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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 22, 2016 2 comments

Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016)

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 14, 2016 15 comments
From the press release:
New York, April 13, 2016 - The 1.2 release of Roon marks the launch of the Roon Core partner program, which places the Roon Core software functions into partner devices so that server companies can offer a turnkey Roon experience.
"For many customers, the journey of building and managing a computer audio system is a hobby that they enjoy, but for others, working through the challenges of making an ideal computer audio system is an obstacle to enjoying music.

"The Roon Core program means that these customers can leave the technology to others and have an off-the-shelf experience of Roon from trusted partners."—Roon Labs CEO, Enno Vandermeer

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 12, 2016 6 comments
From the press release, here's company president & CEO Xuanqian Wang:
"The new ALTAIR is both a high quality streamer and DAC, and was designed based on feedback from dealers for an exceptional yet convenient-to-operate Digital Source unit at an $1,800 - $2,000 price point.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 12, 2016 23 comments

The Loudness Petition Group, which consists of members Eelco Grimm (Grimm Audio and HKU University of the Arts Utrecht), Bob Katz (Digital Domain), Matt Mayfield (Matt Mayfield Music) and Ian Shepherd (Mastering Media), is on a mission to cut the legs and logic out from under the excessive use of dynamic compression in our music. Their proposal and petition aims to get streaming services to apply "loudness normalization" by default (the loudness level as defined the Audio Engineering Society recommendations), thus rendering all streaming music equal in terms of volume level. Check out that video for a nice illustration of the problem.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 10, 2016 2 comments
photo credits: Nativ

From the Press Release:

Nativ Vita is the world’s first high-end music player with a 11.6” touchscreen and pioneering user interface to conveniently access all of today’s music. Play popular streaming services such as Apple Music, Spotify or Tidal directly from the built-in LCD, and stream stunning music videos to your TV via HDMI or wirelessly with Google Cast. Nativ Vita supports Apple Airplay, Spotify Connect, Google Cast and Bluetooth aptX for seamless integration of your mobile devices, and plays music from your Mac, PC or NAS through its ultra-fast 802.11ac and Gigabit networking technology. Network music libraries can also be navigated with the pre-installed music interface from Roon. Large music libraries can be stored directly on the built-in hard disk or SSD drives with up to 4TB capacity.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 03, 2016 2 comments
Peachtree 2.0 (from left): David Solomon, VP Sales and Marketing, Jim Spainhour, Vice President of Product Development, Andrew Clark, President

In a press event held at Stereo Exchange in NYC, Peachtree Audio introduced us to Peachtree 2.0. I think it's fair to say that Peachtree Audio has been rather quietly going about its business as of late. They've moved much of their production back to North America from China, they've implemented multi-tiered quality control in every phase of production, and continued to develop what we've come to expect from the company; solidly engineered and built audio products with an eye toward incorporating new technology at very competitive prices. Peachtree 2.0 marks, in my words, the end of the "rather quietly" bit.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 30, 2016 21 comments
photo credits: SOtM

From the press release:

The iSO-CAT6 Special Edition that newly combined with dCBL-CAT7 cable is configured with 3 kinds of network cables offering respectively different sound characteristics with high quality, which allows the user organize own unique customized audio system selecting bright & pompous tone, neutral, mild & comfortable tone.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 30, 2016 9 comments
What's more, and most interesting (and I have to admit a little unexpected), is there are 1.35 million Tidal HiFi subscribers (that's the $19.99/mo CD quality service)! That's a lot of people caring about quality and that's great news. For a change.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 23, 2016 4 comments
...says Captain Obvious. It's also the present for most, according to the latest report from the Recording Institute of America (RIAA). Streaming revenue hit the $2.4 billion mark last year, up from $1.9 billion the year prior. CD sales are sliding but still strong at $1.5 billion, and vinyl sales continue to grow reaching $422 million in 2015. 1
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 10, 2016 3 comments
Sonos CEO and cofounder John MacFarlane announced in a blog post that the company is shedding some employees and focusing on paid streaming services, what they consider to be the future of music delivery, coupled with Amazon Echo-like voice recognition/control.

From the blog post:

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 10, 2016 3 comments
The short story: the original Montreal show organizers, Michel Plante and Sarah Tremblay, along with industry members have created a non-profit organization and have taken over the renamed Montréal Salon Audio / Audio Fest which is back on schedule, opening as planned on March 18th. Here's the press release:
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 09, 2016 5 comments
From today's press release:
It is with considerable sadness that we have to inform you that it has been decided to defer this year’s Salon Son & Image Show/Montreal Audio Show due to take place at the Bonaventure Hotel on the 18 – 20 March 2016.

The deciding factor has been market support, with a substantial drop in companies wanting to support this long established event.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 29, 2016 25 comments
The following document was provided by MQA and contains information and listening notes relating to files from record label 2L which have been MQA encoded.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 28, 2016 5 comments
From the Press Release:
From 4th February, Meridian customers will have access to the necessary updates to allow MQA playback—offering listeners for the first time in their own home...
If you follow the hi-fi forums, I do because I view it as part of my job, you'll see lots of discussion over MQA (see MQA Continued). You'll also see lots of questions, confusion, skepticism, anger, accusations, death knells, cries of "snake oil" and "hoax", conspiracy theories, misinformation, personal attacks, and prognostications of the end of the good life as we know it. You know, hi-fi forums.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 29, 2015 0 comments
Earlier this month, Google announced 24-bit/96kHz support for its Chromecast Audio device (see report). Thanks to reader Chris L. for the heads up on this new news from Qobuz: Qobuz Sublime subscribers (219.99£/year) [footnote 1] will soon be able to stream their purchases, including up to 24/96 content, on Google's $35 Chromecast Audio device. A Sublime subscription also buys you "24-Bit Hi-Res downloading at MP3 prices. From 30% to 60% permanent reductions." on a large part of the Qobuz catalog.

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