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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 10, 2015 12 comments
"But Grandmother! What big tubes you have," said Little Red Riding Hood
Warsaw Poland's LamizatOr (What is LAMPIZATOR? It is a play on Polish Lampa (vacuum tube) and Terminator) is the brain child of Lukasz Fikus and his DACs have been causing a buzz in the computer audio world for years. What's the buzz? They sound really good. The Lite 7 DSD DAC is a pared down version of LamitzatOr's Big 7 DAC. The Big 7's tube rectifier and chokes are gone and super premium parts like the Big 7's Jupiter Copper Wax output capacitors are replaced with the less costly Jupiter AM series. The idea with the Lite 7 is to deliver The Big 7's directly heated triode sound for roughly half the price of admission.
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Jon Iverson Posted: Sep 08, 2015 1 comments
We've worked out another special deal for readers to celebrate the new Chesky Dunnun Kan release.

From now until October 31, 2015, readers of this website will get a 25% discount on the new 24-bit high resolution Dunnun Kan album and/or anything in Chesky's hi-res catalog on HDTracks.com.

To Get Your Discount:

Click on this link and then use CHESKYSTEREO25 for the offer code when you check out. (To go directly to the new Dunnun Kan album page only, use this link.)

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 08, 2015 33 comments
I'm not a fan of using the word "test" when talking about listening to music since there's nothing to test beyond our enjoyment. Some people feel otherwise. Here's a test related to this un-great debate:
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 04, 2015 2 comments
I love Albert Ayler; The man, the music, the spirit. ESP-Disk is one wonderful home to many of Albert Ayler's records and they've just reissued Live on the Riviera from 1970. I bought it, I've listened to it a number of times and I, of course, love it.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 03, 2015 13 comments
(Rick) Deckard
The main character in Ridley Scott's Blade Runner from Philip K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is named Rick Deckard. Blade Runner is one of my favorite movies so I could not disassociate typing or saying "Deckard" from thinking of the film. Phew. I got that off my mind. Audeze is, for anyone not living on planet headphone, a maker of some very well regarded 'phones. I have a pair of their LCD-X here for use with their Deckard Headphone Amplifier/DAC and I've been living with this combo, on my desktop, for a few months. My first thought when listening through the Deckard was—they should have charged more.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 02, 2015 97 comments
Pardon the radio silence but I'm deep into comparing the various Ethernet devices I have on hand. I've also decided to throw in three different Ethernet cables since you can't talk about Ethernet without talking about some sort of cable. I've decided to include all of these devices and cables in one review. Here's the complete list:
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 31, 2015 11 comments
LampizatOr The Lite 7 DSD DAC ($5750)

Here's what's in-house or en-route to AudioStream for review.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 27, 2015 2 comments
I wish I had more to say, but I don't. Songs Of Debussy And Mozart (ECM, CD rip) is simply beautiful—Juliane Banse, soprano, and András Schiff, piano, re-tell the tales of poets in songs by Debussy and Mozart. I've been listening to their re-telling for over 10 years and it only gets better with age (mine).
Steven Plaskin Posted: Aug 27, 2015 9 comments
The Shunyata Research TRITON v2, HYDRA TYPHON, HYDRA DPC-6 v2, and ΞTRON Sigma AC Power Cables represent the state-of-the art offerings from this well-known company that specializes in signal and power transfer products. These no-compromise products are created by Shunyata’s owner and chief designer, Caelin Gabriel; a man who has been steadily improving his company’s products since his first power conditioner offering in 2001. Shunyata Research’s products have not only been embraced by audiophiles, but by commercial recording studios, orchestras, and other commercial audio designers. The word Shunyata is a Sanskrit word that means the stillness or emptiness from which all creation emanates.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 26, 2015 10 comments
Bluesound Gen 2 family portrait (models starting at $299). All photo credit: Bluesound

I missed yesterday's Bluesound press event which I was very much looking forward to (remnants of food poisoning made the trip to NYC daunting). If you remember back to when we were first introduced to Bluesound (see Intro), the company sits under the Lenbrook Industries Limited umbrella along with NAD and PSB whose knowledge and technology helped build the Bluesound line. I was very impressed with every Bluesound piece of kit I reviewed back in 2014, so I was very excited to hear about Gen 2. Here's the scoop from Bluesound:

New York, NY, August 25, 2015 – Bluesound, the first wireless digital multi-room music system to fully support high-resolution audio, today unveiled Gen 2, an all-new platform that represents a reinvention of virtually every aspect of the product’s design and performance. Bluesound’s new line-up of multi-room wireless streaming digital music players, along with two entirely new models, features a fresh, compact industrial design, enhanced features and reengineered performance across the board.

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