Still audio crazy after all these years.

January Song

 
Growing up in a musical family, it was quite usual for me to perform covers of songs, the original version of which, I had never heard. I learnt Lindisfarne's January Song from my brother, when I was 12 years old - A very long time ago! I have just listened to the original for the first time in many years! Surprise, the original is much better than my version! - Click on the album artwork above to hear it as the mighty Alan Hull intended it to be heard.
So, here we are in 2017. I am happy to report  that the Driving Sounds Club of which you are all members, has been in existence since 2012 and we have many founder members still amongst us. We now have many more who have joined as a result of having had a demonstration of a car at a show or a purchase of car audio equipment. However you found us, we are thrilled to be able to share our random mumblings with everyone of you and would dearly love to hear from you all on any audio related subject. So, don't be shy, email us at: editorial@drivingsounds.co.uk

Magazine Embryos


Craig's Construction

 
Hot on the heels of our December embryo based around an audition of the exceptionally talented Snake Davis' Audi A6, we share a brief and uncultured excerpt of a piece we are currently developing based around a VW T5.

Read all about it here: http://www.drivingsounds.co.uk/driving-sounds-club/craigs-construction/

 

Top Five Driving Sounds

This month, we feature Craig Beck's Top Five. These are the tunes you can expect to hear blasting out of a T5, at a campsite near you in 2017! (see Embryo above!)

Breathe – The Prodigy
Don't Let Me Down – The Chainsmokers ft. Daya
Waiting All Night – Rudimental ft. Ella Eyre
The Shape Of You  - Ed Sheeran
Thunderstruck – AC/DC

Why not share your current top five with other club members? Send them to: editorial@drivingsounds.co.uk
 
DSP – Vital For Great Quality Car Audio Upgrades
The DSP revolution is truly upon us! Menace or Messiah? Our friends at FOUR MASTERS may have a vested interest but we all know they can be trusted.
Follow the link below and read their assessment!

 

Audison Prima Subs Take a Bow

It is not like us to bang on about new products (not here anyway!), but a new range of Audison Prima subwoofers has just been launched in the UK. We have been awaiting these with anticipation. We hold the Audison Prima range of speakers in very high regard and have featured them in our own demonstration vehicles for a number of years. They are subtle, warm and extremely musical which is why we like them. Until now, we have heard them matched with a number of subwoofer options. All of them have sounded good but, we can't wait to hear a subwoofer built specifically to supplement the range. We don't have to wait long, as we have been invited to audition two cars shortly, both of which will be installed with these. We have heard nothing but good things about them so far and we will be certain to report back next month. In the meantime, you can view the range here: http://www.fourcaraudio.co.uk/brands/audison/audison-prima/audison-prima-apbx-8-r/

Digital Listening

 

The image above is somewhat misleading. It typifies the opinion of many that digitised sound is spiky and rough around the edges and unpleasant to listen to. Such opinions have many attempting to return to vinyl to regain the warmth of a bygone age. I have however, spoken to some who listen to new vinyl on USB turntables plugged into a laptop connected via the headphone output to an amplifier (Ouch!). Just because it plays vinyl, doesn't mean it's any good. Most cheap USB turntables just don't cut the mustard and won't sound anywhere near as good as the CD version of the same album. 
A true vinyl buff will have a high quality turntable/arm/cartridge combination and usually a discrete high quality phono pre amp either built into a good quality amplifier or as an external device.

I have recently transferred a lot of CD's on to a HDD. I now play these via a Raspberry 2 installed with a Hifi Berry digital audio board. This connects optically to an amplifier with built-in DAC and it sounds far better than the CD rendering I was previously getting. I have to admit that the uplift in quality as well as the ability to enjoy HD music (24 bit, 96kHz) was my premium motivation. My wife, however, was simply tired of housing 2000 CD cases in the living room and let me know on a regular basis. Thank goodness I converted from Vinyl before I met her!

Careful when responding to ill informed hype and always make sure your emperor wears real, visible clothes!
See you next month, take care.

Carl
Editor