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Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 04, 2012
Pioneer made the official N-50 announcement today. Here are the vitals (from Pioneer):

Networking: AirPlay-compatible, DLNA 1.5, vTuner Internet Radio, Ethernet, Wireless LAN and Bluetooth ready (requires separate devices)
Inputs: Asynchronous USB DAC (32-bit/192kHz), S/PDIF (Coax & Toslink), Ethernet/LAN input, front panel USB for Mass storage/iPod/iPhone/iPad digital
Outputs: RCA, S/PDIF (Coax & Toslink)
Other: “Made for iPad, iPhone and iPod”, iPhone or Android remote apps, 2.5” Full-Color LCD Display, included remote and more...
File Formats Supported: WAV (24-bit/192khz), FLAC (24-bit/192khz), MP3 (320kbps), WMA (320kbps), AAC (320kbps) and Ogg Vorbis (320kbps).

Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 03, 2012
Used digital music? I think "pre-owned" may be more accurate but the concept is as old as the hills—sell music you bought that you longer want:
Simply put, ReDigi is recycled digital media. We’re like your favorite used record store, but for digital music files. We offer the best-quality downloads of your favorite songs for a much lower price than other music stores, and you don't have to worry about songs being lower-quality becuase a digital music file isn't like a CD - it never gets scratched or worn out.
But is it legal?
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 02, 2012
CES is just a week and a day away. With only 1,028 exhibitors listed in the "Audio" category and four days to cover the show, I should have no problem getting to every room. That's roughly 1.5 minutes in each room (on average) leaving over an hour each day leeway. No sweat!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 27, 2011
For their 50th Anniversary, the Rolling Stones are on a media blitz. Rumor has it Mick and Keith are making up after Keith spilled the beans in his autobiography about the size of Mick's mother's little helper and if all goes well a 50th Anniversary tour will follow. In the mean time, we're treated to some rare Stones delights from The Rolling Stones Archive including CD and vinyl box sets, t-shirts, posters and this FLAC download* of a "bootleg" live recording from Brussels'73:
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 23, 2011
Matador Records, home to such classic sonic beauties as Sonic Youth, Pavement, Yo La Tengo, Cat Power, Cold Cave, Girls, Thurston Moore, Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks and many many more, offer FLAC downloads through their online Store!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 14, 2011
Channel D announces the release of Pure Vinyl 3.0 ($279, introductory price $229 till 1/16/2010):
The new Pure Vinyl 3, available now, represents a significant update including over two dozen new features and usability enhancements.

The update includes new peak level finder and speedy Preview Output Levels features for setting the optimum signal levels of edited output tracks; nondestructive, quality-preserving “surgical” pop and click removal; plus an extremely innovative feature using virtual iTunes "Bookmark Tracks" for creating playlists of tracks from LP recordings, without needing to save individual music tracks (the Bookmarks simply point to locations in the original high resolution recording).

Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 10, 2011
Thanks to reader philipjohnwright for pointing this out. Due to the limited nature (and perhaps pointing to a trend?) I felt it newsworthy enough to highlight with its own post. From Linn Records:
18 November 2011

Back by popular demand Linn's brilliant value, no-hassle, highest quality Digital Music Collections make a welcome return for a limited time only. And, for the first time, our premium Digital Music Collections are all available in Apple Lossless as well as FLAC.

Each collection is expertly put together, with all artwork included and embedded, ready for you to enjoy. And as if having the best ever digital music isn't enough, we also include the CD Quality and MP3 versions of each album as well, should you wish to burn to a disc or listen on your iPod.

Choose from one of our five specially compiled Digital Music Collections then sit back whilst we pre-load a wealth of music onto a portable USB hard-drive and ship direct to your front door.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 09, 2011
I came across the Pristine Classical website while putting together the list of HD Music download sites. Actually reader Vasily showed me the way by leaving a link to the Pristine site in the comments. While there, I noticed something I'm not so sure I've seen before—Pristine offers their entire digital catalog on hard disk!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 08, 2011
OK here's a more realistic music-sized piece of storage from G-Technology by Hitachi.
At CES, we will launch the new G-RAID with Thunderbolt. At 8TB it is the highest capacity, two-drive, RAID 0 external storage device in the world and has the fastest interface you can find with data transfer rates up to 10 Gbps. This drive has set a new standard for storage speed, backed by Intel and already named a 2012 CES Innovations Award Honoree. Thunderbolt is going to be everyone soon and G-Technology by Hitachi is leading the charge.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 08, 2011
Thanks again to John Atkinson for forwarding me this bit of big storage news from LaCie:
Today LaCie announces the 12big Rack Storage Server, a comprehensive network storage solution complete with the software and hardware needed for serious backup or file sharing right out of the box. The 12big Rack Storage Server features the performance of Quad LANs and the power of Windows® Storage Server. With muscular performance and outstanding scalability at a competitive price point, the 12big Rack Storage Server is the perfect solution for corporate backup and file sharing. It is powered by the industry-standard Windows Storage Server 2008 R2, Microsoft’s® latest version of the powerful NAS platform. The 12big Rack Storage Server ships with 6Gb/s Nearline SAS disks, which feature redundant path technology that improve I/O results by more than 40%.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 02, 2011
Beginning in late July of this year, Thailand experienced its worst monsoon-related flooding in more than half a century killing over 600 people, covering about six million hectares of land and costing an estimated 5.1 billion USD in damage. Among the businesses hardest hit were hard drive manufacturers including Western Digital, Hitachi and Toshiba as well as many smaller companies who produce parts for hard drives.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 30, 2011
Scott Wilkinson, Online Editor of our sibling site HomeTheater.com, was kind enough to invite me over (virtually) for a chat. A live video chat. See all the action here.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 19, 2011
National Science Foundation
For Immediate Release
SOUND, DIGESTED
New software tool provides unprecedented searches of sound, from musical riffs to gunshots.

Audio engineers have developed a novel artificial intelligence system for understanding and indexing sound, a unique tool for both finding and matching previously un-labeled audio files.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 17, 2011
No, not my review, the speakers. I've been informed by Caster Communications, the company that handles PR for Paradigm and others, that the Paradigm Shift A2 will get a re-working to deal with their self-noise as noted in my review and others. Details on the exact changes as well as the launch date of the revised A2 Shift are currently TBD.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 16, 2011
I enjoy Audirvana's old free player which I use mainly on my iMac creating on-the-fly playlists from my NAS drive. Works like a charm. The Audirvana people have been busy with the launch of their $49 Plus version and they've just announced iTunes integration (if you can't beat 'em, integrate 'em).

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