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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 05, 2014 7 comments
The Mac rumor mill is abuzz again. This time, a report originating on 9to5Mac (see report) suggests that Apple's Made-For-iPhone/iPad/iPod (MFi) program will be adding the specifications to allow OEMs to make headphones that connect to iOS devices using a Lightning connector. The report also suggests that this will allow for 24/48kHz playback from iOS devices with a simple software update for iOS 7.1. Perhaps of even greater appeal is the ability to deliver iOS-based DSP solutions as well as app control of headphone features.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 04, 2014 7 comments

Here's an interesting if questionable video I just came across from streaming service WiMP that's meant to show off the benefits of their CD-quality streaming service WiMP HiFi. WiMP, like the Qobuz Hi-Fi lossless streaming service I've been so enamored with (see article), delivers CD-quality streaming. This video is meant to let you hear the benefits of lossless music and the harmful effects of lossy encoding. But does it? You be the judge.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 03, 2014 1 comments
6 Sawbucks
Think of the places and ways you can spend $60. The possibilities are limitless and in hi-fi, six Hamilton's doesn't typically buy you much. Even in the virtual cable isle, you'd have to move way down to the "Budget" section to find anything in this price range. Today we'll be listening to a DAC, of all things, that'll run you sixty bucks. Bam!
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 02, 2014 5 comments
Are you going to watch? I am! Will they talk 24-bit? Maybe surprise us with CD-quality streaming? For some reason I have my doubts at this late date. We shall see.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 02, 2014 4 comments
Measurements! c/o John Atkinson: LH Labs Geek Out 1000, iFi iDSD, AudioQuest DragonFly v1.2, Meridian Explorer.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 30, 2014 1 comments
"I love her voice." That's what my friend Stephen Mejias said about Sharon Van Etten and I responded, "Me too." You may not but I'm betting that if you listen to her new album Are We There? you will, too. I've enjoyed all of her records but her last, Tramp, felt like a real growth step. Are We There? feels like a leap.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 29, 2014 2 comments
Most mornings I awake with a song in my head. It may be something I listened to the day before but typically it's not. Usually it's something from my past. This morning was both as Toots and The Maytals "Sweet And Dandy" played on my internal hi-fi, a byproduct of listening to Jimmy Cliff's wonderful soundtrack from "The Harder They Come" yesterday (or so I imagine). If you don't know Toots and The Maytals "Sweet And Dandy", here it is...
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 28, 2014 0 comments
It's official. Apple is buying Beats for $3 billion. From an article in the NY Times, "The Beats brand will remain separate from Apple’s, and Apple will offer both Beats’s streaming music service and premium headphones." Initial reports (see ours) had Beats priced at 3.2 billion so someone took a haircut but at these prices how painful could that really be. We'll also be keeping an eye on the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on June 2 for the announcement of Apple's rumored move to 24-bit downloads. We shall see (soon!).
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 27, 2014 7 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.


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