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Stephen Mejias  |  Jul 18, 2017
On a recent Saturday afternoon at the Rough Trade record store in Brooklyn's colorful Williamsburg neighborhood, musician/author Damon Krukowski and New York Times music columnist Ben Sisario sat before a small crowd of music enthusiasts to discuss Krukowski's book, The New Analog: Listening and Reconnecting in a Digital World.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 24, 2017
My favorite post from CES 2017 is the video compilation CES 2017: A Video Snapshot over on Stereophile put together by Jana Dagdagan. It's my favorite because it gives a good sense of the people and personalities within our industry. Too often these details go unnoticed, or worse still, purposefully ignored which can have a dehumanizing affect. While it should go without saying, the people in the hi-fi business are people, too.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 13, 2016
Me and Charley Hansen

Prior to the start of this year's RMAF, Jana Dagdagan and I headed over to the Boulder headquarters of Ayre Acoustics to talk about their new QX-5 Twenty Digital Hub (see review). I spoke to Ayre's Principal Development Engineer Ariel Brown and Software Engineer Brendan Boyle, and separately a one-on-one with Founder and Head of Innovation Charley Hansen. Here are those results. I'd like to thank Ayre for their time and Jana for her fine work behind the camera. Enjoy!

Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 22, 2016
[Editors Note: Reader Leon Yiu sent me a series of very interesting emails related to listening to high-res music, the Nyquist Shannon Sampling theory, and "...I have found academic research which disproves the logic in Monty's [Montgomery] claim regarding sampling rates that so long as you have a sampling rate over twice the frequency rate, it will be reproduced perfectly." Leon also included a link to the paper "Sampling: What Nyquist Didn’t Say, and What to Do About It". I'd like to thank Leon for pointing me to this paper and I'd like to thank Tim Wescott of Wescott Design Services for his kind permission to reproduce it here in its entirety. Enjoy!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 20, 2016
Juergen Reis at the Hong Kong High-End Audio Visual Show. photo credit: MBL
Juergen Reis is MBL's chief engineer, which means he's the man behind every product from MBL from DACs, to Players, to Preamps, to Amps, to the ever enticing MBL Radialstrahler speakers. I first read Juergen's following remarks on another website where he posted them as a series of comments in response to a discussion about "USB tweaks" and the notion that what cannot be measured cannot make a sonic difference.

As with much of what Juergen says and writes, I found his comments very interesting, informative, and relevant to some of the discussions that have taken place here on AudioStream and elsewhere on the web. With that in mind, I asked Juergen if I could publish them here, in a more finished form, and he very graciously said...yes. Enjoy!

 |  Apr 05, 2016
Editor's Note: The following piece was written by Jason Stoddard of Schiit Audio as Chapter 5 of his ongoing work Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up, which I highly recommend reading in its entirety. "The Subjectivist/Objectivist Synthesis" struck me as being relevant to many discussions we have here on AudioStream shedding much needed light on the middle ground. Jason was kind enough to allow me to publish it here in its entirety. Enjoy!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 29, 2016
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.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 22, 2015
Schiit Audio is well-known among audiophiles as a company that delivers well-liked, well-loved?, products at affordable prices. Mike Moffat along with Jason Stoddard are the men behind Schiit, each having a long and storied hi-fi history. Mike Moffat generously agreed to take part in this Q&A, which I hope will give you a better understanding of the company's products and their attitude, which is anything but...
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 13, 2015
photo credit: John Atkinson Stereophile

Eureka! I remembered our conversation at RMAF! Kidding. Philip O'Hanlon was not only smart enough to record Bruno explaining aspects of his approach to DAC design to me, he was kind enough to allow me to share it here.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 18, 2014
AURALiC caused quite a splash with their Vega DAC which I reviewed very favorably (see review) as did John Atkinson in Stereophile (see review). I continue to use the Vega as my reference. AURALiC introduced a new product, the ARIES, at CES 2014 and it again had the crowds buzzing mainly with its ability to stream DSD over wi-fi. I received a review unit about a month ago and have been working through iterations of the Lightning DS app which controls the ARIES as well as a few firmware upgrades.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 11, 2014
Michal at Mytek R&D Studio in Brooklyn, testing the new DSD ADC prototype circuit (June 2014)

I first met Mytek's Michal Jurewicz at RMAF 2011. This event marked the official launch of AudioStream as well as the debut of Mytek's first consumer DAC. At that time, the Mytek Stereo192-DSD DAC at $1695 represented the least expensive DSD-capable DAC by a good margin and remains, imo, very competitive in terms of its price and performance. Michal was kind enough to participate in this Q&A where we focus on DSD, misconceptions, and Mytek's place in the world of hi-fi.

Michael Lavorgna  |  May 13, 2014
Qobuz Co-Founders Yves Reisel (left) and Alexandre Leforestier

France-based Qobuz (pronounced cow-buzz and named after a traditional two-stringed instrument of Central Asia) is one of the premier online music retailers of CD-quality and high resolutions downloads. Qobuz is also one of the first sites to offer a CD-quality streaming service, if not the first, and in my opinion it is also the most advanced website for music download sales and streaming services around. One peak at their home page on any given day will tell a lot of what you need to know—podcasts, blogs, hi-fi, editorials, and more, Qobuz embodies many of the best qualities of online sales combined with a healthy human touch. Yves Riesel, Qobuz's Co-founder and CEO, was kind enough to agree to this Q&A and I'd like to thank him for his time and answers.

Michael Lavorgna  |  May 01, 2014

I just came across this short, 2-minute+ video sponsored by the Audio Engineering Society (AES) from 2000 and found it very interesting and relevant, especially in view of all the anti-Pono talk of late. Watch the video and see if you agree.

Michael Lavorgna  |  May 01, 2014
I recently completed my reviews of the full suite of Bluesound products including the Vault (see review), the Powernode/Duo (see review), Node (see review), and Pulse (see review). I was impressed with the lot, finding the Bluesound products mature beyond their years in terms of both the user friendly interface and overall sound quality. I had an opportunity to ask Bluesound's Chief Brand Officer, John Banks, some questions about Bluesound to hopefully get a better picture of this new company.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 30, 2014
AudioQuest shared their White Paper, "Evaluation of Digital Devices and Proper Warm-Up for Ideal Listening and Measurements" and I thought it well worth sharing with AudioStream readers. While you can pretty much surmise the gist of the white paper from its title, you may be surprised at the conclusions drawn from measured results. Enjoy.

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