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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 15, 2013 0 comments
The Chord Streamer DSX-1000 ($13,000) incorporates the same Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) driven DAC that's found in their QBD76 HDSD. The UPnP/DLNA enabled DSX-1000 streamer/network player can handle WMA-9, MP3, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, ALAC, AIFF (96KHz), FLAC, WAV (including 176.4 and 192kHz support) files and includes Ethernet and Coax S/PDIF inputs, RCA and XLR outputsm and an analog volume control. I was very impressed with the AudioStream Greatest Bits awarded Chordette QuteHD (DSD) DAC (see review and the Streamer DSX-1000 appeared to offer a similarly smooth and natural sound.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 15, 2013 0 comments
Well Rounded Sound was showing off their new, diminutive Corgi Mini ($399/pair) and Jack Terrier SE ($349/pair) speakers. Both speakers use a single driver to reproduce 120-30kHz in the case of the Corgi Mini (pictured right) and 100-24kHz for the Terrier SE.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 15, 2013 0 comments
One of the product premiers I was looking forward to at the NY Show was the Laminar Streamer from LessLoss. The Laminar Streamer is really a player that plays either WAV or AIFF files from a FAT 32 formatted SD Card or Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC) card. There's no other inputs but there are Coax S/PDIF, AES/EBU, and I2S outputs. So you can play back up to 24/192 files from an SD or SDHC card, the latter holding up to 32GBs worth of music. Unfortunately the Laminar Streamer was there in raw prototype form, so un-ready for prime time that it sat behind the billboard you see in the picture literally under the wraps of a protective blanket which lent the presentation a certain air of mystery (unfulfilled).
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 12, 2013 1 comments
Anne Queffélec takes us on a tour of early 20th Century France, striking her piano's keys according to the direction of Charles Koechlin, Claude Debussy, Déodat De Séverac, Erik Satie, Florent Schmitt, Francis Poulenc, Gabriel Dupont, Hahn Reynaldo, Maurice Ravel, and Pierre-Octave Ferroud. And oh what a trip it is. The early 20th Century is one place in time I'd travel to if I had a time machine (as long as Owen Wilson wasn't there). Teaming with creative energy, the oughts and teens of the 1900s saw all kinds of new possibilities being explored by all kinds of people in all fields of endeavor. Picasso and Braque shattering the picture plane, Joyce fracturing the narrative, Wittgenstein's parsed propositions, Schoenberg's serial meanderings, and we all know about that crazy cat Einstein and what he did to time...
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 11, 2013 3 comments
The video from my RMAF 2012 Ask the Experts Q&A session is finally available. The panelists include Steve Silberman of Audioquest, Mark Waldrep of AIX Records and, Rob Robinson of Channel D, Andreas Kock of Playback Designs, Gordon Rankin of Wavelength Audio, and David Chesky of Chesky Records and You can check it out here (after the click) or head on over to the RMAF website.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 11, 2013 2 comments
A big huge thank you to musical entiser extraordinaire Stephen Mejias for the heads up on this lovely album from Oval's Markus Popp:
Calidostópia! is the result of a 10-day, blind-date-esque studio session in Salavdor De Bahia, Brazil. Rapid prototyping + unlimited enthusiasm + working in three shifts = metamelomusical supermerger. I went to to Brazil with tons of released as well as unreleased material - and returned home with dozens of all-new, beautiful songs.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 09, 2013 2 comments
This Friday, April 12 marks the beginning of the New York Audio Show. This year the show has moved to the grande looking and grandly named New York Palace Hotel located at 51st and Madison Ave in NY, NY. Running for three days, there will be 250 brands on display in 40 rooms, tons of seminars, a "headphone zone", LPs to be purchased from my favorite used record shop the Princeton Record Exchange, and real live music. I'll be covering the show along with my friends and colleagues from Stereophile.
Steven Plaskin Posted: Apr 08, 2013 21 comments
Apple recently released an update for Mountain Lion 10.83 that included Boot Camp support for Windows 8. I have a copy of Windows 8 Pro 64 bit that I thought would work well with my Early 2011 MacBook Pro. This MacBook Pro is a 2.3 GHz Quad Core i7 with 16 GB RAM and a Samsung 840 Pro SSD 256GB. My music library is on a Promise Pegasus 8TB drive and an exact copy on a G-RAID 8TB Thunderbolt drive.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 05, 2013 2 comments
Borngräber & Strüver, Clouds

Sometimes I find that I listen in patterns. For whatever reason, perhaps its the time of the season?, I find myself buying and listening within certain genres. Of late, its been minimal/modern music that's caught my ear. The slow, subtle wavering of sounds unfolding over time at times with no apparent rhyme or reason other than time. It's like diving into a pool and coming up to discover yourself in the middle of a vast sea with no land in sight. I love it when that happens. I'd recommend auditioning these recordings before buying, and you can audition all of them more and less, since they are not everyone's cup of tea. What is.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 04, 2013 11 comments
Thanks to friend and colleague Stephen Mejias of Stereophile for forwarding this interesting news, of the good news/bad news variety:
In January of this year Amazon introduced AutoRip, which gives customers free digital versions of CDs they purchase. Today we're excited to announce that we're extending AutoRip to vinyl records. Now when you buy any AutoRip vinyl record, the MP3 version of that album will instantly be delivered to your Amazon Cloud Player library for FREE. You can then download or listen to the music on your Android phone, iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, PC, Mac, Kindle Fire, and more even before your vinyl record arrives.


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