The UK Trade Audio association, Clarity hosted their annual spring conference on February 10th and a regular feature, a review of the consumer audio business for the UK, was presented by GFK. It covers the whole electronics market including appliances and then subdivides into consumer electronics, Hi Fi Separates, Streaming, Connected audio and Wireless speakers, Soundbars and Headphones.
Read the book review by Paul Soper
(reprinted with permission Nov 2013)
Read about this event at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
From Paul Messenger
I need to report that my close association with Hi-Fi Choice magazine (covering some 30 of the past 34 years) was terminated following the magazine’s recent purchase by an organisation with the unlikely name of My Hobby Store (which also now owns Hi-Fi News).
Although the previous owners hadn’t seemed in the least concerned, the new management was unhappy that HIFICRITIC was promoted on the basis that its freedom from advertising ensured superior independence from commercial pressures. I was effectively given an ultimatum that if I wanted to continue to work for Choice, I would have to give up editing CRITIC.
Acoustics: Sound Fields and Transducers by Beranek and Mellow
ISBN-13: 9780123914217, Elsevier Science, 0/4/2012 720PP
I first encountered Leo Beranek’s book Acoustics while researching material for High Performance Loudspeakers which first edition was published in 1976/77, when Acoustics had been in print for some 20 years. Now, more than half a century later and encouraged by Tim Mellow, Beranek and Mellow have collaborated to produce a new edition of Acoustics, founded on the original classical fundamentals but with a modern slant more clearly focused on electroacoustics and carrying the sub-title, Sound Fields and Transducers.
Martin Colloms has a passion for audio and music and has written for many of the key hi-fi magazines worldwide.