Monthly Archive: April 2005

Weekly Audio News for April 27, 2005

Dolby Pro Logic II for Digital Radio – The Pro Logic II matrix surround sound audio format has been approved by licensee Dolby Laboratories and iBiquity Digital Corporation for the HD Radio system, which is finally being offering by a growing number of radio stations in the U.S., on the same frequency as the station’s […]

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Music Humor Sites for April Audio Fools

1. Classical Music Bloopers 2. Band-Naming from Yahoo 3. An Economist’s Analysis of Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony 4. Instrument Jokes 5. OXymoron Music Humour Archive (Merton College, Oxford) 6. A Player’s Guide for Keeping Conductors in Line 7. Science and Music [Offered as a service of TheWilliam and Gayle Cook Music Library, Indiana University School of […]

Extreme Prejudice and the Pursuit of Hi-Res Audio

Editor John Sunier forwarded me the following email message he recently received: You should stop allowing Tom Gibbs to publish reviews of DVD-A and DualDisc releases because of his extreme prejudice against these formats. I think it’s now generally understood that multi-option DVD-A discs require use in a system (home theater, usually) with a video […]

Weekly Audio News for April 20, 2005

Higher Incomers Buy More Home Electronics – An Irish market research firm has offered a Luxury Tracking Report which in its first iteration surveyed 717 affluent consumers with over $75,000 household income and who purchased at least one luxury item in the third quarter of 2004. During this period their consumption of travel, fine dining, […]

Weekly Audio News for April 13, 2005

Satellite Radio Has 5 Million Subscribers – From a slow start about 3 1/2 years ago, the two satellite radio services – XM and Sirius – have now signed up over five million subscribers at from $10 to $13 a month – that’s well over $100 a year for a type of product that has […]

SURVEY OF THE AUDIO & HT PRINT PRESS – Updated 4/12/05

WIDESCREEN REVIEW (May) – Seems to be leaning toward the Blu-ray format in the HD DVD battle, since these two cover stories are side by side: “Blue-ray Attracts Support;” “The Need for One HD Format.” (Have to agree with WSR.) Other cover stories: Analog TV Cutoff for 2006?, Reviews of Sony Qualia 006 SXRD 70-inch […]

Weekly Audio News for April 6, 2005

Changes in How Consumers Access Media – A new study by Arbitron and Edison Media Research shows that an estimated 27 million Americans have taken control of their media and entertainment. This is the portion of the population who own one or more on-demand media devices, such as TiVo, iPod and similar units. Among the […]

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Index to All 127 Discs Reviewed

Index to All 127 Discs Reviewed for April 2005: HI-RES REVIEWS, PT 1 (Classical) – Multichannel Disc of the Month: BRAHMS: Sym. No. 1, Tragic & Academic Festival Overtures – London Philharmonic/Marin Alsop; BRAHMS: The Four Symphonies – WDR Sym./Semyon Bychkov; SOUSA/GOLDMAN/GOULD – Brass & Percussion; Frederick Fennell cond. SOUSA; BACH Cantatas – Thomas Quasthoff, […]

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Home Page-April 2005

Our ninth Hi-Res Drawing features SACDs from Chesky Records. A dozen lucky AUDIOPHILE AUDITION readers who Register Here (or have registered earlier) will receive their choice of one of the three multichannel SACD discs above: Chuck Mangione’s classic Flugelhorn outing Everything for Love, The Orchestral Spectacular especially recorded for surround, or the wild & crazy […]

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18 Classical Reissue Reviews Part 1

    April 2005, Pt. 1 of 2    [Pt. 2] HAYDN: Andante and Variations in F Minor/BEETHOVEN: Sonata No. 14 in C# Minor, Op. 27, No. 2 “Moonlight”; 32 Variations in C Minor/CHOPIN: Scherzo No. 3 in C3 Minor, Op. 39/KODALY: Dances of Marosszek/MOZART: Sonata No. 14 in C Minor, K. 457 Annie Fischer, […]

