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Passionate about music, movies, HiFi audio, headphones and home theater, eCoustics has been covering the A/V industry since 1999. Join our diverse cast of journalists, audiophiles, industry experts and special guests for always spirited, sometimes controversial discussions about the latest news, happenings and trends in the audio, video and music industries. Whether you're listening through stereo loudspeakers with a vintage tube amp, rocking a multi-channel home theater, on-the-go with wireless speakers or headphones, streaming music or spinning vinyl, the experienced team at ecoustics breaks down what you need to know to really enjoy music and movies at home and on the road. https://www.ecoustics.com

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Passionate about music, movies, HiFi audio, headphones and home theater, eCoustics has been covering the A/V industry since 1999. Join our diverse cast of journalists, audiophiles, industry experts and special guests for always spirited, sometimes controversial discussions about the latest news, happenings and trends in the audio, video and music industries. Whether you're listening through stereo loudspeakers with a vintage tube amp, rocking a multi-channel home theater, on-the-go with wireless speakers or headphones, streaming music or spinning vinyl, the experienced team at ecoustics breaks down what you need to know to really enjoy music and movies at home and on the road. https://www.ecoustics.com

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IMAX In Your Living Room? DTS:X Sound on Disney+ with IMAX Enhanced (a Deep Dive)

5/24/2024
In this episode we speak with Sven Mevissen, Director of Product Management, Home and Media Solutions, Xperi (parent company to DTS) to discuss the IMAX Enhanced program and the role that DTS:X plays in delivering immersive cinematic sound to home viewers. As of May 15, 2024, Disney+ is the first mainstream streaming service to bring the IMAX Enhanced experience with DTS:X sound into your home. The first of such titles includes the "Queen Rock Montreal" concert film as well as 18 films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. DTS:X immersive sound differs from traditional surround by adding a height dimension that enables sound to come from not just all around you but above you as well. The partnership between IMAX and DTS allows home viewers to experience IMAX visuals and the IMAX theatrical audio mix at home for the first time. However, all subscribers of Disney+ may not be able to experience the full impact of IMAX Enhanced with DTS:X sound unless their equipment is compatible. We dive into all the details. For more information on IMAX Enhanced with DTS:X please visit: https://dts.com/discover/now-streaming-dtsx/ Thank you to our home theater loving sponsors SVS! For more information please visit: https://www.svsound.com On the panel: Sven Mevissen, Director of Product Management, Home and Media Solutions, Xperi Brian Mitchell CEO and Founder, eCoustics Chris Boylan, Editor at Large, eCoustics Credits: Original intro music by The Arc of All. https://sourceoflightandpower.bandcamp.com Voice Over Provided by Todd Harrell of SSP Unlimited. https://sspunlimited.com Production by Mitch Anderson, Black Circle Studios. https://blackcircleradio.com Keep up-to-date with all the latest Hi-Fi, Headphone, Home Theater and Music news by visiting: https://www.ecoustics.com #hifi #audiophile #IMAXDTSX #DTS #ecoustics #hometheater #filmsound #soundforfilm #IMAXNews #surroundsound #hiresplayback #filmproduction #videopostproduction

Duration:00:56:02

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Can We Finally Admit that Wireless Loudspeakers Don't Suck?

