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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 19, 2014 17 comments
A Direct Stream
There was a lot of information surrounding the launch of PS Audio's DirectStream DAC. The company released a series of videos on YouTube (see videos) explaining some of the technology behind their new DAC, featuring the DAC's designer Ted Smith. There was also a white paper (see paper) that went into some detail regarding how the DirectStream handles DSD which is, according to them, unusual. Essentially what we're looking at and listening to is an FPGA-based D to A design as opposed to a chip-based solution that leaves DSD in its native 1-bit format. But that's not all.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 18, 2014 3 comments
The streaming music market is hotter than a cat on a hot tin roof with Amazon's recent launch of their Premium service (see article) and now YouTube joining the pay to play game.
"We’re adding subscription-based features for music on YouTube with this in mind - to bring our music partners new revenue streams in addition to the hundreds of millions of dollars YouTube already generates for them each year," YouTube said in a statement.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 18, 2014 0 comments
Previous Download of the Week winner Julianna Barwick (see DotW) has collaborated with Dogfish Head Brewery and created a wasabi-infused Imperial Pale Ale, Rosabi, along with an accompanying FLAC EP of the same name. Being the true trooper that I am, I went out and bought one of the 750ml bottles, of only 1,000 cases in total, and drank Rosabi while listening to Rosabi. I'm happy to report it was, against my better judgement regarding infused beers, a lovely experience.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 17, 2014 0 comments
Owners of Sprint's new high res-capable (24/192) smartphones, the htc one harman kardon edition and the LG G2, can download a 24-bit sampler from HDtracks:
Welcome to HDtracks! With your purchase of a Sprint smartphone that supports hi-res music files, you are eligible to receive a free sampler from HDtracks, the Ultimate Hi-Res Music Download Source. We have all your favorite music available in studio master quality, and we’d like to give you a little taste of what we have to offer. Download our free hi-res music sampler now and see how easy it is to play back and enjoy.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 17, 2014 9 comments
PS Audio has decided to join LH Labs in the crowdfunding arena. The Sprout is a full function 50W (4Ω) integrated amp with a built-in 24/192 DAC and you can get one now for the early adopter price of $449 (retail price $799.99). Inputs include Phono (Moving Magnet), Analog (3.5mm), USB (asynchronous 192kHz/24-bit), Digital Coax (any sample rate and bit depth up to 192kHz/24-bit), and aptX Bluetooth (built in). Outputs include a pair of speaker binding posts and a 1/4" headphone jack (1/4" - 3.5mm adapter included) and all of that functionality fits into a desktop friendly 6"W x 8"L x 1.75"H handsome looking case.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 16, 2014 3 comments
Naim SuperUniti All-in-one Player ($6,300)

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

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Jon Iverson Posted: Jun 13, 2014 90 comments
Register to win a set of Audio-Technica SonicFuel ATH-OX7AMP premium on-ear headphones with built-in amplifier (MSRP $299.95) we are giving away.

According to the company:

The ATH-OX7AMP on-ear headphones deliver premium sound through large 40 mm drivers and built-in, high-output amplifiers that enhance any type of musical selection, maximizing the detail and clarity of your music like never before. The amplifiers run on a AAA battery (included), however batteries are not necessary for audio output – the headphones operate normally regardless of battery power.

[This Sweepstakes is now closed.]

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 13, 2014 38 comments
From the press release:
Arlington, VA – 06/12/2014 – DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, in cooperation with the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® and The Recording Academy®, announced today the results of their efforts to create a formal definition for High Resolution Audio, in partnership with Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group.

The definition is accompanied by a series of descriptors for the Master Quality Recordings that are used to produce the hi-res files available to digital music retailers. These can be used on a voluntary basis to provide the latest and most accurate information to consumers.

Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 13, 2014 3 comments
This is some menacing shit. Nice, bare, stripped down, and raw, Swans new record To Be Kind (Young God, Mute), their 13th studio album, is badass with an extra helping of bad. Michael Gira & Co. have been going at it for over 30 years and they sound as fresh now as ever on this 2 hour tour of the phantasmagorical. The opener "Screen Shot" entices with a simple seductive funky bass line and builds into repetitious sonic mayhem of the most welcoming sort. These guys are not fucking around.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 12, 2014 6 comments
What else would I call my new column for Stereophile? The July 2014 edition of Stereophile arrived today and its a bittersweet event—there's no more The Entry Level, one of my favorite columns, from my friend Stephen Mejias but there is my new column Audio Streams. While I plan to cover computer audio, "...the addition of that trailing, plural s gives me some leeway to explore a wider range of hi-fi topics." I intend to take full advantage of that s in future columns but my first covers....pick up your Stereophile and see!

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