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14 Classical Standard CD Reviews Part 2

April 2005 Pt. 2 of 2   [Pt. 1] Felix Mottl Plays WAGNER – The Complete Welte Piano Rolls – Lohengrin Introduction, Parsifal Introduction, Tristan und Isolde Introduction, Lohengrin: Bridal Chorus & Elsa’s Dream, Parsifal Good Friday Music, Tristan und Isolde Act II Duet, Mastersingers of Nuremberg: The Quieter Hearth at Winter, Quintet, Parsifal Transformation […]

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14 Classical Standard CD Reviews Part 1

April 2005 – Part 1 of 2  [Part 2] HAYDN: Piano Concertos – Andreas Staier, fortepiano/Freiburger Barockorchester conducted by Gottfried von der Goltz – Harmonia Mundi HMC 901854 (64 mins.): Andreas Staier and friends turn a trick on the usual coupling of three Haydn solo piano concertos by substituting the lovely, rarely heard Concerto for […]

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DVD Video Reviews Part 3 Features

    Pt. 3 of 3 – April 2005   [Part 1]  [Part 2] The River (1951) Directed by Jean Renoir Studio: Janus Films/Criterion Collection 276 Video: 4:3 fullscreen color Audio: Dolby Digital mono Extras: Intro to film by Jean Renoir, BBC 1995 documentary on author Rumer Godden, New video interview with Martin Scorsese – involved in […]

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DVD Video Reviews Part 2 Features

  Pt. 2 of 3 – April 2005  [Part 1] [Part 3] The Incredibles (2004) Vocal Talent: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson, Jason Lee Studio: Disney Video: 2.39:1 Widescreen Enhanced Audio: English, Spanish, or French DD 5.1 EX Extras: THX Optimizer, Previews (Cars, Chicken Little, Cinderella Special Edition, Lilo and Stitch 2, Miyazaki, […]

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DVD Video Reviews Part 1 Music Videos

  April 2005 Part 1 of 3 [Pt. 2] [Pt. 3] BEETHOVEN: Overture Coriolan in C Minor, Op. 62/MOZART: Symphony No./ 33 in B-flat Major, K. 319/BRAHMS: Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 98 Carlos Kleiber conducts Bavarian State Symphony Orchestra Studio: DGG DVD B0003841-09 (Distrib. Universal) Video: Color 4:3 Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 […]

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Sony SCD-CE595 SACD/CD Changer

  [No. 1] [No. 2] [No. 3] •   April 2005 Sony SCD-CE595 SACD/CD Changer Price (Street): $149 Specifications Type: CD/SACD multi-channel player SACD Player: Playback Frequency Range: 2Hz to 100kHz Frequency Response: 2Hz to 50kHz (-3dB) Dynamic Range: >100dB Harmonic Distortion: <0.0035% CD Player: DAC Converter Super Audio D/A Frequency Response 2 Hz – 20kHz […]

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Grouses & Gripes About DualDisc; 12 Reviews

Grouses & Gripes About DualDisc; 12 Reviews Last issue we included our first Dual Disc reviews in our Hi-Res section even though they were not hi-res on the audio side of the discs but just standard 44.1 CD. Some readers objected to this, and we agree with them. The reason we included them in the […]

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Jazz CD Reviews Part 2

April-May 2005 Part 2 of 2 [Pt. 1] Fantasy’s Great “The Best Of” Series Continues **** The mid-priced Best Of series from Fantasy continues with some of the best jazz reissues – both musically and sonically – that you can lay your hands on. All have been remastered at Fantasy Studios just recently employing the […]

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Jazz CD Reviews Part 1

  April-May 2005 Part 1 of 2 [Pt. 2] Paul Motian – I Have The Room Above Her / Paul Motian, drums; with Bill Frisell, guitar; Joe Lovano, tenor saxophone / ECM Records ECM 1902 * * * *: After my only partially satisfactory experience with the other disc Bill Frisell was involved with in […]