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Jon Iverson Posted: Nov 13, 2014 104 comments
Register to win a pair of Vanatoo Transparent One Speakers (MSRP $499.00) we are giving away.

According to the company:

"The Vanatoo Transparent One powered speakers set a new price/performance benchmark in the audiophile world. They produce unexpectedly great sound quality (honest, tight bass down to 48Hz!) from small bookshelf speakers that give you a lot of flexibility in how you use them. They are equally at home as a desktop audio system, a music streaming solution for a room where you want music but not stacks of equipment, or as a compact system you take with you on your weekend getaways."

[This Sweepstakes is now closed.]

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 13, 2014 10 comments
Korg
Korg views their DS-DAC-100 and AudioGate 3 software as a single product, a team that delivers up to double rate DSD natively as well as PCM resolutions to 24/192. You can elect to have the Audiogate software upsample everything you play through it or leave it set for bit perfect playback. The DS-DAC-100 also doubles as a headphone amp with its front-mounted 3/4" jack and associated volume control and I find it's Cheshire Cat smile shape to be a nice change from the ordinary.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 11, 2014 18 comments
Daniel Ek, Spotify's Co-Founder and CEO, responded to Taylor Swift today on Spotify's blog in a post titled "$2 Billion and Counting". $2 billion is, according to Ek, how much Spotify has paid out to "labels, publishers and collecting societies for distribution to songwriters and recording artists. A billion dollars from the time we started Spotify in 2008 to last year and another billion dollars since then." That's not chump change.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 10, 2014 26 comments
photo credit: Reuters/Lucas Jackson
Here's Taylor Swift from an interview in Yahoo Music! on streaming:
"But all I can say is that music is changing so quickly, and the landscape of the music industry itself is changing so quickly, that everything new, like Spotify, all feels to me a bit like a grand experiment. And I'm not willing to contribute my life's work to an experiment that I don't feel fairly compensates the writers, producers, artists, and creators of this music. And I just don't agree with perpetuating the perception that music has no value and should be free." ~ Taylor Swift
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 07, 2014 2 comments
Everything Liz Harris touches makes me listen. Whether its her solo work as Grouper or her collaborations with people like The Bug, I'm typically entranced. Her latest, Ruins (Kranky) is no exception although it is a departure from her typical sound in that its mainly Liz Harris and piano. No electronics, minimal overdubs, just some slow simple brooding melodies with the occasional background sound. Ruins is simply a beautiful record.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 06, 2014 13 comments
DSD512? PCM768?
The battery-powered iFi Micro iDSD DAC/Heapdhone amp is chock full of functionality. With the ability to play back up to DSD512 as well as PCM files with sample rates to 768kHz and double rate DXD through its dual-core Burr Brown DACs, I'd say the little micro is fairly future proof. Throw in a 8V @ 4000mW output for the headphone jack, and you've got yourself one fulsome package. But that's not all.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 05, 2014 2 comments
image credit: Kobalt

A picture's worth a lot of words...From the press release:

Kobalt, the leading global music publishing and music services company for artists, songwriters, labels and publishers, will tomorrow announce a milestone in the growth of streaming revenues: its writers’ European earnings from Spotify have overtaken those from iTunes.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 04, 2014 13 comments
Sarah Barlow

While there's no press release or public statement to support this move, Taylor Swift's record label, Big Machine Music, has removed all of her music from the streaming service Spotify days after the release of her new album, 1989. Spotify has publicly responded on their site:

We love Taylor Swift, and our more than 40 million users love her even more – nearly 16 million of them have played her songs in the last 30 days, and she’s on over 19 million playlists.

We hope she’ll change her mind and join us in building a new music economy that works for everyone. We believe fans should be able to listen to music wherever and whenever they want, and that artists have an absolute right to be paid for their work and protected from piracy. That’s why we pay nearly 70% of our revenue back to the music community.

Steven Plaskin Posted: Nov 04, 2014 5 comments
The PowerCell 10 UEF is the latest version of Synergistic Research’s PowerCell AC line conditioner first introduced in 2008. This version of the PowerCell is Synergistic Research’s most ambitious undertaking in dealing with AC line noise. The Power Cell 10 UEF not only adds Synergistic Research’s new UEF technology, but also allows one to employ the FEQ Equalizer first introduced in 2013 with the High Frequency Transducer (HFT) / Frequency Equalizer (FEQ) products.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 03, 2014 2 comments
Streaming on PBS' Austin City Limits until 11/29/2014 is the full Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds concert which originally aired on 11/01/2014. Featuring hits old and new, from "From Her to Eternity" to "Jubilee Street" and a whole bunch of barn stormers in between, a love letter, and more, I'd say Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds still put on one helluva show.

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