An Audiophilia Top Ten. Number 6 in a new series (My favourite audio/music sites)

by admin on October 11, 2009 · 9 comments

in Audiophilia Top Tens

Other than the obvious site, the following are my top ten audio and music websites. I visit them daily via Newsstand, a superb iPhone app. They don’t all update daily, but there’s enough in the archives that great information is readily available. In no particular order:

1. Analog Apartment (blog with lots of info about all things analog)
2. Stereophile (the granddaddy, going strong online — great archives)
3. The Audiophiliac (Steve Guttenberg’s CNET blog)
4. NYT Music (the most powerful and influential music reviews in the world)
5. Telegraph Music (good writing about the arts in London, the music capital of the world)
6. Guardian Music (excellent and comprehensive live music reviews)
7. Bright Cecilia (a classical music forum that works. Only a few twits! Run very well.)
8. Entartete Musik (Well written blog about music from and influenced by Vienna)
9. Audiogon (THE for sale site for high end gear)
10. The National Flute Association (a great site for the greatest instrument:)

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

marvin fox 10.11.09 at 10:12 pm

There are 2 excellent audiophile sites I can tell you about. One is Positive Feedback. Second is Audio Asylum. Both are informative and enjoyable to read.

Bill Woods 10.13.09 at 1:59 pm

I’m suprised there’s no mention of any high-rez download sites, and in line with the previous post’s mention of Positive feedback Online, there is also 6Moons.com which has great coverage of High End shows across the globe with lots of pics to drool over. And lets not forget the audiophile backlash against compressed digital media taking over the music industry in the form of lossless files and larger hard drives on portable devices. Cheers!

Philidor 10.14.09 at 3:36 am

Thanks for the recommendation! Really appreciated. ‘Only a few twits!’ hehe It’s true, many BC members are high quality: good writers, thoughtful, experienced musicians, hard working composers, or just plain nice people. There’s also mercifully little “OMG LOL111″ teenage bulletin board ejaculation type stuff.

@ Bill Woods “the audiophile backlash”

What’s that exactly? People choosing to listen to WAVs and FLACs as opposed to MP3s? Is this the sort of thing you have in mind:

http://www.brightcecilia.com/features/Basta!_Give_us_back_our_music.html

Anyway, if it’s against Audiophilia’s objectives then I’m against it!

Phil

admin 10.14.09 at 6:59 am

The sound quality younguns are used to is shocking. Listen to an iPod at 128 through a good system and the sound is so bad. Even at 256, CDs kill iPods. The hi res sites like HD Tracks are making in roads.

But, then you hear a fine LP.

:)

Bill Woods 10.14.09 at 2:58 pm

Howdy Phil, that is indeed what I’m referring to. Music servers and other forms of hardware that rip and catalog music files are being designed with enormous memory capacity to support lossless formats. Portable MP3 players are a great idea and it was always frustrating when they would only hold 1 or 2 GB’s of memory which was taylored for 128 kbps music files. Now iPods have upwards of 30 GB HD’s and with support for Apple Lossless, an iPod with a Great DAC cand be a respectable source for a system’s front-end. I read on Stereophile that some of the writers there are currently ripping CD’s to lossless WAV files, then burning them to DVD Audio which then upsamples the data to 24 bit 192 khz. I like the fact that as long as compressed digital media is going to rule mainstream audio distribution, that there are high-rez alternatives for those of us who struggle controlling our own ‘gag reflex’ when listening to 128k music files. And let’s not forget all those USB inputs that now appear on newer DAC’s, Integrated Amps and High-end Pre/Pro’s.

Philidor 10.16.09 at 9:43 am

Cheers Bill! With diskspace dirt cheap and fast broadband there’s less and less excuse for tiny 128k MP3 files. Plus I’ve a soft spot for audio nerds: ripping lossless WAVs, getting the backs of their computers to make it all run, laying cable, making their long-suffering wives listen to FLACs, crunching open source Audicity code, getting excited when the third clarinet shines through…

admin 10.16.09 at 9:51 am

LOL

Third clarinet!

:)

nunh 10.18.09 at 7:57 pm

How about:

6moons (mentioned already)
Enjoy the Music
Audiophilia - :)
Audio Ideas Guide
Audio Federation Blog
Audiocircle
AV Guide (which has aspects from The Absolute Sound, hifi+ and Playback)
Playback
Audio Round Table
Bound for Sound

List goes on and on…

admin 10.18.09 at 10:07 pm

Great list. Many thanks, and welcome.

Cheers, a

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