The indefatigable Preston Nichols explains what not long ago was “the next step in digital sound” on this planet “It’s true, [vacuum tubes sound better than transistors] because the vacuum tube produces…life energies.” — 37:45 in   From the comments — “…I saw tapes of Preston at a Tesla society  conference. With scientists in the audience he was able to break down quantum psychics formulas on a black board from memory. Some of … Read more

Insight into why the musical magic of Muscle Shoals / FAME, stellar at first, then “faded”

Spot-on, I think, Comment from the video — “It’s funny that it starts out mentioning that the engineer knew and made (or at least serviced) all the equipment, and the sound quality was great. But then, technology moved in, and the engineer became disconnected, and there hasn’t been “that sound” or any true hit ever … Read more

A Nonlinear History of Radio

This highly nonlinear history of radio touches briefly on just some of the main stories, and provides pointers to the literature for those who want to probe further. Integrated circuit engineers have the luxury of taking for granted that the incremental cost of a transistor is essentially zero, and this has led to the high-device-count … Read more