Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 05, 2013 6 comments
I know, obviously. I grew up in the suburbs of New Jersey, near Paterson, and I can still recall the dull ache of boredom that infested most of my waking teenage hours. There were few true salves but music was always a sure bet breaking through the unfulfilled longing (most days feeling as if you had an impossibly mad crush on someone you had yet to meet). The music of The Doors played prominently during these formative years and Waiting for the Sun contained plenty of sunshine, white heat, and melancholy that seemed to match my very own. Ah, music.
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Jon Iverson Posted: Jul 01, 2013 158 comments
Register to win a Light Harmonic Lightspeed USB Cable (MSRP $1399.00) we are giving away.

According to the company:

Lightspeed USB uses a unique topology, which we call Ultra-high Speed Differential Pair (or USDP). USDP gives Lightspeed 20 times the bandwidth of USB 2.0 high speed, which ensures optimal signal clocking. In fact, Lightspeed's astounding 10 Gigabits per second bandwidth is twice as fast as USB 3.0! Additionally, its 2-in-1 architecture physically separates the signal leg from the five volt power leg, preventing source-generated noise from disturbing the digital signal. The result: a bit-perfect USB cable.

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Steven Plaskin Posted: Jun 28, 2013 3 comments
This 4 selection album is Blue Coast Records’ first double DSD recording. Keith Greeninger is a folk-style singer that accompanies himself on guitar in this excellent minimalist recording that utilized two channels / 2 mics, and a Korg M2 2000. While the DSD64 download is quite good, you must listen to the DSD128 version as this is outrageously revealing and natural sounding.

Cookie Marenco of Blue Coast Records sent me the following:

Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 28, 2013 6 comments
I know, obviously. But Getz/Gilberto holds a very special place in my heart, body, mind, and soul. When I was a kid, we'd spend a lot of our summertime at my grandparents house at the shore. My father and his younger brother would mix a thermos full of gin and tonic (which they'd let me sip), and pack it up along with the Coppertone, fishing poles, and fins for our days at the beach. Back at my grandparents' house, being fitfully sunned and swumed, we'd BBQ and eat at the picnic table out back. Life was simple. The last ingredient that filled these long, hot, happy days was music and Getz/Gilberto remains the accompanying soundtrack that plays through my head on infinitely pleasurable repeat.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 24, 2013 37 comments
During a conversation with AudioQuest's Steve Silberman, Steve brought up the notion that "there's no such thing as digital" which I found thought provoking. I suggested to Steve that we have an email conversation about this very topic and Steve suggested adding Charlie Hansen of Ayre Acoustics and Gordon Rankin of Wavelength Audio into the mix. So that's what we did. The opening question:

It's common for people to envision and represent a digital signal as a series of 1s and 0s. As such, there's really no room for error, at least according to this binary theory. Is a digital signal simply a series of 1s and 0s?

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Ariel Bitran Posted: Jun 24, 2013 0 comments
Paul Novitt of Camas, Washington is the winner of the Moon Audio Blue Dragon custom USB cable sweepstakes. The USB cable forms the link between his Peachtree DAC and his computer. Stay happy Paul, and thanks for participating!
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 22, 2013 0 comments
On Saturday June 22, "...the corporate IT department will be performing a number of server and network upgrades in the production data center" which means AudioStream will be down for a few hours beginning 3:00PM (EST). See you again later!
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 21, 2013 3 comments
It must be difficult to perpetually have to outdo yourself. Inevitably critics will point to this or that missing element from your previous release(s) but hopefully they'll be something new to fill that void. Tomorrow's Harvest is the first Boards of Canada album since 2005's The Campfire Headphase and it still sounds like Boards of Canada. How could it not?
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Jon Iverson Posted: Jun 21, 2013 109 comments
Register to win a set of Monitor Audio Airstream WS100 speakers (MSRP $399.00) we are giving away.

According to the company:

If you're one of the millions who store and play music from a desktop or laptop, Monitor Audio has designed the WS100 wireless audio system with you in mind. It comprises a pair of stylish cube speakers with amps and wireless receiver on-board. The matching, compact monitors, just 5" in dimension, are precision engineered to deliver clean wideband lossless audio from any computer in seconds. Simply position the speakers, plug-in the USB transmitter and play CD quality sound wire-free.

[This Sweepstakes is now closed.]

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 17, 2013 16 comments
Since Steve Plaskin has already done a wonderful job with all of the heavy lifting in his review of the MSB Technology Analog DAC (see review), I will point you to it as essential reading. This follow up consists completely of my listening impressions, subjective as they are, of the Analog DAC within the confines of my system and listening room (for the most part).


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