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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 02, 2013 9 comments
Judge Richard Sullivan has ruled in summary judgement in the Capitol Records v. ReDigi case, "The novel question presented in this action is whether a digital music file, lawfully made and purchased, may be resold by its owner through ReDigi under the first sale doctrine. The Court determines that it cannot." While a digital music file is, in legal terms, a phonorecord (as defined by the United States Copyright Act of 1976) just like a CD or LP, this ruling makes a digital file unlike a CD or LP in that you cannot resell one.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 02, 2013 33 comments
Wow Factor
I first saw and heard the AURALiC Vega Digital Audio Processor at the 2013 CES and I remember thinking—I need to hear this one at home. I can't tell you exactly why this was the case especially seeing as listening to music is a difficult thing to focus on at hi-fi shows and determining the performance of a given component within an unfamiliar system is like judging a blind date by an online profile. So let's call my interest in the AURALiC Vega a hunch. And let me just say man oh man did that hunch pay off.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 01, 2013 7 comments
Dr. Mark Waldrep

This is Part 2 of a planned 3-part Q&A with Dr. Waldrep of AIX Records and iTrax.com. If you haven't read Part 1, I'd recommend starting there (Understanding High Definition Audio: Facts and Fiction). As the title for Part 2 suggests, Mark talks about the important subject of provenance with regard to HD downloads. I'd like to thank Mark once again for his time and for agreeing to tackle this somewhat controversial subject.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Apr 01, 2013 195 comments
Register to win a Schiit BiFrost USB and Modi DAC (MSRP $449 Bifrost; $99 Modi) we are giving away.

Bifrost is the world's most affordable fully upgradable DAC, featuring 32-bit D/A conversion, a fully discrete analog section, and a sophisticated bit-perfect clock management system, together with one of the most advanced asynchronous USB 2.0 input sections available, as well as SPDIF coaxial and optical inputs, all with 24/192 capability.

[This sweepstakes is now closed]

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 30, 2013 19 comments
I saw and heard Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds on Thursday night at the Beacon Theater in NYC. For an added treat, Sharon Van Etten opened the show and later joined the Bad Seeds and the Harlem Voices as background singer. Cave opened with a few tunes from his newest LP, Push The Sky Away which is a wonderful record if somewhat lyrically superficial. As a show, the show was first-rate. When Cave started in on his older heavier material, the audience stood up and many remained so for the duration. At one point Cave encouraged as many people as could to squeeze down the isles toward the stage, much to the chagrin of the security forces on hand. "It's OK" Cave told them and added, "Don't worry, it's a union thing".
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 29, 2013 3 comments
New from Gimell, Eric Whitacre's choral meditation Sainte-Chapelle was written to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of The Tallis Scholars and was first performed on the 7th of March 2013 at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. Typically, The Tallis Scholars do not perform the work of the living, but in Sir John Taverner's case and now Eric Whitacre's, they've made exceptions. Let's be thankful.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 28, 2013 4 comments
Kal Rubinson has reported over on Stereophile that Oppo has made their BDP-103 and BDP-105 players DSD-compatible with a recent firmware upgrade (still in beta). "Now, here's the really good news. The Oppo will play multichannel as well as stereo DSD and that makes the Oppo the least expensive multichannel DSD-file player by a wide, wide margin. I have been enjoying glorious multichannel downloads from Channel Classics' website as well as a couple of their spectacular "live" session files (Mahler Symphony 1 and #) made at the recording and without edits. Wow is all I can say."

Read Kal's full report here.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 27, 2013 21 comments
from the top left (clockwise): Fostex HP-A8, Teac UD-501, Auralic Vega, Mytek Stereo192-DSD DAC (flanked by the Acoustic Plan DigiMaster w/linear power supply)

I was just looking at my lovely Box Furniture equipment rack and realized this is probably somewhat of a rare sight. Reviews forthcoming.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 27, 2013 0 comments
InnerFidelity's head honcho, Tyll Hertsens, has reported on a very interesting development related to the Meridian Explorer DAC/Headphone Amp. It's that last bit, the headphone amp, that has come under scrutiny and Meridian has recently modified the headphone output of their popular Explorer DAC.

I'll let Tyll explain since he does it so well and I very much encourage anyone who already owns an Explorer, is interested in one, or if you'd like to read about the importance of things like output impedance, frequency response, and damping factor, to head on over to InnerFidelity.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 26, 2013 7 comments
NOS
The Hex DAC is, according to Metrum Acoustics, a non-oversampling (NOS) filterless DAC in the strictest sense. This means that inside, including inside its mysterious* DAC chips, the PCM signal remains a PCM signal and it passes through the D/A process un-oversampled and un-filtered, as it were. Many of today's DACs, even some calling themselves NOS DACs, employ delta-sigma DAC chips that, among other things, oversample, interpolate, convert the PCM signal to a PDM signal (pulse-density modulation), and filter our precious musical data. Filterless NOS DACs skip these steps and some feel that the resulting analog signal sounds more analog-like as a result.

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