Yours is one of a very small handful of sites I, against your advice, truly trust. Although our musical tastes may be 180 out, (is that 2nd or 3rd order?) where else to find such enlightening and wonderfully entertaining reviews? That extends to your new-found cohorts as well! Too cool.
I lost count of the hrs. on the Shanling T200, kinda just been beboppin' too much. I've probably listened to about 40-50 real hrs. though, and perhaps 80-100 or so at night in SACD repeat. It just doesn't matter anymore. In a word, glorious (think I told the Underworld Prince: Glorious with a capital G). Took your advice on the glass and found a nice used Wright Sound pre with NOS Sylvania chrome domes (gotta love the buzz words, used to call my boss that!) which seems quite capable of keeping me happy 'til... Between the two I've done some real speaker movement, ie if my toe-in was about 15 degrees, I've now been able to use 5 with the same or better center fill. Stage depth? Ahhh, finally i'm able to start understanding. I'm finding a whole new world in my redbooks!!! I think the increase in 'clarity' in what strikes me the most so far. Very very impressive indeed. Again, thank you so much for your help, patience and integrity, Peace, Gordy
PS: 15 chingozels a year? For all this? What's your fax #?
I must confess, I bought the Audio Magic Stealth (which has, since, been upgraded to the Matrix) based on your excellent review. It is still, however, very hard for me to take much of what you guys write, seriously, due to your sponsorship/ advertising. I know all publications do it, but that's just the problem. It's very hard to have trust when advertising $$ are an issue. I do believe your reviews, but question the lack of reviews of other things.
Also, I had been waiting on your review for the YBA Passion Integre before I purchased it, but your "coming up soon for review" was, unfortunately, not soon enough. Bought it anyway, on other's say -o. It's glorious. Perhaps the best 100$ watts out there.
When you decide to review something, if it doesn't deserve a better than B+ rating, do you decide not to print the reviews? Do you show the reviews to the manufacturer before they are printed and give them an option to have it pulled? I'm not expecting you to answer these questions, honestly. But you get my drift. Anyway, thanks for your great reviews about everything under the sun that you review. I'm waiting on you, Stereophile, TAS and the like, for a mediocre review.
Peace, Warren Hirshfield
if you look at my last review of the Ortho Spectrum Musicalizer, I'd hardly call that a positive review. And guess what? This is an advertiser with multiple ads on the site. I always call things the way I see/hear 'em and it's rare to come across something that performs poorly anymore, especially when you're careful about what you requisition for in the first place.
Do reviews get pulled? Never. The Sophia Electric review stayed even though the piece was recalled. It's thus not a full review, but I made it clear the unit didn't perform very well.
Anyway, you're free to think as you please. The fact is, doing what I do is an enormous amount of work, more than you can appreciate unless you actually do it. If you look at the amount of quality content I produce personally every month, it's probably more than any other audio writer in the world - with the exception of the king, Ken Kessler.
Someone's gonna have to pay for it. It's turned into a full-time gig now. As you'll see, my June Industry Features will take a poll on a subscription-based model whereby 6moons would transition into a reader-sponsored site. Will the readers support me when it comes down to it? That remains to be seen. It would certainly be a dream come true.
I can certainly appreciate your sentiments, too. This whole traditional ad-sponsored way of running publications has been a personal bone of contention for years. I did 6moons without any recompense for a long time, working a full-time job in parallel. I eventually could no longer do it.
Incidentally, what is a mediocre review? Reviewing something at $1,200 that performs as well as something I personally own at $2000 and saying so openly - isn't that a mediocre "review" of the $2,000 component? Saying that the modified Shanling T-100 at $2,500 came scarily close to my $10,000 Zanden DAC - isn't that, by implication, qualifying the Zanden? All you have to do is put 1 + 1 together and you'll find that I make many comparative statements that call a spade a spade.
Anyways - manufacturers do get to see the reviews before they publish so they can write a reply if they so chose. Does anything get changed? Hell no - unless I made factual mistakes. Look at the Coincident Technology Victory review. It's the only one in print that complained about their treble performance and was highly critical of the inherent tonal balance. Naturally, Israel Blume chose not to list it on his website. He picked all the "good ones". But there it is, right on my site. Ditto for the Artistic Audio Vacuum Reference cables - I liked their performance but felt you could achieve the same for 1/5th the price.
So intimating that I only write "glowing" reviews is not factual by any stretch of the imagination.
Thanks for your thoughtful, insightful and timely response. I do appreciate the time and quality of your reviews. Perhaps I was a little too hasty in my remarks. I will continue to read you and your compatriots. I realize, now, that you, certainly, requisition carefully and thoughtfully. I apologize, for what, now, were ignorant comments. I value your opinions/ reviews. Even more so, after this little tete-a-tete.
P.S. Put the Audio Aero Prima CDP on your list. It's one of the best sounding CD players out there, for twice the price. The Cairn Fog can't go one round with this baby.
I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful review on the Cairn Fog v2.0 CD player. After reading your review, I went out and purchased this unit. Now I know what my system was lacking. The Fog II has made the music sound so much smoother than my old Classe CDP.3 player that I used to own.
When I first got the Fog II, it arrived D.O.A. That was frustrating since I had been waiting a month for the dealer to get this unit in stock. The unit was not reading any CDs that were being put in the tray. The second unit has been working great and it only has around fifteen hours of use on it. I'm also using the Fog II with balanced connections as recommended from your article. My system is as follows,
Proac 3.8 Response Speaker
Audio Research VT 100 MK II Amplifier
Audio Research Reference 1 Pre-Amp
Cairn Fog II CD Player
Mit interconnect cables and a small company called Signal Cable for the power cords
So this e-mail is to thank you for your knowledge and making my system sound better. And for the price of this CD player, I am smiling all the way to the bank.
Your review of Oriental Voyage is full of emotion! It's incredible... As if you were with us, during the recording. The words you used in the review went directly to my heart .
I hope I will come to the States to play the music I compose and maybe have the opportunity to meet!
You have given us a wonderful & comprehensive review of Walker Audio's Velocitor. There are two other power conditioners using the same QRT technology from Quantum Products: Quantum's own RT800 & Combak/Harmonix's Reimyo ALS-777.
It would be most interesting if you can arrange a shoot-out to compare the three of them!
Thank you. Best Regards,
Your new place in Arroyo Seco looks wonderful! I hope you get your soundstage depth back! :-)
I'm sure you receive lots of email, so it's unlikely you would remember me out of so many contacts, but we have corresponded in the past when I became an early adopter of the Audio Magic Stealth power conditioner (which I still love) partly due to your recommendation of it.
I'm writing today for two reasons, since I probably wouldn't write if there were only one. In your web page describing Arroyo Seco, you invite audiophiles to visit if they are in the area. Having moved to Arizona from Boston about a month ago, this could conceivably happen. So, I'm writing to let you know that I might be in your area someday, in hopes of coordinating a visit date which will work for both of us, possibly in the "6 months to a year from now" timeframe.
The other reason I'm writing is I'm excited to see that your exacting ears and writing skills will soon be applied to the Ortho Spectrum ML-206 Musicalizer. I just did a search at audioasylum.com, and I'm still the only person who has posted any information about them there, pretty surprising since they've been available for over a year now. Anyway, I'll be quite interested to read what you have to say about them. You've been my "most trusted" reviewer for a long time. I trust my own ears, and they do like the Musicalizer(s) a lot, as did the crew at stereotimes.com, but it's always nice to read more opinions.
