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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 13, 2016 3 comments
Neil Young and Pono are back in the news after a long hiatus of newsworthiness. Rolling Stone reports, "He's [Young] working with a Singaporean company on a method to 'maintain our quality level when we go to streaming.'" My best guess is that Singaporean company is none other than OraStream (who else would it be?), the company behind the Naxos high-res classical service.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 12, 2016 4 comments
One of the things that I enjoy about Audiostream is that the focus is on music that is more challenging than the usual fare for audiophile magazines/websites. In that spirit I have compiled a list of recent downloads with a focus on synthesizer, electronics and space.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 09, 2016 1 comments
I've wanted to add a Mary Halvorson album here for ever. Up until now, it just never worked itself out.
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Jon Iverson Posted: Dec 08, 2016 154 comments
Register to win a Wireworld Starlight Cat8 Ethernet Cable ($210.00 Retail Value) we are giving away.

According to the company:

"Wireworld Starlight Cat8 Ethernet cable provides breathtaking improvements in sound quality with a radical flat design that exceeds the new Category 8 performance standards."

[This Sweepstakes is now closed.]

Steven Plaskin Posted: Dec 08, 2016 21 comments
The Nimitra Computer Audio Server is the design of Keetakawee Punpeng, the creator of Fidelizer. I have previously written about Fidelizer Pro, software that optimizes the Windows operating system for use with music software. Keetakawee, who hails from Thailand, decided to combine his software talents and computer hardware knowledge to create a reference audiophile music server. He also wanted a server that would not only be better sounding than an off-the-shelf computer, but a device that would be effortless in terms of setup and use. The Nimitra was conceived as a plug and play device that would take the frustration out of the use of a computer for audio and let users concentrate on their enjoyment of music.
Steven Plaskin Posted: Dec 07, 2016 50 comments
The Starlight Cat8 Ethernet Cable supports Category 8 transmission speeds in a flat design that also provides great flexibility and ease of use. The Starlight Cat8 has a patent pending Tite-Shield™ design that uses 23 gauge conductors and a triple-shield that is just a tenth of an inch thick. This new shield design has simplified the assembly with Wireworld’s shielded RJ-45 plugs.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 06, 2016 13 comments
It's that time of year for holiday cheer; our annual Holiday Gift Guide. Chock full of treats for the young and young at heart, I hope you enjoy window shopping through 2016's picks as much as I enjoyed pickin' 'em. Ho, ho, ho!
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 06, 2016 Published: Dec 05, 2016 2 comments
Greetings fellow Audio Streamers.

Michael has often stated that he doesn’t want reviews, he wants stories. Well Michael, having been a collector of recorded music for the last 50 years I have many stories, so for my first contribution to Lovely Recordings let me start with the very first one.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 02, 2016 2 comments
I was rifling through the "unplayed Princeton Record Exchange purchases" section of my record rack, and I came across the double LP Reflection (released August 1, 2008) from Emaciator. This was one of those "This looks interesting" buys, meaning I had no idea, other than what the record looked like and the name of the band/album, what it would sound like. I was thinking dark and excoriating.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 01, 2016 11 comments
All-In-One With A Twist
The ELAC Discovery is a one-box solution for people looking to turn their digital music collection, streamed and stored, into analog while using Roon to control playback. The Discovery handles gapless playback and PCM resolutions up to 24-bit/192kHz (WAV, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC, OGG, MP3, AAC) while offering two analog outputs + WiFi for multiroom(s) audio. Here's the twist: Discovery runs on Roon Essentials, which negates the need for a separate device running Roon Server/Core, and Roon Essentials is included in the Discovery's price.