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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 04, 2014 0 comments
Aria
The Aria Music Server from Digibit is a purpose-built computer running Windows Home Server 11 stored on a 30GB SSD card (next year, the Aria will switch over to Linux) and its sole purpose is to rip, store, access and play music. Under the hood, we have Intel Atom N2600 (1M Cache, 1.6 GHz) dual core processor and 30GB of Kingston RAM. The standard version, under review, comes with 2TB of HDD storage in a RAID 0 array, a commercial grade Teac DVD/R ripper, and linear power supply. You can also opt for 4TB of storage or 2TB of SSD storage. There's also an optional internal DAC (Burr Brown 1795). The 6mm thick precision machined aluminum chassis was designed by Ochoa & Diaz-Llanos, a Spanish industrial design studio, and the Aria certainly looks the part of high end music server.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 03, 2014 6 comments
My Patti Smith Artist Signature Series Pono Player! I literally just unpacked it, fresh off the UPS truck and took a few glamor shots before charging her up.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 02, 2014 9 comments
Spotify released its global 2013 consolidated financial results last week which showed revenues rising 73.6% to €746.9m ($931.7m), while its operating loss grew 16.4% to €93.1m ($116.1m). Spotify closed the year with 36m active users worldwide, with more than 8m paying subscribers. From Spotify's letter to its shareholders, "We believe that music has mass market appeal – and as such, we believe we are just at the beginning of a much larger market opportunity. We believe our model supports profitability at scale."
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Jon Iverson Posted: Dec 01, 2014 133 comments
Register to win a Musical Fidelity V90 DAC (MSRP $299.00) from Needle Doctor we are giving away.

According to the company:

"Chances are, if you’ve been shopping for audio gear in recent years, you’ve seen the name Musical Fidelity. Rarely does a company have as far of a reach and accumulate as much praise that Musical Fidelity does, and their digital products warrant especially high marks."

[This Sweepstakes is now closed.]

Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 28, 2014 3 comments
Subverted folk blues from Newcastle upon Tyne's Richard Dawson. His guitar, barely keeping the feedback at bay, is raucous and rowdy, his vocals barely keeping time and tune, tell strange tales of the ordinary. Together they make for a solitary voice and vision.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 26, 2014 9 comments
Sonos
Do you watch TV? Sports maybe? If so, you've probably spotted one of the Sonos commercials. White immaculate rooms are suddenly filled with liquid color, with flowers, or with paint spatters until the rooms are transformed. By music. Cool. And its cool for a few reasons; the message, the presentation, and the fact that a hi-fi company can afford to advertise on network TV during high profile/price sporting events. I'd imagine that Sonos is the only company to come through AudioStream to be in a position to pull that off.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 25, 2014 0 comments
Linn is at it again, giving away a high resolution 24-bit track-a-day in December. If you head over now, there's a preview track available titled "Caledonia" from Dougie MacLean & Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Sweet!

Linn's 24-Bits of Christmas.

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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 13 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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