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Slaying Dragons

It is important that we are not complacent in our attitudes to audio in these technologically advanced times. Industry audio guru John Watkinson writes regularly for Resolution magazine and challenges popularly held beliefs and encourages us to take nothing for granted. You may agree or disagree with him but everyone reads Watkinson in Resolution.

  • Whether you call them valves or tubes or even vacuum tubes or thermionic devices, these little bottles have a long history and don’t seem to be going away. JOHN WATKINSON almost lays down the sword and indulges in a little nostalgia.
  • This month the Watkinson sword goes through the traditional loudspeaker crossover. Hardly any resistance was felt and the sword wasn’t even scratched.
  • The rules of good bass don’t change much between stereo and surround sound applications. JOHN WATKINSON suggests that this is because the human ear is the same in both cases.
  • It’s a topic that results in debates more heated than the equipment. Unfortunately there isn’t a simple answer. JOHN WATKINSON has fans everywhere and takes a cool look at the issues, with the help of penguins.
  • Everyone uses the terms but everyone also seems to have a different interpretation of what they think they mean. JOHN WATKINSON explains and raises the professional standard.
  • Loudspeaker cables seem to have become the subject of an ongoing controversy. JOHN WATKINSON sharpens his sword as he is not impressed by the standard of the debate.
  • Audio equipment, like any other equipment, has specifi cations. But what do they mean? JOHN WATKINSON has always had concerns about audio specifi cations and shares some of them with you.
  • Good grounding is vital for safety and for sound quality, but is often neglected because it’s not exciting and/or because it’s not understood. JOHN WATKINSON argues that it deserves more attention.
  • Inspired by the leader in the last issue, JOHN WATKINSON is intrigued by the notion of ‘classic’ and considers the entry qualifications and why digital remains so poorly represented in the league table of great and famous gear.
  • Like many other skills, design is in short supply in these commoditised days. JOHN WATKINSON argues that declining design is inevitable in the main but need not be universal.
  • Ever conscious of the need to provide JOHN WATKINSON with a new challenge (It is April, right? Ed), the Editor asked whether there is room for humour in pro audio, or is there too much already?
  • Television is going digital and Hi-Def is looming. JOHN WATKINSON looks at some of the issues surrounding the choice of new formats.
  • Although sampling is most widely known for its importance to audio convertors, it shows
    up in a lot of other places too. JOHN WATKINSON explores.