Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 10, 2014 1 comments
A Portable Network Player
Networked music on the go? From room to room and deck to driveway? The Bluesound Pulse is a portable player albeit one that is not battery powered that lets you connect to your network attached storage and the Internet for streaming either via Ethernet or Wi-Fi and play back up to 24/192 files. Throw in Bluetooth connectivity through an optional dongle and you have the world of music coming and going through one device.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 09, 2014 16 comments
The tireless guys at LH Labs are about to do it again—crowdfunding their latest portable product the Geek Wave. The Wave acts as an add-on to your smartphone providing extended battery life with its internal charger, music storage ("at least 258GB"), and of course their own DXD/DSD-ready DAC and headphone amp to boost the performance of your phone.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 07, 2014 9 comments
Thorsten Loesch

Most readers are familiar with iFi Audio whose affordable products include DACs, portable headphone amps, a USB power supply, Tube Buffer/Pre-Amplifier, and more. We've reviewed a number of their products including the iFi iDAC (see review), the iUSBPower (see review), and the iTube Active Tube Buffer/Preamp (see review). Abbington Music Research (AMR) also produces a full line of "Reference Class" products including amplifiers, preamplifiers, loudspeakers, disc players, DACs, and more. The Chief Designer behind both product lines, Thorsten Loesch, was kind enough to participate in this Q&A with AudioStream where we dig into some of the nitty gritty behind PCM versus DSD, human hearing, the joy of vacuum tubes, and more. I'd like to thank Thorsten for the time and effort he put into his response and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 04, 2014 9 comments
I looked up badass in the dictionary:
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 03, 2014 28 comments
A Network Node
The Bluesound Node is a network player—Ethernet, Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth in, out comes your choice of digital (Toslink) or analog (RCAs) music. The Node supports MP3, AAC, WMA, OGG, WMA-L, FLAC, ALAC, WAV, AIFF in resolutions up to 24/192, gapless playback, cloud services including WiMP, Rdio, Highresaudio, Slacker Radio, Qobuz, Deezer and Juke (all of these services require an account and some have geographic restrictions), and Internet Radio via TuneIn Radio. You can also play music from an Internet URL. All of this functionality is wrapped up in a relatively small round-cornered display-less cube in your choice of high gloss white or black highlighted with a brushed steel strip running down its center. Control of the Node is performed strictly through the Bluesound app for iOS and Android devices.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 31, 2014 0 comments
Scott Wilkinson has just posted his hour-long interview with record producer/recording engineer Alan Sides over on TWiT.TV. They touch on many subjects of interest to AudioStream readers including the importance of higher sample rates, Pono, harmonic structure, the horrors of brick wall filters, DSD, and more.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 31, 2014 3 comments
As you can see, the Pono Kickstarter campaign is in full swing, raising over $5M at its half way mark from over 15,000 backers. Not bad for a device whose sole purpose is to deliver high quality digital music.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 28, 2014 2 comments
Work (work, work) HTRK's previous album was a sexy slow burner keeping pace with sleeping breath. Their new release, Psychic 9-5 Club (Ghostly International), keeps an earthen pace, a glacial flow with shards of emotion from Jonnine Standish's vocals sheering off into Nigel Yang's dub-wise electronic seas. This is their first release as a duo following the death of founding bass player Sean Stewart in 2010 and it feels empty, stripped of excess, pared down to essential elements, then stretched to the breaking point over time.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 27, 2014 2 comments
Single Driver Plus DAC
The Fujitsu Ten Eclipse TD-M1 Wireless Speaker System houses a single 8cm (3") driver in each speaker powered by a 20W digital amp. There's also a 24/192 capable DAC, which Eclipse refers to as a Non-Oversampling DAC, as well as 2 asynchronous USB inputs, one Type A and one Type B, a 3.5mm mini analog stereo input, Wi-Fi and AirPlay connectivity. So you can connect your computer via USB and your iOS device either hard wired or via AirPlay and since the TD-M1 has its own Wi-Fi on board, you don't even need to have it connect to your home network.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 25, 2014 39 comments
The Listing Room, Rene Magritte (1952)

If you frequent some of the hi-fi forums, you may have noticed a dust up over some measurements. No, not the endles Objective versus Subjective debate over the idea of measurements, rather there's some controversy surrounding some measurements generated by LH Labs, makers of the Geek Out DAC, comparing their DAC to a number of competitors. I've received numerous emails relating to these measurements since I reviewed two of the DACs represented in the LH Labs comparisons; the AudioQuest Dragonfly and the Meridian Explorer. "How can something that measures that poorly, sound so good?" being the standard question. "It doesn't." being my standard answer. Let me explain.


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