Studio Requirement: Ikea Signum


We have wireless MIDI with products such as the Kenton MIDIStream. An assistant professor at MIT seems to be on the verge of bringing wireless electricity to to world. You can read about Marin Soljacic and his work here: But let’s live in the today where if you have a recording studio you have miles of wires strangling you like an evil spider’s web. There is a $10 piece of metal from Ikea that can make your studio beautiful again and it’s called Sigmun.

Ikea Sigmun

“Collects your electric and computer cables together; makes it easier to keep your work area tidy. Separate trunking for cables that are sensitive to interference.” – Ikea

I don’t have a desk in my studio (or home) without one or two Sigmun’s attached underneath them. Power strips and power bricks all nest happily out of eye sight. Besides making pretty you will have less dust bunnies clinging to rivers of wires. Let’s also not forget that without wires all over the floor the less tripping and ripping sockets out of gear will happen.

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Denon’s $499 cable vs Brilliant Pebbles.

This week a few blogs have mentioned Denon’s ridiculously priced $499 Ethernet cable. In fact one of my favorite cartoon strips User Friendly did a take on the subject: click here to read it Don’t we all know by now not to pay large sums of money for cables?

Made from high purity copper wire and high performance connection parts, the AK-DL1 will bring out all the nuances in digital audio reproduction from any of our Denon DVD players with the Denon Link feature. –

This reminds me of the recent test at which pit a $60 Monster 1000 Cable vs a coat hanger. Guess which won?

The test was conducted. After 5 tests, none could determine which was the Monster 1000 cable or the coat hanger wire. Further, when music was played through the coat hanger wire, we were asked if what we heard sounded good to us. All agreed that what was heard sounded excellent, however, when A-B tests occured, it was impossible to determine which sounded best the majority of the time and which wire was in use. –

If you really want to improve your sound check out Machina Dynamica’s Brilliant Pebbles. These cost $129 but actually do make a real difference in your audio quality. You can see what they look like in the top photo of this post. Highly recommended.