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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 12, 2015 1 comments
Sharon Van Etten is just as good live, maybe even better, than on record. And I really enjoy her records. On her latest 5-song EP, I Don't Want To Let You Down (Jagjaguwar), we get more lovely heartbreak, more pain, and more soul searching. This is straight forward singer-songwriter stuff with a twist which is delivered by Van Etten's beautiful voice.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 11, 2015 4 comments
Less Stuff
The Dynaudio Xeo 4s and the larger floor standing Xeo 6s plus the Hub need just two things from you—a source(s) and power. That's it. That's all you need for a complete Hi-Fi. Interested?
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 10, 2015 3 comments
photo credit: Emotiva

Emotiva has announced two new portable DAC/Headphone Amps—the Big Ego ($229) and the Little Ego ($169) both capable of playing back up to 32/384 PCM data. Each DAC offers three digital filters for tailoring the Ego to your liking; the Symmetrical filter offering equal amounts of pre- and post-ringing, the Asymmetrical Low Damping filter which essentially does away with pre-ringing coupled with several cycles of post-ringing, and the Asymmetrical High Damping filter that reportedly preserves tonal qualities "like resonance and warmth".

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 08, 2015 36 comments
Of course we care about sound quality at AudioStream so it's kinda pointless for me to dig into the Apple Music service because you can get better sound quality from Tidal Hi-Fi, Qobuz, Deezer, and others including hi-res streaming from Naxos/OraStream. But seeing as I lasted the 3 hours+ of the Apple Show, I'll say some more.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 08, 2015 0 comments
A man of few words, even for Twitter.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 08, 2015 9 comments
Multi-multi-millionaire Tim Cook is due to announce his new streaming service today at Apple's World Wide Developers Conference (begins 1:00PM EST) and people are asking—Who cares? "Tim Cook and Apple have enough of my money already." comments John who prefers to remain anonymous. John continues "Besides, why would I pay Apple $120 a year to listen to the same music I can listen to for free on Spotify?"
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 05, 2015 5 comments
I feel it. Anger, energy, message. Algiers self-titled debut LP on Matador Records kills.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 04, 2015 11 comments
Direct Digital Trickles Down (and Up)
NAD's C 510 inherits its impressive innards from the company's M2 Direct Digital Amp (see Stereophile's review) and M51 DAC (see Stereophile's review). All incoming digital data (up to 24/192 PCM), the C 510 does not offer any analog inputs, is converted to a pulse-width-modulation (PWM) signal at a sampling rate of 844kHz before being converted to analog. Volume control is also handled in the digital domain and the C 510's 35-bit architecture allows for transparency at any level, in theory. Here's more from NAD, "Due to the very high clock speed [108MHz] and mathematical precision of our reconstruction filters, the resulting audio signal is totally free of digital artifacts like ringing." I suppose the only question remaining is—does all this work to make digital sound
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 03, 2015 11 comments
I was listening to some tunes last night, switching between JRiver and Roon on my MacBook Pro and suddenly a note appeared in the Roon app announcing an update. The app restarted and bam! I was playing DSD, including DSD128, through Roon in no time flat. Nice.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 02, 2015 9 comments
Of course they are. They have more power, more users with credit cards on file (800M), and more money than...everyone. They can afford sustained losses, they can afford to pay artists for exclusive content, which appears to be the latest trend in differentiation, they have deep ties into the music industry which they bought when they paid $3 billion for Jimmy Iovine and Dr Dre and Beats, and they have the R&D to implement just about anything they can dream up. Game over.