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Welcome to the flagship podcast of ecoustics.com; the award-winning online magazine covering everything hi-fi and home theater since 1999.

The diverse ecoustics team covers music, hi-fi, home theater, and movies, bringing you closer to the newsmakers and innovators changing the way the world experiences cinema and their favorite music.

Whether you're listening through stereo loudspeakers or a home theater, on-the-go with wireless speakers or headphones, streaming music or spinning vinyl, the experienced team at ecoustics breaks down what you need to know.

https://www.ecoustics.com

the ecoustics podcast Black Circle Studios

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    • 5.0 • 2 Ratings

Welcome to the flagship podcast of ecoustics.com; the award-winning online magazine covering everything hi-fi and home theater since 1999.

The diverse ecoustics team covers music, hi-fi, home theater, and movies, bringing you closer to the newsmakers and innovators changing the way the world experiences cinema and their favorite music.

Whether you're listening through stereo loudspeakers or a home theater, on-the-go with wireless speakers or headphones, streaming music or spinning vinyl, the experienced team at ecoustics breaks down what you need to know.

https://www.ecoustics.com

    Has Apple Music Already Made a Mess of Lossless Digital Music Streaming?

    Has Apple Music Already Made a Mess of Lossless Digital Music Streaming?

    Apple, Amazon and Spotify have jumped onboard the lossless and Hi-Res lossless streaming train finally but what will it really mean for music listeners. Is Apple really committed to lossless steaming or is Spatial Audio the next new thing for them as none of their existing wireless headphones support lossless streaming. What will this mean for Tidal and Qobuz who have carried the torch for more than 5 years already.

    In this episode, the ecoustics team continues the discussion about the dramatic changes in digital music streaming and what you need to know before upgrading, migrating, and picking the right one for you. It’s a bit of a mess right now to be quite honest.

    This episode features commentary from the ecoustics team:

    Brian Mitchell - Founder & CEO - https://www.ecoustics.com/author/ecoustics/
    Ian White - Editor-in-Chief - https://www.ecoustics.com/author/ian-white/
    Lauren Halliday - Music Editor - https://www.ecoustics.com/author/lauren-halliday/
    Eric Pye - Vintage Hi-Fi Columnist - https://www.ecoustics.com/author/eric-pye/
    Mitch Anderson - Producer - https://www.ecoustics.com/author/mitch-anderson/

    Related links:

    https://www.ecoustics.com/news/apple-shareplay-wwdc-2021/
    https://www.ecoustics.com/news/apple-music-spatial-audio-streaming/
    https://www.ecoustics.com/articles/apple-music-lossless-mqa/
    https://www.ecoustics.com/news/amazon-music-hd-drops-upcharge/
    https://www.ecoustics.com/news/apple-music-lossless-dolby-atmos-upgrade/
    https://www.ecoustics.com/articles/will-spotify-hifi-create-audiophiles/

    For up to the minute news, reviews and advice, visit https://www.ecoustics.com

    Credits:
    Original intro and outro music by The Arc of All. https://www.instagram.com/the_arc_of_all
    Voice Over Provided by Todd Harrell of SSP Unlimited. https://www.sspunlimited.com
    Production by Mitch Anderson, Black Circle Studios. https://blackcircleradio.com

    #streaming #musicstreaming #lossless #hiresaudio #mqa #mp3 #cd #audiophile #hifi #digitalmusic #applemusic #spotify #tidal #qobuz #amazonmusic #apple #amazon #spotifyhifi #amazonmusichd #highendaudio #spatialaudio #alexa #siri #stayhifi #ecoustics

    • 50 min
    You Had Me at Tone Poet - An ecoustics Interview with Joe Harley and Kevin Gray

    You Had Me at Tone Poet - An ecoustics Interview with Joe Harley and Kevin Gray

    In case you haven’t noticed, Blue Note Records has been killing it over the last couple of years with the “Tone Poet” series of classic and contemporary jazz reissues. The all-analogue, Joe Harley curated, Kevin Gray remastered series launched in 2019. Each release is mastered from the original master tapes, pressed on 180g audiophile vinyl at RTI and packaged in an old-style Stoughton “Tip-On” jacket.

    Harley picks top sellers and underrated classics from the Blue Note catalogue and their umbrella labels, including Pacific Jazz and United Artists. New titles sell like hot-cakes, and can be gone within days if you don’t strike quick. This episode features a conversation with Joe and Kevin in the studio at Cohearent Audio. They discuss how new titles are selected, the challenges of using original master tapes, the mastering and production process, and more.

    There may even be a slip of a title or two from the yet-to-be-announced 2022-23 line-up.

