Luxury hi-fi pricing: contribution for whom?

Buyers must be willing to accept the price the seller is willing to offer. Or no-one benefits, and makers lose. Prices determined by maker’s contribution are always much higher than cost-plus pricing. Those willing to pay contribution prices are buying something else than know-how, materials and assembly. Hi-fi is like cosmetics, jewellry, and fashion clothes. […]

Why don’t hifi systems sound live?

Most music played on home audio systems wasn’t recorded live anyway. Perhaps “real” is the more appropriate term. Multi-channelling may just be the problem in trying to create ‘stereo’. See my comments on stereo here. From the Soundkeeper Recordings website: “The goal of every Soundkeeper Recording is to bring the listener to the performance, to […]

Musical Intelligence

Musical intelligence is the capacity to discern pitch, rhythm, timbre, and tone. This intelligence enables us to recognize, create, reproduce, and reflect on music, as demonstrated by composers, conductors, musicians, vocalist, and sensitive listeners. Interestingly, there is often an affective connection between music and the emotions; and mathematical and musical intelligences may share common thinking […]

Scourge of the sticky tape

I rescue lots of interesting music on CD from charity shops, and many of the crystal cases are taped closed. I understand that there are souls among us that deal with their needs by stealing CDs from those working hard to raise funds in support of the less fortunate. But, really? Not only do I […]