A unique web index combining site listings with reviews and editorial content. Each of their categories – including electronics, home theater, and headphones – is managed by a human guide who makes the decisions about which sites get listed. This link takes you directly to one guide’s Home Electronics page.
Lots of useful information on all aspects of home theater, with articles, DVD reviews, photos of personal HT installations and news.
Information assembled by Richard Elen on the best surround sound format, Ambisonic. Ambisonic UHJ-encoded CDs (Nimbus, Conifer, others) also sound better than standard stereo on headphones, though not actually binaural.
The Ambiophonics Institute is an educational group formed to promote realistic music reproduction in the home, using a baffle running from between two speakers up to the listener’s head. Gives a binaural-like effect with both binaural and stereo sources.
Into to Net mailing list for those audio buffs who prefer records and associated analog gear for making real music.
Personal site loaded with information and links on record labels, hi-fi stores, car stereo, bands, live concerts, radio stations, musician’s info, public libraries, you name it.
A friendly forum for high-end audio fans. Manufacturer’s forums as well as various categories.
Canada’s foremost high end audio, home theater and music magazine site. (Also see
Jay Torborg’s personal separate systems are pictures, along with his favorites and links.
An independent non-profit resource made available “by a small volunteer group of audio lunatics.” Separate active chat rooms on hi-res (SACD & DVD-A), tubes, speakers, vinyl, video, music, tweaks, plus reviews, FAQ and links.Currently the most participated-in chat rooms on audio.
Extensive Usenet FAQ postings in Hypertext format.
Interesting site for a dealer based in audio hotbed of Singapore. Has gallery of home installation photos and links section.
High-End audio component reviews, audio equipment discussions, audiophile systems, record and music recommendations
Nearly 70 small but active audiophile sites participating.
This unique web zine offers product and recording reviews By consumers For consumers. A forum for audio buffs to share experiences & ideas. Reviews are automated and posted immediately.
The international professional organization for audio people.
Very active shopping mall for classifieds and auction items in high end audio, also live chat feature. Sort of an eBay just for audio.
Popular classified ads and auction marketplace for audio electronics; registration required but free so far.
News site for both pro audio and hi-fi , with headlines and stories added almost daily, TalkBack and Shop sections and immense audio links page.
An interactive marketplace for audiophiles. Reports on the various audio shows.
The ultimate online information site about auto sound systems; leaves no question unanswered.
Online magazine for home theater and movie reviews.
Site for the high end audio review newsletter published by Martin DeWulf; no advertising and thus less b.s. than the slick magazines.
An association of individuals in the UK interested in recording at both amateur and pro levels.
Makers of a software product line for hi-def media remastering and authoring.
Excellent online source of classical sheet music and scores, located in Italy.
A site for the serious collector. Special sections on multichannel classical discs, incl. a Best Of; articles, interviews, discographies.
All about musical life of Russia’s most musical city: concert halls, theaters, composers, lists of available performers and mp3 music fragments.
Large base of informational files/reviews/articles about classical music of all types; non-commercial.
Online magazine for professional and amateur musicians, members of the music trades, and all lovers of great historic classical recordings (reissues).
Makers of one of the few consumer-level binaural microphone systems available.
“The Internet Journal of Home Theater” is an award-winning site with extensive articles on HT, review of equipment, tech reports, reviews of LDs & DVDs.
Major list of audio links from around the world, assembled by this audio writer and speaker designer.
Dubbing itself the Net’s premiere DVD information web site, the bits include reviews of both DVDs and associated hardware, news about new releases, editorials, a Rumor Mill section, FAQs, news from the studios, links, a discussion forum and even DVD tech support.
Information on their propriatary surround sound process in theatrical use and on their high-end consumer 5.1 channel surround process for CDs, DVDs, DVD-Audio and computer games.
Leader in noise reduction and digital codecs for audio in consumer, theatrical and professonal areas.
A very active discussion forum for everything about video and audio DVDs and movies.
Steve Rochlin’s versatile audio web magazine is a sort of audio Grand Central Station. He has more reports on international audio shows than any other publicaton, an audiophile chat room, and glossaries on both audio and music.
A useful audio/video/home theater portal which collects and categorizes reviews, articles and news and listings of audio, video and photography equipment.
Audio Information Page of interest.
Equipment and software for convolving binaural from mono or stereo sources in real time using head tracking. Demo downloads at site.
Informational website focused on hi-def TV; good introduction and news links.
