Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 12, 2015 33 comments
What do we want, ideally, from an active desktop speaker? I know, everything.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 11, 2015 22 comments
Apple Watch Edition: 38mm 18-Karat Yellow Gold Case with Bright Red Modern Buckle, $17,000

Ha! Kidding. I just wanted to see what it felt like to write for Yahoo, Gizmodo, or Ars Technica when writing about hi-fi.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 11, 2015 0 comments
From the company that changed the definition of thermostat, Nest appears to be getting into the home audio business. You have to wonder what they'll come up with. Nest founder and CEO, Tony Fadell, also called the “father of the iPod” for his involvement in the early development of that game changing device, most certainly has his eye on the "connected hi-fi" market where Sonos currently sits, atop.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 11, 2015 8 comments
image credit: Bandcamp

Bandcamp, which was founded in 2008 by Ethan Diamond and Shawn Grunberger, reported it has paid out $100 million to artists selling music on the Bandcamp site.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 10, 2015 41 comments
"Of the seven deadly sins, only envy is no fun at all." Joseph Epstein

The outrage aimed at audiophiles is for the most part about envy.

noun: envy; plural noun: envies

a feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else's possessions, qualities, or luck.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 09, 2015 9 comments
photo credit: Meridian

From the press release:

Employing TIDAL streaming technology together with a pair of Meridian Special Edition DSP7200 Digital Active Loudspeakers and a Meridian 818 Reference Audio Core, the team successfully demonstrated that listeners can experience the full quality and intricacy of recordings, authenticated in the studio – using incredibly ‘streaming-friendly’ files.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 09, 2015 3 comments
In general, we've seen the "mainstream press" mangle the issue of high-res audio. From shoddy reporting to flat out misinformation, high-res has gotten a bad rap. To be fair, Neil Young has oversold and generalized when speaking about high-res versus CD-quality, and the fact that the Pono store sells mostly CD-quality material only helps to confuse an already confusing issue. But that's not a license for being plain stupid (yes, I'm looking at you Yahoo, Gizmodo and Ars Technica) and it's nice to see someone take a closer look at high-res audio going beyond a few minutes of A/B "testing". Kudos to Wilson Rothman of the WSJ for doing some real reporting and listening.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 07, 2015 8 comments
Channel D Seta Piccola

Over on our sister site AnalogPlanet, not only does Michael Fremer ask this very intriguing question, he's also asking if you can hear a difference.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 06, 2015 4 comments
Why Schubert now? Well, for a number of reasons. I've been watching some wonderful videos of neurologist and author and lovely human being Oliver Sacks lately (like this one) where he talks about, among other things, Schubert's late piano sonatas. So I headed on over to Tidal, searched, and settled on Alfred Brendel's version from the early '70s on Philips [B00000417C]. I should note up front that I am not a classical music aficionado. I merely enjoy listening.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 05, 2015 8 comments
Out Of This Galaxy
Exo (out of this) + gal (galaxy). Exogal came to Earth in 2013, formed by four audio industry veterans, Jim Kinne, Larry Jacoby, Jeff Haagenstad, and Jan Larsen, "who worked for the some of the biggest names in the industry." From Exogal, "Jim Kinne is the technical heart and soul of Exogal. He’s a legendary audio engineer who’s produced countless award-winning products in his career, including the Wadia 27 decoding computer, Wadia 270 CD transport and the Wadia 790 PowerDAC, to name a few." Exogal currently has three products that include the Comet DAC, the Ion Digital Amplifier, and the Comet Upgraded Power Supply. Today we'll be probing the Comet DAC.