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 |  Nov 19, 2017
Why is this news? Two reasons—there's a ton of great music in their vaults, and ECM's focus on sound quality has kept them away from streaming. Until now.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 27, 2017
Why am I covering the release of the new McIntosh MHA50 Portable Decoding Amplifier? A few reasons; 1) McIntosh is one brand that sells itself because it has the best brand recognition in the industry (think blue glow), 2) Most people like to buy things that they find attractive (there's nothing wrong with that, even in hi-fi), and 3) We tend to ignore these 2 very important things.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 27, 2017
Imagine if everyone attending next week's Rocky Mountain Audio Fest was stoned? Mellow, happy pot-smoking people wandering from room to room enjoying the crap out of music then heading down to the bar for some munchies and laughs? If the exhibitors partook too, and why not, my guess is we wouldn't hear any audiophile music at all; instead we'd be treated to the music people actually love. A party!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 05, 2017
STUTTGART, Germany, Sept. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Mercedes-Benz and global music and entertainment platform, TIDAL, have announced a long-term partnership – in the next few months, Mercedes-Benz customers that have connected their car to the Mercedes me Portal will be able to access a complimentary TIDAL HiFi membership.
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Starting from 2018 all Mercedes me customers are provided with a free 12-month subscription in hi-fi streaming quality. After that complimentary trial, customers can continue to use the TIDAL subscription to access albums, live streams, and Tidal X concerts for €9.99 (premium quality) or €19.99 (hi-fi quality).
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 04, 2017
MQA is on the move, as a series of Press Releases from IFA 2017 make clear. Here are the highlights:
Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 30, 2017
That about says it all, no (they sell FLAC downloads)?
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 22, 2017
The Ten Year War is a new Black Sabbath Limited Edition Vinyl Box Set containing the band's first 8 albums. And more. . .
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 05, 2017
Yes, you read that right. HDtracks, the grandfather of hi-res download sites, will be launching their own streaming service, HDmusicStream, which will feature all MQA-encoded music all the time, later this year.
Michael Lavorgna  |  May 30, 2017
"To lose one CEO may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose two looks like carelessness." (But to lose three?) Oscar Wilde
Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 26, 2017
"I'm going to make this disappear."

Neil Young is back!, touting high-res again, but this time things are going to be different. Better...

As you might imagine, I found it difficult to raise more money for this model: delivering quality music at a premium price to a limited audience that felt they were being taken advantage of with the high costs.

So now, sadly with Pono gone, for more than eight months I’ve been working with our small team to look for alternatives. Finding a way to deliver the quality music without the expense and to bring it to a larger audience has been our goal.

The alternative? High-res streaming!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 12, 2017
image credit: OraStream

From the press release:

Singapore (Newswire) April 12th, 2017 – OraStream Private Limited launches BRIO by OraStream ("BRIO"), a next-generation consumer music streaming server.

BRIO is a novel personal music server for consumers to stream music at native resolution. It lets users stream 16 bit/44kHz up to 24 bit/192kHz resolution audio, which delivers all the digital information to bring true musical reproduction.

Did I hear someone ask for hi-res streaming without the "special sauce" (see: Neil Young back in his Pono days)?
Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 07, 2017
Word. The The Verge reports that Spotify subscribers are receiving teaser offers for Spotify's not-yet-available lossless streaming tier ranging in price from $5 to $10 on top of the $10/month Premium Service fee. This puts Spotify's lossless service within or on the same plane as Tidal HiFi's $19.99/mo.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 16, 2017
From the press release:
LONDON AND SANTA MONICA, FEBRUARY 16, 2017 – Music technology company MQA and Universal Music Group (UMG), the world-leader in music-based entertainment, announced today that the companies have entered into a multi-year agreement that will encode UMG’s extensive catalogue of master recordings in MQA’s industry-leading technology, promising to make some of the world’s most celebrated recordings available for the first time in Hi-Res Audio streaming.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 02, 2017
...all day this Friday, February 3rd (starting at 12:01am Pacific Time), for any purchase you make on Bandcamp, we will be donating 100% of our share of the proceeds to the American Civil Liberties Union, who are working tirelessly to combat these discriminatory and unconstitutional actions.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 02, 2017
1.3 is big. With it comes a number (as in a lot) of new features, greater hardware compatibility, and improved performance. I'm now running 1.3 and the only hitch in my giddy-up was I had to restart my NAS in order for 1.3 to see my music files. Yes, that caused a brief moment of panic especially when Roon rebooted itself as part of the update and the first screen I saw said, "This album has been deleted." It hadn't been. Whew!

From Roon:

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