Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 27, 2015 4 comments
The Chopin Project is a re-interpretation of Frédéric Chopin’s music by Ólafur Arnalds and pianist Alice Sara Ott. The recording, produced by Arnalds, employs vintage microphones, analog recording equipment, non-traditional microphone techniques, and subtly prepared piano. In part, Arnalds and Ott wanted to bring "humanity" back into their recording. I think they've accomplished their goal.
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Steven Plaskin Posted: Mar 26, 2015 11 comments
The Wavelength Audio Quotient DAC Module is a new upgrade for the Crimson High Speed USB DAC that has added DSD 64 / DSD 128 as well as support for PCM files up to 32/384 kHz. But the Quotient Q1 adds far more to the Crimson than just DSD and increased PCM sampling rate support. Gordon Rankin has gone back to the drawing board for this new DAC module resulting in a number of improvements for his flagship DAC.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 25, 2015 1 comments
Photo credit: Taylor Swift

As reported by Digital Trends, Taylor Swift, who in a highly publicized move pulled her music from Spotfiy, has made most of her catalog (not 1989) available to Tidal's lossless streaming service. This news comes on the heels of Jay Z's successful purchase of Tidal's parent company.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 25, 2015 8 comments
The sound was eerily present, although bass response was a bit diffuse, and the upper registers a bit bright. Tone colors were portrayed in a natural manner and overall there was nice sense of dynamic swing. My biggest complaint was a complete lack of imaging.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 24, 2015 121 comments
"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see." Henry David Thoreau

Noise. It's everywhere. When we're talking about hi-fi, noise can present a particularly thorny problem ranging from stuff we can readily hear apart from the music, to noise that is more insidious sneaking into our playback chain and infesting our precious analog signals and our music along with it. Some people like to think that noise is a non-issue, especially when it comes to digital (after all bits are bits), but that's simply not the case since we're talking, ultimately, about the analog world. First a real-world story where we measure the effects of cable related noise.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 23, 2015 36 comments

First off let me say I very much enjoy and appreciate the majority of comments here on AudioStream. People sharing their knowledge and passion for this wonderful hobby is very much appreciated. That being said, I'm thinking of strictly enforcing civil and respectful behavior in the comments here on AudioStream. While I realize this is going against the current grain, I am more than tired of dealing with comments that are abusive, disrespectful, slanderous, and completely lacking in any relevance to the post at hand.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 23, 2015 1 comments
John Atkinson gives Neil Young's PonoPlayer the once over including his usual measurement suite. How does this $399 high-res player hold up? Read it for yourself on Stereophile.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 23, 2015 2 comments
1,202 songs from more than 100 albums for 8 days 6 hours and 46 minutes of music. Fun!
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 23, 2015 4 comments
image credit RIAA

According to the Recording Industry Association of America's 2014 Report, CD sales topped out at $1.85 billion while total revenues from streaming, including ads and Internet radio, reached $1.87 billion overtaking CDs for the first time.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 20, 2015 4 comments
Australia's Via Tania is Tania May-Bowers and Via Tania and the Tomorrow Music Orchestra is her latest release and just her third full length in 12 years. This latest record is comprised of all acoustic instruments courtesy of Matthew Golombisky's Tomorrow Music Orchestra with Tania singing softly over the top all delicate, sweet, and delightful, and together they are full of romp and light-footed frolicking.