Green HiFi Returns

Returning to Blogging After a Long Break.
Upcoming Blog Articles Announced.
Some Changes for GreenHiFi.com.

Returning to Blogging

It’s been a long hiatus, I know. Part of it was writer’s block, but I must confess that I was genuinely discouraged too. After my report on Kharma, I received a lot of blowback about why I would review a company and its products when they are so expensive. True, there are better things one can spend money on and many of those are greener.

Kharma's Grand Exquisite System clocks in at $1M and is listed as one of the most expensive systems in the world. What good causes could be helped with a cool million?

Kharma's Grand Exquisite System clocks in at $1M and is listed as one of the most expensive systems in the world. What good causes could be helped with a cool million?

OK, that’s a good point, but let’s not take that too far. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, being green is not necessarily being cheap. While speaker systems like this may seem expensive, there is a tremendous amount of work that goes into creating them, sometimes years of research - how much is that talented labor worth? The point being that there is a reason for these systems to exist, and there is a market for them. That market is likely well beyond what I'm interested in here, but there are systems that are less expensive from these same manufacturers that are worth exploring. Put another way, there may be green innovations that can be discovered at these price-points and that can then trickle down to products lower in the line-up. There is value there, and that's my point.

Now, there are certainly occasions when green can be less expensive, but usually that's not the case (see my previous post on High Prices in High End Audio). So when it comes to HiFi being green, it is usually also more expensive, that's just a fact of being green. Perhaps the best way to describe it is with an analogy: green issues in HiFi is less like discussing Toyota Priuses, and more like raving about Teslas. Not everyone can afford the Tesla, but considering what the company has done, there can be no debate about the contribution to society that this company has made.

So with that out of the way, let’s move on. Next weekend’s upcoming show in Newport has given me a new zeal to write about green issues in HiFi. I’m going to tell it like it is, there may be some drama, but in the end it’s got to be green. That is why I write.

Upcoming Blog Articles

Given my absence from blogging the past six months, I want to reassure everyone I haven’t gone away. As mentioned above, there have been some road-blocks, not to mention other events in my life that have had to take precedence, but in that time I did have an opportunity to write. I now have many new articles in the works, some done, some in various stages of completion, and some that are just scribbles on the brain-map app on my phone (not sure yet if that app is working for me). Not to worry, everything listed below is nearly done. The other stuff will follow.

THE Show Newport Beach 2014: Thoughts and Expectations

Will this year's show be very different from last year's for the SoCal visitor, the younger generation, the millennial? We shall see.

Will this year's show be very different from last year's for the SoCal visitor, the younger generation, the millennial? We shall see.

With the show almost here, I’m going to get on my soapbox again and say a few things that won’t be popular, but these are things that need to be said about THE Show and the state of HiFi. You’ve been warned! 

Kharma Loudspeakers: from Veyron Behemoths to Dainty Butterflies

Has hell frozen over? Kharma introduces a small speaker! I may have to revise my last blog post about Kharma and the whole notion that bigger is better when it comes to speakers...

Has hell frozen over? Kharma introduces a small speaker! I may have to revise my last blog post about Kharma and the whole notion that bigger is better when it comes to speakers...

I know talking about Kharma has been polarizing. It certainly has generated more interest in my blog than anything before it. Well, I won’t shy away from the challenge, either. Kharma has released several exciting new products this year, and they look very promising. I haven’t heard any of them, and they will not be at THE Show in Newport, so I’ll strictly speak about design choices and the remaining info I have from my visit to their offices in the Netherlands last Summer. This article should be a good read, though.

Analog, Records, LPs, Vinyl, or Whatever the Kids Call it these Days

This arm alone makes this one of the best values in a turntable in North America. I've been rediscovering my record collection for the past two months. Amazing the engineering quality one can buy for $1500.

This arm alone makes this one of the best values in a turntable in North America. I've been rediscovering my record collection for the past two months. Amazing the engineering quality one can buy for $1500.

Forget Beats by Dre, outboard DACs, and all that trendy digital stuff. Analog hit us all like a sudden hurricane and Michael Fremer has been smiling from ear to ear for two years straight. Well I won’t let this little storm get in my way, I’m grabbing by surfboard and riding that wave all the way to analog nirvana (stopping off in Newport for THE Show, of course). Along the way, I’m finding some unexpected greening, a newfound dimension in audio quality, and of course some great music. Did I mention I intercepted some vintage Beach Boys records on their way to the dumpster? More on that as well.

2014 THE Show Newport - The GreenHiFi Report

I couldn’t leave this out. Obviously, it’s not written yet, unlike the articles above, but with the show coming to my home town in a couple of days, I might as well keep my laptop on ‘til then. I’ll have some interviews as well, if I can get my tape recorder to work. Pictures too.

Some changes for GreenHiFi.com

As I mentioned, I have lots of articles in the works, but I’m also going to make some direction adjustments to the GreenHiFi.com project. This is primarily to avoid the doldrums that I ran into at the start of 2013. Writing a blog is always hardest after the first few articles are written, so I suppose this was expected, but now I’m past that and I will be making some changes:

  • Site re-design - the look needs to be updated
  • Possibly a new logo - this one's a little bland
  • Shorter articles - I love to write, but my readers keep saying it's too much...
  • More pics - this article already has more than previous ones
  • Maybe even some video - need to figure out the logistics on this
  • More interviews - these are not always easy, either, but we will do this
  • Getting some help - I'm looking for an illustrator who's looking for exposure, email me if you know someone.
  • Ads - always controversial, but I'm going to do this differently than the rest of the biz

Anyhow, I thought I should mention them to the readers as it ultimately is about them. I hope this will make things more exciting, the topics more fast-paced, and make green issues in HiFi more relevant. I hope you stick around.

 

Next blog post is THE Show Newport Beach 2014 - Thoughts and Expectations.