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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 01, 2014 15 comments

I just came across this short, 2-minute+ video sponsored by the Audio Engineering Society (AES) from 2000 and found it very interesting and relevant, especially in view of all the anti-Pono talk of late. Watch the video and see if you agree.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 01, 2014 4 comments
I recently completed my reviews of the full suite of Bluesound products including the Vault (see review), the Powernode/Duo (see review), Node (see review), and Pulse (see review). I was impressed with the lot, finding the Bluesound products mature beyond their years in terms of both the user friendly interface and overall sound quality. I had an opportunity to ask Bluesound's Chief Brand Officer, John Banks, some questions about Bluesound to hopefully get a better picture of this new company.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 30, 2014 21 comments
AudioQuest shared their White Paper, "Evaluation of Digital Devices and Proper Warm-Up for Ideal Listening and Measurements" and I thought it well worth sharing with AudioStream readers. While you can pretty much surmise the gist of the white paper from its title, you may be surprised at the conclusions drawn from measured results. Enjoy.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 30, 2014 0 comments
Head on over to the BBC's website to watch and listen to an interesting interview with Blue Coast Records owner and DSD pioneer Cookie Marenco. "Cookie Marenco: Pioneer of high quality digital music recording" is part of the BBC's Women in Tech, "a series of stories profiling the most innovative, pioneering and successful women and how they are changing an industry traditionally dominated by men."
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 30, 2014 3 comments
It's official. The AURALiC Aries pictured above and below will make its fully tricked out debut in Munich, May 15-18, 2014. Handsome devil, isn't she? The fuss over the Aries basically comes down to the fact that it represents the first hi-fi device that can stream DXD and up to double rate DSD over WiFi. Inputs include Dual-Band high-speed WiFi, Gigabit Ethernet and USB 2.0 port. Outputs are USB, AES/EBU, Coax and TOSLINK. Control of Aries is left up to the Lightning DS App for iOS and Android devices (Android version coming September 2014) or the desktop app which should be ready by year's end.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 29, 2014 5 comments
My pulse raced when I saw Damon Albarn's new album Everyday Robot available as a "HD Digital Album" on the Warner Music Store website. Not because I'm a fan of Damon Albarn, not that I'm not, rather the simple discovery of a HD download offering on a major label's website warmed my heart. I'd imagine your heart does in fact warm if your pulse races but if I'm wrong I'm really just trying to convey my excitement over the adoption of HD downloads by a major. Which ain't minor for us music lovers who also appreciate better sound quality.
Steven Plaskin Posted: Apr 28, 2014 15 comments
Being an audio reviewer, I have the opportunity to evaluate many of the high end USB cables that are manufactured today. While most of these cables are very nice sounding, some of the cables really distinguish themselves sonically. The JCAT USB cable is just one of those very special USB cables that stand out from the large number of high-end USB cable offerings today.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 28, 2014 8 comments
LH Labs Geek Out 1000 DAC ($299)

Here's what's in-house or en-route to AudioStream for review.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 25, 2014 2 comments
We'll be taking care of some back-end business tomorrow morning, Saturday April 26, from approximately 6:00am - 8:00am (EST) during which time AudioStream will be off line.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 25, 2014 0 comments
If you don't know Jef Gilson you're in for a treat. A true musical polymath, Gilson was a clarinetist, pianist, arranger, composer, record label founder (Palm), sound engineer, music teacher, and big band leader. Born in Guebwiller, France Gilson came up through the ranks in the late '50s and early '60s via hard bop but branched out into free jazz and Afro-jazz, the latter being the subject of today's pick.


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