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Steve Guttenberg Posted: Apr 23, 2013 2 comments
Can You Handle the Truth?
What the heck is a "monitor" speaker? The word was initially applied to actual studio monitors, but it quickly came to be associated with any small- or mid-size bookshelf speaker. The M-Audio BX5 D2 is a bona-fide active (self-powered) monitor that can be used as a reference in a home studio (or desktop system). Accuracy is de rigueur for monitors, so if you're searching for a speaker with a sweet sound that makes everything, including nasty MP3s sound good this little guy won't cut it, but well-recorded electronica, jazz, classical, or most types of acoustic music the BX5 D2 will be a treat for your ears. They list for $299 a pair, but I've seen them going for closer to $230 online, and for that kind of money it's hard to beat.
Steven Plaskin Posted: Apr 22, 2013 33 comments
The topic of audiophile USB cables seems to elicit endless debate from computer audio enthusiasts. Many heated arguments have taken place at internet audio forums arguing the merits of these cables. There are those that feel that the improvements heard by using an upgraded USB cable versus a standard Belkin printer cable are purely imaginary.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 19, 2013 2 comments
Line The Clouds is filled with nursery-rhyme simple songs with spare instrumental accompaniment coupled with abstracted sounds that together weed their way into your thoughts like tiny Trojan Horses packed with emotions. Ashley Paul is a jazz and improv-trained multi-instrumentalist who seems more comfortable with dissonance than melody and she uses her squeaky sax, clarinet, flute, piano, percussion banged and bowed, plucked guitar, bells, and voice to tell small tales in a minimal manner. If you like the idea of something along the lines of Christina Carter meets Maher Shalal Hash Baz orchestrated by Harry Partch, you'll dig Line The Clouds .
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 18, 2013 0 comments
A day after posting, "Now we need more content providers to step up to the plate giving us access to a wider selection of DSD downloads. I'd say it's only a matter of time.", this message greeted me in my Inbox:
We would like to welcome Fidelio Recordings to DSDFile.

First release is the classical master piece From The New World.

Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 18, 2013 3 comments
DSD via DoP and SDHC
Before going to press with this review, I figured I'd give it one last lap around the 'net to see if I could locate some information regarding when (or if) the Fostex HP-A8C would be able to play back DSD over PCM/USB. I stumbled on a post by 'AnakChan' on HeadFi that pointed to the Fostex Japan website and lo and behold there was firmware version 2.01B with DoP (you can get it here). Once I downloaded and updated, all I had to do was navigate to the USB over PCM menu option, enable it, and I was streaming DSD over USB in no time. Lovely. Why this firmware revision from November 2012 is not yet available on the Fostex International (English) website is anyone's guess. The latest version to be found there is 1.31 which does not include the DSD over USB option so you are stuck playing back only DSF formatted DSD files through the HP-A8C's SD (or SDHC) card reader. And that's kind of a drag.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 17, 2013 3 comments
from Wikipedia: The Birkin bag is a handbag by Hermès, handmade in leather and named after actress and singer Jane Birkin. The bag is a symbol of wealth due to its high price and elusiveness to the public. Its price ranges from $9,000 to $150,000. Costs escalate according to the type of materials.

"Eighteen thousand?" The curious show goer asked. "No, eighteen hundred." The exhibitor answered.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 16, 2013 0 comments
This is exactly how you get more people involved in hi-fi (from the Audio Arts room)

I would call the NY Audio Show a great success by near any standard. The New York Palace Hotel was crowded with show goers of all ages, sexes, shapes, and sizes. There was plenty to see and hear, I would say the rooms generally sounded just fine, and there were many interesting and informative seminars to take part in. Apparently not everyone feels that there are too many hi-fi shows, least of all the many attendees, which should come as good news to the business interests.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 16, 2013 0 comments
MBL and NY dealer Sensorium AVR teamed up to put on what can only be described as The Big Show. Complete with ticket-holder only entrance, this room provided one compelling answer to the question—how can we get more people interested in hi-fi.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 16, 2013 2 comments
the McIntosh D100 Preamp/DAC ($2,500) in the DeVore Fidelity room

As was the case last year, a few NY dealers chose to forgo the show and hold their own. While I can see both sides of this story and generally steer well clear of the hand wringing and in-fighting that can accompany the pros and cons of said behavior, I had a perfectly lovely time when I visited Stereo Exchange on Sunday afternoon.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 16, 2013 0 comments
Jennifer Atocha of Atocha Designs and their lovely Record Cabinet

Camped out in the main entrance room of the show, officially called the Holmes Rooms, a number of dealers and show sponsors were setup to greet the arriving masses. During my drive in on Saturday, I heard an ad for the NY Audio Show on show sponsor WBGO always cool jazz radio program which is a great way to reach a wider audience.

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