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  • The Wizard of Ear Mountain

    Once upon a time there was a horseshoe mountain. Some said it resembled a human ear. On the Western side lived the Professionals. Between them and the Audiophiles encamped to the East lay a deep rift, spanned by a single, rickety, and seldom-used bridge. Bickering carrion birds watchfully circled the canyon. On entering the valley […]

  • Why Studio Monitors Hiss, and Shouldn’t.

    A small active speaker is a Fundamentally Good Idea for a small listening triangle and small rooms. It’s equally right for mix engineers, media producers, gamers, home workers and audiophiles – with one caveat . . . . You might reasonably expect  (demand, even) that speakers primarily designed for near-field listening should have low distortion […]

  • Principals of Audio: System Building

    The Golden Rule of System Building Audio systems tend to begin with seeds: a hand-me-down from an older brother, a gift from a parent, a component rescued from a skip – maybe a couple of items bought with scraped-together savings or a first pay packet. Occasionally a new home, or a moment of peaking disposable […]

  • Principals of Audio: Active Speakers

    There are no good small passive speakers. The opening years of the new millennium witnessed a minor revolution in the pro audio marketplace: the rise of the active nearfield speaker. We can perhaps even pinpoint the moment: in 2001 Yamaha discontinued the seminal (passive) NS10 monitor. Four years earlier, Mackie had launched the active HR824: […]

  • Principals of Audio: Introduction

    A practical guide to system building Introduction: The Lilliputian realm of audiophilia is united by the quest for fidelity, yet riven by innumerable conflicts over issues that appear trivial – even ludicrous – to outsiders. Furious online debate between Big-endian and Little-endian factions have flamed into real violence – although commonly the physical incarnation of […]

  • Introduction

    As one of the proprietors of Item Audio, I get to listen to many exciting audio wares. Our exciting ongoing mission is to explore the perenially fascinating world of computer audio. And sometimes we have exciting episodes interacting with the colourful characters in the audio trade. I hope that sporadic reports of our panel auditions […]