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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 13, 2015 3 comments
Another tip from my friend Joe, "I've listened to it through twice and I'm still not sure what the fuck..." It took me longer. After a few weeks of listening to Calgary, Alberta based Viet Cong's first and self-titled album on Jagjaguwar I've come to dig its decidedly dark and brutalist groove.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 12, 2015 11 comments
Teac
The TEAC Corporation, a $1.2 billion manufacturing company headquartered in Japan, was founded in 1953. The TEAC division is in the "field of music and audio" and they've pioneered many a product for the studio and home. I was mightily impressed with their UD-501 Dual-Monaural PCM/DSD USB DAC (see review) and the new Teac AI-301DA, which wraps up 22 Watts (into 8 Ohms) of Class-D ICEpower (50ASX2-SE), a 32/192 and DSD 5.6MHz capable BurrBrown PCM 1795 D/A converter, aptX Bluetooth, and a headphone amp into a relatively small package, carries on this tradition.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 11, 2015 113 comments
a 12m run of AudioQuest's Diamond Ethernet cable will run you $7,995

I think it started on Reddit then spread like wildfire to a number of websites including Ars Technica, The Register, HotHardware, and more. Not to mention the forums. What's all the fuss? Expensive Ethernet cables. $10,000 Ethernet cables.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 10, 2015 24 comments
Audio manufacturer PS Audio and recording company Blue Coast Records, who specialize in DSD recordings, have each offered a high res challenge to the writers who could not hear the differences high res audio offers when reviewing Neil Young's Pono Player (you can read my review here. Spoiler Alert: I heard a difference).
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 09, 2015 2 comments
From the press release:
Lambertville, NJ—February 4, 2015—Channel D, developers of the innovative and award-winning Pure Vinyl™ and Pure Music® computer audio software for Apple Macintosh computers and the creator of the Seta® Ultra Wide Bandwidth Balanced Flat Phono Preamplifiers has released a significant update to its Pure Music® software.

Pure Music 2.0.3, available for download now from the Channel D website, brings enhancements to its Streamthrough streaming audio technology. Streamthrough permits conveniently playing and enhancing other computer audio sources through Pure Music, with full access to Pure Music's dithered volume control, 64 bit crossover, audio EQ plug-ins, NetSend streaming, metering, etc., all without needing to quit Pure Music.

Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 06, 2015 4 comments
Erstwhile harpist Áine O'Dwyer got her hands on the pipe organ in St Mark’s Church, Islington over the course of several months. O'Dwyer plays in between services with people coming and going and the cleanup crew going about their business, improvising an intoxicating sonic spell on Music For Church Cleaners vol. I and II (MIE). Part Terry Riley, part Gavin Bryars, and part Gene Moore's Carnival of Souls, the sense of place and meaning in this slow-moving work is jarred by the sound of church cleaners at work as well as the women and children we hear roaming about the place.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 05, 2015 23 comments
The Sprout Vision
I see it, I hear it, I like it. Sprout plays vinyl and digital (up to 24/192), let's you stream to it via Bluetooth from your smartphone while pumping out 32 watts of Class D power per channel into 8 Ohms (50W into 4). It delivers all of this in a small, simple, attractive package and it costs $799. What more do you need to know?
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Steven Plaskin Posted: Feb 03, 2015 6 comments
Fidelizer Pro 6.5 is the creation of an audiophile from Thailand by the name of Keetakawee Punpeng. Back in 2011, Keetakawee released freeware for Windows called Fidelizer that provided optimization for dedicated Windows computers working as music servers. His software was designed to improve the sound of music software playing on Windows 7 computers. The software was easy to use and did not make a permanent change to the operating system.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 02, 2015 70 comments
In addition to the NY Post and Gizmodo, Ars Technica has weighed in on Pono as has David Pogue of Yahoo. The verdict? People can't really tell the difference between high res files and lower resolutions, some people prefer the iPhone, and generally high res audio is a bunch of snake oil. Just ask Monty and buy yourself a better pair of headphones. You'll find these same sentiments expressed on forums, in the comments section of the aforementioned articles, and even within our own small world of hi-fi enthusiasts. People just can't seem to agree on Pono and high res audio which is odd since we all agree on everything else, especially when it comes to science. Just look at climate change for one easy example.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 30, 2015 7 comments
According to Endgaget, "'Project Panther,' a company indirectly owned by Jay Z's S. Carter Enterprises, has made a bid for Aspiro, a company that runs Tidal" for 464 million Swedish crowns ($56 million) in cash. From The Verge, "Norwegian media company Schibsted, which owns a majority share in Aspiro, accepted the bid this Friday while Aspiro's board has 'unanimously recommended' that the shareholders accept the offer."

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