2022 Year in Critique: Technological innovation & The Future of Hello-Fi Publishing



‘Twas the night before Chanukah, and all across the land, the chilly wind swept snow put a damper on my joyous session with Levon and the Band. As challenging as I may attempt to put a bow on a pig, it was a period of wonderful sorrow — the guy in Moscow must rotate on a MiG.

Bob Dylan termed. He needs his pen back.

Some reflections on the previous 12 months are probably perfectly overdue as we hunker down to overdose on latkes, Chinese foodstuff, and a relatively slender checklist of new releases in theater on Christmas Working day.

Owning by now seen “Devotion,” “Avatar: The Way of Water” and “Violent Night” — I’m solely guaranteed what else there is to look at.

James Cameron’s sequel is a visible masterpiece truly worth viewing for the creative elements by itself, but nothing at all about it captured my awareness from a storytelling viewpoint.

The “family” factor felt hollow to me and I say that just after a extremely challenging yr when it arrives to that matter. We dropped a few users of our individual recently, my wife experienced a cancer scare, and my individual father is battling Parkinson’s Condition.

I’m slightly cynical. Not James Cameron’s fault but I walked out of that very very long movie sensation zero connection to the a person onscreen.

Artist Rendering of new Netflix Studio Complex to be designed in Fort Monmouth, New Jersey

There Goes the Neighborhood

We have covered Netflix rather extensively about the earlier 12 months and it’s generally tricky to continue to keep up with what is genuinely going on within the world’s greatest video streaming system.

Netflix cannot seem to be to make up its intellect how it feels about advertisement-tiers, Disney+, questionable information that airs on the system, and what company is its main.

The biggest Netflix story of 2022 impacts me right due to the fact I dwell down the road from what could possibly become the premier Television set/movie studio east of the Mississippi with the announcement this early morning that Netflix is transferring ahead with its programs to acquire the former Ft. Monmouth military base on the Jersey Shore into some thing will effects my way of life.

Investing $900 million USD into a piece of vacant assets 1.8 miles from my entrance doorway and making a media hub on 300 acres that will draw in some of most modern creators on the earth (tv, movies, gaming) is heading to change this region that is quiet till the summer crowds arrive into something that has me extremely psyched.

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As a creator, screenwriter, assets owner, and very long-expression resident.

An fascinating way to finish the calendar year.


For the duration of my 7 hour trip to decide on-up our eldest from university very last week, we broached the topic of “best tunes of 2022” and considerably to my amazement she agreed that 2022 was a terrible 12 months in the entire world of pop, hip-hop, and rock.

I was surprised that a 20 yr-outdated (who contributed to our music portion this year) who owns 2 turntables, 4 pairs of headphones, 3 Dongle DACs, and a pair of Kanto TUKs that I lent her for higher education — could not advocate something outdoors of SZA and Milky Chance.

“Taylor Swift?”

“Utter rubbish.”

I have lifted her nicely.

We will be covering our favored albums of 2022 subsequent week relaxation confident — Taylor Swift didn’t make the record.

Q Acoustics M20 HD Wireless Speakers Front Angle in Black, White and Walnut
Q Acoustics M20 Hd Wi-fi Speakers ($499/pair)


In excess of the past 12 months, I have experienced the prospect to hear to a great deal of Hello-Fi components at household, trade demonstrates, seller showrooms, factories, and personal listening occasions.

2022 was a really great year for those people on the lookout at the community amplifier, receiver, and integrated amplifier types there has in no way been an a lot easier time to assemble a genuine superior-conclusion program with some great possibilities as the hub.

As anyone who enjoys cars and trucks, I’m the first to admit that I was really jealous when eCoustics Editor-at-Large, Chris Boylan, flew to Italy this year to test generate the Maserati Grecale Trofeo SUV by the Italian countryside listening to a condition-of-the-art Sonus faber system designed specifically for the automobile — it was supposed to be me but some well being troubles bought in the way. 

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Will I get that opportunity once more? Most likely not but I was fortunate to spend several hours in targeted traffic inside of the 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer experiencing McIntosh’s assault on reference caliber motor vehicle audio.

Wireless loudspeakers took huge steps in 2022 goods like the KEF LSX II and LS60, Dynaudio Target Collection, Triangle Borea BR03 BT, and the Q Acoustics M20 HD cover a vast vary of cost points but all deliver a much outstanding expertise than what has been readily available in the previous. 

