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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 16, 2013 0 comments
Yours truly penned a four-page intro to computer audio that appears in this month's Sound & Vision. This marks the first edition of the new merged titans Home Theater + Sound & Vision and it's chock full of sights and sounds to explore.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 13, 2013 3 comments
Sexy soul. FKA (Formerly Known As) twigs' EP2 4-track EP is a lovely, slow, smoldering, sexy beast of a record. Alejandro Ghersi aka Arca lends a helping hand with crunchy crushing beats and blips behind twigs' stunning siren song vocals. Just released on Young Turks (home of The XX and SBTRKT), EP2 contains some of my favorite fragile forlorn otherworldly love songs so far this year. Totally tasty and it sounds big and badass on the hi-fi.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 12, 2013 1 comments
The Light Harmonic Geek Kickstarter campaign ends today. You can still get the Geek USB DAC/Headphone amp that can handle up to 24/192, DSD (64x and 128x), and DXD playback for $159 (regular retail price will be $299). There are also two additional options that have been added and include "Super GEEK - At this level, you will get a suped-up GEEK. This GEEK's amplifier is 1.6 times more powerful than GEEK's original amp— 720 mW!" ($189), and "Super-Duper GEEK - At this level, you'll get a seriously radded-out GEEK. This GEEK's amplifier is 2.2 times more powerful than GEEK's original amp— 1000 mW!" ($219).
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 12, 2013 16 comments
Getting DSD to work on a PC with Foobar2000 requires the installation of three drivers—your DAC Manufacturer's custom driver, the ASIO output driver, and the SACD driver. The following guide is a generic step-by-step approach for installing all three drivers.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 11, 2013 1 comments
After reading Getting Started With Computer Audio Part 3: Music, a very kind reader pointed me to the website and their presentation and related video feature Lost In Translation: An Exploration of Lossy vs. Lossless Audio Formats. Presented by Grammy-award winning engineer Andrew Scheps, this is actually a two-part presentation wherein Part 2 lets people listen to different music delivery formats.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 11, 2013 7 comments
photo credit: Cindy Carpien/NPR

What Does A Song That Costs $5 Sound Like? by Laura Sydell tells the story of Cookie's experience with SACD and DSD as well as Cookie's Blue Coast Records.

One day she invited a dozen engineers and artists to do a blind test of three different audio formats. Analog tape recording, high-resolution digital (better than CD) and DSD. "Tape was still everyone's choice in a blindfold test," says Marenco, but they all agreed "that DSD was the closest thing to tape."
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Steven Plaskin Posted: Sep 10, 2013 18 comments
There has been a movement in the design of high end DACs to reduce jitter to extremely low levels due to the emergence of extremely accurate oscillator-clocks. Recently, I reviewed the MSB Technology Analog DAC with its Femto clock and claims of extremely low jitter. Calyx Audio, a division of the Korean manufacturer Digital and Analog, have utilized an extremely accurate clock to decrease jitter from the standard picoseconds to femtoseconds ; in this case 500 femtoseconds. One femtosecond is one quadrillionth (0.000 000 000 000 001) of a second or 10−15. Calyx is obviously proud of their clock technology and named their flagship DAC Femto. Digital and Analog not only builds a line of DACs, but also Class D amplifiers and a powered speaker. They have specialized in building class D ICs and Full Digital ICs OEM since 1999. In 2008, Calyx Audio was formed to produce high end audio products.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 09, 2013 22 comments
We all know everything we need to know about music, right? I mean, we find music we like enough to buy, and we buy it. Simple. Well that was the case back when we had physical media as our only choice. More or less. If you played CDs, you bought the CD. If you spun vinyl, you bought the record and maybe made a cassette copy for the car or to share with friends. Of course audiophiles and some regular people have always been interested in getting the best sounding copy of a recording they could find so we have special formats and reissues including SACD, DVD-A, 45RPM 200 Gram vinyl, reel-to-reel tape, and so on. For file-based playback we are also presented with a variety of choices and as most things go, the most popular means of buying downloads are also the lowest quality versions you can get (sigh).
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 06, 2013 2 comments
Of Images of the Dream and Death Ákos Rózmann stated:
My intention in composing this work was, with the aid of sound, EMS and the studio of the State Academy of Music in Stockholm between August 1974 and June 1977, to portray Good and Evil.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 05, 2013 3 comments
Most important of all is the music. Here are the places around the 'net where you can find DSD downloads.


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