It's great to see 6moons.com florishing.
The most awkward means are adequate to the communication of authentic experience, and the finest words no compensation for lack of it.
- Ananda K. Coomaraswamy -
Mr. Gil's response to my standing invite is the third in the last two weeks. Keep it coming. Unlike other reviewers who'd rather not have their readers look over their shoulders, I welcome any such opportunities - to learn and to share. And if I may say so, Taos is rather the place to visit. Even short impromptu notices are fine - being home-based and committed to regular content updates, yours truly is no longer on the roads as in his earlier incarnation as traveling sales manager. Though an invite to Spain, from fellow Flamenco enthusiast Javier in Seville, might weaken that resolve. Attending a Flamenco competition or juerga in the caves of Sacromonte would, sorry to say, take precedent over penning a hardware review.
First of all, your site deserves an award for being not only minimalist but beautiful. It's also easy to navigate - a breath of fresh air compared to some over the top graphic wonder sites. Thanks again for your help, your wonderful site, and your great reviews.
Your almost audiophile friend, Cliff Harker
Hi Mr. Ebaen,
Im really impressed by the fact that a non-Spanish person has been able to understand the greatness of flamenco music as well as other kinds of "world" music. I thought (real, not "pseudo" mixtures) flamenco was completely unnoticed out of Spain, except maybe in Japan, where they love not only Spanish music but also food (have you ever tasted Jamon Iberico or "Iberic Ham"?).
Congratulations also for your great reviews and a very good site, graphically and in contents. I particularly like your article on the Unico Integrated, which I also feel is a special piece of gear and I hope to buy when I manage to gather some euros.
Keep on with you great work and thanks for amusing us. Let me know if you ever come to the south of Spain.
Javier Guillén, Sevilla, Spain
Just wanted to say hi and congrats for moving into what looks like a beautiful place. On the motto "only change doesn't change" I'd like to send you a sonnet by a known Portuguese poet:
Mudam-se os tempos, mudam-se as vontades,
muda-se o ser, muda-se a confiança;
todo o mundo é composto de mudança,
tomando sempre novas qualidades.
Continuamente vemos novidades,
diferentes em tudo da esperança;
do mal ficam as mágoas na lembrança,
e do bem (se algum houve), as saudades.
O tempo cobre o chão de verde manto,
que já coberto foi de neve fria,
e, em mim, converte em choro o doce canto.
E, afora este mudar-se cada dia,
outra mudança faz de mor espanto,
que não se muda já como soía.
The times change, the minds change,
The being changes, trust changes;
The whole world is made of change,
Always taking up new qualities.
Every time we see new things
Quite different from expectation;
Evil leaves sorrow in our memories
And good (if any) leaves us longing.
Time covers with a green mantle the earth
That once was covered with cold snow,
And turns my sweet song into weeping.
And beyond this everyday change,
Another is made with great awe
That it doesn’t change as it used to be.
Luís de Camões (152?- 1580)
Excuse me for my ragged translation. Best wishes,
For some unknown reason, I just read your review on the Shigaraki system. I do not know the amp and the speakers but I do own and use the transport and DAC - I use it as a double DAC (one transport and 2 dacs one for each channel - just sounds better). I completely agree with your characterisation of the sound in normal mode. In double dac mode, it just gets better in all respects. But this is not what I write to tell you about.
Did you even consider that the DAC may be inverting phase when used normal? I think it does and the reversing of the phase makes a HUGE diff to the sound. Depending on your system you may or may not like it. Try it. And tell your readers if you notice a diff.
Dear Mr. Ebaen,
I read your review of the Coincident Victory speakers, and may I congratulate you for hearing, and telling it, like it is. Having read other "glowing" reviews, yours was very different. I have owned the Victory's for some time, and despite my best efforts, have failed to get the rich, warm sound I know my system is capable of.
The tonal balance of the Victory's may well suit slow, treble-challenged SET amps, but I will soon be bidding them "adieu".
That said, I hope that you keep up the great work on your website, I thoroughly enjoy your elegant writing and incisive views.
All the best,
Jovy Estella, Manila, the Philippines
Your review of the Zanden was quite a good read. I have been fighting with myself over the exact nature of how to describe its qualities since they're so very different from anything I've owned or heard. I first visited Singapore back in 2000 and heard all the Zanden product so I'm keenly aware of what they've accomplished. I also own the Model 5000 and I must admit your review hit the proverbial 'nail on the head' with as accurate descriptive as I've read of a component.
Hat's off to you. Regards,
Clement Perry, Publisher, The Stereo Times
I've been a fan of your writings for some time now (from Enjoy the Music, SoundStage, etc.) and I enjoyed your recent assessment of the Zanden DAC. I have had particularly good experience with Zanden, especially right from the start when both Yamada-san from Osaka and Kitazawa-san from the Singpaore world-wide distributor office personally came all the way to Korea to deliver my DAC. I still keep in touch and visit Kitazawa-san whenever I swing by Singapore.
I was surprised to read that your new assessment of the Shanling T100 Mod "has bested" your Zanden DAC. It certainly has its merits particularly on the "value" front. Then again, there are those who would opt for a BMW 760 which has the same(?) six-litre engine as the BMW-owned new Rolls Royce Phantom -- little bits and little vanities also seem to comprise the overal package for the subtlest differences.
I also wanted to let you know that a bit of tube rolling has raised the presentation a notch with my Zanden dac. I have used both the Valvo 7308 (1964 date series) and an Amperex Holland PQ 7308 (1959) and found them to be marvellous in conveying more of the sonic capabilities of the Zanden to suit my preferrences. I realize the tube issue is a bit sensitive, as designers usually intend to gear a presentation with that particularly tube being used. But I did find these tubes to be something special and I hope you get to reassess the Zanden outfitted with these tubes -- it really is amazing and quite difficult (and futile?) to try to convey in words here.
I also liked your use of the peach metaphor; I myself used a "fuzzy" peach skin metaphor for describing the delicate details and textures in Zanden's "testimonials" section when I received my Model 5000 many months back.
Looking forward to more of your reviews.
Dear Mr. Srajan Ebaen,
I love to read your reviews. Colorful but insightful and willing to call a spade a spade. A rarity indeed.
By the way, you should think about doing a paid portion of your site. I think you have the right gear and people might pay to hear honest opinions about gear unlike the drivel shelled out at Stereotimes. I used to subscribe to BoundForSound but MGD usually reviewed very boutique and specialized gear (aka Sierra Denali and Majeel Pristine). Plus, his agenda is not aligned with mine sonically, I think. He hates SETs and horns. While not a horn person (yet? very hard to listen to horns. No dealers.) I do love the Art Audio stuff. Really floats my boat.
Dear Mr. Srajan Ebaen,
I own a small home-based, high-end audio establishment in North Jersey and am in the process of adding more links to my website. I only choose websites with exceptional characteristics that unveil at least one more frequency for the ears of music lovers. I am seeking your approval to add your website url to my links. Here is a link to my website: www.hifilogic.com.
Thank you and your urgent reply will be very much appreciated. You do have a very cool site. Do you personally review all that equipment?