4/27/2024
The wireless loudspeaker category has made enormous strides over the past 5 years and there is no question that there are high-end options that offer better sonic performance, superior connectivity options, and greater value for your money than traditional passive loudspeakers. Don't listen to members of the Hi-Fi press who try to tell you that you must continue down the traditional path to achieve better sound quality at home. We have listened to more than two dozen of the best wireless and Bluetooth loudspeakers currently available below $5,000 and have some thoughts on what you should consider and how one can build out a system that is great for both music and movies around them. Thank you so much to our sponsor SVS! Read our review of the SVS Prime Wireless Pro Speakers here: https://www.ecoustics.com/reviews/svs-prime-wireless-pro-speaker-pair/ In this episode, our Editor in-Chief, Ian White discusses his picks for best wireless speakers of 2024 (so far) listed below in the order mentioned on the podcast (lowest to highest price). Triangle BOREA BR03 BT – $699 at Amazon (light oak, black, oak green, light oak blue, cream) Q Acoustics M40 – $999/pair at Amazon (black, white, walnut) PSB Alpha iQ – $1,299/pair at Amazon (black, white, blue, yellow) KEF LSX II – $1,299/pair at Amazon (black, white, red, blue, olive green, beige) KEF LSX II LT – $999/pair at Amazon (graphite grey, sage green, stone white) Sonus faber Duetto – $3,999/pair at Crutchfield (graphite, walnut) Episode webpage: https://www.ecoustics.com/podcasts/best-wireless-speakers-2024/ On the Panel: Brian Mitchell, Host & Founder Ian White, Editor in-Chief Credits: Original intro music by The Arc of All. https://sourceoflightandpower.bandcamp.com Voice Over Provided by Todd Harrell of SSP Unlimited. https://sspunlimited.com Production by Mitch Anderson, Black Circle Studios. https://blackcircleradio.com Keep up-to-date with all the latest Hi-Fi, Headphone, Home Theater and Music news by visiting: https://www.ecoustics.com #hifi #audiophile #wirelessspeakers #ecoustics #bestwirelessspeaker #bestbluetoothspeaker #bluetooth #speakers #loudspeakers #musicstreaming

Duration:00:46:32

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Sony is Bringing the Cinema Home with new 2024 BRAVIA 4K TVs and Soundbars

4/17/2024
Today (April 17, 2024) Sony introduced its new 2024 line of BRAVIA 4K TVs, Soundbars and Theater speakers. Take a deep dive into the product launch with eCoustics Founder, Brian Mitchell and Editor at Large, Chris Boylan who got a hands-on tour of all the new products last month at Sony Pictures Studios in Los Angeles. Sony says, "Cinema is Coming Home" but is that true or just marketing hype? Join us and find out. Thank you to the sponsor of this episode, Q Acoustics! https://www.qacoustics.com Learn more: https://www.ecoustics.com/products/sony-bravia-tvs-soundbars-2024/ Pricing: BRAVIA 9 Mini LED TVs: 85″ $5,499.99 75″ $3,999.99 65″ $3,299.99 BRAVIA 8 OLED TVs 77″ $3,899.99 65″ $2,799.99 55″ $1,999.99 BRAVIA 7 Mini LED TVs 85″ $3,499.99 75″ $2,799.99 65″ $2,299.99 55″ $1,899.99 BRAVIA 3 LED/LCD TVs 85″ $1,799.99 75″ $1,299.99 65″ $999.99 55″ $849.99 50″ $699.99 43″ $599.99 Soundbars & Speakers: BRAVIA Theater Quad – $2,499.99 BRAVIA Theater Bar 9 – $1,399.99 BRAVIA Theater Bar 8 – $999.99 BRAVIA Theater U – $299.99 On the panel: Brian Mitchell, eCoustics Founder & CEO Chris Boylan, eCoustics Editor at Large Credits: Original intro music by The Arc of All. Voice Over Provided by Todd Harrell of SSP Unlimited. Production by Mitch Anderson, Black Circle Studios. Keep up-to-date with all the latest Hi-Fi, Music, Home Theater, and Headphone news by visiting: https://www.ecoustics.com #sony #bravia #4ktv #hometheater #homevideo #hometheater #soundbar #theaterbar #televisions #ecoustics #productlaunch #bringingthecinemahome #oledtv #miniledtv #braviatheater

Duration:00:37:01

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Rotate This? The Best Audiophile Turntables Between $600 and $2,000

3/29/2024
Are you considering a turntable upgrade in 2024? Before you empty your wallet on a deck that might seem like the right path for you — we have a few suggestions that might make more sense long-term if your budget is between $600 and $2,000. Does it make sense to spend more? We think the market has shifted and there are some outstanding options from Pro-Ject, Rega, Andover, U-Turn, and others worth exploring. Further Reading: https://www.ecoustics.com/reviews/pro-ject-x2-b/ https://www.ecoustics.com/products/u-turn-audio-orbit-turntable-2023/ https://www.ecoustics.com/products/rega-system-one-analog-solution/ https://www.ecoustics.com/products/andover-audio-spindeck-2-turntable/ Thank you to the sponsor of this episode, SVS! For more information on SVS and their line of stellar products, please visit: https://www.svsound.com Credits: https://www.instagram.com/the_arc_of_allhttps://sspunlimited.comhttps://blackcircleradio.comKeep up-to-date with all the latest Hi-Fi, Headphone, Home Theater and Music news by visiting: https://www.ecoustics.com #streaming #hifi #highendaudio #musicindustry #vinylcommunity #budgetaudio #turntables #newtovinyl #audiophile #homelistening #recordplayers #nowspinning

