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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 09, 2014 3 comments
LH Labs are at it again with another successful crowdfunding campaign, this one appearing to be destined to break the $1M mark. The Geek Wave is a dedicated portable high res music player, capable of handling up to 32/384 PCM and double rate DSD. The Wave "...comes with at least 64 GB of internal storage (128 GB available), and is expandable via an SDXC port, which supports up to 2 addtional terabytes." There's a line out to connect your Wave to your hi-fi and of course a headphone output to drive your favorite cans.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 08, 2014 11 comments
Streaming and vinyl sales are up, everything else is down. Surprised? I didn't think so. Overall, total music sales showed a small decrease of roughly 3% as compared to the same period last year.
"With On-Demand streams surpassing 70 billion songs in the first six months of 2014, streaming continues to be an increasingly significant portion of the music industry," says David Bakula, SVP Nielsen Entertainment. "Streaming's 42% year-over-year growth and Vinyl LP's 40% increase over last year's record-setting pace shows interest in buying and consuming music continues to be robust, with two very distinct segments of the industry expanding substantially."
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 07, 2014 10 comments
Look what just arrived!
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 04, 2014 7 comments
Personable punk from Syracuse-based Perfect Pussy fronted by the ever-griping Meredith Graves. On Say Yes To Love, their debut album on Captured Tracks, this five-piece kick up a dust storm of pure unrelenting energy that's impossible to ignore (unless you turn it off). This is also, for me, mood music and lately I've been in the mood.
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Steven Plaskin Posted: Jul 03, 2014 6 comments
Over the years, I have owned several Esoteric SACD players. I have always been impressed with the exceptional build quality and massive VRDS disc drives. The D-02 Dual Mono D/A Converter, second from the top in the Esoteric lineup, has an accompanying P-02 SACD transport with the VRDS-NEO drive mechanism. Being a computer audiophile, I have moved away from disc drives and have embraced a computer transport. Certainly, there are plusses and minuses to each type of transport, but for me, the ability to access my very large library with a remote control is essential. Esoteric has not been evading the use of computer transports, but does offer an Asynchronous USB Class 2.0 input for the D-02 DAC.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 02, 2014 0 comments
My first column for Stereophile magazine is up on their website for your perusal (see Audio Streams #1) where I re-visit the family of products from Bluesound all in one big gulp (and that shit was nearly illegal in NY). Enjoy!
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 30, 2014 11 comments
"...the miraculous is everywhere believed to coexist with the quotidian." ~ Salman Rushdie

I was reminded of our hobby by Salman Rushdie's appreciation of Gabriel Garcia Márquez in the NY Times titled—Magic in Service of Truth. Please consider this highly recommended reading and pretend he's also talking about listening to music on the hi-fi. I did and it works well.

Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 27, 2014 4 comments
Two of my main music whisperers, Joe and Stephen, have both sent word and links to the music of Angel Olsen. I've been listening to two of her three albums, Half Way Home (2012) and the recently released Burn Your Fire for No Witness, for a while now. I also intended to see Angel Olsen at SXSW but never got there due to scheduling conflicts. I admit to feeling conflicted at SXSW almost always as there's simply too much for one person to see. In any event, it was Stephen's link to this performance of "High Five" on David Letterman that acted as the reminder I needed to include her as a DotW:
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 26, 2014 4 comments
Three For All In One
The Naim SuperUniti combines elements from three of Naim's stand alone components; the amp borrows its 80W per channel into 8Ω of power from the SUPERNAIT integrated amplifier, the UPnP network player portion comes courtesy of the NDX network player, and the DAC takes its "innovative data buffering jitter removal process" from the aptly named Naim DAC. There's also an AM/FM/DAB tuner and a headphone output in the SuperUniti making it one all around all-in-one player.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 25, 2014 13 comments
Coming soon to a streamer near you from infamous Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is his new lossless streaming service Baboom that promises to connect artists and fans. If you ever needed a sign that streaming services could be a sketchy business, here's a big one. With two recent articles decrying the future of streaming services, one on Fox Business News The Future of Streaming Music Rests with Congress and The music industry is still screwed: Why Spotify, Amazon and iTunes can’t save musical artists from Salon, we have all kinds of people tolling streaming's potential death knell while companies like YouTube, Google, and Amazon double down in the streaming game. These are confusing times, indeed.

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