President's Message
January 2008

1.  Jan Didden writes in Audio Express (2/07) about his visiting Indonesian audiophiles. One had his turntable resting on a granite bock 2' by 3' by 6". After some gorgeous LP playback, the CD of the same program was played. It was no contest: the CD sounded dull, flat and lifeless. He found this disturbing since he is an "A/B/X" kind of guy. He speculated what would a CDR copy of the output of the phono preamp sound like. In a postscript, some friends of his tried the experiment and the CDR copy sounded LP.

2.  In the January 2008 Stereophile, Wes Philips reviews the $6000 Mcintosh MS750 Music Server. It inverted signal polarity, a dumb mistake that surely the Old McIntosh would not have made. John Atkinson reviews the Benchmark DAC1 USB D/A processor and Headphone Amplifier. He found under certain circumstances with 16 bit audio it went "deaf" below -67dBFS. He confirmed this with the fade to zero with dither on the CBS CD-1. That disc is long gone, but the BAS CD has a similar track.

3.  For BAS members out of town we have a special offer for Jazz lovers. A package of 30 Jazz CDs, randomly picked from Ira Leonard's collection, for $22 including shipping in the USA. To order, send a check, made out to "Boston Audio Society", to David Hadaway, POB 460, Rindge NH 03461. These were donated to the Society by Ira's brother, Joe Leonard.

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updated 2/15/08