Duration:00:33:03

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The Last Days of Gear Fetishism? How Network Amplifiers Are Going to Change Hi-Fi Forever

3/23/2024
The gear fetishism that has stunted the mainstream growth of high-end audio for almost four decades is about to run out of runway and that might be the most positive development in years. How we consume music has completely shifted and whilst there will always be room on the credenza for a turntable, or even a CD player, the reality is that real estate at home is a hot commodity, and most consumers want fewer boxes for their music listening journey. Just what is a network amplifier and why should you consider one as your last Hi-Fi system? We explain this week on the podcast with some help from our friends at NAD, WiiM, Bluesound, Naim, Cambridge Audio, and more… Thank you to the sponsor of this episode, SVS! For more information on SVS and their line of stellar products, please visit: https://www.svsound.com Credits: https://www.instagram.com/the_arc_of_allhttps://sspunlimited.comhttps://blackcircleradio.comKeep up-to-date with all the latest Hi-Fi, Headphone, Home Theater and Music news by visiting: https://www.ecoustics.com #streaming #hifi #highendaudio #music #networkamplifiers #futurefi #naim #technology #cambridgeaudio #wiim #arylic #audiophile #hiresstreaming #digitalmusictrends

Duration:00:40:29

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Sankar's Audeze: How a Boutique High-End Headphone Brand Sparked a Revolution in Sound and May Have Changed the Gaming Experience Forever

3/6/2024
Audeze’s Co-Founder & CEO, Sankar Thiagasamudram, joins eCoustics Senior Headphone & Portables Editor William Jennings and Producer (and Audeze Artist) Mitch Anderson to discuss its 16 year journey as an innovator in the global Head-Fi revolution. Founded in 2008 as a boutique audiophile brand, Audeze's first concept was a loudspeaker which never came to market. However, early innovations with planar magnetic technology led to the release of their first headphone, the LCD-1 for $600 — making it one of the most expensive headphones available in 2008. All 25 models sold, which led to the release of the LCD-2 in 2009 and LCD-3 in 2011. Both models became award-winning benchmarks for headphone design and turned what was a cottage industry aimed exclusively at high-end headphone listeners into a billion dollar segment. Audeze's success also created opportunities for its competitors to expand into the planar magnetic category, forcing the brand to push the envelope with state-of-the-art professional monitoring headphones, electrostatic headphones for the medical industry, and innovative gaming headphones that attracted the attention of Sony Interactive Entertainment which purchased the company last year -- exposing the brand to a much larger mainstream global audience and giving it a growing customer base for the future. Nearly all of Audeze’s products are hand-made in Costa Mesa, CA, including all LCD and MM series headphones and the Playstation headset drivers. Sankar takes us on a journey through Audeze’s history and reveals interesting insights about the company’s history, headphone manufacturing, and their path ahead. For more information on Audeze please visit https://www.audeze.com For details and related links, visit: https://www.ecoustics.com/podcasts/audeze-sankar/ This episode is brought to you in part by Audeze Artists, The Source of Light & Power. Hear the sounds from their recently completed one record a month for all of 2023 sonic adventure here: sourceoflightandpower.bandcamp.com On the Panel: Sankar ThiagasamudramWilliam JenningsMitch AndersonCredits: https://www.instagram.com/the_arc_of_allhttps://sspunlimited.comhttps://blackcircleradio.comKeep up-to-date with all the latest Hi-Fi, Headphone, Home Theater and Music news by visiting: https://www.ecoustics.com #audeze #headphones #lcdx #canjam #maxwellheadphones #playstation #gamingheadset #planarheadphones #audiophile #headfi #audezeartists #vinylcommunity #audioforgaming #studioheadphones #masteringheadphones

