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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 12, 2014 6 comments
The PonoMusic Kickstarter campaign kicked off yesterday with a stated goal of $800,000. By around 5:00PM, during Neil Young's hour-long address to a full house at SXSW, they'd already made it half way there. The numbers you see above are a snapshot from this morning leaving only one question—How high will it go?
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 10, 2014 21 comments
In a press release from Warner Bros. Music dated March 10, 2014, Neil Young has officially announced PonoMusic.
PonoMusic is a revolutionary movement conceived and founded by Neil Young. Our mission is to bring the highest-quality digital music to discerning, passionate consumers, who wish to experience music the way the artists intended, with emotion, detail and power intact. "It's about the music, real music. We want to move digital music into the 21st century and PonoMusic does exactly that. We couldn't be more excited about bringing PonoMusic to the market," said Neil Young, founder and chairman of PonoMusic.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 10, 2014 4 comments
My friend John DeVore, who is also the maker of my speakers, sent me an email over the weekend, "I was just perusing your Beck post again after receiving the vinyl and ended up sniffing around the Dynamic Range Database. I saw an album with a 00 DR(!!) and decided I had to hear what that sounded like. I present Merzbow - Venereology:"
Steven Plaskin Posted: Mar 10, 2014 14 comments
The Synergistic Research UEF (Uniform Energy Field) Technology Active Tuning Circuits are the new replacements for the Enigma Tuning Circuits (Bullets) provided with the Synergistic Research Element and Galileo Series cables and AC cords, Digital Power Tools, Tranquility Bases, PowerCell line conditioners, and older Tesla Series LE cables and AC cords. The Enigma Tuning Circuits or Bullets were used to fine tune the sound of the Active Shields in Synergistic Research cables, AC cords and active devices. I have previously described the action of the Enigma Tuning Circuits in my reviews of the Tranquility Base (see review), the USB Active SE cable (see review), and the Element C.T.S. Digital AC cord (see review).
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 07, 2014 6 comments
Carla Bozulich is badass. Like Jim Morrison only scary. Stephen Mejias already told us her new album Boy kicked ass, actually part of what he said was "The result is something like a wonderfully twisted, damaged Fleetwood Mac single—beautiful, powerful, and chilling: equal parts nightmare and 'Dreams.'", and he was right. Carla spills more than her guts into Boy (Constellation Records released March 4, 2014) and its evident from the first bass thrum of opener "Ain't No Grave" we're in for one helluva ride.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 06, 2014 19 comments
Photo Credit: Pegi Young

I'm headed to Austin, TX and SXSW next week to interview Neil Young about his pending PONO launch. I mean!! If you have anything you'd like me to ask Neil Young about PONO, just let me know and I'll try to work your questions in. I've already got "What's your favorite beer" covered.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 05, 2014 0 comments
With more and more people amassing terabytes-worth of file-based music libraries representing thousands of dollars invested, the issue of data security should also be on the rise. While the ideal solution is to have your main library stored on RAID arrayed HDD or NAS with at least one backup that lives off-site in the event of fire or flood or pestilence (OK I added that last one for effect), how many of us actually regularly back up our music libraries to an off-site copy?
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 04, 2014 12 comments
Do you feel refreshed? I do. Many thanks to Web Monkey Jon Iverson and the rest of the SORC team for what I think is a much cleaner, leaner look. I hope you like it, too.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 03, 2014 2 comments
Music Served
What is a music server? A music server is a computer. These days what isn't? Our automobiles have computers in them but we don't call them computers, our phones are computers in this same sense but we don't call them computers, either. A music server is a purpose built computer whose purpose is storing and playing file-based music and the Aurender S10 is such a beast and without giving too much away, it serves its purpose splendidly.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 03, 2014 21 comments
Thanks to reader Juergen R. for alerting me to what appears to be the fact that two of the tracks from Beck's wonderful Morning Phase included in the 24/96 download from HDtracks are sourced from MP3. Juergen commented in the original DotW post:
"Besides the high compression for this kind of music, where the bass drum kicks extremely often into hard limiting and the bass notes most times also, I have recognized, that for example the Track 10 and also Track 11 of the 24 Bit 96 kHz HighRes versions are 100 % for sure from 44k1 MP3. They show all the typical 44k1 MP3 artifacts of modulating a 16 kHz low pass filter with level. So we have 2 MP3 tracks sold as 24/96 HighRes. This 2 MP3 tracks are also valid in the other releases, not just the HighRes release, All other HighRes Tracks are based on 44k1 sources with the same DR and Bandwidth, as with the CD release."


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