Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 04, 2014 4 comments
A Powerful Musical Duo
The Bluesound Powernode delivers network-, smartphone-, tablet-, and Internet-based music via wi-fi, Ethernet, and Bluetooth while also packing an 50 Watt Direct-Digital Amplifier and a 24/192-capable DAC designed by NAD Electronics in one small round-cornered cubed package. The Duo is a sub/satellite speaker system designed by Paul Barton of PSB that has been optimized for use with the Powernode and together they can deliver music anywhere your wired, wi-fi, or Bluetooth range allows. Each come wrapped in gloss white or black with steely metal highlights.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 03, 2014 1 comments
For those of you who have been waiting for a Stereophile review of the Auralic Vega, over which I admittedly gushed (see review), a review by none other than John Atkinson has been posted on the Stereophile website. Of course this review includes John's measurements which is a feature I know some of you would like to see included here on AudioStream. Perhaps some day...In the meantime, check out John Atkinson's review of the Auralic Vega on Stereophile.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 31, 2014 2 comments
Negra Branca is Marlene Ribeiro of Gnod, "figureheads of a stoner freakscene based around Islington Mill in Salford" according to The Guardian, and its also the title of her debut album. Chill. If you live pretty much anywhere north of south Florida you'll pardon the reference, but Negra Branca is one laid back slow burner of psychedelic proportions with lovely bass lines moving amid synth waves, found sounds and percussion lapping up against the beat with dreamy vocals floating in and around the mix. I'm reminded of Sun Araw with less ganja and Grouper minus the deep melancholy.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 30, 2014 37 comments
If we'd like to promote the notion of better-than-CD-quality downloads, a good place to begin is deciding what to call them out in the real world. This tag should be able to live in the wilds, like on record label and band websites, right next to "Buy from iTunes" and "Download from Amazon". Problem number one is obviously the fact that the better-than-CD-quality market is fragmented among multiple retailers as well as coming with geographic restrictions. Let's assume technology can take care of this issue, and it can, and set our sights on that tag. What should we call better-than-CD-quality downloads out in the real world?
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 30, 2014 0 comments
I'm sure your aware that Pete Seeger passed away this week at the age of 94. Pete Seeger was a living legend and stood for many noble ideas and ideals and we can only hope that his message(s) will continue to spread. "Peace on Earth" being one easy example. To honor his life, Smithsonian Folkways have put together a Tribute including a Playlist taken from the album Headlines and Footnotes: A Collection of Topical Songs which you can stream for free. Go to the Smithsonian Folkways Tribute to Pete Seeger.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 29, 2014 1 comments

Jitter. Its a controversial subject among audiophiles (what isn't?). PS Audio has posted Part 2 of their Jitter video series with "consulting digital expert" Ted Smith, "Audible Effects of Jitter", but I've included Part 1 here which is titled "Why Jitter Matters" just in case you missed it. Part 2 will start directly after (duck and cover!).

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 28, 2014 6 comments
The Conductor Gets A New DAC
When Burson read my sonic impressions of their Conductor DAC (see review), one of their reactions was to suggest I try the 1793 DAC PCB option which sports a Burr Brown PCM1793 DAC, taking the place of the ESS Sabre32 Reference DAC that comes in the standard version. This 1793 DAC PCB option also lowers the price from $1,850 to $1,700 while delivering a different sonic palette. But which is better?
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 27, 2014 8 comments
Did you watch last night's Grammy Awards? The big winners for Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop Solo Performance, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Best Dance/Electronica Album, Best Rock Album, Best Americana Album, Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media, Best Jazz Vocal Album, Best Musical Theater Album, and Best Choral Performance are all available in HD-quality from HDtracks and Qobuz. Not some geeky category like Best Sounding Classical Guitar Album of Led Zeppelin Covers or Breathiest Female Vocal but the real popular deal. Cool, no?
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 24, 2014 10 comments
Tasty. Maybe that's not the best choice of word, but its the one that kept coming up as I listened to Warpaint's eponymous sophomore release. Tasty. While the band has been together in one form or another since 2004, this is only their second full length release but it certainly doesn't sound green. It sounds ripe.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 23, 2014 2 comments
What's the bad news? As I see it, the bad news about the fact that Mogwai's new album Rave Tapes is available as a 24/96 download from HDtracks (get it here) is the fact that Mogwai and Sub Pop don't tell anyone about it on their respective websites. What better way to promote the availability of higher quality versions of your music than to promote the higher quality versions of your music?


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