Jon Honeyball runs a small computer consultancy company with clients in America, Europe and the Far East. He specialises in business network operating systems, mostly around the Windows Server platform. in addition he runs a product test and evaluation lab, which looks at around 300 products per year in the computer and related services space. finally, he has been a magazineist on Windows, networking, PC and servers for nearly 20 years, and been Contributing Editor to PCPro Magazine for over 14 years.
His background is in music, training as a concert pianist with the great Maria Curcio in London. He was member of the National Youth Orchestra for some five years, culminating in the role of rehearsal pianist for Pascal Roge in the Brahms Piano Concerto which he learned from scratch in three weeks. At university, he attended the ground breaking Tonmeister course at the University of Surrey, through which he spent his industrial year placement working with the late Angus McKenzie.
HiFi equipment is almost all from Naim Audio -- a large active system comprising of CDS1, 52 preamp, SNAXO crossover, 6x135 power amps and DBL speakers. Vinyl comes from a Linn Sondek LP12 with Naim Armageddon psu, ARO arm and Superline phono stage, and Dynavector's XV1S cartridge. Other sources include cassette replay from Nakamichi Dragon and Studer Revox, tuners from Naim NAT02 and Studer, and tape from Nagra. Jon has a full professional recording rig for live classical concerts, based around Schoeps omni and Royer SF24 stereo ribbon mics. Computer interface into and out of the hifi system is a newly emerging area, with Mac and Windows computers driving a variety of DACs from Apogee and Focusrite.
Reference sound source is a 1928 Steinway grand piano. Music is from Tallis to modern club, but Jon has a notable and violent aversion to rap, considering it to be a good beat spoiled by too much shouting.
Look for articles and reviews by Jon Honeyball in the Annual Indexes