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Herb Reichert  |  Apr 04, 2018  |  62 comments
Two Men Meet, Each Believing the Other to Be of Higher Rank, Paul Klee (Etching and tonal etching on zinc, 1903)

[Please join me in welcoming columnist Herb Reichert to AudioStream. Ed. (yay!!)]

"Knowledge" that a storm is a Level 5 hurricane with 200mph winds and 30-inches of potential rainfall is nothing more than a quasi-imaginable cultural abstraction compared to sitting on the roof of your house clutching your water-soaked cat - waiting to be rescued.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 04, 2018  |  8 comments
Here we go again—a company that's never seen a profit and doesn't make its product has a big opening day on Wall St. making its owners wealthy (or wealthier). Gee, how great.
Joe Surdna  |  Apr 03, 2018  |  3 comments
I guess I could say this every month but there’s so much amazing stuff to share with you that it’s a little overwhelming. Many of these albums I’ve listened to several, even a dozen times already and can easily imagine them making the best of the 2018 list and it’s only April. A lot of intense and dark, mainly instrumental sounds with some rather light touches as well. Enjoy!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 01, 2018  |  17 comments
Pull up a comfy chair and join us for a chat about some of our favorite things.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 30, 2018  |  6 comments
Blame Stephen, again. Swedish singer, organist, and composer Anna von Hausswolff has made some dark magic on her latest album Dead Magic.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 29, 2018  |  15 comments
and the winner is...

News Flash: Ethernet noise FOILed!

For readers who have been around since 2015, you may recall my review of the DJM Electronics GigaFOILv3 Ethernet Filter wherein I said:

The first change I made was to take the GigaFOILv3 out of the system. What I heard was a less refined sound, especially in the upper registers. This was a subtle change, and certainly not worth a grand, but the GigaFOILv3 clearly made my music sound less digital, less harsh, and more natural. While A/Bing is all well and good, having the GigaFOILv3 in my system for weeks was a better gauge of its effects since I very easily noticed a more relaxed and engaging sound over time.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 26, 2018  |  3 comments
Small Green Computer sonicTransporter i7 for Roon DSP ($1499/no internal storage, $1899/1TB SSD, $2299/2TB SSD, $3049/4TB SSD, $1695/4TB HDD, $1995/10TB HDD).
Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 23, 2018  |  4 comments
Stella Donnelly's debut EP, Thrush Metal mixes heavenly vocals and guitar with hellish tales of horrible men. I've known more than my fair share of horrible men so listening to Stella Donnelly's lyrics leave me unsettled in that, "Yes I know" kinda way.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 22, 2018  |  4 comments
March 22, 2018
AVTECH MEDIA LTD (UK) ACQUIRES HOME TECH NETWORK FROM TEN: PUBLISHING MEDIA

New group combines AVTech Media's specialist hi-fi/home theatre titles with TEN's Home Tech Network to create the World's Largest Consumer Electronics Audio/Visual publishing enterprise

Steven Plaskin  |  Mar 22, 2018  |  0 comments
Many audiophiles that I meet ask me about the necessity of using USB enhancement devices and suggest to me that a well-designed USB DAC has no need for these products. I have reviewed many well engineered DACs that have galvanic isolation and take considerable efforts to isolate their USB DAC from computer noise that degrades audio performance. I have found that most, if not all, benefit from the use of USB enhancement devices to a greater or lessor extent. I have had the pleasure to review iFi Audio's excellent micro iUSB3.0; a device that I found to significantly improve the sound of USB DACs driven directly by a computer. The iUSB3.0 delivered an improvement to the USB signal integrity in addition to the power supply function. The USB signal from the computer is completely re-constructed, re-clocked and re-balanced by the iUSB3.0 before being passed on to downstream devices for both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 DAC connections.

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