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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 24, 2014 0 comments
Exogal Comet DAC ($2500)

Here's what's in-house or en-route to AudioStream for review.

Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 21, 2014 0 comments
Sometimes I'm in playful mood and I want my music to match. Aphex Twin's latest Syro (Warp), his first album since 2001’s Drukqs, is about as seriously playful as they come. Richard D. James is a master of sounds both analog and eclectic and there's a palpable sense of sheer joy in the mix. Refreshing.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 20, 2014 12 comments
From an article in the NY Times:
In a radio interview on Friday, Scott Borchetta, chief of Ms. Swift’s record label, Big Machine, said that the label wanted to restrict access to her music to Spotify’s paid tier, but Spotify refused.
The issue at the center of this debate is free on-demand streaming of complete albums.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 18, 2014 12 comments
According to the Wall Street Journal, Sony is re-thinking "its support for free, advertiser-supported online music after U.S. pop star Taylor Swift pulled her music from Spotify, the popular digital streaming service."

Here's Kevin Kelleher, chief financial officer of Sony Music, from a Sony briefing for analysts and investors on Tuesday:

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 18, 2014 18 comments
photo credit: Taylor Swift/Rolling Stone

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek came out last week claiming the Spotify service was on track to pay Swift $6M over the next 12 months in fees. In response, Swift's label boss, Scott Borchetta claimed that actual US sales figures were just under $500k. So whose numbers are right?

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 17, 2014 27 comments
As an official Pono Kickstarter backer, I'm [im]patiently awaiting my Patti Smith Artist Signature Series Pono Player which was promised for an October delivery. Well, it's no longer October and I am still Pono-less.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 14, 2014 0 comments
Madrigals. Ethereal and otherworldly. Natalie Mering has cleaned up her sound for The Innocents (Mexican Summer) her second full length album as Weyes Blood. Gone are the woozy layers of electronics and haze of The Outside Room and in their stead stands her lovely voice, loud and clear.
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Jon Iverson Posted: Nov 13, 2014 103 comments
Register to win a pair of Vanatoo Transparent One Speakers (MSRP $499.00) we are giving away.

According to the company:

"The Vanatoo Transparent One powered speakers set a new price/performance benchmark in the audiophile world. They produce unexpectedly great sound quality (honest, tight bass down to 48Hz!) from small bookshelf speakers that give you a lot of flexibility in how you use them. They are equally at home as a desktop audio system, a music streaming solution for a room where you want music but not stacks of equipment, or as a compact system you take with you on your weekend getaways."

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post. Click on the picture above for details on how to enter.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 13, 2014 8 comments
Korg
Korg views their DS-DAC-100 and AudioGate 3 software as a single product, a team that delivers up to double rate DSD natively as well as PCM resolutions to 24/192. You can elect to have the Audiogate software upsample everything you play through it or leave it set for bit perfect playback. The DS-DAC-100 also doubles as a headphone amp with its front-mounted 3/4" jack and associated volume control and I find it's Cheshire Cat smile shape to be a nice change from the ordinary.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 11, 2014 18 comments
Daniel Ek, Spotify's Co-Founder and CEO, responded to Taylor Swift today on Spotify's blog in a post titled "$2 Billion and Counting". $2 billion is, according to Ek, how much Spotify has paid out to "labels, publishers and collecting societies for distribution to songwriters and recording artists. A billion dollars from the time we started Spotify in 2008 to last year and another billion dollars since then." That's not chump change.

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