U.S. Distributors of the various Aachen HEAD Acoustics binaural recording and measurement systems. Brighton, MI.
One of the largest audiophile discussion sites on the Net – specializing in headphone-related audio. Group hosts meets of headphone aficionados thruout the U.S.
E-commerce source of headphone amps, headphones, portable carriers and other headphone accessories, and information about headphones in general. HeadRoom specializes exclusively in headphone hardware.
also separate DVD site:
This Norwegian audio buff has reviews of new products, audio news, reports on hi-fi shows worldwide with photos and a very large audio link list.
Informational website on home audio. Introduction, hints, news item links.
Site helps consumers make informed decisions before buying home theater systems or components. You can learn about home theater basics, components, installation and and all the most popular home theater accessories. Also answers your questions at the Home Theater mailbag.
A beginner’s guide to the world of home theater and associated equipment.
Informational website on home theater, with overview, hints, news item links.
Thia Washington DC-based group lobbies for consumer rights to record audio and video for personal use. The HRRC works to ensure that new laws such as the Copyright Treaties bill include safeguards for consumers, manufacturers, retailers and professional servicers.
Another former print audio publication now transitioned to the Web. J. Peter Moncrieff covers high-end audio and home theater in great detail, without either advertising or illustrations.
Joe Kane’s group dedicated to achieving the highest quality video display, whether NTSC or HDTV. Software for definitive calibration of systems and training of dealers and installers.
Articles on all sorts of audio components, with a slant toward all things DIY electronics related. Also forum, blog, audio links.
Now transitioned from a printed newsletter to a web-only publication. General interest articles and news of interest to Southern California audiophiles; some DIY articles and surveys of latest stories in audio publications.
Mike Silverton’s recorded-music site with classical CD reviews and other articles.
Personal site of designer and consultant in electronics & acoustics Siegfried Linkwitz, who developed Audio Artistry’s line of open-baffle loudspeakers.
LIST OF GREAT AUDIO SITES
Almost as big a list as Audiophile Links above. Find out if the manufacturer of the component you just had bite the dust has an information site or instructions on getting it repaired.
This site has many links in the general home theater area.
Mondagreens are mis-heard lyrics of music, such as the URL of this site (which will lead you to some others): kissthisguy.com – It derives from the mis-heard Jimi Hendrix lyric: ‘scuse me, while I kiss this guy…” Not much to do with audio as such but they crack us up every time, and will be even funnier to younger people who know the correct lyrics to all the wildly mis-heard rock tunes! (Strangely, the most frequent false allusions are to food.)
Another print publication (the former Tracking Angle) transitioned to the Web – this one, like AUDIOPHILE AUDITION, concentrates on the music vs. the equipment. Michael Fremer writes disc reviews with a partiality to vinyl.
Feature articles on many aspects of the music industry, directed mainly to independent recording musicians. Includes latest news on Net music sharing, copyright protection and legislation plus interviews with performers and producers. Updated every two weeks.
Free sample tracks for all genres and categories from the largest classical label in the world.
A UK blog site about contemporary art music, with links and discussion of its future direction.
Comprehensive portal for high end audio pages: components, hi-fi, gear for sale, fee classifieds, used audio, electronics. Multilanguages and RSS feeds.
A corner for quality classical music via self-produced recordings. Offering streaming or download of MP3 files, purchasing original masters in DRM-free WAV/CD files, or license pre-cleared royalty-free music. Member artists get 50%.
Providing musicians and unsigned bands with tools and information needed to create, promote and sell their music.
Philomel Records has released a compact disc entitled “Musical Illusions and Paradoxes” which brings together for the first time a number of compelling musical illusions and paradoxes that hearing researcher Diana Deutsch has created. ….. <
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Hard-to-find antique vacuum tube radios and everything about them.
One of the biggest link pages on the web concerning everything to do with the purchase, sale and collection of CDs, vinyl records and even 78s! Huge!
Audiophile CD label, classical and jazz direct-two-track, most HDCD encoded (gives enhanced soundfield on matrix surround decoders), Grammy nominee for Best Classical Producer of 1997.
Complete line of headphones, all excellent for binaural.
Personal views on basic audio with no bull and a number of laughs; from MIT grad student Philip Greenspun, who also waxes forth on TVs of the Rich and Famous, Photography, How to Do Web Design, and himself.
Site for the merged publication of the former Stereo Revuew and the former VIDEO.
