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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 03, 2013 1 comments
Spotify wants to reach out and into your hi-fi with its new Spotify Connect service. We're talking about an iOS App (Android and desktop apps are in the works) and hardware-based wi-fi solution so only compatible devices will work with this new Connect feature but the idea that you can direct your music streaming from your phone to your hi-fi is, well, appealing. See for yourself.

Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 03, 2013 5 comments
HD = DXD/DSD
Way back when I reviewed the Resonessence Labs Concero (see review), I wondered/wished, "I wonder if they could easily add DSD capabilities to the Concero?" Depending on your definition of "easy", the answer is a resounding yes. It did take a new DAC chip but ESS came to the rescue and the little Concero now has two siblings; the HD with its DXD/DSD capabilities and the HP which adds a headphone amp to the HD. Like the original Concero, the HD in addition to functioning as a Coax S/PDIF and USB DXD/DSD DAC, it can also operate as a USB to S/PDIF converter handling up to 64x DSD since 128x DSD is beyond the S/PDIF specifications according to Resonessence Labs.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 30, 2013 4 comments
What can you say about A Love Supreme that hasn't already been said? I know, personal stuff! I came across John Coltran's A Love Supreme at a very challenging time in my then young life. Let's leave the particulars out and simply say that we're talking about emotionally charged growing pains related to finding a place to fit in. I came to A Love Supreme by way of Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis so kinda backwards and the thing that struck me then, during my initial listens to the LP, and the thing that still smacks me right in the skull while listening today is the damn spirituality of it all. Now let me just say that I was of the opinion that Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov reaching for that bible at the end of Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment was not an act of religion rather an act of faith. Color me irascible.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 29, 2013 10 comments
From the NIN website:
Hesitation Marks was mastered in two different ways - the standard, “loud” mastering (which is what you’ll find on the CD, on iTunes, and everywhere else), and also an alternate “audiophile” mastering, which we’re offering as a free download option for anyone who purchases the album through nin.com. For the majority of people, the standard version will be preferable and differences will be difficult to detect. Audiophiles with high-end equipment and an understanding of the mastering process might prefer the alternate version.
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Ariel Bitran Posted: Aug 29, 2013 0 comments
Marcial Mota and his cousin Emely of Winter Springs, Florida will be enjoying the Griffin Twenty integrated amplifier they recently scored on an Audiostream.com sweepstakes. It powers a pair of Pioneer SP-BS22-LR loudspeakers, which were reviewed quite positively by Bob Reina over at Stereophile. The setup is currently in Emely's room, and while she seems jazzed about it, Marcial appears a bit less enthused about the disparate heights of the speakers. It's all good—they're moving homes soon and will have a dedicated space for this system.

Congrats Marcial and Emily! Enjoy the amp.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 28, 2013 10 comments
In Part 1 of our Q&A, John Swenson covered "What is Digital?". You should consider that required reading for Part 2 since he builds on that foundation here. Part 1 also includes John's bio if you'd like to know more about him. Now let's get on with Part 2:

Can you explain how things other than "the bits" could have an effect on the analog output of a DAC?

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 28, 2013 28 comments
Online music and gear retailer Acoustic Sounds will begin offering DSD downloads...today! Wednesday, August 28th! That's right, here's the first source for popular titles from artists like John Coltrane, Muddy Waters, and Cat Stevens in lovely resplendent DSD. Kinda makes you glad you have that DSD-ready DAC. You do have one, right?
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 27, 2013 8 comments
In another sign of the increasing popularity of high resolutions downloads, Bleep has created a special 24-Bit section on their website. While this may not seem like much, I view this as a good indication that the search for better quality music downloads is starting to bubble to the surface of even non-audiophile music sites. Now we just need some DSD titles of popular music to show up on the download scene and I'll be dancin' in the streets.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 27, 2013 6 comments
Thanks to my friend and colleague Stephen Mejias for pointing me to this short but sweet article in the Economist, The sound of music: Dr Dre’s creation of a market for costly cans may herald the return of true hi-fi.
"Since consumers have been persuaded, largely by Beats, that it is worth paying a fair whack for some half-decent headphones that look nice, perhaps they could be persuaded—especially since the storage capacity of many portable devices is now huge—to turn their backs on cheap mp3s and seek out recordings in true high fidelity."
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 27, 2013 6 comments
The Director
The Director is Meridian's step up in terms of size and sound quality from their smaller and headphone output-endowed Explorer (see review). Meridian views the aptly named Explorer as a portable player whereas the Director is meant to sit and remain connected to your hi-fi. I've now had a chance to listen to the Director for a few weeks and compare it to its smaller sibling side-by-side. If you've already read my Director preview, feel free to skip ahead to the listening section.

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