This year will be the best year for vinyl sales in a long, long time. Total vinyl sales in 1993 were around 250,000 units (in the US), and will top out a little over 6 million this year. In other news, even though most people assume the CD is dead, CD sales were 165 million units against 118 million for digital album sales. Digital retailers really want you to believe the CD is dead, but so far, it's only just slightly wounded.
For the last twenty-four hours, every too-clever-for-their-own-good snarky journalist in America is laying claim to headlines that read something like "Taylor Swift Breaks Up With Spotify" or "Taylor Swift And Spotify Are Never, Ever, Ever, Getting Back Together."
Lame Taylor Swift song references aside, there's an actual story beyond the silliness music lovers should be aware of.
First of all I would like to ask a question of the people who take it upon themselves to label music: I see this album come up listed as 'Country' more than I see it come up listed under any other genre. Why? Is it because they use an acoustic bass, or is it because the music on this album confounds you so much you don't know what to make of it?
If you're reading this chances are you're a music fan. You may have very particular or very broad tastes; you may love the way it makes you feel or you may not even really care why you love music. But there's no getting around the fact that to varying degrees, you and every person you have ever met has a deep, personal relationship with music. There's a scientific reason for this.
The latest KEF Tech installment takes a somehwat in-depth look at KEF's Tangerine Waveguide technology - a technology that improves high-frequency sensitivity, fidelity and dispersion.
I arrived on the planet at the very tail end of the Baby Boom. Through my childhood in the 60s we were promised, no we expected, to be adults in a cool world filled with all kinds of fun scientific innovations. It was all lies. I had eggs for breakfast this morning and they were cooked on a pan. On a stove. I might as well have eaten breakfast like a caveman. No space pack liquid eggs infused with lots of niacin and other science-y things. In short, my life (and yours') is one giant disappointment.
There are no jetpacks.
Make the jump for a quick show report from Rocky Mountain Audio Fest and Fort Collins Audio.
"I have this crazy notion that we're in the wild west right now and you can make a crazy and interesting recording that might just stick out in the crowd. I see that most bands are more worried about getting a sync license rather than showing their grandkids their record in 50 years time. Be bold!"
From the song-writer, to the musician, to the recording engineer right on through the amplifier manufacturer the "signal chain" of good music is a lengthy and complicated one that eventually ends with the loudpseakers you listen to your music on. We've got the loudspeaker end of the chain – and the technology of listening – covered, but it's fun from time-to-time to take a look at some of the other people involved in the musical signal chain.
Before the jaded amongst you think "oh, here we go, another Beatles product to separate us from our collective lunch monies," I would exhort you to reconsider all of that cynicism. You may think you've heard the Beatles before, but if you're an American, you haven't.
The biggest benefit from the Z-Flex surround is with the high-frequency response of our Uni-Q Driver Array. Take the jump to learn more about a KEF innovation that brings smoother, more realistic high-frequency response to your listening experience.
KEF America's Brand Relations representative Dipin Sehdev traveled to Dallas last month to take part in Geekbeat's Geek House gala Open House. KEF Blade were the featured performer.
It was Wilson Pickett and Duane Allman (via Anthology I) that introduced me to the sounds of Muscle Shoals, and it is St. Paul & the Broken Bones who have brought the sheer joy and ruckus of the Muscle Shoals sound back to me full throttle. But forget the retro-sound, the arrangements, the skillful song writing and the sheer emotion of the band and Paul Janeway's voice...this is a great [insert your own adjective here] record.
In a perfect world, my listening room would consist of a 2-channel monoblock system driving a pair of Blades, a $9000 turntable, a chair with a cupholder, and proper acoustic treatments all around. I would lock the door from the inside and emerge only for more beef jerky and occasional visits with my family.
I don't live in a perfect world.
Storage and digital playback technology has done wonderful things for music lovers, but like everything else, those technological improvements came with a downside: The price of music has generally deflated as the ubiquitousness of music has increased. Good (and bad) music is everywhere which is a good thing, but music has also lost its value to us as consumers, which is a bad thing.
On Wednesday, August 13, 2014, KEF presented its Masters of Sound program at the residence of the British Consul-General in Atlanta, with special guests Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. Once again, engineer and producer Ken Scott treated the gathered audience to an amazing night of music and technology. Make the jump for details and pictures.
All KEF Uni-Q speakers are coaxial, but not all "coaxial" speakers are, well, actually, truly, technically, coaxial.
Make the jump for a quick primer on why KEF's Uni-Q creates the life-like soundstage and amazingly wide "sweet-spot" that makes it an industry standard for sound reproduction.
I've wanted to write for a long time about the relationship between venue and song, which Byrne talks about extensively in his book. While looking to put the piece together I came across this piece from Byrne's blog that pretty much sums up what I was looking to do, and puts it better than I probably would have.
Before John Oates became Darryl Hall's trusty, and smirky, sidekick in all of those ubiquitous Big, Bam Boomtastic MTV videos in the 1980s, there was this humble soul duo from Philadelphia with phenemonal voices who wrote great songs that not a lot of people heard. That all changed after the release of H&O's third album, but it is their second album that told the world just how deeply their talents ran.
Here at KEF, we're known for our flagship speakers, The Reference Line and Blade, and our R and Q Series because of how fabulously they perform, but we also understand that not everyone (yours' truly amongst them) is in a position – or has the desire – to satiate their need for music with top of the line gear.