I just clicked on and read the review of the AA vacuum IC. You are to be congratulated for telling it like it is!!! Too many reviewers are too shy to do this. We need someone with your integrity in this business. I sold all my Valhalla and now use all the Audience products. Put them in, they sound musical, end of story. Except Peter Q. of Audio Note sent me some of his Sogon IC's($2250/meter) They truly are out of this world by a long shot. I'm waiting for the Diva review. How is this amp?
Hope you are well. I'm off the Basel to show my watches.
Hi there, Srajan -
First of all, I have to let you know how much I'm enjoying your "6Moons" website - way cool! I check it frequently, always eager for the next review. (One of the great advantages of an e-zine, I think, is that much more in-depth articles are possible than with a print magazine - much like news coverage on radio vs coverage on TV).
I've been following with great interest your recent thoughts on speaker isolation, and was hoping to obtain your advice. I have a pair of Linn Espek floorstanders, situated on a thickly-carpeted floor. Even with their optional bases installed, the speakers are fairly light - about 60lbs each. Each speaker's footprint, including the base, measures about 10" wide and 16" deep.
I began with no spikes - just the speakers resting on the carpet - and experienced the boomy bass effect you describe. I then attempted to spike the speakers to the floor, but the speakers are simply not heavy enough to exert sufficient downward pressure through the carpet to maintain contact with the subfloor. So, I'm still in limbo - the speakers are neither coupled to, nor decoupled from, the floor! (Even without the spikes, I was feeling bass vibrations, through the floor, at my listening position.)
I was therefore thinking about using either the Grand Prix "Apex" footers or Musse Audio "PureMagic" boards, between the speakers and the carpet, and was wondering if you could provide any guidance, based on your experience and the data I've outlined.
Thanks so much for your help!
While searching Google for items about Pearl Django, I encountered your review of Under Paris Skies and was very impressed. The reviewer is to be thanked and congratulated for the praise and wonderful writing style. Perhaps we could talk to you (the reviewer) about using your services in the future (liner notes or press release or something?).
Modern Hot Records & Pearl Django
(206) 932-1448 Fax: 206-932-4534
First off, let me add my voice to the chorus of congratulation on your site. It looks great and the writing is excellent. I am very new to audiophilia -- just started looking into high end equipment about a month ago (now that I can afford [some of] it)-- but I've been a lifelong music lover. It's wonderful to find a community of people so committed to high quality. I've thought over the past weeks that audiophilia is, happily and perhaps unsurprisingly, the most philosophical of hobbies, touching on aspects of epistemology, ethics, even ontology, in addition to maintaining rigorous debates on all of the important aspects of aesthetics. Your's is the most philosophical site I've come across. All the reviews bring a lot more to the table than mere technical analysis, and you manage to maintain a great sense of humor -- a very tough balancing act...
Dear Mr. Ebaen,
First, I wanted to congratulate you on your very innovative site. In addition to your usual flair with the written word and insightful perspective on the world and equipment of audio, your site incorporates a very visually appealing design that, to my humble opinion, is quite complimentary to the personality you project in your articles. Although my audio enthusiasm is restricted by budgetary requirements such that I can only dream of owning the majority of the equipment you review, I have started to regularly visit your site for the entertainment and educational value. The directly relevant benefit I do gain from visiting your site is further enlightenment into the process of maximizing the enjoyment of the equipment I have and the improvement I will gain with my incremental future upgrades...
I wish you the greatest success with your website, and look forward to your future articles and reviews.
Terry Aben, Senior Engineer
Dear Mr. Srajan Ebaen:
I have been reading your great reviews ever since a very good audiophile friend of mine from Puerto Rico mentioned your site. It has helped me a lot in choosing some pieces for my own system.
Greetings Srajan -
Wow - I just came across your site tonight via a link from Audiogon. I must say - very refreshing. Not only is the site one of the nicer looking websites, period - but I felt "involved" with the products after reading the reviews, expanding my insight into what's available. Additionally, your reports on CES were the only reports I have read that actually make sense.
Sites such as yours are so important to myself and I'm sure other readers because they are really the only source to understanding what goes on in this "hobby" we are all so obsessed with. A site like this is needed since our local dealers only provide a tiny window into what possibilities are available to our ears.
Thanks and I look forward to reading the site every week -
Matt Thomas / New York City
Hello there Mr. Srajan,
I was referred to your website by a good friend of mine. I admire your passion becasue I feel at times that there are so few of us. It excites me just to be able to talk to anyone who has the same interest in this hobby. Even though there are many audiophiles, only a small portion of them are pure music lovers as opposed to "gear heads". I am hi-fi salesman. I have been selling hi-end equipment for about 3 years now. The music pulled me into hi-fi, not to mention my father, uncle and friend who have been audiophiles for over 30 years. This year is my father's 31st year in this business!
I am one of those guys who spends large amounts of money on as much oftware as possible. I socialize with reviewers but often find that all they recommend is that certain product of the month...
OK. So at the end of your 47 Labs integrated amp review you relegated your YBA Integre to Isle of Elbe, to spend eternity monitoring the copying of discs for other amplifiers to play. Ouch! I wondered why you put the French kit so close to the computer when you gave us the tour of your house. Now I know.
As an owner of the Audio Refinement Complete integrated amp and CD player, which you favorably reviewed many moons ago, I was surprised. Not so much in the opinions you've expressed, because you have discussed the way your tastes in "what sounds musical" have developed over the years, but in how my ego felt. I didn't realize that I had developed an audiophile ego! It has been a little over a year since I took the plunge and bought my first system, and it hasn't stopped making music in my home. I have had a few nervous moments when I've invited friends over to listen, but none of my friends who have "audiophile" systems have complained about the reticent bass, the dry detail, or the fact that some recordings don't get up and dance like a free-range chicken. Maybe they were being polite. Maybe they couldn't hear it. Maybe their own audiophile egos felt justified. At least they were polite.
So, bruised ego in my breast pocket, my next step is to reaffirm what I'm listening for, and how I think music should sound. Yes, it's time to tweak and upgrade. I like the ideas presented in your column, and I've even heard a friend's system that was very lively and exciting to listen to, without sounding tubby in the bass, hyper-detailed, digitally harsh, or like "Safe sex - over the phone." He's a DIYer and has been selling a tubed preamp design over the Internet, so I may take yet another plunge.
As far as my ego's concerned, I'll get over it. I've enjoyed your reviews too much to let my audiophile ego get in the way! I'm not giving up my Complete equipment, although my wife may yet have her wish to have the "good system" downstairs where everyone can enjoy it. Have you noticed how women seem to respond to a smooth midrange, subtle details, and non-fatiguing highs?
Congratulations on a fine website. You seem to have captured the essence of musical enjoyment in the quest for audio nirvana in your latest project, 6moons.
Director of Marketing / US Sales
Coda Technologies and Continuum Electronics
Thanks for creating and maintaining an excellent website for audio enthusiasts. Your review of the Devore Gibbon 8 was truly excellent, and the photos in that and all your component features are terrific. Now that The Listener is no longer with us, I feel there are very few high quality places to go to read well-written and accurate equipment reviews. Six Moons is my number one choice. Keep up the good work. I will be following this site closely and enthusiastically in the future. You are a very big asset to our community.
