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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 10, 2016 0 comments
The only real piece of additional information I have on the Ayre Acoustics QX-5 Twenty Digital Music Hub ($TBD) beyond my previous post/announcement, is this picture. Ayre exhibited in a booth in Munich, i.e. not a room, so the QX-5 Twenty sat and posed for this photo op. Ayre's Alex Brinkman will be reading a QX-5 for an in-barn audition in the near future.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 10, 2016 6 comments
While the Sonore microRendu ($640) did not make an appearance in Munich, it was waiting for me in-barn when I arrived back home last night. The first I did this morning, after making coffee, is connect the little microRendu to my hi-fi, set its output for Roon, and hit Play. First impressions: Wow!
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 10, 2016 1 comments
From the press release:
Munich, May 6, 2016—Warner Music Group (WMG) today announced a long-term licensing deal with music technology specialists MQA. The agreement – the first between MQA and any major music company – will significantly increase music fans’ access to hi-resolution music globally. The agreement paves the way for recordings from WMG’s diverse roster of acclaimed artists and its world-renowned catalogue to be made available in studio master quality through MQA distributors.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 09, 2016 4 comments
Geoffrey Armstrong (pictured above) of Sound Galleries, Edward Hsu (Sound Test), and Emile Bok (Taiko Audio) have put their heads and hearts together to create the Sound Galleries music server SGM 2015es (€16,000). The other important ingredients in this equation are Jussi Lasko's HQPlayer, which was used to upsample and filter all incoming data to DSD512 before sending it on its way, and Roon as the interface to your music. The demo took place at the BMW Welt, a place that looks and feels like Disneyland for well-heeled adults.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 07, 2016 0 comments
Pictured is Vincent Brient, Mr. totaldac standing in front of a stack of his creations along with gear and speakers from Voxativ filling out the system pic. I plan to head back to this room today and spend some time just listening.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 05, 2016 6 comments
It looks like a Vega with an antenna (you can easily see the one on the right but there's two). You can think of the new Auralic Altair ($1,899) as a Vega and Aries stuffed into one chassis if you'd like, but that's not the case. A competitor might say some such thing, you get the performance of much more expensive separates form our one-box solution, but I'm not so sure any manufacturer would set out to make such a thing to compete within their own product line. While the Altair inherits many of the things learned from designing the Vega and Aries, Auralic has taught the Altair everything it knows but not everything they know.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 05, 2016 0 comments
Sticking with tradition, I arrived in Munich yesterday morning (a day before the show opens), checked in, and checked out a museum. This year I tried out the Neue Pinakothek where I came across this lovely little number from Gustav Klimt titled Music (1895). I nice pictorial preview of things to come today. Off to the show!
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 03, 2016 6 comments
Let's say you want less boxes in your hi-fi but you don't want to give up the stuff you need and the stuff you like. And the stuff you need includes a DAC and the stuff you like (need?) includes Roon and Tidal HiFi. Well, more and more companies are answering your wants and needs by introducing what can best be described as networked DACs: In addition to the usual digital inputs (USB, S/PDIF), companies are adding Ethernet to their D to A converters so that they can stream from network attached storage and the Internet without the need for another box. Case in point, Ayre's new QX-5 Twenty: The Digital Hub.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 03, 2016 2 comments
Observant readers may have noted two changes to AudioStream: a new menu structure and a new tag line. Both changes were made to better reflect the content to be found on AudioStream as well as our focus on computer audio serving music.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 02, 2016 2 comments
I’ve never considered my tastes eclectic but I dive deep into the genres I like. About 60% of my listening is orchestral music but I often play prog, shoegaze, punk, chillout, mid-century vocal (1935 - 1965), R&B and some acoustic jazz.

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