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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 09, 2016 4 comments
Geoffrey Armstrong (pictured above) of Sound Galleries, Edward Hsu (Sound Test), and Emile Bok (Taiko Audio) have put their heads and hearts together to create the Sound Galleries music server SGM 2015es (€16,000). The other important ingredients in this equation are Jussi Lasko's HQPlayer, which was used to upsample and filter all incoming data to DSD512 before sending it on its way, and Roon as the interface to your music. The demo took place at the BMW Welt, a place that looks and feels like Disneyland for well-heeled adults.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 07, 2016 0 comments
Pictured is Vincent Brient, Mr. totaldac standing in front of a stack of his creations along with gear and speakers from Voxativ filling out the system pic. I plan to head back to this room today and spend some time just listening.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 05, 2016 6 comments
It looks like a Vega with an antenna (you can easily see the one on the right but there's two). You can think of the new Auralic Altair ($1,899) as a Vega and Aries stuffed into one chassis if you'd like, but that's not the case. A competitor might say some such thing, you get the performance of much more expensive separates form our one-box solution, but I'm not so sure any manufacturer would set out to make such a thing to compete within their own product line. While the Altair inherits many of the things learned from designing the Vega and Aries, Auralic has taught the Altair everything it knows but not everything they know.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 05, 2016 0 comments
Sticking with tradition, I arrived in Munich yesterday morning (a day before the show opens), checked in, and checked out a museum. This year I tried out the Neue Pinakothek where I came across this lovely little number from Gustav Klimt titled Music (1895). I nice pictorial preview of things to come today. Off to the show!
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 03, 2016 6 comments
Let's say you want less boxes in your hi-fi but you don't want to give up the stuff you need and the stuff you like. And the stuff you need includes a DAC and the stuff you like (need?) includes Roon and Tidal HiFi. Well, more and more companies are answering your wants and needs by introducing what can best be described as networked DACs: In addition to the usual digital inputs (USB, S/PDIF), companies are adding Ethernet to their D to A converters so that they can stream from network attached storage and the Internet without the need for another box. Case in point, Ayre's new QX-5 Twenty: The Digital Hub.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 03, 2016 2 comments
Observant readers may have noted two changes to AudioStream: a new menu structure and a new tag line. Both changes were made to better reflect the content to be found on AudioStream as well as our focus on computer audio serving music.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 02, 2016 2 comments
I’ve never considered my tastes eclectic but I dive deep into the genres I like. About 60% of my listening is orchestral music but I often play prog, shoegaze, punk, chillout, mid-century vocal (1935 - 1965), R&B and some acoustic jazz.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 28, 2016 Published: Apr 29, 2016 8 comments
Beautiful, sexual, sensual, and above all else, powerful. While it is a stretch for me to suggest a real and immediate connection with Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter's message on her latest Lemonade, I am nonetheless deeply moved.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 28, 2016 1 comments
You can serve to it, stream to it, and play to it via WiFi, Ethernet, Bluetooth, Toslink, or 3.5mm analog input. Armed with an ARM CORTEX A9 processor, 2x 50mm (2") speakers and an 89mm (3.5") woofer tri-amped with 60W of digital power, the Bluesound Pulse Mini pumps out a claimed 45Hz - 20kHz of not so mini music. Control playback from your iOS, Android, or Kindle device running the free BluOS control app or via the top-mounted touch controls and you have a world of music-in-the-box.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 27, 2016 23 comments
me in the woods contemplating why just 2 comments

This email sums up my thoughts:

This is baffling.

Here somebody, with real credentials, explains why listening is the real test—it encompasses the entire system and the interactions within.

He also explains how measurements, albeit hardly the traditional simpleton measurements used for way more than half a century, can be performed that expose the system limitations.

Not only that, but he explains just what many of the interactions may be and why they are detrimental. This not some amateur (moi) going off on the subject - it’s a guy actually in the business with decades of experience.

So, something for both "objectivists" and "subjectivists".

Yet, nobody seems to care one bit. All I hear is crickets.

What do you take from that?

My answer, I don't know. Do you?