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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 05, 2013 10 comments
Neil Young has posted an update to the PONO Facebook page:
To everyone who loves music –

I’m very happy to bring you some good news. All of us at Team PONO have been focused on getting everything right for our early 2014 launch of Pono.

The simplest way to describe what we’ve accomplished is that we’ve liberated the music of the artist from the digital file and restored it to its original artistic quality - as it was in the studio. So it has primal power.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 05, 2013 6 comments
With all of this great DSD news of late, I thought a simple guide to playing back DSD files might come in handy. Since the setup process differs depending on whether you're using a PC or a Mac as well as what media player software you're using, we're going to offer separate setup guides by media player. I figured I'd start with the simplest for those of you looking for the quickest and easiest DSD implementation. We'll also assume you already have a DSD-capable DAC (if not, here's A List).
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 04, 2013 8 comments
From the Acoustic Sounds announcement:
Acoustic Sounds Inc. of Salina, Kan., the worldwide leader in audiophile recordings, signed an agreement today with Sony Music Entertainment Inc. to provide the company’s new digital download service with albums that have been produced or remastered in Direct Stream Digital (DSD), the highest resolution audio technology available.

The deal, which follows an earlier agreement reached with Universal Music Group, includes hundreds of recordings from Sony Music’s vast catalog. All of these recordings will be licensed to Acoustic Sounds’, the first high-resolution music service to offer mainstream albums in DSD.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 04, 2013 0 comments
Do you know the Sublime Frequencies record label? If not, and you like your music served up with spices from around the world, you'll love Sublime Frequencies. The label is owned and operated by Alan Bishop (Sun City Girls, Alvarius B.) and Hisham Mayet and the duo along with others travel the world and bring home music you would otherwise never get to hear. Part of what I love about Sublime Frequencies is it makes you realize that even in this seemingly connected world there are an infinite number of people and places that lie outside what we're served up through that big corporate filter we call entertainment.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 03, 2013 5 comments
OK I guess we're going to call it HRA (High-Resolution Audio). I kinda liked HD but maybe that's just me. In a press release dated today, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) announced their support for HRA:
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 03, 2013 1 comments
Spotify wants to reach out and into your hi-fi with its new Spotify Connect service. We're talking about an iOS App (Android and desktop apps are in the works) and hardware-based wi-fi solution so only compatible devices will work with this new Connect feature but the idea that you can direct your music streaming from your phone to your hi-fi is, well, appealing. See for yourself.

Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 03, 2013 5 comments
Way back when I reviewed the Resonessence Labs Concero (see review), I wondered/wished, "I wonder if they could easily add DSD capabilities to the Concero?" Depending on your definition of "easy", the answer is a resounding yes. It did take a new DAC chip but ESS came to the rescue and the little Concero now has two siblings; the HD with its DXD/DSD capabilities and the HP which adds a headphone amp to the HD. Like the original Concero, the HD in addition to functioning as a Coax S/PDIF and USB DXD/DSD DAC, it can also operate as a USB to S/PDIF converter handling up to 64x DSD since 128x DSD is beyond the S/PDIF specifications according to Resonessence Labs.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 30, 2013 4 comments
What can you say about A Love Supreme that hasn't already been said? I know, personal stuff! I came across John Coltran's A Love Supreme at a very challenging time in my then young life. Let's leave the particulars out and simply say that we're talking about emotionally charged growing pains related to finding a place to fit in. I came to A Love Supreme by way of Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis so kinda backwards and the thing that struck me then, during my initial listens to the LP, and the thing that still smacks me right in the skull while listening today is the damn spirituality of it all. Now let me just say that I was of the opinion that Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov reaching for that bible at the end of Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment was not an act of religion rather an act of faith. Color me irascible.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 29, 2013 10 comments
From the NIN website:
Hesitation Marks was mastered in two different ways - the standard, “loud” mastering (which is what you’ll find on the CD, on iTunes, and everywhere else), and also an alternate “audiophile” mastering, which we’re offering as a free download option for anyone who purchases the album through For the majority of people, the standard version will be preferable and differences will be difficult to detect. Audiophiles with high-end equipment and an understanding of the mastering process might prefer the alternate version.
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Ariel Bitran Posted: Aug 29, 2013 0 comments
Marcial Mota and his cousin Emely of Winter Springs, Florida will be enjoying the Griffin Twenty integrated amplifier they recently scored on an sweepstakes. It powers a pair of Pioneer SP-BS22-LR loudspeakers, which were reviewed quite positively by Bob Reina over at Stereophile. The setup is currently in Emely's room, and while she seems jazzed about it, Marcial appears a bit less enthused about the disparate heights of the speakers. It's all good—they're moving homes soon and will have a dedicated space for this system.

Congrats Marcial and Emily! Enjoy the amp.


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