Duration:00:45:29

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Don't Be Nervous. It's Finally Time to Cut the Cord: Q Acoustics' M40 Wireless Micro-Towers Prove that High-End Audio Has Made the Jump

2/15/2024
Can we finally stop pretending that wireless loudspeakers offer an inferior listening experience. The desire to sell high-end audio systems consisting of expensive boxes made of ticky tacky has become an impediment to the growth of the next generation of audiophiles and brands like Q Acoustics are working very hard to offer the best possible passive and wireless loudspeakers for less. And they are succeeding. Jamie McKay, Sales & Marketing Director, and Nick Renshaw, PR Manager, of Q Acoustics join us on this edition of the eCoustics podcast to discuss their award-winning 5000 series loudspeakers and the new M40 wireless micro-towers that are going to turn a lot of heads. High-end audio is evolving and it's time to cut the cord. Credits: • Original intro music by The Arc of All. https://sourceoflightandpower.bandcamp.com • Voice Over Provided by Todd Harrell of SSP Unlimited. https://sspunlimited.com • Production by Mitch Anderson, Black Circle Studios. https://blackcircleradio.com Keep up-to-date with all the latest Hi-Fi, Headphone, Home Theater and Music news by visiting: https://www.ecoustics.com #qacoustics #audiophile #hifi #vintageaudio #wirelessspeaker #awardwinningsound #towerspeakers #newproductalert #podcast #ecoustics #vinylcommunity

Duration:00:50:13

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A Little Extra Padding: How a Little Headphone Accessories Company Has Changed the Way We Listen.

1/31/2024
With consumers spending tens of billions of dollars on headphones and earbuds, the product has become a commodity and one that is rather disposable. But does that need to be the case? Have you thrown away a perfectly good pair of earbuds or headphones because the ear pads or ear tips are worn down or busted up? Dekoni Audio have not only cornered the market on replacement pads for some of the most popular consumer and audiophile models on the market, but they have altered the way they sound. If you think you have heard "everything" from your existing pair of headphones or earbuds? Think again. Tal Kocen and Dylan Scarzafava of Dekoni have a great story to tell and a lot to teach you. Thank you to this episode's sponsors: SVS: https://www.svsound.com Q Acoustics: https://www.qacoustics.com Credits: • Original intro music by The Arc of All. https://sourceoflightandpower.bandcamp.com • Voice Over Provided by Todd Harrell of SSP Unlimited. https://sspunlimited.com • Production by Mitch Anderson, Black Circle Studios. https://blackcircleradio.com Keep up-to-date with all the latest Hi-Fi, Headphone, Home Theater and Music news by visiting: https://www.ecoustics.com #dekoni #headphones #hifi #headfi #canjam #diyaudio #headphonecommunity #audioupgrades #audiophile #livesound #audioengineer #recordinggear

Duration:00:57:30

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Arcam Radia, JBL Classic and Roon: Interview with Jim Garrett

1/5/2024
In our second podcast with Jim Garrett, head of product strategy and planning at Harman Luxury Audio we discuss Arcam’s new product refresh. The British Hi-Fi brand has just introduced the sleek new Radia series of audio components, which consists of five new models: • Arcam A5 Integrated Amp – $699 • Arcam A15 Integrated Amp – $1,099 • Arcam A25 Integrated Amp – $1,499 • Arcam CD5 CD Player – $699 • Arcam ST5 Streamer – $799 All are available at Crutchfield: https://bit.ly/arcam-radia-at-crutchfield Jim reveals key details about each product, how they work together, and what’s different between each model. In addition, Jim shares updates about JBL’s “vintage looking” Classic hi-fi components which are now shipping along with MKII (2nd generation) versions of the JBL Classic L100, L82 and L52 Loudspeakers. Finally, we talk about Harman’s surprise acquisition of Roon and what to expect going forward. Previous podcast with Jim Garrett: https://www.ecoustics.com/podcasts/harman-luxury-audio-2023/ Related links: https://www.ecoustics.com/reviews/arcam-radia-st5-a25/ https://www.ecoustics.com/products/arcam-radia-series/ https://www.ecoustics.com/products/jbl-classic-loudspeakers-black/ https://www.ecoustics.com/news/harman-acquires-roon/ Credits: • Original intro music by The Arc of All. https://sourceoflightandpower.bandcamp.com • Voice Over Provided by Todd Harrell of SSP Unlimited. https://sspunlimited.com • Production by Mitch Anderson, Black Circle Studios. https://blackcircleradio.com Keep up-to-date with all the latest Hi-Fi, Headphone, Home Theater and Music news by visiting: https://www.ecoustics.com #arcam #radia #hifi #audiophile #harman #harmanluxury #ecoustics #jbl #loudspeakers #roon