I was delighted to read your complete and careful Shigaraki transport/dac review - you went about it exactly as I would have hoped and I'm really looking forward to the following segments. I suppose my interest is more than casual since I recently added the Essence to a full Shigaraki system but I found that your characterization of the transport/dac sound was
extremely accurate - especially the way in which the combo presented background microdetails and bite. I do occasionally miss the ferocity (never inappropriate) of my old and now departed EMC-1 on some guitar blues and Bartok quartets but found that the dynamics and punch of the Shig. amp reduced those concerns after a while. Great review, great site, I can't
wait to read more!
I, like a lot of your readers have more or less stumbled upon your site when doing basic research on a piece of equipment that interests me ( in this case the Jolida JD-100). Again, like many others, I had recognized that I had read some of your reviews in the past in various publications. I must confess, I do not normally recognize or make a note of the author on most of the reviews I read on equipment. By that statement, I also mean that I do not give more weight to one reviewer's comments or impressions than another. But I will say that I find your style at least more entertaining than others and appreciate the extra effort you must put in to relate your personal observations with such eloquence. I most appreciate that you do not subscribe to the theory that there's only one correct way to set up or even listen to a system - and ultimately (I presume) you would say that as long as you're getting musical enjoyment, who cares how it happens.
I have wandered in and out of the hi-fi game more or less since my early teens when I got hooked by listening to Deodato's Prelude while my buddies were listening to Nazareth (don't worry, I've got those albums also.) But what I found out is that with a bit more care in the selection of my equipment, I could find enjoyment from all sorts of musical styles, be it rock, pop, jazz, opera, Broadway, even country. With good equipment, there was something in all music that I found enjoyable. By wandering "in and out", I mean that it was not a full-time obsession to continuously tweak my system. I would put a tremendous amount of time and effort to put together what I enjoyed listening to at the time, and then I would concentrate on getting some tunes and the equipment became secondary. Usually there was a large hiatus between my need to buy new equipment, but I've also hung onto everything I have ever bought, and all my systems still sound great to me for their own reasons.
So here I am again, putting together a system for a new listening room in my renovated home. At this stage of my life, I am playing more soothing music, be it jazz or orchestral or chamber. Again to be fair, what I call soothing my kids call boring. What I'm looking for now is relaxation, but with some semblance of tonal accuracy, space, decay, timing resolution. I do not feel that these are in contrast to relaxation. Again, I am finding that with a little (my wife says a lot) of extra effort and research, I can find equipment that allows me to approach those ideals that I find important in my musical enjoyment. I also have found that if I drag her to the listening sessions, she gets into it as well.
I guess in a long-winded fashion, that's what I've come to realize about your site. You're not trying to shove a doctrine down my throat. Now I recognize that we are all individuals with free will, and no one has to enact what they have been sermoned, but what amazes me is the number of people who do more or less just that by asking specifically what product should I buy " X" or "Y", because of what the "reviewer" enjoys versus what they themselves enjoy. It's as if they cannot discern for themselves what pleases them. Or even more disappointingly, that there is a politically correct way to play or listen to the music ( e.g. using a multi-disc CD source without an out-board DAC, egads!). Now in all fairness, there will be some circumstances when it is impossible for an audition of equipment, and that's where the review is really the only source of unbiased (what !) info. My take on this circumstance would be to get as many points of view as possible, and then make sure there are return privileges on any purchase, because " your results may vary".
I applaud you for trying to educate the public at large that there really is no correct style, method or doctrine about how to personally enjoy music. (Please note that the only exception to this rule is when your wife or kids tell you to turn down the d**m music).
P.S. From now on I will make a point of reading your reviews whether the product interests me or not.
P.P.S. I am extremely anxious to read your take on the Shanling T-100 with the PartsConnexions mods. I've talked to Chris about the Jolida and he's also really pumped on the Shanling. Should I buy it? ( Just kidding).
Another great note that shows how more and more 6mooners "get it" - yes, this is exactly what we're trying to do here: Educate a bit; entertain in a fun style with what otherwise would be mere "test scores"; be tactfully cognizant of the fact that different things appeal to different people; and remind ourselves and the readers that in the end, reviews are just opinions. Yeah, perhaps rendered by "experts" who are called thus only because they have more -- and more regular -- exposure to a wide variety of gear than most consumers - but still, mere opinions. And last but not least, to remember that all this is s'pposed to be fun, not serious agony, hence it's okay to write as though it were fun (which, to this writer, it bloody well better be or else why bother?) So John, thanks for your note. With this type of clear-headed open-eyed attitude, reading reviews becomes fun - no longer something one takes darn serious, just something through which to stay in touch with this hobby of ours. Saludos! Srajan
Over the past several months I've very much come to appreciate your web site. Thank you. One product you reviewed caught my attention and I auditioned it myself - the Birdland Odeon AG. It pleased me very much. I eliminated my preamp, so a DAC with quality, analog volume was critical for my system's success...
Thank you again for you site and I will appreciate any advice you have to offer.
I won't take up much of our time, but I did want to compliment you on your website, and in particular on your recent self-interview. I believe that perception isn't just important in audio - it's everything! In order for someone to effectively communicate with others on something as emotional as music, they need to have an idea of what you like, why, etc. I get a kick out of people who post messages on the various asylums asking for "...the best (speaker, amp, etc) for $(blank)". There is no possible way to answer that question without knowing a whole lot about the likes/dislikes/rooms/other components/favorite music/etc of both parties.
Anyway, I do appreciate learning a bit more about your preferences and biases...
Thanks a lot,
Hello Mr. Ebaen,
A very stylish site with great content! Thank you for the pleasure of your opinions...
First some groveling. I love your site. It's so refreshing to read about equipment by somebody who loves what he does. The other site I like is Positive Feedback by David Robinson. Anyway...
Thanks for your efforts.
I feel compelled to write to you about my audio musings, if only for the reason I feel you probably share the same opinions. More than any other minstrel of audio publications, you have made clear your sonic priorities, which helps to ground your reviews and put them in perspective. Too often in these publications, there are either so many different authors that you have no chance of remembering what their priorities are, or they never state them at all, leaving the reader to tread water in a sea of diction that may hold, in actuality, little value. We're all getting tired, and some of us are drowning. So this is, in part, a plea to keep your site small, and not to try and take on too much. While I know some have complained about having to wait for your reviews, the value of your site is, indeed, its more intimate scale. I'm a patient man. I can wait.
A recent comment from my roommate set me to thinking. We were watching TV one night, flipping through the channels only to find we wanted to flip faster. There was nothing on. "We could put on a record", I suggested. "Naw", he said, "I need visual stimulation." That comment made me realize that while he claims to be a music lover, I don't think he's ever "listened" to his music. Oh sure, he's "heard" it. He knows every word on his albums, but he's never listened intently to his music without distractions. He only "hears" his music when he's driving, or cleaning his room, or reading, or eating dinner. He in no way claims to be an audiophile (the best system he owns is the factory stereo in his car). He doesn't quite understand why I am always bringing new gear home, or trying out new cables. This is in no way an attack on my roommate's character, but I think he personifies how Americans "hear" music, and its role in their lives.
