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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 10, 2017 1 comments
Typically Venetian- and/or Mirage-bound exhibitors including dCS, Bluesound, and ELAC were also on active display at the Hi-Res Audio Pavilion in the LVCC, the circus circus carnivalesque commodity trading floor pumping pounding shoving flashing booth-babe sporting sports center of CES.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 10, 2017 0 comments
Rob Watts illustrating an essential ingredient in any presentation

Chord Electronics Ltd introduced three new products at CES 2017; the new and improved Hugo2 (£1,800), Blu MkII upscaling CD transport (£7,995), and Poly (£499). I'll let Chord's slide show tell you most of story and just add that I had to leave before the Poly presentation. Poly attaches to the Chord Mojo adding a micro SD card reader, Bluetooth, and WiFi so that the Mojo becomes a nifty little high-resolution wireless network music player, streamer and SD card playback device.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 10, 2017 5 comments
while HDtracks did not speak at the DEG event, their message, especially "...and streaming enthusiasts", sure did

Thursday, January 5 was the first day of the show and also the date of the Digital Entertainment Group's Hi-Res Audio Update. For the most part I felt a strong sense of déjà vu (not the CSN&Y song but that would kinda make sense too) as the language used to describe the hi-res listening experience had more goosebumps and raised hairs on the backs of necks than a tower of giraffes in a blizzard.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 07, 2017 20 comments
In a few short weeks, or long weeks depending on to what extent you've been infected with the audiophile bug, AudioQuest DragonFly Red & Black owners can download and install the free AQ app which facilitates a firmware upgrade turning your 'Fly into an MQA-enabled DAC.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 05, 2017 37 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 04, 2017 3 comments
Three left me wanting. Three left me wanting to share more from this beautifully bountiful year of music. As my good friend advised, "Do it." So I did. It.
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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: Jan 03, 2017 0 comments
Between you and me, Greatest Bits has been bugging me. I found the menu "Recommended" confusing and everything seemed to be one those damn Greatest Bits lists. Everything.