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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 24, 2013 18 comments
Onkyo has come out with an app for the iOS devices that allows playback of PCM files at rates up to 24/192 and DSD (DSD files are converted to PCM prior to playback or sent as DoP):
Users seeking the ultimate in high-resolution audio performance can make an in-app HF Player Pack purchase (US$9.99) to enable FLAC, DSD, WAV, and AIFF playback of up to 192 kHz with 24-bit sampling (these files are loaded via a simple drag-and-drop operation on an iTunes-equipped PC prior to synchronization). This in-app purchase also enables selectable upsampling from 44.1 kHz to a possible 192 kHz, and an HD phase-linear equalizer with an incredible 20,000 bands of adjustment in 64-bit mode.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 24, 2013 13 comments
the SOtM sMS-1000U Music Server atop the prototype Linear Power Supply

SOtM "Soul Of the Music" Server
A music server is a computer. I know you already knew that but I figured I'd state the obvious anyway as a lead in to the most important criteria for any computer destined to act as a music server. Among these criteria I count ease of use as being paramount to worth. If there's anything at all cumbersome when it comes to operation, I'd say that pretty much disqualifies said server as a contender. After all, using a Mac or PC as a music server can be pretty simple. Next on the list of important items is sound quality. Again, if said server doesn't outperform a regular old computer, what use is it? Thankfully the folks at SOtM seem to think along these same lines.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 23, 2013 0 comments
Totaldac d1-server (4,990euros incl VAT in EU, 4,590euros ext VAT out of EU)

Here's what's in-house or en-route to AudioStream for review.

Steven Plaskin Posted: Oct 21, 2013 41 comments
2013 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest Introduction
The Synergistic Research High Frequency Transducer (HFT) and Frequency Equalizer (FEQ) are two new products that were recently introduced at the 2013 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in Denver (see show report). Synergistic Research decided to make a not-so-subtle point by using a Bose Wave Radio placed on a Tranquility Base to demonstrate these new products. Ted Denny III, Lead Designer at Synergistic Research, wanted no confusion that might occur using a high end audio system. Ted felt that if his new products could transform the sound of a Bose Wave Radio, a true high end audio system would experience even greater benefits from these products.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 18, 2013 2 comments
the VAULT. Photo credit: Bluesound

Newcomer Bluesound held a press event yesterday at 60 Thompson Hotel in Soho (nice!). Along with other members of the press, John Banks, Bluesound's Chief Brand Officer, and Tony Williamson, Product Support Manager, introduced us to the Bluesound brand and products. For some sense of their place within the world of hi-fi, Bluesound is owned by the same parent company, Lenbrook Industries Limited, that owns NAD and PSB and they've leveraged this family of businesses in the design of their products.

Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 18, 2013 2 comments
Beautiful music seems to constantly recede. Just when you've found a piece, the next time you grab for it its gone. Or so it seems to go most often, familiarity breeds loss, or something along those lines. Tim Hecker's newest, Virgins just released on the Kranky label, houses layers of beauty. Virgins was available on NPR's First Listen and I streamed the crap out of it right up until they shut it down when the record was released. So I bought it.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 17, 2013 15 comments
"Does it do double DSD?" After I heard this query for the umpteenth time I started to cringe.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 17, 2013 0 comments
I've found that I typically have more photos than information so I figured I'd share them with brief notes. Like a photo diary and this way I don't feel guilty about wasting all those bits.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 17, 2013 0 comments
Just take a gander at the Ayre room. Hands down the coolest room 2 years running (see last year's). Bravo!
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 17, 2013 1 comments
"Simply spectacular."

"I'm sorry but we have to start packing up." said Peter McGrath of Wilson Audio politely.

"One more song? Please?"

"OK, one more song..."


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