That is a excellent detail mainly because it is a further possibility to catch the attention of more youthful audio listeners into the audiophile working experience. 

Take note that I did not say audiophile “community.”

I imagine we need to have to aim considerably less on that and extra on developing greater music listening ordeals for individuals.

Cambridge Audio AXA35 Integrated Amplifier Front
Cambridge Audio AXA35 Built-in Amplifier ($349)


There are a ton of superb cost-effective superior-conclude products and solutions appropriate now. Unquestionably the most in the 24 yrs I have been composing about the industry for SoundStage!, Major Photograph Large Sound, Digital Tendencies, Gear Patrol, eCoustics, and The New York Times. 

In the CI current market, mid-tier tasks are struggling the most as shoppers either go for much less expensive entry-degree jobs for the household or very high priced systems for the whole house which consists of home theater and multi-room audio.

I’ve spoken to a range of very profitable custom integrators who have explained to me that the center is dying for them. 

Is that the path that large-conclusion audio is headed? 

We search at entry-degree from the perspective of $500 turntables, amplifiers, CD players and loudspeakers. If you devote that significantly on 3-5 factors and cables, you may possibly already be approaching $1,200 to $3,000 for a high-high-quality entry-degree method. 

That’s a good deal of revenue for most people today. Maybe not to people keen to waste $3,000 on a single power cord, but it represents extra than 95% of the populace.

It will be noteworthy to see which types proceed to expand in 2023 we’re betting on wireless speakers and headphones, CI multi-place audio and video clip, and network amplifiers.

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We’re also noticing that “vintage audio” elements are not long lasting very long on precise sites and that selling prices are climbing appreciably.

Sellers are calling the pictures if you are looking for classic McIntosh, Marantz, Mark Levinson, Krell, Sonus faber, and large-finish reel-to-reel tape decks.

We’ll have more to say about the previous group in January as we pay out a go to to an intriguing corporation in Brooklyn performing some terrific points in the house.

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None of what we do would be possible without the assistance of our developing list of sponsors. We can not thank them plenty of.

Ace in the Hole

The media environment knowledgeable a lot of adjust in 2022 and there is more to occur.

As a scaled-down publication that is in a interval of “growth,” and starting off to just take marketplace share away from our competition, we understand that we have to evolve with individuals improvements but not get rid of sight of what can make us unique.

We have a ton of operate to do on the video clip aspect but we’re also not abandoning what will make this publication distinct — its numerous group of contributors, our target on cost-effective higher-stop audio/movie alternatives, and our every day protection of the field and the people today that drive it.

That suggests that we will be undertaking two factors to sustain that growth manufacturing even a lot more composed content material across various platforms and making men and women/company targeted films and not getting YouTubers.

We will be launching a Substack version of the journal in 2023 as element of a pilot application and a good deal of that material will be membership-based. We’re captivating to a broader viewers and cross-endorsing with other writers and artists on that system.

The publication has created some tremendous strides above the previous 12 months we eventually crossed some important thresholds on social media that change how we are in a position to monetize our perform.

The eCoustics podcast has genuinely developed and we’re energized to announce that it will grow to be a weekly feature beginning in January. Setting up with our “Vintage Audio” Sequence that launches on December 28th, the eCoustics team will be broadcasting from trade exhibits and other occasions in 2023.

Assume to see us at much more trade exhibits and personal occasions in 2023 Tampa, CanJam NYC 2023, Montreal, and T.H.E. Exhibit are presently on the calendar.

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Our exceptional customer targeted traffic in 2022 rose by above 200% compared to 2021 and a sizeable share of those people regular monthly guests had been new viewers.

Welcome to all of you who arrive to us every single solitary day now and study our thoughts and expertise on some somewhat dry subject areas.

This is a workforce energy and it is nearly difficult to make clear how quite a few hrs we spend every single working day producing new content material that is meant to educate customers and aid transfer the needle for the marketplace.

Do we normally thrive? Most likely not.

Do we get all the things accurate? We do our finest to get the most exact information and facts from producers and public relations men and women who often play footsie with the details.

Our “comments” portion will keep on being open up and our plan of not staying significant-handed will continue on because 95% of you are civil. Act like a baby — and your remarks will finish up in the trash where they belong. This is not Twitter.

A huge thank you to our increasing record of contributors and editors who make my days and nights pretty extended — but never ever uninteresting.

Content Chanukah, Merry Xmas & A Harmless New Calendar year!

Ian White & Brian Mitchell

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