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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 30, 2014 37 comments
If we'd like to promote the notion of better-than-CD-quality downloads, a good place to begin is deciding what to call them out in the real world. This tag should be able to live in the wilds, like on record label and band websites, right next to "Buy from iTunes" and "Download from Amazon". Problem number one is obviously the fact that the better-than-CD-quality market is fragmented among multiple retailers as well as coming with geographic restrictions. Let's assume technology can take care of this issue, and it can, and set our sights on that tag. What should we call better-than-CD-quality downloads out in the real world?
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 30, 2014 0 comments
I'm sure your aware that Pete Seeger passed away this week at the age of 94. Pete Seeger was a living legend and stood for many noble ideas and ideals and we can only hope that his message(s) will continue to spread. "Peace on Earth" being one easy example. To honor his life, Smithsonian Folkways have put together a Tribute including a Playlist taken from the album Headlines and Footnotes: A Collection of Topical Songs which you can stream for free. Go to the Smithsonian Folkways Tribute to Pete Seeger.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 29, 2014 1 comments

Jitter. Its a controversial subject among audiophiles (what isn't?). PS Audio has posted Part 2 of their Jitter video series with "consulting digital expert" Ted Smith, "Audible Effects of Jitter", but I've included Part 1 here which is titled "Why Jitter Matters" just in case you missed it. Part 2 will start directly after (duck and cover!).

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 28, 2014 6 comments
The Conductor Gets A New DAC
When Burson read my sonic impressions of their Conductor DAC (see review), one of their reactions was to suggest I try the 1793 DAC PCB option which sports a Burr Brown PCM1793 DAC, taking the place of the ESS Sabre32 Reference DAC that comes in the standard version. This 1793 DAC PCB option also lowers the price from $1,850 to $1,700 while delivering a different sonic palette. But which is better?
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 27, 2014 8 comments
Did you watch last night's Grammy Awards? The big winners for Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop Solo Performance, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Best Dance/Electronica Album, Best Rock Album, Best Americana Album, Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media, Best Jazz Vocal Album, Best Musical Theater Album, and Best Choral Performance are all available in HD-quality from HDtracks and Qobuz. Not some geeky category like Best Sounding Classical Guitar Album of Led Zeppelin Covers or Breathiest Female Vocal but the real popular deal. Cool, no?
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 24, 2014 10 comments
Tasty. Maybe that's not the best choice of word, but its the one that kept coming up as I listened to Warpaint's eponymous sophomore release. Tasty. While the band has been together in one form or another since 2004, this is only their second full length release but it certainly doesn't sound green. It sounds ripe.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 23, 2014 2 comments
What's the bad news? As I see it, the bad news about the fact that Mogwai's new album Rave Tapes is available as a 24/96 download from HDtracks (get it here) is the fact that Mogwai and Sub Pop don't tell anyone about it on their respective websites. What better way to promote the availability of higher quality versions of your music than to promote the higher quality versions of your music?
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 23, 2014 9 comments
If you go to one of Buffalo Technology's EU sites, you'll see they're touting the ability of their LinkStation NAS to send DSD over DLNA:
Buffalo’s LinkStations’ DSD playback works with both DSD-native and DSD over PCM devices for Universal Plug-n-Play*.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 23, 2014 3 comments
BitPerfect have announced they will be rolling out a DSD-capable version of their media player software for OSX (which still costs $9.99). Since BitPerfect uses iTunes as its library manager, and iTunes as we know does not support DSD, they've come up with an interesting work-around for this sticky situation. Unlike Pure Music and Audirvana which create proxy files within iTunes that point to the DSD file so your DSD music shows up in your iTunes library, BitPerfect have come up with a clever alternative:
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 22, 2014 5 comments
(Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP)

Last night at the Producers and Engineers Wing's seventh annual Grammy party, which "will Highlight Sound Quality", Neil Young was given an award "for his commitment to excellence and ongoing support for the art and craft of recorded music." And Neil gave a speech. Here's a part of it (and the video of the entire thing):

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