Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 04, 2014 9 comments
I looked up badass in the dictionary:
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 03, 2014 28 comments
A Network Node
The Bluesound Node is a network player—Ethernet, Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth in, out comes your choice of digital (Toslink) or analog (RCAs) music. The Node supports MP3, AAC, WMA, OGG, WMA-L, FLAC, ALAC, WAV, AIFF in resolutions up to 24/192, gapless playback, cloud services including WiMP, Rdio, Highresaudio, Slacker Radio, Qobuz, Deezer and Juke (all of these services require an account and some have geographic restrictions), and Internet Radio via TuneIn Radio. You can also play music from an Internet URL. All of this functionality is wrapped up in a relatively small round-cornered display-less cube in your choice of high gloss white or black highlighted with a brushed steel strip running down its center. Control of the Node is performed strictly through the Bluesound app for iOS and Android devices.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 31, 2014 0 comments
Scott Wilkinson has just posted his hour-long interview with record producer/recording engineer Alan Sides over on TWiT.TV. They touch on many subjects of interest to AudioStream readers including the importance of higher sample rates, Pono, harmonic structure, the horrors of brick wall filters, DSD, and more.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 31, 2014 3 comments
As you can see, the Pono Kickstarter campaign is in full swing, raising over $5M at its half way mark from over 15,000 backers. Not bad for a device whose sole purpose is to deliver high quality digital music.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 28, 2014 2 comments
Work (work, work) HTRK's previous album was a sexy slow burner keeping pace with sleeping breath. Their new release, Psychic 9-5 Club (Ghostly International), keeps an earthen pace, a glacial flow with shards of emotion from Jonnine Standish's vocals sheering off into Nigel Yang's dub-wise electronic seas. This is their first release as a duo following the death of founding bass player Sean Stewart in 2010 and it feels empty, stripped of excess, pared down to essential elements, then stretched to the breaking point over time.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 27, 2014 2 comments
Single Driver Plus DAC
The Fujitsu Ten Eclipse TD-M1 Wireless Speaker System houses a single 8cm (3") driver in each speaker powered by a 20W digital amp. There's also a 24/192 capable DAC, which Eclipse refers to as a Non-Oversampling DAC, as well as 2 asynchronous USB inputs, one Type A and one Type B, a 3.5mm mini analog stereo input, Wi-Fi and AirPlay connectivity. So you can connect your computer via USB and your iOS device either hard wired or via AirPlay and since the TD-M1 has its own Wi-Fi on board, you don't even need to have it connect to your home network.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 25, 2014 39 comments
The Listing Room, Rene Magritte (1952)

If you frequent some of the hi-fi forums, you may have noticed a dust up over some measurements. No, not the endles Objective versus Subjective debate over the idea of measurements, rather there's some controversy surrounding some measurements generated by LH Labs, makers of the Geek Out DAC, comparing their DAC to a number of competitors. I've received numerous emails relating to these measurements since I reviewed two of the DACs represented in the LH Labs comparisons; the AudioQuest Dragonfly and the Meridian Explorer. "How can something that measures that poorly, sound so good?" being the standard question. "It doesn't." being my standard answer. Let me explain.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 24, 2014 3 comments
Fujitsu Ten Eclipse TD-M1 Wireless Speaker System ($1,300)

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

Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 21, 2014 0 comments
Strap on your happy pants, it's story time! These songs were written for "Republik Der Wölfe", a multimedia theatrical production subtitled "A Fairytale Massacre with Live Music". Inspired by Anne Sexton's take on the Brothers Grimm tales, Transformations, The Ministry Of Wolves—Mick Harvey (co-founding member, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds), Alexander Hacke (Einstürzende Neubauten), Danielle de Picciotto (co-founder of Love Parade), and Paul Wallfisch (musical director at the Theater Dortmund)—embellish these hellish visions with equally menacing music. Wickedly sweet.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 20, 2014 4 comments
The Cambridge Audio Minx Xi packs a 40 watt per channel (into 8 ohms) Class AB integrated amplifier, a network player, DAC, and headphone amp into one relatively small and sleek metal-wrapped high gloss white or black package. Throw in Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and the Cambridge Stream Magic app for iOS or Android devices, and you've got yourself one very good reason to never leave your couch. Except to dance.


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