This firm researches, designs and builds all the IMAX theaters and rides. Now entering the consumer field with their PSE binaural headset for 3D audio use with computers and multimedia.
Suppliers of DSM mikes (semi-binaural, clip on glasses’ temples), portable recording accessories, and tips on recording.
A high-end interactive Net resource (chat room) for audio information. Discussion forums on any audio topic but also specifically on SACD, Home Theater, Home Recording, Speakers, Tubes vs. Solid State, Vibration Isolation and more. Also Technical Resources, Equipment Reviews, Featured Audiophiles and Audio Links.
Another manufacturer of binaural microphones and other pro gear; in business since 1976
Primarily an Ambisonic-oriented and highly technical discussion group, but with some general discussion about many aspects of surround sound – especially active now since the introduction of high resolution surround formats. To subscribe: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
List of recordings issued in all surround formats, past and present: Ambisonic/UHJ, Circle Surround, Dolby Surround, DTS, Quadraphonic (all formats), Binaural (deleted ones only). Unfortunately hasn’t been updated in some time.
This in-depth information directory about surround sound keeps you informed.
Another E-zine, this one covers computers and other gadgets in adddition to audio and takes a very friendly, non-technical approach – considering itself “a home for technophobes.”
The long-time High End Journal for Digital Audio and Music; the magazine focuses on stereo equipment in the higher price and quality ranges.
THE PERFECT VISION
The editors of The Absolute Sound produce this journal about home theater equipment and digital surround sound.
The alternative high-end AV and home theater show which is held early each January in Las Vegas coinciding with the Consumer Electronics Show. Many serious audio manufacturers exhibit here instead of CES.
Online zine for DIY vacuum tube audio aficionados.
Packed with all sorts of information on audio and home theater, and available in both English and Italian versions, this busy site may be the only banner-less audio web magazine. Lucio Cadeddu does it non-commercially. He pictures unusual tweaky Italian and other European high end products, music reviews, DIY projects and a long list of interviews with leaders in the audio field (in text form).
An online audio magazine which you download as a large pdf file rather than reading online. Also has a similar publication on cameras and photography.
Lengthy and accurate index to most sites having anything to do with psychoacoustics – including virtual acoustics, surround sound, ambisonics, IMAX, holophonics, Qsound, Spatializer, binaural, transaural, computer music.
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Swazoo Koolak’s Web Jukebox, to be exact. A collector of old 78s of all types of music loves to use a panoply of modern noise-reduction and enhancement hardware and software on them and then put them on his site using MPEG files to download. One even presents the same short clip at all the steps of the restoration process from more scratch than music to completely listenable – fascinating!
Site for news and articles about all widescreen formats and theatrical releases with equal emphasis on the image and the sound; includes new extensively-detailed DVD criteria search database.
Audio software library headquartered in UK with pointers to computer-based audio sound and software including newsgroups, books and online broadcasts.
Free site covers all aspects of home theater design: planning, construction, equipment selection, seating, etc. OTHER AUDIOPHILE RECORD LABELS =
– world-class musicians in a variety of genres, DVD-Audio exclusively
– check out their video interviews with audio experts & performers!
– specialists in classical LP reissues
– audiophile vinyl and CD, incl. 200-gram pressings, 10-inch monos, 96K DAD, DVD-As
– mostly classical, some jazz, surround CDs, SACDs
– mostly jazz CDs, surround CDs, SACDs – purist miking
– One of the landmark classical labels and distributor of other labels has long produced audiophile-quality CDs & SACDs and is observing its 50th anniversary in 2008
– small classical label with purist audio standards
– superb-designed purist recordings of often unclassifiable music
– mostly jazz, purist recordings with great presence
– The longtime audiophile reissue label is back with SACDs, gold CDs & vinyl reissues
– Swedish CD/SACD label records in natural acoustic venues with purist Blumlein approach
MOST ACTIVE USENET GROUPS FOR AUDIO BUFFS:
[use newsgroup software such as Newswatcher]• rec.audio.misc (FAQ information)
• rec.audio.car (FAQ information)
see also rec.audio newsgroup hierarchy from Google Groups
- Phonogram (contact email@example.com) is the premiere mailing list for analog LP fans
into collecting all types of music.Google Groups Search for articles on audio
Other Usenet Groups Especially for Collectors of LPs & CDs:
AOL has audio discussions and classified ads under “Consumer Electronics”
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