Duration:00:55:45

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Hi-Fi and Record Shopping in the Land of the Rising Sun

12/19/2023
In September 2023, vintage columnist Eric Pye (@audioloveyyc) spent three weeks in Japan pursuing audio perfection in all forms. In this episode of the eCoustics podcast, he and podcast producer Mitch Anderson (@black_circle_radio) discuss shopping in Japan for modern and vintage HiFi, and new and used music on vinyl and other mediums. Conversation meanders to Japanese audiophilia and the obsession with quality, Japanese jazz artists (including Ryo Fukui, Tsuyoshi Yamamoto and Isao Suzuki), and why classical music is still so popular when interest has fallen off in many other countries. Links: Iconic Sansui Amplifiers: Exit to Vintage Street Japanese Jazz Wikipedia Page Audio Union Website Disk Union Website HMV Japan Website Thank you to our sponsor Marantz for supporting this episode! www.marantz.com In the Episode: Credits: The Arc of AllSSP UnlimitedBlack Circle StudiosKeep up-to-date with all the latest Hi-Fi, Music, Home Theater, and Headphone news by visiting: https://www.ecoustics.com #hifi #audiophile #vintageaudio #jazzkissa #japanesejazz #vinylcommunity #consumerelectronics #podcast

Duration:00:42:38

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House of the Rising Sun: A Journey to the Japanese Jazz Kissa

12/12/2023
In September 2023, vintage columnist Eric Pye (@audioloveyyc) spent three weeks in Japan pursuing audio perfection in all forms. In this episode of the eCoustics podcast, he and podcast producer Mitch Anderson (@black_circle_radio) discuss the history and current state of Jazz Kissa culture, how visiting a Jazz Kissa is such a special experience, and why that experience can’t really be recreated elsewhere. Going off topic they also discuss Japanese vinyl pressings and why those are so desirable. Links for further information: Japanese Jazz Kissa and the Art of the Piano Trio: Exit to Vintage Street Jazz Kissa Culture Goes Global: Exit to Vintage Street Jazz City online store: Purchase Jazz Kissa magazines and books Tokyo Jazz Joints website @jazz_kissa on Instagram Thank you to our sponsor Marantz for supporting this episode! www.marantz.com In the Episode: Credits: The Arc of AllSSP UnlimitedBlack Circle StudiosKeep up-to-date with all the latest Hi-Fi, Music, Home Theater, and Headphone news by visiting: https://www.ecoustics.com #hifi #audiophile #vintageaudio #jazzkissa #japanesejazz #vinylcommunity #consumerelectronics #podcast

Duration:00:41:49

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Ace of Space? Andover Audio Has an Affordable and Unique Solution for Your Hi-Fi Budget Blues

12/5/2023
With consumers moving away from expensive multi-component systems and looking for more economical and space-spacing alternatives, the question has to be asked -- who is actually offering solutions that are affordable? Bob Hazelwood, Director of Engineering and Product Development, Andover Audio, joins us on the eCoustics podcast to discuss their rather extensive lineup of award-winning wireless speakers, turntables, streamers, and lifestyle systems that tick off every box for the next generation of music listeners. And don't believe the naysayers -- their Isogroove isolation technology makes it possible to have your turntable on top of your speakers. Ace of Space? You will be very surprised what you can do. Thank you to our sponsors SVS & Q Acoustics for supporting our sonic messaging! https://www.svsound.com https://www.qacoustics.com In the Episode: Credits: The Arc of AllSSP UnlimitedBlack Circle StudiosKeep up-to-date with all the latest Hi-Fi, Music, Home Theater, and Headphone news by visiting: https://www.ecoustics.com #hifi #audiophile #vintageaudio #andoveraudio #spinbase #vinylcommunity #consumerelectronics #podcast

Duration:00:45:05

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Capital Audiofest 2023: Are High-End Audio Manufacturers Living on Borrowed Time?

