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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 22, 2013 0 comments
On Saturday June 22, "...the corporate IT department will be performing a number of server and network upgrades in the production data center" which means AudioStream will be down for a few hours beginning 3:00PM (EST). See you again later!
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 21, 2013 3 comments
It must be difficult to perpetually have to outdo yourself. Inevitably critics will point to this or that missing element from your previous release(s) but hopefully they'll be something new to fill that void. Tomorrow's Harvest is the first Boards of Canada album since 2005's The Campfire Headphase and it still sounds like Boards of Canada. How could it not?
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Jon Iverson Posted: Jun 21, 2013 109 comments
Register to win a set of Monitor Audio Airstream WS100 speakers (MSRP $399.00) we are giving away.

According to the company:

If you're one of the millions who store and play music from a desktop or laptop, Monitor Audio has designed the WS100 wireless audio system with you in mind. It comprises a pair of stylish cube speakers with amps and wireless receiver on-board. The matching, compact monitors, just 5" in dimension, are precision engineered to deliver clean wideband lossless audio from any computer in seconds. Simply position the speakers, plug-in the USB transmitter and play CD quality sound wire-free.

[This Sweepstakes is now closed.]

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 17, 2013 16 comments
Since Steve Plaskin has already done a wonderful job with all of the heavy lifting in his review of the MSB Technology Analog DAC (see review), I will point you to it as essential reading. This follow up consists completely of my listening impressions, subjective as they are, of the Analog DAC within the confines of my system and listening room (for the most part).
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Ariel Bitran Posted: Jun 17, 2013 0 comments
A hearty congratulations is extended from Audiostream to Kevin Johnson of Pinellas Park, Florida for winning our high-value Westone 4R Sweepstakes. At work, he listens to music all day long to artists ranging from Andrea Bocelli to Rob Zombie. Johnson claims music is his drug of choice. Well Kev, you should consider us the pusherman.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 17, 2013 1 comments
High Definition Tape Transfers (HDTT), purveyors of "rare classical recordings in audiophile sound" mainly sourced from analog tape will begin releasing DSD64 and DSD128 downloads from their catalog starting this week. Expect between 4 and 6 titles for the initial release and more to follow. If you're not familiar with HDTT, I would recommend a trip to their website but their name provides a nice summary.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 14, 2013 86 comments
There has recently been some hubbub online (and even within some applications!) surrounding the media player JPLAY. Essentially, claims have been made by the people behind two competing (actually complementary) media players that JPLAY is nothing more than a "hoax" and an "audiophile scam". The former claim was leveled by JRiver, both in their software as a warning to JPLAY users as well as online on the JRiver forum (among others), and the latter claim was made by Foobar2000. As you may be aware, our own Steve Plaskin reviewed JPLAY (see review) and found it did in fact improve the sound quality of his system so our position in this skirmish is clear.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 14, 2013 10 comments
Maybe I should have just said, "Buy anything that's released on Analog Africa". Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou from Benin are a monster ensemble mixing lots of worldly influences including a heavy dose of psych funk into their native Afrobeat Vodoun magic for an infectious pulse-pounding poly-rhythmic musical (sex) machine. We can thank Analog Africa founder Samy Ben Redjeb for our introduction to Orchestre Poly-Rythmo and for tracking down impossible to find super rare recordings including previously unreleased music in what can only be described as a labor of love.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 13, 2013 6 comments
Bob Stuart of Meridian with Neil Young at Meridian HQ (photo credit: Meridian)

Whenever I hear Neil Young's name these days, I can't help but think Pono. Neil recently paid Meridian a visit at their Cambridgeshire headquarters and got the full tour. You can read all about it on Meridian's website but if you're anything like me you'll walk away still wondering.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 13, 2013 4 comments
UK-based Arcam's rSeries is comprised of "computer and streaming music products". There's the rPac DAC/Headphone amp under review, the drDock iPad/iPod/iPhone dock, the rDAC, rLink S/PDIF DAC, SonLink for the Sonos system, the rCube portable iPod speaker system, and two wireless dongles that work with the rCube and rDAC. The rDAC can be viewed as a portable DAC/Headphone amp but it also works wonders as a desktop device, which is how I used it, feeding your active desktop speakers while serving double time as a headphone amp. The nice thing about the design of the rPac is it includes a volume control for the headphone amp above the associated headphone jack which is on the opposite side of its black aluminum cigarette pack-sized body from the USB input and RCA outputs making it ergonomically friendly for servicing both functions.


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