LATEST ADDITIONS

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 19, 2016 4 comments
If there's a theme for this list it's psychedelic repetition. Not all of it falls into that category, but those craving songs in the traditional sense will have some barriers to overcome. Regardless of whether it's ultra lush or mind meltingly harsh, those hypnotic qualities of music is a theme across almost everything I listen to. Oh, and not a lot of vocals, which seems to be another preference of mine. I guess it's easier to drift away to other worlds when there's no human anchoring you to reality.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 16, 2016 2 comments
Located on the Darss peninsular, overlooking the southern coast of the Baltic Sea, is a log cabin, nestled among the jungle-like overgrowth of surrounding birch and willow trees. The cabin is Christian Loeffler's atelier, where he locks himself up to work on both his visual art und his music.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 15, 2016 10 comments
Optimized
The SOtM sMS-1000SQ Windows Edition comes with AudiophileOptimizer. See Steve Plaskin's review to learn the ins and outs of AO. I'll just add/agree that it makes this machine sound better, too. The review SOtM unit is the Digital Version, meaning there's no DAC inside. There's also no internal storage, you can add music storage (up to 4TB). What you have, then, is an Optimized Windows server that can come pre-loaded with your choice of Roon, TIDAL, Qobuz, Foobar2000 & JRiver (you have to pay for whatever you decide to use) that will send its digital output to DAC of choice.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 14, 2016 3 comments
We've made a list, checked it twice, skipped the naughty, so here's the nice. Enjoy!
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 13, 2016 3 comments
Me and Charley Hansen

Prior to the start of this year's RMAF, Jana Dagdagan and I headed over to the Boulder headquarters of Ayre Acoustics to talk about their new QX-5 Twenty Digital Hub (see review). I spoke to Ayre's Principal Development Engineer Ariel Brown and Software Engineer Brendan Boyle, and separately a one-on-one with Founder and Head of Innovation Charley Hansen. Here are those results. I'd like to thank Ayre for their time and Jana for her fine work behind the camera. Enjoy!

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 13, 2016 3 comments
Neil Young and Pono are back in the news after a long hiatus of newsworthiness. Rolling Stone reports, "He's [Young] working with a Singaporean company on a method to 'maintain our quality level when we go to streaming.'" My best guess is that Singaporean company is none other than OraStream (who else would it be?), the company behind the Naxos high-res classical service.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 12, 2016 4 comments
One of the things that I enjoy about Audiostream is that the focus is on music that is more challenging than the usual fare for audiophile magazines/websites. In that spirit I have compiled a list of recent downloads with a focus on synthesizer, electronics and space.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 09, 2016 1 comments
I've wanted to add a Mary Halvorson album here for ever. Up until now, it just never worked itself out.
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Jon Iverson Posted: Dec 08, 2016 154 comments
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Steven Plaskin Posted: Dec 08, 2016 21 comments
The Nimitra Computer Audio Server is the design of Keetakawee Punpeng, the creator of Fidelizer. I have previously written about Fidelizer Pro, software that optimizes the Windows operating system for use with music software. Keetakawee, who hails from Thailand, decided to combine his software talents and computer hardware knowledge to create a reference audiophile music server. He also wanted a server that would not only be better sounding than an off-the-shelf computer, but a device that would be effortless in terms of setup and use. The Nimitra was conceived as a plug and play device that would take the frustration out of the use of a computer for audio and let users concentrate on their enjoyment of music.

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