11/28/2023
A new generation of music listeners are stepping outside their traditional comfort zones and looking for better ways to enjoy their music collections. But will they find that at a traditional Hi-Fi show? EIC Ian White and Producer Mitch Anderson break down CAF 2023 and why horrible music, unaffordable systems, and an aging customer base do not portend a strong future for high-end audio manufacturers if they don't make some massive changes. Sponsor: Thank you to the sponsor of this episode, Marantz. You’ll want to check out their new Stereo 70s Slimline Receiver. On the panel: Credits: The Arc of AllSSP UnlimitedBlack Circle StudiosKeep up-to-date with all the latest Hi-Fi, Music, Home Theater, and Headphone news by visiting: https://www.ecoustics.com #hifi #audiophile #vintageaudio #capitalaudiofest2023 #caf2023 #caf #headphones #audioshow #luxuryaudio #audioreview #musicindustry

Duration:00:39:04

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What Makes a UST Projector the Best? Inside the 2023 Laser TV Showdown

11/22/2023
Looking for a 4K UST projector or a portable lifestyle projector for your home? At the 2023 Laser TV Showdown, six unbiased expert judges took a look at the top UST projectors and the top portable 4K projectors (aka lifestyle projectors) and picked the winners in each category. Join us for a discussion with the organizers of the event as they reveal which UST projectors and which portable projectors got the highest ratings from the judges. We chat with Rob Sabin of ProjectorCentral.com and Brian Gluck of ProjectorScreen.com, organizer and host of the shootout event which saw nine of the world's best UST projectors and five of the top portable 4K projectors face-off side-by-side for the top spots. Sponsor: Thank you to the sponsor of this episode, Marantz. You’ll want to check out their new Stereo 70s Slimline Receiver. Watch the video version of this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/iW8-OhdmzNs View the scorecards and links to all the winners here: https://www.ecoustics.com/podcasts/2023-laser-tv-showdown-recap/ On the panel: ProjectorScreen.comProjectorCentral.comCredits: The Arc of AllSSP UnlimitedBlack Circle StudiosKeep up-to-date with all the latest Hi-Fi, Music, Home Theater, and Headphone news by visiting: https://www.ecoustics.com #lasertv #ustprojector #showdown #projectorcentral #projectorscreen #bigscreen #hometheater #homevideo #2023lasertvshowdown #portableprojector #hometheatre #bestprojector #bestof2023

Duration:01:07:58

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The Best Hi-Fi Year of Our Lives: eCoustics Roundtable

11/15/2023
2023 was a year of discovery for all of us. New music. Some strange audio discoveries that have panned out beyond our wildest dreams. It was also a year where some of us stretched their budget and looked beyond what we thought we needed after exposure to some of the best Hi-Fi and home theater systems currently available. Does anyone really need 24 subwoofers in their home theater? Maybe you do. On this roundtable discussion of the eCoustics podcast, we discuss the Best Hi-Fi year of our lives. Thank you to our sponsors SVS & Q Acoustics for supporting our sonic messaging! https://www.svsound.com https://www.qacoustics.com Products mentioned: Frogge' Phono Pre - http://www.thatoldretrostore.com/pages/preamps.html Sony PS1 CEDIA’s Sickest Demo: https://www.ecoustics.com/news/sickest-demo-cedia-2023/ Focal Grand Utopia/Naim Statement System Andrew Jones Source Point 10s - https://www.mofielectronics.com/products/mofi-electronics-sourcepoint-10-loudspeakers On the panel: Brian Mitchell, eCoustics Founder Eric Pye, Vintage Columnist @audioloveyyc Jeremy Sikora, Vintage Columnist @budget_audiophiler Chris Boylan, Editor-at-Large Robert Silva, Senior Correspondent Mitch Anderson, Producer and Host of Black Circle Radio Related links: https://www.ecoustics.com/podcasts/vintage-audio-series-episode-7/ https://www.ecoustics.com/podcasts/blue-note-tone-poet-episode-3/ https://www.ecoustics.com/articles/best-of-cedia-expo-2023/ #hifi #vinylrecords #phonopreamp #sonyps1 #audiophile #focal #naim #waveforming #kevingray #kirstenedkins #livemusic #coldplay #vintageaudio

Duration:01:01:08

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What Exactly Does Music Do To Your Brain?

