The 2014 National Audio Show is back and hificritic.com will be exhibiting with special subscription and back issues offers. Editorial staff will be on hand as usual to answer queries.
The Evening Standard and Critical Reviews
Restaurant critic Grace Dent of the London Evening Standard commented in ES Magazine July 25th that she cannot return to some restaurants, usually due to
“issues surrounding speaking the truth”
The chefs and front of house managers that object to Grace Dent’s criticisms usually know how they are performing but do not wish us to know and that is the problem.
We all want critical reviews as consumers. We want the great differentiated from the indifferent, the second rate. We will pay more for greatness when we can. If not, we can still stand back and admire and enjoy reading about those who can perform to a yet higher standard whether in sport, cuisine or designing for higher audio sound quality.
Constantly chipping away at independent critical journalism are the advertising and magazine managers, the PR executives, who desire, even demand, fawningly positive reviews for the products and services we buy. Often reviews which are truly advertorials are disguised, purporting to be independent opinion, but are commercial paid for copy. Many are available on the web, purporting to be independent of commercial interests.
It does not help that journalism is poorly paid with many journos scraping a living and having to make do with almost any writing commission, sometimes hack advertorial. Where a review should include a significant investigation, with tests of operation and sound quality, if the job is done well it may preclude future commissions for the journalist as loan product options mysteriously dry up for the author.
At HIFICRITIC we expressly encourage our writers to freely describe their critical findings, but remain aware that powerful commercial interests remain looming over us.
As the ink is drying on the Apple deal to buy Beats headphones, Bose is suing in Beats home base of Delaware for alleged infringement by Beats of their numerous noise cancelling patents.
Bose have long researched this subject in particular for military personnel operating in high noise environments and in recent years these developments have surfaced on the consumer market in significantly effective noise cancelling Bose headphones and earphones.
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Kinsky music control software has been around a few years now and has just been updated and is now called Kazoo, with new features including faster searching, classical music browsing – claimed to make it easier to browse and search by composer, and offering multiple room grouping for particular music selections. In order to get these functions the server software needs updating to Kazoo Server which replaces the existing Songbox system. Linn have a link to inform and support the changes.
With Neil Young in London last weekend playing Hyde Park, Omniphone, the music download company based in West London’s Brook Green announced that it would deliver higher resolution recordings to Neil’s Pono music player.
Hosted by Signals at Trinity Events Centre, Ipswich 29th 30th August 2014
Last year Signals celebrated their 20th anniversary with a summer bash. The Signals hi-fi show seemed to go down very well with visitors and exhibitors alike.
Now Back again Friday 29th and Saturday 30th August. Same weekend and venue as last year, The Trinity Events Centre in the Suffolk Show-ground. Unlimited parking and a lovely peaceful rural setting.
The plan is for the 2014 Audio Show East to be bigger and better. We have more rooms (an adjoining building is being added to the mix), more brands will be there and we hope to make this the not-to-be-missed Hi Fi event in the region.
New tech lamps are continuing to increase the RF, radio wave pollution of the environment. While the deleterious effect on living things is largely unproven, other more sensitive devices react adversely to this electromagnetic smog.
Devialet announced their SAM go faster software loudspeaker specific plug-in for their widening range of integrated amplifiers at the Munich High End show. We outlined the project in that show report. These downloadable ‘upgrades’ are loudspeaker specific so the thorny question is, who gets it first?
Martin Colloms has a passion for audio and music and has written for many of the key hi-fi magazines worldwide.