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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 27, 2014 6 comments
The Objective DAC
Once upon a time, there was a guy who went by the name of NwAvGuy (Northwest Audio Video Guy). I don't know much else about him except what I've learned from reading his blog (see which you'll see hasn't been updated since May 9, 2012. As far as I know, no one knows the true identity of NwAvGuy or why he chose to disappear from the scene at the height of fame, having just released his statement ODAC. Perhaps Sherwood Forest needed him back.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 23, 2014 0 comments
Attitude. I love me some attitude and vocalist/guitarist Teri Gender Bender, aka Teresa Suárez, of Le Butcherettes has tons on tap. Cry Is For The Flies is their second LP (Nadie Sound) and is fairly simple, straight-ahead guitar and vocal driven garage punk and while I can hear other voices referenced, like early PJ Harvey and Karen O, there's enough Teri Gender Bender here to make this stand very well and stiff on its own. The rest of the band includes Lia Braswell on drums, Omar Rodríguez-López on bass and production, and a keyboardist and horn players who remain uncredited as far as I can find (I'd love some liner notes!) and all together they serve up some rich, pulse-pounding intensity.
Steven Plaskin Posted: May 23, 2014 3 comments
I have always enjoyed the Linn Records’ recordings of the Dunedin Consort. The JS Bach Matthew Passion has been a particular favorite of mine.

This latest release from Linn features the Dunedin Consort, John Butt conductor and director, performing a reconstruction of the Mozart Requiem as it was performed in 1793. This recording also provides separate reconstruction of the first two movements of the Requiem as performed at Mozart’s funeral in 1791.

Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 22, 2014 18 comments
photo credits: Synology (except where painfully obvious)

Up to 20TB of Storage
What are the most important features for any NAS to embody? Quiet, reliable, enough storage for your present and future music needs, processing power, features, functions, and ease of use? I'd say those are the top most qualities we want from any NAS whose sole purpose is music serving and I'd also say the Synology DS412+ delivers on all counts.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 21, 2014 16 comments
Lossless streaming is going to change the way we listen to and consume music. It already has, in parts of the world fortunate enough to be served by lossless streaming from Qobuz and WiMP. The key to any streaming service is the size of the catalog from which you can stream. I'm currently evaluating the Qobuz lossless streaming service, Qobuz Hi-Fi, and they claim access to "17 million titles" (as of 2/2014) in 16/44.1 CD-quality and I'll have to take them at their word because I can't count that high. What I do know is streaming in CD quality is the shit. The really, really good shit.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 20, 2014 4 comments
With more than 50 new features and a new stripped down look (which I like), Pure Music 2 is available now (here). Current users who purchased Pure Music after January 2013 get PM 2 for free. If you purchased your copy before that, you can upgrade to PM 2 for $44.95 until May 28, 2014 after which the upgrade price goes to $74.95.

New features include:

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 20, 2014 10 comments
Mytek has announced their new flagship DAC, the Manhattan:
"The Manhattan DAC Headphone Preamplifier represents Mytek's finest achievement. We Listen first and foremost, from the quality of our designs to our customers voices. In this vein, we created a device who's look and feel is only surpassed by its sound."
Steven Plaskin Posted: May 20, 2014 7 comments
Michael Lavorgna did an in-depth job reviewing Vincent Brient’s Totaldac d1-dual DAC (see review) and his Totaldac d1-server (see review) for AudioStream last September and December. Michael not only found the Totaldac d1-dual DAC to be one of the finest DACs he has experienced, but was very impressed with the clarity and abundant musical qualities of this DAC.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 19, 2014 3 comments

I downloaded a hi res file and it was this big!


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