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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 15, 2014 3 comments
A team of Japanese roboticists from the University of Tokyo built a band of robots, Z-Machines, consisting of a guitarist with 78 fingers, a drummer with 22 arms, and a keyboardist that shoots green lasers to activate his keys. Then Z-Machines musical producer, Kenjiro Matsuo, asked a number of musicians to compose music for their band. Tom Jenkinson, aka Squarepusher, gladly took up the challenge and the result is his new EP, Music for Robots recently released on Warp Records.
Steven Plaskin Posted: Apr 14, 2014 11 comments
The Overdrive USB DAC/Pre is the creation of engineer-designer Steve Nugent of Empirical Audio. Empirical Audio was formed in 1994 and initially concentrated on the sales of patented cable products designed by Steve Nugent. Steve’s background included a degree in Electrical Engineering with 25 years of digital design experience. His resume included work for the Intel Corp. where he served as a design-team lead in the development of the Pentium II processor. Steve has also been a passionate audiophile for over 39 years and this interest lead him into the modification of other manufacturer’s audio products in 2002. His modifications not only included DACs, but preamps, power amps and CD players / transports. The modification of numerous designs gave Steve a wonderful opportunity to see what sounded best in audio and DAC design. During this time, Steve developed the Off Ramp Turbo USB Converter; a device that offered a USB interface to digital products. In 2009, Empirical Audio ceased equipment modification and concentrated on original computer audio product design.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 11, 2014 0 comments
Clay Rendering is Mike Connelly (Wolf Eyes) and Tara Connelly (they're married) and Waters Above The Firmament is their second EP released on Hospital Productions following a string of cassette releases as The Haunting. They are joined here by Robert Beatty (Three Legged Race/Hair Police) on synth with production help from Dominick Fernow and together make a heavy sonic assault on song. Industrial noise, drone, and overdriven guitar lap up against moody melody making for an unsettling yet ultimately alluring sound.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 10, 2014 22 comments
MacRumors has re-reported (see re-report) a rumor started by blogger Robert Hutton (see his original post) based on unnamed sources that iTunes will begin selling 24-bit downloads in June. Of this year.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 10, 2014 1 comments
A Portable Network Player
Networked music on the go? From room to room and deck to driveway? The Bluesound Pulse is a portable player albeit one that is not battery powered that lets you connect to your network attached storage and the Internet for streaming either via Ethernet or Wi-Fi and play back up to 24/192 files. Throw in Bluetooth connectivity through an optional dongle and you have the world of music coming and going through one device.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 09, 2014 16 comments
The tireless guys at LH Labs are about to do it again—crowdfunding their latest portable product the Geek Wave. The Wave acts as an add-on to your smartphone providing extended battery life with its internal charger, music storage ("at least 258GB"), and of course their own DXD/DSD-ready DAC and headphone amp to boost the performance of your phone.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 07, 2014 9 comments
Thorsten Loesch

Most readers are familiar with iFi Audio whose affordable products include DACs, portable headphone amps, a USB power supply, Tube Buffer/Pre-Amplifier, and more. We've reviewed a number of their products including the iFi iDAC (see review), the iUSBPower (see review), and the iTube Active Tube Buffer/Preamp (see review). Abbington Music Research (AMR) also produces a full line of "Reference Class" products including amplifiers, preamplifiers, loudspeakers, disc players, DACs, and more. The Chief Designer behind both product lines, Thorsten Loesch, was kind enough to participate in this Q&A with AudioStream where we dig into some of the nitty gritty behind PCM versus DSD, human hearing, the joy of vacuum tubes, and more. I'd like to thank Thorsten for the time and effort he put into his response and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 04, 2014 9 comments
I looked up badass in the dictionary:
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 03, 2014 28 comments
A Network Node
The Bluesound Node is a network player—Ethernet, Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth in, out comes your choice of digital (Toslink) or analog (RCAs) music. The Node supports MP3, AAC, WMA, OGG, WMA-L, FLAC, ALAC, WAV, AIFF in resolutions up to 24/192, gapless playback, cloud services including WiMP, Rdio, Highresaudio, Slacker Radio, Qobuz, Deezer and Juke (all of these services require an account and some have geographic restrictions), and Internet Radio via TuneIn Radio. You can also play music from an Internet URL. All of this functionality is wrapped up in a relatively small round-cornered display-less cube in your choice of high gloss white or black highlighted with a brushed steel strip running down its center. Control of the Node is performed strictly through the Bluesound app for iOS and Android devices.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 31, 2014 0 comments
Scott Wilkinson has just posted his hour-long interview with record producer/recording engineer Alan Sides over on TWiT.TV. They touch on many subjects of interest to AudioStream readers including the importance of higher sample rates, Pono, harmonic structure, the horrors of brick wall filters, DSD, and more.


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