10/20/2023
Have you ever wondered why music changes the way your brain deals with pain, love, or anxiety? Is it possible to use music to diagnose the early onset of Dementia or Alzheimer's disease? Leading Israeli Scientist, Dr. Neta Maimon, joins this episode's host, editor-in-chief Ian White, on the eCoustics podcast from Netanya, Israel, to discuss how the brain responds to music in times of crisis, passion, or illness and how scientists are using it to diagnose and even manage cognitive decline. For more information on Dr. Maimon's research please visit: This Is What Music Does To Your Brain (via Haaretz) Credits: • Original intro music by The Arc of All. https://sourceoflightandpower.bandcamp.com • Voice Over Provided by Todd Harrell of SSP Unlimited. https://sspunlimited.com • Production by Mitch Anderson, Black Circle Studios. https://blackcircleradio.com Keep up-to-date with all the latest Hi-Fi, Headphone, Home Theater and Music news by visiting: https://www.ecoustics.com #hifi #audiophile #vinyl #ecoustics #musicindustry #musicstreaming #vintageaudio #musictherapy #sonicscience #cognitiveillness #phd #brainstudy #musicwellness

Duration:00:51:07

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Can Westone Audio Reclaim Dominance in the IEM Market?

10/15/2023
In this episode, eCoustics Senior Headphone Editor, W. Jennings speaks with Tal Kocen (Vice President, Consumer Product) and Dave Friesema (Technical Director/General Manager) of Westone Audio about the company’s wide range of custom and universal fit IEM products. Westone has been making earphones and audio accessories for musicians and audiophiles since 1959. Their products are available at Amazon.com and westoneaudio.com. For more information about this podcast visit: https://www.ecoustics.com/podcasts/westone-audio-2023/ Sponsor: Check out the new Marantz Stereo 70s Slimline Receiver. Credits: • Original intro music by The Arc of All. • Voice Over Provided by Todd Harrell of SSP Unlimited. • Production by Mitch Anderson, Black Circle Studios. Keep up-to-date with all the latest Hi-Fi, Headphone, Home Theater and Music news by visiting: https://www.ecoustics.com #earphones #earbuds #headphones #inearheadphones #wirelessearphones #inearmonitor #iems #westone #iem #livesound #hifi #ecoustics #livesound #monitormix

Duration:00:48:50

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UE Pro: In Pursuit of the Ultimate Earphones with Vincent Liu

9/29/2023
eCoustics Senior Headphone Editor W. Jennings recently sat down with Vincent Liu, Ultimate Ears Pro’s Head of Product & Operations for a conversation about the new Premier 21-driver IEM. This discussion touches on the impacts of the pandemic on Ultimate Ears Pro and how that provided opportunities to rethink some design elements of existing models as well as complete the development and testing of the new Premier. Also discussed in this conversation is UE Pro’s dedication to performing artists, their design philosophy and about where the new Premier’s signature fits into the product line. Many expected the Premier to be a UE18 Pro taken to the next level but the signatures are different and the two in-ears are aimed at different market segments. Finally, there was talk about some of the things that set Ultimate Ears Pro apart from other in-ear manufactures and where Vincent sees the company heading next. Click to learn more about Ultimate Ears UE Premier Thank you to our sponsors SVS & Q Acoustics for supporting our HI-FI messaging. Credits: • Original intro music by The Arc of All. https://www.sourceoflightandpower.com • Voice Over Provided by Todd Harrell of SSP Unlimited. https://sspunlimited.com • Production by Mitch Anderson, Black Circle Studios. https://blackcircleradio.com Keep up-to-date with all the latest Hi-Fi, Headphone, Home Theater and Music news by visiting: https://www.ecoustics.com #earphones #earbuds #headphones #inearheadphones #wirelessearphones #ultimateears #inearmonitor #iems #uepro #premier #iem #livesound #hifi #ecoustics

Duration:01:14:20

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Song of the Divine: An Intimate Conversation with Al Anderson of The Original Wailers

