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.
Conventional wisdom has held for years that the optimal shape for a tweeter was a flat baffle with no waveguide or element between the listener and the baffle. Using Finite Element Analysis (FEA) KEF’s engineers have concluded that, like most conventional wisdom, the conventional wisdom in this case needs to be adjusted.
This week's Front-to-Back Album is a treat for me because I'm going to talk about an album that takes us to a place that only exists if we consciously make it exist. This album comes from the heart of the resurgence of Americana and roots country and rock & roll that is living a very nice life just beneath the surface of all the yelling and big-drum-booming that goes on in the Establishment media.
Here I am, in our Audiophile Dream Sequence doing a search on the Googleyweb for audiophile cables. Specifically right now I am searching for an IEC cable for my receiver. The reader should also take note that in this dream sequence I am sitting in a Ferrari Testarossa and tooling around the south of France while cracking wise with Scary Spice and my neighbor's dog (who is sitting in the front seat). It seems sometimes that all of the audio world is in a dream state.
This installment of KEF Tech dissects and discusses the reasons behind KEF's Vented Tweeter technology. Another in a long line of engineering innovations that separates KEF from everybody else, our vented tweeter helps ensure clear, articulate high-frequency response from our speakers bringing you even closer to what your favorite artists or movie directors intended for you to hear.
As positive as I am about the future of music, I can't help but wonder if the current state of the industry and the reliance on the two supergenres for revenue is going to stifle musical creativity going forward. There are some who say that music in general is in a downward spiral because of this, but I still tend to disagree.
Often wrongly cubbyholed as uni-dimensional purveyors of Paddyrock, the Saw Doctors did not shy away from embracing their roots while drawing deeply from the wells of US FM rock and early UK punk. The Saw Doctors did for the west of Ireland what Bruce Springsteen did for the post-War Jersey Shore and what John Mellencamp did for life growing up amid the cornstalks and Dairy Queens of Indiana.
Friday night is the best night of the week to listen to music (unless you do shift work or have a schedule that doesn't honor the weekend). But all things considered, the Zen of putting on a good record (or CD), on a system that sounds good, with people (or a singular person) that you enjoy spending time with makes the non-sense of the week all worthwhile. A decent bottle of wine or a nice single-malt Scotch are optional.
With that in mind, allow us to introduce a new section devoted entirely to the beauty of the front ot back album, which is ingeniously titled Front-to-Back Albums.
In today's episode we're going to take an in-depth look at bi-wiring. This article (and the earlier article about bi-amplification) are simply technical looks (salted with some of my own opinion) on the subject, and aren't really meant to offer advice either way.