Passing The Torch

Los Angeles, CA - After nearly 15 years as editors of L.A. Audio File, the Roy and Robert duo have passed the editorial torch over to Kevin Nakano. As an Audio Engineering Society member, Kevin brings with him a solid engineering background, and a string of articles on home theater. He’s also the engineer behind a widely-circulated AC3 modification. Roy and Robert move to the background as L.A. Audio File’s executive editors and publishers. Given Kevin’s background, don’t be surprised to see more home theater coverage in these pages. It is entirely in keeping with our move into the 21st century. Of course, we won’t forget our favorites from the 20th century. An article on zen and the art of Quad ESL maintenance is in the works.

The Future is Analog

Los Angeles, CA - The director of the non-profit Institute for the Future sees analog electronics dwarfing digital in 20-30 years. As heard recently on KPFK’s Digital Village, IF director Paul Saffo said the future is analog. “Digital does not disappear, but there is a whole new industry that is more focused on analog electronics, growing off of a very small base now, that in 20-30 years will probably dwarf digital electronics.” Saffo went on to explain why: “Today, computers don’t really do anything important for us. They just manipulate information and doodle with symbols and the like. What we are on the verge of is giving our computers primitive sensory organs - eyes, eyes, and other devices, if you will - to become aware of the physical environment around us. And the physical environment is not digital; it is analog. So, what you’re going to see is a world in which our machines will be sucking up more-and-more analog information. Initially, they’ll process it in digital form, but as time goes on, more-and-more of the processing will be done with new kinds of analog circuitry.” Digital Village, a program about now computers and the Internet affect our lives, can be heard in southern California every Saturday at 10:00 a.m. on KPFK-FM 90.7 ( The Web site for the Institute for the Future is .

Renters Can Install Antennas

Washington (AP) - The Federal Communications Commission has decided that renters can install small satellite dishes or other TV antennas on balconies, patios or gardens that aren't shared with other tenants. The FCC yesterday adopted the rules that will bring this about and will help renters take advantage of a range of ways to get TV service just as homeowners can. The rules, which should take effect in early 1999, cover rental properties such as apartments and single family homes but not common areas such as apartment building lobbies or roofs.

The Return of KNAC

Los Angeles, CA - Three years after leaving the radio airwaves, KNAC, L.A.'s preeminent hard rock FM radio station, is returning—but not on radio. The new KNAC is on the Internet. Although the computer equipment of most consumers will fall short of FM radio, that is expected to change once the superior audio capabilities of Microsoft's new Windows98 becomes more widespread. To access KNAC, go to

Audio Musings

Torrance, CA - Do you yearn for the days when an "underground" audio magazine had no ads and resembled a newsletter more than a bound periodical? If you do, the folks at audioMUSINGS hope you will give them your consideration. The emphasis is on equipment reviews, and the goals include purchasing all equipment under review (as opposed to relying on manufacturer loans) and, whenever possible, each component will be reviewed by their entire staff. If this captures your interest, contact them at 562-424-7911 or at . For a one year (six issue) subscription, send $24 (U.S. residents; $26 for Canada and Mexico) to audioMUSINGS, 25500 Hawthorne Blvd. #1250, Torrance, CA 90505-3864.

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