9/19/2023
Legendary guitarist, Al Anderson, toured with Bob Marley & The Wailers from 1974 until just before Marley’s death in 1981. Anderson's stunning lead guitar work on iconic classics like "No Woman, No Cry," "Three O’clock Road Block," and "Could You Be Loved" earned him a place in music history. Al continues touring to this day as the sole member of the 1970s lineup with his Grammy nominated band, "The Original Wailers", which carries on the original vision of Bob Marley’s music. His memory inducing lead guitar playing was also featured on the Platinum Award winning albums Live at the Lyceum, Babylon by Bus, and the 10 times Platinum, Legend. After Marley's death, Anderson continued to tour with The Wailers Band. Anderson went on to record with Ben Harper (Diamonds On the Inside (2003), Lauryn Hill on her multi-Grammy winning debut The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998) as well as with Santana on his 9-Grammy award winning Supernatural (2000). Al speaks with Mitch Anderson (sonically related), eCoustics podcast producer and host of Black Circle Radio, live on stage at T.H.E. Show 2023. This episode was recorded on Saturday, June 10, 2023 at T.H.E. Show 2023 at the Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa California. Related links: The Original Wailers 2023 Fall Tour Al Anderson on Discogs Song of The Divine Music Video on YouTube Al Anderson with Mitch on Black Circle Radio This episode brought to you by The Source of Light and Power. One record a month being released for all of 2023. SOLP is stoked to be endorsed by Audeze Headphones, Linear Tube Audio, RME, and Peluso Microphones. For those who seek the ALL. Credits: • Original intro music by The Arc of All. https://sourceoflightandpower.bandcamp.com • Voice Over Provided by Todd Harrell of SSP Unlimited. https://sspunlimited.com • Production by Mitch Anderson, Black Circle Studios. https://blackcircleradio.com Keep up-to-date with all the latest Hi-Fi, Headphone, Home Theater and Music news by visiting: https://www.ecoustics.com #mofi #hifi #audiophile #vinyl #alanderson #reggae #legend #guitargod #electricguitar #bobmarley #ecoustics #musicindustry #musicstreaming #vintageaudio #theoriginalwailers #songofthedivine

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Making MoFi the Soundtrack of Your Life

9/1/2023
Lenny CoCo spends his days and nights traversing North America, spreading the gospel for MoFi Distribution, as their National Specialty Audio Sales Manager. After more than 32 years in the business, he has seen it all and can help music listeners assemble the audio system of their dreams, regardless of price. His passion for music and hi-fi began when was only 10 years old, and his core belief remains the same. Creating an emotional connection to music is ultimately what matters and how you get to that moment is the real journey. CoCo sits down with eCoustics CEO and Publisher, Brian Mitchell, as well as eCoustics Podcast Producer, Mitch Anderson to discuss his deep love of vintage turntables, cartridges, the battle between digital music and vinyl, and his sales philosophy after four decades in the world of high fidelity playback. Some of the topics covered in this episode include: - A deep dive into Lenny’s vintage turntables, cartridges and setup - Why vinyl and digital music can coexist - Lenny’s hi-fi sales philosophy - The power of connecting to music - Lenny’s definition of audiophile nirvana Related links: https://www.ecoustics.com/products/mofi-masterphono-preamplifier/ https://www.ecoustics.com/products/mofi-sourcepoint-8/ https://www.ecoustics.com/products/mofi-sourcepoint-10/ This episode was hosted by Brian Mitchell, eCoustics Founder & CEO and Mitch Anderson of Black Circle Studios. It was recorded on June 9, 2023 at T.H.E. Show at the Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa. Listen to Lenny’s previous appearance on the podcast from T.H.E. Show 2022. https://www.ecoustics.com/podcasts/the-show-2022-lenny-coco/ Credits: • Original intro music by The Arc of All. https://sourceoflightandpower.bandcamp.com • Voice Over Provided by Todd Harrell of SSP Unlimited. https://sspunlimited.com • Production by Mitch Anderson, Black Circle Studios. https://blackcircleradio.com Keep up-to-date with all the latest Hi-Fi, Headphone, Home Theater and Music news by visiting: https://www.ecoustics.com #mofi #hifi #audiophile #vinyl #digitalmusic #ecoustics #turntables #musicstreaming #vintageaudio #loudspeakers

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