Media Center ecosystem installations, MCIA extends opportunity for integrators to have projects profiled (more…)

Screen Research Announces New Masking and Design Upgrades

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

Options provide greater customization capabilities for custom installation professionals. (more…)

Monster Cable Presents Tower of Power 40th Anniversary Concert in San Francisco

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Monster Cable Presents Tower of Power 40th Anniversary Concert at The Fillmore in San Francisco

— October 18 Concert to Celebrate Anniversaries of Two Bay Area Icons; Tower of Power’s 40th and Monster Cable’s 30th! —

Brisbane, CA, Oct. 15, 2008 – Monster Cable, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-end cables and AV accessories, is proud to announce that on October 18, 2008 it will sponsor a gala 40th anniversary concert for iconic Bay Area band Tower of Power at legendary San Francisco venue The Fillmore. The sold-out concert, which will be shot for DVD in High Definition video and 5.1-channel surround sound, will be released under the Monster Music banner to help the company celebrate its own 30th Anniversary in 2009. (more…)

Sonic Studio Unveils Amarra

Friday, October 10th, 2008

Pro Audio Company Gives First Public Showing of High End HiFi Product

Denver, CO – October 10, 2008 — Sonic Studio, LLC, in conjunction with their representative VRS Audio Solutions, provided the first public showing of their new ultra–fidelity music server, Amarra. Taking place at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in the mile high city of Denver, VRS staged demonstrations of the newest member of the growing media server class in their demo room. (more…)

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