Daniel Bockrath

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6 years ago
Technology tends toward iteration; true innovation is rare. This is especially true in audio, where a high-quality set of studio monitors or headphones can last a decade or more without needing to be repaired or replaced. I love audio and delight in exploring new products and the technologies that make them possible. Imagine my delight when I first heard about the Audeze…
7 years ago
With each year, the variety and quality of wired and wireless headphones improves for a wide range of consumer and professional applications. Apple’s removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack in the iPhone 7, as well as the recent release of the company’s Airpods, would seem to…
7 years ago
Whether it is rooftops, backyards, block parties, or the gallery of a museum, night clubs above and below ground, and every happening, get together, and hang-out in between, one of the joys of living in New York City is being able to experience the thriving cultural scenes surrounding art, live music, and dancing. We live in what we call "the present moment” for a reason, because life is a gift.…
8 years ago
Pittsburgh Modular, innovator in the resurgence of modular synthesizers, is showing up at NAMM 2016 in a big way with the announcement of the Lifeforms Eurorack Systems and a line of Professional Eurorack Enclosures. The Lifeforms Eurorack systems are regarded by the company as its best synthesizer yet. Available in the…
8 years ago
With each passing year, the quality of power supplies, preamplifiers, analog-to-digital converters, and DSP technology improves. We are fortunate to live in a time where there is now a wide variety of digital mixers available for live sound and theater applications. This overview will explore some of the products currently available from several manufacturers, and the unique features they offer.…
8 years ago
Whether it’s for mixing tracks in the studio or providing live sound reinforcement for touring or installed PA systems, amplifiers are an important part of an audio signal chain. While studying the specifications for a powered studio monitor, active loudspeaker, or power amplifier, you may have noticed that the amplifier is designated by a class followed by a letter or combination of letters.…
8 years ago
Audiophiles rejoice! B&H is happy to announce the inclusion of a premier high-fidelity brand to the company’s ever-expanding catalog of professional and personal audio solutions.  Marantz offers
8 years ago
Over the past few weeks, I have enjoyed the opportunity to audition two new pairs of headphones from Audeze (AW-deh-zee), the California-based creators of the famed LCD-3, LCD-2, LCD-X, and LCD-XC models of magnetic planar headphones. If this is your first time ever hearing about magnetic planar speaker driver…
8 years ago
It is a commonly held belief that the frequency response of human hearing is between 20 Hz and 20,000 Hz, with degeneration of the upper frequencies occurring as a person grows older. More recent research may indicate that human beings can detect signals much higher than this, though the perception of those frequencies may be expressed as harmonic interactions and by the transient crossings in…
8 years ago
The home is a special place to connect with family and friends. A great way to share this special place and time is by listening to music and watching your favorite films together. These shared experiences can be the basis for the kind of lifelong memories that hold friendships together, so it makes sense and is well worthwhile to invest in quality equipment that delivers those experiences with…
9 years ago
With the ever-increasing mobility of music-production equipment, the subject of mixing and mastering on headphones becomes increasingly relevant. While there is no real substitute for mixing and mastering on tuned near- or mid-field monitors in an acoustically treated room, headphones certainly have a role to play in production. Whether for convenience, portability, noise considerations, or other…