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Linn gets sourcey with its Exakt Akudorik speaker stands, and Nautilus in its expansion plans

Latest Exakt Akudorik speakers load processing engine and amps into their stands, while third-party speaker program kicks off with a word in B&W’s shell-like Things we clearly all got wrong when Linn first announced its Exakt system about this time last year: one was that it was only ever going to be available at flagship […]

Technics is back – and here’s the inside story

I’ve been following the development of the products chosen by Panasonic to revive one of the best-known names in audio – and they’re nothing if not ambitious Technics is back. Speaking at IFA in Berlin today, Michiko Ogawa – former Technics engineer, celebrated jazz pianist and the leader of the Panasonic project to revive the […]

Time to take in some jazz?

Just published, a couple of pieces by me on jazz for beginners for LG/Stuff’s How To Live It One of my more recent ‘hats’ has been writing about audio equipment for Jazzwise magazine, and donning that fedora I have just written a couple of pieces on jazz for beginners for the LG-sponsored ‘How to Live […]

Is no one reading the Internet any more?

‘It’s only online, so we don’t need sub-editors’ seems to be the money-saving thinking – but it’s making so much online writing almost unreadable ‘Choosing four-wheel drive brings added grip on slippery roads, but it does bring useful grip for slippery roads.’ Hit a sentence like that, and you think ‘Huh?’ Your reading is interrupted, […]

Polytron Bazzoke TV

The place where bass sells TVs

Indonesian TV buyers can’t stand weedy sound – they want their tellies bombastic! Today’s missive from the ‘Who knew…?’ department here at Words and Music comes to you courtesy of Indonesian electronics company Polytron, which has a range of TVs selling under the Bazzoke banner – and they’re designed for serious bass. In market sector […]

Now America’s Consumer Electronics Association seeks to define Ultra High Definition TV. Meanwhile, in the real world…

Having had a crack at defining hi-res audio, now the CEA wants to boss the spec of next-gen TVs. Ain’t gonna hold back those rushing to popularise 4K, though… Only a couple of weeks ago, I expressed my dismay at the clunky – and confusing – Master Quality definitions hatched up by, among others, America’s […]

home automation

A standard is such a good idea, why not have lots of them?

Another opportunity is missed as competing standards for home integration and multimedia square up for the fight for control of your home Way back when, I remember going to one of the CES shows in the States – yes, before I got sensible – and finding it abuzz with talk of a new standard. Firewire, […]

Almost everything you think you know about live sound is probably wrong – time to go back to school…

A day with the experts at PA company Britannia Row Productions proves illuminating and thought-provoking, and shows how a new generation of live sound engineers is being trained You can always tell the hi-fi enthusiast at a gig: he – ‘fraid it’s almost inevitably a he – will be the one checking out the speakers […]

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So, as if we weren’t confused enough by DSD, FLAC, PCM and HRA…

The Americans are having another crack at defining what makes a high-resolution recording – and the goalposts are on the move again You may remember that, at the beginning of this year, I expressed some dismay about the coining of the term Hi-Res Audio, or HRA, by America’s Consumer Electronics Association, and the rather lacklustre […]

HEOS by Denon

Denon and Marantz Dealer Conference 2014: We can be HEOS for ever and ever…

The arrival of the new HEOS wireless multiroom sees the D+M Group shaping up a century-old company for a very different future Things are changing at D+M Group, the parent company of Denon and Marantz: yes, core products such as amplifiers and AV receivers are very much still present, but the company is reinventing itself […]