"What a refreshingly honest blog about listening to music through hi-fi. So happy to see views based upon the enjoyment of music rather than so-called sound 'quality'." - Peter Comeau, Director of Acoustic Design at Mission / Wharfedale

Saturday 30 May 2015

Pay For Your Music And Be Punished

I'm a big advocate of paying for music.  I don't want to work for nothing, and neither should the music artists.  I buy my downloads and CDs and pay my subscription to Tidal because its supposed to offer decent sound quality (which it does, but it doesn't sound as good as a locally stored download or CD).

However, it looks like we're now being punished, if this article is true, then we are (alledgedly, of course), being provided with damaged music, WHEN WE HAVE PAID FOR IT.

The article is essentially claiming (alledgedly, of course) that Universal Music Group is deliberately altering (i.e. distorting) the music that we are buying in order to try and track down those who are not buying.  We who pay for music are receiving damaged music, provided by the label, in order for the label to make an attempt at catching those who don't pay for music.

I don't get it and I don't want it.  Why screw up music for those who are honest enough to buy their music?  Rubbish and not acceptable.

Friday 15 May 2015

Linn Ends Production of Analogue Pre-Amps

A strange decision that will alienate a number of existing customers, and reduce the chances of gaining new customers, I would expect.

From the Linn dealer newsletter:

The introduction of Linn DS technology in 2007 marked a huge leap forward in pursuit of our goal to remove sources of loss from the audio chain.
In 2011 we took this a stage further by integrating pre-amplifier functionality into our world-class digital stream players to create Linn DSM.
Now with Space Optimisation and Exakt Link connections for future upgrade, Linn DSM offers the highest performance, best value and most flexible proposition for your customers.

To this end, we will be discontinuing our Klimax Kontrol (including the Klimax Kontrol upgrade), Akurate Kontrol and Majik-I pre-amplifiers once current stocks run out.