    For more information please visit https://www.ecoustics.com

    For a running list of Blue Note Tone Poet Releases please visit https://store.bluenote.com/collections/tone-poets

    Appearing in the episode is:
    Joe Harley - Blue Note Records Tone Poet Producer
    Kevin Gray - Mastering engineer and owner of Cohearent Audio
    Eric Pye - ecoustics contributing editor
    Jordan Pries - Owner of brick and mortar record store, "The Electric Kitsch"
    Mitch Anderson - ecoustics Producer


    Credits:

    Original intro and outro music by The Arc of All. https://www.instagram.com/the_arc_of_all
    Voice Over Provided by Todd Harrell of SSP Unlimited. https://www.sspunlimited.com
    Production by Mitch Anderson, Black Circle Studios. https://blackcircleradio.com

    #streaming #musicstreaming #lossless #hiresaudio #mqa #mp3 #cd #audiophile #hifi #digitalmusic #applemusic #spotify #tidal #qobuz #amazonmusic #apple #amazon #spotifyhifi #applemusichd #stayhifi #ecoustics

    • 48 min
    Lossless Without You - An ecoustics discussion about digital music streaming

    Lossless Without You - An ecoustics discussion about digital music streaming

    With the flip of a switch, the world's 3 largest digital music streaming platforms tossed MP3s into the dustbin of history this week. And not a moment too soon. Apple Music and Amazon Music have enabled CD-quality or higher streaming for all subscribers for $9.99/month. Spotify have announced they will follow suit, but haven’t set a date. All Amazon Music subscribers now have access to higher quality music, which previously incurred a $5/month surcharge for Amazon Music HD. Apple Music subscribers simply need to opt-in on their Apple device beginning June 2021. How do all of these developments impact Tidal and Qobuz? This episode examines all of these announcements and how it will impact digital music streaming going forward.

    This episode features commentary from the ecoustics team:
    Brian Mitchell - Founder & CEO - https://www.ecoustics.com/author/ecoustics/
    Ian White - Editor-in-Chief - https://www.ecoustics.com/author/ian-white/

    Related links:
    https://www.ecoustics.com/news/amazon-music-hd-drops-upcharge/
    https://www.ecoustics.com/news/apple-music-lossless-dolby-atmos-upgrade/
    https://www.ecoustics.com/news/spotify-hifi-announced-2021/
    https://www.ecoustics.com/articles/will-spotify-hifi-create-audiophiles/

    For more information please visit https://www.ecoustics.com

    Credits:
    Original intro and outro music by The Arc of All. https://www.instagram.com/the_arc_of_all
    Voice Over Provided by Todd Harrell of SSP Unlimited. https://www.sspunlimited.com
    Production by Mitch Anderson, Black Circle Studios. https://blackcircleradio.com

    #streaming #musicstreaming #lossless #hiresaudio #mqa #mp3 #cd #audiophile #hifi #digitalmusic #applemusic #spotify #tidal #qobuz #amazonmusic #apple #amazon #spotifyhifi #applemusichd #stayhifi #ecoustics

    • 36 min
    The Record Strikes Back - An ecoustics Roundtable

    The Record Strikes Back - An ecoustics Roundtable

    Even after 10 years of double-digit growth, the vinyl industry can barely keep up with the demand for records in 2021. Fueled by the lockdown of hundreds of millions of consumers around the globe during the COVID-19 pandemic, the music industry is looking for ways to keep the momentum going as live music begins again and people venture out to travel and return to the office.

    In this debut episode, the ecoustics editorial team takes a deep dive into the state of vinyl, record stores, the importance of social media for artists during the pandemic, and the newfound interest in turntables, record collecting, and vinyl playback at home.

    Original intro and outro music by The Arc of All. https://www.instagram.com/the_arc_of_all

    Voice Over Provided by Todd Harrell of SSP Unlimited. https://www.sspunlimited.com

    Meet the ecoustics editorial team:

    Brian Mitchell - Owner - https://www.instagram.com/ecoustics
    Ian White - Editor-in-Chief - https://www.instagram.com/theremotezombie
    Mitch Anderson - Producer - https://www.instagram.com/black_circle_radio
    Lauren Halliday - Music Director - https://www.instagram.com/record_lady/
    Jeremy Sikora - Vintage Hi-Fi Columnist - https://www.instagram.com/budget_audiophiler
    Eric Pye - Vintage Hi-Fi Columnist - https://www.instagram.com/audioloveyyc

    Checkout these recently posted articles by our editorial team for more insight:

    https://www.ecoustics.com/articles/record-lady-awakens/
    https://www.ecoustics.com/articles/vintage-audio-king-buffalo/
    https://www.ecoustics.com/articles/unlikely-vintage-audio-journey/
    https://www.ecoustics.com/articles/best-affordable-audiophile-turntables/

    For more information please visit https://www.ecoustics.com

    #records #audiophile #turntables #hifi #vinyl #recordstoreday #recordstores #stayhifi #ecoustics

    • 55 min

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