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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 05, 2017 38 comments
Tidal HiFi account owners can upgrade their account (for free) with the tick of that new "HiFi / Master" option in Tidal's settings menu and stream from "more than 30,000" MQA encoded tracks. Right now.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 03, 2017 11 comments
From the Flac It! "About Us" page:
"Flacit was founded in 2014 by Nelson Pass, Ph.D., an award-winning audio engineer and music producer, as an alternative to iTunes and other web sites that provide lots of tracks but at low fidelity. Even sites that feature so-called 'HD Downloads' are only providing the quality of the original older master, which is often an analog or standard definition digital recording."
Thanks to reader "tulysses", we have this response from (the real) Nelson Pass:
My attorney advises me to make a public announcement somewhere, and this looks like a perfectly good place.

Apparently there is a website called flacit offering music downloads and they have attached my name to it.

I am going on record that I am not associated with any such activity.

Sticking with old adages, If it looks like a duck, ...
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 27, 2016 4 comments
One week from tomorrow I board a cozy people mover en-route to Las Vegas, Nevada and the hi-end orgy that is CES. The BIG question on every show goer's mind this year—Is less really more?
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 13, 2016 3 comments
Neil Young and Pono are back in the news after a long hiatus of newsworthiness. Rolling Stone reports, "He's [Young] working with a Singaporean company on a method to 'maintain our quality level when we go to streaming.'" My best guess is that Singaporean company is none other than OraStream (who else would it be?), the company behind the Naxos high-res classical service.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 28, 2016 0 comments

Alan Turing created his computer music making machine at the Computing Machine Laboratory in Manchester, England. In 1951, a group of BBC broadcasters arrived to hear a music recital of computer-generated music generated by Turing's music machine. A recording of this event was saved to 12-inch acetate disc and scientists have recently done some digital housekeeping, bringing the tunes back up to correct speed (Auto-Tune?) while dusting off some noise.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 27, 2016 12 comments
The leaves are turning once again in time with the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in Denver, CO which "features Mountains of Sound from the Affordable to the Absurd'". Next week, from Friday to Sunday, packs of audiophiles will descend on the Denver Marriott Tech Center in search of the affordable and the absurd? How about plain old fun.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 14, 2016 25 comments
look ma, no 3.5mm headphone jack

While this isn't really AudioStream news, and Tyll over on InnerFidlity has this more than covered, I thought I'd add a word or two on Apple's headphone-jackless new iPhone; dongle, dongles.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 06, 2016 14 comments
Mark Wilder

Battery Studios is home to master mastering engineer and three-time Grammy winner Mark Wilder so it was with great pleasure to reply in the affirmative to Sony's invitation to hear about and hear their new Signature Series components. There are four products in the Signature line—MDR-Z1R headphones, NW-WM1Z and N!-WM1A Walkman players, and the TA-ZH1ES headphone amplifier—and we were treated to a listen and learn session which included presentations by Sony Acoustic Engineer Shunsuke Shiomi and Mark Wilder.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 11, 2016 41 comments
Stereophile has just published "MQA: Questions and Answers" authored by J. Robert Stuart, the co-creator of MQA. I consider this essential reading, and I'm not even done reading it!, for anyone interested in learning.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 10, 2016 11 comments
photo credit: Scott Clark for Crate and Barrel

It took a while for this news to sink into someplace comfy and cozy but it finally has:

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/-- Leading home furnishings destination Crate and Barrel introduces The Listening Room, featuring exclusive furniture and accessories, cutting edge audio equipment and a curated collection of iconic vinyl recordings through the brand's new partnership with Capitol Records. Celebrating music as it was meant to be heard, The Listening Room is the perfect setting to enjoy the Capitol Records 75th Anniversary Collection, a limited release of 75 remastered vinyl recordings. The Listening Room collection will be offered in U.S. stores and online starting this September.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 19, 2016 22 comments
From the (crazy) horse's mouth:
We have some news that we want to share with you.

One of our key infrastructure partners - Omnifone - has been acquired by a large company. An impact of this purchase is that all Omnifone’s supply relationships are being terminated, effectively immediately. Omnifone has been the exclusive content provider for PonoMusic. Consequently, our music library will be temporarily suspended for purchases effective July 20th . Please rest assured that our contractual relationships with all the major music labels remain fully intact and will transition to our new platform.

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