Until a year ago, I was exactly the same. I was introduced to audio a long time ago by my father, who has been an audiophile for years. In my teenage and college years there were always copies of "Stereophile" laying around, and he brought me to the local hi-end stores. I never really understood what the hobby was about then. It wasn't until it was time for me to upgrade the speakers in my system that I began to understand, and started listening...and reading. I started reading many of the online publications, including the articles you wrote before this site was up. I also bought Robert Harley's "The Complete Guide to Hi End Audio". Reading all of this taught me how to listen, and I'm not only talking about "hearing" differences in equipment, but listening to the emotion of recorded music. As a result of this new appreciation I found my tastes broadening into genres I'd never traversed. I'm guessing that most music lovers have gone through a similar transition, although the catalyst might be something completely different. So I would like to personally thank you for helping to shape my new passion for music.
When my roommate moves out, he will take his TV with him. He can have it. I've got my music!
Your faithful reader,
This note just made my day! I don't give a hoot what music Drew listens to, or over which system. None of that matters because he clearly gets it. Now I must personally thank him for making me feel that our efforts here don't breed more audiophiles but point at the core of this hobby in a way that, despite the sea of diction, becomes traversable to see the light. Letters like this make it more worth it than I can say... Cheers to Drew and all you other music fiends out there! You're not alone...
Regarding the growth of 6moons, not to worry. It'll always remain about quality, not quantity. I'm interested to add "dissenting" voices that come from a similar background of experience, strong convictions and entertaining prose. But the arbiter will always remain the direct link to the musical passion. Srajan
I mentioned to SoundStage! and EnjoyTheMusic that I thought yours was the best CES 2003 coverage...
Chief Scientist, Wavelength Audio
I have to write to you and tell you how much a relief it was to read your 2003 CES report.
I've read reports from Soundstage, EnjoyTheMusic, Audio Asylum, Positive-Feedback, etc. and they almost made me start to doubt my ability to hear.
However, it was SUCH a great relief to find that there is finally one reputable person that heard almost exactly the same things as I did. I visited many rooms you didn't mention, but about 80% of the rooms you did. And among them the only room that I can't agree with you was 47Lab. For whatever reasons both my friend and I tried to like them but couldn't.
Well, maybe also on Avantgarde Duo that I thought sounded so-so compared to the Trio in San Remo.
Did you visit the Trio room? It was my favorite suite in LV (the Edge system with smaller amps and home-brew speakers --
definitely not Wisdom -- was the 2nd. Just wonder if you are associated with any audio company now? I know you were with Mesa, Meadowlark, Soliloquy...
Best regards and enjoy the music!
My contract work for Soliloquy will come to an end as of March 1 of this year. Srajan
we have missed each other somehow in the sea of CES attendees. Not completely a surprise as there was so much to see and hear in so few days. First we had to cover the LVCC halls with all the boomboxes, cell phones (now even disposable!), computers, hamburgers, copiers and a very limited amount of good sounding audio. Even the Linn demo with the very promising high end universal Ultradisk player sounded, uh, didn't. And it was not the player! The trend we found the most intriguing is Digital Right Management. This implies in Microsoft's eyes the addition of an extra layer on Redbook CDs and DVDs that will prevent copying the disk. Next step is content -- audio, video -- protected by a form of DRM and streamed in via Internet. The latter was demonstrated by RealNetworks. How about watching your favorite 5.1 DVD on a palmtop with a wireless connection (WiFi 802.11) and using a Dolby Virtual surround headphone? Of course you have to pay per
In one of the enormous LVCC halls many Asian Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) displayed their goods. And there the shells fall off your eyes. Your big bucks fist-thick impressive looking cable is available for a dollar a foot and can be delivered with your name on it. Need fancy speaker drivers? This is the place. Even a B&W Nautulis - the snakeshell
model - was on display, but made by ... No pictures please!
Next trend we noticed was integration. More and more Home Theater In a Box (HTIB) are marketed thanks to digital amplification. No more heat problems when six or more channels are put in a small package. Next year these HTIBs will probably all have universal player capabilities which ends the format war nicely. It is to be expected that the high end soon will follow with universal players of top quality, and hopefully with a little LCD screen for the <include bad language> setup of DVD-A.
Doing the San Remo and Alexis Park tour, we noticed the penatration of SACD. Many rooms sported just as many different players and now that Sony is stepping back from its SACD-only format and embraces the hybrid format, music lovers are not limited any more. The Stones re-issues don't even mention SACD on the cover, only inside. (buy them all!)
The best sounding room was a tip of Bob Visintainer. We discussed with him some placement options for our Duos and he had heard the The Havilland room with their amps and Alon Lotus Signature speakers. Here the speakers were placed diagonal and that worked.
Most interesting room was Ray Kimber's where he played his DSD tapes (!) with his IsoMike recordings. He used a large heart-shaped baffle, high up in the concert hall with one microphone on each side. Using this way of recording prevents cross-contamination between the two channels. And the result is amazing. Playing the tapes through speakers with his Di-aural crossovers, it seemed we were sitting on a high row in the concert hall. Ray gave us a CD copy and we used it at several occasions.
In the Avantgarde room we met Arnun who told us about Mattias and how lucky he was twice. First inhaling the fumes from the exploding pi5 capacitors - the pi5 was set to 110 volt and plugged in 240... - and then his luck that someone found him soon enough after his fall. For us hollow staters the amp sounded very promising and we wish to audition one of the production models soon.
Full with impressions and tons of brochures and a few GB of pictures we chilled down a few days in San Fran (bought the Miles 'Montreux' box - stunning) before going to New York where we had an appointment with Bob Visintainer. And there we had the time of our life. We heard Trios before but never in this configuration. The Basshorn in Bob's setup blended completely with the other horns. He has put his Basshorns behind the Trios and not in between. And also his 'tweak' of having the mid horn on the inside of the setup and the high horns on the outside makes the soundstage very realistic. Never heard the Beatles this way. And talking with Bob about life, music, business, more life and more music is great with the
Avantgardes playing in the background.
In this sort situations we miss Dr. Gizmo, Harvey Rosenberg, he would have liked all this. And yes, all good people die young.
Music and Peace,
Dr. Henk 'Longbeard' Boot and Marja Vanderloo
I wanted to let you know I enjoyed your site so much I put it on my store's website as a recommended link.
Sergei Shinder, yana-online.com
Hope you had a great New Year so far. Thank you so much for replying to my queries so quickly. You have no clue how much I appreciate this. I've been agonizing over my audio upgrade plan for the past 6 months. Having read every article in What Hi-Fi?, Hi-Fi News, Hi Fi +, Hi Fi Choice, Home Entertainment, T3, Stereophile, TAS in the last 6 months in addition to devouring AudiogoN and Audio Asylum for information left me more confused than resolved until your recommendation arrived via email.
Your recommendation is the most sane and down-to-earth audio advice I've received from anyone. Not having good dealers in my area does not help matters...
Chris M. Nguyen
May I say you are absolutely my favorite audio reviewer and I thoroughly enjoy your writing. You are quite adept at conveying the "feel" of the equipment rather than being purely scientific in your approach. Your analogies are always colorful and effective.
Greetings and happy New Year. Thank you for the informative and interesting reviews. I particularly enjoyed the one about HMS Elektroniks. What really interested me the most was their power cord. This particular item is a possible giant killer. It does its own power filtering (is this the same as power conditioning ?) and surge protection which can help save hundreds of dollars. Now the only question that remains is, can it play with the big boys. If you have any info on its performance compared to other cords and power conditioners please let me know because I am seriously considering purchasing it.
