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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 11, 2016 2 comments
I've learned a lot reading this column, and share these records in the hope they might worm their way into some readers' minds and playlists, as they've wormed their way into mine.
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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 08, 2016 11 comments
Tag Eins Tag Zwei (Day One Day Two) came my way via John DeVore (I have to say that getting music recommendations from friends is among my favorite things). F.S.Blumm's guitar and Nils Frahm's piano and harmonium coupled with various and sundry sounds mixed into their improvisations kissed my brain like a warm spring breeze. Thanks, I needed that.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 07, 2016 24 comments
The New Node 2
The new Bluesound Node 2 looks a helluva lot better than the original Node, at least to my eyes. It's new beauty is not only skin deep as its processor has been upgraded to a 1 GHz ARM CORTEX A9 Multi-core processor, the DAC is now the BurrBrown PCM5122, and the company has also added more connectivity options, integrated Bluetooth, a headphone amp, and improved WiFi performance. Bluesound has also been been working on improving their BluOS app for iOS and Android devices so we're looking at and listening all new Blue Sound.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 06, 2016 46 comments
When I travel, I travel with music. And my iPhone. And my MacBook Pro. For a while now, I've been carrying along my PonoPlayer for most of the music part, but I find myself, once settled into my hotel room, looking around Tidal on my MacBook for the new. But the PonoPlayer doesn't...stream. It just serves. The PonoPlayer also requires that I pack its charging cable and wall adapter and it, itself, which is not really big deal; like carrying a Toblerone candy bar in your bag along with a Twizzler and Chunky.
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Posted: Apr 05, 2016 11 comments
Editor's Note: The following piece was written by Jason Stoddard of Schiit Audio as Chapter 5 of his ongoing work Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up, which I highly recommend reading in its entirety. "The Subjectivist/Objectivist Synthesis" struck me as being relevant to many discussions we have here on AudioStream shedding much needed light on the middle ground. Jason was kind enough to allow me to publish it here in its entirety. Enjoy!
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 04, 2016 3 comments
One rainy Sunday a few years ago, I found myself listening to some of my records, wondering if it would be worth it to go for a better sound system. So I bought a magazine at a gas station shop and phoned up a friend of a friend who was know for being an audiophile.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 03, 2016 15 comments
Here I sit, reading the Sunday New York Times listening to music through three different AudioQuest DragonFly DACs—v1.2 (see review) and the new Black v1.5 ($99) and the new Red ($199)—plugged into my MacBook Pro while at the other end resides a pair of AudioQuest NightHawk headphones. I figure, the idea that I'm reading the NY Times will piss some people off and the idea that I'm listening to different DACs and hearing a difference will piss some people off, too.
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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: Apr 01, 2016 2 comments
Big, bold, and passion-full. I was on a Dawn Upshaw jag, The Girl with Orange Lips and more to our point Golijov: Ayre / Berio: Folk Songs, and I wondered—who is this Golijov guy? One doesn't have to wonder long these days, and I found myself listening to La Pasión según San Marcos on Tidal within minutes. To say that the first few minutes flopped my musical mind around like a boated flounder is no exaggeration.

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