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Ariel Bitran Posted: Jan 23, 2013 0 comments
Boise National Forest - Photo from River Rocks by Casey Marshall (Wikimedia Commons)

A friend of mine just came back from Idaho. She mentioned potatoes. She mentioned guns. She mentioned snow, but she didn't say anything about audiophiles!

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 22, 2013 1 comments
Schiit Modi USB DAC ($99)
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 18, 2013 5 comments
According to the Discogs database, there have been 76 releases of Pet Sounds. This total includes the original mono LP, numerous LP reissues, the mono CD, a stereo version first mixed for The Pet Sound Sessions engineered and produced by Mark Linett under the supervision of Brian Wilson, a HDCD, a DCC gold disc, a 5.1 surround mix on DVD-A also engineered by Mark Linett, a Mo-Fi SACD from 2012 again engineered by Mark Linett, and the latest stereo/mono CD from 2012 mastered by Mark Linett. We also now have the 2012 HDtracks 24/192 version. Here's what HDtracks has to say about it, "Stereo mix produced, engineered and mastered at 24bit/192kHz by The Beach Boys’ long time Grammy®-Award-Winning engineer Mark Linett under the supervision of Brian Wilson." That's all. So I figured I'd ask Mark Linett about Pet Sounds and see if we could get some more information. Mark was kind enough to answer a few questions about what is arguably (I would) one of the most important albums of our time, The Beach Boys Pet Sounds.
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Steven Plaskin Posted: Jan 16, 2013 0 comments
The Da Vinci DAC has been garnering praise from both reviewers and audiophiles alike after first being exhibited at audiophile shows in 2011. Light Harmonic, a new Sacramento California based company, was launched in 2010 by Larry Ho. The Da Vinci resulted from Larry Ho’s desire to create a DAC that fulfilled his notion of what good digital audio reproduction should sound like. Larry is a dedicated audiophile that, among other things, enjoys vinyl reproduction with a tube-SET amp. After the Da Vinci was created, friends encouraged him to offer this product for sale. The result was Light Harmonic and their first product Da Vinci.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 16, 2013 16 comments
Elliot Mazer (left) & Neil Young

Elliot Mazer's resume reads like a small army of overachievers. Grammy-award-winning Record Producer, Studio Owner, Recording Engineer, Inventor, Professor, and more, Elliot has worked with some of our best-known recording artists including Janis Joplin, Santana, Sinatra, The Who, and most famously Neil Young. He has also been involved in the developmental phases of the digital technologies of our time including work at Stanford University’s Computer Center for Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), building what is regarded as the first all-digital recording studio, and more recently working with the Warner Music Group on their Archive Project, and consulting to OraStream and Pono. Elliot was kind enough to take time away from his busy schedule to answer some questions for AudioStream for which I am very appreciative. Thank you Elliot.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 15, 2013 4 comments
If I was to try my hand at trendspotting, I'd have to say there were two opposing poles attacking audiophile's soft middle at this year's CES—DSD and Lifestyle. Most DACs either included DSD-capabilities or their representatives were saying its on the way. The Lifestyle influence was seen in a number of ways but can be summed up by simplification and form factor/style (here the Wadia Intuition 01 is an obvious standout). There were many multi-purpose devices incorporating network players with integrated amps, DACs with amps, disc spinners with USB inputs, preamps with streamers, and more. I also see the inclusion of the very promising Apt X Bluetooth functionality as a huge boon to get the non-audiophile playing their tunes through the hi-fi which is the best way I know of to show people why we spend so much time and energy on hi-fi. Hint: its the music and the quality of its playback and that's a lifestyle I'm proud to be a part of.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 15, 2013 0 comments
Wadia has broken the mold and ventured somewhere new while incorporating the best their old. The Intuition 01 (projected $7,500 - $8,000) rolls up a 350W/channel Class D+ amp, 32-bit AD/DA digital preamp with a 1.5MHz sampling frequency, 32/384 and DSD-capable USB DAC, 6 additional digital inputs (1 Toslink, 2 Wdialink/I2S, 2 Coax S/PDIF, 1 AES/EBU), Wadia's Delta-SigMaster 1.536MHz upsampling algorithm, and 2 analog RCA inputs for a nearly fully functional and sleek one-not-a-box solution.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 15, 2013 0 comments
The new Musical Fidelity M6 Series Reference DAC ($2,999) is one a few new Musical Fidelity devices that offers Bluetooth Apt X/48kHz technology that allows streaming from any Bluetooth-enabled device at rates up to 16/48kHz. This is very cool because a) most people have music on their phones, and b) its a snap to get that music to the M6. I had the music on my iPhone playing within a minute. And the M6 upsamples this incoming data to 24/192. The M6 also includes regular wired connections including USB, S/PDIF and AES/EBU. There are 2 RCA and 1 XLR outputs along with 3 Coax, Toslink, and AES/EBU.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 15, 2013 0 comments
Pro-Ject was showing oodles of goods geared for the computer audio listener. Pictured above (clockwise from left): DAC Box DS ($549), Amp Box DS mono ($499), Tube Box DS ($699), Pre Box DS ($499), Amp Box DS mono ($499), and Amp Box DS ($499). The DAC Box DS can accomodate up to 24/192 data through its asynchronous USB input. There are also 1 Toslink and 1 Coax S/PDIF input and 1 pair of RCA outputs.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 15, 2013 1 comments
The Vienna Acoustics diminutive (10.5x8.3x3.5“) Berg passive speakers ($700/each) would make for a stylish desktop. The Berg's come in silver or piano black and can hang on the wall or with the optional stands ($50/each) stand on your desktop.

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