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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 14, 2015 26 comments
What would you consider to be a reasonable price to be paid for a network player capable of playing up to 24/384 PCM files, quad rate DSD, and Tidal's lossless streaming service? Let's also throw in an ESS 9018-based DAC and a custom in-house developed iOS and Android app for running the whole shebang?
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 12, 2015 4 comments
Ah Munich. Ich liebe München. And I liebe for many reasons. The Munich High End Show is for me the show to which all other shows should aspire. From my last trip: "The people at the Munich High End Show strike me as being different from the people that attend hi-fi shows in the US of A. There are more families, more genders (more than one), more couples, more ages, and generally less people that give the outward appearance of being first and foremost a textbook audiophile." In a word, refreshing.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 11, 2015 35 comments
From the press release:
MUNICH, Germany (May 11, 2015) – Led by the team that created the industry defining Sooloos media control system, the newly formed Roon Labs is set to debut its first product at Munich High End 2015. Simply called Roon, it is a software service that redefines how music lovers search through, interact with, and explore their music collections and subscription services, in one unified interface.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 08, 2015 5 comments
Who really knows why certain music touches us more. Who really cares, why. When I find music that grabs me from first play, my typical reaction is to sit back and enjoy the ride. If things are going really well, I repeat. I've been listening to an advance copy of In Plain Speech, Circuit des Yeux's latest release on Thrill Jockey, on extended repeat here in the barn.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 07, 2015 6 comments
Built Burson Tough!
The Conductor Virtuoso's 6mm Resonance Free Aluminum (RFA) enclosure, constructed from precision-machined panels, is not used for looks alone. From Burson, "We took great care to ensure the thickness of each wall varied from the others to increase the mechanical damping factor. The RFA enclosures display superior mechanical noise rejection (internal and external) compared to conventionally folded-steel enclosures used by many audio manufacturers."
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 06, 2015 37 comments
We're looking at the new Fe2O3 Cable Purifier System ($599) from Noise Suppression Teknologies, Inc. The Fe2O3 employs exacting geometry coupled with electromagnetic properties to deliver the cleanest sounding signal possible. Oh, wait a minute that's not it.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 04, 2015 13 comments
According to The Verge, Apple is pressuring the major record labels to pull their music from Spotify's free tier. "The Verge has learned that Apple has been pushing major music labels to force streaming services like Spotify to abandon their free tiers, which will dramatically reduce the competition for Apple’s upcoming offering." And Spotify is allegedly not Apple's only target.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 04, 2015 61 comments
Some people have interpreted my "Digital Cables and Noise" article as an unfounded impetus for worry. Their point being, sure digital systems including cables are susceptible to noise, but it's really not something we need to be concerned with. As if everyone recognizes that noise is an issue in digital systems. As we used to say back in grammar school...not!
Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 01, 2015 0 comments
Covers. I do love cover songs especially when they appear to be incongruous with the artist's self-penned music. The choice of cover song can also give us insight into influences, likes, loves, and perhaps of most interest how a musician re-imagines an oldie but goodie. Julia Holter gives us 3:06 of all that and more.
Steven Plaskin Posted: Apr 30, 2015 40 comments
The Shunyata Research Venom USB cable is the only USB cable offered by this high end manufacturer of cables, AC cords, power distribution centers, and audio accessories. Most other cable manufacturers offer a range of USB cables with enhanced features at increasing prices. Shunyata research has decided to offer only one model with everything that they feel is important in a USB cable design. Given the very reasonable price of $125 for a .75 meter length, I was curious to see just how the Venom USB cable would compare to the other high priced cables I have reviewed in the past for AudioStream. Knowing Shunyata Research’s well recognized product quality and dedication to superior audio performance, I truly wanted to see how this cable would perform in my system.

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