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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 03, 2016 15 comments
Here I sit, reading the Sunday New York Times listening to music through three different AudioQuest DragonFly DACs—v1.2 (see review) and the new Black v1.5 ($99) and the new Red ($199)—plugged into my MacBook Pro while at the other end resides a pair of AudioQuest NightHawk headphones. I figure, the idea that I'm reading the NY Times will piss some people off and the idea that I'm listening to different DACs and hearing a difference will piss some people off, too.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 03, 2016 2 comments
Peachtree 2.0 (from left): David Solomon, VP Sales and Marketing, Jim Spainhour, Vice President of Product Development, Andrew Clark, President

In a press event held at Stereo Exchange in NYC, Peachtree Audio introduced us to Peachtree 2.0. I think it's fair to say that Peachtree Audio has been rather quietly going about its business as of late. They've moved much of their production back to North America from China, they've implemented multi-tiered quality control in every phase of production, and continued to develop what we've come to expect from the company; solidly engineered and built audio products with an eye toward incorporating new technology at very competitive prices. Peachtree 2.0 marks, in my words, the end of the "rather quietly" bit.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 01, 2016 2 comments
Big, bold, and passion-full. I was on a Dawn Upshaw jag, The Girl with Orange Lips and more to our point Golijov: Ayre / Berio: Folk Songs, and I wondered—who is this Golijov guy? One doesn't have to wonder long these days, and I found myself listening to La Pasión según San Marcos on Tidal within minutes. To say that the first few minutes flopped my musical mind around like a boated flounder is no exaggeration.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 31, 2016 40 comments
Fit For Audiophiles?
I've seen this question posed and discussed about any number of things including the Auralic Aries Mini and I always think; this is what's wrong with some of the thinking in our hobby.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 30, 2016 21 comments
photo credits: SOtM

From the press release:

The iSO-CAT6 Special Edition that newly combined with dCBL-CAT7 cable is configured with 3 kinds of network cables offering respectively different sound characteristics with high quality, which allows the user organize own unique customized audio system selecting bright & pompous tone, neutral, mild & comfortable tone.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 30, 2016 9 comments
What's more, and most interesting (and I have to admit a little unexpected), is there are 1.35 million Tidal HiFi subscribers (that's the $19.99/mo CD quality service)! That's a lot of people caring about quality and that's great news. For a change.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 29, 2016 17 comments
Editor's Note: iFi submitted the following technical paper in response to Steve Plaskin's review of the iFi Audio micro - iUSB 3.0 (see review). I've elected to publish it separately since it stands on its own and is well worth highlighting.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 28, 2016 5 comments
This is difficult. I'm a rambler, so writing something brief and focused, well, it's not a strength. I could list tens (hundreds?) of records that had an impact on me...this would be boring for you. I like stories. This is one thing I love about music - our appreciation deepens with context - at least for me it does.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 25, 2016 6 comments
Winterpills stepped out of their home studio and into Justin Pizzoferrato's Sonelab for Love Songs their new release of original songs. My ears, heart, and mind are happy they did as Love Songs sounds sonically richer and more exploratory than their previous albums, all of which I've enjoyed. A lot.
Steven Plaskin Posted: Mar 24, 2016 13 comments
USB audio has become the most popular standard for computer audiophile DACs in recent years. Although most manufacturers have added circuits for isolation of computer noise as well as other methods of dealing with the shortcomings of USB audio, a number of innovative designers have come forward with accessories that they feel improve the audio performance of USB DACs. Gordon Rankin, John Swenson, and Thorsten Loesch are some of the best known designers to address the issues that degrade the performance of USB audio.

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