Steven Plaskin Posted: May 19, 2016 19 comments
Standard Version (top) Industrial Version (bottom)

The Intona Technology USB 2.0 High-Speed Isolator is the product of a German firm that specializes in electronics engineering for professional signal processing solutions that are sold worldwide. Interestingly enough, the USB 2.0 High-Speed Isolator was not originally designed for the audiophile market, but for all applications requiring clean and stable USB connections with separate grounds.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 18, 2016 9 comments
It depends on whom you ask. I have Jana Dagdagan to thank, Jana is our relatively new colleague at TEN (and I highly recommend reading her blog on Stereophile), for the heads up on a very thoughtful and thought-provoking guest post on MUSIC • TECHNOLOGY • POLICY by composer and big-band-leader Maria Schnieder titled,Open Letter to YouTube, "Pushers" of Piracy.
I appreciate YouTube’s illegal business model might yield a few anecdotal success stories like Mr. Green’s and his videos of opening beer bottles with antlers, but for the vast majority of the artistic community, including me, and every musician I know (and I know thousands), YouTube is a resounding disaster.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 17, 2016 0 comments

From The Art of Listening website:

The Art of Listening is a documentary film about the journey music takes to reach a listener’s ear, from the intent of an instrument maker and composer, to the producers and engineers who capture and preserve an artist’s voice. This journey is narrated by intimate conversations with artists, engineers and producers about the philosophy of their work and the intent behind each musical note they create.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 16, 2016 4 comments
I really enjoy AudioStream, particularly the Lovely Recordings feature. Here are a few I’d like to share:
Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 13, 2016 8 comments
Narcissus, Caravaggio (1594-96)

"Systems lean." So read my notes in reference to the experience of listening to lots of systems at the High End Show 2016 in Munich. Systems lean.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 13, 2016 7 comments
Before I boarded Lufthansa flight 412 in Munich, I added A Moon Shaped Pool to the download queue in the Tidal app on my iPhone. Once aboard flight 412 and in the air, I listened to Radiohead's new album in its entirety with the help of the DragonFly Red and a pair of RHA S500 earphones (yea, the cheap ones).
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 12, 2016 12 comments
I was very tempted to reduce the size of this image to reduce its pain-inducing impact

First things first—who the hell designed that logo? If the message you want to convey about high-res music is that it's very old-fashioned, has little real money behind it, and it sounds kinda painful and spiky and stings like a bee, bravo, a job well done. I know that's harsh, so let me apologize to whomever RIAA member's son or daughter designed that logo.

From the press release dated May 11, 2016:

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 12, 2016 2 comments
The big digital news from Munich is something that you have to put together. It's not a single thing, rather an accumulation of things. I know, so much for simplicity. But it is simple.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 12, 2016 0 comments
You're looking at, among other things, a Western Electric 11A horn system c.1924 (before the advent of electrical recording) courtesy of the fine folks at Silbatone Acoustics. Silbatone's own electronics designed by J.C. Morrison provided the juice (using vintage, and I mean vintage VT-1 and VT-2 triodes), while one of Frank Schroeder's or Thomas Schick's tonearms rode the grooves. All-in-all, this was the most goosebumps inducing sound at The Show, at least according my goosebumps-O-meter, as it was able to convey the life in music. I find some systems, OK some modern systems, pale in comparison on this note, delivering a strained sounding imitation more intent on sound effects than music or in the worse case serving up music that is, for all intents and purposes, DOA. A corpse.