Revisiting A Glorious Performance

In April, 2017, we attended am extraordinary concert at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco. I blogged about it in more detail than usual because I found it so incredibly moving. The concert featured the work of pianist Denis Kozhukhin, and his encore was transcendent. That encore performance remains, to this day, the single most presentation of beauty I’ve ever… Continue reading

JS Bach’s Goldberg Variations

Below is a link to Beatrice Rana’s 2017 recording of JS Bach’s Goldberg Variations. I’ve been listening to them today. I’ve always found JS Bach’s music puts the energy in the world back in balance once again. “BBC New Generation Artist Beatrice Rana sets her sights on Bach in this dignified reading of the Goldberg Variations. Treating every ornamentation and… Continue reading

Setting Up the Apple TV 4K for Lossless Music and Dolby Atmos with the Sonos Arc Surround Sound System: Settings After the New Installation

Overview This is the final post in a series of four posts focused on Setting Up the Apple TV 4K for Lossless Music and Dolby Atmos with the Sonos Arc Surround Sound System. For a detailed list on each of those posts, with links to each section of their table of contents, go to the end of the post. The… Continue reading

Setting Up the Apple TV 4K for Lossless Music and Dolby Atmos with the Sonos Arc Surround Sound System: Installing the New Hardware

Previously in this Series Back in February, 2022, I published the first in a series of four detailed posts about our efforts to upgrade our TV sound system in the Den. That first post, Setting Up the Apple TV 4K for Lossless Music and Dolby Atmos with the Sonos Arc Surround Sound System: The Hardware, focused on the hardware we… Continue reading

Setting Up the Apple TV 4K for Lossless Music and Dolby Atmos with the Sonos Arc Surround Sound System: The Settings

Overview In the first post in this series I bemoaned the poor audio and flat video quality of our current television setup. In that post I go into great detail about the existing hardware, our goals for a better system, and the choices we made to reach those goals. I had already looked at the settings on the Gen 1… Continue reading

Setting Up the Apple TV 4K for Lossless Music and Dolby Atmos with the Sonos Arc Surround Sound System: The Hardware

Overview This is the first of four posts in a series. For information about what the other posts cover, jump to section 9: Other Posts in this Series in the Table of Contents above. For years now our TV setup was been nothing fancy and, frankly, has been a wee bit less than adequate for our TV-watching needs. While not… Continue reading

Berlin Philharmonic Digital Concert Hall

Like everyone else, we are so o.v.e.r this pandemic/endemic. I can not adequately express how much Steve and I miss going to the symphony. We were scheduled to attend a San Francisco Symphony concert, but we had to cancel the trip. Apparently one of the symphony members tested positive for Covid, and, out of an abundance of caution, they canceled.… Continue reading

JackTrip Live Remote Music Rehearsal and Performance

I will always, hands down, prefer live music making and live concerts. Recordings are awesome, but they are just not the same1 But, at the same time, I’ve always lamented that musicians can’t collaborate (rehearse and perform together) unless they are physically present with one another in the same space. And with the pandemic, making remote live music has never… Continue reading

Working with Sonos Playlists

SONOS CONTROLLER VERSUS APPLE CONTROLLER w/ AIRPLAY I find the Sonos app significantly more stable than Apple AirPlay when playing Music through our Sonos system. To be sure, neither is as stable as it should be! Both have speaker connectivity issues, but AirPlay is far, far worse. This aggravates the hell out of me as I prefer to use the… Continue reading