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Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 20, 2012
Intel is promising optical Thunderbolt cables later this year. What's the big deal? From Intel,
“Copper cables provide adequate data transfer for use over short distances of up to six meters (about 20 feet), but optical cables will be good for data transfers over longer distances of tens of meters”
Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 20, 2012
In a widespread rumor first reported by Business Insider and based on a single unnamed source (I guess they're really loud), Beats Music/HTC has bought music streaming service provider MOG. Exactly what Beats Music/HTC wants with MOG's 14M+ tracks and reported 500k subscribers remains to be seen but in a related rumor Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC, who bought 51% of Beats last year for a $300M investment in the company, has been looking to differentiate their service by focusing on music and offering their own streaming service for their smartphones and tablets. A MOG acquisition sure reads like a nice pre-packaged solution.

What this means to current MOG subscribers and if this rumor is in fact something more than that will have to wait for further information. As of now, MOG is not talking.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 17, 2012
Reader Chris P. sent me an email worth sharing:
I've been scouring the web to see if anyone is reporting new audio features on the latest apple tv. Apple is very light on their audio spec page and I've been secretly hoping Apple would quietly enable higher res streaming to the updated device (to go with the higher res video).

Guessing this wouldn't be a public announcement until Apple itself offered higher res music via iTunes. Probably just wishful thinking but would appreciate any news or thoughts if there are in fact any new features or benefits.


Following on the heels of rumors suggesting that Apple may offer 24/96 streaming from iCloud or downloads from iTunes or perhaps endow the latest version of Apple TV with the same higher resolution-ness, Apple's recent events and new product releases have come and gone not with a bang but a whimper.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 16, 2012
Beginning July 12, 2012 a number of the USA's largest Internet Service Providers including Comcast, Cablevision, Verizon, Time Warner Cable and others will begin enforcing an RIAA crackdown on people who download music, movies and software for free from sites and services that do not have the right to distribute copyrighted material. Pirates. Arrr.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 10, 2012
As a follow-up to The Emperor's Old Clothes: In Theory Is Where I Do My Best Practice, I thought it worthwhile to point you to Soundkeeper Recordings who offer various versions of the same music for download in different bit/sample rates. For free. Here's why...
One thing that comes up repeatedly in discussions with other music lovers and audiophiles regarding CD vs. high resolution digital formats, is the fact that most folks have no means of making a valid comparison. Often, the high resolution version of a record is mastered at a different session, sometimes by a different engineer. At many so-called "format shootouts", one hears level differences, EQ differences, etc., making a true comparison of the formats impossible. Astute listeners realize these are comparisons of different masterings and not of the formats themselves.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 09, 2012
I think we all about know dynamic compression and the loudness wars but somehow the fact that music which has been severely compressed sounds like crap hasn't reached the minds and ears of some people who make music. I wonder about the inherent logic being applied along with sound-numbing bandwidth limited mastering in order to sound louder than the music played before and after yours if everyone is doing the same thing and broadcasters employ their own signal-processing and volume-leveling. Where does the real advantage come into play?

Perhaps its simply a stand-off—OK let's stop the loudness wars. You go first. Well somebody's got to go first and the people and companies behind International Dynamic Range Day want to help force all of those hands off of the loudness control. All I will add is March 16, 2012 is International Dynamic Range Day, bravo!, and this movement deserves our support.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 08, 2012
An article titled, "24/192 Music Downloads...and why they make no sense", on is getting a lot of attention on the audio forums because it claims that 16/44.1 provides better sound quality than 24-bit/192kHz. The author, Chris Montgomery, has also cleverly titled the associated file "neil-young.html" as a wink toward Mr. Young's recent calls for a move away from MP3s toward higher resolution formats. It's also worth noting that according to Mr. Montgomery's Wikipedia page, "Christopher “Monty” Montgomery is the creator of the Ogg Free Software container format and Vorbis audio codec and others" so one can perhaps see why he's taken what Neil Young said so personally.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 05, 2012
After my initial review of the Paradigm A2 powered desktop speakers ($279.99/ea. in Black Ash, $329.99/ea. premium finishes) Paradigm decided to re-think a few design aspects of this loud speaker. Chief among these re-design considerations was to make it, well, not such a loud speaker.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 29, 2012
Thanks to reader Mr. T for pointing us to an article on MacRumors which points to an article in The Guardian that suggests Apple is working on adaptive streaming technology to provide iCloud users with high definition music as long as they have the bandwidth and hardware to handle it.
A source with inside knowledge of the process says Apple has asked a London studio to prepare audio files for a new streaming format that will adapt to bandwidth or hardware capabilities.

"All of a sudden, all your audio from iTunes is in HD rather than AAC. Users wouldn't have to touch a thing – their library will improve in an instant," said the source, who requested to remain anonymous.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 27, 2012
We were inspired to launch the new site at the end of January when Neil Young came out with a bold statement. Neil wanted to hear and sell his songs as full size high resolution files, but didn't know how he could do that. The next day we were contacted by a writer from magazine to provide source information for his article. The day after that came this article and several of our sites were highlighted.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 22, 2012
From an Olive Media press release:
Magnolia Showrooms to Feature Olive's Award-winning HD Music Server Line, Presenting Unique High Definition Content and Personal Listening Sessions.

San Francisco, CA, February 21, 2012. Olive Media is pleased to announce that its highly reviewed and award-winning HD Music Servers- the Olive O3HD, O4HD, and O6HD- are now available at participating Magnolia Design Center and Magnolia Audio Video locations in California, Washington, Texas, and Georgia, which are listed at

Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 16, 2012
Copyright infringement is serious business and it just got a kick in the enforcement. As spotted on Ars Technica:
The 70,000 daily visitors to popular music site were met with a purposely terrifying message on Tuesday and part of Wednesday. The UK's Serious Organized Crime Agency (SOCA) took the site down, arrested its operator, and threw up a splash page that warned downloaders of "up to 10 years imprisonment." Thought statutory damages of up to $150,000 per infringement in the US were ludicrous? SOCA warns that downloaders from the site could face an "unlimited fine under UK law."
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 14, 2012
This just in from an Antelope Audio Press Release:
Santa Monica, February 14, 2012 — Antelope Audio’s Zodiac D/A converters are now compatible with iPad, allowing music lovers to enjoy pristine audio of up to 384 kHz [OS X only], played and controlled from their iPad through the Zodiac DAC.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 08, 2012
Sir Paul McCartney has joined Adele, The Black Keys, and Tom Waits by blocking his new album Kisses On The Bottom from being played on any of the streaming services like MOG, or Rhapsody. The Black Keys have been the most vocal about the reason behind this decision—from an interview with VH1:
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 08, 2012
District Judge Richard J. Sullivan said not so fast to Capital Records by denying their request to shut down start-up and pre-owned digital music site/shop ReDigi.

As reported by Ars Technica, ReDigi's founder John Ossenmacher had this to say to Capital Records: