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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 09, 2014 6 comments
The NativeDSD.com website is gaining momentum. Now with seven labels represented and over 200 DSD downloads available, fans of DSD should be pleased. The latest news is their new "JustListen" label offering "special 'session tapes' and unedited performances that, up till now, are only heard by the production teams and those close to the industry." These "unedited ultra high resolution session recordings" are offered in stereo and multi-channel 64x DSD, 128x DSD, some in 256x DSD, and DXD. Did I mention they're free?
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 06, 2014 4 comments
Press Release:
Lambertville, NJ, June 6, 2014. Channel D, developers of the innovative and award-winning Pure VinylTM and Pure Music® computer audio software for Apple Macintosh computers, and the creator of the Seta® Ultra Wide Bandwidth Balanced Flat Phono Preamplifiers recently was granted US Patent #8,738,16 B2 for "PROXY FILE POINTER METHOD FOR REDIRECTING ACCESS FOR INCOMPATIBLE FILE FORMATS" - in other words, Channel D's novel invention permitting FLAC and DSD files to appear in Apple's iTunes.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 06, 2014 4 comments
I was stumped. Stymied. Should I pick the malleable electronica, the woozy sexy dreamer, the retro cool love letter, or the NY School rocker? My mood these past weeks has been all over the place and all over these choices and more due in part to that damned Qobuz Hi-Fi streaming, flip flopping (there goes my political career) back 'n forth until I settled on D) all of the above. What the hell, you can never have too much music, right?
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 05, 2014 7 comments
The Mac rumor mill is abuzz again. This time, a report originating on 9to5Mac (see report) suggests that Apple's Made-For-iPhone/iPad/iPod (MFi) program will be adding the specifications to allow OEMs to make headphones that connect to iOS devices using a Lightning connector. The report also suggests that this will allow for 24/48kHz playback from iOS devices with a simple software update for iOS 7.1. Perhaps of even greater appeal is the ability to deliver iOS-based DSP solutions as well as app control of headphone features.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 04, 2014 6 comments

Here's an interesting if questionable video I just came across from streaming service WiMP that's meant to show off the benefits of their CD-quality streaming service WiMP HiFi. WiMP, like the Qobuz Hi-Fi lossless streaming service I've been so enamored with (see article), delivers CD-quality streaming. This video is meant to let you hear the benefits of lossless music and the harmful effects of lossy encoding. But does it? You be the judge.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 03, 2014 1 comments
6 Sawbucks
Think of the places and ways you can spend $60. The possibilities are limitless and in hi-fi, six Hamilton's doesn't typically buy you much. Even in the virtual cable isle, you'd have to move way down to the "Budget" section to find anything in this price range. Today we'll be listening to a DAC, of all things, that'll run you sixty bucks. Bam!
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 02, 2014 5 comments
Are you going to watch? I am! Will they talk 24-bit? Maybe surprise us with CD-quality streaming? For some reason I have my doubts at this late date. We shall see.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 02, 2014 4 comments
Measurements! c/o John Atkinson: LH Labs Geek Out 1000, iFi iDSD, AudioQuest DragonFly v1.2, Meridian Explorer.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 30, 2014 1 comments
"I love her voice." That's what my friend Stephen Mejias said about Sharon Van Etten and I responded, "Me too." You may not but I'm betting that if you listen to her new album Are We There? you will, too. I've enjoyed all of her records but her last, Tramp, felt like a real growth step. Are We There? feels like a leap.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 29, 2014 2 comments
Most mornings I awake with a song in my head. It may be something I listened to the day before but typically it's not. Usually it's something from my past. This morning was both as Toots and The Maytals "Sweet And Dandy" played on my internal hi-fi, a byproduct of listening to Jimmy Cliff's wonderful soundtrack from "The Harder They Come" yesterday (or so I imagine). If you don't know Toots and The Maytals "Sweet And Dandy", here it is...

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