All the best,
In my late February follow-up review, I will systematically report on the individual contributions of the HMS Cables, from interconnects and speaker cable to powercords, while exploring the effects of their adjustable features in a variety of system contexts. Srajan
I enjoyed reading your latest 'Auroville' column [in Positive Feedback Online - Ed.} on listening habits and psychology. I thought of myself a few times while reading it, especially as I'm one of those who turn on my audio system right away, but then leave it in the background while I surf the web, etc. This is not ideal listening, and thanks to your column I'll try to devote a bit more time and a bit more conscious awareness to some future listening sessions.
I'm reminded of Swami Vivekananda, who was said to emphasize quality over quantity as an approach to spiritual self-development. Are you familiar with him? I have a hunch you may be, based on the name of your column (Auroville = a spiritual community in India).
I've been reading your audio articles with enthusiasm and always think that you give a well-rounded review of the components under consideration. Another observation I have is you must love what you do because you often write your review with great excitement. 6moons.com is also a wonderful site...
Dear Mr. Ebaen,
Congratulations for your new 6moons website. Since it's finally yours, I hope we'll stop chasing you from one site to another. I read you since you began with Soundstage a few years ago.
I particularly like the way you develop the review of a new piece of equipment. It's informative and enjoyable. Like the sound of good pieces of audio gear, your reviews have detail, weight, good imaging and depth.
I've just finished reading your review of the Unico Unison integrated. Wow! What a piece of equipment! But what a review too! One question remains, though. Sam Tellig told that the Unison sounded better if the protection circuit was deactivated. Did you try it that way, or all your listening was done with it fully operating?
Keep up the good work.
All listening to the Unico was done with the protection jumpers set to bypass after a initial A/B suggested that, while subtle, deactivating protection sounded better. Incidentally, my unit came without phonostage since I don't do vinyl. Hence no comments on the performance of this option. Srajan
I love your style of reviewing, and have enjoyed every one I've read. Kudos also to your fine web-site...
Thank you sincerely,
Lawrence Samoyloff (fellow music lover)
I would like to add my voice to the growing family of music lovers and friends that have luckily found your website and enjoy your highly disciplined, enlightened and entertaining (in the best sense possible) impressions of audio gear. I am a professional designer (I also teach design at Parson School of Design in NYC) and I am equally impressed with the look and feel of your site; a very nicely organized, highly sophisticated and playful (again, in the best sense possible) use of typography, shapes and space, that echo music¹s own inner dialogue and formal language.
May I humbly ask a favor from you. My wife and I love music with a rare intensity. We often end our day with listening sessions that go as far into the night as our busy schedule permits. I am currently searching for an amp for my home audio system. Although your metaphorical descriptions of the upper, middle and low frequencies are impeccable, I wonder if you could discuss how violin strings sound on whatever amp you are reviewing. Several amps I have recently auditioned at home do many things well, but have a bit of trouble rendering strings with transparency and that illusive sense of the real, sounding instead edgy and even harsh at times. That would give me, and perhaps many of our audio friends that enjoy your writing, a good idea as to how an amp resolves this difficult instrument.
Again, thanks for your wonderful hard work and artful writing.
thank you for your good looking, quick, informative and very entertaining site. We spent some hours reading through it and really enjoyed it.
Especially the interviews with Jim Smith and Riccardo Kron are revealing - and not only as proud owners of DUOS and Audio Note gear with KR tubes onboard. If you like you can check here for our own report on the arrival of the DUOS.
In a couple of days we will be heading for CES and due to your visit of Bob Visintainer's make a stop-over in NYC to take a look/hear ourselves.
Wishing you a very happy, healthy and peaceful 2003 with lots of music,
Dr. Henk 'Longbeard' Boot and Marja Vanderloo, Benelux Triode Guild
I very much enjoyed your site, which was recommended by a posting in www.diyaudio.com. I wish you a long and happy career as an internet auteur.
I see on your coming attraction's list that you've got the Lindemann SACD player in your queue. I splurged and bought one a couple of weeks ago. As it has broken in, I've been appropriately amazed. I never thought the humble old Red Book standard had such glory in it. All of Christian's ravings (for which he has been roundly pummeled on Audio Asylum and Audiogon) are true. My most immediate comparison has been an Accuphase DP90/ Chord DAC64 combo. Not chopped liver, but not in this league either. I look forward to your review.
Sir!! I am a Canadian and want to tell you how much I appreciate your site! it's very different from all the other ones. You take the time to do a full review, no cut corners. I like the interviews the most! Keep up the good work! By the way ,I like horns very much (Avantgarde, Acapella).
Guy La Rue
P.S. Have you had a chance to listen to the Acapella horns? They are excellent! [No, I've heard of 'em but not listened to them yet. Perhaps one of these days... Srajan]
Congratulations. Excellent web pages. As a man/person with European cultural and educational background, and, in addition, 6 personal planets ( 5 + Sun I think ) in Aquarius, I presume you could be interested in new, European audio technology and manufacturers of audio equipment.
Thus I should suggest you check out Acoustic Reality from Denmark. Their web pages are in English too, and an interesting review of their amp in High Fidelity audio publication from Denmark and Sweden is included.
I think that Peter Thomsen of Acoustic Reality is trying to find a reviewer for his devices in the US.
The same technology (IcePower of B&O from Denmark) is used by Jeff Rowland Design, but with prices 6 to 10 times higher (series 300).
It would be very interesting to see and read your subjective review of AReality amps, or maybe speakers too, particularly as you are an admirer of the "digital" BelCanto amplifiers. Perhaps you and Thomsen could make an arrangement?
Nebojsa Lalic, Croatia
Your reviews are truly a delight to read. I visit 6moons almost daily to see if a new review has been posted. But I have to say that your public - at least this member of it - has a hard time waiting!
Could you, would you, PLEASE GET 'EM OUT A LITTLE FASTER? I take it that you do something else from 9 to 5. But what about from 7-11 pm? And then there's the weekends. :)
You obviously put a lot of time into your writing; I suppose that's why the reviews are worth the wait. I'd be surprised if you're not developing a "cult" following with the "it's-not-just-what-you-write-but-how-you-write-it" crowd.
I'll keep visiting if you keep writing. But please, don't make us wait so long!
PS. - Your review of the Jolida and your own Cairn CD-player were greatly appreciated. There seems to be a fairly large group of audiophiles (judging from audioasylum and other sites), including yours truly, interested in CD-players in the very competitive $2,000 to $3,500 range. Would you consider doing an en-masse review of players such as the new Sim "Nova," the Resolution Audio "Opus 21," Ayre "CX-7," Cary "303-200," Arcam "CD23T," 47 Labs "Shigarki" dac and transport, etc.?
9-to-5? Wife & a life? Indeed, there's that. And while I appreciate your impatience, remember that the contents of this entire site are currently written by yours truly - with the exception of two articles submitted by Stephaen. Add the fact that it's a labor of love -- after-hours and weekends as you so deftly put it -- and I dare say you'd he hard-pressed to imagine how the reviews are even forthcoming at the rate they are. I fully appreciate your tongue-in-cheek tone. Not only no offense taken, but kudos for a sly between-the-lines kick in the behind. I shall keep it in mind that your audiophile well-being hinges on me not taking 3 hour dinners. Lol!
