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Audio Resource Jan Didden

It's great to have you here!

This place is where I talk about my personal projects, interests and whatnot. Not necessarily related to audio, although it often is. Under the Musings button you'll find things related to perception and conciousness which of course are very much applicable to audio!

My library lists lots of (historic) audio papers and studies that I personally find important to understand many different issues in audio.

I also have collected the interviews I've done with audio luminaries. Take some time to read and digest them - there are very interesting and worthwhile gems in each of them! My projects however is audio stuff - things I designed, wrote articles about, and my personal system. Comments and remarks are always welcome!

Last but surely not least, let me mention my publication Linear Audio. Published twice per year, over 200 pages of technical audio related articles from international authors. Article abstracts and author bio's can be read at the website, and some articles are available for free online.

So, take a look around, explore the various areas and let me know what you think!


My fall pilgrimage to USA

Another year passed, another year older, another year wiser (yeah right...). Early October I will again attend the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest. This year I have to skip Burning Amp and the LA AES convention. I had to make a choice, and RMAF it is. And it has nothing to do with the fact that my buddy SY will join me in Denver. Of course not. Seriously, RMAF hits exacttly that great combination of commercial audio demo's, technical presentations and enough diy-ers to fill several bars with. Join me there this year!

New trips ahead!

Spring 2015 and I'm  again preparing for some trips: attending the AES 138th Convention in Warsaw beginning of May. I have made arrangements with the people running the AES bookstore in Warsaw to also carry Linear Audio publications, so if you are missing some, pick them up at a nice discount!

Ask for me at the bookstore - I'd love to chat with you on anything audio!

Then, after a several years lapse, I'm going to visit the Munich Hi-End show immediately after the AES convention. I know, it's mostly about the commercial side of audio, but there's so much to see, so much to listen to and, so many audio friends to meet and have a beer with, I reall can't stay away!

My fall US trip & then some

It's that time of year again: Oct always sees me in the US to meet lost of old friends, authors and make new ones! And it's audio that binds us. First, on 6 October, will be Burning Amp in San Francisco at Fort Mason on the bay. I will have something to show & demo this year! A Smyth A8 Realiser driving a Stax headphone. A truly revolutionary device! But also looking forward to see and hear many excellent diy creations, as always! The weekend after that I'll be at the 10th Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in Denver. I will be sharing a booth with Elektor International media, the new owners of audioXpress, and they will have some pleasant surprises in store for readers, so please stop by for a chat! We'll be in the lobby. And yes, I'll bring the Realiser along as well. To make it a round trio, the weekend after THAT (actually 17-20 October) there's the 135th AES convention in New York. Again I will share a booth with EIM and that occasion will also be the launch of the new, revamped and enlarged audioXpress! So whichever show you'll go this year do make a point of stopping by for a chat, I'd love to get to know you and hear any comments or suggestions you might have for Linear Audio and related stuff. See you soon!

Ed Dell

It is with sadness that I must report that Edward T. Dell Jr. passed away 25 February 2013, just a few weeks after his 90st birthday. Ed Dell founded The Audio Amateur in 1970 as a quarterly audio diy magazine. After a continuous growth to a large circulation as a monthly mag, Ed added two sister magazines in the 90ies, namely Glass Audio and Speaker Builder. After the turn of the century, forced by increased overhead and mailing costs, all publications were absorbed in the newly-named AudioXpress, follwed by an online version joining the continued printed version. Throughout the years, Ed had maintained friendly and professional ties to the Netherlands-based Elektor diy electronics magazine. Elektor USA acquired Audio Amateur Inc. in 2011, allowing Ed to - reluctantly - retire at age 88. I published my first article in TAA in 1974 or 75, and Ed has always be a mentor and motivator for me to develop my writing skills. His encouragement and trust ultimately led to my own publishing adventure with Linear Audio. Besides a mentor, Ed became a personal friend and I will miss him dearly.

Jan Didden publisher/managing editor

European Triode Festival 2012

I'm getting ready for the European Triode Festival, to be held in Berlin, Germany on the weekend of 22 to 25 November. After attending for several years, this time I decided to take a complete system with me, to demo to the participants. Thanks to my friend Leo who provided his large van, I can transport my speaker system and amplifiers. Not strictly triode-powered, but hopefully with Bob Cordell's power amp from his Vol 2 article. Exciting and scary!

Linear Audio at AES & BAF 2012

I had a great Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, meeting lots of interesting and friendly audio afficionado's in The Mile High City. Had Bob Cordell's VinylTrak on display, which generated a lot of interest. Next weekend, 26 to 29 October 2012, I will be at the San Francisco AES convention, again sharing a booth with Elektor USA and AudioXpress, and again having VinylTrak on display. During the same weekend the Burning Amp Festival will be held at SF's Fort Mason, on Sunday the 28th. So I will probably exchange the AES for BAF at that day. If you are at either of those events, please make sure to pass by my little stand for a chat! I really enjoy meeting you and chatting about audio and related stuff, and I also will have a limited number of Linear Audio bookzines available.

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest

Its that time of the year again! Am packing my bags to fly to Denver for the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest. This year we will have a nice diy-audio corner in the Lobby (booth 15), behind the check-in counter. We will have stuff from Elektor USA, AudioXpress and of course my own Linear Audio. Bob Cordell will be there too showing his VinylTrak phono/preamp. Be sure to look us up for a chat or serious diy stuff - you're all welcome! See you in the Marriott Denver Tech Center, we'll be there the whole show!

Linear Audio's Jan Didden at TubeSociety

Linear Audio's Jan Didden at TubeSociety   Menno Vanderveen, the recognised tube and transformer design authority has created TubeSociety, an organisation dedicated to study technical audio issues, specifically related to tube equipment and transformer design. I am honored to be invited by TubeSociety to speak a full day about feedback, error correction and related issues in audio design. If you are interested to attend this interactive event on 12 May, sign up through info@mennovanderveen.nl. Further details at www.mennovanderveen.nl

Linear Audio goes to Budapest!

Linear Audio goes to Budapest! The European spring convention of the AES (the 132nd) will be held in Budapest, Hungary, end of April. Linear Audio will have a stand to present our publications - Linear Audio Vol 0, 1, 2 and the new Vol 3, as well as the 'Baxandall & Self on Audio' Collected Papers. Come and see me, to get copies or just to chat!

Linear Audio presence at US tech audio shows

Linear Audio presence at US tech audio shows It's getting closer to the time of the tech audio shows in the US! I'm gearing up to attend several shows. First is the Burning Amp Festival in SF on October 1st. Lectures by Nelson Pass and Douglas Self, loudspeaker demos by Siegfried Linkwitz and, the main part, lots of diy equipment displays and listening. Sponsors include audioXpress. Don't miss it!