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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 14, 2016 3 comments
We've made a list, checked it twice, skipped the naughty, so here's the nice. Enjoy!
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 13, 2016 3 comments
Me and Charley Hansen

Prior to the start of this year's RMAF, Jana Dagdagan and I headed over to the Boulder headquarters of Ayre Acoustics to talk about their new QX-5 Twenty Digital Hub (see review). I spoke to Ayre's Principal Development Engineer Ariel Brown and Software Engineer Brendan Boyle, and separately a one-on-one with Founder and Head of Innovation Charley Hansen. Here are those results. I'd like to thank Ayre for their time and Jana for her fine work behind the camera. Enjoy!

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 13, 2016 3 comments
Neil Young and Pono are back in the news after a long hiatus of newsworthiness. Rolling Stone reports, "He's [Young] working with a Singaporean company on a method to 'maintain our quality level when we go to streaming.'" My best guess is that Singaporean company is none other than OraStream (who else would it be?), the company behind the Naxos high-res classical service.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 12, 2016 4 comments
One of the things that I enjoy about Audiostream is that the focus is on music that is more challenging than the usual fare for audiophile magazines/websites. In that spirit I have compiled a list of recent downloads with a focus on synthesizer, electronics and space.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 09, 2016 1 comments
I've wanted to add a Mary Halvorson album here for ever. Up until now, it just never worked itself out.
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Jon Iverson Posted: Dec 08, 2016 154 comments
Register to win a Wireworld Starlight Cat8 Ethernet Cable ($210.00 Retail Value) we are giving away.

According to the company:

"Wireworld Starlight Cat8 Ethernet cable provides breathtaking improvements in sound quality with a radical flat design that exceeds the new Category 8 performance standards."

[This Sweepstakes is now closed.]

Steven Plaskin Posted: Dec 08, 2016 21 comments
The Nimitra Computer Audio Server is the design of Keetakawee Punpeng, the creator of Fidelizer. I have previously written about Fidelizer Pro, software that optimizes the Windows operating system for use with music software. Keetakawee, who hails from Thailand, decided to combine his software talents and computer hardware knowledge to create a reference audiophile music server. He also wanted a server that would not only be better sounding than an off-the-shelf computer, but a device that would be effortless in terms of setup and use. The Nimitra was conceived as a plug and play device that would take the frustration out of the use of a computer for audio and let users concentrate on their enjoyment of music.
Steven Plaskin Posted: Dec 07, 2016 50 comments
The Starlight Cat8 Ethernet Cable supports Category 8 transmission speeds in a flat design that also provides great flexibility and ease of use. The Starlight Cat8 has a patent pending Tite-Shield™ design that uses 23 gauge conductors and a triple-shield that is just a tenth of an inch thick. This new shield design has simplified the assembly with Wireworld’s shielded RJ-45 plugs.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 06, 2016 13 comments
It's that time of year for holiday cheer; our annual Holiday Gift Guide. Chock full of treats for the young and young at heart, I hope you enjoy window shopping through 2016's picks as much as I enjoyed pickin' 'em. Ho, ho, ho!
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 06, 2016 Published: Dec 05, 2016 2 comments
Greetings fellow Audio Streamers.

Michael has often stated that he doesn’t want reviews, he wants stories. Well Michael, having been a collector of recorded music for the last 50 years I have many stories, so for my first contribution to Lovely Recordings let me start with the very first one.