Your garage must be getting crowded and the Fed'X man is a personal friend by now. I don't know if you're making money, but you're making good copy.
Hi Srajan. I've been reading your reviews of the K1000 and the HD600 with great interest. You are an excellent writer and reviewer - -thanks for sharing so much! ... Keep up the good work.
Greetings Mr. Ebaen,
I want to begin by saying that I find your reviews enlightening, yet easy enough for a novice to the high-end to understand. I am working with a non-profit corporation with a general mission of educating under-privileged youth. I am assembling a high-end system with which I will teach a/v electronics in its assorted forms including appreciation of classic music (not hip-hop)...
A. Charles Morsby
Dear Mr. Ebaen,
I was hoping you might be able to give me some system advice. I ask because you have experience with my amp manufacturer and own two of three preamps that I am considering. Also, I respect your opinion greatly. The products reviewed by you that I was able to listen to have left me with the same impressions as you wrote about...
Dear Mr. Srajan Ebaen,
after reading your very interesting reviews and gathering information from many sources, I am about to buy a Stealth power purifier... Thank you so much for the very useful reviews,
Dear Mr. Ebaen,
Just wanted to tell you that you have nailed it! From the choice of equipment you choose to review to your thoughtful component matching to your wonderful descriptive language, I am thoroughly digging what you are doing on 6moons.com. I am a headphone enthusiast (check out www.head-fi.com) and found you in a search for info on the AKG K1000 headphones -- wow, did I go to the right place! I read your 2 lengthy pieces as bookends to a weekend where I was able to borrow a pair of the K1000's, and it was extremely fulfilling to hear you describe exactly what I experienced - incredible openness and detail paired with some truly painful highs caused by 1) some recordings and 2) my 18 year-old Proton solid-state receiver. I appreciate how you went the whole 9 yards (or is it the whole 6 moons?) to present some solutions to the grating highs, with either the Stefanart cable or tube amplification.
I went on to most of your other reviews and have enjoyed them immensely. It is difficult to describe sound (as in "what did it sound like?") with the written word, but you have a wonderful gift for doing so. I recall reading about the sonic image being smudged just slightly, as by waves in the air caused by extreme desert heat-- I think that was about the Meadowlark speakers. Your use of percentages to describe how much better one component is than another is also very helpful; we all want the "best" equipment and the "best" sound - the % gives a good sense of how close we can come at how much less cost. And I very much appreciate your reviewing components that most people can actually afford to buy, like the norh gear, unlike Stereophile, which has completely lost touch with reality and is quite the bore to read as well. These days, I enjoy Listener magazine, and look forward to your full review of the norh se-9.
Anyway, I wish you continued success and thank you for the contribution you've made to my enjoyment of things audio.
Mr. Ebaen, I just found your website, and I must say it is stylish and refreshingly uncluttered visually. Finally, somebody who wants their website to be easy to read - what a concept!
Anyway, I read your review of the Analysis Plus products, which tangentially discuss the Oval Nine speaker cables. Earlier this year these cables ended a year-long search for the "perfect" speaker cable (perfection is relative - my system is more Goodsound! than Soundstage!), and I was very interested to see your comments match my own perceptions of their performance. You have inspired me to try the Solo Crystal interconnects, to see if they can better the Monster M-1000s I settled on. If they can offer the tremendous value I found in the Oval Nines, it will be worth it.
I also see you review world music, but I notice no reviews of the burgeoning Scandinavian scene. If you are interested, in particular I recommend the Swedish/Finnish group Gjallarhorn. They just released a new CD that I have not heard yet, but I have their first two CDs. I'm not sure how to categorize their music, it is definitely rooted in folk with the hardanger fiddle, but also incorporates the Australian didgiderdoo and African drums and who knows what. And even though I can't understand the language, Jenny Wilhelm's voice and perfect diction are entrancing. All I know is this is the only "folk" music I listen to loud, if that tells you anything.
Expecting to be a regular reader,
Keep up the great website and reviews. 6moons reviews are always very informative!!
I've followed you from SoundStage to GoodSound to Enjoythemusic and now to 6moons, which I found through the Meadowlark web site. Well, I'm glad to find that you finally seem to have a permanent home on the web. I hope I can count on 6moons being around for a long time. I e-mailed you back in April about Lebanese oudist Rabih Abuh Khalil. I'm wondering if you've had a chance to hear his music. Glad to find you again.
First let me say I've recently found about your site and I find it to be very honest and informative. I especially like the fact that you review equipment of all price ranges...
I very much enjoy your website every time I come to visit it. I am always taken by good design. Your sites displays its contents very esthetically, but -- and this is extremely important for a good web design -- has managed to present the information uncluttered. Too many sites suffer from graphics and flash effects overload. When coming to your site, it is always a pleasure to sift through its contents.
I hope very much that your new endeavor keeps on growing. It is essential to have independent reviewers who also give smaller companies and newcomers a chance for an unbiased review.
AudioSonix, importer of HMS Cables
Posted by shaynet (M) on October 17, 2002 at 05:11:17 on Audio Asylum:
...This really is becoming a great time for audiophiles/music lovers wanting a good read on the web. Srajan's latest features, including a very interesting CEDIA report (a 2-channel guy's perspective in a maze of multi-channel) and interviews/visits with Walter Fields and John Stronczer, really represented top-notch work. They offer an excellent counterpoint to the "norm"...
Your site looks fabulous and the writing is unfailingly interesting. Great piece of work. I hope it makes you both happy and reasonably wealthy.
Drop me a note if you're ever coming through Seattle again.
I really enjoy your site. Your reviews are involving and detailed without being condescending, a mean trick...
I spent some time investigating your site. It looks very professional and easy to follow. One gripe, there should only be one entry page, and you have 2.
Readers like Michael who'd like to bypass the second screen with the six moons around the central text can now do so - simply click the upper black bar on the splash page (rather than the "enter" button) and you'll go directly to the showcase page.
The second screen is intended to explain the site name and capture the essential focus on music. Still, if you've seen it once, there's no need to see it again on each subsequent visit. Good suggestion, Michael. Thanks.
Wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your web page. I feel you are one of the best audio writers out there. I always get a good sense of how a piece of audio equipment sounds like from your description. I particularly thought the first review of the Mapleshade wires on Enjoy the Music was great...
Love the new site and the forum it provides you, though I have to say I've enjoyed your stuff in your various stops in the past as well. But the 6moons site really is lovely, besides being a fun read.
I noticed in your up-and-coming reviews that the Meadowlark Swift was listed. I will be interested in your impressions, particularly in how it might compare to the Triangle line. I currently have a pair of Titus and am thinking of moving up to the Zerius, but the Swift is in the same price range and sounds interesting.
THANKS for the reviews of world music. I find almost no mainstream music that interests me. To have a pseudo personal guide sampling music from areas that I am not familiar with is a treat.
Lastly, I wish you every success. In general I have always found your writing both thoughtful and interesting, and I am fortunate that our likes and dislikes are similar so that I can use your experiences as a guide for equipment/music that might be of interest.
I was quite happy to see 6moons appear and I hope you and this venture will prosper.
