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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 19, 2014 0 comments
Sister O.M. Terrell recorded eight sides while playing music for over 70 years. These recordings, every last one of hers, were recorded in the '50's mostly for Columbia. Blues and gospel, Sister O.M. Terrell wrote, sang, and played her music in the service of her religion.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 18, 2014 4 comments
Pro-Ject
Pro-Ject may be best known for their turntables, but they offer a dizzying array of products through their Box Designs line as well. From CD players to speakers and most everything in between, in multiple lines ranging from the E Line, C Line, S Line, DS Line, and RS Line (in ascending price order). Today's Stream Box is from the RS line, the top of the Pro-Ject digital heap.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 17, 2014 5 comments
From the press release:
The announcement of the first live concert recording in DSD follows an agreement between Acoustic Sounds and Warner Music Group (WMG) to provide the company’s digital download music service with more than 1,200 high-resolution, mainstream albums by some of the most dynamic names in music.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 16, 2014 12 comments
What do you need to play back high resolution audio from your computer? The answer is thankfully relatively simple and we're going to give you the down and dirty guide, your hi res to-do list, so you can enjoy the sonic benefits of better than CD-quality music.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 15, 2014 3 comments
Due to hit the European market in December, the Philips Fidelio M2L headphones will incorporate a 24-bit DAC and cost €250 EUR. This may help answer the question as to why the iPhone 6s do not support 24-bit music—because Apple plans to put the DAC in their new Beats Lightning Compatible 'phones?
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 12, 2014 4 comments
I'm pretty sure you've read about Khun Narin and you've probably seen and heard one of their super psychedelic hypnotic YouTube videos. That's how LA music producer Josh Marcy discovered them, actually on the wonderful Dangerous Minds blog, and he was so impressed he flew to their native Thailand with the help of record label Innovative Leisure, tracked them down, and recorded them in a local field. And he came away with 40-minutes of mind melting psychedelia led by Khun Narin's electrified lute.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 11, 2014 33 comments
Apple reaffirmed their commitment to music at the big Apple Event on Tuesday by giving away a crappy sounding lossy version of U2's new album Songs of Innocence. Gee, thanks. While I'm not a big U2 fan, I did download the album and gave it a listen on the hi-fi and it was disappointing to say the least. Congested, cramped, and lifeless just the kind of recording that would benefit from a higher resolution release.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 11, 2014 5 comments
A Sound House
One could buy a complete system, end-to-end, from the house of Bryston Limited. From a source like the BDP-2 to any number of loudspeakers and everything in between. We've taken just the digital sliver, the BDP-2 and BDA-2, to put under our sonic scope. I've been hearing good things about the BDP since it was a 1, so I must admit to being especially excited to get my hands the BDP-2, what Bryston calls a "digital player", and we refer to as a network player. Bryston was kind enough to also send along their matching DAC for a twofer review.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 10, 2014 7 comments
From the Press Release:
SEPTEMBER 10, 2014 – DENVER, CO – Deezer, the premier digital streaming music service, and Sonos®, an innovator in wireless home audio products, today announced an exclusive partnership that will bring streaming High-Resolution Audio (HRA) to music lovers around the world. Deezer’s product “Deezer Elite” is the first global HRA streaming service available to consumers and it’s offered exclusively through Sonos, a system of smart speakers that let you stream all your favorite music to any room in your home in high fidelity sound. As part of the global launch, US consumers can access a Deezer product on their Sonos system for the first time ever.

Music quality has gone backwards from vinyl to CDs to MP3s and Deezer Elite reverses that trend. For the very first time, music lovers everywhere can stream music with the depth and richness of what the artist intended. Deezer Elite subscribers can choose from Deezer’s 35 million track library and stream FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) files at a standard of 1,411 kbps or higher in any room, or multiple rooms together through Sonos speakers and components.

But wait....
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 10, 2014 29 comments
If you want a high res music player in your pocket and you own an iPhone, you'll have to go with two devices since Apple decided not to make the new iPhone 6's High Res ready. With High Res-capable phones already on the market from Samsung, HTC, and LG and Apple's stated commitment to music, you'd think it was about time that Apple bit the High Res bullet. Instead during yesterday's press event we got bigger iPhones, a free U2 album in lossy quality, and a new watch. Sigh.

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