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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 25, 2015 8 comments
The sound was eerily present, although bass response was a bit diffuse, and the upper registers a bit bright. Tone colors were portrayed in a natural manner and overall there was nice sense of dynamic swing. My biggest complaint was a complete lack of imaging.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 24, 2015 121 comments
"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see." Henry David Thoreau

Noise. It's everywhere. When we're talking about hi-fi, noise can present a particularly thorny problem ranging from stuff we can readily hear apart from the music, to noise that is more insidious sneaking into our playback chain and infesting our precious analog signals and our music along with it. Some people like to think that noise is a non-issue, especially when it comes to digital (after all bits are bits), but that's simply not the case since we're talking, ultimately, about the analog world. First a real-world story where we measure the effects of cable related noise.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 23, 2015 36 comments

First off let me say I very much enjoy and appreciate the majority of comments here on AudioStream. People sharing their knowledge and passion for this wonderful hobby is very much appreciated. That being said, I'm thinking of strictly enforcing civil and respectful behavior in the comments here on AudioStream. While I realize this is going against the current grain, I am more than tired of dealing with comments that are abusive, disrespectful, slanderous, and completely lacking in any relevance to the post at hand.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 23, 2015 1 comments
John Atkinson gives Neil Young's PonoPlayer the once over including his usual measurement suite. How does this $399 high-res player hold up? Read it for yourself on Stereophile.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 23, 2015 2 comments
1,202 songs from more than 100 albums for 8 days 6 hours and 46 minutes of music. Fun!
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 23, 2015 4 comments
image credit RIAA

According to the Recording Industry Association of America's 2014 Report, CD sales topped out at $1.85 billion while total revenues from streaming, including ads and Internet radio, reached $1.87 billion overtaking CDs for the first time.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 20, 2015 4 comments
Australia's Via Tania is Tania May-Bowers and Via Tania and the Tomorrow Music Orchestra is her latest release and just her third full length in 12 years. This latest record is comprised of all acoustic instruments courtesy of Matthew Golombisky's Tomorrow Music Orchestra with Tania singing softly over the top all delicate, sweet, and delightful, and together they are full of romp and light-footed frolicking.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 19, 2015 28 comments
Mytek shook up the DSD DAC market with their Stereo192-DSD DAC back in 2011 at RMAF. At that time, there were just a handful of much more expensive DSD capable DACs and most people wondered if this DSD thing was going to catch on. It did. I favorably reviewed the Stereo192-DSD DAC (see review) which I still use daily. Mytek's new consumer offering is the Manhattan and it represents Mytek's "finest achievement" according to the company. Let's see.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 18, 2015 2 comments
According to mastering engineer and producer Ian Sheppard the answer is yes. From his article YouTube just put the final nail in the Loudness War’s coffin:
"It means that YouTube have been using loudness normalisation on their music videos – and they’ve been doing it since December last year. Everything plays at a similar loudness, regardless of how it was mastered. And no-one has noticed."
So what?