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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 13, 2016 0 comments
"Why don't you write about apps?" a friend suggested. Yea, why don't I? As regular readers may have noticed, some of the Download of the Week picks are available on Bandcamp. Within that group, some are records available directly from the artist, my favorite kind. The idea that the person(s) making the music get my money is a comforting thought.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 12, 2016 3 comments
From the press release, here's company president & CEO Xuanqian Wang:
"The new ALTAIR is both a high quality streamer and DAC, and was designed based on feedback from dealers for an exceptional yet convenient-to-operate Digital Source unit at an $1,800 - $2,000 price point.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 12, 2016 23 comments

The Loudness Petition Group, which consists of members Eelco Grimm (Grimm Audio and HKU University of the Arts Utrecht), Bob Katz (Digital Domain), Matt Mayfield (Matt Mayfield Music) and Ian Shepherd (Mastering Media), is on a mission to cut the legs and logic out from under the excessive use of dynamic compression in our music. Their proposal and petition aims to get streaming services to apply "loudness normalization" by default (the loudness level as defined the Audio Engineering Society recommendations), thus rendering all streaming music equal in terms of volume level. Check out that video for a nice illustration of the problem.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 11, 2016 2 comments
I've learned a lot reading this column, and share these records in the hope they might worm their way into some readers' minds and playlists, as they've wormed their way into mine.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 10, 2016 2 comments
photo credits: Nativ

From the Press Release:

Nativ Vita is the world’s first high-end music player with a 11.6” touchscreen and pioneering user interface to conveniently access all of today’s music. Play popular streaming services such as Apple Music, Spotify or Tidal directly from the built-in LCD, and stream stunning music videos to your TV via HDMI or wirelessly with Google Cast. Nativ Vita supports Apple Airplay, Spotify Connect, Google Cast and Bluetooth aptX for seamless integration of your mobile devices, and plays music from your Mac, PC or NAS through its ultra-fast 802.11ac and Gigabit networking technology. Network music libraries can also be navigated with the pre-installed music interface from Roon. Large music libraries can be stored directly on the built-in hard disk or SSD drives with up to 4TB capacity.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 08, 2016 11 comments
Tag Eins Tag Zwei (Day One Day Two) came my way via John DeVore (I have to say that getting music recommendations from friends is among my favorite things). F.S.Blumm's guitar and Nils Frahm's piano and harmonium coupled with various and sundry sounds mixed into their improvisations kissed my brain like a warm spring breeze. Thanks, I needed that.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 07, 2016 24 comments
The New Node 2
The new Bluesound Node 2 looks a helluva lot better than the original Node, at least to my eyes. It's new beauty is not only skin deep as its processor has been upgraded to a 1 GHz ARM CORTEX A9 Multi-core processor, the DAC is now the BurrBrown PCM5122, and the company has also added more connectivity options, integrated Bluetooth, a headphone amp, and improved WiFi performance. Bluesound has also been been working on improving their BluOS app for iOS and Android devices so we're looking at and listening all new Blue Sound.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 06, 2016 47 comments
When I travel, I travel with music. And my iPhone. And my MacBook Pro. For a while now, I've been carrying along my PonoPlayer for most of the music part, but I find myself, once settled into my hotel room, looking around Tidal on my MacBook for the new. But the PonoPlayer doesn't...stream. It just serves. The PonoPlayer also requires that I pack its charging cable and wall adapter and it, itself, which is not really big deal; like carrying a Toblerone candy bar in your bag along with a Twizzler and Chunky.
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Posted: Apr 05, 2016 11 comments
Editor's Note: The following piece was written by Jason Stoddard of Schiit Audio as Chapter 5 of his ongoing work Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up, which I highly recommend reading in its entirety. "The Subjectivist/Objectivist Synthesis" struck me as being relevant to many discussions we have here on AudioStream shedding much needed light on the middle ground. Jason was kind enough to allow me to publish it here in its entirety. Enjoy!
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 04, 2016 3 comments
One rainy Sunday a few years ago, I found myself listening to some of my records, wondering if it would be worth it to go for a better sound system. So I bought a magazine at a gas station shop and phoned up a friend of a friend who was know for being an audiophile.

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