To boldly go where no ears have gone before

“To boldly go where no ears have gone before”. This is what we are running for Audio Federation in the program guide at California Audio Show (CAS 2017).

What do you think?

Of course, this is what most audiophiles do. Kind of the definition of “audiophile”.

But we can then joke about measly old “5 year missions”…

And… “strange new worlds”? You betchya. 🙂 Strange new worlds in my head.

Those good old altered mental states…. positive, or at least distracting, hallucinations. Maybe you call it “positive vibes” or “aural therapy” or “putting the feet up” or “shutting the world out”. This is certainly one of the primary reasons I am doing this Boldly Going with the Ears stuff.

But it is amazing to think about the fact that many of us, those of us who have boldly gone, hear music at a higher fidelity, and with a significantly greater over-all quality, than the musicians who played it ever did… or likely, ever will.

*We* know how their music actually sounds… and they do not. Cuh-razy, huh?

Anyway, hope to see you all in Boardroom V at CAS 2017!


The MQA Controversy


The MQA controversy is bound to create some winners and losers in both manufacturing and for us audiophiles.

For example, LINN has a very strongly argued case against it:

MQA is Bad For Music

The Computer Audiophile has details about how MQA advances the state-of-the-art in some respects:

MQA (for civilians)

And over at HiFi+ they report that MQA might not even be lossless:

And small manufacturers agonize over what THEY should do, and must pick sides:


MQA has funding and is making a bold move, but… I have a feeling things are moving so fast, that just about the time that MQA might start making an impact on the regular listening public, something new will already be replacing it.

What wins these days seem to be those things that go viral, not needing a heavy hand like the old format wars of days-gone-by.

But, who knows… not me. This one I am sitting out and taking a wait-and-see wake-me-when-its-all-over approach 🙂