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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 06, 2015 0 comments
Bricasti Design has come out with the Gold Edition ($15,000) of their highly regarded M1 DAC (see Steve Plaskin's review). The search for gold was initiated by some customers in Japan and beyond the Kind Midas touch, the Gold Edition adds larger footers to support the weight of all that bling (kidding) and includes some internal tweaks that add to the unit's cost. These improvements may work their way into a non-gold version.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 05, 2015 0 comments
I walked into the Mojo Audio room as I do every RMAF, reintroduced myself to Mojo's Ben Zwickel and took a seat. Ben was standing to my left and as I went into listening mode, Ben interrupted by saying that I never followed up on our email exchange from month's ago regarding an exclusive review of his products.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 05, 2015 12 comments
"Excuse me, you were sitting in front of me in the ELAC room and I was wondering what you thought." Richard, who could not have been a nicer man, looked at me with eyes wide open and said, "That's just crazy! I mean, I was looking at some speakers that sounded really nice and they were $1300. I was thinking I'd treat myself. But man, that's just crazy!"
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 02, 2015 Published: Oct 03, 2015 4 comments
Audio Note and Vincent Bélanger win the AudioStream RMAF 2015 Award for palpable presence.
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Jon Iverson Posted: Oct 02, 2015 51 comments
Register to win a Morrow Audio High-end Digital Cable with SSI Technology (MSRP $$89.00) we are giving away.

According to the company:

"RCA version shown in the photo. XLR balanced also. The High-end Digital Cable with SSI Technology consists of 8 runs of solid core, small gauge and individually insulated, silver coated copper wire (renowned SSI Technology) which is then silver soldered to the termination of choice. "

[This Sweepstakes is now closed.]

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 02, 2015 2 comments
Here's the music I brought with me so when someone asks, "Do you have something you'd like play?" I can finally say, "Well, yes I do."
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 30, 2015 19 comments
John Atkinson in one of the sweet spots

Last week, John Atkinson of Stereophile (but you already knew that) and John DeVore of DeVore Fidelity took the roughly 60-mile trip from Brooklyn to the wilds of NJ for a listening session in the barn. The agenda? Fun.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 30, 2015 21 comments
AudioStream officially launched at the end of September 2011. We're 4! With over 275 product reviews, more than 50 interviews, 180 music reviews, 1,600 total posts and 14,000+ comments, things have been...brisk. What's next?
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 29, 2015 7 comments
image credits: Google

Cheap and easy2 (easy to get and easy to use). Google's new Chromecast Audio disc-shaped streamer ($35) connects to your WiFi network (802.11ac 2.4GHz/5Ghz) which allows you to remote control it from your iOS or Android device, Chromebook, Mac, or Windows laptop, while offering a 3.5mm analog out and optical digital out to connect to your DAC of choice. Google has teamed up with Spotify and Deezer so you can stream their streams through your un-smart hi-fi along with content from Google Play Music.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 28, 2015 6 comments
7digital has recently announced they are supporting up to 24-bit/192kHz streaming through Google Cast compatible products including Google's Chromecast, LG Music Flow speakers, Denon HEOS, and a number of Sony products including receivers, soundbars, and WiFi speakers. I'd also keep an eye on partnerships like 7digital and ROK Mobile who may deliver free CD-quality streaming to your phone as part of your cellular package.
"We will be streaming hi-res audio as a normal way of accessing music in a couple of years." Pete Downton, 7digital's Chief Commercial Officer


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