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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 11, 2015 3 comments


"I dare you take this test! What's that? You passed? The test was flawed!"


"I dare you take this test! What's that? You failed but the test was flawed? Doesn't matter, you failed!"


"I took the test and passed! What's that? The test was flawed? Doesn't matter, I passed!"


"I took the test and failed! The test was flawed!"


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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 10, 2015 0 comments
Reader Roberto Z. was kind enough to send me the following email. He also gave me the OK to share it with you, here, including this picture of his son. Made my day. Thanks Roberto!
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Jon Iverson Posted: Aug 07, 2015 0 comments
We've worked out a special deal for readers to celebrate the new Chesky You're Surrounded release.

From now until September 7, 2015, readers of this website will get a 25% discount on the new 24-bit high resolution You're Surrounded album and/or anything in Chesky's hi-res catalog on HDTracks.com.

Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 07, 2015 0 comments
Pop. Of course Ducktails' new record St. Catherine (Domino) isn't really pop in the sense that it'll be a streaming sensation, rather it's pop in the sense of song form. Ducktails' Matt Mondanile is from New Jersey, so I have a soft spot for his music, and he's been honing his Ducktails craft since 2006. And it shows.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 06, 2015 36 comments
REGENerator
Unlike the AudioQuest JitterBug we looked at last week (see review) that plugs into your computer, the USB REGEN is designed to be placed at the other end of your USB cable, between it and your DAC. Where the REGEN also differentiates itself from the JitterBug (and others) is the guys from UpTone Audio are completely REGENerateing the data, delivering a cleaned up impedance matched signal to your DAC.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 03, 2015 60 comments
"Champagne for my real friends, real pain for my sham friends" ― Francis Bacon

This is really great news for anyone following the hi-res audio debate. The debate is simple; some people claim there is an audible difference between high resolution files and lower resolutions, and some people claim there isn't. There have been a bunch of technical articles on the subject but up until now(ish), there's never been proof that everyone agrees upon. No solid scientific statistically significant proof as to whether or not anyone can discern hi-res audio from lower resolutions in an ABX test. The good news is we have significantly significant test results that prove without question there is an audible difference between hi-res and lower resolutions. The not so good news is this happened over a year ago.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 31, 2015 0 comments
It has been a while since we heard from Syria's soulful singer Omar Souleyman who is joined on his new record Bahdeni Nami (Monkeytown Records) by saz player Khaled Youssef and Rizan Said on keyboards. The saz, or bağlama, is a stringed instrument resembling a lute that Youssef uses here to tell the his own version of the story and Said's keyboard playing is incessant and raw as is this music. I love this music.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 30, 2015 51 comments
If only the folks at Ars Technica and the James Randi Educational Foundation knew about Wikipedia (my emphasis):
An ABX test is a method of comparing two choices of sensory stimuli to identify detectable differences between them. A subject is presented with two known samples (sample A, the first reference, and sample B, the second reference) followed by one unknown sample X that is randomly selected from either A or B. The subject is then required to identify X as either A or B.
What do you call an ABX test that skips that last bit in bold and let's a subject say "I dunno" when presented with X? Useless.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 30, 2015 14 comments
Moving Beyond The Bits
While some people still want to argue that "bits are bits" when it comes to digital data transmission, other people are looking at real-world solutions to real-world problems. I have a number of devices in for review that take aim at cleaning up our USB connections. While each offers a different approach and even a different set of solutions to more than one problem, the JitterBug is a USB filter. What is it filtering? The company states, "JitterBug’s dual-circuitry measurably reduces unwanted noise currents and parasitic resonances. It also reduces jitter and packet errors (in some cases, packet errors are completely eliminated)."

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