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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 04, 2015 13 comments
According to The Verge, Apple is pressuring the major record labels to pull their music from Spotify's free tier. "The Verge has learned that Apple has been pushing major music labels to force streaming services like Spotify to abandon their free tiers, which will dramatically reduce the competition for Apple’s upcoming offering." And Spotify is allegedly not Apple's only target.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 04, 2015 61 comments
Some people have interpreted my "Digital Cables and Noise" article as an unfounded impetus for worry. Their point being, sure digital systems including cables are susceptible to noise, but it's really not something we need to be concerned with. As if everyone recognizes that noise is an issue in digital systems. As we used to say back in grammar school...not!
Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 01, 2015 0 comments
Covers. I do love cover songs especially when they appear to be incongruous with the artist's self-penned music. The choice of cover song can also give us insight into influences, likes, loves, and perhaps of most interest how a musician re-imagines an oldie but goodie. Julia Holter gives us 3:06 of all that and more.
Steven Plaskin Posted: Apr 30, 2015 41 comments
The Shunyata Research Venom USB cable is the only USB cable offered by this high end manufacturer of cables, AC cords, power distribution centers, and audio accessories. Most other cable manufacturers offer a range of USB cables with enhanced features at increasing prices. Shunyata research has decided to offer only one model with everything that they feel is important in a USB cable design. Given the very reasonable price of $125 for a .75 meter length, I was curious to see just how the Venom USB cable would compare to the other high priced cables I have reviewed in the past for AudioStream. Knowing Shunyata Research’s well recognized product quality and dedication to superior audio performance, I truly wanted to see how this cable would perform in my system.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 29, 2015 61 comments
image credit: ECN Magazine

The notion that a digital cable, including Ethernet and USB, can be susceptible to noise is often met with harsh criticism. If we then add fuel to this fire by further suggesting that this noise can cause an audible difference in our connected hi-fi, we are typically met with derision. Some people contend that for all intents and purposes, digital systems are noise-proof, the proof being bits are bits. Therefore there's no way a digital cable can possibly make any difference when it comes to the sound coming out of our speakers. The fact that noise in digital systems including digital cables is a well-known problem outside the world of hi-fi doesn't appear to make one bit of difference. Let's see if we can separate the signal from the noise.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 28, 2015 5 comments
If you read Mark Jenkins', Founder & CEO, Antipodes Audio Limited, response to my review of the Antipodes DX server, you'll have read this:
"Regarding your observation of a decrease in sound quality when playing back music from the NAS using DLNA: in general, this is true. But if you'll allow us to assist you in setup mounting the QNAP, you'll find that the difference in sound quality between the internal storage and the mounted NAS is very small -indeed, tiny. We'd be happy to help you in the setup process, just as we would with any customer; the improvement in sound quality compared to playback through DLNA is well worth the minor effort involved."
So that's exactly what we did. Using TeamViewer, I invited Mark into my iMac, what an odd feeling that is, and he went about mounting the QNAP NAS after which I went about listening. Antipodes will perform this same service for any customer.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 27, 2015 2 comments
This just in:
"LOS ANGELES—George Himmelsbaugh, 32, was informed Tuesday that he was incorrect in enjoying a thing he had been deriving pleasure from for many years. Authorities in the field informed Himmelsbaugh that, although he believes his appreciation of the thing to be a matter of subjective personal taste, any positive feelings or satisfaction taken from this are by definition erroneous."
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 27, 2015 17 comments
Jay Z took to Twitter over the weekend to share some rapid-fire thoughts over the Tidal press conference backlash.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 27, 2015 0 comments
Kip Hanrahan's American Clavé label is mightily musically mighty combining great music with great sound, an accomplishment that's clearly not run of the mill. It has been 5 year since the last American Clavé release and that's too damn long.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 24, 2015 0 comments
THEESatisfaction – [th ee sat is fak shuh n] – noun, verb
1. Queens of the Stoned Age
2. Empresses of time
3. Pre-Egyptian Dynasty
4. Self written
5. Self produced
6. Stasia Irons & Catherine Harris-White
Imagine Sun Ra's Space Is the Place sent through the musical influence time machine grabbing bits and pieces of electronica, neo-soul, funk, R&B, and hip hop until it lands in today fully formed. That'll get you close to THEESatisfaction's groovacious album EarthEE on Sub Pop. I've been listening to this record since its release way back in February and it keeps getting better with age. Mine or its.

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