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Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 25, 2012
Remember OraStream? Well here's a (nearly) ass-kicking real-world implementation of their streaming technology for ya. I'm (nearly) listening to Neil Young & Crazy Horse's Psychedelic Pill right now streaming at ....kbps! For free! One week before the official on sale date!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 23, 2012
OK. So it's no Squeezebox but the new $3,000 McIntosh McAire is Airplay compatible, includes Wi-Fi capability (requires a wireless router), an Ethernet port, a USB input for iOS devices, and a line level RCA input. This upscale 8 x 19.4 x 17" 31lb network boombox houses two 4” woofers, two 2” midrange drivers and two ¾” tweeters. There's an included remote and a Mc-App for controlling playback which appears to be limited to Airplay or iOS-stored files as there's no mention of UPnP or DLNA. Hmm. But it does have McBlue Output Meters!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 09, 2012
ReDigi, "The Pre-Owned Digital Marketplace" is being sued buy EMI for copyright infringement. In its claim against ReDigi, EMI is asking for $150,000 for each song from the EMI catalog that they claim ReDigi re-sold illegally. At the heart of this case lies a very important question whose answer will turn your downloaded digital music library into an asset similar to your record or CD collection or it will turn it into a worthless bunch of bits in terms of resale value. This begs the question—why do record labels expect consumers to pay ownership rates for something we do not have ownership rights to?
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 08, 2012
Here's one announcement from RMAF 2012 that particularly piques my interest:
Resonessence Labs will introduce its latest product, CONCERO at this years RMAF in Denver 12th-14th October, just 12 months after releasing its award winning INVICTA product.

The CONCERO is the processing engine from the INVICTA DAC, packaged to be used with your existing high end audio components. Capable of operating in three distinct modes, you may use CONCERO as a USB, 24bit/192kHz Asynchronous DAC, an SPDIF DAC, or as a USB to SPDIF bridge. CONCERO reponds to the standard Apple IR Remote controller for ease of use.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 04, 2012
Some of you may remember Josh Ray from the review site Sonic Flare. Well Josh has moved on to the manufacturing side of the audio house with his recently launched venture Urban Fidelity.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 02, 2012
If we put all of the pieces of this unfolding Pono puzzle together—24/192 source files, portable proprietary Pono players, and from the site's About page (although this text has since been deleted), "Large home systems and other configurations of Pono are currently being presented by Meridian Audio, among others to be announced"—what does it add up to? My guess after speaking to a number of people about this including Jon Iverson is that Meridian is most likely providing some variation of their MLP (Meridian Lossless Packing) technology so that Pono's HD downloads don't take longer than anxious downloaders can wait.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 28, 2012
Remastered for Pono? According to Patrick Flanary in Rolling Stone, you betcha:
Pono's preservation of the fuller, analog sound already has the ear of the Big Three record labels: Warner Music Group, Universal Music Group and Sony Music. WMG – home to artists including Muse, the Black Keys, Common and Jill Scott – has converted its library of 8,000 album titles to high-resolution, 192kHz/24-bit sound. It was a process completed prior to the company's partnership with Young's Pono project last year, said Craig Kallman, chairman and chief executive of Atlantic Records.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 25, 2012
This past Sunday's NY Times magazine featured an interview with Neil Young that focused on his new autobiography “Waging Heavy Peace”. We all know about Mr. Young's outspoken stance for better sound quality but he's taking matters into his own hands with his own technology called "Pono":
The book, like today’s drive, is a ride through Young’s many obsessions, including model trains, cars like the one we were touring in and Pono, a proprietary digital musical system that can play full master recordings and will, he hopes, restore some of the denuded sonic quality to modern music.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 23, 2012
Today marks the official 1st birthday of AudioStream's unofficial launch and this post marks the 401st I've made over the past year (I didn't plan to hit such a round number, it just worked out that way). Now is as good a time as any to thank all of you for visiting AudioStream and for helping to make this site what it is. I am most thankful to all of the people who comment and share their thoughts, experiences, and knowledge. This helps to foster a sense of community which I see as one of my most important goals. AudioStream is certainly a group effort and you are the most important part of this site's continued success.

Of course there is a business side and other people who remain behind the scenes without which AudioStream would not exist and now is a good time to introduce you to the rest of the team.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 18, 2012
In a pleasant article for the NY Times, Roy Furchgott talks about why you need a DAC (math), some blind testing to determine the preferred DAC from a group of DACs, and how even a relatively inexpensive DAC and computer setup can sound as good as an $1,800 CD player. While this article is clearly geared toward people who are new to DACs, I was surprised to learn their blind listening tests used only Apple Lossless files and MP3s with no mention of HD music which is a shame since even if you're blind as a bat, high definition playback illustrates why CD-quality is an oxymoron.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 15, 2012
the dCS Vivaldi stack

Earlier today I made the 50 or so mile trip into Manhattan for the US premier of the dCS Vivaldi Digital Playback System at NYC retailer EARSNOVA. As you can see, the Vivaldi system continues the dCS tradition of the stack. From top to bottom we have the Vivaldi DAC ($34,999), Vivaldi Transport ($39,999), Vivaldi Master Clock ($13,499), and the Vivaldi Upsampler ($19,999). The Vivaldi stack represents a ground up redesign and all out assault on the state of the art as dCS defines it which adds up to $108k more or less and the ability to play back nearly every digital format you can get your hands, hard drive or NAS on including CD, SACD, FLAC, WAV, AIFF, WMA, ALAC, MP3 (could you imagine?), M4a, AAC, OGG, DXD (24/352.8 and 384kHz), and DSD (via DoP which dCS initiated).

Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 11, 2012
Animal Collective Centipede Hz

I was led to the Domino website by Stephen Mejias' post about Dan Deacon's America. Of course I wandered, clicked, and listened to lots of other music and then I landed on the page for Animal Collective's latest (which sounds amazing) Centipede Hz. In addition to the usual format offers including CD, double LP, and deluxe double LP (already sold out) I noticed this:

Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 10, 2012
Logitech UE Smart Radio ($179.99)

Here are a few more things that are on deck for review.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 29, 2012
Maybe it's not dead but it sure looks like Logitech turned it into a "smart radio" with no outputs of any kind. Once I recover from slapping my forehead I'll post more info (sigh).

After a good night's sleep...