I enjoyed the interview with Sead Lejlic and was particularly moved when you wrote: "If you love music this intensely, nothing that's been said above matters the least bit. You're already home. Never doubt it."
Finally! An audio website that discusses the spirit in music!
To explain, I attended a concert where Stephen Hough performed the Scharwenka Piano Concerto. I was amazed, not only by his virtuoso technique (i.e. his hands "disappeared" during the fast parts), but by the way he could transcend the showpiece concerto with more than a billion notes by opening himself up to a spiritual communication with the musical soul of the audience. Hogwash? Well, I didn't have the nerve to ask him about it the next day over lunch, so I guess I'll never know. At least that's the way I felt about the experience.
The truly stunning musical performances I've seen and heard have connected to more than my mind or my feet. So why not apply this to stunning audio gear?
I look forward to future editions of 6moons!
P.S. I've been following your music reviews since they were included on the Meadowlark Audio website. Congratulations on creating your own site that looks good and isn't "clunky" to navigate through. And I really like the front / back / inside / upside-down pictures of audio gear, and the pictures of the recordings you test the equipment with, and the way your site doesn't burn my eyes with cheap internet advertising, and . . . why haven't the other audio publications thought of these things?
Thank you for the extensive reviews of the AKG K-1000. Just to let you know that there are people who are interested in it. Will read the follow-up report now.
Posted by ebarker2 on Audio Asylum, June 25, 2002 at 02:06:43
After the bashing we've been giving the various mags this week, what about nominations for reviewers we like for a change? We get pretty steamed up, but in the end, isn't it the case that reviewers are just like us (limited in their experiences, unsure of what they are hearing, biased towards a particular sound etc), except they have to write about what they hear. It's not easy to write a review, or to be fair.
My current nominations go to Srajan Ebaen, refreshing, entertaining - if you enjoy extended off topic riffs as much as I do - and one of the few audiophiles with a sense of proportion pretty much intact. His Y-Files (on the web) and descriptions of his own system are both excellent reads, not to mention that he is the kind of reviewer who doesn't need to pretend he has 24 carat ears (why would he, as an ex-musician?)...
"... I've seen and heard very pricey components and compared them to far less costly ones in ways that, for purely practical reasons, are off limits to most prospective buyers. The lure of the unknown, of the potentially better or more exotic, is progressively undermined. After many years of chasing, you finally come to realize that the differences grow more minute by the day. Battleships on fire alright. Instead, the real magic lies in how well a system is assembled and how carefully it is tuned, not how expensive it is. Beyond a certain point, money really has precious little to do with it. Incidentally, that point isn?t in the six or high-five figures, but much closer to what I presume is home for most of us, components for a couple of thousand dollars each, or less..."
I'm sure you'll recognise your words from the PF site. This is truly GREAT stuff. After 25 years of devotion to this wonderful avocation, I have come to a similar place. At first I thought that I might be rationalizing since I can't afford the mega-buck stuff. Several years ago I came to "know" that price does not equal quality and that money is no substitute for the effort needed to build a truly fine-sounding music reproduction system.
You are doing a great service.
I forgot to mention, that I particularely enjoyed your articles about world music releases. I am enjoying this type of music a lot and with your reviews discovered new artists. Thank you.
14 b Chemin des Vignes
Is the air fresh here at 6moons or what? Loved the industry piece about the Essences (o Lord, not another speaker to want!). Still puzzling the question of how you manage to embody an apparently absolute contradiction in terms: the sane audiophile.
Don't know much about the influences of heavenly bodies, but it sure feels like the six moons have aligned very nicely.
Congratulations and all the best
A nicely presented design; simple yet elegant aesthetics. As one with a bit of fascination and appreciation for graphic design, I tend to notice things like that. Now I just need to read through the site!
Great to see you back. Looking forward to more of your reviews. Classy site....All the best.
Sincerely, Lloyd Smith
I'm glad you got the CDs. Well, I am humbled. You have already had an amazing life at your young age. Looking forward to watching 6moons.com grow and prosper. I know you will be successful in this endeavor. It's a great site. I particularly enjoyed the directions on the first page. Very helpful. The other site you sent me to was so messy and confusing, know what I mean? Anyway, I'm looking forward to the music you sent. Sounds great...
Have a great day,
Beautiful site!!! Congratulations on this achievment!
The information and advice you've given to me over the past few years has been invaluable and I have come to respect and trust your opinions and view points. I look forward to having access to much more of this through your new 6moons.com site.
J. Brian Rovinsky
St. Cecilia Sound Gallery
Extraordinarily good-looking site!
Michael Elliott, Aria Audio Ltd.
I just wanted to tell you that I finally had the time to browse around your site. The look and feel of it is really wonderful! I want to congratulate you on achieving such an easy and intuitive navigation. The site tips are simply perfect.
Eduardo de Lima, AUDIOPAX
Hope the move into the new digs is going well! Just tried the Vivid tonight. Wow....definitely better than Optrix + Mikro-Smooth. First the Walker Audio HDL's and now this product. Please let me know when you get your web site up so I can follow along! Just keep things inexpensive until I get a real job again.
All the best,
I just want to offer you encouragment in your new venture. I was not happy when I read your review on the Audio Magic power distributor because I already had a Shunyata Hydra! But I appreciated your depth and style of reporting. I have just received the Shigaraki transport to go with the Shigaraki Dac I already have. So I am anxious to see your review there too. My initial impressions are quite positive. But then again I don't have a large frame of reference on DACS and higher end CD players.
Anyway, I do plan to check your site often and wish you well. So far it is very pleasing to the eye!
Posted by jimlevitt on Audio Asylum, June 29, 2002 at 21:28:15
Srajan's web site is terrific - lots of his equipment reviews from web zines he used to write for, reviews of music one is not likely to encounter anywhere near the beaten path, and his usual very high standard of writing. Check it out!
Best of luck with this venture. I see many others trying their hands at the Internet and overall I think that is good although some are definitely better than others.
I like this site of yours. It has good style. Some sites are good like Soundstage and on-hifi, other sites not very good, like Enjoy the Music (quite sloppy I find) and Positive Feedback (should have stayed with print). I hope your site grows.
Thanks for the great review on Yuri Yunakov's "Roma Variations". And you have a great web site, too! Who wrote the review?
I'd like to tell you that your strong review on the Stealth and the very goods impressions I had after reading some others of your reviews/comments (Aurios, Bel Canto, Audiopax, Walker Audio etc.) made me propose to Jerry Ramsey and Lloyd Walker to become their representative in Brazil. My firm, named Áudio Martins (www.audiomartins.com.br) started representing Aurios Inc., and now represents 12 others, including Bel Canto Design, MSB Technology, Sound Lab, The David Berning Company, Placette Audio, Living Voice, Stage III Concepts, Sugden etc. Up to now, your reviews precisely
confirmed our own impressions about some of the products we already tested or listened to, like the Aurios MIBs, the eVo2 and Eduardo de Lima´s Audiopax (the new monoblocks playing with Avantgard Duo)). We're about to test Walker Audio´s Valid Points, HDLs and the Vivid Enhancer, and cannot wait to listen to Jerrys Stealth and Excalibur II cables. All these products will be demonstrated in our room in the São Paulo Hi Fi Show, in the first weekend of August.
Well, congratulations on your excellent and helpful work as reviewer.