Steven Plaskin Posted: Oct 27, 2016 0 comments
Musica Pristina’s Virtuoso Network DAC is a Roon Ready DAC that takes advantage of Roon Lab’s RAAT (Roon Advanced Audio Transport) protocol technology for bit perfect network streaming over Ethernet and WiFi networks. RAAT supports “all relevant audio formats today and for the foreseeable future.” Musica Pristina is one of the earliest companies to support Roon’s RAAT with a DAC that utilizes this new network protocol.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 27, 2016 7 comments
Crowds and Power
"The world's first bank-switching, microprocessor-controller, ultracapacitor-based, ultra-low-noise external linear power supply has arrived!" I purchased the UpTone Audio UltraCap LPS-1 from the UpTone website and it arrived last week. While this is a review, it is unusual in those two regards; I bought one sight unheard, and I wrote this review after about 7 hours of listening time. Sometimes, that's the way I roll.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 25, 2016 59 comments
in a men's room at RMAF 2016

"Should I sell my DAC, which I love, to buy an MQA DAC right now?"

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 24, 2016 3 comments
If there is a thread among these recordings, it is perhaps that I feel they are by unjustly overlooked artists, who deserve to stand with some of the best and most famous. I am partial to jazz, but am really open to any music genres, so I have included some gems that seem to be forgotten but are in fact quite influential on generations of subsequent musicians.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 21, 2016 5 comments
Natalie Mering, the person who becomes Weyes Blood, has been fascinating me since 2013's The Outside Room. Her next record, 2014's The Innocents, was a Download of the Week and I was very fortunate to see her perform up close and personal that same year at SXSW. Front Row Seat To Earth, her new album released today on Mexican Summer, sounds more mature, more other worldly, more Mering-like, more beautiful.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 20, 2016 4 comments
I needed some respite after RMAF to regroup and reinvest my time in listening. Here's the barn's new (old) barn light which is one change of two.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 17, 2016 1 comments
My music collection is probably best described as eclectic. It all started in my late teens and then particularly in my early twenties when I stopped smoking and picked up a CD habit instead. Perhaps worse on the pocket, but at least I had something to show for it afterwards. And better on the lungs.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 16, 2016 1 comments
The biggest RMAF 2016 story was RMAF 2016. The Denver Marriott Tech Center was still under renovation at show-time, which had show organizer Marjoie Baumont & Crew pulling out some creative ways to make this all work. Pre-show prognostication tended to fall into two camps; bad, and worse.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 15, 2016 4 comments
Since the reigning "Coolest Room" champ, Ayre Acoustics, took this year off, Micromega and Focal filled the bill.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 15, 2016 0 comments
Another room I make it a point to visit is this one. While there was nothing new on the digital hardware front, I've reviewed the dCS Rossini Player & Clock, there was something new (to me) and rather unusual. Roy Gregory of The Audio, pictured above, was playing a polycarbonate disc of Beethoven's 9th that retails for $2,000.