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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 02, 2014 5 comments
Are you going to watch? I am! Will they talk 24-bit? Maybe surprise us with CD-quality streaming? For some reason I have my doubts at this late date. We shall see.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 02, 2014 5 comments
Measurements! c/o John Atkinson: LH Labs Geek Out 1000, iFi iDSD, AudioQuest DragonFly v1.2, Meridian Explorer.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 30, 2014 1 comments
"I love her voice." That's what my friend Stephen Mejias said about Sharon Van Etten and I responded, "Me too." You may not but I'm betting that if you listen to her new album Are We There? you will, too. I've enjoyed all of her records but her last, Tramp, felt like a real growth step. Are We There? feels like a leap.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 29, 2014 2 comments
Most mornings I awake with a song in my head. It may be something I listened to the day before but typically it's not. Usually it's something from my past. This morning was both as Toots and The Maytals "Sweet And Dandy" played on my internal hi-fi, a byproduct of listening to Jimmy Cliff's wonderful soundtrack from "The Harder They Come" yesterday (or so I imagine). If you don't know Toots and The Maytals "Sweet And Dandy", here it is...
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 28, 2014 0 comments
It's official. Apple is buying Beats for $3 billion. From an article in the NY Times, "The Beats brand will remain separate from Apple’s, and Apple will offer both Beats’s streaming music service and premium headphones." Initial reports (see ours) had Beats priced at 3.2 billion so someone took a haircut but at these prices how painful could that really be. We'll also be keeping an eye on the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on June 2 for the announcement of Apple's rumored move to 24-bit downloads. We shall see (soon!).
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 27, 2014 7 comments
The Objective DAC
Once upon a time, there was a guy who went by the name of NwAvGuy (Northwest Audio Video Guy). I don't know much else about him except what I've learned from reading his blog (see which you'll see hasn't been updated since May 9, 2012. As far as I know, no one knows the true identity of NwAvGuy or why he chose to disappear from the scene at the height of fame, having just released his statement ODAC. Perhaps Sherwood Forest needed him back.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 23, 2014 0 comments
Attitude. I love me some attitude and vocalist/guitarist Teri Gender Bender, aka Teresa Suárez, of Le Butcherettes has tons on tap. Cry Is For The Flies is their second LP (Nadie Sound) and is fairly simple, straight-ahead guitar and vocal driven garage punk and while I can hear other voices referenced, like early PJ Harvey and Karen O, there's enough Teri Gender Bender here to make this stand very well and stiff on its own. The rest of the band includes Lia Braswell on drums, Omar Rodríguez-López on bass and production, and a keyboardist and horn players who remain uncredited as far as I can find (I'd love some liner notes!) and all together they serve up some rich, pulse-pounding intensity.
Steven Plaskin Posted: May 23, 2014 3 comments
I have always enjoyed the Linn Records’ recordings of the Dunedin Consort. The JS Bach Matthew Passion has been a particular favorite of mine.

This latest release from Linn features the Dunedin Consort, John Butt conductor and director, performing a reconstruction of the Mozart Requiem as it was performed in 1793. This recording also provides separate reconstruction of the first two movements of the Requiem as performed at Mozart’s funeral in 1791.

Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 22, 2014 19 comments
photo credits: Synology (except where painfully obvious)

Up to 20TB of Storage
What are the most important features for any NAS to embody? Quiet, reliable, enough storage for your present and future music needs, processing power, features, functions, and ease of use? I'd say those are the top most qualities we want from any NAS whose sole purpose is music serving and I'd also say the Synology DS412+ delivers on all counts.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 21, 2014 18 comments
Lossless streaming is going to change the way we listen to and consume music. It already has, in parts of the world fortunate enough to be served by lossless streaming from Qobuz and WiMP. The key to any streaming service is the size of the catalog from which you can stream. I'm currently evaluating the Qobuz lossless streaming service, Qobuz Hi-Fi, and they claim access to "17 million titles" (as of 2/2014) in 16/44.1 CD-quality and I'll have to take them at their word because I can't count that high. What I do know is streaming in CD quality is the shit. The really, really good shit.


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